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Diane Dimond: Deny, deny until they die

So, the U.S. government has finally decided to help some 2,000 Air Force personnel exposed to Agent Orange residue left over in airplanes used during the Vietnam War. They are now eligible for disability, medical and survivor benefits. "Opening up eligibility for this deserving group of Air ...

Robert B. Reich: How to punish bank felons

What exactly does it mean for a big Wall Street bank to plead guilty to a serious crime? Right now, practically nothing. But it will if California's Santa Cruz County has any say. First, some background. Five giant banks -- including Wall Street behemoths JPMorgan Chase and Citicorp -- ...

In South, grace, dignity after church shootings

"Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don't know us," the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific ...

Mark Shields: Politics, religion: An uneasy coexistence

Regular readers may remember the "Shields rule," about the tension between organized religion and politics. It goes like this: With but one exception, ministers, priests, rabbis and imams -- men and women of the cloth -- should stay out of all partisan American politics. The one exception, of ...

Scott Rasmussen: States don’t have rights, people have rights

This week, we'll be celebrating the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The eloquent cries for freedom and equality voiced in that properly revered document have become what professors Sid Milkis and Marc Landy call the "American Creed." It's a belief that all ...

Mona Charen: Whitewashing the Democratic Party’s history

Here's what the former president of the United States had to say when he eulogized his mentor, an Arkansas senator: "We come to celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable life of J. William Fulbright, a life that changed our country and our world forever and for the better. ... In the work ...

George F. Will: Questions for candidate Clinton

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict America during a second Democratic presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called her "the most opaque person you'll ever meet in your life," but ...

Froma Harrop: America: A nation of stressed-out worker bees

We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking. The remaining quarter is for countering the ill effects of overworking. We do the latter not necessarily to nurture ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: In denial of the truth

This is for Elisabeth Hasselbeck of "Fox & Friends," who described last Thursday's act of white extremist terrorism at Emanuel AME church in Charleston as an "attack on faith." It's for Rick Perry, who said maybe the shooting happened because of prescription drugs. It's for Jeb Bush, who ...

Connie Schultz: The demise of a symbol

On the evening of June 17, nine black Americans were killed in their Charleston, South Carolina, church by a white supremacist -- but only after he'd spent an hour with them praying and studying the Bible. Three days after the slaying of these nine innocent black Americans, a number of ...

Peter Brookes: Don’t let summer daze dull senses about terror threats

I hate to roust you from your well-deserved summer snooze, but I continue to get a sinking feeling about the threat of the Islamic State [aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh] here in the homeland. Understandably reluctant to lift your head from the hammock in the heat, you ask, “Why?” Well, pass ...

Kathleen Parker: A time to grieve

WASHINGTON -- Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge. These are all we ...

Froma Harrop: Too many people still going to emergency room

On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms -- not remembering what she had just done and repeating herself -- spoke of a potentially serious condition. The emergency medical technicians called to the club said ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: No sanctuary in America

  The main hall of a church is called a sanctuary. It is where you go to worship, to seek fellowship and solace, and commune with your maker. The dictionary definition of the word adds an additional layer of resonance. A sanctuary is where you are sheltered and protected. A ...

Mona Charen: Hands off the $10 Alexander Hamilton

They're coming for our money. OK, that's nothing new, but this time, the Obama administration is coming for our $10 bills -- the notes graced by the image of Alexander Hamilton. True to the identity politics of the Democratic Party, the Obama Treasury Department has announced that some worthy ...

Scott Rasmussen: A ray of hope far from Washington

Listening to the political junkies discuss the 2016 presidential election more than a year ahead of time is enough to depress just about anyone who has a life outside the political bubble. It will get even worse next year with the avalanche of civic pollution known as campaign ...

Mark Shields: Marco Rubio vs. The New York Times

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. -- who, according to polls of Republican voters nationally, wins higher favorable and lower unfavorable ratings than any of the potential 2016 presidential candidates -- has shown some real nerve and more than a little brass. After The New York Times reported on ...

George F. Will: Let Greece go

WASHINGTON -- Now come Greeks bearing the gift of confirmation that Margaret Thatcher was right about socialist governments: "They always run out of other people's money." Greece, from whose ancient playwrights Western drama descends, is in an absurdist melodrama about securing yet another cash ...

Connie Schultz: Cleveland will champion the Cavaliers

For most of my life, I could not understand why anyone would hitch his or her identity to the win-loss record of a professional sports team. Sports fans, you'd call them. Fanatics, I'd say. Lunatics, I'd say after a glass of wine, but only if my dad wasn't within earshot. "Those ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Rachel Dolezal proves race not a fixed or objective fact

Of the 60 people who co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909, only seven were, in fact, "colored." Most of the organization's founders were white liberals like Mary White Ovington. Its highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, is named for Joel Spingarn, who ...