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  • Obama as culture warrior

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    Nia-Malika Henderson
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama has just concluded the most active six weeks of his presidency, in which he has racked up a list of legacy-level actions. And it is a grab bag of moves -- both substantive and symbolic -- that should make most progressives swoon. Executive order on immigration reform. Check. Reversing 50 years of Cuba […]
  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is lighting fuses in Oklahoma

    Today's Opinion Columns
    George F. Will
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    OKLAHOMA CITYScott Pruitt enjoyed owning a Class AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general — and as one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here. Read full article >>
  • Despite a tough year, an optimistic mood in the White House

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Ruth Marcus
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    After a grueling year that cost Democrats the Senate majority, the mood at the White House is remarkably chipper. The hyper-competitive president put post-election points on the board with an executive action on immigration, a historic overhaul of Cuba policy and a spending bill that, while flawed, managed to fund administration priorities and provide a year of certainty.Read full article >>
  • Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

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    Philip Bump
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    In his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama started out by doing a sort of good-news-from-2014 recap. He highlighted successes on the policy and economic front, and catastrophes avoided internationally -- and domestically, on Ebola. He also made three easily check-able claims about the economy, which we decided to check. Claim 1: 2014 was the strongest year for […]
  • ‘Serial’ takes on Santa

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    Chris Cillizza
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    "Serial", the true crime podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig, has become a cultural phenomenon. (It is the single most downloaded podcast in history; I am one of the millions now listening.) Now, "Serial" is taking on another case that has baffled people for ages: Is Kris Kringle really delivering presents to all of the children […]
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  • ‘Serial’ takes on Santa

    Chris Cillizza
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    "Serial", the true crime podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig, has become a cultural phenomenon. (It is the single most downloaded podcast in history; I am one of the millions now listening.) Now, "Serial" is taking on another case that has baffled people for ages: Is Kris Kringle really delivering presents to all of the children […]
  • Hillary Clinton *drops* to a 49-point lead for the Democrats’ 2016 nomination

    Scott Clement
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The year 2014 brought a mixed bag for Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes. Her popularity continued to decline, her book tour drew mixed reviews (along with her book), and some in the liberal wing of the part are urging Elizabeth Warren to challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination. But her status as most prohibitive Democratic front-runner […]
  • Obama as culture warrior

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama has just concluded the most active six weeks of his presidency, in which he has racked up a list of legacy-level actions. And it is a grab bag of moves -- both substantive and symbolic -- that should make most progressives swoon. Executive order on immigration reform. Check. Reversing 50 years of Cuba […]
  • 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    1. Because it's Friday: Slate created a widget that imagines how President Obama would mispronounce your name. Also, here is a video of retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann rapping. 2. Jason Horowitz writes about Hillary Clinton and her history with Israel. 3. Todd C. Frankel investigates the questions surrounding the death of a young black man […]
  • Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

    Philip Bump
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    In his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama started out by doing a sort of good-news-from-2014 recap. He highlighted successes on the policy and economic front, and catastrophes avoided internationally -- and domestically, on Ebola. He also made three easily check-able claims about the economy, which we decided to check. Claim 1: 2014 was the strongest year for […]
 
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  • Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan’s stark choice

    Editorial Board
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    THE FINAL tally in Maryland’s gubernatorial contest last month looks deceptively close: 51 percent to 47 percent in favor of Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan. A closer look at the map suggests Mr. Hogan trounced his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, in 20 of the state’s 23 counties, in most cases by margins of 2-to-1, 3-to-1 or more.Read full article >>
  • President Obama’s ‘betrayal’ of Cuban democrats

    Editorial Board
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    PRESIDENT OBAMA said he decided to normalize relations with Cuba because “we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement.” So it’s important to know the reaction of those Cubans who have put their lives on the line to fight for democracy and human rights. Many have supported engagement and opposed the U.S. embargo. But they are now pretty much unanimous in saying that the way Mr. Obama has gone about this is a mistake.Read full article >>
  • Obamacare deserves some credit for the good news about health care

