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  • Jimmy Kimmel ‘proves’ women do use Ashley Madison [Video]

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    Amber Phillips
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    In the wake of the hack on cheating Web site Ashley Madison, the site's come under criticism that there may have been more men than women signing up to have an affair. Jimmy Kimmel of NBC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" was also skeptical that the guy-to-girl ratio was even, especially after a Gizmodo report that claimed to […]
  • The choice for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis: Follow the law or resign

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:17 pm
    THAT KIM Davis, the clerk in Kentucky’s Rowan County, still refuses to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses is unacceptable but not particularly surprising. What’s remarkable and reassuring is how rare her sort of protest has been. Read full article >>
  • Why should we care about preserving the past — or protecting our future?

    Today's Opinion Columns
    David Ignatius
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Why should people care about the past or the future? That may sound like a perverse question, but it’s at the center of two recent stories — one involving the Islamic State’s destruction of antiquities at Palmyra in Syria, and the other a presidential warning about damage to the planet decades hence.Read full article >>
  • The Grant memorial accurately depicts the danger of war

    Local Letters
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Regarding the Aug. 28 Metro article “Behind tribute, an artist’s torment”: Ulysses S. Grant must feel lonely and awkward elevated four stories above his men and at 2½ times their size in his memorial near the U.S. Capitol. In reality, the slight, soft-spoken general was most at home wandering among the troops in a private’s uniform. He drew strength from their resilience, and they took heart from his reassuring presence.Read full article >>
  • At college drop-off weepfest, remember these three words

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    Joel Achenbach
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    All across the United States, people are weeping. They are sobbing, sputtering, sniveling and mewling because they are in the process of saying goodbye to their little baby boy or little baby girl who somehow has passed through the larval stage to emerge suddenly as this new creature called a college freshman. The parents have […]
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    The Fix

  • Jimmy Kimmel ‘proves’ women do use Ashley Madison [Video]

    Amber Phillips
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    In the wake of the hack on cheating Web site Ashley Madison, the site's come under criticism that there may have been more men than women signing up to have an affair. Jimmy Kimmel of NBC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" was also skeptical that the guy-to-girl ratio was even, especially after a Gizmodo report that claimed to […]
  • ‘Ben Carson is the smartest man I have ever met’

    Chris Cillizza
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    For all the attention paid to Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race, the candidate with the most momentum at the moment is Ben Carson. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, is making major gains in Iowa -- with two new polls showing him tied with or running a close second to Trump. I reached out […]
  • Latinos hate Donald Trump. But guess who they like: Jeb Bush.

    Aaron Blake
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:04 am
    Back in 2012, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the white vote 59 percent to 39 percent. He lost Hispanics by a notorious margin, 71-27. All of which makes Jeb Bush's numbers in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll fascinating. That's because the former Florida governor is actually doing better among Hispanics than among whites […]
  • We have reached the George Wallace stage of the same-sex marriage fight

    Janell Ross
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    There's a long and not exactly auspicious history in this country of people resisting court orders aimed at defending the civil rights of minority groups. On Tuesday, a Kentucky county clerk named Kim Davis created the basis for the latest chapter. Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone so that she might avoid […]
  • Hillary Clinton’s image continues to decline

    Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's been a bad summer for Hillary Rodham Clinton's polling numbers, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll brings additional bad news for her brand. But it also shows something else: She continues to be popular among a broad coalition of Democrats, and is still better liked than GOP heavyweights Donald Trump and Jeb Bush […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • The choice for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis: Follow the law or resign

    Editorial Board
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:17 pm
    THAT KIM Davis, the clerk in Kentucky’s Rowan County, still refuses to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses is unacceptable but not particularly surprising. What’s remarkable and reassuring is how rare her sort of protest has been. Read full article >>
  • Venezuela manufactures a dispute with neighboring Colombia

    Editorial Board
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:12 pm
    WITH INFLATION and violent crime soaring and supplies of food and medicine shrinking, Venezuela’s populist government appears headed toward a major defeat in legislative elections scheduled for December, if the vote is free and fair. So it’s no surprise that President Nicolás Maduro is resorting to the assaults on the opposition and manipulations of the electoral system that have been a staple of the regime created by the late Hugo Chávez. A number of opposition leaders have been banned from participating in the election, districts have been redrawn and the government-controlled supreme…
  • Martin O’Malley, Maryland’s bargain shopper

