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  • President Eisenhower had a pretty sick plane

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    Jaime Fuller
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Happy National Aviation Day! Yes, we know you had no idea it was National Aviation Day (and we know the Fix has unwittingly celebrated by writing about planes a lot). But now you can celebrate by learning all about President Eisenhower's plane, which had sweet propellers. He used two planes during his time in office -- […]
  • How to take a good political mugshot, should you need to

    The Fix
    Philip Bump
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Did you hear that Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) got indicted by a grand jury? It was in the news. The problem with getting indicted for an elected official is that such things can have a deleterious effect on your political career. While voters sometimes don't mind voting for accused criminals (or convicted criminals), it's not […]
  • Congress irresponsibly takes ‘pension smoothing’ from exception to habit

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY is old hat in Washington. Nevertheless, if any bill could be described as breaking new ground in that department, it might be one President Obama signed into law this month : the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. The measure provides $10.8 billion for infrastructure projects around the country, with more than half of the money supplied not by any real increase in revenue or reduction in spending but by an egregious budgetary gimmick known as “pension smoothing.” Read full article >>
  • Two governors teach us about when to police political behavior

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Ruth Marcus
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior. Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist David Axelrod — indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). Read full article >>
  • Refusing to learn not to drive while drunk

    Local Letters
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Aman Singh Lail pleaded guilty last week to killing a man while driving drunk [“Guilty plea to DWI and manslaughter in Arlington collision,” Metro, Aug. 15]. Mr. Lail is 24 and, according to authorities, has nearly three dozen charges on his driving record, several of which are “related” to drunken driving or speeding. One, from 2010, was a charge of driving under the influence that was pleaded down to reckless driving. This time, prosecutors offered a plea agreement under which Mr. Lail would be sentenced to no more than 12 years in prison. Read full article >>
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    The Fix

  • How to take a good political mugshot, should you need to

    Philip Bump
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Did you hear that Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) got indicted by a grand jury? It was in the news. The problem with getting indicted for an elected official is that such things can have a deleterious effect on your political career. While voters sometimes don't mind voting for accused criminals (or convicted criminals), it's not […]
  • Don’t include Sarah Palin on a list of people who thought Tina Fey’s impression of her was a big deal

    Jaime Fuller
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Sarah Palin would like Tina Fey to pay for her kids' braces. Also, Lorne Michaels is still not happy that the Clinton team canceled on them during the 2008 presidential primary. This, and many more revelations about "Saturday Night Live's" recent forays into politics are in the new edition of "Live From New York," an […]
  • VIDEO: This is what happens when you challenge Chris Christie on Bruce Springsteen

    Aaron Blake
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The woman questioned why Christie still played Springsteen's songs, saying Springsteen had told Christie to stop doing so. Then Christie went to work. (Video courtesty of NJ.com)
  • Majority of Americans support Iraq airstrikes

    Aaron Blake
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama's decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq was a popular one -- especially among his biggest political adversaries, conservative Republicans. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 63 percent of conservative Republicans and 61 percent of all Republicans support Obama's decision to launch the airstrikes. By comparison, 54 percent of Democrats and 49 percent […]
  • President Eisenhower had a pretty sick plane

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Happy National Aviation Day! Yes, we know you had no idea it was National Aviation Day (and we know the Fix has unwittingly celebrated by writing about planes a lot). But now you can celebrate by learning all about President Eisenhower's plane, which had sweet propellers. He used two planes during his time in office -- […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Congress irresponsibly takes ‘pension smoothing’ from exception to habit

    Editorial Board
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY is old hat in Washington. Nevertheless, if any bill could be described as breaking new ground in that department, it might be one President Obama signed into law this month : the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. The measure provides $10.8 billion for infrastructure projects around the country, with more than half of the money supplied not by any real increase in revenue or reduction in spending but by an egregious budgetary gimmick known as “pension smoothing.” Read full article >>
  • Pandering to Northern Va.’s Koreans is going to extremes

