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  • The decline of Rand Paul

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    Dana Milbank
    26 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south.The libertarian Kentucky senator’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock-full of lines that would position Paul well — if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.Read full article >>
  • The end of casual Christianity

    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    Michael Gerson
    25 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights.” Read full article >>
  • The right’s political correctness

    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts
    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out.Read full article >>
  • Nebraska’s abolishing the death penalty means a lot more for politics than it does for prisoners

    The Fix
    Philip Bump
    27 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    On Wednesday night, the Nebraska legislature overrode the governor's veto of a bill banning the death penalty in the state. The decision will probably have a much bigger effect outside the state's borders. Since the death penalty was relegalized by the Supreme Court in 1976, the state of Nebraska has executed three men. Harold Otey was […]
  • FIFA’s ugly stains on the beautiful game

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    27 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    SOCCER IS a game, a beautiful game — but it isn’t only a game. It is a global cultural obsession, and its quadrennial showcase, the World Cup, is one of the biggest entertainment spectacles on the planet. Hungry for prestige, revenue, tourism and construction projects, nations large and small, free and unfree, compete to host the World Cup and related tournaments, which coincidentally yield billions of dollars for the International Federation of Association Football, more commonly known by the French acronym, FIFA, and its component bodies.Read full article >>
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  • Nebraska’s abolishing the death penalty means a lot more for politics than it does for prisoners

    Philip Bump
    27 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    On Wednesday night, the Nebraska legislature overrode the governor's veto of a bill banning the death penalty in the state. The decision will probably have a much bigger effect outside the state's borders. Since the death penalty was relegalized by the Supreme Court in 1976, the state of Nebraska has executed three men. Harold Otey was […]
  • Nebraska, and the conservative case for opposing the death penalty

    Amber Phillips
    27 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Nebraska is now the first Republican state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty. Lawmakers there voted to abolish it last week, and on Wednesday they successfully overrode the Republican governor's veto to do so. So how did this happen? While the legislature is technically nonpartisan, it is for all intents and purposes under […]
  • How often the 2016 candidates agreed (and disagreed) in their Senate votes, charted

    Philip Bump
    27 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    One of the favorite statistics offered by political candidates is how often his or her opponent voted with The Person Voters Are Supposed to Hate. "My opponent voted with Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton/Ted Cruz/Vermin Supreme 98.4 percent of the time!" such ads say, causing the viewer to gasp and reconsider his vote. (That's a joke; voters […]
  • ‘Dark money’ is now in the dictionary. Here are 9 other political words that should be.

    Hunter Schwarz
    27 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday that it is adding more than 1,700 new entries to its unabridged dictionary. "WTF," "meme," "emoji," "clickbait," and "photobomb" got the most attention, but also included was "dark money," one of the most important terms to know if you're following the 2016 presidential race. Here's the entry: "Dark money (noun): money contributed […]
  • Your online guide to Rick Santorum

    Philip Bump
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    Part nine in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we'll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate.  (Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: Hillary Clinton. Part 4: Marco Rubio. Part 5: Bernie Sanders. Part 6: Carly Fiorina. […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • FIFA’s ugly stains on the beautiful game

    Editorial Board
    27 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    SOCCER IS a game, a beautiful game — but it isn’t only a game. It is a global cultural obsession, and its quadrennial showcase, the World Cup, is one of the biggest entertainment spectacles on the planet. Hungry for prestige, revenue, tourism and construction projects, nations large and small, free and unfree, compete to host the World Cup and related tournaments, which coincidentally yield billions of dollars for the International Federation of Association Football, more commonly known by the French acronym, FIFA, and its component bodies.Read full article >>
  • The Senate must find a solution on phone data collection

    Editorial Board
    26 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    ON THE contentious issue of bulk phone metadata collection by the National Security Agency, the big story is remarkably positive. Two years after Edward Snowden revealed the program and charged that it exceeds the agency’s lawful authority under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a bipartisan solution has emerged. The USA Freedom Act enjoys the support of President Obama and has passed the House with the votes of 338 Democrats and Republicans. Its central provision would allow the bulk collection of phone metadata to continue but assign storage of the records to the private sector, not the…
  • China’s dangerous provocation demands a response from the U.S.

