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  • Dehumanizing Ferguson

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    Eugene Robinson
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I’ve written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand jury in a manner that seemed designed to indict the unarmed Brown rather than the man who shot him dead. The outcome was not in suspense. Read full article >>
  • Thankful for what matters

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    THANKSGIVING IS a good time for putting things in perspective. Bill Mauldin did that in a wartime drawing from Europe 70 years ago that carried a message which still touches us. Mr. Mauldin was a soldier and combat cartoonist (recipient of the Purple Heart) serving with the 45th Infantry Division in its long, bloody progress through Italy. Along the way, he created the characters who were to personify the reality of the war for millions of Americans. They were Willie and Joe — two unshaven, disheveled, perpetually exhausted enlisted men, pushed to the brink by combat and by the suffering…
  • George F. Will: Thanks, or something

    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    George F. Will
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s Legislature includes 93 people who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law, directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups —…
  • In Ferguson, where next?

    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    Michael Gerson
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    My home town of St. Louis has given up its sad secrets. Journalists — like tourists taking in the sights of social dysfunction — have explored its courthouses, its speed traps, its racial tensions and its redlined housing history. Cable television has carried images of burning cars and tear gas, which better qualify as “breaking news” than clergy-led marches and civic dialogue. From the coverage, one would think a whole city walks on broken glass. Perhaps it does. Read full article >>
  • Dehumanizing Ferguson

    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts
    Eugene Robinson
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I’ve written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand jury in a manner that seemed designed to indict the unarmed Brown rather than the man who shot him dead. The outcome was not in suspense. Read full article >>
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    The Fix

  • QUIZ: Did you buy this from a political campaign or Etsy?

    Jaime Fuller
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Happy Black Friday! If you are reading the Fix on the day after Thanksgiving, chances are you are looking for some great political gifts for your family. Because who doesn't love political novelty gifts? Luckily for you, there is an endless number of places you can buy things with famous politicians on them. And if […]
  • Black Friday is America’s premier gun-buying day

    Philip Bump
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    There is probably a place, somewhere in the country, where people are already camped out in front of a Cabela's, waiting for Friday at 6 a.m. so that they can go in and get a discount on a new firearm. Of the 10 days on which the FBI has conducted the most background checks since December […]
  • What we talk about when we talk about talking about politics at Thanksgiving

    Jaime Fuller
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    There is a set script to Thanksgiving, part of the reason the holiday feels so comforting. We eat stuffing and complain about the traffic. We see family we haven't seen since the last time we ate stuffing. Someone brings up politics and is either met with a fight or shushes or a mixed chorus of […]
  • How to be hyperpartisan this Thanksgiving: Eat what the presidents ate

    Philip Bump
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    A tweet from the National Archives caught our attention this morning, showing a marked-up version of the 1977 White House Thanksgiving menu. "Jimmy," it notes, referring to President Carter, "doesn't especially like green peas." Comments on proposed #Thanksgiving #menu: "Jimmy doesn't especially like green peas" @JimmyCarterNHS1 @CarterLibrary pic.twitter.com/SZoBYopFHJ — US National Archives (@USNatArchives) November 26, […]
  • Watch John Oliver, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert celebrate the Thanksgiving turkey pardon

    Jaime Fuller
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Happy almost Thanksgiving! If you follow the rules, Wednesday won't involve talking about politics at all (good luck with that!), but if you need to get it out of your system, here are some comedy show segments on the White House turkey pardon. John Oliver is the latest addition to the canon -- he released […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Give the D.C. United stadium plan’s tax breaks a final review

    Editorial Board
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    THE DECISION to remove the city-owned Frank D. Reeves Center from a plan to build a major league soccer stadium in the District will mean a fairer and more transparent deal. That step by two D.C. Council committees should bring the new facility for D.C. United one step closer to becoming a reality. Read full article >>
  • China’s crackdown in Hong Kong may fuel a long-term democracy movement

    Editorial Board
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    CHINA’S COMMUNIST authorities are nothing if not predictable. With a high-profile international summit hosted by President Xi Jinping this month behind them, they are ready for authorities in Hong Kong to crack down on a pro-democracy protest movement. On Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of police wielding batons and pepper gas began clearing one of three sit-in sites, arresting hundreds of people — including two of the movement’s top leaders. Read full article >>
  • Fairfax County police shot an unarmed man in his home and they won’t say why

