Pitts: President's lies about health care threaten his legacy

By Leonard Pitts November 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. President: You lied.

Pitts: Paranoia isn't delusional when government is watching

By Leonard Pitts November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

I need to know how to build a bomb.

Pitts: '12 Years a Slave' is more than a cinematic masterpiece

By Leonard Pitts October 28, 2013 6 a.m.

The film surprises you with vast silences.

Pitts: Latest outrage over Obamacare sinks to a new low

By Leonard Pitts October 21, 2013 6 a.m.

In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.

Pitts: Better connection results in a disconnect for society

By Leonard Pitts October 14, 2013 6 a.m.

The thing might be funny, except that somebody died. That part isn't funny at all. But the rest of it, the moments before Justin Valdez was killed, read like some twisted skit on "Saturday Night Live."

Pitts: New pope is a revelation — and isn't that surprising?

By Leonard Pitts September 30, 2013 6 a.m.

A few words on the new pope. Since ascending to the papacy in March, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio has managed to surprise and impress the religious and irreligious alike by living a brand of faith seldom seen on the public stage.

Pitts: Insanity: Getting same result over and over and over

By Leonard Pitts September 23, 2013 6 a.m.

Is America crazy? Twelve people killed at a secure naval installation virtually on the front porch of the federal government, eight others hurt, the shooter shot to death, and it's just another manic Monday, another day in the life of a nation under the gun.

Pitts: Perpetrator creates positive aftermath to criminal act

By Leonard Pitts September 16, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Matthew Cordle does not want your admiration. He knows some people are finding inspiration in his courage. We are told this upsets him. He thinks they're missing the point.

Pitts: IRS ruling signals coming battle over states' rights

By Leonard Pitts September 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Abraham Lincoln said it best.

Pitts: About the Oklahoma killing and the culture of outrage

By Leonard Pitts September 2, 2013 6:02 a.m.

I have nothing to say about the murder of Christopher Lane.

Pitts: 'The Butler' serves up the difficult, necessary Truth

By Leonard Pitts August 26, 2013 6:01 a.m.

This isn't your average summer movie crowd.

Pitts: Difference between haves and have-nots is razor thin

By Leonard Pitts August 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The world is a ghetto. That is, yes, the title of an old song by War. It is also the reality presented by "Elysium," the new film by director Neill Blomkamp. It posits a ruined Earth in the year 2154, overcome by overcrowding, disease and environmental and economic collapse. Los Angeles is a dusty brown shantytown where people live on top of one another like some favela in Rio.

Pitts: Believe it or not, newspapers serve crucial function

By Leonard Pitts August 12, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Newspapers have become the bullied school kid of American journalism.

Pitts: 'McBudget' is an insult to the nation's working poor

By Leonard Pitts August 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.

A few words about the McBudget.

Pitts: Stereotypes steal individuality from young black men

By Leonard Pitts July 29, 2013 6:02 a.m.

"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me."-- Barack Obama

Pitts: Zimmerman verdict wake-up call for black Americans

By Leonard Pitts July 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Four words of advice for African-Americans in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal:

Pitts: Gruesome bad old days of eugenics haven't left us

By Leonard Pitts July 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.

As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer.

Pitts: Religious atheists? Universal spirit? God's cool with that

By Leonard Pitts July 8, 2013 6:01 a.m.

I was standing in line with God, buying tickets to see "Monsters University." He's a big Billy Crystal fan.

Pitts: 'Redskins' a curse word, an insult to Native Americans

By Leonard Pitts June 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.

See if this makes sense to you: For years, I've argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called N-word, which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I don't understand. They say the word no longer means what it has always meant. They say it's just a friendly fraternal greeting.

Pitts: We're trading our freedom for false sense of security

By Leonard Pitts June 17, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It will not be with guns.

Pitts: Republicans need to put scandals in perspective

By Leonard Pitts June 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.

