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  • Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal

    The Fix
    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is in trouble. Well, he was in trouble (electorally speaking), then he got into a lot of trouble (ethically speaking). And now he's making it worse. It's been about 24 hours since the New York Times's Jonathan Martin broke the story about Walsh's pretty apparent plagiarism in a 14-page paper Walsh wrote […]
  • Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan has some good ideas that all sides can support

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    HOUSE BUDGET Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has produced his latest take on conservative anti-poverty policy. As is often the case with Mr. Ryan’s proposals, this one, launched under the heading “Expanding Opportunity in America,” is ambitious, thoughtful and not entirely persuasive. Read full article >>
  • Israel is acting as if it is free of moral responsibilities.

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Eugene Robinson
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints. As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed since the Israeli assault began. On Thursday, a compound housing a United Nations school — crowded with Gaza residents who had fled their homes to seek shelter — was shelled in an incident still under investigation by the Israeli Defense Forces. Palestinian officials said 15 people were killed and scores injured. Read full article…
  • The death of D.C. congressional representation

    Local Letters
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    President Obama has reaffirmed his support for D.C. statehood [“Obama makes his most unequivocal remarks yet in favor of D.C. statehood,” Metro, July 22]. However, it’s futile, since Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and her allies killed the measure Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) put forward with much Republican support: giving the District a vote in Congress while providing Utah an additional House member. When Republicans said they would support the measure if the proposal included a change in D.C. gun laws, Norton and her backers refused. The measure was killed, and it will be…
  • Where have all the animals gone?

    Achenblog
    Joel Achenbach
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Here’s a phrase to remember: the Anthropocene defaunation. That’s a fancy way of saying that the animals are disappearing. Humans already did their worst in the Pleistocene, wiping out many of the largest terrestrial animals on Earth (mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, giant camels, glyptodonts, saber-toothed cats, gomphopheres, stag moose, giant short-faced bears, the North American […]
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    The Fix

  • Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal

    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is in trouble. Well, he was in trouble (electorally speaking), then he got into a lot of trouble (ethically speaking). And now he's making it worse. It's been about 24 hours since the New York Times's Jonathan Martin broke the story about Walsh's pretty apparent plagiarism in a 14-page paper Walsh wrote […]
  • The eternal and irresistible appeal of Obama campaign experience

    Philip Bump
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Good news for those with short experience and deep pockets: 270 Strategies, a political consulting company founded by veterans of Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, will train you and find you a slot on a campaign for only $5,000, as BuzzFeed reported on Thursday. A few caveats are in order, including that the campaign work, […]
  • Third-party candidates are getting noticed in some key Senate races. History shows they’ll fade at the end.

    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Could a third-party candidate cost Republicans a Senate seat -- or even the Senate, period -- this year? Theoretically, the answer to both questions is yes. But the impact of third-party candidates is often oversold, and just as notably, these candidates tend to fade at the end of the campaign. There's already a good bit […]
  • No, this isn’t the most transparent Administration ever. And the next one will be even worse.

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    President Obama -- and his inner circle -- are no fans of reporters. The latest incident between the two sides came this week when on Tuesday and Wednesday reporters were not allowed into events the president was doing for Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, the two main Democratic super PACS dedicated to electing […]
  • Republicans and Democrats agree: Their own member of Congress isn’t part of the problem

    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    The American people claim they really, really hate Congress. We're a little skeptical. Want proof? According to a new Pew Research Center poll of voter attitudes, 69 percent of people would like to see most members of Congress sent packing in the 2014 election. That's up 13 points since the last midterm in 2010. And […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan has some good ideas that all sides can support

    Editorial Board
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    HOUSE BUDGET Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has produced his latest take on conservative anti-poverty policy. As is often the case with Mr. Ryan’s proposals, this one, launched under the heading “Expanding Opportunity in America,” is ambitious, thoughtful and not entirely persuasive. Read full article >>
  • Sen. John Walsh should stop making excuses for his actions

    Editorial Board
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    SEN. JOHN Walsh, a place-holding Democrat from Montana, already was deemed unlikely to win a full term in this year’s election. With revelations in the New York Times that he extensively plagiarized an academic paper, his prospects are even cloudier. But Mr. Walsh still has a chance at public service: He could apologize for his intellectual theft, acknowledge the seriousness of the offense and use the difficult episode as a learning opportunity for the young people of Montana. Read full article >>
  • If the West doesn’t do more for Ukraine now, it might soon be too late