    Editorial Board
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    THE RATE of uninsured Americans is down. The once-inexorable ballooning of health-care costs has slowed. And, the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced , U.S. hospitals are making fewer errors, adding to a previous finding that hospitals have significantly cut patient readmissions.Read full article >>
  • Del. Joseph Morrissey doesn’t deserve reelection

    Editorial Board
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    JUST WHEN you think Virginia politics couldn’t sink much lower, with the state’s former governor and first lady awaiting sentencing for government corruption, enter Del. Joseph D. Morrissey (D) from Henrico County. His cynical ploy to try to hold onto his legislative seat, despite his conviction for having sex with a 17-year-old who worked in his office, shows disdain for the legislature, for the state and for the voters.Read full article >>
  • Peru’s climate talks conclude without a big accord in reach

    Editorial Board
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    EVER SINCE negotiators failed to agree on a climate accord in Copenhagen five years ago, diplomats have been trying for a big, international do-over. Talks in Lima, Peru, this month put this effort on track to conclude an agreement in Paris next year. The trade-off is that the accord will be insufficiently ambitious and difficult to enforce, in part because of the intransigence of developing countries. It cannot be the final word on the global response to climate change — just an early step. But it’s preferable to no deal at all.Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?

    Colbert I. King
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    “He’s making a list, checking it twice, going to find out who’s naughty or nice . . .”Santa Claus does not, of course, need any help in deciding among the deserving and undeserving this holiday season. But with Christmas only days away and the North Pole toy shop backed up with orders, here are, in the spirit of the season, a few suggestions to help St. Nick complete his lists so he and his reindeer can get on their way, and on time.Read full article >>
  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is lighting fuses in Oklahoma

    George F. Will
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    OKLAHOMA CITYScott Pruitt enjoyed owning a Class AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general — and as one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here. Read full article >>
  • Despite a tough year, an optimistic mood in the White House

    Ruth Marcus
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    After a grueling year that cost Democrats the Senate majority, the mood at the White House is remarkably chipper. The hyper-competitive president put post-election points on the board with an executive action on immigration, a historic overhaul of Cuba policy and a spending bill that, while flawed, managed to fund administration priorities and provide a year of certainty.Read full article >>
  • Continuing Maryland’s energy boom

    Mike Tidwell
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Trivia question: What governor signed the first legislation in Maryland to boost solar energy from a cottage industry to a major business in the state? Was it liberal Democrat Parris Glendening? Current Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat? Or conservative Republican Robert Ehrlich?Read full article >>
  • Changing the way juvenile offenders see themselves — one book at a time

    Andrew D. Kaufman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Duane is an eloquent 19-year-old who enjoys discussing world history and Russian literature. He has taught himself to count in multiple foreign languages and hopes to be an ambassador someday.This is not your typical teen — or youth inmate. He immersed himself in liberal arts while serving a sentence at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center in Virginia. He plans to go to college, sharing with fellow residents at a Beaumont event that “this place is not the end for us.”Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • Mental illness and crime

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Thanks to a misleading and inaccurate headline, “Case helps put more eyes on Md. criminals” [Metro, Dec. 15], The Post lost an opportunity to highlight the tragic loss of life to mental illness. But for Rohan Goodlett’s mental state, there would have been no deadly crime. But the headline made no reference to mental illness, instead using the word “criminal” alongside a black man who perpetrated, you know what.Read full article >>
  • The artist behind that mural

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The Nov. 29 Real Estate “Where We Live” segment had a wonderful article titled “On Capitol Hill, a once-gritty street turns upscale.” The lead picture showed, “A mural near Eighth and I streets SE on Barracks Row depicts street musicians in the shadow of the Capitol and the monuments.”Read full article >>
  • Does D.C. want the Olympics?