    Editorial Board
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    WHEN WILL Fairfax County and federal authorities stop stonewalling in the 2013 death of John Geer, an unarmed man shot at point-blank range by police as he stood in the doorway of his home? How is it possible that 15 months after he was shot in the chest and left to bleed to death in his home , the authorities have neither disclosed the name of the county police officer who fired the deadly shot nor provided even the bare bones of an explanation for the shooting? Read full article >>
  • Thankful for what matters

    Editorial Board
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    THANKSGIVING IS a good time for putting things in perspective. Bill Mauldin did that in a wartime drawing from Europe 70 years ago that carried a message which still touches us. Mr. Mauldin was a soldier and combat cartoonist (recipient of the Purple Heart) serving with the 45th Infantry Division in its long, bloody progress through Italy. Along the way, he created the characters who were to personify the reality of the war for millions of Americans. They were Willie and Joe — two unshaven, disheveled, perpetually exhausted enlisted men, pushed to the brink by combat and by the suffering…
  • In campaign against truth, Mr. Putin wields fear and economic force

    Editorial Board
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    PRESIDENT VLADI­MIR Putin has reestablished dictatorship in Russia with a veneer of legality. The veneer doesn’t fool anyone who pays attention, nor is it really intended to do so; Mr. Putin prefers to rule through fear. But the pretense gives some cover to Mr. Putin’s apologists in the West and provides material for his increasingly surreal and aggressive propaganda campaign. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • The downside of legal marijuana

    Paul Steinberg
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With the legalization of marijuana by District voters this month, the fun begins for some, and pitfalls begin for others. As the kinks are worked out before the distribution and sales arrangements are unveiled, we can look at what we have gotten ourselves into. Read full article >>
  • Getting used to cameras in Virginia courtrooms

    David Bernhard Falls Church
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The prosecution of Charles Severance, who was indicted in Alexandria on charges related to three fatal shootings, has renewed the debate over cameras in the courtroom. The judge has signaled that television cameras will likely be allowed, identifying them as “no more disruptive than that clock up on the wall.” Read full article >>
  • The Democrats’ family feud is counterproductive

    Dana Milbank
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    With Democrats acting like this, who needs Republicans? Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader who would very much like to be No. 1, caused a furor this week when he gave a speech at the National Press Club bashing fellow Democrats and the White House. He said that Democrats focused on the “wrong problem” when they passed Obamacare and that the way they handled stimulus legislation was a “mistake.” Read full article >>
  • Dehumanizing Ferguson

    Eugene Robinson
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I’ve written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand jury in a manner that seemed designed to indict the unarmed Brown rather than the man who shot him dead. The outcome was not in suspense. Read full article >>
  • A legal immigrant’s plea for understanding

    Fareed Zakaria
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Opponents of President Obama’s recent action on immigration — and of any kind of legalization policy for undocumented workers — often argue that these initiatives are not fair to America’s legal immigrants. These people, it is said, played by the rules, followed the law, paid their taxes and are horrified to see people rewarded who did the opposite. I’m sure some legal immigrants feel this way, but not many. A poll released this week shows that 89 percent of registered Hispanic voters approve of Obama’s action. Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • Choices for D.C. students

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    In his Nov. 24 Education column, “Questioning the racial balance at some high-scoring D.C. charters,” Jay Mathews stated that Erich Martel and other educators think that charter schools “attract more children raised with middle-class values, even if their parents don’t have much money.” Read full article >>
  • To host or not to host?

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Regarding the Nov. 23 Metro article “Olympic strategy emerges for D.C.”: The people of the District of Columbia and surrounding areas must convince the city that the Olympics would be unreasonable for this area, where traffic is bad all the time. There is no need to put an extra burden on the entire area by trying to bid for any Olympics — in any year. Spend the money on regular events that all can enjoy. Read full article >>
  • Make your own decisions about marijuana

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    In her Nov. 22 letter, “Take a harder look at marijuana,” Stephanie Babyak Nickerson responded to a recommendation for legalization with a non sequitur about whether marijuana is any more harmful than tobacco. Few are arguing that marijuana is healthy. The question is whether people should be allowed to make their own decisions to use marijuana based on their assessments of the risks involved, as we do with so many other substances and activities. Read full article >>
  • The complicated story of Marion Barry

