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Scandals hiding in plain sight Aug 21, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Catherine Rampell: A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though.
The paradox of American diversity Aug 20, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Michael Gerson: Events in Ferguson demonstrate the paradox of American diversity: An increasingly multicultural nation remains deeply divided by race and class.
The unattainable standard that dogs Israel Aug 20, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Richard Cohen: Reagan’s wholly unrealistic idea of Israeli capabilities still haunts the Jewish state. It helps account for why the bombings of schools, hospitals and homes in Gaza are almost instantaneously denounced as war crimes — a purposeful atrocity and not, as sometimes happens in war, a mistake. Israel, some feel, is too good to be so bad.
The more they learn about health care law, the less they like Aug 19, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Byron York: Democrats have long believed Obamacare would become more popular once it was fully in place and Americans got a chance to see it up close. So why is Obamacare less popular now than a few months ago? Because it is fully in place and Americans have had a chance to see it up close.
High school drinking still strikes a chord Aug 17, 2014 5:01 AM
When it comes to teens and drinking and enforcement thereof, everyone seems to have a strong opinion -- as evidenced by the tumult over the suspension of about 30 athletes at Glenbard West High School, writes Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director.
A’s for everyone Aug 17, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Cathering Rampell: Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation! Starting around the mid-20th century, a pandemic of meaninglessly high grades swept the nation. Steadily, the Gentleman’s C was replaced by the Gentleman’s B-pluses.
A consensus on criminals Aug 15, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Partisan antagonism rules the capital, drowning out most attempts at constructive compromise. But on at least one issue, reasonable lawmakers from both parties strongly agree: reforming the criminal justice system to reduce the prison population and enable former inmates to become more productive members of society.
The secret story we can’t stop talking about Aug 14, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Jim Slusher: My original theme for this column was going to be “The story we won’t tell about Robin Williams’ death.” But as I reflect, I realize the more accurate theme may be, “The story people won’t talk about despite Robin Williams’ death.”
Smacked by reality in the Middle East Aug 13, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Michael Gerson: So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign).
The left’s own slippery slope Aug 13, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Richard Cohen: How did the moral center of the American left get so isolationist and selfish? Why does it see no difference between a moral obligation to save lives by avoiding murder — not just with humanitarian measures — and a kind of militarist lust for yet more adventure? A pressing humanitarian calamity was facing the region. A reported 500 Yazidis had already been murdered.
Myths abound about the social safety net Aug 12, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Catherine Rampell: “Another Kid” is one little song in one little show, but it reflects much broader misperceptions about the U.S. social safety net: that it is a cushy “hammock” that discourages large numbers of moochers and lucky-duckies from working,
Town shuts down; school boss quits; horse racing ban Aug 10, 2014 1:00 AM
Soapboxing: A reporter's busy week runs the gamut from a town shutting down to horse racing in McHenry County; the heroin epidemic rages on; pension payouts approach salaries. Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director, tackles these topics.
In health crisis, erosions of trust in science are dangerous Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Michael Gerson: A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn’t want their institution to be known as an “AIDS hospital.”
GOP creating its own nightmare over ‘dreamers’ Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Ruben Navarrette: I once used the term “spoiled brats” to describe “dreamers,” those young undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents.Yet now I think the real spoiled brats are those House Republicans who -- with no skill for leading the downtrodden -- settle for punishing the defenseless.
Why government fails, and what we should do Aug 8, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Lee Hamilton: What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s performance are very much on ordinary people’s minds, politicians don’t talk much about fixing them
Nixon’s lasting damage Aug 7, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Richard Cohen: Richard Nixon was virtually a cinematic creation, a man of such character flaws, resentments, hatreds and insecurities that it’s hard to keep your eyes off him. Watergate and the cover-up were his downfall and they were, no doubt about it, breathtaking abuses of power, as obscene as the language he so often used. But what was once drama is now history. Not so the Southern strategy. It fouls our politics to this very day.
Stop the campus rape numbers game Aug 7, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Catherine Rampell: The Campus Accountability and Safety Act would, among other things, create new transparency standards for U.S. colleges, requiring them to conduct anonymous, standardized, representative surveys about student experiences with sexual violence.
Bet on Africa rising Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Michael Gerson: As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa’s brand problem in America has grown significantly worse.
Wrong script on immigration Aug 5, 2014 1:01 AM
Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Just because you’re well-known doesn’t mean you’re well-informed. Case in point: Eva Longoria, Mexican-American actress, social commentator and loyal Democrat who once mocked Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for having “silly” ideas. What makes Longoria look silly is that she believes that other Americans care what she thinks about the crisis involving Central American child refugees crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into her native Texas.
No peace in Gaza if Netanyahu can prevent it Aug 5, 2014 5:01 AM
Columnist Gene Lyons: I wonder if Benjamin Netanyahu understands how many Americans — his greatest allies — have begun to reconsider their unwavering support in the face of this merciless slaughter?
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