    Editorial Board
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    VLADIMIR PUTIN has responded to the international outrage over the destruction of a Malaysian airliner by his proxies in eastern Ukraine by escalating his aggression. According to U.S. officials, tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons have continued to cross from Russia to Ukraine since the passenger jet was shot down. On Wednesday, two more Ukrainian military jets were hit by anti-aircraft missiles, which Ukrainian officials said had been fired from Russia. The State Department also said Thursday that Russian artillery was firing at Ukrainian positions from across the border. Read full…
  • Congress should reform the mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses

    Editorial Board
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    LIBERALS AND conservatives have learned from the drug war’s failures. More jail time may result in less crime, but the costs can be too high. Harsh punishments often catch street-corner dealers, not drug kingpins. The drug war’s foremost legacy is a skyrocketing prison population; the number of drug offenders in federal prisons has increased 21 times since 1980. Read full article >>
  • Chris McDaniel should either show evidence or concede in Mississippi’s GOP primary

    Editorial Board
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    IT TOOK just a few words for state Sen. Chris McDaniel to stoke tea party fervor after his runoff loss in the Mississippi Republican primary to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. “We’re not done fighting,” he said defiantly to the June 24 election-night crowd. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Israel is acting as if it is free of moral responsibilities.

    Eugene Robinson
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints. As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed since the Israeli assault began. On Thursday, a compound housing a United Nations school — crowded with Gaza residents who had fled their homes to seek shelter — was shelled in an incident still under investigation by the Israeli Defense Forces. Palestinian officials said 15 people were killed and scores injured. Read full article…
  • The vacant presidency

    Charles Krauthammer
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world’s convulsions. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Read full article >>
  • In Afghanistan and Iran, John Kerry brings some reasons for hope

    David Ignatius
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers — involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran — that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures. Read full article >>
  • Corporations are people. So what if people were corporations?

    Catherine Rampell
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    “Checked the tax code,” wrote a friend who’s engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. “Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big US companies are getting. Thanks for nothing IRS.” Read full article >>
  • The E.U. is the world’s great no-show

    Fareed Zakaria
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world: the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe. The United States can and should lead on the response to this conflict, but nothing can really happen without Europe. The European Union is by far Russia’s largest trading partner — it buys much of Russia’s energy, is the major investor in Russian companies and is the largest destination for Russian capital. Some of President Obama’s critics want him to scold Vladimir Putin. But ultimately, it is European actions that the Russian president will worry about.
 
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    Local Letters

  • The death of D.C. congressional representation

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    President Obama has reaffirmed his support for D.C. statehood [“Obama makes his most unequivocal remarks yet in favor of D.C. statehood,” Metro, July 22]. However, it’s futile, since Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and her allies killed the measure Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) put forward with much Republican support: giving the District a vote in Congress while providing Utah an additional House member. When Republicans said they would support the measure if the proposal included a change in D.C. gun laws, Norton and her backers refused. The measure was killed, and it will be…
  • The left uses inflammatory rhetoric on illegal immigration crisis

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Regarding Robert McCartney’s July 24 Metro column, “White House hit O’Malley unfairly”: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has used inflammatory rhetoric relating to the illegal immigrant crisis, saying the United States should not “try to summarily send children back to death.” Mr. O’Malley and others on the left are using distortion and demagoguery for political gain. They are pandering to Latinos and casting Republicans as hard-hearted. Read full article >>
  • A small claims court win can mean a big moral victory

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Regarding the July 20 Washington Post Magazine article “ A big lesson on small claims”: Bravo to Randyn Charles Bartholomew for sticking with his case through the District’s tortuous and, as he aptly described it, Kafkaesque small claims court system. I had a similar experience in Montgomery County when seeking to recover money owed to the company I worked for. Read full article >>
  • Released inmates need help integrating back into society

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The July 20 Metro article about former inmate David Belton, “ No longer counting days reported that Mr. Belton was released with nothing but the clothes on his back and had to beg a stranger on the street to make a telephone call for him. Read full article >>
  • D.C. residents should control gun laws in the District

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I would like to remind Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) that the U.S. Capitol building is in the District of Columbia and therefore should be subject to the laws of the District [“House passes measure to gut city’s gun laws,” Metro, July 17]. If Massie, who offered the amendment preventing the city from spending money to enforce gun laws, thinks that gun-control laws “prevent good people from being able to protect themselves” and that people should be able to own assault rifles and carry guns everywhere, shouldn’t that apply to everyone, in every place? If he truly believes that…
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    Achenblog

  • Where have all the animals gone?

