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  • It could be a very long time before Democrats are in the House majority again

    The Fix
    Chris Cillizza
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    House Democrats are gathering in Philadelphia Thursday and Friday to talk about that most compelling and complex of topics: the future. High on that agenda will be how -- and when -- they can hope to retake the majority they lost in the 2010 election. The short answer to that question is: It's going to be a […]
  • The U.S. is complacent as Egypt repeats its history of repression

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    THE EGYPTIAN regime of Abdel Fatah al-Sissi again demonstrated its violent and cynical nature last weekend, as the country marked the fourth anniversary of the popular revolution that overthrew former ruler Hosni Mubarak. More than 20 protesters were killed by police, including liberal human rights activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, who was shot in the back as she walked toward Cairo’s Tahrir Square to lay flowers. Five witnesses who tried to give testimony about her slaying were charged with staging an illegal protest.Read full article >>
  • Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu backfires on them both

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Eugene Robinson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.Read full article >>
  • An organized opposition campaign

    Local Letters
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Eric Wang’s Jan. 25 Local Opinions commentary, “The cost of a political opinion,” characterized William V. Jones III, the founder of the group “Two. Is. Enough. D.C.,” as a concerned citizen who merely made an anti-marijuana Web site and participated in a few meetings, rather than someone who should have been fined for campaign law violations.Read full article >>
  • Welcome to Science Tuesday Mid-Afternoon: Should we be worried about synthetic organisms cooked up in laboratories?

    Achenblog
    Joel Achenbach
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    [Cross-posted from our new Energy and Environment blog.] One of the strange things about being human beings is that we are highly conscious of our surroundings, yet are oblivious to the molecular machinations within our own bodies. Sure, we monitor ourselves – we’re hungry, we’re tired, we’re squirrelly, we’ve got the sewing-machine leg, we shoulda […]
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    The Fix

  • It could be a very long time before Democrats are in the House majority again

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    House Democrats are gathering in Philadelphia Thursday and Friday to talk about that most compelling and complex of topics: the future. High on that agenda will be how -- and when -- they can hope to retake the majority they lost in the 2010 election. The short answer to that question is: It's going to be a […]
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    1. The Washington Post White House team has the latest on President Obama's budget proposal. 2. The presidential campaign isn't the only 2016 race already in gear -- conservatives are getting ready to primary a few vulnerable Republicans in Congress. 3. That time Bill Belichick and Jeb Bush went to high school together. 4. The […]
  • The most generous counties in presidential politics, 1980 to 2012

    Philip Bump
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Since 1980, there are two ZIP codes that have been among the most generous in the country for the presidential candidate of each party every four years. You might be able to guess where they are. If not, we'll give it away: New York City. According to data from the Federal Election Commission, individual donors […]
  • States that are more opposed to abortion rights have fewer abortions — but not fewer unintended pregnancies

    Aaron Blake
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Abortion in America is an extremely divisive issue, splitting Republicans and Democrats with often very strong feelings. It also divides the states. In 2010, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights group, an estimated 11 percent of all unintended pregnancies in South Dakota were aborted. In New York, it was 54 percent. […]
  • In which we try to solve a Senate ‘whodunit’

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    UPDATE 2:45 pm: We got a note from Sen. Shaheen's office and they say "was not us." Our colleague Colby Itkowitz offers another theory: There was also the Judiciary Committee hearing featuring former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson. The only senator who serves on both Judiciary and Appropriations is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). And in […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • The U.S. is complacent as Egypt repeats its history of repression

    Editorial Board
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    THE EGYPTIAN regime of Abdel Fatah al-Sissi again demonstrated its violent and cynical nature last weekend, as the country marked the fourth anniversary of the popular revolution that overthrew former ruler Hosni Mubarak. More than 20 protesters were killed by police, including liberal human rights activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, who was shot in the back as she walked toward Cairo’s Tahrir Square to lay flowers. Five witnesses who tried to give testimony about her slaying were charged with staging an illegal protest.Read full article >>
  • Donald Graham and D.C. CAP have transformed education in the District