    Editorial Board
    26 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    THE UNITED States last week stepped up its efforts to call attention to China’s massive and provocative expansion of infrastructure in a disputed portion of the South China Sea. The Navy invited CNN aboard a surveillance flight and released video the next day of what one U.S. official called an attempt “to make sovereign land out of sand castles” in the Spratly Islands. The flight by a P-8A Poseidon aircraft drew eight warnings from the Chinese navy and an angry denunciation by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which called it “very irresponsible and also very dangerous.” But the U.S.
  • Prince George’s schools at the tipping point

    Editorial Board
    26 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    MARYLAND HAS 24 school districts, of which the one in Prince George’s County — by some measures the wealthiest and most successful majority-black county in America — is second to last in graduation rates, ahead only of Baltimore City, and among the state’s lowest-performing systems by other measures. That’s a blot on the reputation of Prince George’s, a disservice to its 125,000 students and an almost insurmountable obstacle in the county’s efforts to compete regionally for good jobs and amenities.Read full article >>
  • Living without the death penalty

    Editorial Board
    25 May 2015 | 4:27 pm
    “WE GOT the state out of the killing business today,” Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers said Wednesday, according to the Omaha World-Herald. His state would not be the first to live without the death penalty; it would be the 19th. It also would not be the first to eliminate it recently; Maryland, among others, marked earlier points in the trend. But Nebraska is remarkable in two ways: It is deep-red, and the legislature’s vote against executions was overwhelming. It is therefore the latest manifestation of a growing and positive movement, bridging left and right, toward smart justice…
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Are we playing minimum-wage roulette?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    The minimum wage — long relegated to the sidelines in the war against poverty and inequality — is back in the game. Los Angeles has just decreed that by 2020 the city’s minimum should rise in steps to $15 an hour, a 67 percent increase over California’s minimum of $9. Previously, San Francisco and Seattle had approved $15. Although the federal minimum of $7.25 isn’t likely to be raised soon, other localities are considering steep increases. Read full article >>
  • A chance for presidential candidates to pick their budget plan

    Ruth Marcus
    26 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    It’s far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates — but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate’s ideology, should be expected to address. Read full article >>
  • William Kristol’s self-loathing attack on baby boomers

    Kathleen Parker
    26 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    One can understand why the Weekly Standard’s William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page. Read full article >>
  • A State Department policy overwhelmed by puffery

    David Ignatius
    26 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights about the court politics of Washington and the way policymaking can be overwhelmed by trivia and personal puffery.Read full article >>
  • The decline of Rand Paul

    Dana Milbank
    26 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south.The libertarian Kentucky senator’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock-full of lines that would position Paul well — if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • Why ‘rebuilding’ this trail will fall short

    26 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Regarding the May 22 Metro article “A final push for Purple Line in Md.”:Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) promised to budget $100 million “to rebuild” the Georgetown Branch of the Capital Crescent Trail after construction of the Purple Line. The Georgetown Branch is a four-mile-long linear park, surrounded by thousands of trees that form a canopy and rustic setting for the gravel trail used by joggers, hikers and bikers. All of this would be destroyed by clear-cutting every tree on or close to the 100-foot-wide right of way for the Purple Line.Read full article…
  • How gentrification can work for lower-income D.C. residents

    26 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Regarding the May 22 Metro article “Shaw viewed as a model for affordable gentrification”: Is it possible for a formerly lower-income neighborhood to remain integrated by income and race while being gentrified because of an influx of more-affluent homeowners and upscale businesses? Maintaining integration is imperative for combating inequality. A recent Harvard University study shows that poor children who live in more integrated communities have higher earnings when they are adults.Read full article >>
  • New models for D.C. high schools

