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  • Pat Roberts just got some very bad news. It’s very unlikely it’ll decide the Senate.

    The Fix
    Aaron Blake
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday dropped the latest variable into the 2014 battle for the Senate, ruling that Democrat Chad Taylor, who dropped out of the state's Senate race but was initially kept on the ballot, must now be removed from said ballot. Democrats are happy; Republicans are not. The legal battle isn't over, […]
  • President Obama could help kick-start the debate about D.C. rights

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    D.C. RESIDENTS and city officials overflowed a Senate hearing room this week to support the common-sense proposition that they have political rights like any other American citizen. It was the first congressional hearing in more than two decades on D.C. statehood, and it rightfully focused attention on this critical issue. But just two senators showed up, and only Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), who called the hearing, stayed for the whole thing. President Obama, who has professed support for D.C. statehood, couldn’t be bothered to send a letter saying so. Read full article >>
  • Actually, public education is getting better, not worse

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Catherine Rampell
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Have America’s public schools gotten worse over time? Americans seem to think so. Every time I write about why attending college is so crucial for moving up the income ladder — or, these days, for landing any job at all — I’m inundated with e-mails blaming the country’s K-12 system. Today’s workers have to go to college, readers argue, because our increasingly broken public schools have ceded responsibility for educating them. Read full article >>
  • The wrong way to remember President Eisenhower

    Local Letters
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    After 15 years and $25 million , the memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Mall is nowhere near becoming a reality [“Eisenhower memorial is at crossroads,” Style, Sept. 17]. The only things that have been produced are hurt feelings and bruised egos. Read full article >>
  • Taxi to orbit: NASA goes with Old Space and New Space (with a cameo by Jeff Bezos)

    Achenblog
    Joel Achenbach
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Big news at NASA: The agency has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. So reports my colleague Chris Davenport. This keeps competition in the “commercial crew” program. It’s also a major achievement for Elon Musk and the several thousand employees of SpaceX who have turned a start-up company into […]
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    The Fix

  • Pat Roberts just got some very bad news. It’s very unlikely it’ll decide the Senate.

    Aaron Blake
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday dropped the latest variable into the 2014 battle for the Senate, ruling that Democrat Chad Taylor, who dropped out of the state's Senate race but was initially kept on the ballot, must now be removed from said ballot. Democrats are happy; Republicans are not. The legal battle isn't over, […]
  • The three maps you need to see to understand the Scottish independence vote

    Philip Bump
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    We will be updating results from the vote for Scottish independence over the course of the night, including maps showing results, turnout, and population. Update, 12:30 a.m.: Most news outlets have understandably called it for the "no" vote. We'll update the maps with final results in the morning. Council seat Yes vote No vote Turnout […]
  • 10 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    1. As our friends over at Reliable Source shared earlier today, there is now photographic proof that New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton were roommates. We can only hope that they will live together again for a reality show tie-in for Gillibrand's new book, "Off the Sidelines." They can even go […]
  • At Politico, we’ll finally learn what ‘Editing While Female’ means

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    There has always been an open secret about Politico: They've had a woman problem, or maybe even more specifically, they have had the perception of a woman problem. (Full disclosure: I worked at Politico for almost two years from 2008 to 2010). Often, in polite Beltway conversation where everyone knows everyone, the topic would turn to […]
  • Sorry, Nancy Pelosi. New York is objectively more progressive than California.