    Editorial Board
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    IN THE spring of 1999, management and education consultant Argelia Rodriguez got a phone call that would eventually transform the lives of thousands of D.C. students and families. “We need to fix this city. We need to give every student an opportunity to go to college. And I want your help to do it.” That entreaty from Donald E. Graham, then publisher of The Washington Post, resulted in the creation of D.C. CAP, a program so successful in enrolling people in college and graduating them that it’s no exaggeration to say it has changed the educational landscape of Washington.Read full…
  • Mr. Obama’s economic optimism ignores the ongoing battle with federal debt

    Editorial Board
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    PRESIDENT OBAMA sounded a triumphant note about the federal government’s fiscal condition in his State of the Union address last week, boasting that the budget deficit has fallen by two-thirds since 2009, his first year in office. He then went on to outline new plans for tax and spending increases, framed as “middle-class economics,” with nary a word about how he would bring down the country’s national debt over the long term. Whereas he entered the White House promising that “some of the hard decisions” about entitlement reform would be “made under my watch, not someone…
  • Mr. Obama’s trip to India leaves a clear deal on curbing emissions up in the air

    Editorial Board
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    THE U.S.-India relationship has often seemed more attractive in theory than in practice. The world’s two largest democracies share concerns about Chinese expansionism; throw in big economic potential and an active Indian immigrant population in the United States, and success seems guaranteed. Yet both sides have often felt disappointed in the results.Read full article >>
  • The FAA should strike the right balance on drone regulation

    Editorial Board
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    SOME PEOPLE intend to be national security threats. Others are just drunk. In the case of Monday’s drone crash on the southeast corner of the White House grounds, the immediate problem seems to have been an inebriated pilot. But the underlying issue is that the federal government poorly regulates the booming drone industry. The right response is not overreaction but rather tightening rules and procedures in some ways — and loosening them in others. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu backfires on them both

    Eugene Robinson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.Read full article >>
  • Do we really mean ‘never again’?

    Charles Krauthammer
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance. Read full article >>
  • An invasion of artificial outrage

    Michael Gerson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The invasion, evidently, has begun.“What’s not acceptable,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) explained recently, “is people that want to come and conquer us.” Yes, the conquest of the United States: pretty unacceptable. “That’s not immigration, by the way,” he continued, “that’s colonization.” Ditto on being colonized, as the British learned to their chagrin. “If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values, that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion ­— if you’re honest about it.”Read full article >>
  • A breakthrough on trade in Asia

    David Ignatius
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Strange bedfellows of 2015: As the Obama administration pushes toward a major new trade agreement in Asia this spring, it is developing two unlikely allies: Chinese officials abroad, who are signaling that they want in, and Republicans in Congress, who appear willing to support what would be one of President Obama’s biggest successes.Read full article >>
  • Audit the Fed? Not so fast.

    Catherine Rampell
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Not this again.Calls to “Audit the Fed” are back. And just as before, they are extraordinarily dangerous to the health of the U.S. economy.First, a little background. Conspiracy theories about the Federal Reserve’s wacky technical mumbo-jumbo voodoo have a long populist history. Monetary policy is complicated and abstract; entrusting it to a secretive, propeller-headed cabal naturally arouses suspicion. No surprise, then, that libertarian hero and former Texas congressman Ron Paul for years tried to persuade his colleagues to curb the central bank’s power and independence with…
 
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    Local Letters

  • An organized opposition campaign

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Eric Wang’s Jan. 25 Local Opinions commentary, “The cost of a political opinion,” characterized William V. Jones III, the founder of the group “Two. Is. Enough. D.C.,” as a concerned citizen who merely made an anti-marijuana Web site and participated in a few meetings, rather than someone who should have been fined for campaign law violations.Read full article >>
  • Cutting emissions in Virginia

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The Jan. 26 editorial “Cut emissions the cheaper, smarter way” espoused the Republican cap-and-trade plan to let “market forces” reduce carbon emissions in Virginia. This proposal is pure pseudoscience. Power companies are monopolies; there are no “market forces.” These companies merely pass the bill for pollution onto the ratepayer, who has no choice but to pay. A real science-based plan to address carbon emissions must come from scientists, not scientifically illiterate politicians in Richmond. Read full article >>
  • When given a choice, choose community schools