    Editorial Board
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    ELECTION-YEAR PANDERING to ethnic minorities is part of America’s political tradition, but sometimes restraint is the wiser course. In Northern Virginia this year, candidates have been outdoing themselves to cozy up to the region’s fast-growing Korean community. That’s fine — except when politicians seek to substitute their judgment for that of historians. Read full article >>
  • Thailand’s despicable trafficking record

    Editorial Board
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    THIS YEAR’S parade of horrors in the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report included shocking accounts of child soldiers, organ trafficking, forced labor and more. The document is a sad testament to the depths of cruelty by humans to other humans. Mandated by Congress, this report is a chance not only to speak truth to power but also to seek change. Read full article >>
  • Ferguson, Mo., police are doing little to instill confidence

    Editorial Board
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    IF THERE were any doubt that the citizens of Ferguson, Mo., had good reason to question the professionalism of their police force, it has been erased by several days of revelations about the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Read full article >>
  • The wrong-headed case against Texas Gov. Rick Perry

    Editorial Board
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    THERE ARE MANY fair grounds on which to criticize Rick Perry’s performance as governor of Texas: his rejection of federal funding for Medicaid expansion and his grandstanding deployment of the state’s National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, to name just two. But the list does not include the charges newly levied against him by an Austin grand jury. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Two governors teach us about when to police political behavior

    Ruth Marcus
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior. Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist David Axelrod — indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). Read full article >>
  • Crafting a strategy for deterring Putin

    David Ignatius
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    ASPEN, Colo. At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former defense secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” Read full article >>
  • Paul Ryan’s memoir preaches to the choir

    Matt Miller
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I signed a non-disclosure agreement to get an early copy of Rep. Paul Ryan’s memoir-cum-manifesto, “The Way Forward,” and there’s explosive stuff that plainly had to be kept under wraps before Tuesday’s launch. Are you sitting down? The Wisconsin Republican loves his home town of Janesville. He adores his wife, Janna. He thinks President Obama is leading the country in the wrong direction. And — spoiler alert – if Republicans can only recapture Ronald Reagan’s sunny spirit and conservative ideals, American renewal is within reach. Read full article >>
  • We need a fairer system for choosing House members

    Katrina vanden Heuvel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    In the original conception of our Constitution, the House of Representatives was to be the branch of government that best reflected the will of the people. House members cannot serve without being elected — vacancies are not filled by appointees — and they must face the voters every two years. Notably, the House holds pride of place as the first branch of government to be described in the Constitution. The framers move directly from “We the People” to the House, underlining the notion that, for our Constitution (and our government) to function, representatives must be accountable to…
  • Rand Paul is no Jack Kemp

    Michael Gerson
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low? Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp project — after the late congressman Jack Kemp, who spent a career engaged in minority outreach — is viewed as a secondary concern. They consistently pitch their approach toward the middle class — in part to distinguish it from previous iterations of compassionate or “bleeding heart” (Kemp’s phrase) conservatism. The cover of the reform-conservative…
 
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    Local Letters

  • Refusing to learn not to drive while drunk

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Aman Singh Lail pleaded guilty last week to killing a man while driving drunk [“Guilty plea to DWI and manslaughter in Arlington collision,” Metro, Aug. 15]. Mr. Lail is 24 and, according to authorities, has nearly three dozen charges on his driving record, several of which are “related” to drunken driving or speeding. One, from 2010, was a charge of driving under the influence that was pleaded down to reckless driving. This time, prosecutors offered a plea agreement under which Mr. Lail would be sentenced to no more than 12 years in prison. Read full article >>
  • Virginia is missing the boat on casinos

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Regarding the Aug. 16 Metro article “Stakes are mounting for Md. casinos ” : When will the politicians in Virginia take their heads out of the sand? While our northern neighbor lures Virginians to its casinos, we just raise our tolls, making the roads for the wealthy only. Read full article >>
  • Military kids deserve the break camp offers