    Editorial Board
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:12 pm
    FORMER MARYLAND governor Martin O’Malley made his name as a champion of liberal causes, but who knew he was also adept at scoring bargain-basement deals on personal household furniture — at taxpayers’ expense?Read full article >>
  • In freeing Jason Rezaian, Iran would serve justice and reassure the international community

    Editorial Board
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:17 pm
    THE ABSURDITIES in Iran’s prosecution of Post reporter Jason Rezaian on bogus espionage charges continue to pile up. The last of four sessions of his trial was held on Aug. 10, and a spokesman for the judiciary said Sunday it was the final session. Iranian law says a verdict must be issued within a week of a trial’s conclusion. It also says no suspect may be held for more than one year without conviction. Yet Mr. Rezaian remained in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison on Monday, 405 days after his arrest, and no verdict in his case has been announced. His lawyer says she does not know why;…
  • The Federal Reserve’s independence is a strength

    Editorial Board
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    AS A policymaking institution, the Federal Reserve has two sources of legitimacy. The first is its mandate from Congress, enacted in 1977, which requires the central bank to “promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates.” The second is the unique technical expertise the Fed’s board of governors, and its staff, bring to bear on that multifacted mission. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Why should we care about preserving the past — or protecting our future?

    David Ignatius
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Why should people care about the past or the future? That may sound like a perverse question, but it’s at the center of two recent stories — one involving the Islamic State’s destruction of antiquities at Palmyra in Syria, and the other a presidential warning about damage to the planet decades hence.Read full article >>
  • GOP candidates must take off the gloves and go after Trump

    Kathleen Parker
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:48 pm
    The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?He’s by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump in Iowa. Straight talk? Old hat. Tall and commanding? So is LeBron, let’s elect him. Smart and accomplished? Born lucky and benefited from bankruptcy. Read full article >>
  • Clinton’s accusers are running out of ammunition

    Dana Milbank
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Conservative activist James O’Keefe, whose undercover videos brought down ACORN and embarrassed National Public Radio, came to Washington Tuesday to unveil evidence of “illegal activity conducted by high-level employees within Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”Read full article >>
  • Memo to Fed: Don’t raise interest rates

    Katrina vanden Heuvel
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:35 am
    The Federal Reserve governors really want to raise interest rates. For months, they’ve signaled that they are likely to start gradually raising them this fall. Interest rates have been near zero since the “Great Recession.” Unemployment is down. The economy is setting new records for consecutive months of growth. Raising rates would declare that we’re back to normal. Read full article >>
  • Trump declares war on America’s demography

    Michael Gerson
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
    “I don’t want it to be about me,” Donald Trump explained at a recent event in Nashville. In other news: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Trump campaign is emphatically about Trump, in a manner typical of populism from Huey Long to Hugo Chavez. The people are infallible, but they require someone who embodies their collective wisdom. The country — betrayed by elites, beset by foreigners, exploited and humiliated at every turn — needs more than policy papers. It needs a savior. Populism is not identical to demagoguery, but it attracts demagogues. Read full…
 
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    Local Letters

  • The Grant memorial accurately depicts the danger of war

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Regarding the Aug. 28 Metro article “Behind tribute, an artist’s torment”: Ulysses S. Grant must feel lonely and awkward elevated four stories above his men and at 2½ times their size in his memorial near the U.S. Capitol. In reality, the slight, soft-spoken general was most at home wandering among the troops in a private’s uniform. He drew strength from their resilience, and they took heart from his reassuring presence.Read full article >>
  • Keeping Va. trains on track

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Regarding the Aug. 28 editorial “Track work”:While requiring the safety technology called positive train control on the nation’s railroads is a laudable goal, the seven-year implementation period is unnecessarily short and would produce catastrophic results to our rail infrastructure, especially in Virginia.Read full article >>
  • When D.C. activists and the mayor clashed

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) may want to heed the recommendations of community activists, who appear to know something about the needs of their neighborhoods [“Protesters disrupt Bowser’s speech about crime,” Metro, Aug. 28]. Since Ms. Bowser insisted that she was at the event to talk about how to save the lives of black men, she should seriously consider the activists’ demands for jobs and recreation centers.Read full article >>
  • No more excuses for avoiding tougher gun control

