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  • EJ Dionne: The politics of Ebola

    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts
    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    BOSTON Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’s North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. Read full article >>
  • The 2014 election is looking a lot like 2010, but not completely

    The Fix
    Aaron Blake
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Everyone wants to know the answer to the following question: Will the 2014 midterm election on Nov. 4 be a repeat of the 2010 midterms, in which the GOP made huge gains? The answer, according to a slew of new data from Pew, is a resounding maybe. There are indeed plenty of indicators suggesting we're in […]
  • Obama gives Syria’s Assad another pass on chemical weapons

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    ONE GRIM indication that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been emboldened by the U.S. air campaign in Syria is the fresh reports of chemical weapons attacks on civilian areas. The Institute for the Study of War has compiled 18 allegations by Syrian sources of chlorine gas attacks by the regime since U.S. strikes against the Islamic State began in August. The first strike was reported Aug. 19 — the same day that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it had completed the neutralization of the chemical weapons stockpile surrendered by the regime. The most…
  • Charles Lane: Colorado’s marijuana experiment has a bitter aftertaste

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Charles Lane
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    DENVER LoDo Wellness Center, which calls itself the largest marijuana dispensary in the trendy Lower Downtown (“LoDo”) area, is a mellow place, decorated with Oriental rugs, sofas and statues of Buddha. Read full article >>
  • New leadership could resolve budget autonomy case

    Local Letters
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has suggested a way to resolve the legal challenge to the District’s new budget autonomy law. The first question posed by judges at oral argument was whether the case could become moot “when there’s a new mayor and attorney general.” Read full article >>
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    The Fix

  • The 2014 election is looking a lot like 2010, but not completely

    Aaron Blake
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Everyone wants to know the answer to the following question: Will the 2014 midterm election on Nov. 4 be a repeat of the 2010 midterms, in which the GOP made huge gains? The answer, according to a slew of new data from Pew, is a resounding maybe. There are indeed plenty of indicators suggesting we're in […]
  • Want to feel better about Ebola? This (massive) chart should do the trick.

    Philip Bump
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Three Two people in America have now contracted the Ebola virus. The concern that those infections have aroused, however, has vastly outpaced the spread of the sickness within our borders. We wanted to come up with a way to represent the true scale of Ebola in the United States. So we made the graphic below, […]
  • What do you care about in the midterms?

    Chris Cillizza
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Tonight around 8:15 pm, I am speaking to college students at American University about what they care about when it comes to the 2014 elections -- now in just 12 days time! You can watch a live stream of the event here or below.  In the meantime, share what issue(s) are on your mind as […]
  • 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    1. Can Martha Coakley win the Massachusetts gubernatorial race? Things are looking close, in a race many thought she would easily win. Again. 2. All Americans have wanted the government to do for the past few years is fix the economy. The public hasn't felt anything change, and Storyline shows why many have given up believing […]
  • Ranking Senate candidates on a key metric: How terrible they make opponents look in their ads

    Philip Bump
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Politics is an elegant art, filled with plenty of low-bid pizza and people paid to follow other people around in the hopes of catching them doing anything remotely humiliating. But there is no component of the political campaign more strictly adherent to the principles of beauty and psychology than the attack ad. Or, more specifically, […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Obama gives Syria’s Assad another pass on chemical weapons

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    ONE GRIM indication that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been emboldened by the U.S. air campaign in Syria is the fresh reports of chemical weapons attacks on civilian areas. The Institute for the Study of War has compiled 18 allegations by Syrian sources of chlorine gas attacks by the regime since U.S. strikes against the Islamic State began in August. The first strike was reported Aug. 19 — the same day that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it had completed the neutralization of the chemical weapons stockpile surrendered by the regime. The most…
  • Garment factories in Bangladesh still have massive safety problems

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    IT HAS been more than a year since Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza building collapsed, killing 1,138 garment industry workers who had been crammed into an unsafe building. American and European retailers promised to insist on better conditions in the factories they buy from. But they still have a long way to go: A consortium of European companies announced last week that they found more than 80,000 safety problems in the 1,106 factories they inspected since the Rana Plaza disaster. More than a tenth of the facilities were so bad that they required immediate retrofitting for production to proceed…
  • The Post’s endorsements for Prince George’s House and Senate elections

