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    Robert J. Samuelson
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    If you’re wondering what the 2016 presidential election will be about, here’s one dark-horse possibility: the family-friendly workplace. As millions of Americans struggle to balance family and job demands, proposals requiring paid maternity leave and emergency sick leave have an obvious appeal for Hillary Clinton or any Democratic candidate. The subject is thornier for Republicans, who have resisted new taxes and regulations while also favoring pro-family policies. Read full article >>
  • The judge immigration foes wanted

    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    Ruth Marcus
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    One thing that is certain about Monday’s ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform — it won’t be the last word. Nonetheless, the opinion is worth noting for three reasons: first, what it says about the depressing politicization of the federal judiciary; second, and related, what it suggests about the conservative face of judicial activism; third, what its implications may be for the coming showdown on funding for the Department of Homeland Security.Read full article >>
  • The miseducation of Scott Walker

    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    Ruth Marcus
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant — and concerning — is how he talks about the issue.Read full article >>
  • The Republican curriculum on Common Core

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:26 pm
    “WE’RE DOING Common Core in New Jersey and we’re going to continue. And this is one of those areas where I’ve agreed more with the president than not.” So proclaimed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) just 18 months ago. So what’s to account for his recent change of heart about the K-12 academic standards?Read full article >>
  • The risks of putting Germany front and center in Europe’s crises

    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    Anne Applebaum
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    It’s either an extraordinary coincidence or an act of fate. Over the past 10 days, two unusually dangerous crises have come to a head in Europe. One concerns Greece, where an unresolved economic disaster could lead to a European and even an international financial crash. The other concerns Ukraine, where a Russian invasion could lead to a European and even an international war. They are very different but in one sense similar: Both hang on the decisions and diplomacy of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.Read full article >>
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    The Fix

  • The history of every governor’s seat in every state, in 1 chart

    Philip Bump
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last September, we gave you a chart showing the history of every seat in the U.S. Senate since the beginning of our Republic. Today, something slightly different: The history of every governor. This was inspired by the trivia question in today's "Read In" newsletter. "Over the last decade, Republicans have held the governorships of 44 […]
  • Congressional Republicans are their own worst enemies, by a lot

    Chris Cillizza
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:36 pm
    If you were surprised at what happened on the House floor Friday afternoon, you haven't been paying much attention to politics for the past three years or so. The collapse of a three-week extension of funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security -- a measure seen as a last-ditch attempt by Republican leaders to […]
  • Phil Robertson’s warning about sexually transmitted diseases was more politically loaded than it seemed

    Philip Bump
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    "110 million," "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson bellowed at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. "110 million Americans now have a sexually transmitted illness. 110 million?!" It was an apt warning, given CPAC's reputation for post-conference rowdiness. Robertson's point, in a speech heavy with cultural admonitions, was that America had moved away from Biblical […]
  • GQ made a list of ‘craziest politicians.’ Republicans revolted.

    Hunter Schwarz
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    GQ got plenty of angry reader feedback following its January list of the "craziest" politicians in America. The reason? It was dominated by Republicans. Only three people on the 20-person list were Democrats: Rep. Hank Johnson (Ga.), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Tex.) and Vice President Biden. The rest of the list was made up of 10 […]
  • President Obama on Leonard Nimoy: ‘I loved Spock’

    Abby Ohlheiser
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    President Obama released a statement on Friday marking the death of actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for portraying Spock on "Star Trek." "Long before being nerdy was cool," Obama said, "there was Leonard Nimoy." The full statement goes on: Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Boris Nemtsov’s murder is another dark sign for Russia

    Editorial Board
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:10 pm
    BORIS NEMTSOV was a courageous Russian politician who never gave up on the dream that the country could make the transition from dictatorship to liberal democracy. Once an elected governor and a deputy prime minister in the government of Boris Yeltsin, he stubbornly continued to speak out and organize against the regime of Vladi­mir Putin after other opponents fled the country or lapsed into silence. Most recently, he called on Russians to participate in a protest march Sunday in Moscow. On Friday evening, he was gunned down, gangland-style, on a bridge near the Kremlin — a terrible blow…
  • The new CBO director was a good choice for the job

    Editorial Board
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    IN AN increasingly partisan capital, the Congressional Budget Office is one of the few institutions generally considered free of any political agenda. The CBO has worked that way for decades because that’s what the law requires and because it has been headed by a series of impressive and strongly independent fiscal policy analysts, the most recent being Douglas Elmendorf, whose four-year term expired Jan. 3. Read full article >>
  • In an unusual move, D.C. challenges a problematic contract in court

