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  • How Hollywood is dropping the ball on comedic roles for women

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    Catherine Rampell
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    This again? Really?Last week, Michael Eisner, Hollywood honcho and former Disney chief executive, appeared on an Aspen Ideas Festival panel with Goldie Hawn. Eisner tried to pay the blonde bombshell a compliment by telling her she was practically one of a kind. Instead, he ended up maligning her entire gender, using a familiar and highly resented trope about women: that we can be easy on the eyes or quick to tickle the funny bone, but almost never both.Read full article >>
  • A flawed ‘Texas ‘miracle’

    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    Harold Meyerson
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    All presidential candidates tout their works, and few works are more revealing than the condition of the states that this election’s crop of Republican hopefuls serve, or recently served, as governors. Of these GOP govs and ex-govs, surely no one intends to get more mileage out of his state’s standing than Texas’s Rick Perry.Read full article >>
  • When did black Americans start voting so heavily Democratic?

    The Fix
    Philip Bump
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    We are accustomed to a chart that looks like this. That's the party identification split among black Americans as measured by Pew Research since 1992. Compare it with this chart, detailing the partisan identification of whites. Again, we're used to this: A strongly Democratic black population and a back-and-forth-but-increasingly-Republican white one. But when did black […]
  • Europe’s difficult next steps in the Greece crisis

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:16 pm
    TUESDAY’S EUROPEAN summit promises to be a critical moment in that region’s long-running financial crisis. Whatever else he accomplished by persuading a healthy majority of his people to vote “no” on a bailout plan, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has brought the situation to a head. Now, everything depends on how this 40-year-old leftist firebrand plays his hand.Read full article >>
  • Will Europe’s leaders come to their senses about Greece?

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Katrina vanden Heuvel
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    The Greeks have made their choice. Faced with two painful alternatives, they chose to stand with their elected leaders and to reject overwhelmingly the harsh, unending austerity that their creditors demanded. Now Europe’s leaders must make their choice. Will they come to their senses and open new negotiations with the Syriza government? Or will they remain unbending, force Greece into official bankruptcy and inexorably out of the Euro?Read full article >>
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    The Fix

  • When did black Americans start voting so heavily Democratic?

    Philip Bump
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    We are accustomed to a chart that looks like this. That's the party identification split among black Americans as measured by Pew Research since 1992. Compare it with this chart, detailing the partisan identification of whites. Again, we're used to this: A strongly Democratic black population and a back-and-forth-but-increasingly-Republican white one. But when did black […]
  • A list of the well-known politicians who have defended Edward Snowden

    Amber Phillips
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Now that he's left office, former attorney general Eric Holder appears to have softened a bit on how he'd handle Edward Snowden. Holder told Yahoo News on Monday that he thinks his former Justice Department should strike a deal with Snowden, whose revelations of government spying on foreigners and Americans put our country "in a different place," […]
  • Bill Cosby and his fellow scolds just took a legal beating

    Janell Ross
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    It's a long-established legal principle: Public figures have fewer privacy protections under the law than ordinary citizens. So when a federal judge ordered Monday that documents in a civil suit brought against Bill Cosby be made public on the grounds that Cosby is not a private citizen, it wasn't that surprising. What was surprising is what the […]
  • Why it’s surprising more pols don’t get caught hiring illegal immigrants

    Hunter Schwarz
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    On the heels of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments that many illegal immigrants from Mexico are rapists and drug dealers and that the U.S. should build a wall on its southern border paid for by Mexico, workers at a Trump hotel that is under construction in Washington, D.C., told the Post they and some of their […]
  • How Hillary Clinton can defeat Marco Rubio with time travel

    Philip Bump
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    During a speech in Chicago on Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio derided the Democratic front-runner by suggesting that her policy ideas were outdated. “The race for the future will never be won by going backward,” he said. “It will never be won by hopping in Hillary Clinton’s time machine to yesterday.” It's a very au courant […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Europe’s difficult next steps in the Greece crisis