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Jay Mathews again told those of us in favor of strong community schools not to worry [“The decline of neighborhood schools makes many uncomfortable. Should it?,” Education, Jan. 26]. Charter and voucher programs have proliferated because parents, faced with community schools whose top students receive incentives to go elsewhere, have little choice but to follow suit. That a trend exists does not constitute evidence that the trend is positive.Read full article >>
  • Reston’s engaged community

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Jan. 24 Metro article “Reston’s ‘Central Park’ a growth battleground,” about a proposed residential development at the Reston National Golf Course, left out a critically representative part of Reston’s motto that is more properly expressed as “live, work, play and get involved.”Read full article >>
  • A non-reversal reversal at the Hirshhorn

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I was relieved after reading “Hirshhorn says it wants its docents to return” [Style, Jan. 24] that the museum has seen the folly of its decision to dismiss its docents, some of whom had worked at the Hirshhorn for 20 years or more. It takes humility and integrity to admit that a mistake was made and apologize for it. Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • Welcome to Science Tuesday Mid-Afternoon: Should we be worried about synthetic organisms cooked up in laboratories?

    Joel Achenbach
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    [Cross-posted from our new Energy and Environment blog.] One of the strange things about being human beings is that we are highly conscious of our surroundings, yet are oblivious to the molecular machinations within our own bodies. Sure, we monitor ourselves – we’re hungry, we’re tired, we’re squirrelly, we’ve got the sewing-machine leg, we shoulda […]
  • The world we make: Don’t leave it to the engineers

    Joel Achenbach
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    You might not be able to tell from my latest story, on “planetary boundaries,” but I tend to be cautiously optimistic about the future of human civilization. In some quarters this is considered insane, a sign of willful obliviousness to our certain doom. In other ideological precincts, the “cautiously” part is considered weak and whimpering, […]
  • The presidency: What it takes

    Joel Achenbach
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    President Obama is being slammed for not attending Sunday’s huge Paris rally in response to last week’s terrorism in France. The White House has suggested that security issues made the participation of the president and vice president impractical (the U.S. ambassador and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder represented the United States). In any case: When […]
  • The good life, in theory

    Joel Achenbach
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    In the new Ian McEwan novel, “The Children Act,” the author briefly summarizes (via the mind of his protagonist, a family law judge) what’s necessary for the good life: “She listed some relevant ingredients, goals toward which a child might grow. Economic and moral freedom, virtue, compassion and altruism, satisfying work through engagement with demanding […]
  • The Post-Christmas Purge

    Joel Achenbach
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    [An unabridged version of a short essay that ran Dec. 26] In my house, Christmas is a secular holiday built around gifting, followed immediately on the 26th by another secular holiday built around regret. It’s the day everyone returns stuff to the store, particularly the presents that I, the Dad, bought at the last minute […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Europe has survived terrorist attacks before

    Anne Applebaum
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    LONDONIn the more than two weeks that have passed since the murder of more than a dozen people in Paris — cartoonists, policemen, customers at a Jewish grocery store — a number of European countries have called for new countermeasures to fight terrorism. The French prime minister announced a whole raft of policies. The British want databases to monitor travel in and out of Europe. At emergency meetings, European officials have discussed what one British paper called a “new era of travel surveillance.”Read full article >>
  • North Korea’s incomprehensible regime

    Anne Applebaum
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    In the 1990s, a large group of prisoners was released from North Korea’s secret labor camps. These were not criminals, nor were they even political enemies. On the contrary, they were, in the words of a defector, the grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of “landlords, capitalists, collaborators with the Japanese colonial government, and other people with bad family background.” The Soviet Union once arrested the wives and children of political prisoners, and Russia recently sent the brother of a dissident politician to prison. But North Korea kept generations of families living in…
  • Taking democracy for granted

