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Ring in the Olde?

WASHINGTON -- Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.

This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present -- or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke -- we gallop into tomorrow like a dog who mastered the ...Read more

Rolling Stone Gathers Dirt On Itself

WASHINGTON -- "As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong ..."

Thus read a Rolling Stone editor's note attached to a post-mortem story on the false story it published last fall about an alleged gang rape by members of University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Such statements extract all the oxygen from the air that...Read more

Revenge of the Help

WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.

Just as desserts should be.

Washington political writers, meanwhile, have been tearing through lists of revealed secrets thinking to ...Read more

Born-Again Parenting

WASHINGTON -- For a variety of reasons, I gave up alcohol Jan. 4. I have your attention, don't I? This is because people who enjoy drinking are always curious about people who stop. I know I always am. And this is so because most regular imbibers, especially us wine drinkers -- and especially mothers -- worry that perhaps we enjoy it too much.

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Freedom is a Two-Way Street

WASHINGTON -- Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.

The law in question is a version of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) signed by then-...Read more

A Leap of Faith -- Into Thin Air

WASHINGTON -- The apparently intentional downing of a Germanwings airliner by the co-pilot has us riveted, as commercial plane crashes usually do.

In each terrible instance, we put ourselves in the cabin, imagining what our last thoughts or actions would be. Would we close our eyes and pray? Would we scream? Would we seize the person next to us...Read more

Wacko Birds Nesting in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON -- President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

He left out the part about Democratic intransigence and at least one incident of "wacko-birdness" from the left.

When John McCain originally...Read more

Let's Not Talk

WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be.

Absolutely no one is talking about race.

In fact, no one is talking at all except to mumble an order while checking email.

I confess I'm not usually here at ...Read more

Hillary & the Media: Act 2016

WASHINGTON -- Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.

The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans (51 percent) think the email controversy is "serious," yet 57 percent would be "proud" to have her as president. So what are we to conclude?...Read more

Hillary Clinton's Secret Mess

WASHINGTON -- On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.

You could almost hear the collective gasp in Washington: Oh, no, here we go again.

But then the next evening, Clinton was feted at the EMILY'S List 30th Anniversary Gala dinner as though nothing had happened. Only ...Read more

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