Kathleen Parker / Politics

When the Pope Talks ...

WASHINGTON -- Forget E.F. Hutton. It's P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.

And then they get busy trying to figure out what he was really saying. Even non-Catholics are keen to study his words, so surprised ...

Hyping Obama's Paris Fail

WASHINGTON -- If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris.

The White House has admitted ...

Our Bias, Ourselves

WASHINGTON -- Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.

One might ...

The Joke's On Us

WASHINGTON -- A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines.

Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.

Hey, did you hear the one about North Korea hacking Sony and threatening to ...

Inglorious Hackers

WASHINGTON -- If I were a cartoonist, a phrase cartoonists are loath to hear, I'd sketch a chubby imp donned in a diaper, sporting a chia mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on earth, while straddling a nuclear-armed missile that bears a striking...

Talk About a Wildfire

WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.

Call it "Moonlight Fire," and prepare to suspend disbelief.

The story is a doozy -- a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse,...