    Editorial Board
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:16 pm
    TUESDAY’S EUROPEAN summit promises to be a critical moment in that region’s long-running financial crisis. Whatever else he accomplished by persuading a healthy majority of his people to vote “no” on a bailout plan, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has brought the situation to a head. Now, everything depends on how this 40-year-old leftist firebrand plays his hand.Read full article >>
  • The U.S. response to Iran’s cheating is a worrying omen

    Editorial Board
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    IF IT is reached in the coming days, a nuclear deal with Iran will be, at best, an unsatisfying and risky compromise. Iran’s emergence as a threshold nuclear power, with the ability to produce a weapon quickly, will not be prevented; it will be postponed, by 10 to 15 years. In exchange, Tehran will reap hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief it can use to revive its economy and fund the wars it is waging around the Middle East. Read full article >>
  • How Texas is whitewashing Civil War history

    Editorial Board
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    THIS FALL, Texas schools will teach students that Moses played a bigger role in inspiring the Constitution than slavery did in starting the Civil War. The Lone Star State’s new social studies textbooks, deliberately written to play down slavery’s role in Southern history, do not threaten only Texans — they pose a danger to schoolchildren all over the country.Read full article >>
  • The OPM cyberattack was a breach too far

    Editorial Board
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    THE OTHER shoe is expected to drop this week on the disastrous loss of confidential information from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management. The agency is expected to reveal the extent to which information from security investigations of current, former and prospective federal employees and contractors was compromised. The background checks often unearth sensitive and intimate matters, and the loss may put many at risk of blackmail. The agency is expected to reveal this week how many dossiers were taken, but reports suggest it was in the millions. The breach comes on top of a…
  • Burma’s grim reality

    Editorial Board
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:17 pm
    JOURNALISTS IN Burma are “stifled” by a “climate of fear,” Amnesty International reported recently, finding “repression dressed up as progress.” The military government, after several years of pretend negotiations, recently vetoed constitutional changes that would have limited its power. Peace talks with ethnic groups have collapsed.Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Will Europe’s leaders come to their senses about Greece?

    Katrina vanden Heuvel
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    The Greeks have made their choice. Faced with two painful alternatives, they chose to stand with their elected leaders and to reject overwhelmingly the harsh, unending austerity that their creditors demanded. Now Europe’s leaders must make their choice. Will they come to their senses and open new negotiations with the Syriza government? Or will they remain unbending, force Greece into official bankruptcy and inexorably out of the Euro?Read full article >>
  • How Hollywood is dropping the ball on comedic roles for women

    Catherine Rampell
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    This again? Really?Last week, Michael Eisner, Hollywood honcho and former Disney chief executive, appeared on an Aspen Ideas Festival panel with Goldie Hawn. Eisner tried to pay the blonde bombshell a compliment by telling her she was practically one of a kind. Instead, he ended up maligning her entire gender, using a familiar and highly resented trope about women: that we can be easy on the eyes or quick to tickle the funny bone, but almost never both.Read full article >>
  • The non-Clinton alternative for Democrats

    Eugene Robinson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let’s hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.I don’t know if front-runner Hillary Clinton shares my wish, but she ought to. I’m not of the school that believes competition for competition’s sake is always a good thing. But Sanders has an appeal for younger, more liberal, more idealistic Democrats that Clinton presently lacks. If she competes for these voters — and learns to connect with them — she will have a much better chance of winning the White House.Read full article…
  • Rust-belt revivalists can’t save the GOP

    Michael Gerson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Attempting to analyze political statements by Donald Trump is often a high dive into a shallow pool. But a number of conservative commentators are making the jump, discerning hidden virtues in his depiction of marauding immigrants intent on crime and rape. Read full article >>
  • Placating the right-wing Clinton haters

    Richard Cohen
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The way things are going, the House Select Committee on Benghazi will never release the testimony of Sidney Blumenthal, who, let us make no bones about it, is solemnly accused of being a friend of Hillary Clinton’s. Of that he is no doubt guilty, caught red-handed by his leaked e-mails to her, her responses to him, a vast public record, his utterances in public and private, his employment by the Clinton Foundation, his work in the Clinton White House and other such matters. But in one of the incriminating e-mails, Blumenthal urged Clinton to “help Clio now” and become more public about…
 