    Philip Bump
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    During a conversation at the Center for American Progress on Thursday, presidential candidate* Hillary Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) started debating one of the most contentious issues in contemporary liberal politics: Which is the more progressive state, California or New York? This is actually a very interesting question. The states are more similar […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • President Obama could help kick-start the debate about D.C. rights

    Editorial Board
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    D.C. RESIDENTS and city officials overflowed a Senate hearing room this week to support the common-sense proposition that they have political rights like any other American citizen. It was the first congressional hearing in more than two decades on D.C. statehood, and it rightfully focused attention on this critical issue. But just two senators showed up, and only Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), who called the hearing, stayed for the whole thing. President Obama, who has professed support for D.C. statehood, couldn’t be bothered to send a letter saying so. Read full article >>
  • Iraqis seeking refu­gee status shouldn’t be allowed to remain in limbo

    Editorial Board
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    WHEN THE marauding fighters known as the Islamic State seemed to be on an inexorable march through Iraq this summer, the United States evacuated personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as a security precaution. One consequence was that the embassy stopped conducting interviews for Iraqis seeking refugee status in the United States. About 36,000 people are waiting for interviews, which are essential for approval. The administration ought to make an extra push to get this process back on track. Read full article >>
  • The economy is improving, but not everyone is sharing in the better times

    Editorial Board
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    AMID OTHER good news about the U.S. economy — a declining unemployment rate, lower child poverty — the Federal Reserve has just reported that the net worth of U.S. households rose $1.4 trillion, to $81.5 trillion, during the second quarter of 2014. This means that families’ assets, such as homes and stocks, have risen roughly $23 trillion in value since the depths of the “Great Recession” in 2009. Credit the market on Wall Street and recovering real estate prices, both partly attributable to the Fed’s easy-money policies. Read full article >>
  • Looking forward to the battle of the Beltways

    Editorial Board
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    AND HERE are the starting lineups. For Washington: Goose Goslin, Bucky Harris, Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Gibson, Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Vernon, Eddie Yost and Walter Johnson. For Baltimore: Wee Willie Keeler, Cal Ripken Jr., Babe Ruth, Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Bobby Grich and Jim Palmer. Read full article >>
  • Afghanistan’s stability depends on two presidential contenders reaching a deal

    Editorial Board
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    AFGHANISTAN IS teetering between a political implosion that could ignite civil war in Kabul and a power-sharing deal that could give the country another chance for stability. Election authorities will soon announce the results of a disputed presidential runoff, with former finance minister Ashraf Ghani almost certain to be declared the winner. That means time is running out for Mr. Ghani and opponent Abdullah Abdullah to complete a promised agreement on a “unity government” in which they would share power. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Actually, public education is getting better, not worse

    Catherine Rampell
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Have America’s public schools gotten worse over time? Americans seem to think so. Every time I write about why attending college is so crucial for moving up the income ladder — or, these days, for landing any job at all — I’m inundated with e-mails blaming the country’s K-12 system. Today’s workers have to go to college, readers argue, because our increasingly broken public schools have ceded responsibility for educating them. Read full article >>
  • Our excessive tolerance of suicide

    Michael Gerson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    From Belgium comes news that a mentally disturbed prisoner is to be granted government help in committing suicide. A typically shallow ethical debate ensued — isn’t assisted suicide for a prisoner a bit too close to capital punishment? — before the trump card of individual autonomy was played. “Regardless, he’s a human being,” said Jacqueline Herremans, the head of Belgium’s right-to-die association, “a human being who has the right to demand euthanasia.” Read full article >>
  • Will Obama’s Islamic State plan creep into ground war?

    Eugene Robinson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” — even if the president resists it — is baked in from the start. Read full article >>
  • Interpreting the Islamic State’s jihadi logic

    Charles Krauthammer
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? Read full article >>
  • Is India’s honeymoon with Narendra Modi coming to an end?

