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The Thoughts That Count

July 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The current Journolist controversy that has the blogosphere heaving sparks, and Washington even more self-absorbed than usual, is weak tea -- a tempest in Barbie's teacup.

Pit Bulls, Elephants and Grizzlies, Oh My!

July 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin, the ubiquitous enchantress of the disenchanted, may not have been ready to lead the free world back when John McCain anointed her as his running mate. But she's left rubber on the road that leads to fame, fortune and a new feminine mystique that drives certain men and women wild -- in very different ways.

For what it's worth, I get a kick out of Sarah. May I call her Sarah?

To Mock a Hero

July 8, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Fifty years ago Sunday, a novel hit Americas bookshelves that changed the way millions thought about race and the inexplicable South.

Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird, by some estimates the most-read book in American schools, has grown old enough to have become slightly dotty in the minds of fresher readers, many of whom have only a textbook understanding of the way things were.

My Cousin Barack

July 2, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- In the days since I suggested that President Obama's rhetorical style mimics feminine tropes, I've been informed of the following:

One, a black man cannot show anger in public lest he be considered an Angry Black Man.

The Oprah Presidency

June 29, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president.

Phew. That was fun. Now, if you'll just keep those hatchets holstered and hear me out.

Never a Dull Moment

June 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

NEW YORK -- In the catalog of life-altering surprises, few compare to the query that came my way a few weeks ago from CNN/US President Jon Klein: How would you like to co-anchor a prime-time show on CNN?

True (or False) Feminism

June 22, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Proving ones feminist bona fides has become the latest challenge for women aspiring to public office.

Is she a real feminist who walks in lockstep with traditional feminist orthodoxy? Or is she a faux feminist, i.e., a woman who has benefited from traditional feminism, become all that she could be, but, alas, thinks independently on certain sacred tenets of the sisterhood?

Happy Donor Day!

June 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

It's that time of year when America celebrates the donor we used to call "Dad."

Granted, many children still have an in-house father, but millions don't. Some fathers have become alienated through divorce. "Baby daddies" never were invited to the commitment party. Still others are anonymous in the truest sense -- mere DNA donors who made a deposit and picked up a check.

Mining Afghanistan's Future

June 15, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Amid all the dark news from Afghanistan, every now and then a sliver of light slips through the cracks.

Afghanistan, it turns out, is rich in minerals. Trillions rich. It's going to become the Saudi Arabia of lithium, they say. Thanks to vast stores of that resource, plus iron, copper, cobalt and gold, this impoverished, war-torn nation could become a wealthy nation.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

June 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Stranger than South Carolina's politics is the nearly nativist pride many take in its nastiness.

Not the good folks of the Palmetto State, but rather the politicos who work diligently to manipulate the sort of voters who, for example, would elect Alvin M. Greene to the U.S. Senate.

Who? Good question.

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