Columnist: Kathleen Parker

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 03:29 PM

American credibility

Undoubtedly you've heard that American credibility is on the line, thanks to President Obama's vacillation on what to do about Syria.

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

A conversation with the mirror

The president is up early, already showered and preparing to shave. Wiping steam from the mirror, he grimaces slightly at his image.

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 08:46 AM

Miley's mandate: Return to prudery

If opinions differ on Miley Cyrus' raunchy performance during MTV's recent Video Music Awards, on one thing we all can agree: Miley loves her tongue.

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

President shouldn’t play part of victim in chief

If I had a son, he would look like Christopher Lane, the 22-year-old Australian baseball player shot dead while jogging in Oklahoma.

If I had a father, he'd look like Delbert Belton, the 88-year-old World War II veteran beaten to death in Spokane, Wash.

And yes, if I had a son, he'd look like the white teenager who police say drove the getaway car in the Oklahoma killing.

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Undermining state efforts against animal cruelty

In one of the early episodes of "Portlandia," the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, Ore., a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.

Aug. 19, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

Clowning around should be taken more lightly

Children, children. Here we are in the midst of a bloody clash in Egypt, more than 100,000 slaughtered in Syria, another looming debt crisis at home, and we're consumed with angst over a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask and invited the crowd to cheer for the bulls.    

Aug. 14, 2013 @ 08:19 PM

The meaning of Hillary

Three years out and you'd think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.

Aug. 09, 2013 @ 04:46 PM

Many don't want children, until they do

The media-created mommy wars haven't just jumped the shark and entered the realm of "Sharknado." Where women once debated ways to balance family-and-career -- a hyphenated oxymoron if ever there was one -- they're now clashing over whether having babies is really all that.

To bear children or not -- that is the only question left to those with first-world problems.

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 08:35 PM

A family matter

When The Washington Post Writers Group came courting several years ago, inviting me to join the company's syndicate, I remember well the pitch: We're a family.

Aug. 04, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

In search of mavericks to save the day

As congressional leaders depart the nation's capital for a much-deserved five-week break, it is with a sense of relief and pride in accomplishment: A grand bargain budget that ends sequestration and makes rational spending cuts, a sane immigration reform package, and progress on a cost-cutting health care plan.

Well, a girl can dream, can't she?

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 01:04 PM

Technology’s troubling inverse effect on behavior

Would that Anthony Weiner were old news.

But no. He won't quit. Only a man who distributed online photos of His Own Self could imagine denial as virtue.

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 06:55 PM

Doubling down on double standards

Redemption is in the air, we keep hearing. Americans don't care about a person's sex life because, well, they have one, too, and, hey, we all have weeds in our garden.

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

Enablers speed us along road to bedlam

It is easy to understand how everyone in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case feels.

If I were Martin's mother, I'd want his killer's heart on a platter. If I were Zimmerman's mother, I'd be grateful my son escaped greater injury, however he managed.

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

GOP’s self-immolation sells to a shrinking market

Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs.

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 08:54 PM

If it please the public

As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.