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Love transcends societal rules

Love transcends societal rules

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD Joanie spent most of the day I met her on the couch where I had just started work as a vocational care provider for developmentally disabled adults. Joanie was in her 60s, her face pruned by time and caving in around her eyes and gums. She was mostly […]

The subversive FBI director

The subversive FBI director

By E.J. DIONNE JR. In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists. In Parting the Waters, the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of a 1956 Eisenhower administration […]

Monied college sports need reforms

Monied college sports need reforms

The line between college and professional football appear to have become more and more blurred with each passing season.  Just the other day, for example, the media announced that one Vernon Adams, who has been a star quarterback with Eastern Washington University and could play there this fall in his senior year, has switched schools to play at the University […]

Kitzhaber’s time is running out

Kitzhaber’s time is running out

By Gene McIntyre “Loose lips sink ships” was one of several slogans used by World War II’s U.S. Office of War Information to caution Americans about speaking of military matters when enemy sympathizers could be within listening range. During 2015, it would seem that a slogan to be repeated in Oregon is that “a pretty face can sink […]

Condemning Islam is the wrong course

Condemning Islam is the wrong course

By MICHAEL GERSON    Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be “twisted and misused in the name of evil” and that terrorists who profess “to stand up for Islam” are, in […]

The public good vs. individual freedom

The public good vs. individual freedom

By MICHAEL GERSON  The measles outbreak at California’s Disneyland—which has spread like pixie dust—along with several other smaller flare-ups, has health officials warning of worse to come. Preventable infectious disease is making its return to the developed world—this time by invitation. The scientific consensus on measles is effectively unanimous: (1) It is not trivial. Children […]

After Mitt: A GOP message of sound growth

After Mitt:  A GOP message of sound growth

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW In his announcement that he will not be running for president in 2016, he stated, “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is […]

Who’s missing in economic growth?

Who’s missing in economic growth?

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL To say that you are worried about America’s future is no different than saying you are worried about America’s children.  Last week we learned that just more than 50 percent of public school children are now from low-income homes.  In the same week we learned that the world’s […]

Republicans in the immigrant minefield

Republicans in the immigrant minefield

By MICHAEL GERSON Any Republican event convened by Rep. Steven King—he of “calves the size of cantaloupes” fame—could easily have degenerated into a festival of immigrant bashing. It is to the credit of the serious GOP presidential prospects in attendance that the Iowa Freedom Summit generally was not. Yes, Donald Trump emerged from his stretch […]

Design of the divine?

Design of the divine?

By MICHAEL GERSON The biographer Eric Metaxas recently made waves by arguing that modern science increasingly “makes the case for God.” Writing in The Wall Street Journal, he framed some rather weak arguments about planetary science, claiming that the parameters for the emergence of life are so precise and unlikely that they point to divine […]

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