    Editorial Board
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:04 pm
    THE DISTRICT government’s system for awarding city contracts has long been rife with problems and controversy. One bright spot has been the D.C. Contract Appeals Board, which referees contract disputes and has established a reputation as impartial, expeditious, transparent and knowledgeable. It is disconcerting that District officials have taken the unusual step of appealing a ruling of the board after it found a clear impropriety in a contract award. If the District is committed to a fair procurement process, why is it essentially telling this well-respected board that its business is not…
  • The world should learn from the Ebola crisis to combat MERS in Saudi Arabia

    Editorial Board
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    ADISEASE outbreak has a source and a pathway for transmission, but both can be exceedingly difficult to discover. Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, is surging anew in Saudi Arabia and raising familiar questions: Where is this coronavirus coming from and how is it spreading?Read full article >>
  • The Republican curriculum on Common Core

    Editorial Board
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:26 pm
    “WE’RE DOING Common Core in New Jersey and we’re going to continue. And this is one of those areas where I’ve agreed more with the president than not.” So proclaimed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) just 18 months ago. So what’s to account for his recent change of heart about the K-12 academic standards?Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Two reading lessons from the Supreme Court

    George F. Will
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. Next week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona. On Wednesday, the justices will consider this: Did Congress mean what it said when, with patently coercive intent, it stipulated in the Affordable Care Act that subsidies for persons compelled to purchase health insurance can be disbursed only through exchanges “established by the state”? If so, billions have been illegally disbursed through federal exchanges in the 34 states that resisted the…
  • In Affordable Care Act case, context is key

    Ruth Marcus
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    As with everything else here these days, the talk about the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court next week will focus on ideological splits: Will any conservative justice join the four liberals all but certain to back the administration?Read full article >>
  • The right fight, but the wrong reason

    Colbert I. King
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Sometimes it’s hard to choose your poison, especially when all the options are horrible. That’s what it’s like when the District decides to take on Congress over an issue of self-government. The District’s chances of winning such contests are small because of that pesky Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over . . . the Seat of the Government of the United States.” Read full article >>
  • Define the core mission of schools

    Michael J. Petrilli
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:37 pm
    The sudden departure of Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, caught many by surprise — including Starr. That’s a depressing sign of a dysfunctional school board, one whose members failed to signal serious concerns with their superintendent, even as recently as last fall’s school board elections.Read full article >>
  • Who really gets tested by state exams

    Lynn Baker
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I entered my classroom on test day, armed with a positive attitude and a calm smile. Neither guaranteed test success or reflected my true feelings. Both made me feel better.Preparation for the Virginia Standards of Learning tests had begun in September. Third grade was an especially demanding year, since it was the first time the children had been tested. Merely practicing for the test wasn’t enough. We practiced for the practice for the practice test. Online testing meant that a large part of the computer lab had been transformed from a time of creative discovery into endless drills. The…
 
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    Local Letters

  • The new mayor’s fresh ideas

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Since her election, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) seems to be living up to her motto of “a fresh start.” In December, she convened six hearings in search of new ideas about various topics, each attracting a packed house. In January, city priorities were the topic at a large-scale town hall. And last month, she held three public information sessions on the budget.Read full article >>
  • Hope amid a heroin crisis

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) emotional disclosure that his cousin died of a heroin overdose shows that the tragedy of addiction is not restricted to any income class, ethnic group or geographic area [“For Hogan, the heroin crisis hit in the heart,” Metro, Feb. 25]. Addiction afflicts individuals and families from all walks of life, in Maryland and across the United States.Read full article >>
  • Catholic when it’s convenient

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Regarding the Feb. 26 Metro article “McAuliffe officials fail to flip House on lethal-injection bill ”: Brian Coy, a spokesman for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), implied that the governor’s Catholic faith affected his position on capital punishment. That is highly unlikely considering that Mr. McAuliffe is at odds with the Catholic Church on abortion and same-sex marriage. To imply that his faith had anything to do with what appears to be a purely political decision is a slap in the face to all practicing Catholics in the commonwealth.  Read full article >>
  • The wrong source for understanding the Redskins