    Fareed Zakaria
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    NEW DELHI Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, radiates confidence. He has the first outright majority in India’s parliament in 30 years. The public lauds him, world leaders court him and the Bombay Stock Exchange continues to soar. But will this moment of euphoria translate into lasting gains? Can India become the world’s next economic powerhouse? Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • The wrong way to remember President Eisenhower

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    After 15 years and $25 million , the memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Mall is nowhere near becoming a reality [“Eisenhower memorial is at crossroads,” Style, Sept. 17]. The only things that have been produced are hurt feelings and bruised egos. Read full article >>
  • Granting D.C. statehood

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I was disgusted with Dana Milbank tying D.C. statehood to traffic tickets he received, and it isn’t because I love traffic cameras [“The District’s war on motorists,” Washington Sketch, Sept. 16]. I have received camera tickets in the District, Maryland and Virginia. I wouldn’t deny Maryland and Virginia citizens their right to home rule, representation and self-determination based on moving violations that I don’t find fair. The Post recently ran a series of articles describing the insidious practice of municipalities relying on the seizure of assets to bolster their budgets…
  • Safety concerns for Union Station renovation

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The Sept. 14 Business graphic “Dig down, build up” was very alarming. Buses and taxis on the bottom of a renovated Union Station in the District would be a terrorist’s dream come true. Did we learn no lesson from the bombing more than two decades ago at the World Trade Center? Would Amtrak or Metro check every arriving bus and train for bombs? That would be very costly, time-intensive and ­commute-delaying. Read full article >>
  • Building a Bible museum in D.C.

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I read “Spreading the word, ” the Sept. 14 Washington Post Magazine article about Steve Green’s Bible museum, with a mixture of bemusement and sadness. I am bemused by the size of his vision for the museum; I am saddened that a man would spend $800 million on it. Read full article >>
  • Helping the mentally ill before a tragedy occurs

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Regarding the Sept. 13 front-page article “For a shooter’s family, grief can be paralyzing”: My heart goes out to Naomi Alexis and her mother. As a family member of one of the victims in the Sept. 16, 2013, shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, I have never felt hatred for Aaron Alexis. I do not blame him. I understand that mental illness can strike anyone from any nationality or socioeconomic group. Read full article >>
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  • Taxi to orbit: NASA goes with Old Space and New Space (with a cameo by Jeff Bezos)

    Joel Achenbach
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Big news at NASA: The agency has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. So reports my colleague Chris Davenport. This keeps competition in the “commercial crew” program. It’s also a major achievement for Elon Musk and the several thousand employees of SpaceX who have turned a start-up company into […]
  • I shall wear my trousers rolled

    Joel Achenbach
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of my least favorite sayings is, “Getting old is not for wimps,” because, if true, I’m doomed. The slightest physical hardship serves as an excuse for protracted whining and self-pity. My philosophy is, never waste an opportunity to complain bitterly about a hangnail. If I get “the sniffles” that’s going straight on Facebook for […]
  • “It is an issue which can only be tried by war and decided by victory”

    Joel Achenbach
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Just a quick note … I’m on holiday (as they say) in New England, completely removed from the warp and woof of Washington life, but I’ve been checking the sports scores and, with trepidation, the foreign news, and what’s going on at the White House, and it appears that we’re going to war again. One […]
  • Lincoln, the blind memorandum, and politics by other means

    Joel Achenbach
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Everyone’s giving the president advice, telling him he’s messing up, that he needs to change strategies, that he’s weak and too much of a compromiser, that he’s stubborn, that he’s facing political disaster in the upcoming election, and that these are the worst of times. President Lincoln, I’m talking about. Somehow I’ve got lost in […]
  • Kennewick Man and the Dorsets

    Joel Achenbach
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    It’s the  most beautiful morning ever here in Washington, but I’ve got Greenland on the brain, and the High Arctic, and permafrost, and seal meat. If you lived in the frozen north back in the day, you hunted seals, maybe lurking around the airholes so that when one popped up for a breath you could […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • 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 >>
  • Russia’s blow to globalization

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

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

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

  • A misreading of Henry Kissinger on Israel

    Richard Cohen
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book — his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, “World Order” is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it in the New York Times by John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of the admirable Economist magazine — and I praised it to him in an e-mail. A bit later, I did a double take. I still like the book, but Micklethwait’s review is a different matter. Read full article >>
  • Blind to the world’s ‘broken windows’

