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  • A mission for Jeb Bush

    Today's Opinion Columns
    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Read full article >>
  • The 2014 battle for the House was about as competitive as the Globetrotters vs. the Generals

    The Fix
    Philip Bump
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    With only a few House races still outstanding (including a couple in Louisiana waiting for Dec. 6 runoffs), we have a pretty clear picture of how the 2014 elections unfolded. For example, we can now say with certainty that, despite the wave in the rest of the country, Republicans have now gone 10 cycles without […]
  • Israeli and Palestinian leaders know what they need to do to stop a ‘third intifada’

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    PALESTINIAN LEADERS, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in Jerusalem — capped by a horrific attack on a Jewish synagogue Tuesday — have raised the prospect of the snowballing of communal bloodshed. And while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he opposes a return to violent resistance — unlike the rival Hamas movement — he can’t…
  • Bowser should be bold

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Jonetta Rose Barras
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “I don’t know that all the ways we’ve organized the bureaucracy will work well for the next 20 years,” D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) said at a recent news conference. I was hoping that moment of insight would be reflected in her transition. Instead, the team and its basic organizational structure forecast business as usual. Read full article >>
  • Rethink shackling of youth in D.C. courts

    Local Letters
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I commend Patricia Puritz for shining a light on the shameful practice of automatically shackling any child appearing in juvenile court in the District, a humiliation rarely inflicted on adults [“Why are children in chains?,” Washington Forum, Nov. 14]. Read full article >>
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    The Fix

  • The 2014 battle for the House was about as competitive as the Globetrotters vs. the Generals

    Philip Bump
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    With only a few House races still outstanding (including a couple in Louisiana waiting for Dec. 6 runoffs), we have a pretty clear picture of how the 2014 elections unfolded. For example, we can now say with certainty that, despite the wave in the rest of the country, Republicans have now gone 10 cycles without […]
  • Understanding how Americans feel about immigration, in 7 easy charts

    Scott Clement
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    How will the public react to President Obama's executive action on immigration on Thursday night? Here's a graphical primer on how the public sees immigration policy, in 7 charts. 1. Americans are not happy about Obama taking executive action   2. Obama is not more trusted on immigration than Republicans, and the public wants Congress […]
  • Nevada’s next Assembly speaker is very bad news for Brian Sandoval

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Nevada Republicans won big this November, flipping the Nevada state Assembly and Senate from blue to red and winning every statewide office -- including reelecting Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) in a landslide. So you'd think Sandoval would be happy, right? Maybe not. Ira Hansen is very likely to become the next speaker of the state assembly, after […]
  • How a key Obamacare enrollment number slipped below the 7 million mark without anyone noticing

    Philip Bump
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    In the blink of an eye, Obamacare enrollment numbers through August fell from 7.3 million to just under 7 million -- a level that dips overall enrollment under 2013 enrollment projections from the Congressional Budget Office. How'd it happen? In short, the administration combined Obamacare medical plan enrollment with dental plan enrollment for those August […]
  • Why Elizabeth Warren would be a very dangerous candidate in 2016

    Chris Cillizza
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Let's get this out of the way: I don't think Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) is running for president in 2016. Why do I believe that? Because she's said she's not running for president in 2016 a whole lot of times. But let's say, just for sake of argument — this is a blog, after all — that […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Israeli and Palestinian leaders know what they need to do to stop a ‘third intifada’

    Editorial Board
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    PALESTINIAN LEADERS, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in Jerusalem — capped by a horrific attack on a Jewish synagogue Tuesday — have raised the prospect of the snowballing of communal bloodshed. And while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he opposes a return to violent resistance — unlike the rival Hamas movement — he can’t…
  • The Senate should revive a bipartisan energy efficiency bill

    Editorial Board
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    WHEN A carefully built, bipartisan energy bill failed in the Senate in May, it was one of the worst instances of unwarranted Washington gridlock. By the same token, precisely because it is so sensible and enjoyed such bipartisan support, it offers one of the most obvious ways for Congress’s new leaders to break Washington’s holding pattern on policy and to help the country. Read full article >>
  • President Peña Nieto must confront lawlessness in Mexico