    25 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    The May 20 Metro article “3 new charter schools approved” reported on the approval of a new charter high school east of the Anacostia River. D.C. Public Schools has built two beautiful high schools there and fully modernized a third. These schools are designed to support excellent programming and include specialized spaces in science, technology, engineering and math, visual and performing arts and athletics. They represent an investment in the future. DCPS plans to open a new high school for young men of color in Ward 7. With the Public Charter School Board’s approval to open…
  • Arlington officials make the unhealthy choice on Reevesland vote

    24 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The May 21 Metro Article, “For sale: A piece of Arlington’s past,” accurately captured the reasons that citizens in Arlington and, I suspect, in other jurisdictions, are fed up with unresponsive local officials. County Board Chair Mary Hughes Hynes and her slim 3-to-2 majority were secretive in the way they approached the vote to allow for a sale of the Reeves farmhouse. Read full article >>
  • A moving picture

    22 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Ordinarily, I think of news storytelling as a writer’s artful assemblage of words. The May 14 front-page article “After 29 years, pardon ends ‘nightmare’ case of mistaken ID,” about a man pardoned for a crime he did not commit, followed this mold.Read full article >>
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    Achenblog

  • I am a sailor man

    Joel Achenbach
    22 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    I had taken a dip into the bracing water of the inlet and was drying on the dock — having achieved a rare state of existence that I had heard about and read about, and which I believe is known technically as “relaxed” — when my friend M announced that it was time to go […]
  • The farming life

    Joel Achenbach
    13 May 2015 | 7:38 am
      We all have multiple identities, and one of mine is, as you know, “farmer,” because I am an agronomist, horticulturist, man of the soil, nature freak and dirtball. This is the time of year when I am perpetually filthy from my labors in the field — what I refer to as the “back 40” […]
  • Andy Weir and his book ‘The Martian’ may have saved NASA and the entire space program

    Joel Achenbach
    5 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Andy Weir isn’t just living a publishing dream. He may have also saved the space program in the process. I’ll try to defend that bold statement in a moment. But first, let’s look at the marvel that is “The Martian.” This book — placed on my desk by a colleague who was certain I’d find […]
  • Earthquake experts got it right about Nepal. What about Japan, California and Mexico? [Updated]

    Joel Achenbach
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Writing about seismic risk is frustrating: The experts know that big earthquakes are going to happen, but not exactly when and where. The ensuing articles are laced with hypotheticals. There is an airy, foamy quality to these stories; as a writer, you long for solid facts and certainties, and wonder whether any of this stuff makes […]
  • BP oil spill plus 5: Why it’ll happen again

    Joel Achenbach
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    An unhappy anniversary, this: Eleven people were killed in an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon five years ago in the Gulf of Mexico. That blowout immolated the huge offshore drilling rig, which sank two days later on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, leading to the worst oil spill in U.S. history. In some ways […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The end of Britain as we know it

    Anne Applebaum
    10 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    LONDONThis election will be remembered as the one that rescued the career of David Cameron, the British prime minister, who was publicly contemplating his own exit from politics only two months ago. It will also be remembered as the election that abruptly ended the career of the Labor Party leader, Ed Miliband, who had confidently carved his electoral promises onto a large piece of limestone only last week. Above all, it will be remembered as the election that every single major pollster got wrong: All the dire talk of hung parliaments, minority coalitions and the intervention, even, of the…
  • How Libya continues to flummox Europe

    Anne Applebaum
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    When I was in Libya a couple of years ago, I met a man who was on a European Union mission. If memory serves, he was writing a report on the Libyan media for an E.U. institution, or perhaps an E.U.-funded one. In any case, he was walking around Tripoli, earnestly conducting interviews and holding meetings at the union’s expense.Read full article >>
  • FBI director got it wrong on the Holocaust