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    It’s hard to disagree with Sally Jenkins [“Still in same sticky situation,” Sports, Feb. 22] that, based on Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s history of meddling, he likely had his “jam-sticky little handprints” on the decision to name Robert Griffin III the upcoming season’s starting quarterback. And I understand that, since she writes a column, maybe Jenkins didn’t see the necessity of getting Snyder’s side of the story. After all, why let the old axiom “there’s two sides to every story” get in the way?Read full article >>
  • Missing out on what’s going on

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I read and often use the Weekend listings to plan my activities. But because of the recent decison to drop the “Et cetera . . . ” listings, I missed the Chinatown parade that was featured in the Feb. 23 Metro section [“Boisterous New Year”].Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • ‘Turing’s Cathedral’

    Joel Achenbach
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    We’re now completely immersed, entangled and confounded by the digital revolution, a wonderful thing except to the extent that it is infernal. Alan Turing is, of course, a pioneer of this new world. My story published Friday about Turing offers some, but certainly not all, of the backstory of “The Imitation Game.” The movie focuses […]
  • Mega-droughts, geoengineering, alien contact: Notes from AAAS

    Joel Achenbach
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    The big question Wednesday morning is whether to tell my friends in New England that we’re paralyzed here in D.C. by several inches of snow. Another decision point: Should I attack the sidewalk with a shovel, or will a broom suffice? They’ve shut the federal government in response to this calamity. Many of us responded […]
  • Pondering solutions to global warming in snowy Cambridge

    Joel Achenbach
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Everyone needs a mission. I hope it doesn’t come off as immodest when I say that my professional mission in life is to save the world from superstition, madness and despair. It’s a heavy burden. There are times when, overcome with a sense of humility, I tell myself, “Although you are clearly the best person […]
  • Planck flings dust at BICEP2: No discovery of gravitational waves from the big bang

    Joel Achenbach
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    There’s bad news for the BICEP2 team: A new analysis reveals that the much-hyped discovery of “gravitational waves” from the big bang does not hold up to closer scrutiny.  That’s the result of a joint analysis of data from the ESA’s Planck satellite and BICEP2. The “signal” may have been entirely generated by dust within […]
  • Science’s war on two fronts

    Joel Achenbach
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    Science, writ large, has an ongoing challenge in communicating its ideas and conclusions to the general public. Separately, it has an internal, rearguard problem with irreproducible results. These are distinct battles, and shouldn’t be conflated. The reproducibility issue primarily involves laboratory experiments so laden with secret sauce and customized techniques that no one else can […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The risks of putting Germany front and center in Europe’s crises

    Anne Applebaum
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    It’s either an extraordinary coincidence or an act of fate. Over the past 10 days, two unusually dangerous crises have come to a head in Europe. One concerns Greece, where an unresolved economic disaster could lead to a European and even an international financial crash. The other concerns Ukraine, where a Russian invasion could lead to a European and even an international war. They are very different but in one sense similar: Both hang on the decisions and diplomacy of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.Read full article >>
  • The long view with Russia

    Anne Applebaum
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    In an ordinary year, not all that much happens at the annual Munich security conference. NATO defense ministers murmur earnest platitudes. Experts furrow their brows. But this is not an ordinary year.This year, the normally staid audience laughed out loud at the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, who seemed, at one point, to question the legality of German unification. Some of the room also applauded loudly when Angela Merkel, the German chancellor — just back from an apparently fruitless peace mission to Moscow — restated her view that “there is no military solution” to the…
  • Forget left and right: Europe’s divisions lie elsewhere

    Anne Applebaum
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:41 pm
    For those who want a happy ending or an easy moral to the story, the election of a new Greek government last month poses some interesting quandaries. Progressives of various kinds at first hailed what appeared to be a victory for the radical left-wing party Syriza, but they were caught off guard when Syriza instantly struck a coalition deal with the Independent Greeks, a radical right-wing party that Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a legendary European leftist, bluntly described as “ultranationalist” with a “homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist” leader. Read full article >>
  • Europe has survived terrorist attacks before

    Anne Applebaum
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    LONDONIn the more than two weeks that have passed since the murder of more than a dozen people in Paris — cartoonists, policemen, customers at a Jewish grocery store — a number of European countries have called for new countermeasures to fight terrorism. The French prime minister announced a whole raft of policies. The British want databases to monitor travel in and out of Europe. At emergency meetings, European officials have discussed what one British paper called a “new era of travel surveillance.”Read full article >>
  • North Korea’s incomprehensible regime