    Richard Cohen
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    “All politics is local,” the late speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O’Neill’s home town, Boston, and goes by the moniker “broken windows.” The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass. Read full article >>
  • We need the realist’s vigilant cynicism

    Richard Cohen
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. “This is the sound of a people rising,” ABC’s Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, he said, it was a day “when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life.” Read full article >>
  • The Islamic State is evil returned

    Richard Cohen
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin but an ordinary-looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil. Read full article >>
  • Israel is held to an impossible standard

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

  • Why Scotland will likely vote ‘no’ to independence

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with the Yes side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. That will make Thursday’s result close, but it’s also why Scotland is likely to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
  • How Congress should debate the Islamic State strategy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. Read full article >>
  • The new politics of foreign policy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation’s power or a catastrophic mistake. Read full article >>
  • When moderates fight back

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem. Read full article >>
  • President Obama’s foreign policy beyond the sound bite

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt went to Chicago to give one of the most celebrated speeches of his presidency. Pushing against isolationist sentiment, he condemned the “unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations” and “the invasion of alien territory in violation of treaties.” Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Our excessive tolerance of suicide

    Michael Gerson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    From Belgium comes news that a mentally disturbed prisoner is to be granted government help in committing suicide. A typically shallow ethical debate ensued — isn’t assisted suicide for a prisoner a bit too close to capital punishment? — before the trump card of individual autonomy was played. “Regardless, he’s a human being,” said Jacqueline Herremans, the head of Belgium’s right-to-die association, “a human being who has the right to demand euthanasia.” Read full article >>
  • Leading from behind the curve on Ebola

    Michael Gerson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The nation of Liberia — founded by liberated American slaves with support from Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and James Monroe — is not unacquainted with suffering. Two civil wars in the period from 1989 to 2003 and decades of economic mismanagement caused an 80 percent decline in per capita GDP — perhaps worse than any country since World War II. Warlords reduced Liberia’s infrastructure to rubble. In the 15 years following 1991, there was no electricity in the country except for private generators. Read full article >>
  • President Obama’s careful war on terrorism

    Michael Gerson
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama’s Islamic State speech — his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them “safe haven,” his moral clarity on their “acts of barbarism” — also sounded least like Obama. Everyone — and I mean just about everyone on the planet — knows that he was more comfortable declaring that the United States had moved “off a permanent war footing” and that the war on terrorism, “like all wars, must end.” Read full article >>
  • America’s resumption of ‘the long war’

    Michael Gerson
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    As the United States pivots back to the Middle East — in belated recognition that its enemies never pivoted from their intention to establish a territorial expression of radical Islamism — President Obama is more likely to change his policy than to change his rhetoric. We are more likely, in other words, to see “boots on the ground” in Iraq (already more than 1,000 troops are in supportive roles) than we are to hear an admission that the administration’s foreign policy approach has shifted. Read full article >>
  • The Ebola crisis demands that America act

    Michael Gerson
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Sometimes the artifice of writing — metaphors, historical comparisons, the just-so quote — fails. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demands directness: We are about to witness a human catastrophe that could destroy large portions of a continent and pose a global threat. And the response of the world, including the United States, is feeble, irresponsible and disrespectful of nature’s lethal perils. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • James Clapper: We underestimated the Islamic State’s ‘will to fight’

    David Ignatius
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The United States has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam — underestimating the enemy’s will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Read full article >>
  • David Ignatius: U.S. boots are already on the ground against the Islamic State

    David Ignatius
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State without formally violating his pledge not to send U.S. combat troops? The answer may lie in the legal alchemy known as “Title 50.” Read full article >>
  • Obama’s advantages as a reluctant warrior

    David Ignatius
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    President Obama certainly didn’t go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one. But as he explained to the country Wednesday night, he had no choice but to respond with “strength and resolve” to the barbarous Islamic State that is ravaging Iraq and Syria. Read full article >>
  • Stepping warily onto the battlefield

    David Ignatius
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimate mission. Read full article >>
  • The ‘slows’ of Obama’s Islamic State strategy