    Anne Applebaum
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    The Polish ambassador to Washington has protested, the Polish president has protested, the speaker of the Polish parliament (to whom I am married) has protested — and the U.S. ambassador to Warsaw has apologized profusely. Why? Because James Comey, the director of the FBI, in a speech that was reprinted in The Post arguing for more Holocaust education, demonstrated just how badly he needs it himself.Read full article >>
  • When it comes to politics, the U.S. and Britain could learn from each other

    Anne Applebaum
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    LONDONEvery once in a while, it’s worth pausing to ponder the relative merits of different kinds of democracy. Just consider: This week, Hillary Clinton published a two-minute video and launched what will be a grueling 18-month campaign. Also this week, the main British political parties published their longish, wonkish election manifestos and launched the final three weeks of a general-election campaign that began three weeks ago.Read full article >>
  • When it comes to politics, the U.S. and Britain could learn from each other

    Anne Applebaum
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    LONDONEvery once in a while, it’s worth pausing to ponder the relative merits of different kinds of democracy. Just consider: This week, Hillary Clinton published a two-minute video and launched what will be a grueling 18-month campaign. Also this week, the main British political parties published their longish, wonkish election manifestos and launched the final three weeks of a general-election campaign that began three weeks ago.Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A novel about Hitler trivializes the Holocaust

    Richard Cohen
    25 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    “I remember waking up,” Adolf Hitler says. “I was lying on an area of undeveloped land, surrounded by terraces of houses.” The year is 2011, somewhere in Berlin, and Hitler, uniformed as he was when he committed suicide, cannot account for how he got where he is. That’s okay with him, because he can’t really account for how he, impoverished and undereducated, became the absolute ruler of Germany, either. Fate has always looked out for him.Read full article >>
  • After a visit from the pope, Mr. Castro has much to confess

    Richard Cohen
    18 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Who am I to tell the pope how to be, well . . . the pope? But after President Raúl Castro of Cuba, an observant communist for most of his life, said he was so impressed with Francis that he was considering returning to the Roman Catholic Church, I would have liked for the pope to have handed Castro a list of political prisoners, adding, “Free these people, and then we’ll talk.” If Francis said anything like that, it was in private. To borrow Marco Rubio’s very good line about Castro’s possible conversion, we await “a pretty long confessional.” Read full article >>
  • For Jeb Bush, it’s Groundhog Day on Iraq

    Richard Cohen
    14 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    It’s Groundhog Day…in Baghdad.There’s yet another Bush, saying the same dumb things about Iraq.There’s yet another Bush, shrugging his shoulders in the same goofy way, wincing just as in days of old, looking so much like his older brother but, more importantly, saying more or less the same things. After days of stumbling around trying to come up with an answer to the question first posed to him by Megyn Kelly of Fox News, he finally said that when it came to Iraq he would have done what his brother did — plunge into a debacle.Read full article >>
  • Michelle Obama, criticized for the sin of being black

    Richard Cohen
    11 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Sometimes I think that Rush Limbaugh is the dumbest man in America. This happens whenever I take him at face value and forget that he is basically an entertainer with contempt for his audience. He will tell them anything. Last week, as if to validate my opinion of him, he went after Michelle Obama for playing the “race card” at the dedication of a museum in New York City. He described her as angry and complaining. The word he should have used was “right.” Read full article >>
  • Setting the record straight: What Balko gets wrong

    Richard Cohen
    8 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Now it’s my turn.On Wednesday, my Washington Post colleague Radley Balko wrote a very long blog post taking me and another writer, Lloyd Green, to task. I’ll leave Green to fend for himself. As for me, I’d like to congratulate Balko on some smooth writing. It’s his reading that needs work. He got my column wrong.Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The right’s political correctness

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out.Read full article >>
  • Progressive frenemies

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    You probably think there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party’s soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that’s what the media talk about incessantly, often with a lot of help from those involved in the rumble.Read full article >>
  • Jeb Bush’s brotherly bind

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Am I the only person outside the Bush family who has a smidgen of empathy for Jeb Bush’s roller-coaster ride in trying to answer a straightforward question: Was going to war in Iraq the right thing to do?Read full article >>
  • Something is stirring in the religious world