    Editorial Board
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    FOR DECADES, Mexico has been characterized as mired in corruption, and the stain of lawlessness has indeed run deep. But recent events have underscored anew how Mexico — despite genuine signs of economic and political progress — remains a state lacking the rule of law. A new low point is the disappearance of dozens of students from a teachers college, and much will depend on whether the government responds effectively. Read full article >>
  • President Obama needs to fix his flawed Islamic State strategy

    Editorial Board
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    THE BEHEADING of another American by the Islamic State brought an appropriately harsh condemnation from President Obama, who called it “an act of pure evil.” Such words about the murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig, ought to reinforce the urgency of destroying the terrorist entity before it can further embed itself in Syria and Iraq and commit other atrocities — such as genocide against non-Muslim communities or a direct attack on the United States. Read full article >>
  • The U.S. can do more to support Japan’s economic recovery

    Editorial Board
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    THE PRIME minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced Tuesday that he will postpone a national sales tax increase and hold a snap parliamentary election next month. Both decisions must have been painful for Mr. Abe, since they amount to an admission that all is not well with “Abenomics,” his two-year-old effort to lift Japan out of its deflationary funk through aggressive monetary stimulus and structural reform. Japan’s economic woes can’t be denied; the country slipped back into recession in the third quarter of 2014, contracting 1.6 percent after a 7.3 percent decline in the second…
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Bowser should be bold

    Jonetta Rose Barras
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “I don’t know that all the ways we’ve organized the bureaucracy will work well for the next 20 years,” D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) said at a recent news conference. I was hoping that moment of insight would be reflected in her transition. Instead, the team and its basic organizational structure forecast business as usual. Read full article >>
  • A mission for Jeb Bush

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Read full article >>
  • Obama calculates the human cost of deportations

    Harold Meyerson
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt. Col. Harald Jäger has recounted why he defied his orders. And his story couldn’t be more relevant to the debate consuming our own nation. Read full article >>
  • Liberals are violating their principles on Keystone XL

    Charles Lane
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Building the Keystone XL pipeline, to speed the flow of crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas, would be “game over for the climate,” says NASA-scientist-turned-climate-activist James E. Hansen. Heeding Hansen’s words, environmentalists have sworn to stop the project, which requires U.S. government approval. Read full article >>
  • The Justice Department becomes a schoolyard bully in Wisconsin

    George F. Will
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    MILWAUKEE It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.
 
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    Local Letters

  • Rethink shackling of youth in D.C. courts

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I commend Patricia Puritz for shining a light on the shameful practice of automatically shackling any child appearing in juvenile court in the District, a humiliation rarely inflicted on adults [“Why are children in chains?,” Washington Forum, Nov. 14]. Read full article >>
  • Checking for child-care licenses

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The Nov. 16 Local Opinions commentary “Child-care licensing isn’t hard — but it should be required” said, “In Northern Virginia, parents don’t have to police child care because local ordinances require a license or permit as soon as one unrelated child is cared for in the home.” Read full article >>
  • The District’s streetcar woes

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    I have never agreed with D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) , and only rarely with The Post, on public policy, but the assessment in the Nov. 17 editorial “Trolley troubles” of the District’s problem-prone streetcar was right. Thanks to early prodding by the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, the council enacted common-sense planning requirements, which have been ignored by the Gray administration. Read full article >>
  • Faiths coexist in one cathedral

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Regarding the Nov. 15 Metro article “Unity call at cathedral’s first Muslim service”: The Rev. Franklin Graham needs to take a basic theology class. He may not like the Islamic faith. He may not want non-Christians holding services in Washington National Cathedral. However, a clergyman should know that Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same Abrahamic God. Mr. Graham may not approve of how the Muslim faith worships the same God he does, but it does worship the same God. Read full article >>
  • Help restore the Chesapeake Bay through education about pollution

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Kudos to Prince George’s County for fostering relationships with places of worship to reduce stormwater pollution runoff [“Pr. George’s reaches deal to tout God’s green earth,” Metro, Nov. 17]. This approach helps the county meet its goals and provides a mechanism for educating church members on the importance of reducing stormwater runoff. Read full article >>
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  • The fundamental problem with “Interstellar”

    Joel Achenbach
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    [Warning: Spoilers.] I keep meaning to blog about “Interstellar,” but it feels like I’m launching a dandelion seed in a hurricane. One’s own platform, the little digital squirt gun, seems unequal to the Death Star that is the Hollywood publicity machinery. Cover of TIME magazine, that kind of thing. Matthew McConaughey is on all the […]
  • John McPhee, master craftsman and professor for life

    Joel Achenbach
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    [Here's an essay in the Princeton Alumni Weekly about John McPhee, who has been teaching at the university for nearly 40 years. I've had a lot of lucky breaks over the years, and getting in that class is definitely on the list. The regulars here may recall the story of McPhee reading a letter from […]
  • Election Day 2014! But is this really all about Obama?