    David Ignatius
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The United States imprudently rushed into war in Iraq in 2003. At least nobody can make that criticism this time around. The administration is moving cautiously to fulfill President Obama’s promise to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Yes, Obama does seem to have a strategy, and it gets pretty good marks from allies abroad. But many components aren’t ready yet, and some aren’t fully conceptualized. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Ruth Marcus: Hillary Clinton’s steak fry populism

    Ruth Marcus
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The headline out of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Iowa was her flagrant flirtation with the prospect of another presidential campaign. The more interesting part was the shortest of sneak previews of the race she seems increasingly certain to run. Read full article >>
  • Don’t duck an Islamic State vote, Congress

    Ruth Marcus
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Congress has a duty — to itself and the country — to debate and authorize President Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Failing to do so would be bad practice and a worse precedent. Read full article >>
  • Ray Rice’s wife is the one and only victim in their dispute

    Ruth Marcus
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Reader, she married him. The day after he was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault for knocking her unconscious. I would say allegedly knocking her unconscious, but there’s no doubt: Janay Palmer — now Janay Rice — was out cold after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice unleashed his left hook on her. Read full article >>
  • The e-cigarette quandary: helping smokers quit while enticing new addicts

    Ruth Marcus
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug — but it’s not, or hasn’t been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows. For some existing smokers, particularly those for whom other efforts to quit have failed, electronic cigarettes offer the advantage of a nicotine delivery device without risking the health consequences of smoking tobacco. Read full article >>
  • Obama’s herky-jerky leadership

    Ruth Marcus
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The word of the day is herky-jerky, which is a polite way of saying erratic. And which, I regret to report, is a fitting description of President Obama’s handling of immigration. And, I regret even more, a metaphor for his stumbling stewardship. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Workers deserve to benefit from their productivity, too

    Harold Meyerson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    The fight to increase Americans’ stagnant incomes is, at long last, growing more serious. Thursday, with the explicit backing of the House Democratic Caucus, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, is introducing a bill that would prompt corporations to reward workers — not just top executives and major shareholders — for their gains in productivity. Read full article >>
  • In blue states, Democrats want more than social liberalism

    Harold Meyerson
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    That was a notably unimpressive victory that Andrew Cuomo secured in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election in New York, receiving his party’s nod for a second term as governor. Cuomo defeated Fordham University law professor Zephyr ­Teachout, a largely unknown and almost totally unfunded political novice, ­62 percent to 34 percent — “the strongest challenge to an incumbent governor,” the New York Times noted, since the advent of gubernatorial primaries in the state. Teachout’s total, the Times continued, was “a signal of the potent dissatisfaction with Mr. Cuomo in his…
  • How to get a raise at McDonald’s

    Harold Meyerson
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Today, fast-food workers in more than 100 cities will stage another in a series of one-day strikes, in some places engaging in civil disobedience. The workers’ “Fight for 15” campaign, an effort to win $15 hourly wages and contracts from some of the nation’s largest employers, most particularly McDonald’s, has been building steadily since a small band of employees first walked off the job two years ago in New York. Read full article >>
  • In corporations, it’s owner-take-all

    Harold Meyerson
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Labor Day — that mocking reminder that this nation once honored workers — is upon us again, posing the nagging question of why the economy ceased to reward work. Was globalization the culprit? Technological change? Anyone seeking a more fundamental answer should pick up the September issue of the Harvard Business Review and check out William Lazonick’s seminal essay on U.S. corporations, “Profits Without Prosperity.” Read full article >>
  • Economic inequality, not just wages at the bottom, needs to be addressed

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

  • Will Obama’s Islamic State plan creep into ground war?

    Eugene Robinson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” — even if the president resists it — is baked in from the start. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton, tell us your vision

    Eugene Robinson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why? “It is true, I am thinking about it,” she said Sunday at the final Harkin Steak Fry, an annual cholesterol-boosting fundraiser that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who is retiring, has hosted for 37 years. Given the context, this was pretty close to an announcement of the Clinton 2016 campaign. Read full article >>
  • What if this doesn’t work against the Islamic State?

