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  • Inside the Romney retreat

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    Robert Costa
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Mitt Romney will host several potential GOP presidential contenders this summer in Park City, Utah, for his third annual policy summit.
  • The taxonomy of the political book hatchet job

    The Fix
    Jaime Fuller
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this year, when Buzzfeed announced they were killing scathing book reviews in an effort to create LOL nirvana, literary types watched the funeral, aghast. Why would you dispose with one of the most fun and underrated weapons left to a writer, they asked? In truth, many feared that the American critic had already been […]
  • How the marathon bombings changed everything in Boston politics

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    Wesley Lowery
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The City of Boston has two great loves: Sports and politics. And, a year removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, the influence of that tragedy on the Boston sports community remain apparent.The marathon is, after all, a race. And several Boston sports teams, including the Red Sox and Boston Bruins, have adopted the "Boston Strong" […]
  • Carolyn Hax: Her boyfriend can’t get over her having had a life before him

    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive
    Carolyn Hax
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: After multiple relationships not working out because both parties were dishonest in one way or another, I decided to use a new approach to my current relationship. I am 23, met my current boyfriend (also 23) online, and decided to be COMPLETELY HONEST. Read full article >>
  • In stem-cell research, health benefits outweigh the risks of copying humans

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    CONTROVERSIES OVER stem-cell research are so last decade — or so it seemed until last week. For the last few years, the promising field of stem-cell research has focused on a technique that skirts various ethical concerns about the treatment of human embryos and the potential to clone whole human beings. But last week, U.S. and South Korean researchers announced that they went ahead with a different technique, successfully creating stem cells cloned from the normal skin cells of adults. Their work helps to open a new avenue in stem-cell research. But it also could be a step on the way to…
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    The Fix

  • Inside the Romney retreat

    Robert Costa
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Mitt Romney will host several potential GOP presidential contenders this summer in Park City, Utah, for his third annual policy summit.
  • Missed the Sunday shows? We have you covered.

    Katie Zezima
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Missed the Sunday talk shows? Never fear. As always, we have you covered. Here are the highlights: 1. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke from Kiev with David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press." Yatsenyuk said Russia is a "threat to the globe," and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has "a dream" to restore the Soviet […]
  • How the marathon bombings changed everything in Boston politics

    Wesley Lowery
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The City of Boston has two great loves: Sports and politics. And, a year removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, the influence of that tragedy on the Boston sports community remain apparent.The marathon is, after all, a race. And several Boston sports teams, including the Red Sox and Boston Bruins, have adopted the "Boston Strong" […]
  • The taxonomy of the political book hatchet job

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this year, when Buzzfeed announced they were killing scathing book reviews in an effort to create LOL nirvana, literary types watched the funeral, aghast. Why would you dispose with one of the most fun and underrated weapons left to a writer, they asked? In truth, many feared that the American critic had already been […]
  • The picture that sums up what everyone in D.C. is thinking this Friday

    Jaime Fuller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) tweeted out a Throwback Thursday photo yesterday that pretty much sums up how many people in D.C. -- and likely around the United States -- feel today. In D.C., things have been incredibly slow because of the congressional recess. Add to that the fact that many people are on the road […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • In stem-cell research, health benefits outweigh the risks of copying humans

    Editorial Board
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    CONTROVERSIES OVER stem-cell research are so last decade — or so it seemed until last week. For the last few years, the promising field of stem-cell research has focused on a technique that skirts various ethical concerns about the treatment of human embryos and the potential to clone whole human beings. But last week, U.S. and South Korean researchers announced that they went ahead with a different technique, successfully creating stem cells cloned from the normal skin cells of adults. Their work helps to open a new avenue in stem-cell research. But it also could be a step on the way to…
  • Higher taxes on cigarettes make good sense

    Editorial Board
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    MARYLAND HAS one of the highest state-imposed cigarette tax rates in the nation ($2 per pack) and, unsurprisingly, one of the lowest smoking rates. Virginia has the lowest cigarette tax rate in the nation (30 cents per pack); its smoking rate is almost 20 percent higher than Maryland’s. Read full article >>
  • International aid can’t arrive soon enough for the Central African Republic

