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KATHLEEN PARKER: Once upon a moonbeam

OPINION: California starts to focus on fiscal responsibility

Gov. Jerry Brown has traded his earlier dreams for the Golden State to pragmatic policies that has turned deficit spending in Calfornia into a surplus.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Make love, not war

OPINION: The old-fashioned idea of men being chivalrous toward women is not in vogue today

Although we can argue that women shouldn’t get drunk and convey mixed signals, they are functionally less able to resist the advances of a determined male.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Maybe Gov. Chris Christie needs a hug from President Obama

OPINION: If Gov. Christie had no knowledge of the bridge closing, he can survive

Gov. Christie can now be viewed as a victim of malicious staffers and a two-faced, pro-Democratic Party media.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: It's all in how you say it, politically speaking

OPINION: As the midterm elections near, be skeptical of what you hear

“Income inequality” may be the most brilliant turn of a phrase to hit the political discourse.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: There they go again

OPINION: The midterm elections promise to be politically bloody

2014 presents a rare and perhaps undeserved opportunity for Republicans to determine who will lead the nation and what direction will be taken.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: With courage, Americans keep hope alive

America must regain our national imperative to do and be better

To preserve the American Dream, two resolutions come to mind: Denounce envy and resurrect the community standard.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Reality isnt so ducky after all

OPINION: Phil Robertson is the unlikely center of a societal vortex

A healthy if dwindling percentage of the country feels helplessly opposed to redefining marriage reveals an existential divide that won’t easily be bridged. Phil Robertson didn’t create it; he exposed it.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Dreaming of a penguin Christmas

OPINION: The color of Santa is aired out, thanks to the cable TV news time that has to be filled

It should be no surprise that, as demographics shift, so do cultural icons. It is also understandable that such challenges would be unsettling to many, but there are more sophisticated ways of discussing them without resorting to “The War on (fill in the blank).”

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Paul Ryan steps forward with budget deal

OPINION: Paul Ryan is being groomed to be the missing leader GOP has been seeking

By pushing through an admittedly imperfect budget plan, Republicans placed the nation ahead of party unity.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Get her laughing with you, not at you

OPINION: The incompetence of Republicans communicating their case to women is ridiculous

The GOP would do better if it recruited some of its smartest women to public service.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Republicans should focus on solutions

OPINION: Republicans are missing a chance to resolve problems, opting instead to merely criticize

Without offering alternatives, the GOP is failing to take advantage of missteps by Democrats.

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KATHLEN PARKER: Food stamps and turkey tales

OPINION: Republicans would be wise to meet Democrats in the middle on food assistance programs

With the tough economy, keeping nutrition aid and education in place is the right thing to do.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Whats not to love about Thanksgiving?

OPINION: Business leaders should let Thanksgiving remain a family holiday

Black Friday and pushed its way into Thanksgiving Day.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: President John F. Kennedy an eternal flame for U.S.

OPINION: Even after 50 years, it is difficult to shed memories of the day JFK was killed

For many Americans, the death of President John F. Kennedy was like the death of a member of their family.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: We need to preserve one of a kind-ness

OPINION: Some people and events should be retired from impulse to similize

By invoking horrific tragedy, atrocity and evil acts in political criticism, those events become trivialized.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: GOP gets some advice it sorely needs

OPINION: Republicans need to create a political product that the voters want

The GOP has become the first U.S. politcal party to have a negative rating over 50 percent.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Virginia is a wake-up call for Republicans

OPINION: An advertising blitz attacked the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Virginia

Polls indicate that Virginia voters have a general distaste for the Republican role in the partial federal government shutdown.

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PARKER: You can't govern if you can't win

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In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny. Corleone, that is.

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PARKER: Republicans face lose-lose proposition

Odds on a government shutdown are even an a deal may end up being another political lifeline for the president.

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PARKER: Francis a pontiff who doesn't pontificate

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Pope Francis continues to delight and surprise as he pursues his radical pilgrimage across the global psyche — inspiring with his humility while also sending shock waves with his subversive spirit.

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PARKER: Delaying health care act not unwise

News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor.

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PARKER: Gun conversations stay on well-worn path

The conversation we’re having today about how to avert the next act of gun violence is nothing new. Yet, we seem always to fall into the same pro-con template when a fresh shooting occurs.

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PARKER: After the air strike, what then?

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Waging a little bit of war is like being a little bit pregnant. History and human experience tell us that neither is possible, yet we seem bent on believing it. Or, should I say, deceiving ourselves.

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PARKER: Miley's mandate: Return to prudery

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If opinions differ on Miley Cyrus’ raunchy performance during MTV’s recent Video Music Awards, on one thing we all can agree: Miley loves her tongue.

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To have or have not -- a baby

The media-created mommy wars haven’t just jumped the shark and entered the realm of “Sharknado.” Where women once debated ways to balance family-and-career — a hyphenated oxymoron if ever there was one — they’re now clashing over whether having babies is really all that.

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Martin’s mother’s testimony a shot through the heart

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In the annals of murder trials, few testimonies can rival the impact of slain teenager Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton: "I heard my son screaming."

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Women politicians flexing their "womb-anhood"

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Distilled to a slogan, politics of late goes something like this: "I'm more fertile than you are."

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Something’s awry at White House

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Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt — the benighted Mainstream Media.

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The word ‘child’ keeps getting in the way

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They lost me at the word “women.”

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Taping of McConnell was the violation

The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups. One consists of those disturbed by the bugging of a private conversation. The other consists of people who were mostly offended by the content of the conversation, which concerned Judd’s emotional problems, and laughter about certain odd comments she has made over time.

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New gun regs can't prevent another Newtown

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The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration's push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown. This is because nothing proposed in the gun control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and everybody knows it. At best, tighter gun laws will make us feel better.

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Lean on the world to save women, girls

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The striking juxtaposition of the preternaturally perfect Angelina Jolie, waifish and wispy in a ghostly gown, and the scrappy Pakistani schoolgirl Malala, her face cruelly misshapen by the effects of a Taliban bullet to the head, captures the confluence of feminine power assembled here to "lean on" the world to save women and girls.

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Artwork a tribute to reconciliation

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It isn’t often that one gets to hear both the strains of “Dixie” and an African drum concert in the same public square. Nor, usually, are statue unveilings the riveting stuff of storytelling.

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Royal change will soon come to this Nation

My inner Pollyanna was basking in blissfulness, rolling in the hay of righteous rhetoric, backstroking through the sunny sibilance of aspiration.

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Women get short end of The Petreaus Affair

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As events have unfolded in what shall ever be known as “The Petraeus Affair,” one cannot escape noticing that the women in this sordid saga have been handed the short end of the shtick, as though the men are mere victims of ambitious, hormonally driven vixens.

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Stepfather’s life was a life well lived

I had hoped he would wait until I got here, but he was in a rush to go.

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As they say, all roads lead to Rome

The period of the American Revolution coincided with publication of Edward Gibbon's "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" (1776), and ever since we've been vigilant for signs that the U.S. was following in Rome's footsteps.

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When 'boring' can be a good thing

With Mitt Romney's announcement that Paul Ryan will be his running mate, we finally can extricate ourselves from one of the sillier debates and put to rest the narrative of the benighted "boring white guy (BWG)."

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Trolling for boos has catchier ring to it

We're still a few weeks from summer's dog days and the conventions, and already feral rabidity has set in. Add to the long list of psycho-political syndromes the "Romney Derangement Syndrome."

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Rainey's record speaks louder than his words

South Carolina politics never fails to amuse -- and bemuse.

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