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    Local Letters

  • Discrimination loses, and love wins

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Regarding the July 2 Metro article “An identity denied”:My late wife, Patricia L. Pullen, was proud of her American Indian ancestry. Her mother’s maiden name was Tyree, which was on Walter Plecker’s list of those considered “colored” (because of known Indian ancestry) and not allowed to marry “whites.” Patty wrote a novella about Plecker’s hateful Racial Integrity Act of 1924 (which was not repealed until 1967 in the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia). Unfortunately, Patty died before finding a publisher. However, while writing her work of fictionalized…
  • A Navy Yard employee with a remarkable public service ethic

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    At the end of the July 3 front-page article “Navy Yard panic: ‘Oh, no. Not again,’ ” about the understandable trauma experienced by Navy Yard workers in response to the July 2 incident, there was a reference to an unnamed federal employee:Read full article >>
  • The GOP: Alive and kicking

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    In 1897, Mark Twain wrote, “[T]he report of my death was an exaggeration.” Richard Cohen’s June 30 op-ed column on the supposed death of Republicanism [“The GOP’s dead-end dogma”] is similar.In support of his thesis, Mr. Cohen cited the antics of Sarah Palin (who has not stood for elected office since her 2008 vice presidential campaign) and the increasingly unpopular positions of second- and third-tier 2016 presidential candidates rather than the nuanced statements made by leading contenders for the nomination.Read full article >>
  • Serving up unappetizing images

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I was very interested in the photographs of bacon and egg dishes in the June 21 Washington Post Magazine [“The dependable duo: Bacon and eggs”] and found myself looking at them for a long time, but only because they were indecipherable. What app was used on those photos — the unappetizing app? It is almost impossible to make bacon appear unappealing, but those dark, grainy, shadowy pictures did the trick. Read full article >>
  • Our wounded warriors go unsupported

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    By accident I happened upon the Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico last week and have bittersweet feelings. The participants were great and have achieved much to recover and compete. The sad and ugly part was that the games received practically no promotion or media attention in the Washington area and, consequently, few observers showed up. The stands were almost empty, and the Jumbotrons and sound systems sat assembled and playing but unwatched. Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • This could be the last time I [fill in blank]

    Joel Achenbach
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    The main thing I don’t like about getting older is this whole business of “aging.” I’m fine with being older so long as I can feel 18 eternally, with commensurate infinitudes of aspirations and possibilities, and never a somber thought. Unfortunately, “aging” has a way of catching up with you, and one day you realize […]
  • What do you bet that Cary Grant’s roller bag never wobbled

    Joel Achenbach
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    The Santa Fe, N.M. airport looks like it hasn’t changed much in about 70 years, which is to say, it’s charming, everything scaled down to human dimensions, almost like a small-town bus station. The architecture is Western, with exposed beams, tile floors and a café where you can have a cup of coffee in a […]
  • My iPhone and I need to visit a therapist

    Joel Achenbach
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    One morning my smartphone wouldn’t charge, and though I fiddled with it and nudged it and bit it and did all the other things a technically inclined person is supposed to do, it seemed utterly indifferent to electricity, as if suddenly it was made of special non-conductive material, like a telephone pole insulator. I experimented […]
  • Why Hillary should stop running as the incumbent

    Joel Achenbach
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    Jack Shafer nailed it when he wrote recently in Politico that Hillary Clinton is not running for president, but running as president. She rarely takes a question from a reporter. News organizations spend a small fortune dispatching reporters and photographers and camera crews to follow her around, but they’re treated like carry-on baggage. One can […]
  • I am a sailor man

    Joel Achenbach
    22 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    I had taken a dip into the bracing water of the inlet and was drying on the dock — having achieved a rare state of existence that I had heard about and read about, and which I believe is known technically as “relaxed” — when my friend M announced that it was time to go […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • 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 >>
  • 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 >>
  • The end of Britain as we know it