    Editorial Board
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    THE UNANIMITY with which the United Nations Security Council approved a peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic early this month attested to the dire situation in that impoverished country. More than 630,000 people in a nation of 4.5 million have fled their homes, and tens of thousands are living in miserable and dangerous conditions at the airport in Bangui, the capital, or in other improvised camps. Just 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops provide what passes for protection and order in a country where the state has collapsed. The U.N. force, which will consist of 10,000…
  • The presidential election in Afghanistan offers a welcome result

    Editorial Board
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    THE FIRST round of Afghanistan’s election this month delivered a resounding, three-part defeat to the Taliban. More than 7 million voters — some 60 percent of those registered — turned out in defiance of the Islamists’ threats. Afghan security forces effectively beat back 286 reported insurgent attacks, killing 141 attackers while losing only 17. And early vote counting is showing a decisive and welcome result: Two front-runners have emerged, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, who are moderate, pro-Western and committed to the fight against extremism. Read full article >>
  • Gov. McAuliffe expands voting rights for ex-convicts

    Editorial Board
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    VIRGINIA IS MOVING quickly, though not quickly enough, to join the vast majority of states that quickly restore the voting rights of most felons after they have finished their sentences. On Friday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, building on his predecessor’s policy, sharply expanded the numbers of nonviolent former convicts who will be re-enfranchised when they have paid their debt to society. He also shortened the wait for former convicts who committed violent crimes to three years from five. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Class warfare justified?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Thomas Piketty has taken America’s liberal establishment by storm. Piketty is a French economist who has written a lengthy (577 pages) study, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” intended to provide a powerful intellectual justification for attacking the super-rich. Surprisingly, “Capital” hit No. 16 on the New York Times’ best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction books — a considerable feat for an academic treatise that, though clearly written, is no page-turner. Read full article >>
  • Obama needs to lead, not follow polls

    Fred Hiatt
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Robert Kagan recently wrote on this page that, foreign policy decision by foreign policy decision, President Obama has given Americans what they say they want. But the result hasn’t made them proud of America or of their president. Read full article >>
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stays on offense

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    NEW YORK To say that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. Read full article >>
  • Campaign speech case is regulatory overkill

    George F. Will
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative? Read full article >>
  • Dartmouth president could give us all a lesson on campus behavior

    Ruth Marcus
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop Hanlon a line. Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • Walk like a dinosaur

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Two-legged dinosaurs are portrayed in museums and television with their bodies held horizontally and their legs in a vertical position [“Where does a T. rex sit? Why, anywhere it likes.,” Metro, April 15]. This is not possible because their center of gravity is above their hip bone (or forward of the hip when the body is horizontal). If they had attempted to walk horizontally with their legs held vertically, they would have toppled forward. Almost certainly they walked nearly erect, but at least at a 45 degree angle, often with the tail held aloft in order to prevent tripping by thrusting…
  • Better uses for Emancipation Day money

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Why is the District spending over $400,000 [“Emancipation Day budget questioned,” Metro, April 15] to celebrate an Emancipation Day that happened 150 years ago when a lot of our current youth are in technological bondage without home access to computers and the Internet? Can’t we use that money to start a program to provide these essentials? Read full article >>
  • Parents have a lot of power in determining homework time

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Al Kaufman is right to question the purpose and amount of homework his children are being assigned [“Give kids a break over spring break,” letters, April 16]. As an elementary school teacher, I bet that his children’s school system has a policy about how much homework is expected each night, and I also bet that the administration and teachers are only vaguely, if at all, aware of that policy. As a parent, Mr. Kaufman has the right to question the homework policy and ask that it be enforced. Read full article >>
  • Chilly feelings on the new Weather page

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I have read, with complete agreement, the recent Free for All letters critical of the new Weather page. Browsing that page has always been part of my delayed gratification in my daily reading of The Post. I don’t reward myself until after I’ve covered the national, global and local news. Only then can I vicariously travel the world, experiencing the weather conditions wherever they may be. Read full article >>
  • D.C. is right not to implement local budget autonomy referendum

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Walter Smith’s letter misstated the law concerning budget autonomy for the District and wrongly described the views of the District’s executive branch on that important issue [“District officials should fully support budget autonomy,” April 15]. We strongly support budget autonomy and continue to urge Congress to enact legislation providing the District the right to control its own locally raised revenue. However, that has not happened. Instead, our carefully researched legal opinion, which is fully supported by a formal opinion issued by Congress’s Government Accountability Office,…
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    Achenblog