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will the focus groups continue to tell politicians of all stripes to talk only about the middle class because mentioning the poor is politically toxic?Read full article >>
  • Watch President Obama discuss the costs of poverty

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., I will be moderating a discussion of poverty with President Obama as part of Georgetown University’s Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty. Also on the panel will be Harvard professor Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks. You can watch the livestream below or check back later for video of the event. I invite you to join the discussion by responding to the panel’s thoughts down in the comments section.Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The end of casual Christianity

    Michael Gerson
    25 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights.” Read full article >>
  • In just five weeks, Hillary has had a lifetime quota of scandals

    Michael Gerson
    21 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Irecall the moment when the press finally turned against Bill Clinton. In 1998, I was a junior writer at U.S. News & World Report, then (for the children in the audience) an actual, physical weekly magazine, useful for pressing leaves or as packing material. When the word came that there was a blue dress stained with actual, physical, genetic evidence, it was the consensus of veteran journalists along the hallway that Clinton was gone, gone, gone, through either resignation or impeachment. Clinton had, as A.M. Rosenthal of the New York Times later wrote, “gambled the moral, political…
  • How Republicans should respond to the Iraq question

    Michael Gerson
    18 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The exhausting, occasionally horrifying experience of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars still makes it difficult for political figures to say obvious things about the past. At the time, almost everyone supported the Afghanistan invasion — as close to a unanimous national decision as we’ve seen since Pearl Harbor. At the time, based on judgments by the intelligence community about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, a solid, bipartisan majority favored intervention in Iraq — a majority broad enough to include then-Sen. Hillary Clinton. Yet just about no one would have supported…
  • Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

    Michael Gerson
    14 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Pass any Chipotle these days — and it is my gastronomic preference to pass rather than enter — and you will see signs claiming credit for removing ingredients that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from the menu. It is the first big chain to do so, and probably not the last. The business press has pronounced it “a savvy move to impress millennials” and a “bet on the younger generations in America.”Read full article >>
  • The violent narrative of religious rivalry

    Michael Gerson
    11 May 2015 | 5:27 pm
    The sign of a first-rate intelligence, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald, is “the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” When it comes to Islam and blasphemy, many Americans are having trouble accepting even consistent ones.Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A State Department policy overwhelmed by puffery

    David Ignatius
    26 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights about the court politics of Washington and the way policymaking can be overwhelmed by trivia and personal puffery.Read full article >>
  • The disenfranchisement of America’s center

    David Ignatius
    21 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists in the wings in presidential nominating politics — and a corresponding diminution of the power of the center.Read full article >>
  • Interagency battles are hurting the U.S.’s fight against the Islamic State

    David Ignatius
    20 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    President Obama is rightly pushing Iraqi leaders to unite and take action after the fall of Ramadi last weekend. But he needs to mobilize his own administration’s efforts so that one person drives U.S. military and political strategy against the Islamic State.Read full article >>
  • A tragic replay in Ramadi

    David Ignatius
    19 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    The capture of Ramadi last weekend by Islamic State fighters is a significant setback for U.S. strategy in Iraq and shows that, nearly a year after the extremists overran Mosul, the United States still doesn’t have a viable plan for protecting the country’s Sunni areas. Read full article >>
  • Time for candidate Clinton to step up on trade

    David Ignatius
    14 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    President Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying thatSen. Elizabeth Warren was “absolutely wrong” in her criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that “her arguments don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny.”Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A chance for presidential candidates to pick their budget plan

    Ruth Marcus
    26 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    It’s far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates — but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate’s ideology, should be expected to address. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton’s unseemly speechifying

    Ruth Marcus
    22 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Again with the speeches. The gross excessiveness of it all, vacuuming up six-figure checks well past the point of rational need or political seemliness. The ceaseless drip of information that ought to have already been released, now being presented with a self-serving back pat over transparency. Read full article >>
  • A bogus argument against the trade deal