    Joel Achenbach
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Except those of us who did early voting. And those of us who do not care. And those of us who care but forgot to pay attention. And those of us distracted by Ebola. And those of us who think paying attention to politics and performing one’s […]
  • World Series still not over, scientists discover

    Joel Achenbach
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    On Sunday, I went for a great hike on the Appalachian Trail, ascending the spine of South Mountain to reach a rocky promontory. Behold the ancient crumpled landscape, the hardwoods rapidly skewing toward the gold and the red, and the river below sparkling as it sliced through the ridges to reach the Piedmont. What I […]
  • Ebola and the BP oil spill

    Joel Achenbach
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Life is busy on the Ebola beat. We start at dawn and go to midnight, and fortunately there are people to pick up the slack during the hours when we grab some sleep. The Ebola story reminds me of the BP oil spill. Remember this: Allen has at various times referred to the oil spill […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Is Germany ready to assume a global role?

    Anne Applebaum
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    BERLIN Far from the main events — the balloons, the speeches and the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Wall — last weekend I joined a panel discussion about the future of Europe, as one does so often in Germany. Asked to say a few words about “threats to the West,” I spoke about the relative weakness of NATO, about the failures of European foreign policy, about Russia’s use of money and disinformation to divide Europe and the United States. Read full article >>
  • Anne Applebaum: Jews celebrate their place in Poland’s history

    Anne Applebaum
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    WARSAW There were ministers and presidents, and an audience full of people from around the world. But at the official opening of the beautiful Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw last week, there was one speech that stood out from all of the others. In the cold autumn sunlight, Marian Turski got up in front of the crowd and began with the following words: Read full article >>
  • The myth of Russian humiliation

    Anne Applebaum
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking back over the past quarter-century, it isn’t easy to name a Western policy that can truly be described as a success. The impact of Western development aid is debatable. Western interventions in the Middle East have been disastrous. Read full article >>
  • China’s explanation for the Hong Kong protests? Blame America.

    Anne Applebaum
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    More than 50,000 people have filled the streets of Hong Kong in the past few days, and at times the number has climbed higher. The photographs of these gatherings have shown a remarkably calm, remarkably disciplined crowd. Students do their homework on the sidewalk. Others stack up plastic bottles for recycling and sweep the streets. Read full article >>
  • Scotland sends Europe’s elites a warning

    Anne Applebaum
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    LONDON In Aberdeenshire, more than 87 percent of people voted on Scotland’s independence referendum; in Clackmannanshire, the number was above 88 percent; in the Western Isles, it was close to 90 percent. One remote Highland peninsula actually achieved a 100 percent turnout — meaning that all 98 residents showed up to vote. Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • What if the FBI had succeeded in exposing Martin Luther King Jr.?

    Richard Cohen
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.” King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press. Read full article >>
  • Frozen in time, George W. Bush refuses to admit his mistakes

    Richard Cohen
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    In Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” Gregor Samsa awakes to find himself transformed into a large insect. In real life, Richard Cohen awakes to hear George W. Bush talking about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Hussein’s dirty bomb and the grand coalition Bush had assembled to deal with all of that. Cohen is listening to National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” He is startled, still a bit sleepy. Is this some sort of Groundhog Day? Has Cohen lost his mind, or has Bush? Cohen turns off the water (he is in the bathroom) and pays closer attention. Sure enough, the…
  • Hillary Clinton is the Democrats’ only hope

    Richard Cohen
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Hillary Clinton looms over the Democratic Party like Evita from her balcony. She is the presumptive presidential nominee, the likely one, the inevitable one, the one and only, the one before all others run in awe and panic. Behold the biggest and, in a sense, only thing in the Democratic Party. All she lacks is a song. Read full article >>
  • Brittany Maynard’s courage in dealing with death

