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Kathleen Parker

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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: KGB colonel outmaneuvers community organizer

As I read Vlad’s op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: “Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?”

PARKER: U.S. talking itself out of ‘non-war’

Most administrations contemplating military action worry about an exit strategy. The Obama administration seems to be in search of an entrance strategy. Or is it that we’re trying to talk ourselves out of this mess?

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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.

PARKER: Coiled snake sometimes more effective

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To bomb or not to bomb, that is always the question.

PARKER: Mirror, mirror on the wall …

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The president is up early, already showered and preparing to shave. Wiping steam from the mirror, he grimaces slightly at his image.

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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.

PARKER: Animal amendment deserves humane death

In one of the early episodes of “Portlandia,” the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, Ore., a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.

Was the clown just clowning around?

Children, children. Here we are in the midst of a bloody clash in Egypt, more than 100,000 slaughtered in Syria, another looming debt crisis at home, and we’re consumed with angst over a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask and invited the crowd to cheer for the bulls.

Clinton may be a winner in 2016

Three years out and you’d think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.

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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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When one’s family falls apart

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When The Washington Post Writers Group came courting several years ago, inviting me to join the company’s syndicate, I remember well the pitch: We’re a family.

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Recalling all mavericks

As congressional leaders depart the nation's capital for a much-deserved five-week break, it is with a sense of relief and pride in accomplishment: A grand bargain budget that ends sequestration and makes rational spending cuts, a sane immigration reform package, and progress on a cost-cutting health care plan.

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Armed civilian patrol isn’t normal behavior

It is easy to understand how everyone in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case feels.

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Doubling down on double standards

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Redemption is in the air, we keep hearing. Americans don't care about a person's sex life because, well, they have one, too, and, hey, we all have weeds in our garden.

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The GOP’s principled suicide

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Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you’re still dead in the end.

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If it please the public

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As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.

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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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Everybody's a comedian

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When it comes to knock-knock jokes, it helps to be 5 years old: You can slap your head, roll your eyes, and run outside and play.

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Everybody’s a comedian these days

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When it comes to knock-knock jokes, it helps to be 5 years old: You can slap your head, roll your eyes, and run outside and play. In a courtroom where the defendant is charged with second-degree murder, a knock-knock joke has all the appeal of a bar of soap on the shower floor.

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Jury of peers

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The headlines were immediate: All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman’s trial.

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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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Googling ourselves to death

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At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: “What’s the new hot thing?!” Without disturbing my mascara, I replied: “Anonymity.”

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Tweaking real life to meet the fantasy

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It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago.

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Obama drones on about the end of war

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It’s good to know that the war on terror is finally over. It was all so ugly, what with the beheadings and bombings. Wait.

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Surrogacy exposed

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Women’s reproductive rights have enjoyed a half-century or so of well-defined proponents and opponents, but the recently flourishing fertility industry, from egg harvesting to surrogacy, has produced fresh and surprising alliances among former foes.

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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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Do you think you’re (fill in the blank) enough?

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Enough with this “enough” business.

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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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Prude or prudent?

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As so often happens with contemporary debate, arguments being proffered in support of allowing teenagers as young as 15 (and possibly younger) to buy the “morning-after pill” without adult supervision are false on their premise.

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The Bush I knew is a kind man with a gentle heart

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In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation’s attentions turned to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush.

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The governor, the soul mate and ... The End

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As the reporter said to the novelist: Why bother to make stuff up?

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Fear comes back again the day after tragedy

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You know the feeling. You wake up filled with dread but, still groggy, you can’t put your finger on the reason. Possibilities flitter across the landscape of near-consciousness: An exam? A deadline? A speech? What day is it? Oh my God, Boston.

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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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Dissecting Hillary Clinton shows positive traits

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No matter what Barack Obama does, he cannot escape the shadow of his former political opponent.

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Little empathy is left in our American youth

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The recent rape conviction of two teenagers, one of whom also distributed a photo and sent cruel text messages about their victim, has captured the “bystander effect” in graphic and nauseating detail.

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Hargitay remains silent on rape no more

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Mariska Hargitay, better known as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” Detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art.

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Yahoo's in the crossfire

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Excuse me while I roll my eyes over the latest "mommy war."

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The White House shows contempt for dissent

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To the world beyond the Beltway, it might not mean much that Bob Woodward of the famed Watergate duo went public with his recent White House run-in.

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Droning on about feelings

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First they came for the drones. No, not the unmanned kind that kill strangers from a safe distance but the sort who sit in meeting rooms and repeat slogans until they absorb the proper way of thinking. The killers, figuratively speaking, are the diversity trainers who numb the human mind with slogans and rote instruction on emotional correctness.

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Bowling for sanity a popular sport

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When President Obama said in his State of the Union address that “This time is different,” referring to his push for tighter gun-control laws, he wasn’t just whistling Dixie.

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What did take place in Benghazi and why?

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We may never know exactly what happened in Benghazi the night Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that our response was short of optimum.

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Four ladies from Burma

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Imagine living under a military dictatorship where free speech is punishable by incarceration, torture or worse. Imagine sitting in an 8-by-8-foot cell alone for 11 years with nothing but a small water jug, a “sink” for waste, and a 15-minute daily break for a cold bath in a communal tub. rker.

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From I don't to I do

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More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage.

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The sirens of the Pentagon are blaring loudly

It must be true what they say about women — that they are smarter, stronger, wiser and wilier than your average Joe.

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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.