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Regarding the Aug. 14 Metro article about the program at Camp Corral in Front Royal, Va., “A week of respite”: The children of military parents are not usually in the spotlight, but we should hold these children in high esteem and focus as much on them as the soldiers themselves. Every day, they, too, are affected by war. They have to carry the emotional weight of having a parent in combat, killed in combat or at home with war wounds but still go through life without a complaint. Programs like Camp Corral are important. Even though most children attend for only a week, they get a chance…
  • Losing the right to vote after serving his country

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Virginia Republicans may indeed have already begun, as The Post so aptly put it, “digging themselves deeper into a hole of their own making The GOP’s war on voters ,” editorial, Aug 15]. My 89-year-old father, a lifelong Republican who never missed voting in an election since he was first eligible to vote in 1946, may be forced to sit November’s out, thanks to those rascals in Richmond and their new voter rules aimed squarely at disenfranchisement. Read full article >>
  • Girls can play as well — and as hard — as boys

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I appreciate coverage of the Little League World Series and of girls’ participation in it [“When an ‘out’ call was changed,” Sports, Aug. 14]. Still, I can’t help but wonder why, 40 years later, we should still be patting ourselves on the back for allowing girls to play. Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • Ferguson, Obama and justice

    Joel Achenbach
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Like everyone else these days in the media, I watched President Obama’s statement on Iraq and Ferguson while simultaneously monitoring the reaction on Twitter. He was hammered right and left. General consensus: He seemed tired, passionless, overly measured and vague. He obviously wanted to talk about Iraq more than Ferguson — because there was good […]
  • Burnin’ down the (White) House

    Joel Achenbach
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    For an upcoming story, I’ve been busy looking for remnants of the War of 1812, which was a war fought between the United States and Britain, approximately in 1812. Not many people know very much about that war, including when it happened (again, not to be a bore about it, but roughly in 1812) and […]
  • Hillary Clinton takes on Barack Obama

    Joel Achenbach
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Here we are witnessing the world on fire again, in multiple locations. August is never as slow as it ought to be. I think of it as the time my tomatoes ripen, but in some parts of the world it’s known as Fighting Season. The news from much of the world is so awful that […]
  • Hiccups could mean Ebola!

    Joel Achenbach
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    My pal G-Dub wrote a book called “The Hypochondriac’s Guide to Life. And Death,” in which Chapter 7 carried the title, “Hiccups Can Mean Cancer.” I thought of Gene’s book yesterday when looking at the official Web site of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The hospital informs us of the symptoms of Ebola, […]
  • What the Ebola virus dreams about

    Joel Achenbach
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    [Been a little busy with Ebola in recent days. An American doctor has been evacuated from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment of Ebola virus disease -- see our story from Saturday. The outbreak is the worst in history. We'll stay on top of the story this week. In any case, I vaguely recalled that, […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Russia’s blow to globalization

    Anne Applebaum
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    While it lasted, globalization was a beguiling tale we told ourselves about the future. The world is interconnected and therefore getting not just richer but more peaceful. The technologies of international capitalism — outsourcing, insourcing, offshoring — would not only make the world’s businesses more profitable, they would make people less quarrelsome. We would play chess online with Indians, and thus become more like them. We would buy software from China, and thus never go to war with them. Even better, once they started trading, India and China would never go to war with each…
  • Russia’s message to the E.U.: Money talks

    Anne Applebaum
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    David Cameron, the British prime minister, led the attack: It would be “unthinkable” for the British to sell a warship to Russia, he declared. Almost immediately, the French president, François Hollande, confirmed his intention to do precisely that: He would, he said, deliver a Mistral amphibious assault ship to the Russian navy, as contracted — and then he hit back hard. “This is a false debate led by hypocrites,” one of his party colleagues declared. “When you see how many [Russian] oligarchs have sought refuge in London, David Cameron should start by cleaning up his own back…
  • The Malaysia Airlines crash is the end of Russia’s fairy tale