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I have lived in the District for 40 years and was among the lawyers whose investigation for the D.C. Council led to the censure of Marion Barry in 2010 for fraud in city contracting. Rather than an example “of pride” (as one admirer stated in the Nov. 24 front-page news obituary, “A mayor who rose and fell. And improbably rose again.”), Mr. Barry was an example of how an exceedingly bright, charismatic and talented man squandered his considerable gifts by abusing drugs and alcohol. Read full article >>
  • Maryland is right to scrutinize the Conowingo Dam

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The Nov. 14 Metro article “Officials: Sediment not big threat to Chesapeake” was correct to point out that the Conowingo Dam is not the biggest reason for the Chesapeake Bay’s water-quality woes. The draft Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment, released this month, made clear that efforts to address polluted runoff from urban areas and farm fields offer the best bang for the buck when it comes to bay restoration. Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • The world on fire again

    Joel Achenbach
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Last night we were back in 1968, or so it seemed if you were watching the news from Ferguson. I mostly followed CNN’s coverage of the case, including the prosecutor’s drawn-out explanation for why he wasn’t going to prosecute anyone, Obama’s flat-affect commentary with the split-screen image of street protests and “tear gas” (much discussion […]
  • The fundamental problem with “Interstellar”

    Joel Achenbach
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    [Warning: Spoilers.] I keep meaning to blog about “Interstellar,” but it feels like I’m launching a dandelion seed in a hurricane. One’s own platform, the little digital squirt gun, seems unequal to the Death Star that is the Hollywood publicity machinery. Cover of TIME magazine, that kind of thing. Matthew McConaughey is on all the […]
  • John McPhee, master craftsman and professor for life

    Joel Achenbach
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    [Here's an essay in the Princeton Alumni Weekly about John McPhee, who has been teaching at the university for nearly 40 years. I've had a lot of lucky breaks over the years, and getting in that class is definitely on the list. The regulars here may recall the story of McPhee reading a letter from […]
  • Election Day 2014! But is this really all about Obama?

    Joel Achenbach
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Except those of us who did early voting. And those of us who do not care. And those of us who care but forgot to pay attention. And those of us distracted by Ebola. And those of us who think paying attention to politics and performing one’s […]
  • World Series still not over, scientists discover

    Joel Achenbach
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    On Sunday, I went for a great hike on the Appalachian Trail, ascending the spine of South Mountain to reach a rocky promontory. Behold the ancient crumpled landscape, the hardwoods rapidly skewing toward the gold and the red, and the river below sparkling as it sliced through the ridges to reach the Piedmont. What I […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Another reason to avoid reading the comments

    Anne Applebaum
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    LONDON If 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
    BERLIN Far 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 >>
  • Anne Applebaum: Jews celebrate their place in Poland’s history

    Anne Applebaum
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    WARSAW There were ministers and presidents, and an audience full of people from around the world. But at the official opening of the beautiful Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw last week, there was one speech that stood out from all of the others. In the cold autumn sunlight, Marian Turski got up in front of the crowd and began with the following words: Read full article >>
  • The myth of Russian humiliation

    Anne Applebaum
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking back over the past quarter-century, it isn’t easy to name a Western policy that can truly be described as a success. The impact of Western development aid is debatable. Western interventions in the Middle East have been disastrous. Read full article >>
  • China’s explanation for the Hong Kong protests? Blame America.

    Anne Applebaum
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    More than 50,000 people have filled the streets of Hong Kong in the past few days, and at times the number has climbed higher. The photographs of these gatherings have shown a remarkably calm, remarkably disciplined crowd. Students do their homework on the sidewalk. Others stack up plastic bottles for recycling and sweep the streets. Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Richard Cohen: Alleged rape at U-Va. reveals a lack of real men

    Richard Cohen
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Where are the men? I am talking about men who live by a certain code, who know that rape is repugnant, that gang rape is vile and that so-called men who do these things are criminals. I am talking at the moment of the frat boys at the University of Virginia who are accused of raping a young woman. But I am also talking of all those who knew what was happening — at the time or afterward. They are not men, either. Read full article >>
  • Richard Cohen: The smart — and stupid — Marion Barry

    Richard Cohen
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    It was down in Mississippi, at one of those civil rights reunions, that we fell to discussing Marion Barry. Around me were veterans of the movement, men and women of astounding courage and enormous accomplishment, and what they wanted from me, the visiting columnist from The Washington Post who was current with the current Marion Barry, was an explanation of what had happened. “He was the best of us,” someone said, and he had become a joke. It was sad. Read full article >>
  • What if the FBI had succeeded in exposing Martin Luther King Jr.?

