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Kathleen Parker

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KATHLEEN PARKER: White House has a mess to clean up

OPINION: The botched start of Obamacare brings un-glad tidings to all

Given the bumpy roll-out, broken promises and delays granted to businesses and insurance companies, the question is whether the Affordable Care Act can survive.

KATHLEEN PARKER: Obamacare a gift to Republicans

Republic should get busy with their own across-the-board reforms while Obamacare falters

A draconian decision to deport Hispanics would being doing the wrong thing while also damaging the GOP’s chances of regaining the White House.

KATHLEEN PARKER: Obama apology doesnt restore trust

OPINION: Americans deserve better than sorry about the mess

Obama administration officials determined that fully explaining the impact of the Affordable Care Act on policies and rates would be too complicated for TV audiences.

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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: Behind every great woman

Most Americans of a certain age grew up hearing the adage: “Behind every great man is a great woman,” or some variation thereof.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Cruz may talk GOP out of victories

Opinion column: Republicans and Democrats both want to control both houses of Congress in 2015.

Republicans have to determine which wing of the party will be in control if they hope to wrest the Senate from Democrats in the 2014 elections.

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

Opinion column

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

PARKER: Go, Noles … but not Redskins

Opinion column

The point is that “redskin,” unlike the Native American-related names of other teams, refers to a physical characteristic. It is implicitly racial and through its usage has been explicitly racist.

PARKER: Leverage is what counts in D.C.

Opinion column

In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else. Both are essential to understanding what just happened.

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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

Opinion column

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: 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?

Opinion column

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

Opinion column

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

PARKER: Mirror, mirror on the wall …

Opinion column

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

Opinion column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

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Women politicians flexing their "womb-anhood"

Opinion column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion column

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?

Opinion Column

Enough with this “enough” business.

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The word ‘child’ keeps getting in the way

Opinion column

They lost me at the word “women.”

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Prude or prudent?

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion Column

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

Opinion column

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.