    Anne Applebaum
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane. Read full article >>
  • Welcome to Free Kiev

    Anne Applebaum
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    WARSAW Last month, Andrei Kuznetsov left his native St. Petersburg and flew to Ukraine. When he arrived at the Kiev airport, he asked for political asylum. The bemused guards, unaccustomed to any sort of asylum-seekers, let alone Russian asylum-seekers, couldn’t figure out what to do with him. Finally, he told a Radio Liberty reporter, “they let me in as a tourist and gave me the link to a U.N. site with procedures for applying for asylum.” Read full article >>
  • The last democratic World Cup?

    Anne Applebaum
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Like a time-honored ritual, the run-up to any world-class sporting event is always the same. A few months before, the stadiums aren’t ready and the hotels have no hot water. The highways are dirt tracks and the athletes have nowhere to sleep. The local newspapers predict calamity. Will the beach volleyball final not be held for lack of a net? Will the qualifying match between Paraguay and Ivory Coast be abandoned because the referees couldn’t land at the unfinished airport? Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Israel is held to an impossible standard

    Richard Cohen
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    In 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the U.S. Embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why Washington didn’t do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that’s exactly what Israel would do. Read full article >>
  • Justin Bieber buys his way out of jail

    Richard Cohen
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Justin Bieber is a lesson for all young people. This week he pleaded guilty in Miami to careless driving and resisting arrest. The original charges were driving under the influence of intoxicants (marijuana and Xanax), having an expired license and resisting arrest. The judge was stern with him. Not that it mattered any. Bieber wasn’t there. Read full article >>
  • Bewitched by Lauren Bacall

    Richard Cohen
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    The first time I wrote about Lauren Bacall was because I could. I was a fan, writing a column three times a week, and so any subject would do. Bacall had just published her memoir, “Lauren Bacall by Myself which I read and enjoyed — and so I wrote about it. The second time I wrote about Bacall was because her father called. Read full article >>
  • The left’s slippery slope

    Richard Cohen
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Two “leading national security organizations” — that’s their own designation, in case you’re wondering — have condemned President Obama’s “return to the battlefield in Iraq.” Their names are a mouthful — the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non- Proliferation — but their statement is worth reading, not for what it says but for what it doesn’t. It offers no hint of how anything other than military intervention was going to save those poor people stuck on a mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan, some of them dying of dehydration, some of them already…
  • Richard Nixon’s lasting damage to the GOP

    Richard Cohen
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Richard Nixon is not having an easy time of late. The Post alone has run at least three opinion pieces reminding us all that Nixon was a skunk who 40 years ago this month resigned the presidency and flew off to a short-lived exile in California. There the story of Nixon’s nefariousness supposedly ends. But it does not. He remains to this day a major political figure. Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Where goes the neighborhood?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Read full article >>
  • Plain vanilla bipartisanship

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    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? Read full article >>
  • Can the voters change the GOP?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The central issue in this fall’s elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want? It is, to be sure, a strange question to put to an electorate in which independents and Democrats constitute a majority. Yet there is no getting around this: The single biggest change in Washington over the last five years has been a GOP shift to a more radical form of conservatism. This, in turn, has led to a kind of rejectionism that views cooperation with President Obama as inherently unprincipled. Read full article >>
  • The Republicans’ lust for impeachment

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. Read full article >>
  • Paul Ryan’s stale ideas on poverty

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Rand Paul is no Jack Kemp

    Michael Gerson
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low? Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp project — after the late congressman Jack Kemp, who spent a career engaged in minority outreach — is viewed as a secondary concern. They consistently pitch their approach toward the middle class — in part to distinguish it from previous iterations of compassionate or “bleeding heart” (Kemp’s phrase) conservatism. The cover of the reform-conservative…
  • Michael Gerson: Ferguson and the paradox of American diversity