    Richard Cohen
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.” King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press. Read full article >>
  • Frozen in time, George W. Bush refuses to admit his mistakes

    Richard Cohen
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    In Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” Gregor Samsa awakes to find himself transformed into a large insect. In real life, Richard Cohen awakes to hear George W. Bush talking about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Hussein’s dirty bomb and the grand coalition Bush had assembled to deal with all of that. Cohen is listening to National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” He is startled, still a bit sleepy. Is this some sort of Groundhog Day? Has Cohen lost his mind, or has Bush? Cohen turns off the water (he is in the bathroom) and pays closer attention. Sure enough, the…
  • Hillary Clinton is the Democrats’ only hope

    Richard Cohen
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Hillary Clinton looms over the Democratic Party like Evita from her balcony. She is the presumptive presidential nominee, the likely one, the inevitable one, the one and only, the one before all others run in awe and panic. Behold the biggest and, in a sense, only thing in the Democratic Party. All she lacks is a song. Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • EJ Dionne: Thank a politician today

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed. Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are lower than even those of journalists. If you run for office these days, all of your mistakes (and some you never made) are broadcast widely in some horrible TV spot. Read full article >>
  • With immigration action, Obama calls his opponents’ bluff

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Read full article >>
  • A mission for Jeb Bush

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Read full article >>
  • Obama pursues a can-do approach

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner has said that President Obama would “poison the well” for legislative action on immigration reform by unilaterally issuing executive orders. But how can you poison a well that has already been filled with partisan cyanide? Read full article >>
  • Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • In Ferguson, where next?

    Michael Gerson
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    My home town of St. Louis has given up its sad secrets. Journalists — like tourists taking in the sights of social dysfunction — have explored its courthouses, its speed traps, its racial tensions and its redlined housing history. Cable television has carried images of burning cars and tear gas, which better qualify as “breaking news” than clergy-led marches and civic dialogue. From the coverage, one would think a whole city walks on broken glass. Perhaps it does. Read full article >>
  • Michael Gerson: Obama’s executive order redefines the immigration debate

    Michael Gerson
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Following President Obama’s ambitious executive order on immigration — unprecedented not in subject matter but in scope and ambition — we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent. Obama’s action was a substitute for legislation — imposed precisely because legislation he favored did not pass. So what issues might have been raised during the legislative debate Obama preempted? Read full article >>
  • Obama’s immigration executive order is a confession of democratic failure

    Michael Gerson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national emergency. Challenge Congress, under threat of unilateral executive action, to legislate on the topic before your term runs out. And when lawmakers refuse, act with the most expansive definition of presidential power. Read full article >>
  • Michael Gerson: Pope Francis challenges the faithful

    Michael Gerson
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Pope Francis’s American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess). At first, some political conservatives complained that Francis was showing insufficient respect for distinguished Catholic theologians such as Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. But now, more thoughtful Catholic writers wonder if the pope (who conspicuously marries cohabiting couples) is laying the groundwork for more substantive changes on the sacrament of marriage and access to the Eucharist for the divorced and remarried. This, argues Ross Douthat of the New York Times, would…
  • Michael Gerson: A gathering storm on immigration

    Michael Gerson
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    When Abraham Lincoln first presented a version of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, Secretary of State William Seward warned that issuing it after a defeat would look desperate. Better to wait “until the eagle of victory takes his flight” and then “hang your proclamation about his neck.” Lincoln postponed action until after the Union victory (such as it was) at Antietam. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The case for national service

    David Ignatius
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    At Thanksgiving, Americans think about the spirit of community that animates the country at its best. But in a year characterized by so much political and racial discord, you have to wonder whether the communal quilt is fraying at the edges. Read full article >>
  • David Ignatius: At an impasse with Iran

