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    A farewell to friends

    WASHINGTON — You know how it goes. You lose track of friends and then one day, someone gets in touch to say the friend has left us to our mortal pursuits. Two such messages came recently within the span of a few days. The first was an email from a strange ...

    Eating Michelle's lunch

    WASHINGTON — To hear tell, the mean ol’ GOP is waging war on Michelle Obama and, brace yourself, America’s children. Got it? The newest war on women/children relates to the first lady’s well-intentioned but disastrous school nutrition program, otherwise k ...

    Hillary and Jill went up the hill

    WASHINGTON — With The New York Times’ sudden dismissal of Executive Editor Jill Abramson and Karl Rove’s suggestion that Hillary Clinton might have brain damage, the curtain opened on a new theater in an old war. The targeting of these two powerful, accom ...

    Ennui and self-loathing in this town

    WASHINGTON — This is the time when Americans renew their hatred of Washington and Washington wallows in a bittersweet cocktail of self-love and self-loathing. Which is to say, this is White House Correspondents’ Association weekend, with the dinner Saturd ...

    Mind your mouth

    WASHINGTON — Say what you will, but you’d best check for recording devices. Alternatively, you might check your thoughts. The past few days have provided a cornucopia of reprehensible statements, reactions to which tell us as much about our country as the ...

    GOP: Choose wisely or reap the whirlwind

    WASHINGTON — The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections. Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highli ...

    Grandmother Hillary

    WASHINGTON — The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a gra ...

    Southern charm

    WASHINGTON — After writing close to 3,000 columns, I’ve learned that people sometimes read what they’re looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote. Same words, different prisms. The same is true of the spoken word. What did she ...

    Demonizing the Kochs

    WASHINGTON — Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular “demon of the right” has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who? Exactly. Though cable and online news junkies know the names, the vast majority of America ...

    Noah's arc of triumph

    WASHINGTON — There’s nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie. “Noah,” scheduled for its U.S. release on March 28, has become such a target. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain h ...

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