    Michael Gerson
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    While I was growing up in an overwhelmingly white, resolutely middle-class neighborhood west of St. Louis, the city of Ferguson — about 20 minutes north around Interstate 270, past the airport — was never an intended destination. It was a working-class area that did not figure or matter much in my world. For all I knew, it was a foreign country. Read full article >>
  • Mugged by reality in the Middle East

    Michael Gerson
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his reelection campaign). Read full article >>
  • Ebola fever

    Michael Gerson
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn’t want their institution to be known as an “AIDS hospital.” Some parents instructed their children at school not to play with the researcher’s children, because she was in contact with the AIDS virus. Fear and stigma were overcome only by the relentless application of science. Read full article >>
  • Bet on Africa rising

    Michael Gerson
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa’s brand problem in the United States has grown significantly worse. Two events — the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram and an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak in West Africa — have tuned in clearly through the news and social media static. And they have reinforced existing public impressions of disorder and disease. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Crafting a strategy for deterring Putin

    David Ignatius
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    ASPEN, Colo. At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former defense secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” Read full article >>
  • The Islamic State’s potential weakness

    David Ignatius
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The Obama administration’s Iraq policy seems premised on the idea that the terrorist Islamic State is so toxic that it will be self-limiting and ultimately self-defeating. But that’s not the view of U.S. intelligence officials. Read full article >>
  • How Obama can show he is serious about helping Iraq

    David Ignatius
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi has united his enemies and given them a target to attack, just as bin Laden predicted. Read full article >>
  • Can the U.S. help Africa avoid going the way of the Middle East?

    David Ignatius
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    President Obama touted this week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as “an extraordinary event.” That may sound like hype, but the gathering featured some innovative new ideas to prevent terrorism and lawlessness from spreading in Africa as it has in the Middle East. Read full article >>
  • Averting a mountaintop massacre in Sinjar, Iraq

    David Ignatius
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Obama administration has been delaying decisive action against the terrorist Islamic State until there’s a new Iraqi government and a neater foundation for policy. But the terrible human suffering of refugees trapped in Sinjar should alter that timetable and force U.S. support for Kurdish fighters who can save the refugees now. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Two governors teach us about when to police political behavior

    Ruth Marcus
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior. Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist David Axelrod — indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). Read full article >>
  • Learning from Richard Nixon

    Ruth Marcus
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust. Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon’s willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and paranoia and his florid anti-Semitism, another round of tapes emerges. Read full article >>
  • Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats

    Ruth Marcus
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah. The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day, during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats. Read full article >>
  • Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time

    Ruth Marcus
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Don’t be so sure that the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again. The question is enormously important: Are health-care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are with insurance from state exchanges? Read full article >>
  • A lesson for the White House in anonymous sources

    Ruth Marcus
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Let us now praise anonymous sources. The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources. Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White House spokesman? — was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Post — and noted, more than once, that its reporters were absent from the briefing — for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Economic inequality, not just wages at the bottom, needs to be addressed

    Harold Meyerson
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    “The question is, ‘How do we help people at the bottom rather than thwart people at the top?’” Harvard economics professor Gregory Mankiw, who served as a leading adviser to President George W. Bush and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, recently asked. The set of beliefs behind this question — that economic inequality isn’t the problem we should address; that we should focus instead on better educating the poor so they can earn more — has increasingly become the fallback position of conservatives in the debate over rising economic inequality. Read full article…
  • Hungary’s prime minister a champion for illiberalism

    Harold Meyerson
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    While Europe watches apprehensively and moves cautiously against the increasingly authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin, it might also want to cast a cold eye at one of its own. Hungary — a member, with all the customary rights and privileges, of the European Union — has declared Putin’s Russia to be a more attractive political model than the liberal democracies of the West. Read full article >>
  • Market Basket isn’t just a company, it’s a community