You'd think they'd never seen a scandal before.

Pitts: Boy Scouts' decision on gays is nothing to celebrate

By Leonard Pitts June 3, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Hold your applause. As milestones go, this one is disappointing.

Pitts: Fla.'s move to expedite death penalty affront to justice

By Leonard Pitts May 27, 2013 6:02 a.m.

At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing.

Pitts: Even Tea Party foes should worry about IRS practice

By Leonard Pitts May 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Well, this is a fine mess.

Pitts: Mom who resurfaced after 11 years shows life catches up

By Leonard Pitts May 13, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Brenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla.

Pitts: Rand Paul, GOP need to rethink 'outreach' to blacks

By Leonard Pitts April 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Rand Paul did just fine at Howard University, thank you very much. Or at least, that's how he remembers it.

Pitts: Paisley could adjust 'Accidental' perspective if he tried

By Leonard Pitts April 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.

There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song.

Pitts: Remember, Barry, Goliath Principle also applies to you

By Leonard Pitts April 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Dear Barry: Ordinarily, I'd address you as Mr. Obama or Mr. President, in deference to your office. But we need to have us a guy-to-guy chat here, so I hope you'll excuse the familiarity, because I just have to ask:

Pitts: Late civil rights foe proves we can escape burden of hate

By Leonard Pitts April 8, 2013 6:02 a.m.

A few words on the death of Elwin Wilson.

Pitts: Customers ill-served when robots of any kind answer call

By Leonard Pitts April 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Dear Whomever is in Charge of Customer Service for DirecTV:

Pitts: Portman's change of heart on gays deserves no cheers

By Leonard Pitts March 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Let there be no cheers for Rob Portman.

Pitts: If you're not free to do something stupid, you're not free

By Leonard Pitts March 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world.

Pitts: Introverts pulled into telecommuting controversy

By Leonard Pitts March 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It's not just a women's issue.

Pitts: Alleged assault of black baby sign of things to come

By Leonard Pitts March 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.

'The first kick I took was when I hit the ground."

Pitts: End doesn't justify means with drone hits on citizens

By Leonard Pitts February 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

If it is true, as the writer Samuel Johnson once said, that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," then the dictionary must be the first.

Pitts: Chris Christie makes nation ponder some heavy truths

By Leonard Pitts February 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

So it turns out Chris Christie is fat.

Pitts: Gun advocates prefer farfetched fantasy to hard reality

By Leonard Pitts February 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here's how serious it has turned out to be.

Pitts: Conservatives must stop twisting civil rights history

By Leonard Pitts February 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Rush Limbaugh thinks John Lewis should have been armed.

Pitts: Can Republicans accept that a new era has dawned?

By Leonard Pitts January 28, 2013 6:01 a.m.

How fitting that Richard Blanco chose the sun.

Pitts: An armed society only offers freedom to live in fear

By Leonard Pitts January 14, 2013 6:01 a.m.

'Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA"

Pitts: Unless we get grip on guns, Newtown deaths in vain

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.

Pitts: Political expediency trumps Norquist's anti-tax pledge

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."

Pitts: What really matters? Holiday actions can confound us

By Leonard Pitts December 3, 2012 6 a.m.

Bing Crosby would be appalled.

Pitts: When it comes to education, don't lower bar, lift kids

By Leonard Pitts November 26, 2012 6 a.m.

I take this one personally. Let me tell you why.

Pitts: Republican Party has become its own worst enemy

By Leonard Pitts November 19, 2012 6 a.m.

'How ya like me now?"

Pitts: Obama victory a major blow to 'severe' conservatism

By Leonard Pitts November 12, 2012 6 a.m.

Thank goodness that's over.

Pitts: McGovern, Armstrong redefine winners and losers

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.

Pitts: Romney's 'binders full of women' stuck in time warp

By Leonard Pitts October 29, 2012 6 a.m.

About those "binders full of women .?.?."