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Regarding the Dec. 14 Local Digest item “Bowser to make Olympic Games pitch”: With D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) off to pitch the city as a host for the 2024 Olympics, I have to ask: Do we really want this? Perhaps the District should hold a referendum on hosting the world’s biggest and most congested and corrupt event. Read full article >>
  • Protecting all interests in stadium deal

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The Dec. 18 Metro article “D.C. Council approves soccer stadium” contained a troubling item: The council may use eminent domain to complete the complex deal. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment protects against eminent domain except for public use. Precedent exists in the instance of Nationals Park.Read full article >>
  • The reason not to expand Medicaid in Virginia

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The Dec. 16 Metro article “Round 2 in Va. on Medicaid growth” obscured the reasoning behind arguments against expanding Medicaid in Virginia. The article stated: “House Republicans are staunchly opposed to extending an entitlement program to able-bodied adults. They also doubt the federal government can afford to bankroll most of the $2 billion-a-year cost.” This sentence makes this doubt sound irrational, when the Department of Health and Human Services has clearly stated that some matching federal funds will be withdrawn permanently after a few years.Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • Methane on Mars! Maybe.

    Joel Achenbach
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    There may not actually be life on mars, but “life on Mars” is an apparently immortal concept. Every time you think you’ve killed it off, it comes springing back into your face, cackling like a lunatic. We all remember when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli first saw those “canali” through his telescope. He meant “channels,” but we […]
  • You have to work on friendship like you work on everything else

    Joel Achenbach
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    One of the underappreciated challenges in life is friend management, which we’re all supposed to be intuitively capable of, but which requires techniques and tricks and specialized maneuvers and organizational skills and the savvy use of friendship triage. This is getting more challenging over time because technology has given us more friends than ever. In […]
  • NASA has a spaceship, but where will it go?

    Joel Achenbach
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Nothing demonstrates the extreme inertia of space technology more vividly than the Orion space capsule, which NASA has been working on since 2006 and which, as my colleague Chris Davenport reports, will finally have its first test flight Thursday morning if all goes as planned. The capsule has cost something like $9 billion so far […]
  • Why nothing is as special as it used to be

    Joel Achenbach
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    I was staying in the French Quarter last weekend, and every morning at sunrise popped down to Café du Monde for my chicory-enhanced cup of coffee. Some mornings I drank it on the levee – muddy coffee meets Big Muddy. But on Monday I sat in the cafe itself, which at 7 a.m. had only […]
  • The world on fire again

    Joel Achenbach
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Last night we were back in 1968, or so it seemed if you were watching the news from Ferguson. I mostly followed CNN’s coverage of the case, including the prosecutor’s drawn-out explanation for why he wasn’t going to prosecute anyone, President Obama’s flat-affect commentary with the split-screen image of street protests and “tear gas” (much […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Another reason to avoid reading the comments

    Anne Applebaum
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    LONDONIf you are reading this article on the Internet, stop afterward and think about it. Then scroll to the bottom and read the commentary. If there isn’t any, try a Web site that allows comments, preferably one that is very political. Then recheck your views. Read full article >>
  • Is Germany ready to assume a global role?

    Anne Applebaum
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    BERLINFar 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
    WARSAWThere 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 >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Jeb Bush cautiously steps into the 2016 mix

    Richard Cohen
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jeb Bush has announced that he has “decided to actively explore the possibility” of running for president. Maybe this means he will run for president, or maybe it means he is about to explore running for president, or maybe he is just exploring the possibility, which could go either way or maybe nowhere. His statement is so attenuated, so bloated with the air of caution, that it suggests that he might be exploring the possibility of possibly making a possible statement in January. Or not.Read full article >>
  • Richard Cohen: In the Sony e-mail scandal, our cyber nightmares are coming true

    Richard Cohen
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Shortly before Adm. Mike Mullen retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I asked him what he saw on the ceiling on nights when he couldn’t sleep. He didn’t even pause. “Cyber,” he said. That was 2011. This is 2014, and it seems that Mullen’s ceiling has been moved to Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has been hacked, maybe by North Korea. Nobody seems to be able to do anything about it — not the U.S. government, not the cowed movie industry and certainly not the ravenous bloggers who have descended, vulture-like, for scraps of gossip. Soon, the hackers threaten, Sony…
  • Will Time magazine step up and salute the Ebola caregivers?