    Anne Applebaum
    10 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    LONDONThis election will be remembered as the one that rescued the career of David Cameron, the British prime minister, who was publicly contemplating his own exit from politics only two months ago. It will also be remembered as the election that abruptly ended the career of the Labor Party leader, Ed Miliband, who had confidently carved his electoral promises onto a large piece of limestone only last week. Above all, it will be remembered as the election that every single major pollster got wrong: All the dire talk of hung parliaments, minority coalitions and the intervention, even, of the…
  • The end of Britain as we know it

    Anne Applebaum
    10 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    LONDONThis election will be remembered as the one that rescued the career of David Cameron, the British prime minister, who was publicly contemplating his own exit from politics only two months ago. It will also be remembered as the election that abruptly ended the career of the Labor Party leader, Ed Miliband, who had confidently carved his electoral promises onto a large piece of limestone only last week. Above all, it will be remembered as the election that every single major pollster got wrong: All the dire talk of hung parliaments, minority coalitions and the intervention, even, of the…
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Placating the right-wing Clinton haters

    Richard Cohen
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The way things are going, the House Select Committee on Benghazi will never release the testimony of Sidney Blumenthal, who, let us make no bones about it, is solemnly accused of being a friend of Hillary Clinton’s. Of that he is no doubt guilty, caught red-handed by his leaked e-mails to her, her responses to him, a vast public record, his utterances in public and private, his employment by the Clinton Foundation, his work in the Clinton White House and other such matters. But in one of the incriminating e-mails, Blumenthal urged Clinton to “help Clio now” and become more public about…
  • Republicanism is dead. Maybe.

    Richard Cohen
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you’re old enough to recall how the landslide election of Lyndon Johnson over the hapless Barry Goldwater supposedly spelled the end of the Republican Party, or how Ronald Reagan’s election amounted to a revolution that put the Democratic party on the mat until — more or less — the end of time, then you will understand my caution in saying that while the Republican Party may well survive its recent difficulty, Republicanism itself is dead. I think. Read full article >>
  • Ben Affleck was dumb to pressure PBS over his slave-owning ancestor

    Richard Cohen
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    To fully appreciate how dumb Ben Affleck was to pressure PBS into censoring any mention of a slave-owning ancestor, you have to know something about Franz Boas. He was the father of American anthropology, a Columbia University professor who repudiated the doctrine of scientific racism — the idea that you are pretty much what your grandfather was.Read full article >>
  • Uber drivers as the paperboys of yore

    Richard Cohen
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Before there was Uber, there was the Long Island Press. It was the local newspaper of my boyhood, and I worked for it — at least I thought I did. I was a paperboy, around 12 or so, and happy to emulate the paperboys of old, the Great Americans whose posters adorned the place where I picked up my papers. These included Dwight D. Eisenhower and Roy Campanella , the peerless catcher for my beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. In my eyes, Campy was at least as great as Ike.Read full article >>
  • The FBI has no idea how many hate crimes happen in America each year

    J. Richard Cohen
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    A white man and apartheid admirer walked into a black church Wednesday night and killed nine people. He reportedly said he had “to do it” because black people “rape our women” and are “taking over our country.”Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Liberated by grace

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.Read full article >>
  • Obama, overtime, and the value of hard work

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people have had a chance to rise.Thus was Chris Christie’s opening tribute to his hard-working parents and grandparents the most affecting part of his announcement Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. The New Jersey governor bestowed praise across gender lines, describing his grandmothers as women “who knew how to work and who knew that hard work would deliver something for their children.” Read…
  • When change stops waiting

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.The move against the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina quickly cascaded into a national effort to cast aside commemorations of secession, slavery and white supremacy. This was more than symbolism. It represented something bigger — the nation’s turn toward “thoughtful introspection and self-examination,” as President Obama put it in his powerful eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on…
  • How America can free itself from guns

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying “enough” after Charleston. But this time, we don’t even expect anything to happen.Read full article >>
  • Charleston and the politics of evasion