    Anne Applebaum
    25 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Imagine that you are a mother of a very poor family in Udaipur, India, and that you want to have your children immunized. But now imagine — as the economist Esther Duflo once demanded of a TED audience — that because you are very poor, you have an infinite number of small things to do, from fetching water to cooking food from scratch to running a small shop. In order to get your child immunized, you have to walk several kilometers to a health center that turns out to be closed. Would you bother to return again? Probably not. Read full article >>
  • Another reason to avoid reading the comments

    Anne Applebaum
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    LONDONIf you are reading this article on the Internet, stop afterward and think about it. Then scroll to the bottom and read the commentary. If there isn’t any, try a Web site that allows comments, preferably one that is very political. Then recheck your views. Read full article >>
  • Is Germany ready to assume a global role?

    Anne Applebaum
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    BERLINFar from the main events — the balloons, the speeches and the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Wall — last weekend I joined a panel discussion about the future of Europe, as one does so often in Germany. Asked to say a few words about “threats to the West,” I spoke about the relative weakness of NATO, about the failures of European foreign policy, about Russia’s use of money and disinformation to divide Europe and the United States.Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Netanyahu’s contempt for President Obama

    Richard Cohen
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    It would not surprise me if, at the next Republican National Convention, Benjamin Netanyahu took a seat in the delegates-from-abroad section. The Israeli leader has both allied and associated himself with congressional Republicans who differ with President Obama over whether to impose additional sanctions on Iran and who also — let’s not beat around the bush — hate his guts. Their foreign policy is actually a domestic one: to destroy the president.Read full article >>
  • Technology disrupting the American Dream

    Richard Cohen
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Mercedes-Benz wants to develop a driverless car. Google already has one. This is exceedingly bad news for auto body shops, ambulance-chasing lawyers and others. Soon, truck drivers might be replaced by driverless trucks. What then will happen to the nation’s 3.5 million truck drivers, not to mention truck stops, of which there are 276 in Texas alone? (You can Google anything.)Read full article >>
  • Obama’s slap at France

    Richard Cohen
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In Paris on Sunday, the United States really led from behind — so far behind that President Obama and other important U.S. officials stayed stateside as 40 other world leaders joined about 1.5 million Frenchmen in a stirring riposte to terrorism and anti-Semitism. Even Vice President Biden stayed home. He remained in Delaware where, possibly, he stood at attention in front of the TV. It was, I’m sure, a moving moment.Read full article >>
  • Antonio Weiss, unfortunate scapegoat

    Richard Cohen
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    From Hyde Park, N.Y., I imagined I heard a groan. It came from the grave of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and it was emitted shortly after Antonio Weiss, a Wall Street banker, withdrew his nomination to be a Treasury undersecretary. He had been opposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who thought that Weiss was too close to the very industry he was supposed to oversee. As FDR might have chided her, that — my dear — was the whole point.Read full article >>
  • The Charlie Hebdo massacre and the efficacy of violence

    Richard Cohen
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    As sometimes happens, Jon Stewart is wrong. He said the other night about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, “There is no sense to be made of this.”Ah, but there is. There is an inescapable logic to violence. Killing your enemies silences them. Killing your enemies intimidates others. Just look at how the New York Times went about deciding whether to publish Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that, among others things, outraged so many traditional Muslims. The Times polled some of its various foreign bureaus to see whether anyone felt threatened by the possible…
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • For the Patriots, without apology

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Inever knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on my dear New England Patriots. Having rooted over the years for Boston teams that many felt sorry for — God help us — and found psychologically interesting, it was a rush to hear MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough the other morning describe my Patriots as a “ruthless killing machine.” Wow! Read full article >>
  • E.J. Dionne: Culture wars, old and new

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The old culture war politics is dying, but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier by James Davison Hunter, a thoughtful University of Virginia sociologist.Read full article >>
  • Obama ditches his illusions about Republicans

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    “This is good news, people.”With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him. He decided to deal with the Republican Party he has, not the Republican Party he wishes he had.Read full article >>
  • What change sounds like