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    NOT A single Republican state delegate or senator represents a Prince George’s County district. This unhealthy situation tends to be self-perpetuating: GOP candidates have been so marginalized that few have the money, political base or basic familiarity with state government to mount a credible campaign for office. Lack of competition in turn allows some less-than-stellar Democrats to win election. Read full article >>
  • Military success has bred popular support for the Islamic State

    Editorial Board
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    WESTERN LEADERS sometimes suggest that the Islamic State is its own worst enemy, so extreme in doctrine and practice that it will galvanize opposition within the Islamic world. While that is proving true to some extent — Muslim governments, senior clerics and even other jihadist groups have joined the fight against the would-be caliphate — the sobering truth is that the Islamic State also has picked up popular support and the allegiance of other militants in countries as far away as Algeria and Pakistan. Read full article >>
  • The Post’s endorsements for Montgomery County House and Senate elections

    Editorial Board
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    MONTGOMERY AND Prince George’s counties have contributed heavily to what has become one-party Democratic rule in Annapolis: Not a single Republican state delegate or senator represents either of Maryland’s two biggest counties. That’s not healthy for those localities or for the state. Unfortunately, it’s also self-perpetuating: GOP candidates have been so marginalized that few have the money, political base and basic familiarity with state government to mount a credible campaign for office. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Charles Lane: Colorado’s marijuana experiment has a bitter aftertaste

    Charles Lane
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    DENVER LoDo Wellness Center, which calls itself the largest marijuana dispensary in the trendy Lower Downtown (“LoDo”) area, is a mellow place, decorated with Oriental rugs, sofas and statues of Buddha. Read full article >>
  • Tesla runs into trouble again

    Catherine Rampell
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What’s good for General Motors dealers is good for America. Or so allegedly free-market, anti-protectionist Republican legislators and governors pretend to think, given that they have been doing their damnedest to protect auto dealers (for both GM and others, to be fair) from the threat of competition. Read full article >>
  • The world is in denial about Ebola’s true threat

    Michael Gerson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    It is such a relief about that Ebola thing. The threat of a U.S. outbreak turned out to be overhyped. A military operation is underway to help those poor Liberians. An Ebola czar (what is his name again?) has been appointed to coordinate the U.S. government response. The growth of the disease in Africa, by some reports, seems to have slowed. On to the next crisis. Read full article >>
  • Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

    Charles Krauthammer
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in the New York Times last Saturday. There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration. Read full article >>
  • Eugene Robinson: The Islamic State fight is turning into a ‘dumb’ war

    Eugene Robinson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    “I don’t oppose all wars,” said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” Few would describe Obama’s use of military force against the Islamic State as rash, given the time he took in deciding to act. But the more we learn about this intervention, the more it appears to violate the “dumb” half of the president’s dictum. The purposes, parameters and prospects of the war are increasingly uncertain. Americans have a right to be concerned about the whole enterprise. Read full article…
 
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    Local Letters

  • New leadership could resolve budget autonomy case

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has suggested a way to resolve the legal challenge to the District’s new budget autonomy law. The first question posed by judges at oral argument was whether the case could become moot “when there’s a new mayor and attorney general.” Read full article >>
  • Pope Francis’s welcoming message

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The Oct. 18 Metro article “When same-sex love collides with religion,” about Anne Marie DeMent and her family’s rejection of her when she came out to them as a lesbian, highlighted why Pope Francis is so important to the modern Catholic Church. The same God who Catholics like myself believe welcomed prostitutes into His community, healed lepers and told parables about good Samaritans when Samaritans were hated is also a God who would weep to realize that Ms. DeMent’s parents had rejected their child in His name and led her siblings to do the same. Read full article >>
  • At peace with your drive to work

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Regarding the Oct. 20 front-page article “Zen and the art of commuting”: A more classical Zen approach to driving is that if you are driving, just drive. This has implications: being aware, not thinking about when you will get there and not feeling angry at the behavior of others. Zen involves compassion, so being kind to other drivers is an important part of Zen commuting. Read full article >>
  • Ben Bradlee’s legacy

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    With Ben Bradlee’s passing, I recollect his advice to me in 1973 in his letter answering my youthful inquiry on how to become a newspaper reporter: Be accurate. Learn to spell. Grow integrity. Not much later, I worked at the Easton (Md.) Star-Democrat, the late Anne Arundel County Times and the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. Read full article >>
  • No consensus on candidates for District mayor