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    It’s almost formulaic. Someone with a gun kills people, someone who believes that restricting guns is a possible resolution to future violence says so publicly, and Republicans manifest outrage that that individual is “politicizing a tragedy” [“Va. GOP riled by move on guns,” Metro, Aug. 28]. Read full article >>
  • Date Lab botched this one

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    I enjoy Date Lab. But in the Aug. 16 feature, “Seasoned straight talk adds spice to their dinner ” [Washington Post Magazine], Fran Oliver’s parting shot at Mike Dryer — “He’s not familiar with fine dining. I mean, he sells cranes” — was stunningly condescending and uncalled for. Shame on her for saying it, and shame on the Date Lab team for printing it and probably embarrassing Dryer.Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • At college drop-off weepfest, remember these three words

    Joel Achenbach
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    All across the United States, people are weeping. They are sobbing, sputtering, sniveling and mewling because they are in the process of saying goodbye to their little baby boy or little baby girl who somehow has passed through the larval stage to emerge suddenly as this new creature called a college freshman. The parents have […]
  • The three saddest words in the English language

    Joel Achenbach
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    “Back to school.” Opinions surely vary on this point. I hear people thinking: Get these grubby kids out of the house! And surely there are retailers who think those three words are awesome for sales. But I’m looking at the calendar, feeling the air, surveying the lawn, pondering the sad remnants of my annual farming […]
  • The world’s most dangerous predator is you

    Joel Achenbach
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    It’s Feel Bad About Humans Thursday! Behold a new creature on the planet: The “human super predator.” [I know: Photo’s a little much. But you know what they say: Over-the-top is the new even-keel. Hysterical is the new equanimity.] “We’re the worst,” reports my colleague Rachel Feltman, cutting right to the chase in her story on […]
  • Outsiders: Trump, Bernie, Ted Cruz and the Peasants with Pitchforks

    Joel Achenbach
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    This post has been updated. I was there for the “peasants with pitchforks” speech. Pat Buchanan was holding forth in a crowded room at the Sheraton Hotel in Nashua, N.H., a couple of days before the 1996 GOP primary. The Republican Establishment’s favorite for the nomination was Bob Dole, but Dole, for all his solid […]
  • How would Trump do on the Narcissistic Personality Quiz?

    Joel Achenbach
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    Please don’t make the mistake of thinking this item is going to be all about me just because I am beginning by mentioning that recently I took a narcissism quiz. I’d been talking to a psychologist about mass shooters (here’s the resulting article), and she’d said that many of them are obviously seeking attention, which […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Robert Conquest and the need for the courage to illuminate the truth

    Anne Applebaum
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:26 pm
    At least 40 years ago, back when the Soviet Union still existed and the Berlin Wall still stood, the KGB searched the apartment of a Russian friend of mine. Inevitably, the agents found what they were looking for: his large collection of samizdat, illegally printed magazines and books. They pounced on them, rifled through them — and then one held up my friend’s contraband copy of Robert Conquest’s most famous book, “The Great Terror.” “Excellent, we’ve been wanting to read this for a long time,” he declared. Or words to that effect. Read full article >>
  • Helping Russia’s sidelined and exiled journalists tell their stories

    Anne Applebaum
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    When I first met Yevgenia Albats, it was the 1990s, the Soviet Union had just ceased to exist and she was a rising star in the new Russian journalism — one of many. The explosion of creativity in Russian media in that era is one of the post-Soviet miracles that no one has ever quite explained. The gray and mendacious Soviet press suddenly collapsed beneath the weight of its own tedium. Into the vacuum stepped witty writers, serious columnists and dedicated journalists such as Albats, one of the first real investigative reporters in Russia. Where did they all come from? Read full article…
  • Greece is a turning point for the E.U.