    Joel Achenbach
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Here’s a phrase to remember: the Anthropocene defaunation. That’s a fancy way of saying that the animals are disappearing. Humans already did their worst in the Pleistocene, wiping out many of the largest terrestrial animals on Earth (mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, giant camels, glyptodonts, saber-toothed cats, gomphopheres, stag moose, giant short-faced bears, the North American […]
  • Secrets of happiness

    Joel Achenbach
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Sometimes when I’m sitting in my cubicle at work, under the fluorescent lights, I realize that it’s been a long time since anyone called me “swashbuckling.” No matter. This is the life I have chosen, happily, freely, without regret, because the world needs the laborers and functionaries who keep the machinery going so that other […]
  • It feels like flying just got a little bit more dangerous

    Joel Achenbach
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Flying just got a little bit more dangerous. That’s how this moment feels. I’m writing this on an airplane, looking at the words stitched into the back of the seat in front of me: Fasten Seat Belt While Seated. And thinking of the people found Thursday in that Ukraine field, some of them still buckled […]
  • Is Miami Beach drowning?

    Joel Achenbach
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    We learn from the Guardian newspaper that the front line in America’s battle against climate-change-induced sea level rise is Miami Beach, and specifically the area along Alton Road. I have fond memories of Alton Road — of cruising down that winding boulevard in my 1964 Cadillac convertible, livin’ large, lookin’ goofy. I worked in the […]
  • Carl Sagan denied being an atheist. So what did he believe? [Part 1]

    Joel Achenbach
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Every so often I get an e-mail out of the blue about two sentences in a story published in The Post in 1996. I quoted Carl Sagan: “An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. An atheist is someone who knows there is no God.” People who contact me want to know […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The Malaysia Airlines crash is the end of Russia’s fairy tale

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

    Anne Applebaum
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    WARSAW Last month, Andrei Kuznetsov left his native St. Petersburg and flew to Ukraine. When he arrived at the Kiev airport, he asked for political asylum. The bemused guards, unaccustomed to any sort of asylum-seekers, let alone Russian asylum-seekers, couldn’t figure out what to do with him. Finally, he told a Radio Liberty reporter, “they let me in as a tourist and gave me the link to a U.N. site with procedures for applying for asylum.” Read full article >>
  • The last democratic World Cup?

    Anne Applebaum
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Like a time-honored ritual, the run-up to any world-class sporting event is always the same. A few months before, the stadiums aren’t ready and the hotels have no hot water. The highways are dirt tracks and the athletes have nowhere to sleep. The local newspapers predict calamity. Will the beach volleyball final not be held for lack of a net? Will the qualifying match between Paraguay and Ivory Coast be abandoned because the referees couldn’t land at the unfinished airport? Read full article >>
  • Europe is seeing a East-West clash of values

    Anne Applebaum
    30 May 2014 | 5:02 pm
    WARSAW By any measure, it was a landmark, landslide victory — for Europe. On May 25, Petro Poroshenko declared victory in the first round of the Ukrainian presidential election. He had won more than 55 percent of the vote — and Ukrainians knew exactly what they were getting. Poroshenko campaigned on integrating his country into European institutions. After his victory, he repeated that goal. Ukraine is on the brink of financial catastrophe and is fighting a de facto invasion: Well-armed Chechen soldiers have now arrived to assist the Russian-made insurgency in the east. Yet in his victory…
  • Developing nations could benefit from trying Southern democracy

    Anne Applebaum
    16 May 2014 | 4:29 pm
    LONDON At a highly orchestrated “election rally” in Cairo last weekend, supporters of Abdel Fatah al-Sissi sang, danced and waited in vain for him to show up. Unsurprised, most assumed that Sissi — the military leader who ousted and jailed Egypt’s previous president — didn’t come for “security” reasons. Since taking power last summer, Sissi has overseen the murder of hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the arrest of some 16,000 others. He has declared he will eliminate the organization “just like that.” And so he has enemies: Two assassination attempts have…
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Richard Cohen: A fight for Israel’s existence

