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Has the West got Putin yet?

Has the West got Putin yet?

The new “agreement” between Russia, the United States and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country — […]

JIM CREES: And so, on Easter morn …

JIM CREES: And so, on Easter morn …

Easter morning involves not only a deep sense of spirituality for believers, but also the stuff from which memories are made. Good memories. I remember when I was a kid waking up on Easter and going through the mandated Easter basket hunt around the house. It was so much fun. Then there are other Easter […]

MCBRAYER: The Scars of Forgiveness

In 1939 General Francisco Franco, an ambitious Spanish military officer, became the absolute ruler of Spain. Franco took the title El Caudillo – the Leader – and he was ruthlessly so until his death more than 30 years later. In the decades that he ruled, Franco had 30,000 dissidents executed, imprisoned more than 25,000 political opponents, built […]

WHITNEY: Viewers learn more about real effects of mothering through #worldstoughestjob

WHITNEY: Viewers learn more about real effects of mothering through #worldstoughestjob

A 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year job that requires back-breaking labor, sleep deprivation and constantly tending to the needs of another human being, all while earning a net salary of $0 annually. In this context, it seems obvious that we’re talking about parents, or more specifically, mothers. But relabeled as “manager of operations” in a classified job listing, […]

KATHLEEN PARKER: Erasing the race card

KATHLEEN PARKER: Erasing the race card

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens. Leading the weird lately has been Democratic Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes, who called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Sen. Tim Scott […]

JIM HIGHTOWER: Ryan’s joke  is on us

JIM HIGHTOWER: Ryan’s joke is on us

My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highly touted budget guru, doesn’t have a very tight grip on the concept of irony. Otherwise, why would he choose April Fools’ Day to release the latest version of what the GOP intends to do to federal programs (and to the people who count on […]

JIM CREES: Colbert gets a new job

JIM CREES: Colbert gets a new job

So … Stephen Colbert has been tagged to replace David Letterman as host on the CBS “Late Show” TV show. This is apparently Big News. Fine. I have to report that I really don’t care all that much. I liked Colbert on Comedy Central. (“Of course you would!” you say. “You’re a bleeding-heart liberal!”) Whatever. […]