    Richard Cohen
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The death of death is fast approaching — fast being a matter of decades or maybe more, but sooner or later science will kill the Grim Reaper, and future generations will look back on us and wonder what it was like knowing the end was always coming. We will, no doubt, vanquish death. In the meantime, we will have to deal with it. Read full article >>
  • The tasteless taping of Nik Wallenda’s high-wire act

    Richard Cohen
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    David M. Zaslav is the modern-day equivalent of the Magic Christian. That was the title of the 1959 Terry Southern novel about an immensely rich man who sets out to prove that people will do anything for money. Zaslav is the chief executive of Discovery Communications, whose Discovery Channel showed Nik Wallenda of the famous daredevil family walking on a tightrope strung between two Chicago skyscrapers more than 500 feet above the sidewalk on Sunday night. About 50,000 people gathered to see whether Wallenda would live or die, and countless millions watched on the Discovery Channel. Wallenda…
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • A mission for Jeb Bush

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Read full article >>
  • Obama pursues a can-do approach

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner has said that President Obama would “poison the well” for legislative action on immigration reform by unilaterally issuing executive orders. But how can you poison a well that has already been filled with partisan cyanide? Read full article >>
  • Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. Read full article >>
  • Don’t govern on fantasies

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity. Begin by being skeptical of the lists of what President Obama and the now Republican-controlled Congress should “obviously” agree on. Notice that liberal lists (including mine) start with immigration and sentencing reform while conservative lists focus on free trade and tax reform. Surprise! The election changed no one’s priorities. Read full article >>
  • Democrats’ 2014 defeat is worse than it was in 2010

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse. Four years ago, the economy was still ailing, and a new wave of conservative activism in the form of the tea party was roiling politics. This time, the economy was better, ideological energies on the right had abated — and Democrats suffered an even more stinging defeat. They lost Senate seats in presidential swing states such as Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina. They lost governorships in their most loyal bastions, from Massachusetts to Maryland to Illinois. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Michael Gerson: Pope Francis challenges the faithful

    Michael Gerson
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Pope Francis’s American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess). At first, some political conservatives complained that Francis was showing insufficient respect for distinguished Catholic theologians such as Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. But now, more thoughtful Catholic writers wonder if the pope (who conspicuously marries cohabiting couples) is laying the groundwork for more substantive changes on the sacrament of marriage and access to the Eucharist for the divorced and remarried. This, argues Ross Douthat of the New York Times, would…
  • Michael Gerson: A gathering storm on immigration

    Michael Gerson
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    When Abraham Lincoln first presented a version of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, Secretary of State William Seward warned that issuing it after a defeat would look desperate. Better to wait “until the eagle of victory takes his flight” and then “hang your proclamation about his neck.” Lincoln postponed action until after the Union victory (such as it was) at Antietam. Read full article >>
  • From Ohio, a different sort of Republicanism

    Michael Gerson
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Aweek after the midterm elections, Republicans are still browsing through the jewelry store of their victories, admiring this bauble and that. Most of their Senate wins were predicted by the electoral map. The victories of many Republican governors, however, were impressive for extending the map, holding hard-earned territory or crossing demographic barriers. Read full article >>
  • Obama’s harmful ‘gifts’ to the nation and the Democrats

    Michael Gerson
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received. Read full article >>
  • Republicans are stuck in a Reagan time warp

    Michael Gerson
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a ­Jimmy Carter-like figure — hapless, luckless and increasingly friendless — most prospective GOP presidential candidates are positioning themselves as Ronald Reagan’s rightful heir. A thick fog of historical analogy has settled over the Republican field. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The moral issue of climate change

    David Ignatius
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama’s deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said “carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state and other states around the country” by undermining economic interests. Read full article >>
  • Power plays at the APEC summit in Beijing

    David Ignatius
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The photograph on Tuesday from Beijing was as carefully arranged as a display of Ming pottery: Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping discussing the world’s business as they walked, side by side, across a bridge with ornate, brilliantly illuminated lampposts. Read full article >>
  • A handy checklist for the U.S. effort in Iraq