  • Somewhere in Portugal

    Joel Achenbach
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    I’ve had almost no Internet access for my laptop, which was pretty much the whole idea of the vacation. Modern life has too much Internet access, on this we can all agree. In the old days we’d all walk down the sidewalk with eyes open, checking out the landscape, window shopping, people-watching, but now we’re […]
  • Journalism is aggregation

    Joel Achenbach
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    While reporting a story last week I had a sudden revelation: I’m an aggregator. I’m one of them. I’m the person that I’ve been kvetching about for years now. “They think information wants to be stolen.” You know the rant. What happened was, I was going through the Rolodex to find astrobiology sources, and I […]
  • Why there are no fish on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

    Joel Achenbach
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    It’s a great time to be an astrobiologist! Things are hopping out there in alien-life land. Well, let’s not get overheated about it: Nothing literally hops, so far, when it comes to extraterrestrial life. We can’t even find anything slithering, oozing or just coating the surface of a rock. We’re not greedy: We’d settle for […]
  • After covering Flight 370 for 3 weeks, this is what I think happened

    Joel Achenbach
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    I fear we will never know what exactly happened to that plane. One of our sources said, “The Earth is big. The Earth is really big.” The open ocean is really vast, especially when you don’t know where to start looking. See our story from Monday: There’s stuff out there, but it’s not plane wreckage. […]
  • Life is all about small pleasures and major grievances

    Joel Achenbach
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    As you know, a good life is merely a succession of good days. A day is to a life as a sentence is to a story. The sane person will write into his or her day numerous passages that are innately pleasing. The morning constitutional; the garden reverie; the long soak in the tub; the […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A fearful new world, imperiled by Russia’s subterfuge

    Anne Applebaum
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    WARSAW In the Western imagination, the words “war” and “invasion” carry clear connotations. From books, movies and television, we know that such events involve tanks, airplanes and artillery, as well as soldiers in uniform, advanced weaponry, sophisticated communications. They look like the invasion of Iraq or, to go back in time, D-Day. Read full article >>
  • Russia’s anti-Western ideology has global consequences

    Anne Applebaum
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    TBILISI, Georgia Halfway through an otherwise coherent conversation with a Georgian lawyer here — the topics included judges, the court system, the police — I was startled by a comment he made about his country’s former government, led by then-president Mikheil Saakashvili. “They were LGBT,” he said, conspiratorially. Read full article >>
  • A need to contain Russia

    Anne Applebaum
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:52 pm
    LONDON There have been high moments: Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, locked in a bear hug; George W. Bush looking into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and seeing “a sense of his soul”; Hillary Clinton pressing the “reset button.” There have been some very low moments, too. But for more than 20 years of Russian independence, a single narrative about Russia in the West has nevertheless prevailed. Read full article >>
  • Russia’s Western enablers

    Anne Applebaum
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Back in 2006, an energy company called Rosneft floated itself on the London Stock Exchange. Even for a Russian company, its prospectus, as I noted at the time, contained some unusual warnings. “Crime and corruption could create a difficult business climate in Russia,” the document noted; some directors’ interests “may cause Rosneft to engage in business practices that do not maximize shareholder value.” Read full article >>
  • The pressure is on Ukraine

    Anne Applebaum
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The editor of a publication that will remain unnamed called me the other day wanting to know what I thought: Would Russia invade Ukraine before midnight? She needed to know before her deadline. I didn’t have any inside information, but I guessed: No, I told her, I didn’t think Russia would invade Ukraine ­— because it doesn’t need to. Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The GOP’s amateur hour

    Richard Cohen
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Not to put too fine a point on it, but what has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he’s a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it’s the only political office he has held. He’s an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why? Read full article >>
  • In ‘The Unknown Known,’ Rumsfeld loses the battle with truth

    Richard Cohen
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’s documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq war. It is then that we get a glance at the man who should not be able to sleep at night but from all the evidence does — soundly. Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Maybe. But in Rumsfeld’s case, it is certainly worth watching. Read full article >>
  • Richard Cohen: General Motors’ wrecked morality