    Eugene Robinson
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good. That’s the bottom line from Obama’s sober address to the nation. The president made his decision cautiously, reluctantly, even painfully. But make no mistake: The pledge to “destroy” the Islamic State is a long-term commitment, and success will depend on a host of partners who may be unreliable. Read full article >>
  • Obama keeps his options open on dealing with Islamic State

    Eugene Robinson
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down — maddeningly so, some complain — but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate. Perhaps the president will eliminate any confusion when he addresses the nation Wednesday, but I doubt it. Based on what he told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” there may be no way to reduce Obama’s fluid and perhaps deliberately ambiguous thinking to a black-or-white, all-or-nothing dichotomy. Read full article >>
  • Our challenge with fundamentalist Islam

    Eugene Robinson
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State — whichever goal President Obama chooses — will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • America’s B-minus economy

    Robert J. Samuelson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    The Census Bureau has just released its 2013 edition of “Income and Poverty in the United States,” sometimes called the nation’s “economic report card.” It depicts a country that is slowly — but convincingly — recovering from a calamitous slump. As always, the report bulges with figures. Let me highlight five trends that seem significant. Read full article >>
  • The roughed-up American

    Robert J. Samuelson
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    America’s economy is improving, but the public mood is a lagging indicator. A Pew poll in late August found that Americans recognize that the job market has strengthened. Although 58 percent of respondents said “jobs are difficult to find, ” that was better than 65 percent in April and a peak of 85 percent in March 2010. Similarly, 33 percent of respondents said there are “plenty of jobs available,” up from 27 percent in April. But these positive developments barely dented public pessimism. A hefty 56 percent of respondents said their incomes were falling behind “the cost of…
  • Curb your enthusiasm about those Medicare savings

    Robert J. Samuelson
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Contrary to some media reports, the Medicare monster hasn’t been tamed. But it has been made a little less unruly. To be precise: Spending is regularly falling below projections, creating the prospect of hundreds of billions of savings over decades. “It’s a pretty big deal,” says Tricia Neuman of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health-care think tank, “because the slowdown has been sustained year after year.” Read full article >>
  • America’s neglected defense

    Robert J. Samuelson
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    You might have thought that the lesson would be obvious. In the past year, we’ve had an elementary tutorial in the uses of raw military power: in Ukraine, where Russia manufactured a “rebellion”; in Iraq, where the Islamic State expanded its footprint; and in Asia, where China harassed ships of nations claiming islands China considers its own. But the implications of these events seem to have escaped the Obama White House and Congress. Read full article >>
  • The coming investment boom?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Suppose we could design the next phase of the economic recovery. What would it look like? Here’s one pleasing vision: Business investment in plants and equipment — factories, computers, freight cars, software, machine tools — would take the lead. This would boost job creation and productivity (a.k.a. efficiency), enabling companies to increase wages without raising prices. It’s a splendid fantasy. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Obama is defying the Constitution on war

    George F. Will
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. Read full article >>
  • George Will: Scotland’s epic vote on independence from the United Kingdom

    George F. Will
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
  • George Will: Senate Democrats’ extremism on display

    George F. Will
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Since Barry Goldwater, in accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in U.S. politics, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered liberty — is rare. This week, however, extremism stained the Senate. Read full article >>
  • Has NATO lost its will as well as its muscle?

    George F. Will
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: “The truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.” So, if 14th-century Europeans had had Facebook and Twitter, they would have noticed how really disagreeable the Hundred Years’ War was. Read full article >>
  • An eye on the Baltic states?