    Richard Cohen
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: “Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years.” It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA’s conclusion could turn out to be right. Read full article >>
  • Carrying a gun into a congressional building, as the Founders intended

    Richard Cohen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Why they arrested Ryan Shucard last week, I shall never know. All he did was bring your basic 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun into the U.S. Capitol (actually, the Cannon House Office Building), upon which, in clear violation of what the Founders intended — right, Justice Antonin Scalia? — he was seized and later had to appear in D.C. Superior Court where, thank God, he was eventually released pending a forthcoming hearing. If Shucard has any guts — and I’m not saying he doesn’t — he would cease insisting that the whole thing was an accident and instead assert a right to enter the…
  • Conservatives will buy anything if it’s about the Clintons and Obamas

    Richard Cohen
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything. Read full article >>
  • On Wall Street, the Corleone family fits right in

    Richard Cohen
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    FADE IN: Michael Corleone’s den. He is at his desk. Facing him are members of his organization. Michael rises and dims the lights. He starts a PowerPoint display showing the various Mafia families. The chieftains and button men are puzzled but they say nothing. Michael turns the lights back on. It is clear he is about to say something important. Read full article >>
  • The tea party would rather burn than submit to Washington

    Richard Cohen
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:05 pm
    A friend of mine worked for a small-town newspaper years ago and had to write the weather report. The county fair was approaching, but the prediction was for rain. So the editors, fearing the wrath of local merchants, ordered my friend to change “rainy” to “sunny.” That was the newspaper’s policy. It has since been adopted by much of the Republican Party. Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. U.S. politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Read full article >>
  • A conservative judiciary run amok

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. Read full article >>
  • Can you be a pro-business populist?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The tea party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. Read full article >>
  • Bordering on heartless

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression. His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of the tens of thousands of Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States. Read full article >>
  • Harry Reid’s effort to affix the blame for dysfunction

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ makes one serious summertime movie

    Michael Gerson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. “The Giver” created a blooming genre — the dystopian youth novel — and considerable controversy. Some parents wanted the book banned from schools, thus unintentionally re-asking the book’s central question: How comprehensively should children (and other humans) be protected from risk and pain? Read full article >>
  • Corrupting citizens for fun and profit

    Michael Gerson
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Two of the larger social trends of our time — the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana — have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty, and they serve the interests of an expanding government. Read full article >>
  • The tea party risks scaring away voters

    Michael Gerson
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama on the theory that his border policies are “the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no más.’ ” Excavating the layers of mixed metaphor — the straw that broke the camel’s back is somehow causing an abused woman to surrender in Spanish — Palin demands the ousting of an American president on the constitutional theory that “enough is enough.” Read full article…
  • The divided states of Obama

    Michael Gerson
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The headline — “Poll: Obama worst president since World War II” — was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac University survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their unfavorable historical judgment of Obama. Democrats divided their votes (and would insist, I’d imagine, that they have more options to choose from). Read full article >>
  • Declaring equality and living equality are two different things

    Michael Gerson
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    On July 9, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was publicly read to the citizens of New York City — “We hold these truths to be self-evident ” — they responded by decapitating an equestrian statue of King George III, cutting off his nose and placing his head on a spike outside a tavern. Metal from the statue was later turned into 42,088 bullets, intended, by one account, “to assimilate with the brains” of the British. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • In Afghanistan and Iran, John Kerry brings some reasons for hope

    David Ignatius
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers — involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran — that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures. Read full article >>
  • Review: “A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal,” by Ben Macintyre

    David Ignatius
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By now, the story of British double-agent Harold “Kim” Philby may be the most familiar spy yarn ever, fodder for whole libraries of histories, personal memoirs and novels. But Ben Macintyre manages to retell it in a way that makes Philby’s destructive genius fresh and horridly fascinating — and, to me, at least, ultimately inexplicable. In an age when every puzzle is thought to have its solution, Philby’s inner motivation remains unfathomable. Read full article >>
  • The U.S. and Germany are rebuilding a spy partnership

    David Ignatius
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this week, this long-standing but veiled cooperation may have a firmer legal and political base. Read full article >>
  • How to break Hamas’s stranglehold on Gaza

    David Ignatius
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    What goal is Israel pursuing in its latest war in Gaza? That has been a hard question to answer, as Israel expanded its war aims from seeking “quiet” from Hamas rocket attacks to closing tunnels to destroying rocket-launch sites in northern Gaza. Read full article >>
  • The risk of tougher sanctions on Russia

