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  • More than two dozen members of Congress have been indicted since 1980

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    Hunter Schwarz
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) was indicted Wednesday for -- what else -- allegations of mishandling money. And he's in plenty of company. More than two dozen members of Congress have been indicted since 1990. A handful of the indictments were about sex, and one was about lying about military service. But the vast majority, like Fattah's, are […]
  • A sensible, state-based answer to gun violence

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    ONE WEEK after five U.S. military service members were killed in a mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn., a gunman opened fire Thursday in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., killing two people. Some five weeks earlier, a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. , left nine people dead. The question that inevitably arises from each event is how can we best keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.Read full article >>
  • The GOP’s clash of ridiculous cliches

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Kathleen Parker
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind. Read full article >>
  • Casting illogical aspersions at Martin O’Malley

    Local Letters
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I was puzzled by the sly illogic of the July 24 editorial “Mr. O’Malley’s money. ” Esri, which has paid former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) for speeches, provides a service that would clearly enhance the data-driven analytical process that has become synonymous with Mr. O’Malley’s name and reputation as a mayor and a governor who got things done. Esri had years in which to become familiar with Mr. O’Malley’s expertise and innovative approach in this field; it seems logical that the company would value his services and wish to offer a contract to secure them before…
  • The man who feared, rationally, that he’d just destroyed the world

    Achenblog
    Joel Achenbach
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    I’ve been reading a lot about Los Alamos, the Manhattan Project and the Trinity Test, the 70th anniversary of which was July 16. Here’s my story from last week; please take a few minutes to read it. I wrote the story after seeing Los Alamos for the first time while on a reporting assignment for […]
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    The Fix

  • More than two dozen members of Congress have been indicted since 1980

    Hunter Schwarz
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) was indicted Wednesday for -- what else -- allegations of mishandling money. And he's in plenty of company. More than two dozen members of Congress have been indicted since 1990. A handful of the indictments were about sex, and one was about lying about military service. But the vast majority, like Fattah's, are […]
  • Here’s today’s depressing chart about the state of journalism

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    Journalism, as you may have picked up of late, is not exactly a growth industry. This chart, built by our own Philip Bump using data from ASNE's 2015 newsroom census, shows that reality rather starkly. Here are the raw numbers: In 2014, the workforce at daily newspapers in the United States was 36,700.  In 2015, […]
  • The feds just indicted Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.). It’s been a long time coming.

    Janell Ross
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    The big news is already out there. The U.S. attorney in the eastern district of Pennsylvania on Wednesday announced the indictment of Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., a Democrat whose congressional district includes Philadelphia, along with three other people with connections to his political career and his 2007 mayoral campaign. Talk of an investigation into the 11-term congressman's activities and […]
  • There are more Bernie Sanders organizing events near San Francisco than in all of Iowa

    Philip Bump
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Bernie Sanders emailed supporters earlier this month, calling for "Americans from across the country to come together for a series of conversations about how we can organize an unprecedented grassroots movement that takes on the greed of Wall Street and the billionaire class." The date for those organizing meetings, as the campaign called them, was […]
  • A Republican’s curious attempt to oust Speaker Boehner, explained

    Amber Phillips
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    Speaker John Boehner's rocky relationship with conservatives in the House of Representatives just got a little more complicated. On Tuesday night, hours before the House was about to wrap up one of its last days before a six-week break, a soft-spoken two-term congressman surprised almost everybody and filed a rare "motion to vacate the chair" against […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • A sensible, state-based answer to gun violence

    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    ONE WEEK after five U.S. military service members were killed in a mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn., a gunman opened fire Thursday in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., killing two people. Some five weeks earlier, a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. , left nine people dead. The question that inevitably arises from each event is how can we best keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.Read full article >>
  • Vladimir Putin is suffocating his own nation

    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:53 pm
    IN THE tumult and uncertainty that marked Russia after the Soviet Union imploded, when the state was weak and many institutions tottering, a vital lifeline was extended from the West. The U.S. government, as well as foundations and philanthropies, responded generously. The financier George Soros, through his Open Society Foundations, provided small grants that sustained many impoverished scientists. The MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) were vital sources of support to civil society, education and human rights. Read full article >>
  • By withholding jail video, Fairfax County sends a message that it opposes accountability