    Richard Cohen
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    He was known as “Engine Charlie.” And while Charles Erwin Wilson was both the longtime president of General Motors and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s defense secretary, he is best known for supposedly saying, “What is good for the country is good for General Motors and vice versa.” I couldn’t agree with that more. What would be good for both is if the proper parties were condemned to drive the cars they made. Read full article >>
  • Why the study of Vladi­mir Putin is so important

    Richard Cohen
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    “ ‘Sophie, Sophie, don’t die! Stay alive for the children,’ the dying Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand urged his wife as she slumped over him in the open-topped sports car. But Gavrilo Princip’s shot had already killed her. A bodyguard asked Franz Ferdinand if he was in pain. ‘It’s nothing!’ he replied repeatedly. Those were his last words.” Read full article >>
  • Illogical hostility toward charter schools

    Richard Cohen
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:54 pm
    In the war between the rich and the poor, I’m enlisting on the side of the underdog — the rich. What a drubbing they’ve been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools. Apparently, there is nothing worse. Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • An interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    NEW YORK Last Wednesday afternoon, I interviewed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in his office at New York’s City Hall. Here is a transcript of the interview, which is the basis of my Monday column on de Blasio and the city. My questions have been shortened and I have included some background on issues that might not be familiar to those who live outside New York. My thanks to Ross Tilchin and Jeremy Waldron for helping me put together this transcript. Read full article >>
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stays on offense

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    NEW YORK To say that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. Read full article >>
  • Jeb Bush’s optimism school

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    NEW YORK The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. Read full article >>
  • A program conservatives should love

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    We are at a point at which we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie. Don’t laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation’s extraordinary network of civic and religious charities. Read full article >>
  • On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, politicians should follow LBJ’s way

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been building for many years now: a thoroughly justified revival of Lyndon B. Johnson’s standing. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Barry Goldwater’s loss should be a warning to the GOP, not a rallying cry

    Michael Gerson
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act is also the 50th anniversary of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Barry Goldwater, voting against the Civil Rights Act. Goldwater, his defenders effectively argue, was not a racist, only an ideologue. True enough. He had been a founding member of the Arizona NAACP. He helped integrate the Phoenix public schools. His problems with the Civil Rights Act were theoretical and libertarian — an objection to the extension of federal power over private enterprise. Read full article >>
  • In the Central African Republic, the only rule is terror

    Michael Gerson
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    BANGUI, Central African Republic The tents of displaced people reach nearly up to the runway at the airport — the first impression of a nation in flight and in fear. Befitting the sectarian cast of the violence in this country, there are two camps, one Christian and one Muslim. The Muslim camp has shrunken in size, as Chadian planes and truck convoys have taken some people out of danger. It is both a move to safety and the victory of religious cleansing. Read full article >>
  • Remembering and learning from Rwanda’s victims

    Michael Gerson
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    KIGALI, Rwanda At the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the most moving moments were unplanned. In the audience at Amahoro Stadium, first one woman, then another, then dozens in turn, cried out in uncontrollable anguish and had to be escorted from the ceremony. They were overwhelmed by memory. In their screams you could hear the screams of two decades ago. Read full article >>
  • Obamacare has spawned a misguided debate

    Michael Gerson
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Supporters of Obamacare are celebrating that the law is not an unmitigated disaster, just a mitigated one. As enrollment closed (for most) on March 31, the system passed 7 million exchange sign-ups. What some are taking as a triumph of governmental competence was actually an emergency rescue by private-sector volunteers after a laughable failure of government to construct and run its own system. This has hardly been a confidence-builder when it comes to public faith in bureaucracy. But never mind. Read full article >>
  • Our dysfunctional Senate

    Michael Gerson
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    God saves the queen. He saves this honorable court. But who will save the United States Senate? The venerable institution that Democrats control and Republicans covet has lately been something of a circus. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), prevents amendments and pursues an unhinged vendetta against the Koch brothers, private citizens engaged in lawful political activity. The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is under political siege from right and left in his own state. Conservative populists gain presidential buzz by blowing up or shutting down Senate…
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Has the Ukraine crisis been defused?

