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Peter Brookes: Bibi shines light on nuke talks

Putting both countries’ politics aside (talk about heavy-lifting!), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was essential — if for no other reason than it threw a spotlight on an issue hiding in diplomatic darkness. Few probably realized, especially outside ...

John Kass: A judge prays for ex-con in court, and he is heard

The story about the ex-con who robbed a bank just so he'd be sent back to prison -- for a bed and three meals a day -- was heartbreaking. It disturbed the judge. And when I read the story in the Gary Post-Tribune, written by reporter Ruth Ann Krause, it disturbed me too. "I hope to God ...

Kathleen Parker: The GOP: A tragedy in 52 acts

WASHINGTON -- I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing. This week marked Episode 2, Season 2 in the series "Homeland Security Face-Off." Subtitle: "How Republicans Forfeit ...

Robert B. Reich: Will Democratic nominee take on moneyed interests?

It's seed time for the 2016 presidential election, when candidates try to figure out what they stand for and will run on. One thing seems reasonably clear. The Democratic nominee for president, whoever she may be, will campaign on reviving the American middle class. As will the Republican ...

Froma Harrop: Open Internet survives weird politics

Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it "Obamacare for the Internet" (in his world, fightin' words). The lobbying ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘My Girl’ — 50 years and counting

There are sounds it feels like you've known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it's hard to believe they were ever new. One of those sounds is this: James Jamerson thumps a heartbeat on the bass. Robert White's guitar corkscrews out in reply. And the immortal David Ruffin ...

Rich Lowry: The sad plight of Jihadi John

Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented butcher of hostages on ISIS videos, makes an unlikely victim, to say the least. The entire point of the videos is to advertise his savagery and that of the hellish cause he serves. Yet, shamefully, even he can claim the expiating ...

Michael Barone: The 2016 political environment has shifted

Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while Hillary Clinton, in-between $200,000 speeches at universities, is reported to be in seclusion developing her economic policies. It's easy to ...

John Kass: Cold weather brings out the stupid in TV, and sometimes in kids

If there's one thing more stupid than Chicagoans whining about the cold (as if they've never experienced February in the city by the lake), it's another one of those stupid weather stories. And stupid weather stories -- the kind that demean TV reporters and involve frozen T-shirts and ...

Leonard Pitts: Jon Stewart is why I’m not crazy

I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. That, you will recall, is when the wheels began to come off the Bush administration's argument for invading Iraq, i.e., to find the weapons ...

Jonah Goldberg: Hillary Clinton’s identity crisis

Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald's Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?" That was the opening question of a front-page Washington Post story on Clinton's effort to figure out her "brand." To that end, she has recruited a team of ...

Mark Shields: Correcting the record

An incorrect statement left uncorrected leads often to deception, disillusion and dishonesty. Take this hypothetical: I've agreed to speak at a local event, and the emcee, in her introduction, says something like, "Mark Shields went to the University of Notre Dame, where he played ...

Froma Harrop: Local control good, except when it’s not

The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. They were tired of the noise, lights and fumes caused by the 277 gas wells, some placed right next to housing developments. A blowout in 2013 covered homes in clouds of benzene. Some had to be evacuated. One ...

Jonah Goldberg: The University of Michigan’s tolerance problem

I once asked my late father if he had any experiences with anti-Semitism. There weren't many. Although that was probably in part because of his scoring methodology. The Irish kids who beat up the Jewish kids in his Bronx neighborhood didn't do so because they were anti-Semitic, but because ...

Diane Dimond: Paternity fraud begs the question: who’s your daddy?

There is a lot of unfairness in the world. The American justice system stands ready to counter that, right? Not so fast. When it comes to men and allegations of paternity, women have a decidedly upper hand. Whatever the woman claims in court most often becomes fact. And once a court has ...

Connie Schultz: A racial slur and second chances

Let's start at the beginning. A very good place to start. Last Sunday, Lady Gaga brought the Oscar crowd to its feet and ignited social media after belting out a medley of songs from "The Sound of Music" -- and without a hint of irony. It was quite a moment, especially for those us who, ...

Mark Shields: We need the New Hampshire primary

The three most recently elected U.S. presidents collected in private contributions for their respective campaigns that brought them to the White House $31 million [Bill Clinton], $96 million [George W. Bush] and $746 million [Barack Obama]. According to the reliable Center for Responsive ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Rudy Giuliani, once heroic, now simply foolish

Amazing. Just ... amazing. Here we are, six years later, six years of mom jeans and golf dates and taking the girls for ice cream. And yet, some of us are still hung up on the perceived "otherness," the "not like us"-ness, of Barack Obama. The latest is Rudy Giuliani, speaking last week ...

George Will: Tweeting against terrorism

"We're here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force." -- Vice President Joe Biden at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit, Feb. 17 The Obama ...