    Anne Applebaum
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    In the 1990s, a large group of prisoners was released from North Korea’s secret labor camps. These were not criminals, nor were they even political enemies. On the contrary, they were, in the words of a defector, the grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of “landlords, capitalists, collaborators with the Japanese colonial government, and other people with bad family background.” The Soviet Union once arrested the wives and children of political prisoners, and Russia recently sent the brother of a dissident politician to prison. But North Korea kept generations of families living in…
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Bill O’Reilly deserves a medal for his combat confabulations

    Richard Cohen
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    Thanks to Bill O’Reilly, I am a combat veteran. The Fox loudmouth considers himself one since he covered a minor urban disturbance associated with the Falkland Islands War. At the time, O’Reilly was about 1,400 miles away in Buenos Aires, where demonstrators took to the streets when Argentina capitulated to Britain in a war that can only be compared to when Fredonia and Sylvania duked it out in the Marx Brothers classic “Duck Soup.”Read full article >>
  • The dangers of labeling terrorism

    Richard Cohen
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Looking around the world, I see little but debacles. Vladimir Putin has his way with Ukraine, treating Europe and the United States with the contempt they have so assiduously earned. Libya, where NATO intervened, is now one vast gang fight, tribes against tribes — massacres, beheadings and widespread looting. Shall we press on to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and that hideous entity called the Islamic State, all situations where the United States has intervened? Our intentions have been honorable. The results are another matter entirely. Read full article >>
  • Scott Walker’s inartful dodge in London

    Richard Cohen
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:38 pm
    If I were a Republican, I think I might have supported Scott Walker for president. The man has a nice smile, nearly flunked French in college (so did I) and, most important, has fought for what he believes. What he believes, I must emphasize, is not what I believe, but I nevertheless could respect his tenacity and adherence to principle. Until last week.Read full article >>
  • The universality of evil

    Richard Cohen
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:53 pm
    In 1916, Jesse Washington was accused of rape and murder and swiftly convicted. Washington was black and the woman was white, and the location was central Texas, a state that in the memory of men then alive had bolted from the Union over the issue of slavery. Upon his conviction, Washington was instantly seized by a mob. In downtown Waco, in front of schoolchildren free on their lunch hour, he was horribly mutilated and burned, his charred body hung from a tree. By all accounts, the crowd had a very good time.Read full article >>
  • Anti-Semitism is once again on the march in Europe

    Richard Cohen
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:41 pm
    The title of my recently published book is “Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?” When I started writing it, I did not know how I was going to answer that question. The more I delved into the subject, the more I read and did research, the more I concluded that the answer is yes. The recent events in Paris make me even surer.Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • A challenger throws Rahm Emanuel for a loop

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    CHICAGOThe mayor is proud to tout his work expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs, raising the minimum wage and making two years of community college available to everybody. He talks admiringly about his city’s ethnic diversity and stresses his commitment to making it a place where “every resident in every neighborhood has a fair shot at success.”Read full article >>
  • Taking Obamacare for granted

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s done?Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening to talk on Friday with Sylvia Mathews Burwell,the secretary of Health and Human Services.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP superego win the day?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, a.k.a. the conscience, and the id. Read full article >>
  • James Comey’s candor on race

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists.In “Parting the Waters,” the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of a 1956 Eisenhower administration meeting during which Hoover “expressed no sympathy for civil rights and painted an alarming picture of subversive elements among the integrationists.”Read full article >>
  • Jon Stewart, Brian Williams and the new media age

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way. “Look,” he said, “we politicians may have thin skins, but you guys in the media have no skins.”Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Scott Walker and judging the faith of another

    Michael Gerson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
    When Scott Walker pronounced himself agnostic about President Obama’s patriotism and Christian faith, it must have seemed like a clever formulation. “I’ve never asked him, so I don’t know,” he said. And about Obama’s Christianity: “I’ve never asked him that.” Read full article >>
  • In much of the world, the survival of newborns cannot be taken for granted

    Michael Gerson
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    DAR ES SALAAM, TanzaniaAt a health center here, a young woman is in the recovery room after a Caesarean section. A nurse takes the newborn to a table for cleanup. We (a group organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies) are allowed to enter and see the child. But she starts struggling for breath. Three more nurses enter. One briefly applies bag-and-mask ventilation. Yet the infant’s breathing grows weaker and weaker as she turns a horrible shade of gray. Read full article >>
  • Taming big government by proxy

    Michael Gerson
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:39 pm
    For the six years of the Obama presidency, or perhaps the last 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s election, American politics has been dominated by a debate on the size and role of the federal government. This argument, while intense and consequential, has often lacked one element: actual knowledge about the size and role of the federal government. Read full article >>
  • An appeal for ‘patient pluralism’

    Michael Gerson
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:48 pm
    The rapidity of progress by the gay rights movement — from Stonewall to likely Supreme Court vindication of gay marriage in a historical blink — is causing a series of social and legal tensions.It has left some recently evolved politicians looking cynical (see David Axelrod’s account of President Obama’s convenient malleability on marriage). It has left some conservative politicians appearing fidgety and anxious to change the subject. It has turned the taking of wedding photos and the baking of wedding cakes into unexpected cultural controversies. Is there a constitutional right to…
  • Step up the war against ISIS, not the rhetoric against Islam

    Michael Gerson
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be “twisted and misused in the name of evil” and that terrorists who profess “to stand up for Islam” are, in fact, “betraying it.” Critics found Obama’s timing offensive and his message about Islam naive: He should avoid moral equivalence, stop playing the theologian and recognize that Islam has a unique problem with violence and extremism. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • America is the ally that Egypt needs

    David Ignatius
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice.President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi certainly doesn’t make it easy. His repression of dissent now rivals that of deposed president Hosni Mubarak. His campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood has broadened to include suppression of secular activists, some of whom helped bring him to power in 2013. Sissi’s subversion of democracy adds another sad chapter to the vexed modern history of Egypt.Read full article >>
  • A compelling argument on Iran

    David Ignatius
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Prussian King Frederick the Great offered this rebuke to those who refused to allow any concessions: “If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing.” President Obama might make a similar retort to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attack on the alleged “bad deal” the United States is contemplating with Iran. Netanyahu rejects any concessions that allow Iran to enrich uranium; he thinks the U.S. goal of a one-year “breakout” period before Iran could build a bomb isn’t enough. Read full article >>
  • Why Netanyahu broke publicly with Obama over Iran

    David Ignatius
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    TEL AVIVThe public rift between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute. But a senior Israeli official argued this week that the break has been building for more than two years and reflects a deep disagreement about how best to limit the threat of a rising Iran.Read full article >>
  • Jordan leads the Arab world in the fight against extremists

    David Ignatius
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    AMMAN, JordanOne of the weaknesses of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is that America isn’t trusted as a messenger in much of the Arab world. So it is important that Jordan’s King Abdullah II seems ready to play an unusually visible role in organizing Arab opposition to the extremists.Read full article >>
  • A perfect storm brews in the Middle East

    David Ignatius
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    TEL AVIV — Mistrust between the Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu has widened even further in recent days because of U.S. suspicion that the Israeli prime minister has authorized leaks of details about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran.Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • In Affordable Care Act case, context is key

    Ruth Marcus
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    As with everything else here these days, the talk about the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court next week will focus on ideological splits: Will any conservative justice join the four liberals all but certain to back the administration?Read full article >>
  • Afghanistan’s quietly forceful first lady

    Ruth Marcus
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:06 pm
    The most striking thing about interviewing Rula Ghani, the first lady of Afghanistan, may be that the interview is taking place at all. Consider: Zeenat Karzai, the physician wife of former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, was rarely seen in public during her husband’s decade-long tenure. Read full article >>
  • The miseducation of Scott Walker

    Ruth Marcus
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant — and concerning — is how he talks about the issue.Read full article >>
  • The judge immigration foes wanted

    Ruth Marcus
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    One thing that is certain about Monday’s ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform — it won’t be the last word. Nonetheless, the opinion is worth noting for three reasons: first, what it says about the depressing politicization of the federal judiciary; second, and related, what it suggests about the conservative face of judicial activism; third, what its implications may be for the coming showdown on funding for the Department of Homeland Security.Read full article >>
  • Congress’s war duty

    Ruth Marcus
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:12 pm
    It may be the triumph of hope over headlines to imagine that a Congress currently incapable of funding the Department of Homeland Security could pass a new war authorization. Funding DHS should be a no-brainer. Crafting an authorization for the use of military force is fraught with bipartisan disagreements over scope and further complicated by Republican distrust of President Obama. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Airline passengers are paying the price so that investors can profit

    Harold Meyerson
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    In 2008, the New York Times’ great (and now former) labor reporter Steven Greenhouse authored a book titled “The Big Squeeze.” The squeeze in question, of course, was the increasing economic pressure on America’s middle and working classes. Read full article >>
  • Netanyahu’s curious GOP connection