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.”Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration “The Right to Rise PAC,” a nice play on words emphasizing his hope for a conservative revival and his promise to put forward ideas that would help “all Americans to rise up” and “to move up the income ladder.”Read full article >>
  • How government helps the 1 percent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    You may think that government takes a lot of money from the wealthy and gives it to poor people. You might also assume that the rich pay a lot to support government while the poor pay a pittance.There is nothing wrong with you if you believe this. Our public discourse is dominated by these ideas, and you’d probably feel foolish challenging them. After Mitt Romney’s comments on the 47 percent blew up on him, conservatives have largely given up talking publicly about their “makers vs. takers” distinction. But much of the right’s rhetoric and many of its policies are still based on…
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • An invasion of artificial outrage

    Michael Gerson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The invasion, evidently, has begun.“What’s not acceptable,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) explained recently, “is people that want to come and conquer us.” Yes, the conquest of the United States: pretty unacceptable. “That’s not immigration, by the way,” he continued, “that’s colonization.” Ditto on being colonized, as the British learned to their chagrin. “If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values, that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion ­— if you’re honest about it.”Read full article >>
  • Republicans in the immigration minefield

    Michael Gerson
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Any Republican event convened by Rep. Steve King — he of “calves the size of cantaloupes” fame — could easily have degenerated into a festival of immigrant-bashing. It is to the credit of the serious GOP presidential prospects in attendance that the Iowa Freedom Summit generally did not. Read full article >>
  • The fight for the middle class

    Michael Gerson
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:56 pm
    When you strip away all the layers of cockiness, preachiness and delusion in President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, you find more cockiness, preachiness and delusion underneath.This was most obvious in the brief and buried foreign policy section. Obama declared that “the shadow of crisis has passed” fewer than two weeks after hundreds were killed by al-Qaeda and Boko Haram. He praised his own “smarter kind of American leadership” after being caught flat-footed by the rise of the most powerful terrorist quasi-state in history. He talked of respecting “human dignity”…
  • Obama can’t wish away terrorism

    Michael Gerson
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address is remembered today mainly for this bit of rhetorical irony: “America must move off a permanent war footing.” It was the triumph of speechwriting over experience. Obama’s pledge came about three weeks after the fall of Fallujah to the Islamic State. By June, Mosul would be overrun. Global jihadism now has a cause — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s sham caliphate — around which to rally. It controls unprecedented territory and resources. It has a stream of thousands of Western recruits cycling in and out of the Middle East. And it…
  • Michael Gerson: Design of the divine?

    Michael Gerson
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    The biographer Eric Metaxas recently made waves by arguing that modern science increasingly “makes the case for God.” Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he framed some rather weak arguments about planetary science, claiming that the parameters for the emergence of life are so precise and unlikely that they point to divine design. We don’t really know what physical processes drive the development and remarkable resilience of life — which somehow includes moss on Mount Everest and tube worms in deep-sea hydrothermal vents — but it strikes me as likely that science will eventually…
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A breakthrough on trade in Asia

    David Ignatius
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Strange bedfellows of 2015: As the Obama administration pushes toward a major new trade agreement in Asia this spring, it is developing two unlikely allies: Chinese officials abroad, who are signaling that they want in, and Republicans in Congress, who appear willing to support what would be one of President Obama’s biggest successes.Read full article >>
  • The lesson from Yemen

    David Ignatius
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen, and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions have disturbing answers. Read full article >>
  • Saudi Arabia’s coming struggle

    David Ignatius
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    This post has been updated.Saudi watchers have been talking about the transition from King Abdullah for a decade, but now that it has arrived, it’s as mysterious as ever.The death of King Abdullah begins a period of generational change in the oil kingdom that may last for several years. Crown Prince Salman, the nominal successor the new king, is elderly and infirm, as is the next in line, Prince Muqrin. The Saudi royal family, which has proven itself adept at survival, will be struggling in the next days and months to decide who in the next generation should be positioned for eventual…
  • Fretting over the world economy

    David Ignatius
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    DAVOS, SwitzerlandAsign of the concern among business and political leaders here about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled “Avoiding a Centennial Slump” — meaning a downturn that lasts a hundred years. Read full article >>
  • Foreign policy’s post-Obama pivot

