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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 23, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

The headlines were inevitable -- "Grandma Hillary" -- followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt Hillary Clinton's chances in the 2016 election?

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 21, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The new "agreement" between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered.

This isn't to say it's not a good "prospect" for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama has said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country -- not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 16, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 14, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

Don't you believe it, Heartlanders.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 2, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Mean. But true?

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: March 19, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- "Once an agent, always an agent."

This was the terse response of Nina Khrushcheva on New Year's Eve 1999 when her mother commented favorably about the new president, Vladimir Putin, who was then speaking on TV.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: March 17, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of a new movie.

"Noah," scheduled for its U.S. release on March 28, has become such a target. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain have banned the movie because it depicts a prophet, which, as Danish cartoonists will attest, isn't the peachiest of ideas in certain circles.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: March 12, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- I must need to smoke pot.

How else to explain why I wasn't getting President Obama's interview on "Between Two Ferns," the Web show hosted by Zach Galifianakis of "The Hangover" fame.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: March 6, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In matters cultural, California has always been America's petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.

Today there is reason to hope that other trends collecting on our far-left coast (geographically speaking) might infect the nation, especially in matters of governance and fiscal responsibility.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: March 3, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color -- "My Brother's Keeper" -- is cause for cheer.

It isn't that we haven't known for some time that minority boys are in trouble. Poor school performance, truancy, delinquency and, ultimately, high incarceration rates cannot be separated from the absence of fathers in many homes. Out-of-wedlock births are now at 72 percent in the African-American community and 53 percent among Latinos, compared to 29 percent among non-Hispanic whites.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: February 17, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.

In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can't possibly be -- and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: January 29, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is correct in wanting to make higher education more affordable and accessible, but Americans would also be correct in wondering just what they're paying for.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: January 22, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The question du jour is, why did Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer wait so long to step forward and level her corruption charges at Chris Christie?

As surely everyone knows by now, Zimmer claims that following Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told her that Hoboken wouldn't receive relief funds unless the mayor supported a commercial development project favored by Christie.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: December 18, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

And a penguin?

In case you missed the most pressing issue of the season -- Santa's race -- Fox News' Megyn Kelly reaped a whirlwind when she recently declared that not only is Santa white but so was Jesus.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: December 2, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: November 27, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- For children, Christmastime may be the favorite holiday, even if their families don't celebrate the birth of Christ. The twinkling lights and aura of magic that suddenly transfigure the most plebian edifices are nearly as seductive as a round-trip ticket to Never-Never Land.

For adults, invariably, the favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. The reason is simple: Compared to all others, Thanksgiving is a relatively stress-free holiday.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: November 18, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Let's recap: If you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. No, wait. If you liked your policy, it was probably worthless anyway. Scratch that. If your junk policy was canceled and you still want it, you can keep it. Er, get it back.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: November 13, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In spite of everything -- the GOP's internal scrimmages, the government shutdown, the party's transparent attempts to derail Obamacare -- Republicans keep getting second chances.


The question is, can they handle prosperity? Do they even know what to do with it?

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: November 11, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist.

When he said he was sorry for the health care mess-up in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, he performed the mea culpa as well as -- if not better than -- anyone in recent history. With Trumanesque resolve, he may as well have said, "The devalued dollar stops here."

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: November 6, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Among the many rules I grew up with, two stand out. The first was never call someone a liar, which was considered the worst possible character indictment one could issue. The accuser had best be prepared to fight or be fleet of foot.

The other was a dictum so oft-repeated that it is permanently tattooed on my brain: "If you'll lie by omission, you'll lie by commission."

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: November 4, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is also known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 30, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- It isn't over yet, but a bookie today would predict a Terry McAuliffe victory in the Virginia governor's election next week.

Washington Post polling shows the Democratic businessman and fundraiser with a double-digit lead (51 percent to 39 percent) over Republican Ken Cuccinelli following a campaign ad blitz that shredded the sitting attorney general over his conservative views. It's not that voters love McAuliffe. They just don't like Cuccinelli -- and they really don't like the Republican Party.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 28, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- While the nation's attention has been riveted on the Keystone Congress, the executive branch was busy developing its own comedy routine. Picture the cast (you know the characters) shrugging their shoulders in unison: "Who, me?"

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 21, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Two things are often said in this town: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."

Combined, the two statements mean that much can happen between now and the midterm elections next year when Republicans hope to hold the House and gain the Senate -- and Democrats intend to hold the Senate and recover the House.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 14, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- In trying to understand the Republican Party's internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny.

Corleone, that is.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 2, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else.

Both are essential to understanding what just happened.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: September 30, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Ask most people on Capitol Hill and they'll say: 50-50. Those are the odds they give for a government shutdown. 

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: September 18, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- About 30 years ago as a young reporter in Florida, I was assigned a series on gun control in response to gun violence, which had peaked in the U.S. in 1980.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: September 16, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- As I read Vlad's op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: "Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?"

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: September 12, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rarely, if ever, has so much talk preceded a proposed military strike.

Most administrations contemplating military action worry about an exit strategy. The Obama administration seems to be in search of an entrance strategy.

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