    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    EVEN BEFORE the violence a year ago in Ferguson, Mo., after the police killing of Michael Brown, many law enforcement agencies across the country responded to incidents involving the use of deadly force by proactively releasing dashcam, body-camera and other video footage when it existed. The idea, as a top police official told The Post after video of a 12-year-old boy killed by a rookie patrol officer in Cleveland was released days after the incident in November, is “in the spirit of being open and fair with our community.” Read full article >>
  • The U.S. continues to half-step on Syria

    Editorial Board
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:16 pm
    AFTER YEARS of working at cross-purposes, the United States and Turkey have finally begun to cooperate on Syria. Last week the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that it would allow U.S. planes and drones to operate out of two Turkish air bases against Islamic State targets in Syria, a step that should lead to a stepped-up offensive against jihadist-held territory along the Syrian border. At the same time, U.S. officials quietly acknowledged Turkish statements that the two countries were agreed on the creation of a de facto Syrian safe zone along the border, where moderate…
  • One small step for the Smithsonian, one great leap for its fundraising

    Editorial Board
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    HOUSTON, THE Smithsonian has a problem — or at least it did. Its National Air and Space Museum wanted to display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in July 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but traditional fundraising methods had not proved adequate to support the project. In response, a museum complex founded in the 19th century took a 21st-century tack: It launched an online campaign to crowdfund the endeavor. The Smithsonian’s campaign, which met its goal with ease, was a forward-thinking way to sweep the dust out of “America’s attic.” We hope to see…
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • The GOP’s clash of ridiculous cliches

    Kathleen Parker
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind. Read full article >>
  • Ted Cruz bullied Republicans for years. Now they’re standing up to him.

    Dana Milbank
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Who’s afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz? Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would “render ourselves lawless” and cause “chaos.” Alexander reminded the Texan that the Senate “requires restraint and goodwill.”Read full article >>
  • Jon Stewart’s progressive legacy

    Katrina vanden Heuvel
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    When I appeared on “The Daily Show” in late 2002, host Jon Stewart wanted to know why conservatives seemed to have a more effective message than progressives. “Are they better at selling their ideas, or they just have better ideas?” he asked. Although I disputed his premise, the Bush administration and its allies clearly had marginalized progressive opposition to the impending war in Iraq, and Stewart still thought of himself as an impartial observer. “Join us in the center,” he said as the interview concluded. “That’s my movement.” Read full article >>
  • The Senate’s wrongheaded IRS proposal

    Catherine Rampell
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting a different result.We will soon find out whether our senators are truly insane.Tucked into a dusty corner of the Senate’s Highway Trust Fund bill — legislation that must pass before the fund runs dry on July 31 — is a zombie proposal to hire private debt-collection agencies to hound delinquent taxpayers on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ wounded queen?

    Michael Gerson
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    The most surprising revelation in recent presidential polling is not that Donald Trump has low favorability in key states — a welcome indicator of national sanity — but rather that Hillary Clinton’s numbers are almost as bad. Put another way: A vacuous, gaffe-prone, xenophobic, conspiracy-minded reality television star whose nomination, by most accounts, would destroy the GOP has about the same approval ratings in Colorado and Iowa as the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination. Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • Casting illogical aspersions at Martin O’Malley

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I was puzzled by the sly illogic of the July 24 editorial “Mr. O’Malley’s money. ” Esri, which has paid former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) for speeches, provides a service that would clearly enhance the data-driven analytical process that has become synonymous with Mr. O’Malley’s name and reputation as a mayor and a governor who got things done. Esri had years in which to become familiar with Mr. O’Malley’s expertise and innovative approach in this field; it seems logical that the company would value his services and wish to offer a contract to secure them before…
  • Get serious about anthrax shipment mistake

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    If a Defense Department official’s comment in the July 24 news article “Anthrax problems at Army lab found” were meant to convey the seriousness with which the Army is following up the mistaken shipment of live anthrax spores, his comment that “To become sick, a healthy person would have needed to drink more than one sample” missed by a mile.Read full article >>
  • Kennedy Center dishonors its own

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Regarding the July 26 Arts & Style article “Pop go the honors”:One key aspect missing from this year’s production of the Kennedy Center Honors is its co-founder, producer and visionary for 37 years, George Stevens Jr. Mr. Stevens, an honorary Oscar recipient, Emmy winner, founder of the American Film Institute, author and playwright, was ousted in a bloodless coup in December, as was his co-producer and son, Michael, which served as a subtle reminder to all on set to mess with the producer at your peril.Read full article >>
  • Standardize tests punish schools and teachers

