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Kathleen Parker

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Cosby case, Ferguson demonstrate need for rule of law

By Kathleen Parker November 27, 2014 6 a.m.

By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s. According to several women who have accused him of sexual predations, Cosby's usual modus operandi was to drug women who were with him voluntarily and then force sexual acts upon them.

Parker: Family — in its traditional form — comes first for pope

By Kathleen Parker November 20, 2014 6 a.m.

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

Parker: Midterm elections' real message: Restore voters' trust

By Kathleen Parker November 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy. And of course, there's the conventional wisdom that Democrats always suffer in midterms because they lack "intensity," meaning they don't care, and that presidents are always unpopular in their sixth year in office.

Parker: America's political pendulum swings back to the right

By Kathleen Parker October 30, 2014 6 a.m.

To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum do. If projections, human nature and historical bent prevail on Tuesday, we may see a bit of topsy-turvy up on the benighted Hill. Anything still can happen, but it seems as though Republicans may command both the House and Senate beginning next year.

Parker: Are we being wise to the words we've been hearing?

By Kathleen Parker October 9, 2014 6 a.m.

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?

Parker: Dems' criticism of GOP's 'war on women' hypocritical

By Kathleen Parker October 2, 2014 6 a.m.

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

Parker: Lesson of Cantor's loss: Sometime a loser is just a loser

By Kathleen Parker June 19, 2014 6 a.m.

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. The Tea Party candidate crushed Cantor, they say. The old-guard Republican Party is toast! It’s over. Finito.

Parker: Shooting spree an argument against more armed people

By Kathleen Parker June 12, 2014 6 a.m.

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

Parker: Soldier swap illustrates hard choices presidents face

By Kathleen Parker June 5, 2014 6 a.m.

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.

Parker: President Obama surprised by news far too often

By Kathleen Parker May 29, 2014 6 a.m.

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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