    David Ignatius
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The Iran nuclear talks defy easy comparison: But think of a labor negotiation in which it’s too costly for workers to go on strike or for management to impose a lockout, so the two sides continue without a contract while negotiations proceed. The situation appears stable, but that’s partly because it’s at an impasse. Read full article >>
  • Stopping an Awakening in Iraq before it can start

    David Ignatius
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Acenterpiece of President Obama’s strategy for defeating the Islamic State is mobilizing tribal fighters to join the Iraqi military in retaking Anbar province and others dominated by Sunnis. But new research shows that the jihadists have been working since 2009 to gut the very Sunni tribal leadership on which Obama’s rollback depends — making the U.S. campaign much more difficult. Read full article >>
  • The moral issue of climate change

    David Ignatius
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama’s deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said “carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state and other states around the country” by undermining economic interests. Read full article >>
  • Power plays at the APEC summit in Beijing

    David Ignatius
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The photograph on Tuesday from Beijing was as carefully arranged as a display of Ming pottery: Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping discussing the world’s business as they walked, side by side, across a bridge with ornate, brilliantly illuminated lampposts. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Why is Reginald Latson being denied the help he needs?

    Ruth Marcus
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Two obstacles stand in the way of getting Reginald Latson, autistic and with an IQ of 69, out of the solitary confinement in which he’s been held for most of the past year and into the treatment facility that he needs. Read full article >>
  • The Ferguson case is still an enigma

    Ruth Marcus
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    The St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome — except for one in which passion overwhelmed facts and Wilson was forced to stand trial despite a lack of adequate evidence. Read full article >>
  • Letting us in on an immigration secret

    Ruth Marcus
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Agree or disagree with Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, the president did something important, laudable, and with potentially long-lasting consequences in announcing the move: He released the Office of Legal Counsel memorandum outlining the legal justification for it. Read full article >>
  • A slippery slope on immigration

    Ruth Marcus
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama’s plan for unilateral action on immigration reform. Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability of a future Republican president to act on his or her own. Read full article >>
  • Ruth Marcus: In Virginia, a cruel and unusual punishment for autism

    Ruth Marcus
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Reginald Latson’s path to solitary confinement began four years ago as he waited for the public library to open in Stafford County, Va. Latson, known as Neli, has an IQ of 69 and is autistic. Teachers and therapists describe him as generally sweet and eager to please. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Ferguson’s lawlessness is not a big surprise

    Harold Meyerson
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Lawlessness happens when the law breaks down. That sounds like a tautology. It’s not. The urban — and now, with Ferguson, suburban — riots of the past half-century have characteristically broken out only after the notion that we’re all equal before the law has been mocked by judicial verdicts or police practices that fairly scream that blacks are not the equals of whites — indeed, that they’re fair game for hyped-up, bigoted police. The Los Angeles riots of 1992, which I covered, didn’t break out when the videotape of four policemen beating the prone Rodney King was aired. They…
  • Obama calculates the human cost of deportations

    Harold Meyerson
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt. Col. Harald Jäger has recounted why he defied his orders. And his story couldn’t be more relevant to the debate consuming our own nation. Read full article >>
  • The right economic message can get the Democrats back on track

    Harold Meyerson
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    A bit belatedly, Democrats have detected a deficiency in their 2014 midterm campaigns: They didn’t really have an economic message. Economic messages are serious business for Democrats. Republicans tend to win elections not when their own economic messages are plausible (such instances are too few to be statistically significant) but when the Democrats’ economic pitch fails to persuade many voters. Such was surely the case last week. Turnout collapsed among the voters who typically benefit from Democrats’ successes at boosting the economy — so much so that the Republicans’ share of…
  • Harold Meyerson: Democrats lost because they didn’t deliver broad prosperity

    Harold Meyerson
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    When a party loses as catastrophically as the Democrats lost Tuesday, something very big has gone very wrong. Democrats can’t blame the blowout simply on the six-year itch, or low midterm turnout, or Republican negativity, or Barack Obama’s too-cool-for-rule presidency. What fundamentally ails the Democrats, rather, is the same ailment that afflicts incumbent parties throughout the advanced economies, and parties of the center-left in particular: their inability to deliver broadly shared prosperity as they used to do. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street problem

    Harold Meyerson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Over the past week, the usually redoubtable Hillary Clinton has comported herself like a leaf in a storm. Last Friday, campaigning in Boston for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Clinton not only praised Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator who has won a devoted following as the scourge of big banks; she sounded like her. Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Dehumanizing Ferguson