    Harold Meyerson
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving chutzpah a bad name.Over the past several weeks, Netanyahu has aligned himself and his cause with the Republican Party, which an overwhelming majority of American Jews reject, and many actively despise; he has told European Jews to pull up stakes and come to Israel; and, according to a report just released by Israel’s comptroller, he has spent large amounts of Israelis’ tax dollars (well, actually, shekels) on cleaning his private home (to the tune of $2,000 a month) and his wife’s makeup and hairstyling ($68,000 over a two-year…
  • German lessons on power-sharing

    Harold Meyerson
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    “The Gilded Age was not a golden age,” says Tom Perez, the U.S. labor secretary. “America works best when employers and employees work together” — as they did not during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century and have not during the neo-Gilded Age we are stumbling through today.Read full article >>
  • Obama’s budget pursues fairness, not ‘envy’

    Harold Meyerson
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:07 pm
    “Envy economics” — that’s how Paul Ryan (Wis.), the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, characterized the budget that President Obama submitted to Congress on Monday.I suppose he has a point.Read full article >>
  • In Greek crisis, Germany should learn from its fiscal past

    Harold Meyerson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    If you made a list of countries you hope have learned from their past hundred years of mistakes, Germany would have to be at the top. Happily, the staunch opposition to a nativist fringe that the nation’s government and citizenry have shown in recent weeks makes it clear, again, that Germany understands the costs of bigotry and the virtues of tolerance. Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • A necessary deal with Iran

    Eugene Robinson
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm
    President Obama is clearly right — and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong — about the Iran nuclear negotiations. But the broader and more consequential question of Iran’s place in the world is much more complicated.Read full article >>
  • Deranged by Obama, Republicans are spouting nonsense

    Eugene Robinson
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don’t, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest — without, of course, actually being on the ballot.Read full article >>
  • The Bush legacy lives on

    Eugene Robinson
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens complain about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!” Read full article >>
  • Republicans are holding the Department of Homeland Security hostage

    Eugene Robinson
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can’t help but think of the old proverb: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.” Read full article >>
  • Obama’s confusing war plan

    Eugene Robinson
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.Obama has asked to be liberated and constrained at the same time. He wants no geographical boundaries placed on his ability to go after the Islamic State and “associated persons or forces.” But he also asks that Congress rule out “enduring offensive ground combat operations” and wants the war authority to expire after three years. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Family-friendly politics

    Robert J. Samuelson
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    If you’re wondering what the 2016 presidential election will be about, here’s one dark-horse possibility: the family-friendly workplace. As millions of Americans struggle to balance family and job demands, proposals requiring paid maternity leave and emergency sick leave have an obvious appeal for Hillary Clinton or any Democratic candidate. The subject is thornier for Republicans, who have resisted new taxes and regulations while also favoring pro-family policies. Read full article >>
  • The real middle-class challenge

    Robert J. Samuelson
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Given the obsession with economic inequality, you might think it’s the main force squeezing the middle class. It isn’t. We have this not from some right-wing think tank but from President Obama’s top economists. The bigger culprit, they show, is the slow growth of productivity — that messy process by which the economy improves efficiency and living standards. Greater inequality is a distant second in assaulting middle-class incomes. Read full article >>
  • A new economic mystery: negative interest rates

    Robert J. Samuelson
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    To the long list of economic mysteries can now be added interest rates. They’ve been at rock bottom, as everyone knows. But now we’ve encountered something novel: negative interest rates. Lenders are actually paying for the privilege of allowing someone to borrow their money. It’s occurring outside the United States, and the Federal Reserve’s next move is expected to be raising rates. Still, there’s no ironclad reason it couldn’t happen here.Read full article >>
  • Light bulbs vs. the Internet

    Robert J. Samuelson
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:38 pm
    We are not getting our money’s worth from “creative destruction.” For history buffs, the phrase will be familiar. Coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) — one of the 20th century’s towering economists — it defines a central characteristic of capitalism. Capitalism expands material well-being by replacing existing technologies, products and business methods with superior substitutes. Though this initially disrupts established industries and communities, it is the main engine of economic progress. Read full article >>
  • The great debt debate

