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Kathleen Parker: Dare not say his name

WASHINGTON -- In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name. The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy. He is no one. "We don't say his ...

Robert B. Reich: Follow money behind the money

President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediately. But he should go further and ban all political spending by federal contractors that receive more than half of their revenue from ...

John Kass: Hillary Clinton, the last truth bender

What is the best lie that Hillary Clinton has ever told? Can you pick just one? She's the inevitable Democratic presidential candidate even though 60 percent of Americans consider her a liar. So her pants suits are always on fire, and only a Hillary Meat Puppet would say otherwise. Yet ...

Rich Lowry: Clinton against the Uber economy

Grandmothers may know best, as Hillary Clinton has put it in tweets, but judging by her latest economic speech, they don't necessarily get or like Uber. The ride-sharing service is synonymous with the new efficiency and convenience enabled by information technology, and is anathema to ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Pope should stick to religion?

"A new command I give you: love one another." -- John 13:34 So said a troubled rabbi named Jesus 2,000 years ago in his Last Supper with his disciples. Shortly afterward he was captured, tortured and executed. The Bible says that three days later, he rose from death. The faith founded upon ...

Mark Shields: A candid maverick who speaks the ugly truth

In the matter of selecting a 2016 presidential nominee, the Republican Party could go a lot farther and do a lot worse -- and almost certainly will -- than to choose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. What sets Lindsey Graham conspicuously apart from so many of the merchants of ...

Kathleen Parker: A new day in South Carolina

WASHINGTON -- The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving. As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina State House grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E. ...

George F. Will: Roberts vs. Willett

WASHINGTON -- Today's most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former. In his ...

Scott Rasmussen: Stock exchange closure highlights value of freedom

Many years ago, I visited Cambodia with my family. One day, a local resident took us to a small village of 53 huts far off the beaten path. In many ways, it was closer to the 13th century than the 21st. It was truly an eye-opening experience. As was the custom, we first presented ourselves ...

Kathleen Parker: When bragging is winning

WASHINGTON -- "So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?" No. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?" No. So goes a recent conversation with my adult son, who insists I must be more aggressive about raising my profile, building my brand ...

Jonah Goldberg: Estrangement from the truth a problem for Hillary

Hillary Clinton lies. This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren't on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady -- a woman of ...

Peter Brookes: Walking away from nuke talks not a credible threat

From watching the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers (United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia), it seems that in Obama World a “deadline” with Iran is a “deadline,” except when it isn’t. A lot like a “red line” with Syria over chemical ...

Froma Harrop: Helicopter parents: Why do they hover so?

Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs. There are two kinds. One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores required. The parents see their role as obedient servant, concierge and above all, banker. The ...

Robert B. Reich: Private health insurance or single-payer system?

The Supreme Court's recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation's biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths. The result will be good for their shareholders and executives but bad for the rest of us -- who will pay through the nose for the ...

Kathleen Parker: The Don vs. The Bern

WASHINGTON -- Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don't mean Miss Universes. Both men are holding second place in some polls ...

Mark Shields: Donald Trump: In the ‘American’ tradition

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: An example of moral courage

Thank heaven for little girls. So sang French actor Maurice Chevalier in a famous song celebrating "their little eyes so helpless and appealing" and the fact that "they grow up in the most delightful way." Well, we are here to thank heaven for little Girl Scouts -- and for former girl, ...

Froma Harrop: Too many people are crowding the great sights

ROME, Italy -- On a recent June day, about 24,999 other tourists and I squeezed into the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Seeing the Vatican and its museums is one of the most visually magnificent experiences on Earth. Clearly, the word has gotten out. The chapel's ceiling -- where Michelangelo ...

Connie Schultz: What a gay day for Christians

This column is in response to my fellow Christians who insist they're not bigots just because they oppose marriage equality. I've been hearing from them a lot after writing a short essay and posting it on Facebook in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-gender ...

Peter Brookes: Nuke deal doesn’t mean Iran troubles are over

With the deadline pushed off until Tuesday, I’m betting that an Iran nuke deal actually will be trumpeted over the July 4 holiday weekend, since the best time to put out controversial news in Washington, D.C., is near or over a break. Why? Well, most Americans will be distracted ...