    Eugene Robinson
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I’ve written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand jury in a manner that seemed designed to indict the unarmed Brown rather than the man who shot him dead. The outcome was not in suspense. Read full article >>
  • Chuck Hagel’s replacement must be cautious

    Eugene Robinson
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria. Read full article >>
  • Marion Barry, a mayor who changed his constituents’ lives

    Eugene Robinson
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    My first job at The Washington Post was covering Marion Barry in his first term as mayor. Over the years, as he settled into a sad pattern of self-destruction, his name was reduced to a punch line for late-night comedians — but never for me. The man I knew was always an original, always the real deal, and the city he shaped should mourn his passing. Read full article >>
  • On Bill Cosby, hard to keep the faith

    Eugene Robinson
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Afew weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. I was the emcee of a gala for historically black Claflin University, which is in my home town of Orangeburg, S.C.; Cosby was the headliner. Both of us were donating our time to a worthy cause. Read full article >>
  • Boehner’s immigration inertia forces Obama to act

    Eugene Robinson
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t. I repeat: That’s the only reason. The issue could have been settled a year ago. It could be settled in an afternoon. The problem is that Boehner refuses to do his job, preferring instead to spend his time huffing and puffing in simulated indignation. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Our giant welfare state

    Robert J. Samuelson
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    We Americans pride ourselves on not having a “welfare state.” We’re not like Europeans. We’re more individualistic and self-reliant, and although we may have a “social safety net” to protect people against unpredictable personal and societal tragedies, we explicitly repudiate a comprehensive welfare state as inherently un-American. Read full article >>
  • Climate realities in light of the U.S.-China agreement

    Robert J. Samuelson
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The United States-China agreement on climate change is a huge political triumph, possibly “historic,” as its supporters say. Whether it much alters the world’s climate is a more open question. Recall the agreement’s outlines. By 2030, China pledges to reach peak emissions of global greenhouse gases and also to increase its reliance on non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of its total energy. For its part, the United States committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels. Read full article >>
  • The twilight of democratic capitalism?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    It must be obvious by now that we are experiencing something greater than the routine frustrations of the business cycle and the normal political discontents of democracies. There is, as political scientist William Galston writes in a recent essay, a “shared fear that an epoch is coming to an end.” The “liberal democratic bargain” that wealthy societies embraced after World War II is failing, and this has spawned widespread anxiety and conflict. Read full article >>
  • Why we can't (or won't) govern

    Robert J. Samuelson
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    We Americans are increasingly given to political escapism. Regardless of our place on the political spectrum — Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative — we prefer self-serving fictions to messy realities. We avoid unpopular choices by hiding behind ideological platitudes. This defines Washington’s political paralysis and polarization. The question posed by the midterm elections is whether the parties want to break it. Read full article >>
  • Stock bubble? Don’t blame the Fed’s bond-buying program.

    Robert J. Samuelson
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Without QE, will the stock market tank? Count me a skeptic. QE refers to “quantitative easing,” the Federal Reserve’s multitrillion-dollar program of bond buying that is now ending. I recently devoted a column to whether QE worked as intended. The short answer is that we don’t know. The idea was that by buying bonds, the Fed would inject money into the economy and strengthen the recovery. The added money would cause interest rates to fall and stock prices to rise. People would spend more. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A case for self-restraint

    George F. Will
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. — Newton’s Third Law of Motion America’s Newtonian Constitution might again function according to Madisonian expectations if a provoked Congress regains its spine and self-respect, thereby returning our constitutional architecture to equipoise. But this is more to be hoped for than expected. Even without this, however, the institutional vandalism of Barack Obama’s executive unilateralism still might be a net national benefit. It will be if the Republicans’ 2016 presidential nominee responds to Obama’s serial provocations…
  • George F. Will: Thanks, or something

    George F. Will
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s Legislature includes 93 people who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law, directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups —…
  • George F. Will: Recalling Rockefeller

    George F. Will
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Seen through the prism of subsequent national experience, Nelson Rockefeller resembles a swollen postwar automobile — a land yacht with tail fins, a period piece, bemusing and embarrassing. He remains, however, instructive. Read full article >>
  • The Justice Department becomes a schoolyard bully in Wisconsin