    Anne Applebaum
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    On July 20, the government of Greece is supposed to pay 3.5 billion euros to the European Central Bank. Writing now, more than a week before that debt is due, I am loath to predict what will happen. Clearly, the government of Greece doesn’t have 3.5 billion euros. An emergency meeting of European leaders Sunday might come up with a solution, but it might not. The consequences of a failure could include the collapse of the Greek banking system and a disorderly Greek exit from the euro currency, with knock-on effects on dozens of institutions that are exposed to Greek debt. Read full…
  • It’s the Greek politics, stupid

    Anne Applebaum
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    Default, bankruptcy, Grexit, crash: If you feel you’ve read before that these things were about to happen in Greece, that’s because you have. Every debate about Greece’s financial crisis deteriorates rapidly into a discussion of deadlines: repayments, refinancings, meetings of the International Monetary Fund or the European Central Bank. Until now, these deadlines have always resulted in further delay. Another one is coming on June 30. That’s when Greece owes another $1.7 billion it doesn’t have.Read full article >>
  • America’s foreign policy recovery

    Anne Applebaum
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    LONDON Several times lately — often enough for it to have become a distinct pattern — I’ve found myself part of a heated discussion, somewhere in Europe. Maybe it’s at a dinner or a conference; maybe the topic is Russia, Libya or the economic crisis in Greece. But at some point, someone looks up in wonder. “Isn’t it odd: We haven’t mentioned the United States once!” Yes, everyone agrees, it’s odd! And then the subject changes again.Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen

  • Truman was right to use the bomb on Japan

    Richard Cohen
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Should the United States apologize for the nuclear bombing of Japan at the very end of World War II? The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 years ago this month, killed as many as 250,000 people, most of them civilians. For many of the victims, it was a horrible, excruciating death, and for many others, the effects of burns and radiation, although not immediately lethal, produced years of agony. Should we say we’re sorry?Read full article >>
  • All on Clinton’s emails that’s fit — or not — to print

    Richard Cohen
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:41 pm
    The New York Times on Sunday printed nearly 3,000 words explaining how the fuss over Hillary Clinton’s e-mails began and how it developed and what it means and why the newspaper has published so much stuff about it. As a result, I now know that her use of a private e-mail server was either illegal or not, justified or not, reckless or not and that most of her e-mails were innocuous, although some had to do with her yoga regimen, but some were in fact classified, although maybe not at the time they were sent, and since everything in Washington is classified, they might not have been all that…
  • The only clear winner of the GOP debate? Fox News.

    Richard Cohen
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Who won last night’s debate? On the basis of years of covering politics, I can say this: I don’t know. I don’t even know what winning means. Is the winner the candidate who moves his or her numbers or the candidate who solidifies his base so that, for instance, he or she does better in Iowa where many voters are deeply conservative evangelical Christians? The only winner I feel confident in naming is Fox News. It conducted a bang-up debate.Read full article >>
  • Why boycotting Cuba makes sense

    Richard Cohen
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    I have an idea. Instead of merely lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, let’s impose another. By all means, Washington should end its 54-year-old failed effort to strangle the Castro regime. But what the government couldn’t do, others should attempt: Liberals (and others) should boycott Cuba.Read full article >>
  • Is Biden too old to run for president?

    Richard Cohen
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Some years ago, I worked out with Joe Biden. He lifted weights while I pedaled a stationary bike, and I can report that the vice president of the United States, if he has kept up his exercise regimen, should be in splendid shape. Still, he is now 72, and if he runs for president, as he is now considering doing, he will be one of the oldest people to have done so — certainly, if luck should have it, the oldest to be elected. Ronald Reagan, move over.Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Iran and the case for realism

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Foreign policy debates rarely get away from being reflections of domestic political conflicts, but they are also usually based on unstated assumptions and unacknowledged theories. That’s true of the struggle over the Iran nuclear agreement, even if raw politics is playing an exceptionally large role. There are many indications that Republican Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Susan Collins (Maine) might in other circumstances be willing to back the accord. But they have to calculate the very high costs of breaking with their colleagues on an issue that has become a test of party loyalty. Read…
  • The Trumpification of the news

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    This summer’s political madness was nicely captured by a confluence of events over the past few days: While global financial markets teetered, the campaign news was dominated by Donald Trump’s personal feuds with journalists.Read full article >>
  • The battle for voting rights continues

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later. The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some victories have to be won over and over. Read full article >>
  • When Yeats comes knocking

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” written in 1919, is my nominee for the most cited poem in political commentary. The line invoked most — “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity” — is irresistible. It’s always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies. Read full article >>
  • Jeb vs. Hillary — minus Trump

