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Kathleen Parker / Politics

Dershowitz & Starr: A Matter of Principle

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.

Well, OK, there was the David ...

Photo-Oping Salvation

WASHINGTON -- This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

In anticipation of the meeting, everyone seems to want a piece of the pope. The...

Being Vladimir Putin

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.

Khrushcheva, great-...

Noah's Arc of Triumph

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

"Noah," scheduled for its U.S. release on March 28, has become such a target. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and...

Ferngate

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.

Or perhaps I needed a hangover, which isn't ...

New SAT Don't Care 'bout No Fancy Words

WASHINGTON -- When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier?

This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced "improvements" to the test are ...