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Monday, April 21, 2014

 President Vladimir Putin answers journalists' questions on current situation in Ukraine at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

To Putin's mind, he has emerged from these "diplomatic negotiations" — translated in Russian to mean "I did it my way" — as a tough statesman, generous in his restraint yet just scary enough to hold the world's attention.

Kathleen Parker
Posted on April 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
 President Barack Obama speaks at Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference, Friday, April 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

You say race has played no role in the treatment of President Obama? Fine. What would it look like if it did?

Leonard Pitts
Posted on April 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
 Rancher Cliven Bundy, middle, addresses his supporters along side Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, right, on April 12, 2014. Bundy informed the public that the BLM has agreed to cease the roundup of his family's cattle. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)

From Wisconsin, cradle of the Progressive movement, comes news that the state Republican Party — the party of La Follette! — has advanced a pro-secession agenda.

Dana Milbank
Posted on April 20, 2014 at 11:16 a.m.
 Visitors view the statue of Thomas Jefferson at the Jefferson Memorial early Saturday, April 12, 2014. Sunday, April 13, marked the 271st anniversary of Jefferson's birth. Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and one of America's founding fathers. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Posted on April 20, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

Politics and religion. The confrontation is as old as Bible times. And as new as today’s Supreme Court Hobby Lobby quandary.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Putin dismissed claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as
Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.

American hawks imagine that Bush's missile defense would have been an impressive symbol of Western resolve. But Putin is not the type to be scared of symbols.

 Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer
Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

The ultimate victim here is full disclosure itself. If revealing your views opens you to the politics of personal destruction, then transparency, however valuable, must give way to the ultimate core political good, free expression.

 Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at a GOP Freedom Summit, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Manchester, N.H.  Briefly during his campaign for the Senate, Paul balked at accepting the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act — putting him ideologically in line with Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

My concern here is with the tone and approach of the Goldwater movement. The candidate and his supporters regarded his vote against the Civil Rights Act not primarily as a political maneuver but as the evidence of ideological courage in the cause of liberty.

 Dr. Tim Brown, left, a Republican who represents House District 41 in the Indiana General Assembly, speaks with Tim Neese of Elkhart, a Republican who represented District 48, during the 2014 session. (Photo in.gov)
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

I am personally paying for their politics when all I needed was access to good coverage at a decent price. And I am mad as hell about that.

 In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, right, sacks Washington Redskins' Kirk Cousins (12) during the first half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Nearly 400 years ago, Peter Minuit took Manhattan from people who had no concept of land as a thing that could be bought or sold. Turns out some of them feel that way about dignity, too.

 While Rev. Al Sharpton, left, listens, United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Holder said that he and President Obama have faced
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

 Indiana navigator Menessah Nelson (left) works with Dawn Wells as Wells looks through her folder of health care information Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Wells successfully maneuvered the Obamacare website, with a lot of help, and signed up for insurance coverage.  (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

Of course it’s not perfect. It’s a thing of beauty anyway. We have liftoff. It’s working.

 This April 8, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama  in the East Room of the White House during an event marking Equal Pay Day, signing executive actions aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

It is a statistical fraud when President Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination.

 U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ryan's new budget proposal eliminates AmeriCorps. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation's extraordinary network of civic and religious charities.

 Ryan Rittenhouse, an employee at Goshen College, built his own drone that he flies recreationally. The craft can go up to 60 mph and fly at heights of 400 feet. Rittenhouse flies the drone on the campus on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia)
Steve Chapman
Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.
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