    Ruth Marcus
    19 May 2015 | 5:02 pm
    One of the most seemingly compelling arguments against the free-trade legislation now before Congress turns out to be largely bogus.The Trans-Pacific Partnership, opponents contend, is being hammered out behind closed doors, a backroom deal rigged in favor of corporate interests. While the public is kept in the dark, this argument goes, lawmakers are being pressured to grant President Obama “fast-track” authority to bring the treaty to an up-or-down, no-filibuster-allowed vote.Read full article >>
  • 2016 hopefuls flunk the questions test

    Ruth Marcus
    15 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Let us talk about answering hypothetical questions, gotcha-type questions and no questions at all. That is, let us talk about Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton.Bush first flubbed his answer Monday to a question from Fox News’s Megyn Kelly about the war in Iraq.Read full article >>
  • The sexism that propels Carly Fiorina’s candidacy

    Ruth Marcus
    12 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy is, would not be taken even semi-seriously were it not for her gender.Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A trade deal at what cost?

    Harold Meyerson
    20 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    So what gives with the American people? Don’t they realize, as my colleague Charles Krauthammer argued last week, “that free trade is advantageous to both sides”?The sides to which Krauthammer referred, of course, are nations. But perhaps those who’ve experienced such free-trade consequences as factory closings and lower-paying jobs are thinking about two entirely different sides — capital and labor. Trade promoters cite David Ricardo’s 200-year-old assessments of trade’s benefits to nations, but skeptics can mine a rich vein of mainstream economics that demonstrates how trade…
  • A democratic socialist campaign? It’s about time.

    Harold Meyerson
    14 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign is the first such effort by a democratic socialist since Norman Thomas waged the last of his six such campaigns on the Socialist Party ticket in 1948.It’s about time.Read full article >>
  • Germany shows the way on labor

    Harold Meyerson
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “Policy,” says David Rolf, the Seattle union official chiefly responsible for the first successful campaigns for a $15 minimum wage, “is just frozen power.” By which measure, the problem with U.S. trade policy for the past quarter-century is that it reflects the growing imbalance of power between investors, able to profit from global markets, and workers, who have lost the institutions that once enabled them to improve or at least maintain their jobs and incomes.Read full article >>
  • What it will take to revive the middle class

    Harold Meyerson
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Hillary Clinton has kicked off her presidential campaign making all the right noises. Trouping around Iowa with a handful of aides (and a media scrum that could fill Yankee Stadium), she has focused, however hazily, on the scourge of economic inequality and the concomitant plutocratization of American democracy. The “deck is stacked,” she has said, in favor of the rich; CEO pay, she’s lamented, has soared from 20 times that of their employees to 300 times, while hedge fund managers pay lower taxes than nurses or truckers; we need, she’s said, a constitutional amendment to diminish the…
  • What it will take to revive the middle class

    Harold Meyerson
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Hillary Clinton has kicked off her presidential campaign making all the right noises. Trouping around Iowa with a handful of aides (and a media scrum that could fill Yankee Stadium), she has focused, however hazily, on the scourge of economic inequality and the concomitant plutocratization of American democracy. The “deck is stacked,” she has said, in favor of the rich; CEO pay, she’s lamented, has soared from 20 times that of their employees to 300 times, while hedge fund managers pay lower taxes than nurses or truckers; we need, she’s said, a constitutional amendment to diminish the…
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • End the NSA’s collection of phone data

    Eugene Robinson
    25 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.Read full article >>
  • Why fight for the Iraqis if they are not going to fight for themselves?

    Eugene Robinson
    21 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    If Iraqis won’t fight for their nation’s survival, why on earth should we?This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama’s critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how many troops he sends back to Iraq or whether their footwear happens to touch the ground. The simple truth is that if Iraqis will not join together to fight for a united and peaceful country, there will be continuing conflict and chaos that potentially threaten American interests.Read full article >>
  • Obama drills a hole in his climate policy

    Eugene Robinson
    18 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-April on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.Read full article >>
  • A gift basket for Clinton from the GOP

    Eugene Robinson
    14 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who’s going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn’t think so.Not if what we’re watching now is the best the GOP can do. Maybe a thoroughbred will emerge from the coming debates, assuming the party finds a way to cram all the candidates onto the same stage. So far, however, most of the GOP field seems to be in a contest to make the likely Democratic nominee look better. Jeb Bush has been the biggest disappointment. It’s one thing to be rusty after spending a few years away from politics — indeed, Clinton’s…
  • It’s time to seriously rethink ‘zero tolerance’ policing

    Eugene Robinson
    4 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses.Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basic right to life and liberty is secured. If anything positive is to come of Freddie Gray’s death and the Baltimore rioting that ensued, let it be a new and clear-eyed focus on these fundamental issues of daily life for millions of Americans.Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Are we playing minimum-wage roulette?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    The minimum wage — long relegated to the sidelines in the war against poverty and inequality — is back in the game. Los Angeles has just decreed that by 2020 the city’s minimum should rise in steps to $15 an hour, a 67 percent increase over California’s minimum of $9. Previously, San Francisco and Seattle had approved $15. Although the federal minimum of $7.25 isn’t likely to be raised soon, other localities are considering steep increases. Read full article >>
  • China’s coming crash?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    24 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    It’s time to worry about China. On any list of calamities threatening the world economy, a China crash ranks at or near the top. Just what would constitute a “crash” is murky. Already, China’s sizzling rate of economic growth has declined from 10 percent annually — the average from the late 1970s until 2011 — to 7 percent, which is still high by historical standards. The question is whether the deceleration continues and growth goes much lower. Read full article >>
  • The ‘low-wage recovery’ is a myth

    Robert J. Samuelson
    20 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Guess what? This isn’t a low-wage job recovery. Listen to the media, and you might think that the only kind of jobs being created are in fast-food restaurants and retail chains. It turns out that this is wildly misleading and that the economy’s employment profile — the split between high- and low-paying jobs — hasn’t changed much since the recession or, indeed, the turn of the century.It’s striking how little has changed. There’s been a small and gradual increase in low-paying jobs and a parallel loss of midlevel jobs. Both trends preceded the recession and have continued. Gould…
  • The next Smoot-Hawley?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    17 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    This is no time to get all worked up over China’s currency manipulation. To use it as an excuse to resist the Obama administration’s pro-trade posture is perverse. This opposition weakens the United States’ competitive position. All of Asia — the fastest-growing part of the world economy — is watching the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If Congress derails President Obama’s trade policies, these countries will rightly conclude that the United States is not a dependable partner. By default, they would be swept into a trading system dominated by China.Read full article…
  • Why we love World War II

    Robert J. Samuelson
    13 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — Victory in Europe Day occurred on May 8, Victory over Japan Day happens on Aug. 14 — the Census Bureau has published some fascinating numbers that also throw light on the war’s larger historical meaning. They help explain why WWII remains our favorite war. Here’s an overview. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Kaine’s quest for war legitimacy

    George F. Will
    22 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The Revolutionary War and the Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today’s war with radical Islam. Now a senator from Virginia is determined that today’s war shall not continue indefinitely without the legitimacy conferred by congressional involvement congruent with the Constitution’s text and history. Read full article >>
  • Capital punishment’s slow death

    George F. Will
    20 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when, years hence, the death penalty finally is administered to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon terrorist who placed a bomb in a crowd and then strolled to safety. Sentencing to death those who commit heinous crimes satisfies a sense of moral proportionality. This is, however, purchased with disproportionate social costs, as Nebraska…
  • Santorum’s next crusade

    George F. Will
    15 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012. Read full article >>
  • Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm

    George F. Will
    13 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of “child protection.” And these phenomena are related to campus hysteria about protecting infantilized undergraduates from various menaces, including uncongenial ideas.Read full article >>
  • Mike Huckabee’s appalling crusade