    Harold Meyerson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Who is a company? If we speak of the men and women of Boeing, say, or Wal-Mart or Market Basket, a supermarket chain in New England, where this question is being posed most emphatically of late, are we referring to the company’s employees? Its founders? Its founders’ grandchildren, even if they play no role in the company’s endeavors? Its shareholders, even if they hold the company’s stock just for a few months or, in the case of high-frequency trading, a fraction of a second? Read full article >>
  • Schumer offers flawed solution to gridlock

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Would the dysfunction of U.S. politics be dispelled if we got rid of partisan primaries? That’s the contention of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). In an op-ed for the New York Times, Schumer argued that the primary system in most states, in which voters choose nominees for their respective parties who then run head to head in November, gives too much weight to the party faithful, who are inclined to select candidates who veer either far right or far left. The cure Schumer proposes for this ill is the “jungle primary,” in which all primary candidates, regardless of party, appear on the…
  • CIA might as well learn from Germany’s economy while spying

    Harold Meyerson
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • In Ferguson, a sense of being left behind

    Eugene Robinson
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise. Read full article >>
  • Our selective outrage

    Eugene Robinson
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb. Read full article >>
  • Paying for Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq

    Eugene Robinson
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it’s useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Their decision to launch a foolish and unwarranted invasion in 2003, toppling Saddam Hussein and destroying any vestige of the Iraqi state, is directly responsible for the chaos we see today, including the rapid advance of the well-armed jihadist militia that calls itself the Islamic State. Read full article >>
  • What ‘war on whites’?

    Eugene Robinson
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    If there really were a “war on whites,” as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn’t be going very well for the anti-white side. In 2012, the last year for which comprehensive Census Bureau data are available, white households had a median income of $57,009, compared with $33,321 for African American households and $39,005 for Hispanic households. The white-black income gap was almost exactly the same as in 1972; the gap between whites and Hispanics actually worsened. Read full article >>
  • Time to tame the intelligence monster

    Eugene Robinson
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The CIA now admits that it spied on a Senate investigation into the agency’s shameful program of secret detention and torture. Do we need any more proof that the spooks are out of control? An internal “accountability board” will look into the incident, an agency statement said, and might recommend “potential disciplinary measures” or even “steps to address systemic issues.” Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Global prosperity is no panacea

    Robert J. Samuelson
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    What we are witnessing in the spreading turmoil around the world — in Iraq, in Ukraine, in Gaza — is the silent rejection of a central tenet of U.S. post-World War II foreign policy: that global prosperity would foster peace and stability. Countries would rather trade than fight. Promoting economic growth would suppress the divisive forces of nationalism, ideology, religion and culture. So we thought. Read full article >>
  • Where have all the entrepreneurs gone (continued)?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    U.S. businesses are aging, I wrote last week, and a sharp decline in start-up companies is a big reason. As the share of young firms shrinks, the surviving companies are naturally older — and this may have huge ramifications for the economy. Established companies may create fewer jobs and innovations than do young businesses. So, what has happened to the United States’ vaunted entrepreneurs? The experts I contacted last week had a uniform answer: No one knows. Read full article >>
  • Interest rates and the Fed’s great ‘slack’ debate

    Robert J. Samuelson
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Call it the great “slack” debate. For nearly six years, the Federal Reserve has held short-term interest rates near zero to boost the economy. Is it time to consider raising rates to preempt higher inflation? The answer depends heavily on the economy’s slack: its capacity to increase production without triggering price pressures. Although economists are arguing furiously over this, there’s no scientific way to measure slack. Economic policymaking is often an exercise in educated guesswork, built on imperfect statistics, shaky assumptions, incomplete theories and political preferences.
  • Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    We may have a “senile economy,” says economist Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution. That’s senile as in old, rigid and undynamic. We are taught otherwise. Americans are reared on the notion that we’re the most entrepreneurial of peoples — and many success stories seem to prove it. There’s a long legacy from Thomas Edison to Mark Zuckerberg. Our economy is constantly kept young by the “next new thing.” Read full article >>
  • The (millennial) parent trap