    George F. Will
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    MILWAUKEE It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.
  • A murderer’s warped idealism

    George F. Will
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Western reflection about human nature and the politics of the human condition began with the sunburst of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, but it lurched into a new phase 70 years ago with the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps. The Holocaust is the dark sun into which humanity should stare, lest troubling lessons be lost through an intellectual shrug about “the unfathomable.” Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • Cut your own Christmas tree and make a day of it

    Margaret Ely
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    Heading out to the country to cut down your own Christmas tree? Well, don’t race right back. Make a day of it, checking out restaurants and activities near your chosen tree farm. Here are three itineraries to get you started. (Note: Be sure to call ahead as tree-farm hours can vary according to weather and […]
  • Interpol heads to 9:30 Club this weekend

    Christopher Kompanek
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Post-punk revivalists Interpol play driving riffs with jagged, melancholic edges that fuse into a blissful, syncopated tension. Frontman Paul Banks’s voice encompasses divergent impulses to rage into the morning and hole up in quiet contemplation. In “NYC,” his bittersweet ode to his home town on the group’s 2002 debut album, “Turn on the Bright Lights,” […]
  • Reviews on demand: ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ and ‘Spanish Lake’

    Stephanie Merry and Michael O'Sullivan
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Post’s critics highlight original movies that are being streamed and made available on demand. Here are this week’s picks. WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Writer-director Gregg Araki’s movies are often edgy, inhabited by drifters and suicidal gay teens and threesomes living in disharmony. So you know that things aren’t going to unfold like “Leave […]
  • 9 things to do in the D.C. area the (very) long Thanksgiving weekend of Nov. 27-30

    Going Out Guide staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For even more, check out Nightlife Agenda. Thursday: There are but a handful of places to which you can escape for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day.  You could go Black Thursday shopping, of course, but that would make you a monster. Instead, pre-turkey, head to U.S. […]
  • Invasion of the perennially frustrated R&B divas-in-waiting

    Chris Richards
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Let’s say you’re a woman who records R&B music for a major record label in 2014 — and, sorry, your name isn’t Rihanna or Beyoncé. It’s highly likely that your career has been stifled, stunted or sabotaged by the rusty gears of a rotting record business. We can practically hear it in your voices, which […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: A cheating wife wants to stay friends after the divorce

    Carolyn Hax
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My wife and I are divorcing after many years of marriage, and I am having a difficult time understanding her desire to remain friends. The reason for the divorce is her cheating on me multiple times, and I finally realized our marriage died many years ago. All of her affairs were with married men so her actions destroyed multiple families, and I do not want to associate with a person who has so little respect for the feelings of others. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Let girlfriend be the one to bring up marriage topic when she’s ready

    Carolyn Hax
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend and I broke up earlier this year because I was ready to get engaged and she was not. She said she didn’t know when she would feel differently and didn’t want to make me wait too long. I was hurt and disappointed but agreed with her sentiment, and we parted ways for a few weeks. At that point, she contacted me, saying she regretted breaking up, that she does think she wants to get married, and that she hoped I would consider giving her a second chance. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Fed up with mother-in-law’s harping about weight

    Carolyn Hax
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: I have been married to a wonderful man for 20 years, and the only time we ever fight is regarding his mother.  Every time we see my in-laws, my mother-in-law offers me advice about weight loss, or gives me books, tapes, etc., on it. Yes, I am overweight (size 12-16) and my size has gone up and down over the years. She is a perfect size 4. I know this because she tells me so all the time. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Don’t go back and clarify his ‘just friends’ clarification

    Carolyn Hax
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from recent online discussions. Dear Carolyn: Recently I’ve become friends outside of work with a co-worker, which I don’t normally do. We have a lot in common and enjoy spending time together. I thought maybe we could be more than friends, but during a conversation he said he wanted to clarify that we are hanging out as “just friends.” I was so surprised by the conversation that I just replied by nodding and saying “of course” . . . and then we moved on to talk about other things. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: One partner has to blink in the post-fight showdown

    Carolyn Hax
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Hi, Carolyn: I’ve been living with my partner for three months (we started dating a year before moving in). I only moved in once we’d agreed that we saw the same future together, etc., but I find myself in a weird place following our first big fight since cohabiting. Read full article >>
 
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