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns.Nonsense, you say. Have we not been talking about race and racism for our entire history? Our conversations have been especially intense in recent years — about the response to President Obama as our first African American president, about sentencing reform and the over-incarceration of men of color and about the wave of highly publicized police shootings of African Americans.Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Rust-belt revivalists can’t save the GOP

    Michael Gerson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Attempting to analyze political statements by Donald Trump is often a high dive into a shallow pool. But a number of conservative commentators are making the jump, discerning hidden virtues in his depiction of marauding immigrants intent on crime and rape. Read full article >>
  • Congress is about to face a critical choice on Iran

    Michael Gerson
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    On the morning of April 14, speaking to a meeting of about 55 senators, Secretary of State John F. Kerry argued against passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, claiming it would complicate negotiations. (The White House had already issued a veto threat.) Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, challenged Kerry to explain how inspections would work under the just-announced nuclear framework agreement. Kerry fumbled his response. “He could not answer questions in this fundamental area,” recalled Corker. “At that moment, significant concerns emerged on both…
  • The next crucial question on gay marriage

    Michael Gerson
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    It is often the fate of conservatives to be concerned about the fire code and occupancy limit at someone else’s party. Never more conspicuously than concerning the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges.Read full article >>
  • It’s time for conservatives to end the denial on climate change

    Michael Gerson
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Reducing Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si” to a white paper on global warming is, in George Weigel’s fitting analogy, “akin to reading ‘Moby Dick’ as if it were a treatise on the 19th-century New England whaling industry.” The whole spirit and story of the thing are missed.Read full article >>
  • The power of forgiveness in Charleston

    Michael Gerson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:04 pm
    When many relatives of those cruelly murdered in Charleston — by a man who talked and prayed with his victims for an hour before systematically gunning them down — publicly offered their forgiveness, it was stunning and admirable in many ways. Not least of which, it provided a contrast to our political culture. So many are engaged in a search for evidence of their victimization in order to justify their anger. Here, genuine victims of a horrible crime responded with mercy. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Greece’s crisis could be good for Europe

    David Ignatius
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    Many commentators have seen the Greek financial crisis as an exercise in stupidity. Former treasury secretary Larry Summers, for example, likened it last month to World War I, about which historians “still, a century later, are incredulous that it happened.” Read full article >>
  • Resisting the gay marriage ruling would be a losing battle for the GOP

    David Ignatius
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    After the Supreme Court’s historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as “massive resistance.” It doomed the South to a losing battle against not just the court but also a majority of Americans. Read full article >>
  • The United States must not accede to Iran’s ‘red lines’

    David Ignatius
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Iran enters the endgame of the nuclear talks with what amount to two negotiating positions — the parameters reportedly endorsed in April in Lausanne, Switzerland, by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and another set of “red lines” drawn this week by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Read full article >>
  • Why a 2006 Iraq report merits a fresh read

    David Ignatius
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:18 pm
    “The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. . . . Sectarian conflict is the principal challenge to stability.” That’s from the beginning of “The Iraq Study Group Report” from 2006. Nine years later, it’s haunting to revisit the bipartisan commission review chaired by former secretary of state James Baker and former representative Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.). Their grim assessment still holds, and now you have to add Syria, Libya and Yemen as states where “the level of violence is high and growing” and “pessimism is pervasive.” Read full article >>
  • Bush and Clinton should embrace their brands

    David Ignatius
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The two dynastic candidates told compelling stories recently about why they should be president, but there is one big difference: Jeb Bush has taken the political risk of disagreeing with his party’s base, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • From the Holocaust to Syria, a tale of unintentional heroes

    Ruth Marcus
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Heroism tends to be understood as a matter of public display — the bystander racing into a burning building, the soldier braving fire to rescue a comrade. But there is heroism, as well, of a quieter, more self-effacing variety — the unintentional hero, quiet but determined, who acts in the vacuum of others’ complacency.Read full article >>
  • Why there won’t be a gay marriage backlash