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I don’t live in the District, but I’m concerned about descriptions of Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser as “lightweight.” I served for a couple of years with Ms. Bowser on the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where she represents the District and I represented Maryland. She was a member of a committee I chaired, giving me numerous opportunities to observe her at work on important issues for the city and our region. Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • Ebola and the BP oil spill

    Joel Achenbach
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Life is busy on the Ebola beat. We start at dawn and go to midnight, and fortunately there are people to pick up the slack during the hours when we grab some sleep. The Ebola story reminds me of the BP oil spill. Remember this: Allen has at various times referred to the oil spill […]
  • Ebola fears spread faster than the virus

    Joel Achenbach
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Worried about Ebola? Take a deep breath. This is a terrible crisis in West Africa, but it is exceedingly unlikely that it will become a medical crisis here in the United States. Dallas has seen one tragic case. So far there have been no confirmed additional cases (cross your fingers). Our story today on the […]
  • Paul Farmer on Ebola: “This isn’t a natural disaster, this is the terrorism of poverty”

    Joel Achenbach
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Africa’s Ebola problem is now America’s Ebola problem. The best way for the United States to free itself of the terror of this virus is to ensure that it is wiped out at the source, where the epidemic is currently out of control. That will happen only through a coordinated effort to provide the kind […]
  • The Charmin Dome over the White House

    Joel Achenbach
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Every day my colleague Carol Leonnig has another amazing story about the tissue-thin defensive perimeter around the White House, where apparently you can jump the fence, run across the lawn, barrel through the unlocked front door and scamper around with wild abandon — doing what tourists have always dreamed of doing, like checking out the […]
  • Cosmic smash-up: BICEP2′s big bang discovery getting dusted by new satellite data

    Joel Achenbach
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    [This item has been revised and updated.] In March, scientists representing an experiment called BICEP2 announced at a news conference at Harvard that they had detected gravitational waves from a violent inflationary event at the dawn of time. The scientists had built a telescope at the South Pole and stared into the polar sky to discern […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The West is paying dearly for cozying up to Russia over 25 years

    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 >>
  • Scotland sends Europe’s elites a warning

    Anne Applebaum
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    LONDON In Aberdeenshire, more than 87 percent of people voted on Scotland’s independence referendum; in Clackmannanshire, the number was above 88 percent; in the Western Isles, it was close to 90 percent. One remote Highland peninsula actually achieved a 100 percent turnout — meaning that all 98 residents showed up to vote. Read full article >>
  • War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

    Anne Applebaum
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    WARSAW Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east and west, occupation, chaos, destruction, genocide. Most of the people who attended that June wedding…
  • Obama’s legacy could be a revitalized NATO

    Anne Applebaum
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Not long ago, someone asked me about President Obama’s foreign policy “legacy.” I was startled by the question. There are two whole years left, I told my interlocutor; it’s way too early. She seemed surprised that I was surprised: “Can he really do anything significant in only two years?” Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Ben Bradlee was a leader and a friend

    Richard Cohen
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Ben Bradlee would not have liked me to say so, but he was the living refutation of the Declaration of Independence: All men are not created equal. Certainly, he was not. He was born rich and well-connected, a member of the WASP tribe that once ran much of America and nearly all of its prestigious institutions. He was compellingly handsome and so smart that no crossword puzzle could really challenge him. It’s not that he didn’t have a weakness. He did. He was a sucker for the underdog. Read full article >>
  • Ebola caregivers deserve a parade

    Richard Cohen
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    A man my age grows up wondering: Could I have hit the beach at Normandy? How would I have handled being trapped near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, thousands of Chinese pouring over the border and a bitter winter coming on fast? What about Vietnam, or later Iraq and then Afghanistan and Iraq again? I come not from the Greatest Generation but the Wondering One — lucky, a reaper of what others have sown, and now, jaw agape, I wonder about health workers who leave the comforts and certainties of the United States and go to Africa to treat Ebola patients. Who are these people? Read full…
  • Internationally, Obama must be feared as well as admired

    Richard Cohen
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens, or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and also, just to double down, what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace. Read full article >>
  • Richard Cohen: The actual value of a college education

    Richard Cohen
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I never went to college to make money. (A totally successful business plan, by the way.) Instead, I went for an education. (Another totally successful business plan.) To fulfill a requirement, I took anthropology, and I have kept up with it ever since. I reveled in political science and history of all kinds, and I felt for a long time that I had discovered all the secrets of life in psychology, although its Freudian variety left me cold. The id never made much sense to me. Read full article >>
  • Bill O’Reilly’s lame excuse for his awful ‘Killing Patton’ blunder

