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Kathleen Parker: Clash of the Floridians

WASHINGTON -- Soon after Wednesday night's Republican debate, the phone rang: "Did the fat lady sing?" asked the voice on the other end. "Probably," I said. Meaning, it is probably over for Jeb Bush. The erstwhile front-runner had performed weakly, which was compounded by his recent ...

Mark Shields: Why Republican voters aren’t acting like the GOP

In the important matter of choosing their parties' presidential nominees, Republicans and Democrats have behaved entirely differently. Republicans have preferred their presidential candidates to be familiar and well-credentialed and to have previously run well, if unsuccessfully, for the ...

Froma Harrop: What happened to Bush?

Jeb Bush has dropped into single digits in the polls -- and that's just among Republicans in his home state of Florida. What happened to the man with all the money, top name recognition and, according to last year's political sages, a clear shot at his party's presidential nomination? The ...

Scott Rasmussen: Serving others will lead America to bright future

Heading into a presidential election year, it's important to remember that political involvement is but one of many ways we can work together to solve problems. Sometimes it's the best approach; sometimes it's not. When our political system is broken beyond repair -- as it is today -- ...

Robert B. Reich: The morality of a $15 minimum wage

Have you noticed how often conservatives who disagree with a policy proposal call it a "job killer"? They're especially incensed about proposals to raise the federal minimum wage. They claim it will force employers to lay off workers worth hiring at the current federal minimum of $7.25 an ...

Letter to the Editor: Candidate has impeccable work ethic

Editor: My family and I have known Donna McEathron for over 20 years and feel there is no one more capable to fill the position on the Warren County School Board. She has an impeccable work ethic. This was evident a few years ago when she sustained a severe ankle fracture. Most would have ...

Connie Schultz: Let’s give kids a holiday from divorce

Halloween is just around the corner, which means we're on the cusp of another season of anxiety and misery for too many children of divorce. For the past few years, I've tried to time this column for right before Thanksgiving, but an increasing number of divorce lawyers tell me that's too ...

Peter Brookes: Team Obama in tough spot

When considering unprecedented Chinese island-building in the South China Sea, you might say that Team Obama has put itself quite literally between a "rocky outcrop" and a hard place on what to do about it. Indeed, it's possible, based on Pentagon winks and nudges, that Washington could soon ...

Kathleen Parker: A woman in full

WASHINGTON -- With the latest poll numbers tallied and political pundits having spoken, a consensus has emerged: Hillary Clinton won the first Democratic debate and, barring a Benghazi pinata exploding with revelations, has cinched the nomination. Reasons cited for Clinton's superior ...

Froma Harrop: Football, gaming: What could possibly go wrong?

They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. In the offseason, the devotees were stomping the floor over Tom Brady and a football's air pressure. They demanded to know my opinion on the matter. That I had none ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Pro-growth economist echoes JFK

The Democratic presidential debate ironically took place the same week that a Princeton University professor was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Why ironic? Because professor Angus Deaton is a strong advocate of economic growth. Today's Democrats are not. Here are some ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘If I only had a gun’

Of course. It makes perfect sense. Why couldn't I see it before? There could never have been a Holocaust had the Jews been armed. Granted, the Nazis swept aside the armies of Poland and France like dandruff, and it took six years for Great Britain -- later joined by Russia and the United ...

Jonah Goldberg: Democratic debate was a softball game

Democrats and their supporters in the media are congratulating themselves for a job well done in the first Democratic debate. Both Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton included in their closing remarks canned celebrations of how civil and morally superior the Democratic debate was compared with ...

Mark Shields: House GOP: Meet Haley Barbour

Haley Barbour, the former two-term governor of Mississippi and, before that, successful Republican Party chairman, is a candid and witty man who, in newspaper slang, "gives a great quote." An example: At a Republican Governors Association meeting right after the 2012 election, Barbour ...

Connie Schultz: Women continue to confound Kasich

Let's start with this reminder of what Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in 2012 about a certain kind of wife: "It's not easy to be a spouse of an elected official. You know, they're at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things, while we're up here on the stage getting a little bit of ...

Jonah Goldberg: How a Biden bid could help Hillary Clinton’s campaign

The scuttlebutt in Washington is that Vice President Joe Biden is going to throw his hat into the presidential race, which means there is at least a 50 percent chance that he will. I mean, when is the Beltway scuttlebutt ever wrong? Under different conditions, I'd guess that, if he does ...

Froma Harrop: Hunting the wilderness we love

Upon running the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in record time, a marathoner broke several rules at the finish line on top of Maine's majestic Mount Katahdin. Among them was public consumption of alcohol -- in this case, Champagne. Another was littering by shaking the bottle and spraying ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Erasure of what really happened

"This," says Roni Dean-Burren, "is what erasure looks like." She's talking about something you might otherwise have thought innocuous: a page from World Geography, a high school textbook. A few days ago, you see, Dean-Burren, a former teacher and a doctoral candidate at the University of ...

Kathleen Parker: Don’t do it, Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON -- The worst job in the world, it turns out, isn't the U.S. presidency but speaker of the House of Representatives. "It's where you go to die," as one veteran Hill watcher put it to me. Volunteers? In the wake of majority leader Kevin McCarthy's sudden withdrawal from his ...

Diane Dimond: World is watching America’s gun violence

After a glorious vacation abroad I return this week to admit I came home embarrassed for my country. My husband and I were in Ireland when word of America's latest mass shooting hit the European media and the story was the lead item on every news program. Sky News, BBC and Good Morning ...