    Ruth Marcus
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Writing a judicial opinion can be like fencing. One of the most effective ways to jab at an opponent is to use his — or her — words to make your own case. Thus, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., warning in the same-sex marriage case about the harmful results of the court’s intervention: Read full article >>
  • The Obamacare and marriage rulings prove Justice Roberts is no partisan

    Ruth Marcus
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. knew a torrent of conservative invective was headed his way, so perhaps praise from a left-of-center columnist is the last thing he needs.Sorry, chief, here goes.Roberts saved the Affordable Care Act, a second time, for the man who voted against confirming him. It was the right decision, a wise one, for the law, the court and the country. Read full article >>
  • Nearing the end, Obama finds candor

    Ruth Marcus
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Forget all the focus on the one ugly word President Obama used. Pay attention, instead, to the rest of the words in his podcast interview. They offer a remarkable self-portrait of a president in the second half of his second term, both chastened and liberated.Read full article >>
  • The debate worth having over presidential debates

    Ruth Marcus
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    The sloping red line offers a sobering prognosis for American democracy. Contained in a new report on improving the presidential debate process, it charts the precipitous decline of viewership: from above 60 percent of the voting age population in 1960, when the first televised debates were held, to under 30 percent in 2012.Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Now’s the time for same-sex equality in the workplace

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Last week’s Supreme Court decision establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage may pose a conundrum for future historians: Why did it precede a federal law outlawing discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment? After all, there was intense opposition to same-sex marriage among many religious traditionalists, who view it as sacrilege. Discrimination against gay men and lesbians in hiring, by contrast, can’t easily be opposed on religious grounds and hasn’t excited the kind of intense opposition that same-sex marriage does. But a bill introduced two decades ago…
  • Taking down the Confederate flag mustn’t obscure the South’s vile history

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    In the worst possible way — responding to an unspeakable act of racist barbarism — we have stumbled into one of our all-too-rare “Reconsider the Confederacy” weeks. This year’s week looks as though it will lead to the relegation of the Confederate battle flag to museums and history’s dung heap, where it belongs.Read full article >>
  • The anachronistic trade agreement

    Harold Meyerson
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:13 pm
    The problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and, indeed, the way we conceptualize trade deals, is that they produce 20th-century accords that fail to fit the realities of the 21st. In the mid-20th century, the United States traded with other nations from a position of almost unparalleled strength. Even if the countries we traded with were poorer than we were and their workers paid less than ours, the institutions we’d put in place to protect our workers’ interests and ensure a more egalitarian economy — unions, decent minimum wage standards, job-generating infrastructure projects —…
  • A flawed ‘Texas ‘miracle’

    Harold Meyerson
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    All presidential candidates tout their works, and few works are more revealing than the condition of the states that this election’s crop of Republican hopefuls serve, or recently served, as governors. Of these GOP govs and ex-govs, surely no one intends to get more mileage out of his state’s standing than Texas’s Rick Perry.Read full article >>
  • A flawed ‘Texas ‘miracle’

    Harold Meyerson
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    All presidential candidates tout their works, and few works are more revealing than the condition of the states that this election’s crop of Republican hopefuls serve, or recently served, as governors. Of these GOP govs and ex-govs, surely no one intends to get more mileage out of his state’s standing than Texas’s Rick Perry.Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • The non-Clinton alternative for Democrats

    Eugene Robinson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let’s hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.I don’t know if front-runner Hillary Clinton shares my wish, but she ought to. I’m not of the school that believes competition for competition’s sake is always a good thing. But Sanders has an appeal for younger, more liberal, more idealistic Democrats that Clinton presently lacks. If she competes for these voters — and learns to connect with them — she will have a much better chance of winning the White House.Read full article…
  • Donald Trump: A farce to be reckoned with

    Eugene Robinson
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call “that thing on Donald Trump’s head.” Read full article >>
  • Charleston shows ‘the power of God’s grace’