    Richard Cohen
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    As I just knew he would, Bill O’Reilly has explained why he failed to mention that Gen. George S. Patton, the unmistakable (though somewhat flawed) hero of his latest book, was a rabid anti-Semite who mistreated the Holocaust survivors in his care: The “narrative was tight,” he explained on his Fox News show last Wednesday. To be as charitable about this as possible, I now have to wonder if O’Reilly read his own book. Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • EJ Dionne: The politics of Ebola

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    BOSTON Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’s North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. Read full article >>
  • Both parties face a blue-collar imperative

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. Read full article >>
  • When our government was good

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    THORNDALE, Pa. Tom Wolf’s mood is sunny but his words are serious. He’s answering teachers’ questions at an elementary school featured last year in a New York Times story about the costs of overcrowding and underinvestment. The Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania governor, Wolf criticizes incumbent Tom Corbett (R) for education cuts, but he is not terribly partisan about it. Wolf is a businessman who also holds a PhD in political science, and he offers a brief commentary on the importance of “public goods,” not a term typically invoked on the stump. Read full article >>
  • ‘Citizens United’ is turning more Americans into bystanders

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics ain’t beanbag.” Politics has always been nasty, the argument goes, so we should get over it. Read full article >>
  • EJ Dionne: A North Carolina rebellion against the ultra-conservatives?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    BURLINGTON, N.C. The clergy gathered in the ­second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections. The five African American pastors and bishops represented diverse theological traditions, but all were profoundly unhappy over what North Carolina’s ultra-conservative state government in Raleigh had done to reduce access to the ballot box, cut education spending and turn back money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The world is in denial about Ebola’s true threat

    Michael Gerson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    It is such a relief about that Ebola thing. The threat of a U.S. outbreak turned out to be overhyped. A military operation is underway to help those poor Liberians. An Ebola czar (what is his name again?) has been appointed to coordinate the U.S. government response. The growth of the disease in Africa, by some reports, seems to have slowed. On to the next crisis. Read full article >>
  • For the GOP, Senate control could be a doubled-edged sword

    Michael Gerson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    On the theory that chickens should not only be counted before they hatch but also killed, let us consider the downsides for Republicans of winning both houses of Congress. This hypothetical now seems the most likely outcome, according to the various poll aggregators we now treat as oracles. The Post Election Lab, striding furthest out on the ice, puts the odds of a GOP Senate takeover at 93 percent. Read full article >>
  • Ebola challenges America’s ability to adapt

    Michael Gerson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    In any health care setting, it is wise to listen to the nurses, who see all. Their reports from Dallas about the initial procedures used in treating Thomas Eric Duncan are appalling. Safety suits with exposed necklines left nurses to cover skin with tape. When tape is removed, it abrades the skin. One health expert I consulted described this practice in dealing with Ebola as “moronic.” Read full article >>
  • U.S. isolation is bad policy, even if Americans say they want it

    Michael Gerson
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The value of U.S. foreign policy conducted by majority vote — which might have resulted in a Nazi-occupied London — is once again evident. In 2013, 52 percent of Americans agreed that their country should “mind its own business internationally.” (In 1964, the figure was 20 percent.) This robust consensus for disengagement was soon followed by the rapid expansion of the Islamic State in a vacuum left by U.S. inattention, and then by an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that should have been confronted months earlier with larger resources. Read full article >>
  • A question of leadership

    Michael Gerson
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Disloyal or not, former defense secretary Leon Panetta has delivered a root-and-branch critique of President Obama’s approach to the Middle East. In his new book, “Worthy Fights,” and in surrounding interviews, Panetta contends that the White House was “eager to rid itself of Iraq”; that in 2011 an agreement to preserve American influence in that country was allowed to “slip away”; that this outcome endangered Iraq’s “fragile stability”; and that he warned the White House this might result in “a new haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the U.S.” Panetta argues…
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • David Ignatius: Iraq and the U.S. are losing ground to the Islamic State

    David Ignatius
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    AMMAN, Jordan Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the United States has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his home town in Anbar province was forced this week to surrender to fighters from the Islamic State. Read full article >>
  • The instinctual greatness of Ben Bradlee