    Richard Cohen
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Frankly (my dear), I normally don’t give a damn who Time magazine chooses as its person of the year. I consider it a publicity stunt on the order of Napoleon crowning himself — it’s really about Time and not about the chosen person. But it may be the forerunner of list journalism, the five of this and the 10 of that. This year seems promising, though, because Time’s finalists include the Ebola caregivers. If they don’t win — if, for instance, they lose to Taylor Swift — I will cancel my subscription to Time.Read full article >>
  • Will Japan’s habit of rewriting its history affect its future?

    Richard Cohen
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II — no war criminals at all, thank you — and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country’s use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend. Read full article >>
  • Wall Street needs a lesson from the DMV

    Richard Cohen
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Iknow a rich guy who parks wherever he wants — bus stops, hydrants, no-parking zones of all kinds. He gets ticketed, of course, and by the end of the year must pay several thousands of dollars in fines. I could tell you his name, but I’d rather tell you what I prefer to call him: J.P. Morgan. They both operate the same way.Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The Schumer prescription for 2016

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Sen. Charles Schumer gave Democrats a talking-to about their obligation to stand up for government’s role in helping struggling middle-income Americans — and his message got swallowed up by a few paragraphs on health care.Read full article >>
  • Obama’s Boehner bailout

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?Read full article >>
  • Reactions to the CIA report suggest that many involved would do it all over again

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate intelligence committee’s report, I fear that we can’t.Read full article >>
  • In politics, does evidence matter?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    One of the lovely formulations in John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address expressed his hope that “a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion.” Kennedy was talking about the Cold War, but we could use a little of this in the partisan and ideological warfare that engulfs our nation’s capital.Read full article >>
  • Our Ferguson divide goes beyond race

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A global conspiracy of health

    Michael Gerson
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the world’s population increased by about 1 billion. Read full article >>
  • It’s time for a politics of repair

    Michael Gerson
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive.As a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill trundled into law, the populist wings of both political parties declared themselves both revolted and in revolt. The bill, complained Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), “does nothing, absolutely nothing, to stop President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional amnesty.” “Who does Congress work for?” asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) . “Does it work for the millionaires, the billionaires, the giant companies with their armies of lobbyists…
  • Jonathan Gruber reveals the arrogance of liberals

    Michael Gerson
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Jonathan Gruber — the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg — recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also later admitted, in an astonishing variety of settings, that the law was written in a “tortured way” to hide tax increases and other flaws. “Lack of transparency,” he cheerfully conceded, “is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever,…
  • Releasing the Feinstein report is an act of exceptional recklessness

    Michael Gerson
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    With the release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let’s consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the world.Read full article >>
  • Treatment of AIDS will require targeting the regions and populations most affected

    Michael Gerson
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My college roommate — the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world — died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus gradually destroyed enough T-cells to cut their ties with the flesh. Metaphors don’t really capture the horror. Declined? Withered? At any rate, he died.Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • David Ignatius: In his final two years, Obama breaks out his changeup

    David Ignatius
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The nadir for President Obama’s foreign policy probably came in April. His Republican critics were calling him “weak” and “indecisive” after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. A deflated Obama responded meekly that sometimes the best a president can do is to hit “singles” and “doubles.”Read full article >>
  • David Ignatius: A U.S.-China ‘reset’?

