By Leonard Pitts February 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Rush Limbaugh thinks John Lewis should have been armed.
By Leonard Pitts January 28, 2013 6:01 a.m.
How fitting that Richard Blanco chose the sun.
By Leonard Pitts January 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Does torture work?
By Leonard Pitts January 14, 2013 6:01 a.m.
'Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA"
By Leonard Pitts December 24, 2012 6:01 a.m.
On the day after the recent massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., police in Newport Beach, Calif., took a man into custody for allegedly firing more than 50 rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in the parking lot of a shopping mall. He aimed into the air and no one was hit, though one person was hurt slightly while running away. Police say 42-year-old Marcos Gurrola was destitute and frustrated with his circumstances. Firing dozens of rounds at the sky was his way of venting.
By Leonard Pitts December 10, 2012 6 a.m.
A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."
By Leonard Pitts December 3, 2012 6 a.m.
Bing Crosby would be appalled.
By Leonard Pitts November 26, 2012 6 a.m.
I take this one personally. Let me tell you why.
By Leonard Pitts November 19, 2012 6 a.m.
'How ya like me now?"
By Leonard Pitts November 12, 2012 6 a.m.
Thank goodness that's over.
By Leonard Pitts November 5, 2012 6 a.m.
One guy was among the greatest losers in the history of politics, the other, one of the biggest winners in all of sports.
By Leonard Pitts October 29, 2012 6 a.m.
About those "binders full of women .?.?."
By Leonard Pitts October 22, 2012 6 a.m.
'Truth crushed to earth will rise again."
By Leonard Pitts October 15, 2012 6 a.m.
'Reality," Stephen Colbert once famously said, "has a well-known liberal bias."
By Leonard Pitts October 1, 2012 6 a.m.
Sharkara Peters is a 35-year-old single mother of two. She works 34 hours a week at a fast-food restaurant. A few months back, she was hospitalized with a blood clot in her lung.
By Leonard Pitts September 24, 2012 6 a.m.
They are, perhaps, the most dangerous words ever written:
By Leonard Pitts September 17, 2012 6 a.m.
We are gathered here today to discuss two recent controversies about same-sex marriage. One comes from the world of pigskin, the other from the world of chicken fat.
By Leonard Pitts September 10, 2012 6 a.m.
Lord help us, they're talking race again.
By Leonard Pitts August 27, 2012 6 a.m.
Rep. Todd Akin's fame — more accurately, his infamy — now reaches all the way to the Congo.
By Leonard Pitts August 20, 2012 6 a.m.
Can we finally say the thing we have not said so far?
By Leonard Pitts August 13, 2012 6 a.m.
Some recent headlines from the alternate universe of modern conservatism:
By Leonard Pitts August 6, 2012 6 a.m.
It was in 2008, the debate between vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Biden had just scored his opponent for failing to directly answer a question from moderator Gwen Ifill. But Palin was hardly apologetic. "I may not answer the questions the way that either the moderator or you want to hear," she snapped, "but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also."
By Leonard Pitts July 30, 2012 6 a.m.
‘Am I my brother’s keeper?” — Genesis 4:9
By Leonard Pitts July 23, 2012 6 a.m.
This one is for Mike. He is a Houston reader who shot me an email after my recent column equating the GOP push for voter ID laws with voter suppression.
By Leonard Pitts July 16, 2012 6 a.m.
MAYBERRY, N.C. — Former sheriff Andy Taylor died here on July 3. Mayberry is in mourning.
By Leonard Pitts July 9, 2012 6 a.m.
Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?
By Leonard Pitts July 2, 2012 6 a.m.
'The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."
By Leonard Pitts June 25, 2012 6 a.m.
There was always something hapless about Rodney King.
By Leonard Pitts June 18, 2012 6 a.m.
There are things the law cannot do.
By Leonard Pitts June 11, 2012 6 a.m.
Chyanna Richards saw Jesus in her bathroom.
By Leonard Pitts June 4, 2012 6 a.m.
Steve Blake of the Los Angeles Lakers (formerly a Portland Trail Blazer) missed what would have been the winning shot in a critical game. His wife got death threats.
By Leonard Pitts May 28, 2012 6 a.m.
We are gathered here today to memorialize a man who revolutionized our lives.
By Leonard Pitts May 21, 2012 6 a.m.
So the people got sick of it, all those criminals being coddled by all those bleeding heart liberal judges with all their soft-headed concern for rights and rehabilitation. And a wave swept this country in the Reagan years, a wave ridden by pundits and politicians seeking power, a wave that said, no mercy, no more. From now on, judges would be severely limited in the sentences they could hand down for certain crimes, required to impose certain punishments whether or not they thought those punishments fit the circumstances at hand. From now on, there was a new mantra in American justice. From now on, we would be "tough on crime."
By Leonard Pitts May 14, 2012 6 a.m.
I promised Russell I would ask you something.
By Leonard Pitts May 7, 2012 6 a.m.
Twenty years ago today, my hometown burned.
By Leonard Pitts April 30, 2012 6 a.m.
‘Someday, my prince will come.”
By Leonard Pitts April 23, 2012 6 a.m.
If President Obama had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. So the president famously said.
By Leonard Pitts April 16, 2012 6 a.m.
Barack Obama himself has never had the guts to say it.
By Leonard Pitts April 2, 2012 6 a.m.
No, seriously, you have been warned. This is your last chance. Turn back now.
By Leonard Pitts March 26, 2012 6 a.m.
It begins with big drums, a guitar seesawing beneath like a deck rolling in high seas. It ends with a fuzz of static and feedback, a hiss of promises broken and a mortgage on the future.
By Leonard Pitts March 19, 2012 6 a.m.
Spin it any way you want. Justify it, rationalize it, chalk it up to the exigencies of war. And at the end, the fact remains:
By Leonard Pitts March 12, 2012 6 a.m.
If you think Rush Limbaugh is fatally wounded, think again.
By Leonard Pitts March 5, 2012 6 a.m.
Bob Morris is scared of Girl Scouts.
By Leonard Pitts February 20, 2012 6 a.m.
‘One of the worries we have obviously in the next campaign is that there are so many of these so-called super PACs, these independent expenditures that are gonna be out there, there is gonna be just a lot of money floating around and I guarantee a bunch of it’s gonna be negative.”
By Leonard Pitts February 13, 2012 6 a.m.
This was for us.
By Leonard Pitts February 6, 2012 6 a.m.
A picture, the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately, we have only about 550 with which to appraise a picture that has raised eyebrows across the country: In it, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is seen wagging her finger in President Obama’s face during his visit to her state recently.
By Leonard Pitts January 30, 2012 6 a.m.
I got my first job when I was 12. The deacons at my church paid me $2 a week to keep it swept and mopped.
By Leonard Pitts January 23, 2012 6 a.m.
So here’s how it is: