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Kathleen Parker

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Lance Armstrong’s fallen as far as he can

To the world-weary, Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah was just one more in a series.

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Guns without roses

Opinion Column

Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of pre-empting the "elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah" charge.

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Plots and clots cause hysteria

Opinion Column

To be deemed a serious analyst at the moment seems to require a lot of hand-wringing and sneering over how awful Congress looked over the last few days as it rushed a fiscal cliff deal into law.

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Some things are better left unsaid

‘Tis the season when columnists write mea culpas, make predictions and list their resolutions.

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Life through a lens, lightly

In today’s world of social media, where everyone’s every little thing is on display, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time when exhibitionism wasn’t ubiquitous and was, in fact, not admired.

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Un-hitching the middle class

Opinion Column

As politicians compete to prove who loves the middle class more, they’re missing the elephant and the donkey in the room.

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The initiation of Susan Rice

Opinion column

A variety of insults have been deployed in opposition to Susan Rice's likely nomination for secretary of state: She is not qualified; she's too aggressive; she "misled" the public following the lethal attack on the American consulate in Libya.

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The fly sees all at Obama, Romney power luncheon

Much speculation has followed the private luncheon between President Obama and Mitt Romney, about which little is known.

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Women get short end of The Petreaus Affair

Opinion column

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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Fat lady’s aria opening act for new show

No matter which man you preferred, there is something unsatisfactory about the end of this race.

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A new kind of poll dancing

Opinion Column

With just days to go, this is the un-callable election.

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Critics busy exhausting the insignificant slip-ups

Oh, to be 12 again, the better to enjoy the presidential debates.

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Obama gets knocked out in Denver debate

Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.

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Once upon a disappearance

I've written variations of this column a couple of times during the past 20 years, but certain occasions bear revisiting -- and surely the disappearance of a friend is one.

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Now introducing President MSNBC

They came, they were adored, they conquered. I'm talking about the media -- and especially MSNBC, whose presence and influence in Charlotte were nearly as grand as the president's. They came, they were adored, they conquered.

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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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The first lady blues strike again

Not surprisingly, Barbara Bush said it most succinctly: “The first lady is going to be criticized no matter what she does.”

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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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The other war on women rages on

By now most sentient Americans have heard about the war on women. That is, the so-called Republican war on women, which has been framed as a battle waged by stodgy old white guys who want to deny women reproductive freedom.

The banality of Watergate still evident

Forty years ago, all of America learned the name of a particular condominium, hotel and office complex along the Potomac in the nation's capital.

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Sharing the stage helpful to president

All the world's a stage, all right, and never so much as when presidential politics are in play.

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Cory Booker's problem teaches lesson

The past several days of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's life have been painfully amusing to watch.

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Justice Roberts unfairly under fire

Novelist John Grisham could hardly spin a more provocative fiction: The president and his surrogates mount an aggressive campaign to intimidate the chief justice of the United States, implying ruin and ridicule should he fail to vote in a pivotal case according to the ruling political party's wishes.

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Faux-raging for a story continues

What a difference four years make.

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Campaigns push real issues aside

This past week’s news cycle has produced two narratives: One, Barack Obama is an evolutionary,

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America right to protest others' plight

News that Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and his family might be allowed to leave China for a university fellowship in the U.S. brought relief not only to Chen, but also to dissidents around the world.

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Obama situation recalls story of Icarus

Either President Obama has wings of Kevlar -- or he has the most incompetent scheduling staff in White House history.

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American politics gone to the dogs

I think it is fair to say that the shark has been permanently displaced by the dog.

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Political 'girl fight' akin to playground tiff

For reasons that don't interest me much, "girl fights" have always had a particular tug on our imaginations.

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Whispering campaigns

All it takes is one little twit. Or a tweet, as the case may be -- not that the two are mutually exclusive.

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Martin case filled with appalling facts

There are so many appalling aspects to the Trayvon Martin case that it's hard to find a permanent home for outrage.

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Moderation is good, moderately speaking

As the sun rises and dabs Caesars Palace with morning rouge, irony struts down the strip of casinos, shops and nightclubs.

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Name reflects self image and perception

What's in a name? Most of us, perhaps regrettably, do not get to select our own names and are saddled with our parents' projections of what we might be. It is entertaining to consider what name we might select for ourselves and what that name might suggest about us. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum recently got this chance when they selected their Secret Service code names.

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No excuse for inappropriate language

In the wake of "Slutgate," the operative argument seems to have devolved into a barnyard taunt: "My pig isn't as bad as your pig."

Rush Limbaugh the uniter, who knew?

Who'd have thought that Rush Limbaugh would become the great uniter in this divisive political season?

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Obama's getting his way out of GOP

Let me be blunt: If Republicans nominate Rick Santorum, they will lose.

Civility is golden in modern society

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Underneath it all, Romney cares

Mitt Romney's recent losses to Rick Santorum in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota revealed a truism that Romney might want to study -- but not too much!

An essential limp could help Romney

When a friend was writing a novel, he was concerned that his protagonist was too perfect.

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Football player unjustly condemned

A Friday New York Times story that essentially indicted and convicted a 22-year-old star football player on an alleged sexual assault charge by an anonymous accuser should have begun as follows: "We know absolutely nothing about this rumor except what six people told us anonymously about this guy who they say sexually assaulted this girl. We don't know who she is or what she said, or really anything, but here's HIS name and what 'they' say about him."

The perils of projection can hurt

Newt Gingrich's standing ovation Thursday night, when he attacked CNN moderator John King for asking about allegations that Gingrich wanted an "open marriage" with his second wife, told us little about South Carolina, but much about human nature.

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The cruel gaze of inspection stings

My recent column about Michelle Obama, which I wrote to counter the negative responses to Jodi Kantor’s new book, “The Obamas,” apparently has been misinterpreted by some.

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Women should be angry at insulters

I can’t speak for Michelle Obama, but call me an angry white woman. If the first lady isn’t angry, she certainly has every right to be.

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Some more qualified than others

Sometimes people need to be fired and sometimes they shouldn’t be hired at all. That’s reality. The further, obvious reality is that several of those who do not deserve to have the jobs they seek are running for president of the United States.

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Nice guys clashing, but Romney best bet

Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have a little problem. Both are too nice to be mean to each other.

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Temptation of Callista Gingrich revealing

Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret — succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

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Hitchens made an incredible impact

The Republicans’ final debate preceding the Iowa caucuses is suddenly uncompelling. There is nothing to do but write about Christopher Hitchens, whose death has made the world immeasurably less interesting.