    David Ignatius
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    BEIJINGThis year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a dominant one. But now there has been progress on climate, trade and security issues and what seems a modest “reset” of the Sino-American relationship. Read full article >>
  • Gen. John Allen carries a heavy rucksack in the fight against the Islamic State

    David Ignatius
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel as if he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat the Islamic State: Iran is a silent partner in Iraq but a potential adversary in Syria and elsewhere; Turkey and Saudi Arabia are crucial allies but skittish and self-interested ones; the very map of battle is uncertain, as boundaries in the region begin to blur.Read full article >>
  • The torture report’s one glaring weakness

    David Ignatius
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s use of torture was immensely valuable. But it should have addressed Congress’s own failure to oversee these activities more effectively. By giving lawmakers a pass, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) weakened the very process of accountability her report was meant to enhance.Read full article >>
  • David Ignatius: The Senate’s CIA report is a necessary public accounting

    David Ignatius
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    A CIA medical officer who was assigned to monitor the interrogation of an al-Qaeda operative named Abu Zubaida sent a message to his superiors on Aug. 4, 2002, the day the CIA first used the technique known as “waterboarding.” He hauntingly titled his cable: “So it begins.”Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Despite a tough year, an optimistic mood in the White House

    Ruth Marcus
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    After a grueling year that cost Democrats the Senate majority, the mood at the White House is remarkably chipper. The hyper-competitive president put post-election points on the board with an executive action on immigration, a historic overhaul of Cuba policy and a spending bill that, while flawed, managed to fund administration priorities and provide a year of certainty.Read full article >>
  • Dick Cheney’s tortured logic

    Ruth Marcus
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Does Dick Cheney matter? Are the former vice president’s comments on the torture report worth dissecting?Some friends, as I mused the other day about what topic to tackle, argued no: Cheney is history. Too easy a target. Enough about torture. What about a nice holiday column?Read full article >>
  • Ruth Marcus: The ‘Cromnibus’ isn’t without an upside

    Ruth Marcus
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The so-called Cromnibus is an ugly piece of work. On balance, I’m glad — no, make that relieved — it passed the House. The Cromnibus is the giant $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the government functioning — no, make that open — through the end of the fiscal year in September. Read full article >>
  • Exposing the CIA’s stain on America

    Ruth Marcus
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Releasing the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture wasn’t even close to a close call. It was a necessary, if infuriatingly belated, corollary to the choice not to prosecute those who relied on faulty legal advice in engaging in such repugnant practices. Read full article >>
  • Challenging the justice system

    Ruth Marcus
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The decisions by two grand juries not to indict police officers in the deaths of black men mark an opportune moment — both depressing and uplifting — to write about civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Harold Meyerson: Democrats need Elizabeth Warren’s brand of populism

    Harold Meyerson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The word on Elizabeth Warren — the Democratic Massachusetts senator who fomented the opposition last week to a rollback of financial regulations in the bill funding the government — is that she’s the left’s answer to shut-’em-down Ted Cruz. In a perceptive column in Wednesday’s Post, my colleague Dana Milbank concluded that Warren is more like former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, the Republican ideologue who left his elective office to better lead the far right to glory.Read full article >>
  • Employees shouldn’t be treated like products

    Harold Meyerson
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Hail the lowly bar code. By enabling retailers to track sales and inventory, it allows them to order goods from warehouses and manufacturers only when needed, reducing overhead and costs. Just-in-time production is a signal achievement of our digitized age.Read full article >>
  • Ferguson’s lawlessness is not a big surprise

    Harold Meyerson
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Lawlessness happens when the law breaks down. That sounds like a tautology. It’s not.The urban — and now, with Ferguson, suburban — riots of the past half-century have characteristically broken out only after the notion that we’re all equal before the law has been mocked by judicial verdicts or police practices that fairly scream that blacks are not the equals of whites — indeed, that they’re fair game for hyped-up, bigoted police. The Los Angeles riots of 1992, which I covered, didn’t break out when the videotape of four policemen beating the prone Rodney King was aired. They…
  • 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…
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • A win for Cuba’s people

    Eugene Robinson
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.Read full article >>
  • Sony Pictures’ killer headache after being hacked

    Eugene Robinson
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy “The Interview.” At this point, I’m guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures Entertainment executives who greenlighted the film.Read full article >>
  • Eugene Robinson: Senate report shows that the U.S. answered evil with evil

