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Kathleen Parker

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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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KATHLEEN PARKER: Droning on about feelings

One does not have to be a flag-waving, uber-patriot to find this sort of mind-training repugnant, though watching clips of the USDA sessions might help one better understand the recent rush to collect ammunition.

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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 ghosts of Benghazi

WASHINGTON -- We may never know exactly what happened in Benghazi the night Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, but it's becoming increasingly clear that our response was short of optimum.. Even today, there are far more questions than answers. Could Stevens have been saved? Was Washington

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PARKER: Combat women and Congress' wimps

Combat not a good place to play politics. WASHINGTON -- Polling that shows Americans favor women in combat by 2-to-1 is evidence only of the power of misinformation.. And, yes, indoctrination.. Arguments favoring women in direct combat are perhaps well-intentioned, focusing on fairness, opportunity and pride in

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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: Confident Obama no patsy now

WASHINGTON -- My inner Pollyanna was basking in blissfulness, rolling in the hay of righteous rhetoric, backstroking through the sunny sibilance of aspiration.. Drunk, apparently, on alliteration.. It was a perfect day. Cold but not freezing. Crowded but not crushing. A diverse people celebrating yet another historic day in the

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PARKER: Lance's perhaps-too-prideful confession

NEW YORK -- To the world-weary, Lance Armstrong's confession to Oprah was just one more in a series.. The process of public contrition is by now yawningly familiar: Comfortably seated in front of cameras, the high priestess of the mea culpa faces the penitent.

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PARKER: Guns without roses

WASHINGTON -- Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of pre-empting the "elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah" charge.

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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: Print's longtime passing

Print not dying, just passing to next life. HASHTAG, America -- It is comforting to think of death as a passing rather than an end. In that vein, I prefer to think of Steve Jobs' final words as editorial commentary: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.". If the Afterlife

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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: Through a lens, lightly

WASHINGTON -- In today's world of social media, where everyone's every little thing is on display, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time when exhibitionism wasn't ubiquitous and was, in fact, not admired.. Such are the inevitable thoughts upon perusing Kitty Kelley's lovely new book -- yes, lovely --

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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: The fly sees all

WASHINGTON -- Much speculation has followed the private luncheon between President Obama and Mitt Romney, about which little is known.. Photographers captured grainy images of Romney arriving in a black SUV, from which he emerged unassisted and unguarded. Reporters received only the homophonically ironic luncheon menu in response to queries

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PARKER: Real Generals of Kabul

NEW ORLEANSIt is tempting, oh so tempting, to unleash the snark as the script unfolds: Real Housewives of Tampa. Or is it Real Generals of Kabul?. But recent events are too sad for snark. With so much at stake, schadenfreude has taken a vacation. Here is what we know:. Retired

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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: Exhausting the insignificant

WASHINGTON -- Oh, to be 12 again, the better to enjoy the presidential debates.. Or rather, the better to appreciate the Twitterverse, where America's obsessive-compulsive, attention-deficit population holds the zeitgeist hostage with tweets and memes that infantilize political discourse and reduce the few remaining adults to impolitic fantasy

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PARKER: Smile when you say that

WASHINGTON -- After two debates, one presidential and one vice presidential, we can fairly conclude that Obama and Biden are happy warriors.. They just smile and smile and smile.. Whereas President Obama's smile during his debate with Mitt Romney seemed to be an afterthought, proffered as recompense to relieve the

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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: 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: 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.

PARKER: Horse sense

WASHINGTON -- The punch line is at least as old as the eldest baby boomer: "I didn't get a pony." Here's Jerry Seinfeld: "I hated those kids (who had ponies). In fact, I hate anyone that ever had a pony when they were growing up."

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PARKER: The banality of Watergate

"Watergate" has been irrevocably tattooed on the national psyche, the story so familiar that only the very young need a primer.

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PARKER: Nobody likes a loser

For the past year, we've been relentlessly reminded that Republicans didn't especially love their front-running presidential candidate. Now it appears Obama is getting a taste of Romney's stew.