    David Ignatius
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    As the United States advances into its third war in Iraq in a quarter-century, it’s important to have a mental checklist to assess whether U.S. strategy there can succeed. Right now, because of Iraq’s continuing corruption and sectarianism, it’s hard to be optimistic. Read full article >>
  • Obama’s fourth-quarter agenda for foreign policy

    David Ignatius
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday’s election blowout. A man who has been perhaps the least political president in modern U.S. history doesn’t have to worry about elections anymore. “I’m going to be busy for the next two years,” Obama said at his “What, Me Worry?” news conference Wednesday. He batted away questions about his political setback in the midterm elections. “At the end of my presidency, I’ll say, we played that fourth quarter well.” Read full article >>
  • A plan to heal Syria?

    David Ignatius
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    With U.S.-backed “moderate” opposition forces on the run in northern Syria, a mediation group is proposing an alternative strategy for local cease-fires and a gradual de-escalation of violence in a future decentralized nation. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A slippery slope on immigration

    Ruth Marcus
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama’s plan for unilateral action on immigration reform. Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability of a future Republican president to act on his or her own. Read full article >>
  • Ruth Marcus: In Virginia, a cruel and unusual punishment for autism

    Ruth Marcus
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Reginald Latson’s path to solitary confinement began four years ago as he waited for the public library to open in Stafford County, Va. Latson, known as Neli, has an IQ of 69 and is autistic. Teachers and therapists describe him as generally sweet and eager to please. Read full article >>
  • Campus sexual assault charges carry dangers for boys as well

    Ruth Marcus
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear. Especially when alcohol is involved. Especially in the context of the college hookup culture. No doubt, sexual assault on campus is a serious problem that authorities have too often ignored. Yet the new insistence that women must not be shamed into silence and that consent must be evident threatens to edge too far the other way, turning young men who may have misread a sexual situation into accused rapists. Read full article >>
  • Early forecast warning: Expect more gridlock

    Ruth Marcus
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Is the government’s gridlock about to be dislodged? Imagine the capital as a giant set of pulleys and levers, operating at cross purposes. In the end, the forces tugging President Obama and Republican leaders apart may be more powerful than the ones pushing them together. Read full article >>
  • A case for compulsory voting

    Ruth Marcus
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Athought experiment in the election’s aftermath: What if, instead of focusing on making it harder for people to vote, we made voting mandatory? Indulge me in a rant against the phantom menace of voter fraud. The efforts to suppress it are barely disguised Republican moves to hold down minority votes that would, presumably, go to Democrats. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Obama calculates the human cost of deportations

    Harold Meyerson
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt. Col. Harald Jäger has recounted why he defied his orders. And his story couldn’t be more relevant to the debate consuming our own nation. Read full article >>
  • The right economic message can get the Democrats back on track

    Harold Meyerson
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    A bit belatedly, Democrats have detected a deficiency in their 2014 midterm campaigns: They didn’t really have an economic message. Economic messages are serious business for Democrats. Republicans tend to win elections not when their own economic messages are plausible (such instances are too few to be statistically significant) but when the Democrats’ economic pitch fails to persuade many voters. Such was surely the case last week. Turnout collapsed among the voters who typically benefit from Democrats’ successes at boosting the economy — so much so that the Republicans’ share of…
  • Harold Meyerson: Democrats lost because they didn’t deliver broad prosperity

    Harold Meyerson
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    When a party loses as catastrophically as the Democrats lost Tuesday, something very big has gone very wrong. Democrats can’t blame the blowout simply on the six-year itch, or low midterm turnout, or Republican negativity, or Barack Obama’s too-cool-for-rule presidency. What fundamentally ails the Democrats, rather, is the same ailment that afflicts incumbent parties throughout the advanced economies, and parties of the center-left in particular: their inability to deliver broadly shared prosperity as they used to do. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street problem

    Harold Meyerson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Over the past week, the usually redoubtable Hillary Clinton has comported herself like a leaf in a storm. Last Friday, campaigning in Boston for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Clinton not only praised Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator who has won a devoted following as the scourge of big banks; she sounded like her. Read full article >>
  • IBM’s big blues