    David Ignatius
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    President Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president. That’s one reason he took the offensive in the run-up to the State of the Union address. His aides insist that Obama plays his best in the fourth quarter of the game, and they want him to finish strong, from an opening with Iran to closing Guantanamo. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The debt: Mission unaccomplished

    Ruth Marcus
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Oh, the debt. Yawn. How passe. How 2009.Once, President Obama held a summit on fiscal responsibility (2009). Once, he gave an entire speech devoted to the subject (2011). Once, his State of the Union addresses (2010, 2011, 2013) were studded with double-digit references to the problem of sky-high deficits and lingering mountains of debt.Read full article >>
  • Ruth Marcus: A GOP ‘sanity caucus’?

    Ruth Marcus
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Are we witnessing the emergence of what might be called a new “sanity caucus” among House Republicans?This month, 26 of them voted against an amendment to undo President Obama’s program to shield so-called dreamers from deportation.Read full article >>
  • The allure of leave and community college policies

    Ruth Marcus
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    This is a tale of two policies promoted by President Obama: one to make community college free, the other to provide for paid sick leave and parental leave. Both are well-intentioned efforts to address fundamental, economic-based inequities. Only one — the leave policy — should be adopted.Read full article >>
  • In France, fuzziness on free speech

    Ruth Marcus
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Iwould have thought the French had a better sense of irony.One day they are marching in defiant support of offensive speech. The next they are threatening to prosecute people for it. Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a distinctly unfunny and anti-Semitic comedian, was arrested and charged with “incitement of terrorism” after a Facebook post seemed to express sympathy for the gunman who killed four people at a Paris kosher supermarket. Read full article >>
  • Keystone XL and the politics of symbolism over substance

    Ruth Marcus
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    The Senate debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, as predictable as it is unedifying, exemplifies two of the most disturbing aspects of political discourse today.The first is what might be called “talk-to-the-hand-ism” — or, perhaps updated to the tactic of New York City police officers — “turn-your-back-ism.” Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • In Greek crisis, Germany should learn from its fiscal past

    Harold Meyerson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    If you made a list of countries you hope have learned from their past hundred years of mistakes, Germany would have to be at the top. Happily, the staunch opposition to a nativist fringe that the nation’s government and citizenry have shown in recent weeks makes it clear, again, that Germany understands the costs of bigotry and the virtues of tolerance. Read full article >>
  • Democrats’ new faith

    Harold Meyerson
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    At long last, some tectonic plates of American politics have begun to move. The stagnation and decline of the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans have finally shown up on the radar of our political class.Read full article >>
  • The GOP’s scramble to court Wall Street

    Harold Meyerson
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    “If it were done,” says Macbeth as he contemplates killing Duncan — his kinsman, his house­guest, his king — “ . . . ’twere well it were done quickly.” A similar judgment seems to inform the newly empowered congressional Republicans’ rush to roll back the modest regulations that the Dodd-Frank Act imposed on Wall Street banks. Deregulating Wall Street is distasteful stuff that can claim no real public support or economic merit, but for reasons both political and financial, the Republicans have decided it’s best done quickly.Read full article >>
  • The AFL-CIO is on sound political ground to push for wage increases

    Harold Meyerson
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    “Raising wages is the single standard by which leadership will be judged,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced Wednesday at the federation’s conference unveiling labor’s political agenda. To that end, he said, the AFL-CIO would launch projects this year in the four states that hold the first four presidential primaries and caucuses of 2016 — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — as a way to make presidential candidates spell out exactly what they would do to boost Americans’ increasingly anemic wages.Read full article >>
  • Harold Meyerson: European austerity engenders a Keynesian outlook

    Harold Meyerson
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    ANew Left is rising in Europe as the new year begins. And despite the fears it engenders in polite society, this New Left is less Marxian than it is — oh, the horror — Keynesian.Keynesianism is a complex economic theory, but its central insight is simple enough: If every institution stops spending, economic activity will decline. Self-evident though this may be, this insight has eluded such global economic institutions as the International Monetary Fund, as well as Europe’s economic hegemon, Germany, when dealing with the depression that has devastated southern Europe, and Greece in…
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu backfires on them both

    Eugene Robinson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.Read full article >>
  • Hillary stands alone

    Eugene Robinson
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016 — hey, hold on, where’d everybody go? All right, at the moment there’s little suspense. Make that no suspense. If Hillary Clinton wants the nomination — and there’s no indication to the contrary — she can have it. Winning the general election is another story, but the Republican Party seems willing to be more of an aid than an impediment.Read full article >>
  • What is the GOP thinking?

