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  • The new face of evil Aug 27, 2014 5:57 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I used to not believe in evil. When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “the evil empire,” I thought it was a dandy phrase but also a confession of ignorance. Reagan had it right, though. The Soviet Union was evil. Now we are facing a different type of evil

     
  • Corporate tax returns should be public Aug 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Here’s a proposal to address the many questionable and incomprehensible corporate tax schemes: Require all publicly traded companies to make their tax returns public. Period.

     
  • If U.S. doesn’t lead war on terror, who will? Aug 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The current Islamic State threat — a stated desire to repeat the Foley murder on a global scale — has grown in the fertile soil of American ambiguity.

     
  • Pursuing the positives of immigration Aug 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Murrieta, in southern California, attracted a lot of TV cameras last month when protesters blocked three buses carrying illegal immigrants to a processing center. The crowds bristled with racially tinged hostility. Utica, an aging industrial center in upstate New York, takes exactly the opposite approach. It welcomes immigrants, especially refugees from political persecution in countries like Burma and Bosnia.

     
  • Tell the story, don’t be it Aug 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: With reporters being threatened, arrested, manhandled, berated, shot with rubber bullets and pelted with tear gas projectiles, it is tempting to declare that law enforcement officers in Ferguson are waging a war against the media. Yet, even thinking this way shows that many reporters have lost their way in covering this story.

     
  • Why government transparency matters Aug 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: One of the fundamental lessons of 9/11 was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that al-Qaida posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

     
  • 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,

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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