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In his July 24 op-ed, “Test and improve,” Greg Richmond offered one truth with which we might all agree: “Kids shouldn’t have to go to schools that fail them year after year.” In light of recent reports of financial irregularities in numerous charter schools, one is forced to wonder if such institutions really are the answer to achieving equity in our classrooms.Read full article >>
  • When the test doesn’t match the teaching

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    As a retired teacher, my jaw fell when I read about Montgomery County Public Schools’ abysmal pass rate for June final exams in Algebra I [“Math exam failure rate still high in Md. county,” Metro, July 23]. Giving 15 extra points for last year’s exam and more teacher development and experience in the “more rigorous” curriculum based on Common Core raises my educational hackles. Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • The man who feared, rationally, that he’d just destroyed the world

    Joel Achenbach
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    I’ve been reading a lot about Los Alamos, the Manhattan Project and the Trinity Test, the 70th anniversary of which was July 16. Here’s my story from last week; please take a few minutes to read it. I wrote the story after seeing Los Alamos for the first time while on a reporting assignment for […]
  • The heroes and the secrets of the Pluto mission

    Joel Achenbach
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    The words you never hear from NASA: “This is actually really hard to do.” Or: “We’re not sure this is gonna work.” There is a code among engineers: Express confidence, exude competence. But space is hard, as we keep pointing out lately. Things blow up. Computers reboot themselves at inopportune moments. A planet turns out […]
  • Pluto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Joel Achenbach
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m at APL, also known as the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, though I have taken to using the shorthand of “Pluto,” as in, “I’m heading up to Pluto” or “The traffic is pretty gnarly getting to Pluto today.” Check out Rachel Feltman’s Speaking of Science blog for the latest news and images. Pluto […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • 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 >>
  • 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: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Uber mows down Bill de Blasio

    Richard Cohen
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Uber just ran over the mayor of New York. Bill de Blasio (D) wanted to limit the company’s expansion, citing traffic and complaints from the taxi industry, which is, as the saying goes, on the wrong side of history. Uber marshaled most of the world’s lobbyists and consultants and, in the apt description of the online journal Capital “crushed the mayor.” He merely decided to study the matter.Read full article >>
  • Don’t give the Charleston shooter the death penalty

    Richard Cohen
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Dylann Roof, already indicted by South Carolina on nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a weapons charge, was charged with 33 more counts by the federal government, including hate crimes for which he could get the death penalty. Just who will get their hands on him first is not yet clear, nor is it clear that Uncle Sam will demand that he die. The only thing that’s certain is that the law seems intent on getting down to Dylann Roof’s level.Read full article >>
  • Is Scott Walker ignorant by choice?

    Richard Cohen
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    I have a question for Scott Walker. At what point did he decide to be heterosexual? At what age did he decide that he would not be homosexual or, if he had the energy, bisexual? I know for myself that I am unaware of making such a decision and did not mark it down — as I now would — in my Google Calendar or tweet it to much of America and the ships at sea.Read full article >>
  • Donald Trump illuminates the GOP’s dark soul

    Richard Cohen
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    You might think that the recent poll showing Donald Trump spiking among Republicans is about Donald Trump. It is not. It is about the Republican Party and its very dark soul when it comes to immigration. The rank and file didn’t much care for Trump as recently as May. It swooned this month when it discovered he’s a bigot.Read full article >>
  • By removing the Confederate battle flag, we hide the ugly truth

    Richard Cohen
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Georgia seceded from the Union in January 1861, and spelled out the reasons with a statement that is more than 3,300 words long, including 35 references to “slave” and “slavery.” Slavery is the reason Georgia left to join the Confederate States of America — and the Georgians of that era made no bones about it. The statement is refreshingly — and astonishingly — free of euphemisms such as “states’ rights.” It is devoted to the purported right of white people to own black people. It retains the power to shock.Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Americans are polarized but ambivalent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.Read full article >>
  • Trump has the GOP establishment’s number

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.When Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number on Tuesday at an event in the South Carolina senator’s home state, he did it to show he wasn’t backing down after his outlandish attacks on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) status as a war hero. But he was also making clear to the Republicans assailing him that he really does have their number.Read full article >>
  • Walker, Kasich and the GOP’s Midwest bracket

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.Both won reelection in 2014. The one from the state with more electoral votes won with 64 percent of the vote with wide appeal to Democrats and independents. The one from the smaller state got just 52 percent of the vote after a divisive campaign.Read full article >>
  • Obama echoes Reagan on Iran