    Robert J. Samuelson
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    One of the legacies of the 2008-09 financial crisis is a world awash in debt — and this explains much of the confusion and acrimony of today’s debates about the global economy. Almost everyone wants faster economic growth and lower unemployment. But there’s deep division over whether less or more debt is the way to get there. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Two reading lessons from the Supreme Court

    George F. Will
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. Next week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona. On Wednesday, the justices will consider this: Did Congress mean what it said when, with patently coercive intent, it stipulated in the Affordable Care Act that subsidies for persons compelled to purchase health insurance can be disbursed only through exchanges “established by the state”? If so, billions have been illegally disbursed through federal exchanges in the 34 states that resisted the…
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out to emancipate the Land of Lincoln

    George F. Will
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:07 pm
    CHICAGOThe most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the past six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities. Read full article >>
  • Twitter can’t tame terrorism

    George F. Will
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    “We’re here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force.”— Vice President Biden at the Summit on CounteringRead full article >>
  • Congress’s essential but by no means easy debate on war authorization

    George F. Will
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate concerns an authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State and also against . . .Read full article >>
  • Curb your pessimism

    George F. Will
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Barack Obama’s tone of mild exasperation when tutoring the public often makes his pronouncements grating even when they are sensible. As was his recent suggestion that Americans, misled by media, are exaggerating the threat of terrorism. Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • Head cheese is attracting more fans, who are tres aware it isn’t cheese

    Maura Judkis
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Plate Lab | Whatever you call the dish, it’s an easy way to participate in the nose-to-tail dining movement. [Read more]
  • ‘Focus,’ ‘Maps to the Stars’ and other new movies, reviewed

    Macy Freeman
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    In this week’s new releases, Will Smith stars in “Focus,” a film about a con artist and head of a criminal organization that specializes in small jobs. Julianne Moore stars in “Maps to the Stars,” a film that paints a satirical portrait of Hollywood. ★★½ “Focus” (R) “Will Smith and Margot Robbie bring low-key erotic chemistry to an […]
  • Find out what’s brewing at local coffee roasters

    Tim Carman
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    From single-origin beans to satisfying blends, there’s a world of variety among Washington’s roasters. [Read more]
  • Street Smart: Tavern tradition in Old Town Alexandria

    Jennifer Barger
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lemon-filled punch chilling in a china bowl. A pewter plate of oysters on the half shell. A nearly full bottle of Madeira. The spread laid out in the main dining room at Old Town Alexandria's Gadsby's Tavern (134 N. Royal St.) looks so party-ready, you'd expect hipsters to be milling around talking about local sourcing and […]
  • How to decode D.C.’s coffee roasters

    Tim Carman
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Not all locally roasted beans are alike, or even good. Learn how to find one that matches your tastes. [Read more]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Conquer social anxiety one small step at a time

    Carolyn Hax
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion.Dear Carolyn:In high school, I was very awkward and insecure. I avoided interacting with boys at all because I was afraid of rejection. Now in my 20s, I have grown into myself and I feel much more confident.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: You can share love with grown child despite differences

    Carolyn Hax
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn:My only child is 28 and lives 1,000 miles away. Said child is self-supporting in a challenging field and professes to look up to me personally and professionally.But this child is so different from me — basically more like my spouse in temperament and approach to life. There also are other things I am struggling with: child’s admitted unbelief in God, lack of interest in other core values (e.g., civic responsibility to vote), behavior and some bad/harmful decisions that fly in the face of all I stand for.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Wife’s mothering style could be a sign of problems

    Carolyn Hax
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion.Hi, Carolyn:My wife has morphed into someone I hardly recognize following the birth of our two kids. Before kids, she was funny, easygoing and a joy to be around. After kids, she is now consumed with severely restricting what they (and we) eat. She has banned tap water, flu vaccines, regular laundry detergent, sunscreen — and I could go on.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: This diamond ring doesn’t mean what it did before

    Carolyn Hax
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn:I’m clumsy. About two months ago, a car cut me off, causing me to wreck my scooter. The result: a broken hip and two broken legs, a month in the hospital, and a month out of work, too. In the wake of my accident, family and friends came together to support me not only emotionally, but also financially. To the tune of about $3,500. The generosity was amazing, except for the predicament it’s put me in.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: A relationship too casual for an impending baby to depend on

    Carolyn Hax
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn:I’m nine weeks pregnant. The pregnancy was planned, as I’m in my 30s and feeling like I did not want to miss my opportunity to have kids. I have a good job and can provide well for a baby on my own.Read full article >>
 
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