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Columns

  • Parents should avoid fast food

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Some may wonder why blue pinwheels are scattered among area lawns. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the pinwheels represent children of abuse. One instance of child abuse overlooked is the eating of fast food.

  • If it’s news, it probably came from a paper

    When we are gone, you will miss us.

    I am talking about newspapers, and the fact that so many of us are struggling financially at a time when we are needed most.

    It has become cliché for people to speak of the financial struggles of the traditional press. You’ve heard of “The failing New York Times,” right?

    But consider that The Times shared journalism’s highest award with the news magazine New Yorker when they were announced last week as the recipients of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

  • OPINION: The Senate must confirm Pompeo

    MARC A. THIESSEN

    columnist

    mthiessen@washpost.com

    For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president’s nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo’s record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.

  • OPINION: Sean Hannity continues to uphold Fox New standards

    ALEXANDRA PETRI

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

    “While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.”

    — Fox statement when Sean Hannity was revealed as Michael Cohen’s third client after having failed to disclose this information on air

  • OPINION:Throwing more money in the Kentucky Wired pit

    Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun

    paducahsun.com

    Republican lawmakers gave Kentuckians a final slap on the way out of Frankfort last Saturday.

    The new party of tax and spend — having already ambushed its flock with a half-billion dollar tax increase — continued its spending spree by throwing almost $200 million more down the black hole known as Kentucky Wired.

  • OPINION: Military commitments around the world

    Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    America has military forces committed to locations around the world. About 15 percent of our million-man armed forces are so deployed. There are about 800 installations and bases in 70 countries across the globe, with the largest numbers in Asia and Europe, but many in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Opinion: Things I’ve learned since moving to D.C.

    By David Shams

    A little over seven years ago, I moved to Washington, D.C. In no particular order of importance, here a few things I’ve learned.

  • Ryan can’t possibly have made a deal with the Devil

    By Alexandra Petri

    “I don’t see this as some Faustian bargain, Devil’s bargain or whatever it is you call it.” — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., to Jake Tapper, asked about whether he “personified the Devil’s bargain the GOP has signed with Trump”

    Paul Ryan did not make a deal with the devil. That much is obvious.

  • North Korea will be watching what Trump does in Syria

    By Marc A. Thiessen

    President Trump’s decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a broader purpose: showing other regimes that the Obama era of U.S. weakness was over, and that America’s adversaries would have to adjust their calculations about our willingness to act in response to their provocations.

  • Opinion: Want to help the world? Resolve conflicts

    By Lee H. Hamilton

    In a world riven by tension, there’s one skill that stands above all others: the ability to resolve conflict. It is the paramount challenge of our time. There are so many divisions that fracture our communities, states, and nations, that the ability to create common ground — to bring people together, rather than drive them apart — has become an indispensable political need.