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Mark Shields: Exceptionally good luck

Shields-c.jpg After enduring lavish praise while receiving an award before a big Hollywood dinner crowd, Jack Benny expertly deflected all the fawning with these words: "I don't deserve this honor, but then I have arthritis and I don't deserve that, either."

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John Kass: Obama's eat-the-rich campaign

John-Kass.jpg I'm not really into the political cannibal thing. And I'm old-fashioned enough to believe that eating humans -- even in metaphor -- is still a sin.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: If GOP is so right, why are red states so far behind?

leonard-pitts.jpg I have a question for my Republican friends. Yes, that sounds like the setup for a smackdown, but though the question is pointed, it is also in earnest. I'd seriously like to know:

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Catherine Rampell: The one fight to have before your wedding

catherine-rampell.jpg Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

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Diane Dimond: A challenge for civil rights leaders

Dimond-Diane-color.jpg A notion struck me as I studied the continuing stream of news about the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. After his funeral, I wondered, could we be witnessing the birth of another historic civil rights movement?

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Jonah Goldberg: No military dog left behind

jonah-goldberg.jpg We've all heard the expression: "A man's best friend is his equipment." You haven't? Well you must not work for the Pentagon. There, military dogs are considered mere "equipment" and as such can be left behind when the troops come home.

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Robert B. Reich: U.S. needs more technicians

robert-reich-c.jpg This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class.

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Rich Lowry: Rotherham: The real rape culture

There are no words for the horror of Rotherham. More than 1,400 young girls have been raped and brutally exploited in the northern England town of roughly 250,000 over the past 16 years, while nearly everyone in authority did all he or she could to look the other way.

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Froma Harrop: The 'spiral of silence'

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg With folks yapping all day on social media -- Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and the rest -- how can there be such a thing as a "spiral of silence" online?

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism

leonard-pitts.jpg Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us. Here's one such sentence. "A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her."

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