    David Ignatius
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The hardest thing to convey to outsiders about Ben Bradlee was the sheer pleasure of working for him. He took the ordinary work of reporting and editing a newspaper and made it seem like the coolest thing on the planet that a person could possibly do. Read full article >>
  • A small organization offers a fresh approach on preventing terrorism

    David Ignatius
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates Hedayah certainly doesn’t look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here. It has a staff of 14. Its annual budget wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of an Apache helicopter gunship. Read full article >>
  • Remembering freewheeling energy titan Christophe de Margerie

    David Ignatius
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    BEIRUT — Christophe de Margerie was the kind of outsize character you wouldn’t expect to survive in in a homogenized global business environment. He loved single-malt whiskey, he cursed like a French sailor on shore leave, he stayed out way too late partying and he got in trouble with the law at home in France and abroad. Read full article >>
  • Nothing to fear but panic itself

    David Ignatius
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly to life for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A call to action from ‘Patient Zero’ Monica Lewinsky

    Ruth Marcus
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us. Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky’s decision to reemerge as a public figure, this time committed to alleviating the scourge of cyberbullying, is awkward. Read full article >>
  • A campaign with no answers

    Ruth Marcus
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The closing days of a closely fought election rarely offer uplifting moments, but the 2014 season has been particularly dreary, nearly devoid of content and high on unedifying spectacle. Perhaps the iconic moment came when former Florida governor Charlie Crist (D) faced an empty lectern for seven minutes while his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Scott, sulked over Crist’s insistence that he have a cooling fan at his stand. Seriously, seven minutes. At which point Scott blinked, and the debate that voters deserved could finally start. Read full article >>
  • Ruth Marcus: Actually, flu is the virus you should really be worrying about

    Ruth Marcus
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot. On the first: If you live in the United States, your chances of getting Ebola are vanishingly small — even if you are a health-care worker, or a journalist who travels to Africa to report on the epidemic. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s increasing comfort with being a female almost-candidate

    Ruth Marcus
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The 2008 campaign was the first with a woman as a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren’t sure-footed in dealing with it — recall Barack Obama’s “you’re likable enough, Hillary” and the debate discussion about the color of her jacket. Read full article >>
  • America’s amazing transformation on same-sex marriage

    Ruth Marcus
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Who would have thought: ●That gay rights groups’ biggest concern would be not how the Supreme Court would rule on same-sex marriage but that it wasn’t ruling fast enough? ●That the Republican response to the justices’ move to let same-sex marriages proceed in nearly half the states would be near-total silence? Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • IBM’s big blues

    Harold Meyerson
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Big Blue’s got the blues. On Monday, IBM’s stock tumbled by 7 percent after it unveiled a dismal quarterly earnings report that showed a 4 percent drop in revenue — the 10th consecutive quarter of flat or declining sales. Revealing these mournful numbers, the company also announced it would abandon a policy that set it apart from all other firms: the 2010 pledge from then-CEO Sam Palmisano to raise the earnings per share of its stock to $20 by 2015. Read full article >>
  • Economically, Germany is a threat to itself

    Harold Meyerson
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I am a fan, as a number of my columns attest, of Germany’s worker empowerment. By requiring corporations to divide their boards evenly between worker and management representatives and mandating that employers meet regularly with their employees to discuss and resolve company concerns, Germany has retained a high-end manufacturing sector that has enabled the nation to prosper while every other advanced economy has suffered hard times. Through a government program that provided firms with the funds to keep workers employed part time but at near full-time pay during the 2008-2009 economic…
  • Harold Meyerson: How workers lost the power struggle — and their pay raises

    Harold Meyerson
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The extinction of the American raise — dead as a dodo, by every empirical measure — has become a truth universally acknowledged. Even Republican House Speaker John Boehner, not a fellow often glimpsed on the barricades with protesting workers, pronounced that “wages are stagnant” in his comments on the most recent employment figures. Read full article >>
  • The trade clause that overrules governments

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    One of the public policy paradoxes of the past quarter-century is why the center-left governments of advanced economies have supported trade policies that undermine the very environmental and labor protections they fight for at home. Foremost among these self-subverting policies have been the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions included in every significant trade deal the United States has signed since Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Under ISDS, foreign investors can sue a nation with which their own country has such treaty arrangements over any rules, regulations or changes in…
  • Germany’s major export: economic optimism