    Robert J. Samuelson
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    You could hear the tension in his voice. His 20-something daughter was living at home. She had a graduate degree from a good university that, in times past, would have led to a solid job. But she had no job and no prospect of one. He worried and wondered how long this would last. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • In a stew over inversions

    George F. Will
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called “inversion,” more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker. Read full article >>
  • Use of force against Islamic State could create a new void

    George F. Will
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John F. Kerry was nonplussed: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.” If, however, Vladimir Putin is out of step with the march of progress, where exactly on history’s inevitably ascending path (as progressives like Kerry evidently think) does Kerry, our innocent abroad, locate the Islamic State? Read full…
  • Nature’s terror weapon

    George F. Will
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Although the Ebola virus might remain mostly confined to West Africa, it has infected the Western imagination. This eruption of uncontrolled nature into what developed nations consider serene modernity is more disturbing to the emotional serenity of multitudes than it is threatening to their physical health. Read full article >>
  • Richard Nixon’s long shadow

    George F. Will
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    At about 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: “I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.” The burglary he demanded was not the one that would occur exactly one year later at the Democratic National Committee’s office in the Watergate complex. Richard Nixon was ordering a break-in at the Brookings Institution, a think tank, to seize material concerning U.S. diplomacy regarding North Vietnam during the closing weeks of the 1968 presidential campaign. Read full article >>
  • Sherrod Brown is the odd man out with Democrats

    George F. Will
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    If Ohio’s senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton’s joyless plod toward her party’s presidential nomination. Drop one of Brown’s consonants and change another and a vowel, and we might be spared the infatuation of what Howard Dean called “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Read full article >>
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Forming a stepfamily without a commitment may be premature

    Carolyn Hax
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hi, Carolyn: I am a 32-year-old woman who has been dating a wonderful man for a little over a year. We are now making lifelong plans together, starting with the process of looking for a new home to move into together. Read full article >>
  • Hax Philes: Can you have a pre-midlife crisis?

    Carolyn Hax
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    This question is from the Aug. 15 chat: I’m having something of a pre-mid-life crisis. I’m 30 years old with a great job (at a company people say “wow” about), good friends, single but not bothered about it, and hobby that I really enjoy. I do often wonder whether job is leading me anywhere I want to go, longterm career-wise, and I don’t feel incredibly passionate about it, but I really like my coworkers and I enjoy going in most days. But lately I find I’ve been craving adventure — fighting an urge to simply pack it all in and travel the world to rediscover myself and what I…
  • Carolyn Hax: Telling parents about pending divorce can be done without shame or guilt

    Carolyn Hax
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion and continued from yesterday’s column. Hi, Carolyn! I’m going home this weekend to tell my parents that my 21 2-year “happy” marriage is ending in divorce and I’m so anxious! We are a close family but I kept a lot of my unhappiness secret from them. They saw the happy, young couple, not the couple that bickers and argues and held grudges. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Divorce is imminent. I’m agonized by where to even start.

    Carolyn Hax
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My spouse told me earlier this week that they want a divorce. I had a gay affair. I was pushing for us to work past this. We both love each other, but I guess emotional love isn’t enough. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: There are many ways to try to redress sins of the past

    Carolyn Hax
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hi, Carolyn: I’m 40 with a wonderful family and fulfilling career. Occasionally I am consumed with regret for past behavior. In middle school, there was a boy who was different (a disability, thick glasses, blue collar in a neighborhood of professionals). The students were not kind to this boy. Neither was I. I never engaged in any active teasing, but I ignored him as much as possible. We used to spray for “cooties” and every time I had to touch something he had touched, I “sprayed”! I think I felt so out-of-place myself that I thought if I associated with him at ALL I also would be…
 
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