    Eugene Robinson
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.Read full article >>
  • Despite progress on racism, the uncomfortable truth is that work remains

    Eugene Robinson
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away.These truths, to quote a familiar document, are self-evident. Obama made the remark in an interview with Black Entertainment Television, telling the network’s largely African American audience something it already knew. The president’s prediction that racism “isn’t going to be solved overnight” also came as no surprise.Read full article >>
  • The Eric Garner case’s sickening outcome

    Eugene Robinson
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:13 pm
    I can’t breathe.Those were Eric Garner’s last words, and today they apply to me. The decision by a Staten Island grand jury to not indict the police officer who killed him takes my breath away.In the depressing reality series that should be called “No Country for Black Men,” this sick plot twist was shocking beyond belief. There should have been an indictment in the Ferguson case, in my view, but at least the events that led to Michael Brown’s killing were in dispute. Garner’s homicide was captured on video. We saw him being choked, heard him plead of his distress, watched as no…
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  • The budget stalemate continues

    Robert J. Samuelson
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee issued a fascinating and largely overlooked report the other day highlighting how little Congress and the White House have done to deal with the nation’s budget problems. Don’t be fooled by Congress’s recent approval of a $1.1 trillion spending bill. True, the legislation will finance most of the government through September. But passage mainly signals political exhaustion by both parties. On the budget, they’re content with the status quo. Read full article >>
  • Health spending — under control?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Has the monster of exploding health costs finally been slain? After five years of slow spending growth, it’s tempting to think so. This would be a momentous development, because rising health spending has had damaging side effects. It has reduced workers’ take-home pay, as employers devoted more compensation dollars to insurance and fewer to wages and salaries. Growing government health spending (mainly through Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor) has had a similar effect. It has squeezed other public programs.Read full article >>
  • A statistical feast survives

    Robert J. Samuelson
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Stat Abstract is dead. Long live the Stat Abstract.As regular readers of this column know, I’ve been a fanatical booster of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, which has collected the most complete and compact set of statistics about this country that has ever existed and probably ever will. When the Census Bureau decided to end the Stat Abstract with the 2012 edition, I protested loudly — to no avail. Read full article >>
  • The happiness curve

    Robert J. Samuelson
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    We all want to be happy, don’t we? Well, if you’re dissatisfied, frustrated or downright miserable, cheer up. There’s apparently a cure for you. Even better, it will materialize automatically. Just sit and wait; the very anticipation of its arrival might improve your spirits. The remedy: getting older. Read full article >>
  • Key facts about the great oil crash of 2014

    Robert J. Samuelson
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The great oil bust of 2014 is something to behold.Since mid-June, crude prices have dropped roughly 40 percent, from $115 a barrel for the Brent benchmark to about $70 a barrel now. U.S. gasoline prices have fallen almost a dollar a gallon, from $3.63 in June to $2.74 in early December. These declines signal a massive transfer of wealth from producers to consumers, estimated at about $1.5 trillion annually by economist Edward Yardeni. Although the full implications are hazy — in part because it’s unclear where prices will settle — likely effects include a boost to the sluggish global…
 
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  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is lighting fuses in Oklahoma

    George F. Will
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    OKLAHOMA CITYScott Pruitt enjoyed owning a Class AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general — and as one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here. Read full article >>
  • Texas takes aim at the First Amendment

    George F. Will
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Tex., on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement: the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.Read full article >>
  • George F. Will: The cheerfulness of tax reform

    George F. Will
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”— Mr. Micawberin “David Copperfield”Read full article >>
  • Eric Garner, criminalized to death

    George F. Will
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:17 pm
    By history’s frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. With a New York grand jury’s as yet inexplicable and probably inexcusable refusal to find criminal culpability in Eric Garner’s death on a Staten Island sidewalk, the nation might have experienced sufficient affronts to its sense of decency. It might at long last be ready to stare into the abyss of its criminal justice system.Read full article >>
  • Government for the strongest