    George F. Will
    8 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
    In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a group of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” The man introducing Stevenson said the candidate had been invited only “as a courtesy” because Peale “has instructed us to vote for your…
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    Going Out Guide

  • Meet the kouign amann, the caramelized French pastry we’re loving right now

    Becky Krystal
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've rarely met a pastry we didn't like here at Washington Post Food Central. But our new favorite treat appearing at bakeries and coffee shops around the area is downright impossible not to love. Washington, meet the kouign amann. [New Washington-area bakeries are making us feel like kids again] What is it? One pithy definition comes from famed […]
  • District Beans delivers local roasted coffee to your door

    Tim Carman
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    You can order an entire meal without ever setting foot in a restaurant: One service will drop off dinner at your door, another will deliver the booze and a third will supply the Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey for dessert — or even the Trojan Ultra Ribbed condoms should the evening include more than you, […]
  • Street Smart: Filomena Ristorante, Georgetown

    Holley Simmons
    26 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Giuseppina Kenney. The error has been corrected. On the rare occasion that Giuseppina Kenney sticks around for a meal after her shift at Filomena Ristorante (1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW) here is what she orders: "Not pasta." The Naples native cranks out about 50 pounds of […]
  • 4 free things to do during the week of May 26-31

    Macy Freeman
    26 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Going Out Guide recommends free or low-cost things to do this week. NOMA Summer Screen Grab your blankets and lawn chairs. The season of outdoor film festivals has arrived. Kicking things off with a screening of the 1987 classic “Dirty Dancing,” the annual NOMA Summer Screen is back. Featured food trucks include Popped! Republic, DC […]
  • Carluccio’s Italian market and restaurant makes U.S. debut in Alexandria on June 3

    Becky Krystal
    26 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    It has been a few weeks of good news for fans of Italian food: The second location of Arlington's Italian Store opened in Westover last week; the market portion of chef Amy Brandwein's Centrolina opens today in CityCenter; and Carluccio's Italian market, cafe and restaurant will open June 3 in Old Town Alexandria. The brainchild of […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Is desire a strike against her boyfriend?

    Carolyn Hax
    26 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn:I am a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding on July 4th. Because of the date, save-the-date cards were mailed out a year and half in advance. My boyfriend has known about the wedding since the card was received. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Parents want to honor her, but not her wishes

    Carolyn Hax
    25 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Hi, Carolyn: My husband and I are expecting our first child. My mother insists on hosting a baby shower (despite my discomfort at having a family member host). I told Mom that I wanted it to be coed — I don’t see why men should be excluded from the celebration of new life. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Finding middle ground while policing movies and T.V.

    Carolyn Hax
    24 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion.Dear Carolyn:Growing up, there were zero boundaries about what movies and TV I could watch — content or amount. This was really, really not good for me. I have created lots of boundaries around these things, but I always feel like I’m not finding the right spot. Our friends and family seem to all fall on the anything/nothing goes extremes, and we feel worlds away from both standpoints. What are some touch points we can use for these kind of decisions, especially when we know we have biases based on our own childhoods?Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Mom wants to feel appreciated, but not with a group card

    Carolyn Hax
    23 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My son knows that a card says a lot. Last year, my Mother’s Day card was just basic from my son, grandkids and daughter-in-law. I didn’t say anything. This year my grandson is 5 and he made a card, which was thoughtful but not from my son. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Workaholic ready to dip a toe into the dating pool

    Carolyn Hax
    22 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn:I just turned 30 and I’m starting to come around to the idea that being a fiercely independent workaholic with no life outside the office might not be all it’s cracked up to be. This is the first time I’ve really thought about trying to date, so I’ve missed out on all the experience that everyone else my age clearly has. How do I baby-step into this new and intimidating world I’ve always avoided? Of course I’m aware there is lots in the way of Internet dating, but that seems like advanced-level stuff and I value privacy and do…
 
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