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign — between, each hopes, the two of them — is already underway.Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Hillary Clinton’s Nixonian mindset is on full display

    Michael Gerson
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    When the Clinton campaign stirs and moves, it is the sound of a thousand focus groups buzzing, a thousand memos fluttering, a thousand consultants consulting, a thousand talking points repeated in singsong unison. It advances like a big push at the Second Battle of the Somme — idealism long gone, but grim duty remaining. The whistles blow along a vast line. Boots churn in mud. Over the top, boys. Over the top. Read full article >>
  • We need a miracle on climate change

    Michael Gerson
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    In recognition that Internet questionnaires get more eyeballs than earnest columns on energy policy, here is today’s quiz on obscure presidential history: When President George W. Bush met Bill Gates for the first time, the topic of discussion was (A) nuclear power, (B) rural Internet access, (C) global health, or (D) all of those subjects, in considerable depth, in that order. Read full article >>
  • Donald Trump will inevitably flame out. Here’s why.

    Michael Gerson
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    In the first Republican debate, the klieg light that Donald Trump always carries around with him revealed four or five presidential candidates who, under the right circumstances, could beat Hillary Clinton. (Trump was not among them.) But there was also a moment that could predict the defeat of the GOP in 2016. Read full article >>
  • Obama’s bitter endgame on Iran

    Michael Gerson
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:22 pm
    President Obama’s closing argument in favor of the Iran nuclear deal has become so exaggerated, so bitter, so simplified, that it risks parody.He accuses his opponents of wanting another war — like the last one they caused in Iraq — and “making common cause” with Iranian hard-liners who chant “Death to America.” This goes beyond the questioning of patriotism. Critics of the agreement are, in Obama’s depiction, the bloodthirsty allies of theocratic butchers. Thanks so much, Mr. President, for your fair-minded words.Read full article >>
  • How the nuclear deal will fund Iran’s imperialism

    Michael Gerson
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The realist’s argument for the Iran nuclear agreement is that it is the least bad deal that a conflict-weary United States could secure. Now, with the nuclear issue parked (at least for a decade), we can get down to the business of strengthening friends in the Middle East and pushing back against Iran’s regional ambitions. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The big battle behind China’s recent turmoil

    David Ignatius
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    One way to think about the recent financial turmoil in China is as a parenting dispute between “Xi Dada” and “Yang Ma” — meaning “Big Daddy Xi” (the nickname for President Xi Jinping) and “Big Mama” (a popular moniker for the People’s Bank of China.)Read full article >>
  • Kurdish leader blasts Turkey’s president

    David Ignatius
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Turkey’s political tensions were sharply evident Thursday, as the country’s leading Kurdish politician accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “supporting ISIS” in the past. He said that Erdogan wants early elections as part of a strategy of “attacking the Kurdish movement” and reversing its recent political gains.Read full article >>
  • Our endless quest for the perfect wave

    David Ignatius
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Escapism has a special lure this summer, if you’re saturated with Islamic State atrocities, the Iran nuclear deal and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As relief from such weighty matters, I can recommend a magnificently escapist book about surfing called “Barbarian Days.” Read full article >>
  • Obama’s cry of despair on the Iran deal

    David Ignatius
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Can an American president make big, historic changes in the country’s direction with a relatively narrow base of political support? That was the challenge President Obama faced when he pushed health-care reform through Congress, and it’s the same problem he faces now in trying to win support for a breakthrough nuclear deal with Iran.Read full article >>
  • A strategy forms to combat the Islamic State

    David Ignatius
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    The U.S. and its allies, after several years of missteps, finally seem to be framing a strategy for combating the Islamic State militarily in Syria, even as they continue to pursue a political settlement with Damascus.Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Carly Fiorina’s conversion from Hillary Clinton fan to fervent critic

    Ruth Marcus
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Carly Fiorina says some, well, interesting things while waiting to go on camera. In 2010, the then-GOP Senate nominee went all middle-school-cafeteria on her Democratic opponent’s hairdo. “God, what is that hair? Sooo yesterday,” Fiorina, already miked up, commented, quoting an aide’s assessment. Two years earlier, in the makeup room at ABC’s “This Week” with me, Fiorina said something that, at the time, was mildly interesting, but is now revelatory. It was May 2008, close to the end of the long primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and we were discussing the…
  • Barack Obama: Embittered and unfair over Iran