    Eugene Robinson
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over . . . abortion and rape.I’m not kidding. In a week when President Obama used his State of the Union address to issue a progressive manifesto of bread-and-butter policy proposals, GOP leaders responded by taking up the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” — a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But a vote on the legislation had to be canceled after female GOP House members…
  • Two very different States of the Union

    Eugene Robinson
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    We got two State of the Union speeches in one tonight. One, laying out President Obama’s domestic policy initiatives, was detailed, specific, fact-filled, forward-looking, ambitious and replete with a certain swagger. The other, on foreign affairs, not so much.Read full article >>
  • Eugene Robinson: Republicans are stubbornly blocking the road on climate

    Eugene Robinson
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Austerity on trial

    Robert J. Samuelson
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Is this the beginning of the end for austerity?The day after the Greek left-wing party Syriza impressively won the country’s latest election, the Financial Times ran the following headline: “Greek leftists’ victory throws down challenge to euro establishment . . . Inspiration for similar parties across continent.”Read full article >>
  • Robert Samuelson: The economy’s Achilles’ heel

    Robert J. Samuelson
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:46 pm
    President Obama has declared the economic crisis over — and for the United States, maybe it seems that way. But for most other countries, not so much. Their recoveries are faltering. The obvious question is whether the global weakness will infect the U.S. expansion. This is a crucial footnote to Obama’s optimism.Read full article >>
  • Setting the record straight on Reagan, Volcker and inflation: Part 2

    Robert J. Samuelson
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last week, I wrote a column taking issue with Paul Krugman’s contention that President Ronald Reagan had little to do with the decisive crushing of double-digit inflation of the early 1980s. In Krugman’s telling, all the credit belongs to Paul Volcker, then chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In my telling, both Volcker and Reagan counted. Volcker imposed tight money; Reagan’s support enabled him to maintain the painful and unpopular policy (the monthly unemployment rate peaked at 10.8 percent) long enough to purge inflationary psychology. Read full article >>
  • Why wages lag

    Robert J. Samuelson
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    The great wage mystery deepens. In economic recoveries, there usually comes a time when strong job gains lead to strong wage gains. Businesses must pay more to recruit and retain the workers they need. Not this time — or at least not yet. The unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of 10 percent in October 2009 to 5.6 percent at the end of 2014. But hourly wage gains haven’t accelerated. They’ve plodded along at about a 2 percent annual rate, roughly matching inflation. Read full article >>
  • ‘Dynamic’ deceptions

    Robert J. Samuelson
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    The dustup over “dynamic scoring” is a small indicator of the routine irrelevancy of Washington’s budget debate. Instead of facing the real issues — how much we should spend, on what, who should be taxed and how much — Republicans and Democrats find it easier to argue over technical questions that, in the end, won’t much affect the budget.Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Bud Selig’s winning legacy

    George F. Will
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff to please our fans.” Today, however, Washington’s team is a model of best practices. The government? Less so.Read full article >>
  • George Will: Vermont’s Bernie Sanders has mountains to climb

    George F. Will
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’s political operation, which might become a presidential campaign. Read full article >>
  • George Will: The harm incurred by a mushrooming welfare state

    George F. Will
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly: Read full article >>
  • George Will: Romney’s third presidential run would be no charm

    George F. Will
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    After his third loss, in 1908, as the Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan enjoyed telling the story of the drunk who three times tried to enter a private club. After being tossed out into the street a third time, the drunk said: “They can’t fool me. Those fellows don’t want me in there!”Read full article >>
  • The Keystone catechism

