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As passions cool after Zimmerman verdict, it's time to ask tough questions

It is easy to understand how everyone in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case feels.

July 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Wendy Davis: a sudden saint in rouge-red sneakers

I like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis. I admire her intelligence, chutzpah, tenacity and, to be perfectly honest, her enviable continence.

July 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

For N-word vs. cracker debate, here's a refresher course

The trial of George Zimmerman, accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, inevitably and quickly devolved into a contest of who is more racist - the victim or the accused?

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Real joke is a lawyer trying funny at a murder trial

When it comes to knock-knock jokes, it helps to be 5 years old: You can slap your head, roll your eyes, and run outside and play.

June 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Palin reminds us she's nothing if not fertile

Distilled to a slogan, politics of late goes something like this: "I'm more fertile than you are."

June 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Women finding little happiness in the male pattern

It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago.

June 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Amtrak bill is a dog's (and cat's) best friend

You might say I have a dog in this fight. He's tiny. He's blind. His bark is decidedly unmanly and his bites, usually in defense against things that can't be seen, are forgivably innocuous.

June 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Calling an end to terror war hardly ends the threat

It's good to know that the war on terror is finally over. It was all so ugly, what with the beheadings and bombings.

May 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Media, tea party coalesce around common enemy

Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt - the benighted Mainstream Media.

May 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Tsarnaev entitled to all his rights as a US citizen

As the manhunt for the Boston bombers reached its climactic conclusion, Americans of all hues and backgrounds heaved a sigh of relief. Thank goodness it wasn't ...

April 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Man's inhumanity to man is unfathomable

Man's inhumanity to man is unfathomable

WASHINGTON

April 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

In Catholic Church, this is no century for introverts

Tout le journalism monde has descended on Rome since Pope Benedict XVI's surprise retirement last month. The ensuing Vatican intrigue has been appropriately sumptuous: Was it the gay cabal? Blackmail? Did the butler do it?

March 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Calling all RINOs: It's time for a rebellion

WASHINGTON

February 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

A major Friedan legacy may be stay-at-home dad

Now is the time for all good women to pay homage to Betty Friedan, who 50 years ago wrote the game-changing manifesto "The Feminine Mystique."

February 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

4 Myanmar women step into the light; pray for them

WASHINGTON - When Myanmar's Zin Mar Aung was placed in solitary confinement for trying to organize students in 1999, Bill Clinton was president of the United States.

February 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Asking the right questions about marriage, at last

More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage.

January 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Judging Armstrong's sincerity may be a mistake

To the world-weary, Lance Armstrong's confession to Oprah was just one more in a series.

January 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Witness decline of civilization Honey Boo Boo-style

No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo.

January 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Attacks on Hillary Clinton have been disgusting

The new year began not with a cannonball off the fiscal cliff but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism.

January 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

So, it's time to man up, right? No problem

This is the time of year when columnists write mea culpas, make predictions and list their resolutions.

December 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama needs to provide leadership on fatherhood

One of my great hopes for an Obama administration - and thus one of my personal disappointments - was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being.

December 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

GOP's opposition to Rice is making no sense

A variety of insults have been deployed in opposition to Susan Rice's likely nomination for secretary of state: She is not qualified; she's too aggressive; she misled the public after the lethal attack on the American Consulate in Libya.

December 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Women in Petraeus saga are pilloried unfairly

WASHINGTON - As events have unfolded in what shall ever be known as "The Petraeus Affair," one cannot escape noticing that the women in this sordid saga have been handed the short end of the shtick, as though the men are mere victims of ambitious, hormonally driven vixens.

November 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Ditch the snark - Petraeus saga is just too sad

It is tempting, oh so tempting, to unleash the snark as the script unfolds: Real Housewives of Tampa. Or is it Real Generals of Kabul?

November 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

It's time for nation to heal, work together

Four-year-old Abigael Evans spoke for millions when she sobbed, "I'm tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney."

November 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Just stop it: Use of race card getting ridiculous

Predictable as rain, the race card has surfaced just in time to stir up electoral passions, justify outcomes and explain away inconvenient truths.

October 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Only our enemies benefit from Benghazi blame game

Once again, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated herself to be the classiest person in the room. No wonder she's one of the most revered public figures in America.

October 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Beware of politicians, like Biden, who smile too much

After two debates, one presidential and one vice presidential, we can fairly conclude that Obama and Biden are happy warriors.

October 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Reproductive issues aren't women's top concern

To the extent that women's votes count more than men's, it's been the year of the woman since at least 1964 - when women began outvoting men.

October 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Documentary on feminist pioneers keeps memories fresh

Gloria Steinem is unmistakable. Across the room surrounded by a clutch of admirers, she is utterly ageless. At 78, she looks, well, fabulous.

September 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Words of practicality betray Romney the cyborg

What's a day without a leaked video, a scandal, an unintended sliver of truth?

September 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Candidates' 'likability' rating overemphasized

One of the great fallacies of politics - and life - is that one must be liked to be effective.

September 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Michelle's right: Children need a loving father

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

September 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Eastwood knew: Cowboy always wins in America

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

September 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

A model for living well, dying with grace

TAMPA, Fla. -

August 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Circus distracts voters from substance of election

"Under a democratical government, the citizens exercise the powers of sovereignty; and those powers will be first abased, and afterwards lost, if they are committed to an unwieldy multitude."

August 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cosmo Girl's legacy is a dubious one at best

The legendary Cosmo Girl, Helen Gurley Brown, has died and with her, one hopes, a not-so-fabulous legacy.

August 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

And the winner of the gold medal for courage is ...

Oh, to be the fastest woman in the world. Other dreams may be equal to this one, but few are as accessible. Every able-bodied human being on the planet can and has run, knows the feeling of running full speed - as fast as you can - and the exhilaration of crossing a finish line, or not.

August 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Detractors talk of gaffes as Romney talks substance

The same week President Obama's health regulations go into effect, forcing people of faith to violate their conscience or shut their doors, Mitt Romney was preaching the gospel of economic and religious freedom in Poland and Israel.

August 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Loony liberals sounding a lot like birthers lately

We're still a few weeks from summer's dog days and the conventions, and already rabidity has set in. Add to the long list of psycho-political syndromes the "Romney Derangement Syndrome."

July 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Rising GOP star Haley needs to think before she speaks

CAMDEN, S.C. - South Carolina politics never fails to amuse - and bemuse.

July 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

No turning back for Romney on immigration

As the Supreme Court rules this week on a variety of volatile issues, the question has come up: Is Barack Obama really running against the high court?

June 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Ideological nonsense about Ann Romney's horse

The punch line is at least as old as the eldest baby boomer: "I didn't get a pony."

June 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Laura Bush is a force for women; 'The 22' know nothing

By now most sentient Americans have heard about the war on women. That is, the so-called Republican war on women, which has been framed as a battle waged by stodgy old white guys who want to deny women reproductive freedom.

June 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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