    Ruth Marcus
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:49 pm
    President Obama says those who oppose the Iran nuclear deal are either ideological or illogical. I support the deal, yet I think this assessment is incorrect and unfair. It diminishes the president’s case for congressional approval.Read full article >>
  • Trump doubles down on boorishness

    Ruth Marcus
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    Everything that is wrong with Donald Trump — that makes him such a danger to the Republican Party and to the country — emerged in the opening minutes of Thursday’s debate in his response to Megyn Kelly’s question about misogyny.Read full article >>
  • Why Hillary Clinton needs a little bit of Biden-ness

    Ruth Marcus
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Maybe Joe Biden can help Hillary Clinton get her groove back.Or, get her groove at all. It’s been sorely missing this campaign.Clinton is at her best, or at least does best with voters, when she’s down. See the misty-eyed moment in New Hampshire in 2008. Clinton challenged and vulnerable is more appealing to voters than Clinton entitled and regal. Read full article >>
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood would actually increase abortions

    Ruth Marcus
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I have to admit that my first reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos was to cringe and try to avoid the topic.Even for those who support abortion rights, there is a stomach-churning aspect to the surreptitiously taped conversations with Planned Parenthood officials — the coldblooded discussion, between bites of salad and sips of red wine, of “less crunchy” techniques to obtain specimens, and the precise placement of “graspers” to avoid having to “crush” a valuable body part.Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Bernie Sanders, a socialist in good company

    Harold Meyerson
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Bernie Sanders has been getting a bum rap from people who purport to be his fellow progressives. He’s been chastised for not supporting open borders: Totally open immigration, the Vermont senator told Vox’s Ezra Klein, was “a Koch brothers proposal” that would erode the “concept of the nation state.” He’s been accused of downplaying the effects of racism by emphasizing the effects of classism — a more valid criticism to which Sanders, after his initial, grumpy response to protesters last month, has responded more recently by highlighting the racism of many police practices.
  • On big business, Clinton moves to the left of Sanders

    Harold Meyerson
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    By any measure, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), an avowed democratic socialist, is running to Hillary Clinton’s left as they seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Surprisingly, though, it’s Clinton who has been proposing to push U.S. big business in a more social direction.Read full article >>
  • Is the Supreme Court headed for ‘Bush v. Gore’ II?

    Harold Meyerson
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    About a month ago, the Supreme Court closed out its term in a blaze of nonpartisan glory. Or nonpartisan obloquy, depending on one’s reaction to the court’s legalization of same-sex marriage and its upholding of Obamacare — but nonpartisan either way. A court with a Republican-appointed majority upheld a Democratic president’s health insurance program and a marital policy that most Republican officeholders felt obliged to oppose (even if most Republican political consultants felt relieved to see gay marriage rendered a fait accompli).Read full article >>
  • The new Clintonomics shifts left

    Harold Meyerson
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    In case anyone entertained doubts, Hillary Clinton’s Monday speech on the economy offered proof positive that the center of the Democratic Party has moved left. Her address contained all the elements of the party’s analysis of 21st-century American capitalism: Economic rewards go only to the rich (“successful CEOs and money managers,” as she put it); corporations reward shareholders and top executives at the expense of investment and employees; the decimation of unions has left workers powerless to demand their share of the revenue they produce; the conjoined sluggishness of…
  • Germany failed to learn from its own history--and Greece is paying the price

    Harold Meyerson
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    As the minutes tick down before Sunday’s deadline for Greece to reach an agreement with its creditors or else face bankruptcy, the Greeks and their supporters are accusing Germany, their main creditor, of hypocrisy. After all, in 1953, Germany’s creditors forgave half that nation’s debt so that the fledgling republic could recover from the war Germany had inflicted on those creditors, and thrive economically.Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Hillary Clinton is her own worst enemy

    Eugene Robinson
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:07 pm
    This isn’t about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn’t even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It’s about basic respect — for us and for the truth.Read full article >>
  • Can Jeb Bush ever escape his brother’s shadow?