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    When President Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985, he whispered to the Soviet leader: “I bet the hard-liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands.”Reagan had a point. His inclination to negotiate with the Evil Empire left many of his conservative friends aghast. In an otherwise touchingly affectionate assessment of the 40th president’s tenure, my Post colleague George F. Will said that Reagan had “accelerated the moral disarmament of the West . . . by elevating wishful thinking to the status of political philosophy.” Read full…
  • Hillary Clinton’s economic bet

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Will the 2016 presidential campaign continue to be held hostage to Trump-mania and stories about a rope separating Hillary Clinton and journalists at a New Hampshire parade?You can be certain that Donald Trump will not allow himself to be ignored. But the coming week could mark the beginning of a genuinely substantive debate between Republicans and Democrats over how to define the nation’s economic problems and relieve its economic anxieties.Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ wounded queen?

    Michael Gerson
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    The most surprising revelation in recent presidential polling is not that Donald Trump has low favorability in key states — a welcome indicator of national sanity — but rather that Hillary Clinton’s numbers are almost as bad. Put another way: A vacuous, gaffe-prone, xenophobic, conspiracy-minded reality television star whose nomination, by most accounts, would destroy the GOP has about the same approval ratings in Colorado and Iowa as the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination. Read full article >>
  • Rick Perry emerges as a responsible voice among Republicans

    Michael Gerson
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    In the early days of the 2016 Republican campaign — an unusually important period, in which the viability of the GOP is being defended against a toxic form of populism — some of the clearest leadership has emerged from an unexpected source: former Texas governor Rick Perry. Read full article >>
  • Planned Parenthood video shows an appalling trivialization of life

    Michael Gerson
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    At first, it seemed like an Internet hoax. A doctor, over a glass of wine and a salad, coldly describes the extraction and monetization of fetal body parts. Surely this is some kind of sick parody. But it is not a hoax. It is Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, caught in a sting video by an antiabortion group. Planned Parenthood’s reaction essentially confirmed the conversation as genuine, but insisted that it concerned the extraction of tissue for scientific research “under the highest ethical and legal standards.” Read full article >>
  • Obama’s Iran deal is a reckless bet

    Michael Gerson
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    As the world and Congress examine the Iran deal’s fine print, the strategic large print is clear enough. “Obama wants this [deal] as a centerpiece of his legacy,” an anonymous U.S. diplomat is quoted as saying, “and he believes a peaceful Iran could be a bulwark against ISIS in the Middle East and the key to peace there.” Read full article >>
  • Lotteries, payday lending, and the swindling of America’s poor

    Michael Gerson
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    In that portion of the presidential field that does not view self-government as a stage for self-promotion, prejudice and blithering ignorance, one of the more encouraging trends is an increasing seriousness about the issue of poverty. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The emerging threat of the lone wolf in the fight against terror

    David Ignatius
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    “He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in. . . . The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sense of relief.” With this stream-of-consciousness narrative, an Islamic State fighter using the name of Abu Abdullah Britani posted this call May 10 on Twitter to would-be jihadists in the West. Don’t second-guess yourself, he cautioned, in messages translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. “Thoughts going through your head, how many will be killed, how will they react, but you snap out.
  • Let Greece leave the eurozone

    David Ignatius
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The Greek financial crisis has eased — for now. But many skeptics share the worry of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble that the bailout plan may not work, and that the only way to restore competitiveness and growth is a Greek exit from the euro. Read full article >>
  • After the nuclear deal, how to contain Iran’s meddling in the Middle East

    David Ignatius
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    The shrill Republican attacks on the Iran nuclear deal are an embarrassment. Most global leaders share President Obama’s view that the agreement is preferable to any realistic alternative. It’s a diplomatic achievement that reinforces rather than undermines U.S. leadership. The damage to the United States would come from knee-jerk congressional rejection of the pact.Read full article >>
  • After a well-crafted deal, the question is: Will Iran behave?