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    If you live in an advanced economy — in Western Europe, Japan or the United States — odds are you’re in a funk. Unless you live in Germany. This month, the Pew Research Center released the results of polling it conducted in 44 nations — 10 of them with what Pew characterized as “advanced” economies (including the United States, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom). The two key questions posed were whether respondents were “satisfied or dissatisfied” with the way things were going in their country and whether they thought the “economic situation in [their]…
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Eugene Robinson: The Islamic State fight is turning into a ‘dumb’ war

    Eugene Robinson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    “I don’t oppose all wars,” said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” Few would describe Obama’s use of military force against the Islamic State as rash, given the time he took in deciding to act. But the more we learn about this intervention, the more it appears to violate the “dumb” half of the president’s dictum. The purposes, parameters and prospects of the war are increasingly uncertain. Americans have a right to be concerned about the whole enterprise. Read full article…
  • Elizabeth Warren makes a powerful case

    Eugene Robinson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message. Read full article >>
  • On Ebola, we need a dose of candor

    Eugene Robinson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Let’s make a deal: We’ll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts — especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — agree to get their stories straight. They should begin by giving a better explanation of why they have concluded it would be wrong to “stop the flights” arriving from the Ebola “hot zone,” beginning with the fact that there are no such flights: There is no direct commercial air service between the countries at the epicenter of the outbreak — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — and the United States. Read full article >>
  • Our failing war against the Islamic State

    Eugene Robinson
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing. U.S.-led air power has barely been able to keep the jihadist militants from capturing the Syrian town of Kobane, near the Turkish border — and the besieged city may yet fall. Far to the southeast, Islamic State fighters have come within a few miles of Baghdad and threaten to consolidate their control of the vast Anbar Province, the Sunni heartland of Iraq. The self-proclaimed “caliphate” remains intact, and its forces are advancing. Read full article >>
  • America’s stake in the Ebola fight

    Eugene Robinson
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out. The correct response should be urgent concern — not panic — and an all-out crusade to extinguish the West Africa outbreak of the deadly virus at its source. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The millionaire’s club expands

    Robert J. Samuelson
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The millionaire’s club isn’t what it used to be. Time was that “being a millionaire” was a mark of unimaginable success. You’d joined the financial elite. People didn’t much discuss whether you arrived by wealth or income, because it didn’t matter much. The millionaire’s club was so small that the path to membership wasn’t worth discussing. Read full article >>
  • Stock market turmoil and the global debt trap

    Robert J. Samuelson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Six years after the onset of the financial crisis, the world still has too much debt. The total in 2013, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, came to about $186 trillion. This includes government debt, corporate bonds and loans to individuals, families and businesses. Since 2008, the amount has actually increased by about $34 trillion. The numbers are so large that it’s hard for ordinary mortals to connect them with the world economy’s ability to grow at a decent and self-sustained pace. Doubts about this underlie the stock market’s recent turmoil. Read full article >>
  • Women join the top 1 percent

    Robert J. Samuelson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Everyone knows that economic inequality has increased dramatically since the 1970s, and this has created a new cottage industry: dissecting “the top 1 percent.” We now have a study from three economists that broadens what we know about these top earners. The study’s biggest news: Economic inequality is becoming more gender-neutral. Read full article >>
  • Why the world economy sputters

    Robert J. Samuelson
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    It’s become a dreary ritual: Every six months, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts the global economy — and cuts its previous forecast. Despite an army of economists, all of its forecasts since 2011 have been too optimistic. The latest, released last week, shaved 0.4 percentage points off the growth estimate made in April. The world economy is now expected to expand only 3.3 percent in 2014, down from a respectable 5.4 percent in 2010. The feeble growth raises the specter of a global recession. Read full article >>
  • Humanity is actually making progress, believe it or not

    Robert J. Samuelson
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Progress has lately gotten a bad rap, because there seems to be so little of it. Violence wracks the Middle East; economies are sputtering; Ebola strikes fear. But if you step back a bit, there is plenty of progress. We ought to remind ourselves periodically that, in history’s broad sweep, the long-term advances often overshadow the short-term defeats. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • With Ben Bradlee as your boss, you didn’t want to miss a scoop

    George Solomon
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The newspaper clipping would come in a brown office envelope, my name clearly written by the assistant to the executive editor of The Washington Post. Ben Bradlee was not an Internet guy. He never figured out computers or had much appreciation for them, although he did occasionally read an e-mail. He was a newspaper guy; no bookmarks for him. Read full article >>
  • George Will: Restoration of Senate’s dignity rides on Mitch McConnell

    George F. Will
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    LOUISVILLE Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about reelecting the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity. Read full article >>
  • In Colorado, overheated rhetoric from ‘Mark Uterus’

    George F. Will
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    DENVER One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates. Read full article >>
  • Will the FCC try to tackle ‘Redskins’?

