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John Kass: Blackhawks, memories, Stanley Cup

You didn't have to be in Chicago with the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup to understand the power of public memory. Sharing memories like this one with the people we love bolts us to the ground. It fixes us in a time and a place and we cling to it, that moment of joy that's already ...

Kathleen Parker: Impressed with Jeb

WASHINGTON -- If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi. Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush ...

Jonah Goldberg: Why are we ignoring a cyber Pearl Harbor?

What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or -- less box office but just as bad -- the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents? The next day, the newspapers and morning TV shows would show pictures of the broken locks and rummaged filing ...

Froma Harrop: What makes a heavy drinker?

There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington. But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as more than one glass of wine a day. For ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What does Scalia think now?

To the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Dear Sir: Twenty-one years ago, your then-colleague, the late Justice Harry Blackmun, wrote what became a famous dissent to a Supreme Court decision not to review a Texas death penalty ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Randy Richardson: Conservatism’s banker

Just as the great William F. Buckley Jr. laid the intellectual foundation for the rise of modern conservatism, philanthropist R. Randolph Richardson set down the financial foundation of the new conservative movement. But Randy Richardson, who died May 25 at the age of 89, is not a household ...

Diane Dimond: The quest for notoriety

For those of us who have never lost a child to a violent crime, we cannot possibly know a grieving parent's pain. But we know that out of pain can come a convoluted way of thinking. It isn't easy to question the motives of a heartbroken parent who decides they hold the key to stop future ...

Peter Brookes: Still time to prevent train wreck

The unfolding political, humanitarian and security disaster involving Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State is like watching a slow-motion train wreck. You desperately want to look away, but you can't. While President Obama has been tagged with not having a "complete strategy" for dealing ...

Mark Shields: The Bush who got it right

Long before he, as President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, gave the world a detailed description of Saddam Hussein's weapons program, which did not exist, and made a persuasive case for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who had served two combat ...

Kathleen Parker: Pool party mayhem

WASHINGTON -- Video imagery doesn't get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African-American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries, and drawing his gun on other teens. What in God's name is wrong with our cops? I should say, what was wrong with ...

Jonah Goldberg: Al-Qaida’s out, ISIS is in

First, the good news: It turns out President Obama was right. Al-Qaida is being destroyed. One could even say he deserves some credit for this happy turn of events. Which brings us to the bad news: Al-Qaida is dying out because it's being replaced by something far worse. According to a ...

Diane Dimond: Cyber stalking just got hard to punish

What if you got a message on your Facebook account from someone you knew was angry with you that read, "There's one way to love ya, but a thousand ways to kill ya." You might be a bit worried, right? What if that person continued to write things like, "I'm not going to rest until your body ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Is Jimmy Johns bullying its workers?

According to legend, it happened because he didn't want to leave the gaming table. Maybe he was riding a hot streak. Whatever the reason, he couldn't be bothered with going to eat, so he told his servants to bring him a piece of meat between two slices of bread instead. Thus was gastronomic ...

John Kass: A fall from decency

Did Denny Hastert really fall from grace with that indictment that brought him to federal court on Tuesday? As I waited for him to perform his perp-walk, that rite of shaming that white-collar criminals endure, and later when waiting for his barely audible whispers before the judge, I ...

Rich Lowry: The end of the Clinton coalition

Every time Hillary Clinton makes a left-wing policy pronouncement, it is, in effect, another eulogy marking the death of the coalition and style of politics that twice made her husband president. Bill Clinton got elected by peeling off working-class whites and suburbanites from the ...

Jonah Goldberg: Left plays fast, loose with issue of gender identity

At a moment when many on the left are desperately trying to conjure up enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton's bid to become the first woman president, others on the left want to turn the word "woman" into a term of exclusion and oppression. This is just one of the more amusing ironies on display ...

Froma Harrop: Shorter road ahead for driverless cars

Friends keep orating that driverless cars are something in the far-ahead future. Apparently, they're not. That future is near. Exhibit A is Google's decision to get into the auto insurance business. Now Google wants to be in everyone's business. But its foray into insuring drivers is highly ...

Kathleen Parker: Caitlyn Jenner’s politics

WASHINGTON -- Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative ...

Peter Brookes: Something else to worry about

The storm clouds of confrontation continue to form over East Asia - even since I scribbled about it in these pages last month [see my May 1 column, "The Pacific may not be so peaceful" at http://www.nvdaily.com/?p=523571"]). Like a threatening weather pattern stalled ominously over the ...

Letter to the Editor: The essential King dollar/low-energy nexus

The strong May jobs report -- including a 280,000 jump in nonfarm payrolls -- reminds me of the big debate over the harmful effects of a strong dollar and falling oil prices. But where's the harm? King Dollar, along with the supply benefits of the fracking revolution, may actually be propping ...