    George F. Will
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta: Read full article >>
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  • 8 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1

    Gareth Moore
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    FRIDAY-FEB. 5: Whether you're a cinephile or simply curious to explore some of the less-heralded of this year's Oscar nominees, Landmark's E Street Cinema and the West End Cinema are presenting the short films nominated by the Academy. E Street will be screening individual showings of live action and animated films, while West End has […]
  • The Majestic reopens as ‘creative comfort food’ spot

    Tim Carman
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    For almost four days now, the Majestic in Alexandria has been quietly serving dinner again under its new chef, Jorge Pimentel, the former owner of the Sabor'a Street food truck who would later cook at the Brixton, Satellite Room and El Rey. The restaurant's new operators, Florida-based Alexandria Restaurant Partners LLC (the same group behind Virtue […]
  • February’s hottest concerts: 50 Cent and G-Unit, Parquet Courts and more

    Lavanya Ramanathan
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The run-up to festival season gives concertgoers a glorious month or two when there’s more new music and high-profile shows than one can possibly keep up with. Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu will come through town, but even more compelling is 50 Cent, who’s in the midst of a nostalgic (and remarkably well-received) reunion with […]
  • Organist Cameron Carpenter drags his instrument into the 21st century

    Michael O'Sullivan
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Of the many adjectives used to describe Cameron Carpenter — “flamboyant,” “extravagantly talented” and “intelligent” among them — the quality noted most often about the 33-year-old Juilliard-trained organist is his flair for provocation. Carpenter, who typically sports a mohawk and the onstage wardrobe of a glam rocker, and whose repertoire runs from Bach to Bacharach, […]
  • Captain Cookie & the Milk Man opens today in Foggy Bottom

    Becky Krystal
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Cookies and college students go together almost as well as milk and cookies. Or so Kirk Francis, owner of Captain Cookie & the Milk Man, hopes. His first shop officially opens today in Foggy Bottom, where you'll find his fresh-baked cookies, Trickling Springs Creamery milk and many a George Washington University student, if the constant […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Judging her boyfriend’s gift too harshly could hurt both people

    Carolyn Hax
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Hi, Carolyn:I have been dating a man for about six months now. We exchanged gifts for Christmas and I do not know what to make of what I received. He gave me earrings he clearly bought on a trip he took a good six months before he met me. We did not open gifts in front of each other and I have not said anything other than thank you. I am torn on how to proceed — I was raised to be grateful for any gift given and feel like expressing disappointment will make me look ungrateful. At the same time, I don’t really want to walk around wearing something that was probably bought with another…
  • Carolyn Hax: Don’t let feelings of guilt force you out of your comfort zone

    Carolyn Hax
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from recent onlinediscussions.Hi Carolyn:I’m 34. I usually prefer to spend my free time with my significant other of nine years. I also have a small core of very close friends, and about twice a month, we have dinner/drinks with these friends. I’m an introvert, so I don’t like large outings or parties, but will attend a few each year.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Family history leads her to not serve alcohol at an open house. Is that fair?

    Carolyn Hax
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn:I recently invited my family to our home for an afternoon open house. This is not something I do often, maybe once every five years, in part because my family is hard to be around as a group. There are seven sibs, three with alcohol addiction. A couple of their kids also struggle with addiction. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Childless, and wanting to find a way to connect with kid-centered friends

    Carolyn Hax
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn:Is it normal that friends with kids, once they have kids, become harder to feel connected to? We all graduated college together, started getting jobs, married, etc. Now I’m the last of the group that doesn’t have kids — and I have a hard time feeling connected anymore to those who have kids. I don’t know how to relate to their primary focus, and it’s so much harder to find time to just get together. It’s even harder to say, “Hey, it’d be great if we could get together without your kids,” just so that we’re not being…
  • Carolyn Hax: A crushing thing to tell a divorcing daughter

    Carolyn Hax
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn:Our daughter is divorcing after a 25-year marriage and wants us to divorce our son-in-law, too. We have known him since the two were teenagers, and we love him as a son. Read full article >>
 
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