    Eugene Robinson
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Jeb Bush has firmly established himself as the Republican to vote for if you wish his brother were still president. Best of luck with that.In what was billed as a major foreign policy speech Tuesday, Bush proposed inching back into Iraq, wading into the Syrian civil war and engaging in much the same kind of geopolitical engineering and nation-building that George W. Bush attempted. So much for the whole “I am my own man” routine.Read full article >>
  • The rise of Donald Trump is evidence that our political system isn’t working

    Eugene Robinson
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren’t there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It’s time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn’t doing its job.Once again, following Thursday’s debate and its messy aftermath, the GOP establishment confidently predicts that the Donald Trump phenomenon is over, done with, finished, kaput. Why, he picked a fight with popular Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly! He bluffed his way through the debate with rhetoric and showmanship rather than policy positions! His campaign organization is in turmoil! He wouldn’t even…
  • The one reason Donald Trump was the clear winner of the first GOP debate

    Eugene Robinson
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    CLEVELANDIt was billed as The Donald Trump Show, and the Republican front-runner delivered. He mugged. He pouted. He projected outrage without being troubled by specificity or fact. When he got punched — and the moderators threw haymakers all night — he stuck out his chin and punched back.Read full article >>
  • GOP candidates range from hopeless to hapless on climate change

    Eugene Robinson
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth’s climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • China’s risky money game

    Robert J. Samuelson
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    To understand China’s surprise currency devaluation, you need context. China is engineering a major economic transformation — or, at least, trying. For years, it relied upon export-led growth and massive investments in housing, infrastructure (roads, rails, ports) and heavy industry (steel, glass, aluminum). This economic model now seems spent. World trade is weak. Overinvestment in housing, infrastructure and industry has left gluts. So China is switching its engine of growth to consumer spending on services and light manufacturing. Read full article >>
  • Will the Fed’s ‘liftoff’ be grounded?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    For many months, economy-watchers have been obsessed with “liftoff”: the moment the Federal Reserve raises short-term interest rates, which have been held close to zero since late 2008. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has indicated that, if the economy grows as it has, that moment would come “at some point this year” — generally taken to mean either the September or December meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed’s key decision-making body.Read full article >>
  • Curbing global warming: Mission impossible?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    On climate change, we need to go beyond the tired story line of “deniers” vs. the “scientific consensus.” Until it’s discredited by falling temperatures, global warming is a reality. We can still debate how much has occurred and the share attributable to human activity, but the more relevant question is what — if anything — can be done about it. President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from electric power plants, accounting for roughly one-third of U.S. greenhouse emissions, shows the practical limits in a democratic society. Read full article >>
  • Why did health spending rebound?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    It was nice while it lasted, but it’s over and may not return for many years, if ever. The “it” is the slowdown in national health spending.From 2008 to 2013, health spending grew roughly 4 percent a year, which was less than half the 9 percent average of the three decades before the Great Recession. Because the 4 percent rate matched the economy’s overall growth, health spending stabilized at 17.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). There was some hope that an era of sizable increases was over.Read full article >>
  • Minimum-wage madness

    Robert J. Samuelson
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    A while back — in January 1997, to be precise — I wrote a column on the euro, which was to be introduced in 1999. I didn’t find much to like. It was a “lunatic idea.” A single currency worked in the United States, “because wages are flexible and workers are mobile.” Europe lacked these advantages. Countries would also give up individual movable exchange rates, which compensate for national differences. The potential tragedy was that “the single currency would backfire politically.” Designed to promote European unity, it would do the opposite as countries blamed one another…
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • America’s barnacled budget

    George F. Will
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America’s long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for nearly nine years, until fiscal 2011, because almost no one knew about it. A mohair subsidy continues six decades after it was deemed a military necessity in the context of the Cold War. The subsidy survives because its beneficiaries are too clever to call attention to it by proclaiming it necessary, which of course it isn’t. Read full article >>
  • Donald Trump is a counterfeit Republican

    George F. Will
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate. It is his right to use his riches as he pleases. His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life are costs of freedom that an open society must be prepared to pay. Read full article >>
  • The man who helped kill the Soviet Union with information

    George F. Will
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:38 pm
    History books can be historic events, making history by ending important arguments. They can make it impossible for any intellectually honest person to assert certain propositions that once enjoyed considerable currency among people purporting to care about evidence.Read full article >>
  • A gifted writer chronicles the ‘vocabulary of mutilation’ of Mexican drug cartels