    George F. Will
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide. Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • Street Smart: What to do in Vienna, VA

    Jennifer Barger
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Vienna’s downtown has a modern, minivan traffic-heavy main drag. But a block off the bustle, the burg’s quiet and quirky historic zone on and near Church Street NE combines 19th-century charms with two-wheeled accessibility — it’s right off the Washington & Old Dominion Trail.   The Clock Shop of Vienna 109 Church St. NW Since […]
  • Lederhosen Report: Oktoberfest celebrations for Sept. 18-21

    Fritz Hahn
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The weekend's top Oktoberfest celebrations and happy hours. We also have separate guides to the area's best fall beer festivals and what German restaurants and bars are doing for Oktoberfest. Der Beste Heurich House Oktoberfest The annual Heurich House Oktoberfest celebration is bigger than ever this year, and features Oktoberfest-style and Oktoberfest-inspired beers from all […]
  • The week’s best concerts: Lydia Loveless, Tennis, Erasure

    Mike Joyce, Dan Miller and Brandon Weigel
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Lydia Loveless at DC9 If a stack of glowing reviews guaranteed a performer first-class accommodations, Lydia Loveless would have a tour bus luxe enough to rival Dolly Parton’s palace on wheels. Fortunately, there are other rewards awaiting a young and formidably gifted singer-songwriter. Loveless, who turned 24 this month, clearly appreciates the hospitality of friends […]
  • Todd Snider gets his jam band on with Hard Working Americans

    Jedd Ferris
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Todd Snider is thoroughly enjoying his new gig. The longtime folk singer — best known for entertaining crowds with little more than an acoustic guitar, harmonica and witty lyrics — is now leading the burgeoning jam band super-group Hard Working Americans. Onstage he often finds himself getting lost in the groove, acting more like a […]
  • 7 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Sept. 19-21

    Going Out Guide staff
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Friday-Sunday: "Utsav: Celebrating India's Maestros of Music and Dance" stretches for five programs in a three-day spotlight on Indian music and dance at the Kennedy Center. Among its performers are Bombay Jayashri, who loaned her voice and skill singing Carnatic music, to the soundtrack for "Life of Pi," while dance performances are capped off by […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Family member’s disruptive behavior shouldn’t be brushed off

    Carolyn Hax
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My husband has a sister with what seems to be a severe mood disorder. She will appear to be doing fine, then out of nowhere explode and scream at the top of her lungs at anyone. Their parents seem to brush it off, like nothing is happening, but I worry about the image this sends to my young son. It will never be appropriate for him to yell, especially at his family, so why can his aunt do it? Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Age gap not necessarily a Grand Canyon in this dating scenario

    Carolyn Hax
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: When is an age gap in a relationship problematic? I’ve been single for nearly a year after getting out of a controlling, long-term relationship. I’ve lately become friends with a man who is significantly younger than I am (10 years). I initially rebuffed him because of the gap, but the more I got to know him, the more I got interested. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Is bride right to insist that dad and stepdad walk her down the aisle?

    Carolyn Hax
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: Long story short, I left my then husband for my current husband when my kids were 5 and 7. They spent time with bio dad, but basically lived with me and their stepfather. Fast-forward 19 years. Our daughter is getting married and wants to have both of them walk her down the aisle. She wants to honor both men, as they were both fathers to her. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Husband’s supply of affection isn’t meeting her demand

    Carolyn Hax
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My husband is not very affectionate. He never has been, but I never considered it a deal-breaker. Since we married in 2012, I have been wanting more affection, and we’ve talked about it many times. He says he is willing to be more affectionate, but he never delivers. As a loyal reader, I know the next step: This is who he is, and he isn’t willing to meet my affection needs for whatever reason. So, can I live with this? Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: A single mother ponders what to do when her kids are grown and gone

    Carolyn Hax
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: I am a single mother of two fantastic kids; my son is a college senior and my daughter is a junior in high school. This week, while registering for a college tour for my daughter, it suddenly hit me, and hit me hard, that “someday” is almost here — that day in the distant future when the kids are grown and out of the house. Read full article >>
 
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