    Eugene Robinson
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Charleston, S.C.It is impossible to know whether the Charleston tragedy will someday be seen as a turning point in the nation’s long, difficult struggle with race. But we can hope.At Friday’s funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine men and women who were slain June 17 at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, hope was very much in the air. But what was the alternative? The slaughter of innocents at prayer, allegedly by a young white racist who killed black people to make a point, was an act of monstrous evil. Despair is one way to process such an event;…
  • 150 years later, America is still battling the Confederate mentality

    Eugene Robinson
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    CHARLESTON, S.C.One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.Not that the astounding progress this week toward consigning the Confederate battle flag to the ignominy it deserves is a small thing. Flags are among the most important symbols because they signify allegiance — in this case, to a treasonous rebellion that sought the unimpeded right to buy and sell human beings and brutally compel their unpaid labor.Read full article >>
  • America will only end racism when it stops being racist

    Eugene Robinson
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive. What happened in Charleston, S.C., is not unfathomable or even ambiguous. It’s a story much older than the nation, a story that began when the first Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619: the brutalizing and killing of black people because of the color of their skin. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Greece and global debt

    Robert J. Samuelson
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    We have the Greeks to thank for an elementary tutorial in what ails the world economy. Greece’s central problem is that it has too much debt and too little economic growth (none actually) to service the debt. The country is caught in an economic cul de sac. It can’t seem to generate growth without spending more or taxing less, which makes the debt worse, while its creditors demand that it control its debt by spending less and taxing more, which undermines growth. Read full article >>
  • What Greece’s crisis will mean for the world economy

    Robert J. Samuelson
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    Greece is a mess. The banks are shut; withdrawals from ATMs are strictly limited. A referendum will determine whether Greece accepts tough conditions for receiving further financial aid. It looks (and is) grim. Global stock markets are rattled. But don’t be fooled. Whatever happens to Greece, the fallout for the rest of Europe and the world economy will probably be modest. It’s conceivable that the Greek turmoil will lead to a Lehman Brothers II — a global financial panic — but the odds are against it. Read full article >>
  • The next financial crisis?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:47 pm
    A central economic question of our time is whether the policies undertaken to recover from the last financial crisis are laying the groundwork for the next. We now have two reports from reputable groups suggesting just that. Read full article >>
  • Our runaway spending on the elderly

    Robert J. Samuelson
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    A recent Congressional Budget Office report, “The 2015 Long-Term Budget Outlook,” reminds us that the federal government is slowly becoming an agency for taking care of the elderly. Almost everything else is being crowded out. We ignored that during the Obama presidency, and now it seems that the fledgling presidential campaign may do likewise. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats plug fairer economic growth. Jeb Bush and other Republicans are more forthcoming (they talk about raising Social Security’s eligibility age) but concentrate their rhetoric on creating faster economic…
  • The CEO backlash

    Robert J. Samuelson
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:07 pm
    “Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge-fund managers.”— Hillary ClintonIt seems inevitable that the unfolding presidential campaign will also become a referendum on American capitalism and, in turn, that capitalism will be defined in part by lofty executive pay. This makes chief executive officers among capitalism’s worst advocates. They have constituted themselves as a new economic aristocracy, but in the process they’ve become an engine of inequality and sacrificed much public trust.Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act decision

    George F. Will
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    “What chumps!” — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., June 29, 2015Roberts’s intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., Roberts’s dissent should somewhat mollify conservatives who are dismayed about his interpretive ingenuity four days earlier in writing the opinion that saved the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, they, including this columnist, may have missed a wrinkle in Roberts’s ACA opinion that will serve…
  • Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged over gay marriage ruling

    George F. Will
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.” Read full article >>
  • On Obamacare, John Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution

    George F. Will
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’s disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this sour fruit.Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s dodginess is overpowering her message

    George F. Will
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict the United States during a second Democratic presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called her “the most opaque person you’ll ever meet in your life,” but when opacity yields to the necessity of answering questions, here are a few: Read full article >>
  • So what if Greece leaves the European Union?