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PARKER: Cory Booker's Bain

Tell the truth and beware the consequences.

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PARKER: Evolution of a narrative

WASHINGTON -- This past week's news cycle has produced two narratives:. One, Barack Obama is an evolutionary, 21st-century hero who supports equality for all. Two, Mitt Romney is a gay-bashing bully mired in the previous century, who also supports a war on women and, oh yeah, hates dogs.

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PARKER: A little lesson on obesity

WASHINGTON -- Close your eyes and picture 110 million obese people waddling around America's sidewalks. Such is the scenario suggested by a new study projecting that 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030. That's 32 million more than today.

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PARKER: Slow jamming the presidency

WASHINGTON -- It was fun. It was odd. It was just a little bit ... unseemly. Doubtless you've heard plenty by now of President Obama's slow jam.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Political 'girl fight' the wrong fight

For reasons that don't interest me much, "girl fights" have always had a particular tug on our imaginations.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Our appalling-ness

WASHINGTON -- There are so many appalling aspects to the Trayvon Martin case that it's hard to find a permanent home for outrage.. Most appalling, obviously, is the fatal shooting of an unarmed 17-year-old who was targeted by a 28-year-old volunteer neighborhood watchman. George Zimmerman thought

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PARKER: What women want

Introducing her husband on Super Tuesday night, Ann Romney said women this election season are interested in jobs, the economy and the debt. Translation: So could we shut up already about contraception?.

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PARKER: Obama's prayer

WASHINGTON — Let me be blunt: If Republicans nominate Rick Santorum, they will lose.

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PARKER: Civility is golden

Can civility be saved?This has become the question du jour among scholars, journalists and others who fret about such things at dozens of programs popping up around the country. As a nation, we seem to want to be a more civil society, which is laudable if, quite possibly, unlikely

KATHLEEN PARKER: The power of losing

Romney and the power of losing. WASHINGTONMitt Romney's recent losses to Rick Santorum in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota revealed a truism that Romney might want to study -- but not too much!Parting with one's dreams isn't only sweet sorrow, it also can be liberating. Beneath the sorrow and alongside

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PARKER: All the news that's unfit to print

Patrick Witt, who played quarterback for Parkview High in 2005 before transferring to a school in Texas, is in the news again after making headlines about a decision to compete for a Rhodes Scholarship. This time the news is not so flattering, as he is the subject of a New York Times story that essentially indicted and convicted him on an alleged sexual assault charge by an anonymous accuser.

KATHLEEN PARKER: The perils of projection

WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich's standing ovation Thursday night, when he attacked CNN moderator John King for asking about allegations that Gingrich wanted an "open marriage" with his second wife, told us little about South Carolina, but much about human nature.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Angry women

WASHINGTON — I can't speak for Michelle Obama, but call me an angry white woman. If the first lady isn't angry, she certainly has every right to be.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: There was just one Hitch

WASHINGTON — The Republicans' final debate preceding the Iowa caucuses is suddenly uncompelling. There is nothing to do but write about Christopher Hitchens, whose death has made the world immeasurably less interesting.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: The GOP's death wish

WASHINGTON — "Anybody but Mitt" has become a familiar mantra throughout the Republican primary campaign. It is also weird and self-defeating.Republicans apparently want to nominate ANYone except the one person who can defeat Barack Obama. And for all the strangest reasons:

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KATHLEEN PARKER: The GOP's death wish

"Anybody but Mitt" has become a familiar mantra throughout the Republican primary campaign. It is also weird and self-defeating.

PARKER: Ignorance isn't bliss

WASHINGTON The headline on Democratic strategist Paul Begala's recent Newsweek essay dodged subtlety: "The Stupid Party.""Republicans used to admire intelligence. But now they're dumbing themselves down," was the subhead.. Democrats couldn't agree more. And quietly, many Republicans share the sentiment. They just can't seem to

PARKER: Ignorance isn't bliss

Ignorance isn't bliss, Republicans