    David Ignatius
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    As the Iran nuclear talks neared the endgame, some observers worried that President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in their eagerness for a deal, would give away the store with last-minute concessions. Read full article >>
  • What the Greek debt deal shows about power in Europe

    David Ignatius
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    When the financial details are stripped away, the Greek bailout deal reached early Monday morning is really a reassertion of the core idea of post-war Europe — which is that France and Germany will stick together.Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Clinton’s new e-mail storm is no criminal scandal

    Ruth Marcus
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton’s e-mails — the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private e-mail server — is, or should be, a non-scandal.Clinton has only herself to blame for a lot of the e-mail mess. She should have behaved like other government officials and used an official account, however cumbersome the multiple-device consequences might have been.Read full article >>
  • Bill Cosby should be stripped of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Ruth Marcus
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    The more I read about comedian/sexual predator Bill Cosby’s behavior, the more I question President Obama’s my-hands-are-tied response to the matter of taking back Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.Read full article >>
  • Donald Trump and the anger of conservatives

    Ruth Marcus
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Do not worry about Donald Trump becoming president. Worry, instead, about what his current — emphasis on current — stratospheric standing in the polls says about two things: the Republican Party and the other GOP candidates. Read full article >>
  • Another civil rights struggle in the Carolinas over voting

    Ruth Marcus
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:29 pm
    For all the understandable attention devoted to removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, a civil rights struggle with far more practical consequences is playing out one state away.Read full article >>
  • Lindsey Graham calls it like he sees it

    Ruth Marcus
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Ask Sen. Lindsey Graham his greatest political accomplishment, and the South Carolina Republican does not point to any individual piece of legislation. Rather, he says, it is that “I have not become job scared. I have not been so enamored with the job that I’m scared to lose it.” Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • 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 >>
  • 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 >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Attacking Donald Trump seems to only make him stronger

    Eugene Robinson
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Don’t be sure the McCain episodeis the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.Read full article >>
  • The Iran deal isn’t perfect - but what deal is?

    Eugene Robinson
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.Imagine a U.S.-led military strike — not a pinprick but an extended bombing campaign robust enough to eliminate 98 percent of Iran’s enriched uranium, put two-thirds of the Islamic republic’s centrifuges out of action and erase any capability of producing plutonium. Imagine that the attack did so much damage that for the next 10 or 15 years it would be utterly impossible for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. Such an outcome would be hailed as a great success — achieved, however, at a…
  • Jeb Bush suffers from Foot in Mitt Disease

    Eugene Robinson
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn’t, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.Bush is supposed to be the safe, establishment-approved choice, which is where the Republican Party usually turns. He and his allied super PAC have raised a phenomenal $114 million thus far. The hot mess that is Donald Trump ought to be sending GOP primary voters toward Bush’s column in droves. But the scion-in-waiting hasn’t yet consolidated the establishment’s support.Read full article >>
  • South Carolina’s losing battle to rewrite its racist history

    Eugene Robinson
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.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…
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Medicare and Medicaid — a tarnished triumph

    Robert J. Samuelson
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    It was exactly 50 years ago this week that President Lyndon B. Johnson flew to Independence, Mo., and, with former president Harry Truman at his side, signed into law the legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid. It was a seminal moment in U.S. political history.Read full article >>
  • The trouble with Hillary Clinton’s profit-sharing plan

    Robert J. Samuelson
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Hillary Clinton has just given us an object lesson — presumably unintended — demonstrating why our tax system is such a complex mess. The main reason is this: Politicians of both parties cannot resist the temptation to use the tax code to promote the latest political fad or to please favored constituencies. As a result, tax breaks (a.k.a. “incentives,” loopholes” and “preferences”) complicate and clutter the tax code. Political merchandising overwhelms simplicity. Read full article >>
  • No, Puerto Rico is not our Greece

    Robert J. Samuelson
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    We’re told that Puerto Rico is our Greece, and sometimes it seems so. The U.S. territory (its residents have been American citizens since 1917) has a heap of economic problems. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently told the New York Times that its $72 billion debt is “not payable.” To buttress the point, he commissioned a study of the island’s economy by Anne Krueger, a highly respected economist who was a top official of the International Monetary Fund. Her report makes for grim reading.Read full article >>
  • Productivity mysteriously goes bust

    Robert J. Samuelson
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    What’s surprising about the disappointing slowdown in productivity is that, by all outward signs, it ought to be booming. Productivity is economic jargon for efficiency, and robust productivity growth is the engine of higher living standards. We routinely associate faster productivity with major technology advances (the steam engine, electricity, jet travel), but higher productivity also results from competition (stronger firms displace weaker rivals) and better-educated workers (they can handle tougher tasks). Read full article >>
  • The danger of China’s crash

    Robert J. Samuelson
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:43 pm
    China’s spectacular stock crash poses three questions. First, what caused it? Next, will it harm the “real” economy of spending and hiring, inside China and beyond? And, finally, how will it affect China’s Communist Party and its economic strategy? Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The 110 year-old case that still inspires Supreme Court debates