    Harold Meyerson
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Big Blue’s got the blues. On Monday, IBM’s stock tumbled by 7 percent after it unveiled a dismal quarterly earnings report that showed a 4 percent drop in revenue — the 10th consecutive quarter of flat or declining sales. Revealing these mournful numbers, the company also announced it would abandon a policy that set it apart from all other firms: the 2010 pledge from then-CEO Sam Palmisano to raise the earnings per share of its stock to $20 by 2015. Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Boehner’s immigration inertia forces Obama to act

    Eugene Robinson
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t. I repeat: That’s the only reason. The issue could have been settled a year ago. It could be settled in an afternoon. The problem is that Boehner refuses to do his job, preferring instead to spend his time huffing and puffing in simulated indignation. Read full article >>
  • U.S.-China pact is an accord the planet needed

    Eugene Robinson
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce their intention to snuff it out. Fortunately for the planet, it seems they can’t. This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years. Not to sound grandiose, it means the world still has a chance to save itself from unmitigated disaster. Read full article >>
  • Where the Democrats went wrong

    Eugene Robinson
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    All right, all right, I didn’t see the wave coming. All those margin-of-error polls seemed to suggest that Democrats would likely hold their own — probably not keep the Senate but make a respectable showing overall. Wrong. Read full article >>
  • Eugene Robinson: Our politicians are flunking the vision test

    Eugene Robinson
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon. To understand why, consider the issue of climate change. There is clear evidence — presented yet again in a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report — that human activity is altering the climate. Global temperatures are rising. Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are rising. Concentrations of these gases in the atmosphere are rising. Oceanic temperatures and levels of acidity are rising. Sea levels are rising. Read full article >>
  • Do Republicans have a plan for the country? The answer is ‘no’.

    Eugene Robinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    No matter how well Republicans do at the polls Tuesday — and my hunch is they won’t do as well as they hope — the GOP won’t be able to claim any kind of mandate. That’s because they have refused to articulate any vision for governing. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The twilight of democratic capitalism?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    It must be obvious by now that we are experiencing something greater than the routine frustrations of the business cycle and the normal political discontents of democracies. There is, as political scientist William Galston writes in a recent essay, a “shared fear that an epoch is coming to an end.” The “liberal democratic bargain” that wealthy societies embraced after World War II is failing, and this has spawned widespread anxiety and conflict. Read full article >>
  • Why we can't (or won't) govern

    Robert J. Samuelson
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    We Americans are increasingly given to political escapism. Regardless of our place on the political spectrum — Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative — we prefer self-serving fictions to messy realities. We avoid unpopular choices by hiding behind ideological platitudes. This defines Washington’s political paralysis and polarization. The question posed by the midterm elections is whether the parties want to break it. Read full article >>
  • Stock bubble? Don’t blame the Fed’s bond-buying program.

    Robert J. Samuelson
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Without QE, will the stock market tank? Count me a skeptic. QE refers to “quantitative easing,” the Federal Reserve’s multitrillion-dollar program of bond buying that is now ending. I recently devoted a column to whether QE worked as intended. The short answer is that we don’t know. The idea was that by buying bonds, the Fed would inject money into the economy and strengthen the recovery. The added money would cause interest rates to fall and stock prices to rise. People would spend more. Read full article >>
  • The Fed’s bond buying enigma

    Robert J. Samuelson
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    The Federal Reserve has ended its roughly $3.7 trillion program of bond buying, leaving in its wake a host of hard questions. Did it strengthen the economic recovery? If so, by how much? What are the long-run effects? Should it be used again? We don’t have good answers. Read full article >>
  • Is employers’ prejudice against pay cuts causing wage stagnation?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    I recently wrote about sluggish and stagnant wages, which are said to weaken the economy’s recovery. I argued that workers’ fear of losing their jobs is an important — perhaps decisive — explanation. In a nutshell: Frightened of being fired and being unable to find a new job, workers are less inclined to quit and search for something better. Therefore, employers don’t have to raise wages, or can raise them less, to retain their best workers. Wage gains have been running at about 2 percent annually, a bit above the rate of inflation. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The Justice Department becomes a schoolyard bully in Wisconsin

    George F. Will
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    MILWAUKEE It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.
  • A murderer’s warped idealism