    David Ignatius
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Has the Obama administration really found the famous “exit ramp” in Ukraine that will provide an eventual diplomatic resolution of the crisis? It’s too early to know, but there were certainly signs of progress Thursday in Geneva, where seven hours of negotiations produced what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called “a compromise, of sorts.” Read full article >>
  • The cost of Putin’s adventurism in Ukraine

    David Ignatius
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the United States or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t — as the limited U.S. and European response has demonstrated. Read full article >>
  • Warning signs of trouble in China’s markets

    David Ignatius
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    China’s financial markets seem to be signaling trouble, as a government crackdown on corruption and loose credit begins to bite and jittery local investors scramble for safety. China remains an opaque country, and even the most knowledgeable experts say they aren’t sure how to read the tea leaves. But the warning signs are growing that, after decades of economic expansion and exploding wealth, China is moving toward the scary side of the perpetual seesaw between greed and fear that drives financial markets. Read full article >>
  • Putin steals the CIA’s playbook on anti-Soviet covert operations

    David Ignatius
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The West has made NATO’s military alliance the heart of its response to Russia’s power grab in Ukraine. But we may be fighting the wrong battle: The weapons Russian President Vladimir Putin has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine look more like paramilitary “covert action” than conventional military force. Read full article >>
  • The U.S. is still indispensable when it comes to free trade

    David Ignatius
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Name a foreign policy issue on which China and most of the rest of the world’s nations are struggling to keep up with a U.S. initiative. If you guessed “free trade,” you’re correct. In a season that has mostly brought reversals for Obama administration efforts abroad, the free-trade agenda keeps on chugging. The massive weight of the U.S. economy creates incentives for cooperation with the United States rather than resentment. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Dartmouth president could give us all a lesson on campus behavior

    Ruth Marcus
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop Hanlon a line. Read full article >>
  • The lessons of ‘Camp David’

    Ruth Marcus
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The line between determination and delusion can be obscure. Sometimes, the distinction emerges only in retrospect, like a Polaroid image slowly appearing. In other instances, the difference between productive grit and self-defeating obsession is an artifact of chance, like the lucky bounce of a tennis ball at match point. Read full article >>
  • Democrats’ revolting equal-pay demagoguery

    Ruth Marcus
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Here’s a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not that you’d know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrats are happily flinging at Republicans who dare to oppose the measure. Read full article >>
  • The emotional double standard applied to Sen. Feinstein

    Ruth Marcus
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    Let’s have a rational discussion about the word “emotional.” But first, I’d better calm down. Maybe I’ll have a soothing cup of herbal tea and pet the cat. Oh wait, I don’t have a cat. Which is lucky for former CIA director Michael Hayden, or else we’d both be so overwrought we’d be clawing his eyes out over his diss of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Read full article >>
  • The real danger behind the ‘McCutcheon’ ruling

    Ruth Marcus
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    There is more than one way to demolish a wall, physical or legal. Go at it with a bulldozer, or weaken its foundations and await the collapse. When it comes to undermining the structure of modern campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts has done it both ways. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Democrats need to replace Andrew Cuomo

    Harold Meyerson
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    New York’s Democrats are a liberal lot. Ever since two young state legislators, Al Smith and Robert Wagner, authored the pioneering bills that outlawed a host of labor abuses in the wake of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, New York’s Democratic elected officials and voters have been at the forefront of social reform. As governor, Franklin Roosevelt initiated public works and public jobs programs that became a model for those he implemented as president. In recent decades, New Yorkers have increasingly voted for Democratic candidates, and for increasingly liberal Democratic candidates.
  • LBJ’s triumphs — and failures — weren’t his alone

    Harold Meyerson
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    It is, deservedly, Lyndon Johnson’s moment. This week, three former presidents and the current one all journeyed to Johnson’s presidential library in Austin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law. Read full article >>
  • How capitalism enriches the few rather than the many

    Harold Meyerson
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys,” his takedown of high-speed stock trading, may be making headlines this week, but it’s just one of two books on our economic dysfunctions that are flying off the shelves. While “Flash Boys” explains how the fastest-growing form of trading enriches the few at the expense of the many, the other book, Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” provides a more fundamental and disquieting explanation: how capitalism itself enriches the few at the expense of the many. Read full article >>
  • The coming job apocalypse

    Harold Meyerson
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:09 pm
    As a general rule, more Americans work than do the citizens of other advanced economies. Since the late 1970s, when the number of women in the workforce ballooned, the share of Americans who either had jobs or were trying to get one was greater than the share of comparable Europeans. For reasons good and bad — the higher availability of jobs, the need to bolster stagnating incomes, the linkage of jobs to health insurance — Americans worked like the dickens. Read full article >>
  • Russia doesn’t respect borders. Neither has the U.S.