    George F. Will
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Today’s most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former. Read full article >>
  • Greek crisis a reminder that the European Union was a terrible idea to begin with

    George F. Will
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    When Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decided to call a referendum on a bailout offer from Greece’s creditors — an offer that expired before Sunday’s referendum — he informed the Greek nation in a televised speech. At 1 a.m.Read full article >>
  • 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 >>
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  • Costa Brava co-owner Doug Brown to be remembered this weekend

    Fritz Hahn
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Doug Brown, the co-owner of Costa Brava restaurant in Bloomingdale, drowned in the Chesapeake Bay on Friday night, alongside his brother Daniel. He was 39 years old. Brown will be remembered during an informal memorial at Costa Brava this weekend. Friends and regulars are invited to stop by the upstairs bar from 5 to 10 p.m. […]
  • Summer survival tip: Whim Pop is Old Town Alexandria’s new ice pop shop

    Becky Krystal
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Just when we thought we'd wilt under the heat and humidity, we found one saving grace of summer: Whim Pop. The Old Town Alexandria shop's refreshing pops will make you temporarily forget the season while thanking it for the bounty of fresh, local produce that the treats are built on. [The essential guide to ice cream and […]
  • This week only, pair your Veloce pizza with beer

    Fritz Hahn
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Ruth Gresser's fast-casual Veloce has always had two major differences from her long-established Pizzeria Paradiso chain: The pies arrive in around two minutes, and the downtown Veloce lacks Paradiso's stellar craft beer program. [Veloce: A pizza pioneer jumps into the fast-casual game. But can she stand out?] This week, though, Veloce will offer a daily […]
  • 4 free things to do during the week of July 28-Aug. 2

    Macy Freeman
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do this week. 'Driving Hungry: A Memoir' In her memoir, author Layne Mosler chronicles her journey to such places as Buenos Aires, New York and Berlin. She writes about putting her dream of opening a restaurant on hold to travel to Buenos Aires to write about food and how one […]
  • Spend Friday night at a real hip-hop party

    Rhome Anderson
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    Hip-hop heads looking for music beyond the usual radio fare have two great options tonight. Before the digital era, the line between vinyl curation and party rocking wasn't as stark as it is today. While DJs obsessively chased records, the goal was to share them, not hoard artifacts. The DJs of Thelonius and Heavy Rotation […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: I don’t want commitment from my boyfriend. He doesn’t believe me.

    Carolyn Hax
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: What if you’re in a mutually-agreed-upon, sexually monogamous relationship and you’re NOT pressuring for a commitment like moving in, engagement, marriage . . . but the other person thinks you are? In other words, I’m totally fine with just having a boyfriend for the foreseeable future, but he keeps insisting he knows better than I do what I want, and says, “I’m not ready for what you want,” even though I’ve never actually asked for anything more than what we have now.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Brother’s path only appears easy

    Carolyn Hax
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion.Dear Carolyn: I have this overwhelming anger or jealousy toward my younger brother because of how “easily” his life seems to come for him. One example: I paid for community college on my own, and when I decided to go to a university, my parents co-signed for a semester but said I needed to figure it out after that. I could not afford it so I joined the military to get education benefits as well as health insurance.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: She’s not a fan of her best friend’s fiance

    Carolyn Hax
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My best friend is planning her wedding, in which I’ve been asked to be the maid of honor. As much as I want to be supportive and so happy for her, I just can’t muster it, as I find her fiance to be an obnoxious, self-absorbed, manipulative glasshat. The wedding party (his groomsmen included) have taken to calling him “The [name] Show,” as he is completely uninterested in anything not directly related to him. Because of this, no one wants to see these two socially as a couple. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Newlywed is a senior, but he’s still feeling insecure

    Carolyn Hax
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My wife and I are newlyweds in our 60s. This is my second marriage. My first wife died after 20-plus years together. I had dated a few other women while in school and before meeting my new wife. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Sister-in-law belabors the point in delivery story

    Carolyn Hax
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussionDear Carolyn: I know this will go away in a little while — but my sister-in-law had a baby this week, yay!, and three of the people she had asked to assist with the delivery were unavailable. I ended up being drafted into the delivery room at the end of a VERY long labor. It was amazing, I was totally freaked out and I was happy to assist.Read full article >>
 
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