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Two cheers for Obama, not three

Two cheers for Obama, not three

By MICHAEL GERSON     It is a long, long way from the “JV team” to the “network of death.” It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama’s 2014 West Point commencement address—which ridiculed “tough talk,” criticized a “military solution” in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism—to the substance of […]

Pope Francis’ American messenger

Pope Francis’ American messenger

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, has been described in media accounts as a “moderate” within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, […]

Introspection time for evangelicals

Introspection time for evangelicals

By MICHAEL GERSON WASHINGTON — Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions […]

The mystifying 2014 election

The mystifying 2014 election

By E.J. DIONNE JR. There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections. The careful statistical models keep gyrating on the question of whether Republicans will win control of the Senate this November. The prognosticators who rely on their reporting and their guts […]

School funding not going as planned

School funding not going as planned

“There you go again” was a favorite quip used by GOP presidential contender Ronald Reagan to disarm President Jimmy Carter during their one debate on October 14, 1980.  A current application of “There you go again” references the dropping of another ball that has rather obviously fallen from the fumbling hands of he who’s arguably become Oregon’s biggest modern day office-holding loser, Governor John Kitzhaber. Today, […]

The gravity of the situation

The gravity of the situation

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Today we’ll explain gravity.  We’ll leave more current issues to more qualified commentators—as if there is a more current issue than gravity.  As you read this you are doubtless relying on gravity to prevent you from flying off the chair into near space. The qualifications for explaining gravity […]

Chemeketa search should irk taxpayers

Chemeketa search should irk taxpayers

Not much has been heard from of late by way of the shenanigan-ridden Willamette Education Service District (WESD). Has Chemeketa Community College (CCC) grabbed that baton and will it now march it through the streets and byways of the area the college serves?  The latest out of CCC is that its leadership has decided to make a move that smells […]

Obama beyond the sound bite

Obama beyond the sound bite

By E.J. DIONNE JR. In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt went to Chicago to give one of the most celebrated speeches of his presidency. Pushing against isolationist sentiment, he condemned the “unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations” and “the invasion of alien territory in violation of treaties.” He didn’t mention Nazi Germany, fascist Italy […]

U.S. feasting on Iraq ‘cakewalk’

U.S. feasting on Iraq ‘cakewalk’

When we Americans think about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and wonder when they will strike us at home, we have George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to thank for the creation of a new “caliphate,” defined as a uniting of the Muslim world with ISIS serving as its leader. Those two master […]

With rights come responsibilites

With rights come responsibilites

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL They sat perfectly still in their dress whites, eyes forward, with gloved hands uniformly at rest on their thighs as they listened to the commencement speaker.  It was surprising to have such military precision be so deeply moving.  Not one of them stole a look at their phone, […]

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