    David Ignatius
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter. The dilemma for European governments increased this week as the Obama administration announced strong new penalties against the Russian energy and financial sectors. Europe’s initial response was tepid, in a sign that many of its governments fear Moscow’s energy leverage more than U.S. displeasure. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time

    Ruth Marcus
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Don’t be so sure that the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again. The question is enormously important: Are health-care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are with insurance from state exchanges? Read full article >>
  • A lesson for the White House in anonymous sources

    Ruth Marcus
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Let us now praise anonymous sources. The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources. Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White House spokesman? — was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Post — and noted, more than once, that its reporters were absent from the briefing — for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources. Read full article >>
  • Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama

    Ruth Marcus
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama. No, not that the president should be impeached. But Palin is correct in arguing that, for those who assert that Obama has grievously abused his executive authority, impeachment is the proper course of action. Read full article >>
  • Ruth Marcus: Spared from hatred, thanks to a bullet in the back

    Ruth Marcus
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his father’s house in Gaza. It was Feb. 18, 2004, a week after Yousef’s 15th birthday. The bullet splintered into three fragments, severing nerves near the teenager’s spine. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s lawyerly past

    Ruth Marcus
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    It should not be necessary to write this column. Lawyers represent clients. Criminal defense lawyers represent clients accused of crimes — sometimes horrible, evil clients accused of heinous crimes. It is the ethical and professional responsibility of these lawyers to defend those clients as vigorously as possible. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Schumer offers flawed solution to gridlock

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Would the dysfunction of U.S. politics be dispelled if we got rid of partisan primaries? That’s the contention of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). In an op-ed for the New York Times, Schumer argued that the primary system in most states, in which voters choose nominees for their respective parties who then run head to head in November, gives too much weight to the party faithful, who are inclined to select candidates who veer either far right or far left. The cure Schumer proposes for this ill is the “jungle primary,” in which all primary candidates, regardless of party, appear on the…
  • CIA might as well learn from Germany’s economy while spying

    Harold Meyerson
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s identity crisis

    Harold Meyerson
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Which Hillary Clinton would run for — and, more important, govern as — president? The onetime New York senator whom many Wall Street bankers supported and former secretary of state who gave speeches to Goldman Sachs and others for a reported $200,000 per? Or the leader of an increasingly progressive Democratic Party, who, in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel this week, affirmed the thesis of economist Thomas Piketty? “I think he makes a very strong case that we have unbalanced our economy too much towards favoring capital and away from labor,” she said. Read full…
  • When dollars trump democracy in China

    Harold Meyerson
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    That was quite the demonstration by the citizens of Hong Kong on Tuesday — half a million protesters, by some estimates, braving tropical downpours to tell the Politburo in Beijing that they wanted to choose their own leaders. Though China’s top officials had pledged to allow Hong Kong “a high degree of autonomy” when the British handed the colony over to China in 1997, a government white paper released three weeks ago stipulated that a committee controlled by supporters of the Chinese Communist Party would determine who could run in 2017 for the post of chief executive. Read full…
  • The U.S.’s exceptionally bad support for parental leave

    Harold Meyerson
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:46 pm
    On Monday, President Obama provided more fodder to critics who contend he’s no fan of American exceptionalism. In a speech to a White House conference on working families, he lamented the fact that the United States was the one developed nation that doesn’t provide paid maternity leave. Read full article >>
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  • Israel is acting as if it is free of moral responsibilities.

    Eugene Robinson
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints. As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed since the Israeli assault began. On Thursday, a compound housing a United Nations school — crowded with Gaza residents who had fled their homes to seek shelter — was shelled in an incident still under investigation by the Israeli Defense Forces. Palestinian officials said 15 people were killed and scores injured. Read full article…
  • The downside of giving weapons to rebels in Ukraine or Syria

    Eugene Robinson
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention. Read full article >>
  • Peace may never be at hand

    Eugene Robinson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon — perhaps not in our lifetimes. How often have we seen this movie? Palestinian atrocity, Israeli reaction escalating into overreaction, rocket attacks aimed at civilian targets in Israel, airstrikes targeting Palestinian leadership and infrastructure in Gaza, heartbreaking pictures of mangled young bodies on the beach. Palestinians say: We will never forgive the Israelis for killing our children. Israelis say: We will never forgive the Palestinians for forcing us to kill their…
  • Republicans rant but offer no solutions

