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Diane Dimond: Why do we embrace violence on TV?

Violence permeates civilization worldwide. So many violent conditions exist across the Middle East and Africa that millions of people have been forced to literally walk their way out of countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eretria to find safer lives. The result is one of the most ...

Froma Harrop: Energy beggars no more, we can be choosy

The Obama administration has finally passed judgment on the Keystone XL pipeline, and it's a thumbs-down. The environmental arguments against it have always been impeccable. But it took America's turn toward energy independence to cut down the economic case for it. Americans still need oil, ...

Peter Brookes: Leaders find common ground

It was a lot like one of those holiday family get-togethers.You know, one of those annual gatherings that are well-intentioned expressions of love and affection but are simultaneously pregnant with tensions built up over the years among the attending relatives. When that trying day of ...

Kathleen Parker: Bushes unleashed

WASHINGTON -- If the truth sets us free, then Bush family members should be warbling from rooftops. At least one Bush, patriarch George H.W. Bush, has been singing his heart out with author Jon Meacham, whose biography of the 41st president will soon be released. Early excerpts and ...

Rich Lowry: The Mizzou meltdown

It was doubtful that the University of Missouri would stand up to a left-wing pressure campaign targeting its president, but when the football team joined the campaign, it was all over. Missouri is an SEC school, where even a mediocre football program -- Mizzou is 1-5 against the rest of the ...

Scott Rasmussen: The outsider’s message is a mainstream message

Following the widely panned Republican presidential debate on CNBC, the New York Times came out with an editorial calling on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to withdraw from the race. Much of the column was a typical partisan assault, but one line jumped out to highlight how little the Times ...

Michael Barone: Liberal’s response to dissent: ‘Shut up’

"'Shut up,' he explained." That's a sentence from Ring Lardner's short story "The Young Immigrunts." It's an exasperated father's response from the driver's seat to his child's question, "Are you lost, Daddy?" They also can be taken as the emblematic response of today's liberals to anyone ...

Mark Shields: Improving our presidential debates

By wide consensus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the two breakout stars in the last Republican presidential debate (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the other). Cruz is clearly a very smart man who is capable of saying some really stupid things. The GOP griped about the CNBC debate format and ...

Rich Lowry: Marco Rubio’s immigration problem

Marco Rubio has a dubious distinction among the top-tier Republican presidential candidates: He's the only one who crafted and passed through the Senate a so-called comprehensive immigration reform that is anathema to the right. As Rubio has demonstrated considerable political strength, the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fact is no match for fear

It was the kind of a statistic that would have left a sane country stunned and shamed. This country barely noticed it. It came last month, courtesy of the Washington Post, which reported that, as of mid-October, toddlers in America have been shooting people this year at a rate of one a ...

Froma Harrop: Facing the robot tsunami

Robots make the perfect employee. They don't complain, they don't get sick, and, as of this writing, they don't have babies. When robots can do the job in today's economy, they get the job. When they can't, a human must suffice. You still need a human to make the perfect latte, ask security ...

John Kass: Jeb Bush offers warm kiss — and is left as toast in GOP race

I feel a deep regret in missing even one game of the World Series to watch the Republican presidential candidates' debate. It's painful, like being ambushed by Tolkien's dwarfs and pummeled in the nether regions, and now it really, really hurts. Because the last thing I needed in all the ...

Kathleen Parker: It’s time to get real

WASHINGTON -- As Republican presidential candidates debate the debates, roiling and railing against the unfairness of it all, campaigns have been busy rebooting candidates and crafting fresh slogans. But whether Jeb can fix it, or Trump can build it, or Ben can cure it matters little in the ...

Jonah Goldberg: Try imagining a world without polls

What if the polls just stopped working? Admittedly, this needs work as a plot device for a Stephen King novel. But for politics, it might be pretty awesome. This week, businessman Matt Bevin won a stunning upset in the Kentucky governor's race. It was only the second time in more than ...

Connie Schultz: More layoffs for journalists is sad for readers

This week, many in my profession are reeling from news of yet another round of newsroom layoffs, this time at the National Geographic Society. For 127 years, National Geographic's photographers and writers have sacrificed family time and often any semblance of a normal life to give the rest ...

Jonah Goldberg: Cruz, Rubio outflanking GOP field

Politics is a breeding ground for martial metaphors, starting with the word "campaign" itself. Politicians "under fire" "take flak" as their consultants sit in "war rooms" and launch ad "blitzes" in "targeted districts" and "battleground states" to put their clients "over the top" -- with the ...

Robert B. Reich: The rigging of the American market

Much of the national debate about widening inequality focuses on whether or how much to tax the rich and redistribute their income downward. But this debate ignores the upward redistributions going on every day, from the rest of us to the rich. These redistributions are hidden inside the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Reality of implicit race bias is well-documented

I once read a question that went as follows: Two groups of young men are walking on opposite sides of the street. One group is black, the other, white. Both are loud and swaggering, both have baseball caps turned to the back, both are brandishing bats. Which one is the baseball team and ...

Rich Lowry: Obamacare is still failing

For the press, the debate about Obamacare is over. There may be a few proverbial Japanese soldiers wandering on isolated islands yammering on about the failure of Obamacare, but word will eventually filter down to them, too. This assumption is so deeply embedded that it is impervious to new ...

Froma Harrop: Are procrastinators poor planners or victims of overwork?

I came upon this article on procrastination and saved it for "later reading." Ha-ha-ha. Procrastination jokes are one of the best ways of putting off work. The article's headline reads, "To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved." It appears in The Wall Street ...