    George F. Will
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust and it prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins. Read full article >>
  • Supreme Court has a chance to bring liberty to teeth whitening

    George F. Will
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but rent-seeking — the unseemly yet uninhibited scramble of private interests to bend government power for their benefit. If the court directs a judicial scowl at North Carolina’s State Board of Dental Examiners, the court will thereby advance a basic liberty — the right of Americans to earn a living without unreasonable government interference. Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • Street Smart: What to see in College Park

    Amy Rogers Nazarov
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Chatting with friends or tapping out a text, the students almost unconsciously reach out to rub the snout of the great bronze terrapin. He is perched on a pedestal in front of McKeldin Library on the University of Maryland's College Park campus, and within five minutes one recent fall afternoon, a decidedly unscientific study tallied 18 students ritualistically […]
  • Where to find artisanal toast, which is now a real thing, in D.C.

    Maura Judkis
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The artisanal toast craze has, like so many other trends before it, made its way to D.C. months after the hype has died down. You probably remember the headlines from January: "Artisanal Toast is Apparently an [Expletive] Thing Now," said Kitchenette ("This is a step too far, Hipsters."), in response to a Pacific Standard Magazine […]
  • Wiseguy NY Pizza gets pretty close to the famous New York original

    Tim Carman
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The $20 Diner finds that Wiseguy gets pretty close to making this particular style of pie. [Read more]
  • Six things to know about El Camino, opening soon in Bloomingdale

    Fritz Hahn
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    El Camino, the much-anticipated new Mexican joint from 1905 owners Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez, will soon be serving tacos, tortas and tequila in Bloomingdale, on the same block as Boundary Stone and Showtime and around the corner from the Red Hen. It's a labor of love for the two men, who both live in […]
  • The week’s best concerts: Temples, Skrillex, David Bazan

    Lavanya Ramanathan, Mark Jenkins and Catherine P. Lewis
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Temples at the 9:30 Club In Britain, where Temples began its career barely two years ago, the quartet is often compared to the hippie-era Beatles. And one of the group’s first and loudest supporters was Oasis founder Noel Gallagher, whose whole career seems to derive from “I Am the Walrus.” Yet Temples’ neopsychedelia rarely betrays […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: His kids are too young — and vulnerable — to hear infidelity bombshell

    Carolyn Hax
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hi, Carolyn: In a nutshell, I have children with my wife and also a child outside of my marriage because of infidelity. My wife knows, but does not want to inform our kids. When, if ever, is an appropriate time to introduce the children to their sibling? Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Mom uneasy about daughter’s romance with the son of a longtime friend

    Carolyn Hax
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My friend Kate and I have known each other for years. After essentially growing up together, Kate’s 17-year-old son (a few months shy of 18) and my 15-year-old daughter (16 in two weeks) have suddenly become interested in each other romantically. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Boyfriend struggling to get past father’s death

    Carolyn Hax
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hello Carolyn: Is there a limit to how long one must indulge their partner’s grieving period?  To make a long story short, my boyfriend’s father committed suicide several years ago, before I met him. He is a great guy, but he has used the suicide as an excuse or justification for a lot of his own problems since we’ve been together. He was having trouble finding work, and it was because he was depressed about his father. He often gets into tiffs with his mother and brother, and it is because his family won’t let him express his resentment of his late father. Most recently, he agreed…
  • Carolyn Hax: Reassuring the girlfriend with the occasional ‘ugh, I’m so fat’ issues

    Carolyn Hax
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: The woman I love has some real issues with her appearance that I don’t understand. The “ugh, I’m so fat” thing is just the surface. I tend to reflexively assure her, but she says that doesn’t help at all. Then if I ignore the woe-is-me stuff, she just seems to wallow until I assure her, then it stops for a while. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: After a long career path, now for something completely different

    Carolyn Hax
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Hi, Carolyn: I’ve spent most of my life working toward a certain career. Now, in my senior year of college, with acceptance to my grad school of choice and employment for when I graduate, I’m thinking about going a very different route. Read full article >>
 
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