    Eugene Robinson
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Apparently there’s a contest among Republicans to see who can be more shameless and irresponsible in criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy. So far, Chris Christie is winning. The New Jersey governor alleged Saturday that “the unrest you see in the Middle East is caused in some measure — not completely, but in some measure — by the fact that this president has not acted in a decisive, consistent way.” Read full article >>
  • An overriding need for immigration reform now

    Eugene Robinson
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.” The line about photo ops was so absurd that it’s a good thing he wasn’t under oath. Every president since Abraham Lincoln has been interested in photo ops. Posing for the cameras amid artfully chosen people and props is something presidents do every day. Obama is very good at it, and there are times when he actually gives the impression that he enjoys it. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Making corporate tax dodgers patriotic

    Robert J. Samuelson
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Corporate America’s latest public relations disaster comes under the banner of “tax inversion.” In an inversion, a U.S. company shifts its legal headquarters to a country with a lower tax rate. Just last week, the U.S. drug maker AbbVie agreed to buy a foreign firm, Shire, in part to reduce its corporate tax rate, which is expected to drop from 22 percent to 13 percent. In most inversions, companies keep their headquarters’ physical activities — the people, the buildings — in the United States, as would AbbVie. Still, the practice has understandably provoked a furious backlash.
  • Budget policy as prayer

    Robert J. Samuelson
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The Congressional Budget Office last week issued one of its periodic long-term budget outlooks. Its themes are distressingly familiar. There is no balanced budget in sight. Under favorable assumptions, the CBO projects deficits of $7.6 trillion from 2015 to 2024. Under less favorable (maybe more realistic) assumptions, the added debt would total $9.6 trillion. The big drivers are an aging population and rising health spending. The deficits materialize despite slightly higher taxes and squeezed spending on defense and most programs — for transportation, law enforcement, education and much…
  • A part-timer boom, or blip?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most — or all — of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that’s a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or Obamacare). They have argued that the added costs of providing health insurance for full-time workers would cause many firms to emphasize part-time employment. Read full article >>
  • The real Medicaid problem

    Robert J. Samuelson
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The White House recently put out a 40-page report arguing that the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) are hurting their poor and themselves. It’s an easy case to make, but it’s incomplete and misleading. The further truth is that Medicaid also threatens to crowd out spending for many traditional state and local functions: schools, police, roads, libraries and more. Read full article >>
  • Three myths about the Highway Trust Fund

    Robert J. Samuelson
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress’ unending budget wars. Created in 1956 to pay for the Interstate Highway System, the trust fund is both popular and controversial. To some, it’s a vast source of governmental “pork.” To others, it’s the foundation of a vital national transportation network. In 2013, the trust fund disbursed $50 billion to states — $43 billion for roads and $7 billion for mass transit, reports the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). For a typical project, the federal government covers 80 percent of the…
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Neel Kashkari could be California’s Goldwater

    George F. Will
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    MENLO PARK, Calif. Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party’s national brand. Read full article >>
  • Ensuring nuclear fuel for Iran could put the country in a box

    George Perkovich
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Uranium enrichment is the stickiest sticking point in the nuclear negotiations with Iran now underway in Vienna. The United States and its five partners want Iran to scale back the number and output of the centrifuges it operates and deploys in reserve, thereby extending the time it would take to “break out” and construct a bomb. Iran says it could delay expanding its enrichment capacity for a few years but ultimately needs to scale up to produce replacement fuel for its Bushehr nuclear power reactor. Iranian negotiators maintain that they can’t rely on Russia to continue supplying the…
  • The Supreme Court reins in government bullies

    George F. Will
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Two 5 to 4 decisions this week, on the final decision day of the Supreme Court’s term, dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today’s progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures social strife and can do so in ways politically useful to progressives. The other case arose from government coercion used to conscript unwilling citizens into funding the progressives’ party. Read full article >>
  • Unanimous Supreme Court comes at a cost

    George F. Will
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two 9 to 0 rulings last week. One overturned a Massachusetts law restricting speech near abortion clinics. The other invalidated recess appointments that President Obama made when the Senate said it was not in recess. In the first, four justices who concurred in the result rejected the majority’s reasoning because it minimized the law’s constitutional offense. In the second, four justices who concurred with the court’s judgment that Obama had…
  • The government decided that ‘Redskins’ bothers you