    Harold Meyerson
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    In light of Russia’s military movement into Crimea, it’s a good thing that the United States repudiated the Monroe Doctrine. In 1823, to deter European powers from military or political intervention in the emerging nations of Latin America, President James Monroe announced a policy implying that that region was our sphere of influence, not Europe’s. The United States invoked the Monroe Doctrine, along with the imperatives of the Cold War, to justify some of its own interventions there: in Cuba, Panama, Nicaragua, Chile, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela — it’s a long list.
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • On climate, business as usual

    Eugene Robinson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The world’s predicament on climate change reminds me of an old saying: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Read full article >>
  • Obamacare’s victory lap

    Eugene Robinson
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working. All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success. Republican candidates running this fall on an anti-Obamacare platform will have to divert voters’ attention from the facts, which tell an increasingly positive story. Read full article >>
  • Here’s an emotional response to the torture report: I’m outraged

    Eugene Robinson
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke. Read full article >>
  • Tilting at windbags over Russia

    Eugene Robinson
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I had no idea so many Republicans were nostalgic for the Cold War. President Obama should dust off the zinger he used in a campaign debate against Mitt Romney: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Read full article >>
  • Paul Ryan’s culture attack is an excuse to do nothing about poverty

    Eugene Robinson
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem. That’s the real issue with what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said about distressed inner-city communities. Critics who accuse him of racism are missing the point. What he’s really guilty of is providing a reason for government to throw up its hands in mock helplessness. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Class warfare justified?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Thomas Piketty has taken America’s liberal establishment by storm. Piketty is a French economist who has written a lengthy (577 pages) study, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” intended to provide a powerful intellectual justification for attacking the super-rich. Surprisingly, “Capital” hit No. 16 on the New York Times’ best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction books — a considerable feat for an academic treatise that, though clearly written, is no page-turner. Read full article >>
  • Give us back our statistical data

    Robert J. Samuelson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    In this age of Big Data, the Obama administration seems determined to make it hard for average Americans to get little data. Recall that in 2011, the Census Bureau decided to eliminate “The Statistical Abstract of the United States,” first published in 1878. This was the nation’s best compilation of figures on hundreds of topics, ranging from birth rates to forest fires to wage rates to voting patterns. The Census Bureau said that it couldn’t afford the Stat Abstract (the savings were trivial, about $3 million) and that most figures were online. Read full article >>
  • The idleness trap

    Robert J. Samuelson
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    If you know someone among the long-term unemployed — a category that includes workers who have been jobless at least six months, but in many cases much longer — you understand what a frustrating and demoralizing experience it is, especially for mid-career professionals and managers in their 40s and beyond. There’s a drill. You polish your resume; you work your network; you apply for openings; you wait. All the while, you try to maintain your enthusiasm and self-esteem. In a society that worships the work ethic and treats jobs as an indicator of social status, being without one is…
  • The deleveraging of America

    Robert J. Samuelson
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    The deleveraging of America is over, or mostly over — and that’s good news and possibly bad. All that “leverage” (loans, debts, mortgages) impeded recovery. Borrowers were overborrowed. Lenders were overlent. Credit standards were too lax. It would take time, we were told, for these excesses to shrink. Borrowers would pay down debts. Lenders would write off bad loans. But now that this ugly process seems mostly done, more money can flow into old-fashioned consumer and business spending. The recovery should strengthen. Read full article >>
  • In politics, money is speech

    Robert J. Samuelson
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance “reform” legislation. It can’t come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the First Amendment’s injunction that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” Instead of free speech, we now have regulated speech that has ensnarled elections in a web of bizarre and opaque rules. Last week, in McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission, the court began edging away from Buckley by striking down one of its…
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Campaign speech case is regulatory overkill