    George F. Will
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Western reflection about human nature and the politics of the human condition began with the sunburst of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, but it lurched into a new phase 70 years ago with the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps. The Holocaust is the dark sun into which humanity should stare, lest troubling lessons be lost through an intellectual shrug about “the unfathomable.” Read full article >>
  • A potential fresh start for U.S. foreign policy

    George F. Will
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Barack Obama’s coming request for Congress to “right-size and update” the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks. Read full article >>
  • Time to rethink Hillary Clinton 2016

    George F. Will
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Now that two of the last three Democratic presidencies have been emphatically judged to have been failures, the world’s oldest political party — the primary architect of this nation’s administrative state — has some thinking to do. The accumulating evidence that the Democratic Party is an exhausted volcano includes its fixation with stale ideas, such as the supreme importance of a 23rd increase in the minimum wage. Can this party be so blinkered by the modest success of the third recent presidency, Bill Clinton’s, that it will sleepwalk into the next election behind Hillary Clinton?
  • The first steps Republicans should take

    George F. Will
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to its consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what to do with what they have caught. Having completed their capture of control of the legislative branch, they should start with the following six measures concerning practical governance and constitutional equilibrium: Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • Taqueria Habanero: From Puebla, with love and fresh tortillas

    Tim Carman
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The $20 Diner falls for the exquisite rounds of  corn masa at this no-nonsense Columbia Heights taqueria. [Read more] 
  • See Baltimore rock quartet Horse Lords at Union Arts

    Chris Richards
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    With our attention spans being continuously squished and splintered beneath the girth of the Internet, it takes a special kind of courage to write a 13-minute song in 2014. So let’s pin some medals on the members of Baltimore’s Horse Lords, who kick off their terrific new album, “Hidden Cities,” with a magical, marathon jam […]
  • D.C.-area Christmas bazaars offer a world tour of holiday cheer

    Fritz Hahn
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Polar vortex-proof wool sweaters from Iceland. Traditional Ukrainian religious icons. Reindeer jerky. These are just some of the holiday gifts you can cross off your list this weekend at holiday markets sponsored by local cultural organizations. Because Washington is such an international city, some of these events have serious clout, attracting members of the city's […]
  • Quota adds color to D.C. art scene

    Maura Judkis
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    The stereotypical contemporary art gallery is a white cube. Just as white: The art on its walls. A recent analysis of 2012 Census Bureau data revealed that a disproportionate amount of working artists in America — 83 percent — are white. This isn’t due to lack of talent or interest, but rather, money: An art […]
  • Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour is still rolling, but things have changed

    John Taylor
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Bob Dylan acknowledges but doesn’t embrace the name that has come to describe his life on the road: the Never Ending Tour. “There’s no such thing as forever,” he told Rolling Stone in 2009. “Anybody ever say that Duke Ellington was on a Never Ending Bandstand Tour?” But the name has stuck, and for good reason. […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: How to respond to couple who want your view on possible name for baby

    Carolyn Hax
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: When 15-year friends ask for my opinion on the baby name they’re “considering,” do they really want to hear my opinion, or do they just want validation for the name they’ve already chosen? I probably COULD convincingly articulate what I think is wrong with the name (it clashes with their complicated surname, and their alternative spelling choice seems trashy) — I’m not sure I’m actually supposed to! Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Marriage means being there for both spouses’ families during holidays

    Carolyn Hax
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My significant other and I have been in a relationship for a few years. We both agree our relationship is headed toward marriage and have discussed the long-term future. We work great together and see eye-to-eye on almost everything — until we start discussing the holidays. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Husband worries that having kids would end a couple’s adventures

    Carolyn Hax
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: How do I know if I want kids badly enough to have them to please my very beloved wife? Minds aren’t stretchy enough to get around that. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Dealing with the high-achieving — but always absent — father

    Carolyn Hax
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My father is a very well-known physician in a highly specialized field. Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, he wasn’t around much because of the demands of his work. I was not surprised when my parents got a divorce when the last of their kids entered high school. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Disapproving of wife’s alcohol addiction, but unwilling to walk away

    Carolyn Hax
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: I understand what you often say with regard to always disapproving of your partner’s habits. But what if your wife is a functional alcoholic? She drinks bottles of vodka every week (the jug bottles) and is drunk and passed out six nights out of seven. Guess what? I disapprove and I let her know it. Read full article >>
 
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