    George F. Will
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Now come Greeks bearing the gift of confirmation that Margaret Thatcher was right about socialist governments: “They always run out of other people’s money.” Greece, from whose ancient playwrights Western drama descends, is in an absurdist melodrama about securing yet another cash infusion from international creditors. This would add another boulder to a mountain of debt almost twice the size of Greece’s gross domestic product. This protracted dispute will result in desirable carnage if Greece defaults, thereby becoming a constructively frightening example to all democracies doling…
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  • West End Cinema to re-open under Landmark banner

    Michael O'Sullivan
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Film fans still despondent over the sudden closing of the West End Cinema in March probably didn't notice the sign through all the tears in their not-yet-dry eyes: A large poster in the window of the three-screen movie house boasts its re-opening later this month. On Monday, Landmark Theatres, the boutique theater chain that currently […]
  • They’ve farmed, fished and baked. Now the Founding Farmers are getting into distilling.

    Becky Krystal
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Talk about advance notice: Farmers Restaurant Group, the company behind Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, is opening a new restaurant. In the fall of 2016. Farmers & Distillers, as you might guess, will place an emphasis on spirits as embodied by an on-site distillery at the Mount Vernon Triangle location. Rick Wasmund of Virginia's Copper Fox […]
  • The new Ben’s on H Street is the most important Chili Bowl since the original

    Tim Carman
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    The Ben's Chili Bowl at the corner of H and 10th streets NE has that new car smell. The red retro-vinyl chairs, the Formica tables, the giant stainless-steel griddle, the ketchup-and-mustard-colored interior, everything inside the latest location feels familiar, yet foreign, as if a Hollywood production company had tried to recreate the original Ben's on […]
  • Daikaya to double its presence in Chinatown with Bantam King, a chicken ramen spot

    Becky Krystal
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Daisuke Utagawa and Katsuya Fukushima went to Japan earlier this year to gather inspiration for the second location of their ramen house, Daikaya. They came back with that and more: a plan to open a third restaurant. This winter, they and fellow co-owner Yama Jewayni intend to open Bantam King, which will specialize in chicken ramen and Japanese fried chicken. […]
  • Adams Morgan Day festivities could return to 18th Street after all

    Fritz Hahn
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Good news for 18th Street: It looks like there will be an Adams Morgan Day after all, though it promises to be smaller and more informal than the sprawling block party typical of the occasion. Adams Morgan Day organizers announced last week that the annual community festival, scheduled for Sept. 13, would be canceled for the […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Battling back against the ‘if you really loved me’ trap

    Carolyn Hax
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn:My boyfriend of two years wants us to move in together. I suspect we’re getting engaged soon, so I see his point. But from early on, I expressed my feelings about living together before marriage. I feel like being married is a big deal, and part of that is finally sharing a space and a life with your chosen partner. I also value my independence and privacy and it would take a life-change to put those aside. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: What the wandering eyes say about relationship readiness

    Carolyn Hax
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: How does one live happily with a partner without feeling like he/she is settling? I’d love to feel content and stable, but I still find myself comparing my two-year girlfriend to other women I meet. I feel terrible, but it’s generally subconscious, and I don’t know what to do about it. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Struggling to make room for her boyfriend’s bestie — a woman

    Carolyn Hax
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: I am in a very happy relationship with a great guy. We have been together a few years now but there is one issue. My boyfriend has a very close girl friend whose presence is a thorn in my side. When we first started dating and were asking the standard closest friend/who knows you best questions, she was the answer. He has since casually mentioned that years ago she confessed her love to him (he did not reciprocate). He also says she tells him everything. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Readers’ tips on dating in college, monetary gifts for family

    Carolyn Hax
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    While I’m away, readers give the advice.On high school relationships that carry over to college:In the last millennium, my steady and I went to different colleges. At the time, someone told me that going steady with someone at a different school was like going into a restaurant and bringing your own sandwich.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Advice from readers on gun security, kids’ musical tastes

    Carolyn Hax
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    While I’m away, readers give the advice.On securing guns in households with children:I accidentally shot myself in the leg as a 12-year-old — after engaging in an extended search for the combination to my father’s safe. (Top left drawer under the glasses case . . . where’s yours?)Read full article >>
 
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