    George F. Will
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative? Read full article >>
  • Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution

    George F. Will
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty. Read full article >>
  • Michigan may be the GOP’s best answer to the ‘war on women’

    George F. Will
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    DETROIT Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term. Evidence that former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land might end this GOP drought is that Democrats are attacking her for opposing “preventive health care.” Read full article >>
  • D.C.’s shadow delegation: It’s not the money, it’s the strategy

    George Derek Musgrove
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Last week, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) released a budget for fiscal 2015 that contains $100,000 for the District’s shadow delegation to Congress, the city’s official statehood lobby. Though a pittance when compared with the $1.1 million that D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) proposed allocating for the same purpose last year, the budget line still would be unprecedented. The city has never directly funded the shadow delegation since the first elections for the positions in 1990. Read full article >>
  • Amend the Constitution to control federal spending

    George F. Will
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    PHOENIX From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other state legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed. Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • Free and Easy: Tango lesson, Ella Fitzgerald and Spring Arts Festival

    Macy Freeman
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week. MONDAY Fast Food, Slow Food and Food Justice As part of its "Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation" discussion series, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will screen the 1936 film "Redes," about a fishing community and […]
  • Watch online: ‘I Am Divine’ and ‘Putzel’

    Ann Hornaday
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Post’s critics highlight original movies that are being streamed and made available on demand. Here are this week’s picks. I AM DIVINE Does anybody not know Divine? The 300-pound drag queen — transgressive pride of Baltimore, muse to trash-epic director John Waters, inspiration to free-spirited outsiders everywhere — was one of those singular performers […]
  • ‘Transcendence,’ ‘Heaven Is For Real’ and other new movies, reviewed

    Macy Freeman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this week's new releases, Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman star in the sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," and a 4-year-old boy has religious visions during an emergency surgery in "Heaven Is For Real," a film that explores faith and the afterlife. ★1/2 "Transcendence" (PG-13) "The problem with 'Transcendence' isn’t that it’s an utter crock. At times, […]
  • ‘Philomena’ and other new DVDs

    Stephanie Merry
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    This week's new releases on DVD and Blu-ray: Philomena The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Black Nativity The Nut Job Ride Along     What Washington is watching: 1. Homefront 2. The Wolf of Wall Street 3. Out of the Furnace  4. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 5. August: Osage County (Source: Redbox for the week ended April 13)
  • Street Smart: What to do in Downtown Silver Spring

    Megan McDonough
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Downtown Silver Spring 8500 - 8700 Colvesville Road Home of the AFI Silver Theatre and the Fillmore, downtown Silver Spring has experienced a renaissance in the past decade, evolving from a quiet city center into a lively arts and entertainment hub. Spend the day roaming; make friends with a life-size T. rex; or dine on […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Weddings bring out the worst in an unmarried couple

    Carolyn Hax
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Hi, Carolyn: Bit of an introvert here, all tuckered out from wedding season. My friends mainly got married one to three years ago, so we’re now onto attending the weddings of my boyfriend’s closest friends. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: High-strung grandparents plus active kids equals vacation stress

    Carolyn Hax
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hi, Carolyn: My boys are 4 and 6 and very high-energy, though well behaved for their ages. My parents don’t live nearby, and now that they’ve finally retired, they want to plan a week-long family vacation along with my childless brother and his wife. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Her boyfriend can’t get over her having had a life before him

    Carolyn Hax
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: After multiple relationships not working out because both parties were dishonest in one way or another, I decided to use a new approach to my current relationship. I am 23, met my current boyfriend (also 23) online, and decided to be COMPLETELY HONEST. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Martinis and maternity raise a red flag for worried mom of adult daughter

    Carolyn Hax
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My 30-year-old daughter, who lives in another state, has informed me she and her husband are ready to start a family and have stopped using birth control. However, they both drink socially, sometimes fairly heavily. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: When you suspect depression, gently offer your support to loved one

    Carolyn Hax
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: Our 22-year-old daughter lives with her boyfriend, whom we don’t really like, but are cordial when we get together. A friend of our daughter’s recently contacted me to say she had received a “very frightening” note from our “very depressed” daughter, then later backtracked and said there was nothing to worry about and our daughter would probably reach out to us when the time was right. Read full article >>
 
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