BY URI DROMI
Assuming that sooner or later the fragile situation in Gaza will stabilize (with or without another exchange of blows between Israel and Hamas), the question then should not be who won and who lost, but rather, Where do we — Israelis and Palestinians — go from here?
BY JOY-ANN REID
When my children were very young, the oldest still in elementary school, summers involved elaborate plans to entertain three energetic kids who’d inherited the artsy tastes of their parents. One of those frequent field trips involved excursions to MOCA, the contemporary art museum in North Miami, whose summer programs for children and occasional — not frequent enough — excursions into exhibitions reaching the African Diaspora were a rare cultural touchstone that brought Miamians of all backgrounds together.
By E.J. DIONNE JR.
When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain-vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?
BY BEAU BRIDGES
The man walked directly to me in the restaurant and placed the business end of his pistol between my eyes. This stranger quickly became the most important person I had ever met. Police responded. A gun battle ensued, and the man was ultimately apprehended. And I’m not the only one. Four out of seven members of my immediate family have had a loaded firearm pointed at them with bad intentions.
BY DANA MILBANK
The unfriendly airwaves of talk radio this week gave us an inadvertently revealing moment.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
On the campaign trail, Gov. Rick Scott launched his latest themed tour. This one is pleasantly named “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful.” What a lovely thought!
WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT
BY BARACK OBAMA
Quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today?
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
“...but we tortured some folks.”
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
There was a time — and not that long ago — when the public interest was well represented in Tallahassee. Acting on its behalf were such lawmakers from South Florida as Dick Pettigrew, Bill Sadowski, Marshall Harris, Jack Gordon, Sandy D’Alemberte, Elaine Gordon, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Bob Butterworth, and Carrie Meek, to mention a few who come easily to mind.
In My Opinion
By Glenn Garvin
They call economics the dismal science. Actually, during my years as a foreign correspondent, I found it pretty lively, especially in countries with left-wing governments attempting to rewrite the laws of supply and demand.
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
It is worthwhile, though hair-raising, to read Kidnap for Ransom and Extortion Assessment, a report by Hazelwood Street Consultants, LLC, headed by attorney Bruce Kaplan. It can be found on the Internet.
BY KEVIN MCCARTHY
Last Friday, I became the majority leader of the House of Representatives. As I assume my role, Congress has a 12-percent approval rating. While Washington remains gridlocked, many unfortunately see Congress as an institution full of constant conflict and opposition, not ideas.
By MOHAMMAD SHAKIR
My heart goes out to the grieving widow of an Israeli soldier. May God comfort her and ease her pain.
‘OTHER THAN HONORABLE’ DISCHARGE
BY LIAM MCGIVERN
Several elected officials from South Florida and numerous agencies are planning a Veterans Outreach Event on Aug. 7 to help local veterans obtain benefits, driver’s licenses and IDs, bus passes and access to other services. The event’s organizers should be commended for their efforts.
By RAMESH PONNURU
President Obama’s new EPA rule is more proof that Washington isn’t working for Kentucky.” Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrats’ great hope for beating Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, is doing her best to keep voters from associating her too closely with the president.
By G. ERIC KNOWLES
What did you want to be when you grew up and why? It was a question asked in a cute little kiosk recently at the One Community One Goal report by the Beacon Council.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Does the medical profession have a right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment? That is a fundamental question in a legal challenge to a 2011 Florida law that says otherwise.
BY DAVID HARRIS
Latin America and the Middle East may be separated by thousands of miles, but that distance has been substantially narrowed in recent weeks. Several Latin American countries have reacted strongly to the most recent fighting between Hamas and Israel. Regrettably, most of their activity has been directed against Israel, the only democratic nation in the region.
By MICHAEL GERSON
For every dissident and defector I’ve encountered, there is a moment when observation begins to feel like complicity — when remaining a bystander involves culpability.
By ANN MCFEATTERS
The boys and girls of Congress are returning from summer camp — er, Capitol Hill — to their real homes where they will 1) raise money and plead to be returned to camp; 2) stress how much they hate the nation’s political polarization; and 3) pledge never to compromise their beliefs.