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

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

Ballot initiatives aimed at protecting bears and wolves from hounding, trapping and other inhumane hunting practices are up for a vote in two states -- Maine and Michigan.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 15, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial.

And, so desperate are political pundits for any fresh news crumb that a molehill quickly becomes a mountain. One ill-chosen word -- or, worse, failure to answer a reporter's question -- and the candidate is suddenly redrawn into a caricature he doesn't recognize.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 8, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning.

Who could have imagined that the word "beheading" would become commonplace, as though we were discussing a sport or a new product?

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 1, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a "war on women."

Let's be clear. The war on women is based on just one thing -- abortion rights. While it is true that access to abortion has been restricted in several states owing to Republican efforts, it is not true that women as a whole care only or mostly about abortion.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: September 25, 2014 3:55 PM
 

WASHINGTON -- Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

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

WASHINGTON -- About that stunning defeat.

Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: June 11, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- So much for the argument that having more people armed in public places will result in fewer gun deaths.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: June 4, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reminded us of three unpleasant facts of life:

The United States does negotiate with terrorists; the president will circumvent laws as circumstances require; Republicans and Democrats will be summarily outraged as party affiliations seem to require.

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

WASHINGTON -- To hear tell, the mean ol' GOP is waging war on Michelle Obama and, brace yourself, America's children.

Got it?

The newest war on women/children relates to the first lady's well-intentioned but disastrous school nutrition program, otherwise known as the Dumpster Derby.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: May 27, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers.

President Barack Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.

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

WASHINGTON -- Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.

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

WASHINGTON -- When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah. If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: May 5, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- This is the time when Americans renew their hatred of Washington and Washington wallows in a bittersweet cocktail of self-love and self-loathing.

Which is to say, this is White House Correspondents' Association weekend, with the dinner Saturday night amid a galaxy of pre- and after-parties. Attendant to these events is the also annual handwringing about the dinner's value.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 28, 2014 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections.

Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highlighted the importance of picking one's battles wisely. Suffice to say, a smattering of pundits and politicians drank from the wrong chalice.

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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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