    George F. Will
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Don Winslow, novelist and conscientious objector to America’s longest “war,” was skeptical when he was in Washington on a recent Sunday morning. This was shortly after news broke about the escape, from one of Mexico’s “maximum security” prisons, of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Read full article >>
  • Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America

    George F. Will
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill. Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • A dozen events on September 12 offer something for everyone

    Fritz Hahn and John Taylor
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are days when it might be tough to decide between two concerts or street parties you want to attend. Then there are days like Sept. 12, when there are so many options that you have no conceivable reason for being on your couch. Festivals celebrate jazz, Virginia wine, Maryland seafood and a popular D.C. […]
  • The September Hotlist: 13 things to see, eat, drink and do before summer ends

    Fritz Hahn, Becky Krystal and John Taylor
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Summer — we’re sorry, we didn’t mean it. Sure, we complain about your heat, humidity and hordes of tourists that descend on our fair city. But you’re also the season of long days, nostalgic fun and flavors we’ll spend the next 10 months missing. So we’ll hang on as long as we can, especially with our […]
  • 5 free (or almost free) things to do during the week of Sept. 1-6

    Macy Freeman
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:49 am
    The Going Out Guide recommends free or low-cost things to do this week. (Events are free unless otherwise noted.) Inside Signature with Christine Sherrill Actress Christine Sherrill, who plays Violet in Signature Theatre's musical comedy "The Fix," discusses her life and acting career. The production, which follows a mother (Sherrill) attempting to get her son elected to the […]
  • After 15 years, the Bliss Dance Party faces its last dance

    Fritz Hahn
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:06 am
    After 15 years of getting crowds dancing to Britpop, house, dance-punk and electronica tracks every month, DJ Will Eastman is wrapping up his monthly Bliss Dance Party on Saturday, Sept. 26. "I've been thinking about it for a long time," Eastman says. "This is the 15th anniversary. It's a nice sort of milestone. If I […]
  • The cascara soda at Slipstream may change the way you think about coffee

    Becky Krystal
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I don't drink a lot of soda. I drink coffee rarely, at best. But my new favorite summer quaff is a refreshing combination of the two. And I have Slipstream -- Logan Circle's combination coffee shop, bar and eatery -- to thank for it. The beverage is called cascara soda. It's made using the dried skins removed from […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Her victory over his inbox still leaves her hollow

    Carolyn Hax
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Carolyn Hax is away until next month. In her absence, we are offering columns from her archive. Dear Carolyn: I just found out my boyfriend and his ex-girlfriend have been e-mailing every so often, prompted by my boyfriend.Read full article >>
  • She thinks she’s the No. 1 pick to adopt a child. Is that putting the kid No. 2?

    Carolyn Hax
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Carolyn Hax is away until next month. In her absence, we are offering columns from her archive.Dear Carolyn: My husband and I are “bidding” for a closed adoption through our church. The birth mother is 17 and already has a child. She is considering us as well as one other couple. This process involves a lot of waiting and is really fraying my nerves. We are the “better” couple — higher income, more child-care experience, a son who can’t wait to be a big brother, and we live in the suburbs (while the other family has a condo in the city). We have not yet met the mother, but the…
  • Carolyn Hax: Mom’s efforts to pit siblings against each other a power grab

    Carolyn Hax
    15 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Carolyn Hax is away until next month. In her absence, we are offering columns from her archive.Dear Carolyn: Our 60-year-old mom has five grown children, 22 to 39. Two of us have recently discovered that she has been gossiping, telling stories out of context, spinning the truth, spreading rumors and sometimes telling outright lies about each of us to the others. This has often pitted one sibling against the other. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Excluded by friends from trip, but unable to accept reasons why

    Carolyn Hax
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion.Hi, Carolyn: For several years I’ve taken a vacation in the spring with three other women to various cities in Europe. We’re Internet friends who met through a hobby; none of us lives in the same town. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: On ‘girls’ trip,’ woman gets ditched by her BFF

    Carolyn Hax
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: I recently traveled with a woman who has been one of my best friends for eight years. On the trip, we barely spoke because she hooked up with a guy on our tour the first day and spent the rest of the tour with him.Read full article >>
 
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