    George F. Will
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Intellectually undemanding progressives, excited by the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — advocate of the downtrodden and the Export-Import Bank — have at last noticed something obvious: Big government, which has become gargantuan in response to progressives’ promptings, serves the strong. It is responsive to factions sufficiently sophisticated and moneyed to understand and manipulate its complexity. Read full article >>
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  • Something for the weekend: Hanukkah cocktails at 2 Birds 1 Stone

    Fritz Hahn
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    It's a very special time of year at 2 Birds 1 Stone: During Hanukkah, cocktail maestro Adam Bernbach adds an extra cocktail to his weekly menu, offering eight choices instead of the usual seven. The selection is solid, including the cognac-based Harvard ($14), a balance of sweetness and strength. But there are two drinks that should especially […]
  • Ready, set, roll: Chase Rice at the Fillmore

    Jedd Ferris
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Chase Rice has a more interesting résumé than most burgeoning country music stars. He was a linebacker at North Carolina, but injuries dashed any dreams of playing in the NFL. After college, he worked on a pit crew with NASCAR’s dominant Hendricks Motorsports racing team. And if all that wasn’t enough, before moving to Nashville […]
  • ‘Annie,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ and ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,’ reviewed

    Macy Freeman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    In this week’s new releases, Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx star in a revamped version of the classic musical “Annie.” Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” is the final installment in his three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel. ★★“Annie” (PG) “‘Annie’ can feel a bit edgy for a kid’s movie. […]
  • For Soulside, a timely reunion

    Mark Jenkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    It took a village to raise the D.C. punk scene that produced such bands as Minor Threat, Fugazi and his own Soulside, Bobby Sullivan recalls. From 1984 to 1989, Sullivan was the lead singer of Soulside, which will play two reunion gigs this weekend at the Black Cat. But long before any of those groups […]
  • Namaste scales the highest peaks in search of authentic Nepali cooking

    Tim Carman
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    The $20 Diner samples the complex joys of Namaste in Alexandria. [Read more]
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  • Carolyn Hax: Uncle’s feelings for children unequal, but should his treatment of them be?

    Carolyn Hax
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My husband’s (much) younger sister had a child as a teenager, when she was not at all able to raise one because of drug problems and other issues. We became the baby’s legal guardians and raised her as our own. Earlier this year, at age 15, the child wanted to live nearby with the biological mother, who has gotten herself (somewhat) together. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Mom worries about all the compliments daughter gets about her looks

    Carolyn Hax
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion.Dear Carolyn:How do I respond to the numerous adults who tell me, in front of my 10-year-old daughter, how pretty she is? I tend to just say thanks and move on (sometimes these are people I know, and sometimes not), but I’m beginning to worry how this is affecting her. She and her friends are starting to become much more body/image conscious and I don’t want all these compliments to make her more so. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Given husband’s past, wife must weigh her options for the future

    Carolyn Hax
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hello, Carolyn:I really need another opinion on my husband. I’m 29, have three kids, have been married for 8 years, together 14 — since high school.Basically, I notice my husband texts with his co-worker early in the morning, midday and when he’s off. He has assured me it’s work-related, but my gut says it’s something more. How can I approach this? He has a history of not being truthful.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Getting past the toddler-comparison obsession

    Carolyn Hax
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn:I often feel like my husband is too quick to wonder whether there’s something “wrong” with our 3-year-old. He doesn’t ride his balance bike as fast as our neighbor. He’s not fully potty-trained. He may or may not have pushed his brother down the stairs. He has tantrums and won’t stay in his bed in the morning. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Avoid. Confront. How about the middle?

    Carolyn Hax
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn:My wife and I have supported our son and his fiancee, financially and otherwise, for years, including legal issues for her. Prior to our retirement from two careers to one pension, our son asked us to sell him our car, which we did contractually. His fiancee objected because she thought they should have it for free.Read full article >>
 
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