    George F. Will
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo who successfully moved a federal agency to withdraw trademark protections from the Washington Redskins because it considers the team’s name derogatory, lives on a reservation where Navajos root for the Red Mesa High School Redskins. She opposes this name; the Native Americans who picked and retain it evidently do not. Read full article >>
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  • Yep, that Old Bay fried chicken sandwich is as good as it looks

    Maura Judkis
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Skeptics emerged, of course, after Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken announced its newest creation, an Old Bay fried chicken doughnut sandwich. "Old Bay doughnut embodies all that is wrong with the D.C. food scene," tweeted @FoodCurmudgeon. "When is this awful "lets put Old Bay on everything" fad going to end?" said Post commenter schnauzer21. As […]
  • Seeing Billy Joel at Nationals Park? Here’s what you need to know.

    Sarah Kaplan
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Few things are more sentimentally American than a Billy Joel concert, but a baseball stadium might be one of them. Which makes Nationals Park the perfect venue for the beloved singer-songwriter and newly-minted Gershwin Prize-winner's Saturday concert. If you're planning on singing along to "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" this weekend, here's what to know before you go: […]
  • This week’s best concerts: Billy Joel, DIIV, Nellie McKay

    Christopher Kompanek, Mark Jenkins and Dan Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Billy Joel Billy Joel, the New York piano man who became a rock star with the release of his 1977 album, “The Stranger,” has spent his career walking a fine line between introspective songwriter and supreme entertainer. His shows are filled with almost as many jokes as the powerhouse solos that merge technical precision with […]
  • Balancing act keeps Phish jamming

    Jedd Ferris
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    At every stop on Phish's summer tour, bassist Mike Gordon and his 5-year-old daughter, Tessa, ride bikes around the town where the jam-band heroes will take the stage that evening. The simple routine reflects the new priorities of four rock virtuosos -- median age just shy of 50 -- who sold out Madison Square Garden this […]
  • The summertime vegetarian: A field guide for indulging in the season’s bounty

    Lavanya Ramanathan
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    There’s no better time to indulge in the season’s bounty. [Read more]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Too much of a rush to reclaim a relationship

    Carolyn Hax
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dear Carolyn: I’m 26, he’s 27. Dated for about a year, fell hard and fast, moved in together after about six months and were beginning to talk about getting engaged. I thought I had found the one. But I messed up several times during the relationship and hurt him (never physically cheating, but being inappropriate with other men). Two months ago an incident happened that was the last straw, and he ended the relationship and moved out. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Wife’s dilemma: Disposing of in-laws’ trash talk

    Carolyn Hax
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: Yesterday, I was putting my son down for a nap in my in-laws’ guest room. Through the magic of their HVAC system, I could hear my mother- and sister-in-law tearing me apart — everything from my shyness (they think I’m cold) to the value of my work (“I can’t believe people get paid for that!”), to my mother’s health (“such a [bleeping] drama-queen hypochondriac” — my mother has had cancer twice) to my haircut (I agree, but I can’t control how fast my hair grows). Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: A name game a grandmother must avoid for the sake of family bonds

    Carolyn Hax
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: When my son’s eldest started to talk, I encouraged her to call me “G-ma” because I didn’t care for “Grandma.” She never could learn G-ma, but instead called me Mamaji. I thought this was adorable and very special since it was her own idea. I became Mamaji. It is my e-mail, user ID, I even had a T-shirt made! Not a word was said against it. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Solitary and happy, or just fooling yourself?

    Carolyn Hax
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: I have been single for a long time. I haven’t even been on a date in a long time. Recently, I was talking with an old friend who suggested I get out more. I replied that I’m perfectly happy with the way things are and I feel that’s true. My friend looked skeptical and suggested that I’m so afraid of getting hurt, I’m just fooling myself into believing I’m happy. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: The pros and cons of moving for a spouse’s job

    Carolyn Hax
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: I almost always agree with your advice, or don’t strongly disagree, but this is an exception, [about moving two hours away for a husband’s promotion]. What’s the big deal? Nine of the 11 members of my women’s book club said of course they would move. Of the dissenters, both are caring for ill family members. Three of us have moved to support our husbands’ careers and one husband has moved to support his wife. In this day of Internet communication, this is nothing. To her question of whether she’s overreacting, our response is,…
 
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