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PARKER: A little bit of war

A little bit of war

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PARKER: If I had a son, a father

The conversation-about-race that pundits keep insisting we need to have should end where it began. Maybe in his remarks on the 50th anniversary of the greatest peaceful demonstration in history, Obama can remind Americans that if we had sons and fathers, they’d look like Christopher Lane and Delbert Belton, as well as Trayvon Martin.

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PARKER: The GOP's principled suicide

WASHINGTON -- Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end.

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PARKER: Is it possible to get a jury of peers?

WASHINGTON -- The headlines were immediate: All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial. What is the likelihood that you, a man, would face a jury of all women?

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PARKER: Making Mama happy makes everyone happy

NEW YORK -- It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago.. Most of us donned our Mao suits, bow ties and sensible shoes and did our best to blend in. The

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PARKER: Benghazi redacted

WASHINGTON -- Mistakes were made. This, we are supposed to accept, is the conclusion to be drawn about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, despite congressional testimony Wednesday suggesting that significant efforts were made to camouflage those mistakes.

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PARKER: Behind every post-scandal comeback is a forgiving wife. Mark Sanford's in trouble

Mark Sanford, the former governor who disappeared for five days, allegedly to hike the Appalachian Trail only to find himself in the arms of his lover (now his fiancee), is discovering that not every kid gets a comeback.

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PARKER: Woodward and Sperling, press and president

WASHINGTON -- To the world beyond the Beltway, it might not mean much that Bob Woodward of the famed Watergate duo went public with his recent White House run-in. This would be an oversight.

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PARKER: Bowling for sanity

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that "This time is different," referring to his push for tighter gun laws, he wasn't just whistling Dixie.

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PARKER: The sirens of the Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- It must be true what they say about women -- that they are smarter, stronger, wiser and wilier than your average Joe.

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PARKER: El futuro habla espanol (The future speaks Spanish)

WASHINGTON -- The new year has begun with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do?. In attempting to navigate my own thoughts, I keep bumping into advice my father gave me a long time ago: "Learn Spanish. You will need it to survive in

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PARKER: Things that are just better left unsaid

Since my culpas are too vast for this tiny space, my predictions best in retrospect and my resolutions inevitably ignored, I thought I’d list a few resolutions for the rest of the world. These, too, are likely to be ignored, but I’ll feel better getting a few things off my chest.

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PARKER: The middle class needs marriage to survive

WASHINGTON -- As politicians compete to prove who loves the middle class more, they're missing the elephant and the donkey in the room.. The middle class needs not just tax breaks and jobs but also marriage.. This is the finding of a new University of Virginia and Institute for American

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PARKER: The double-down president

WASHINGTON -- Americans are justified in feeling numbed by the car alarm of Washington politics.. Every now and then we get a reprieve from the noise. Something breaks through: a sex scandal, a gaffe, a surprise resignation. Already the words "Petraeus affair" have been supplanted by "DeMint's departure.". Sometimes

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PARKER: Romney's not to blame; the party is

WASHINGTON -- The headline was inevitable: "What went wrong?". Seriously?.

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PARKER: Poll dancing

WASHINGTON -- With just days to go, this is the un-callable election. Between daily tracking polls, punditry, Intrade gambles, Nate Silver predictions, RealClearPolitics averages -- and hurricanes -- heads are spinning with anticipation and angst.

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PARKER: Big bird, BS and birth control

WASHINGTON -- We shouldn't be talking about this silliness -- Big Bird, "B.S.er," or a girl's "first time.". We should be talking about The Issues, we keep telling ourselves. But in the waning days of the presidential campaign, these are the issues -- binders full of cultural issues that continue to divide us and by which Barack Obama hopes to win re-election.

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PARKER: KO'd in Denver

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.

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PARKER: The elephant in the room

GOP must deal with elephant in room. TAMPA, Fla. -- Gazing out on the pale continent of the Republican National Convention, it was interesting to ponder: What if Barack Obama had been a Republican?. Most likely, the masses teeming on the convention floor would have been of a significantly different

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PARKER: A life well lived

TAMPA, Fla. -- I had hoped he would wait until I got here, but he was in a rush to go. "I'm dead," he said a couple of days before he was. "I died yesterday," he said a few minutes later.

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PARKER: All roads lead to Rome

The period of the American Revolution coincided with publication of Edward Gibbon's "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" (1776), and ever since we've been vigilant for signs that the U.S. was following in Rome's footsteps.

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PARKER: Boring-white-guy derangement syndrome

WASHINGTON -- With Mitt Romney's announcement that Paul Ryan will be his running mate, we finally can extricate ourselves from one of the sillier debates and put to rest the narrative of the benighted "boring white guy (BWG)."

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PARKER: First lady blues

Mrs. Obama gets the blues. WASHINGTON -- Not surprisingly, Barbara Bush said it most succinctly: "The first lady is going to be criticized no matter what she does.". And how.. One needn't prod Michelle Obama for confirmation -- or most any other first lady in history. There is no

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PARKER: The Bain of truth

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to over-the-top politics, the Obama campaign has set a new standard with recent attempts to paint Mitt Romney as a felon. This clever and utterly false allegation was advanced more than once by Stephanie Cutter, President Obama's deputy campaign manager.

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PARKER: Trolling for boos

While grudgingly giving Romney credit for showing up to speak to the NAACP, commentators and politicos on the left have joined the birthers in being just plain weird.

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PARKER: Words vs. deeds

CAMDEN -- South Carolina politics never fails to amuse -- and bemuse.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: The man who didn't want to be president

To say that they don't make them like George Washington anymore is to insult understatement. But those who admire him have a duty, especially now, to remember him before he is forgotten by younger generations who, through no fault of their own, have no sense of him today.

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PARKER: Justice Roberts' resurrection

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruling on health care reform was like Palm Sunday in reverse: First they crucified Chief Justice John Roberts, then, upon his ruling, they hauled out the palm fronds.

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PARKER: Boehner now the un-Obama, and that's good

NEW YORK — How worried are Democrats? V-E-R-Y.

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