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  • How the Ebola case gives Rick Perry a second chance to make a first impression

    The Fix
    Chris Cillizza
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The diagnosis of an Ebola case in Dallas may give Texas Gov. Rick Perry that rarest of things in national politics: The second chance to make a first impression. At a press conference Wednesday announcing the details of the case, Perry was front and center -- playing the dual role of information provider and, maybe […]
  • Welcome accountability at the Secret Service

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    HOMELAND SECURITY Secretary Jeh Johnson wasted no time Wednesday in accepting Julia Pierson’s resignation as director of the Secret Service. It had become clear, following her poor performance 24 hours earlier at a Capitol Hill hearing and the alarming revelation of a new security breach that allowed an armed felon to get close to the president, that there was no support for her leadership. Read full article >>
  • Another awkward Obama-Netanyahu meeting

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Dana Milbank
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The old frenemies sat in the Oval Office on Wednesday, their chair legs 18 inches apart, attempting some reasonable facsimile of personal chemistry. Maybe the 12th time would be the charm. President Obama leaned back, elegantly cross-legged. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his tie askew, planted both feet on the ground and leaned toward Obama, as if he might leap up at any moment. Read full article >>
  • Northern Virginia candidate Barbara Comstock hiding a very conservative record

    Local Letters
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The Sept. 28 editorial “A sheep in Wolf’s clothing” revealed the essence of the choice Northern Virginians have in the 10th Congressional District election. On the key issues that matter to the electorate, Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock (R) holds far-right positions that The Post rightly calls the result of doctrinaire thinking. Read full article >>
  • The Charmin Dome over the White House

    Achenblog
    Joel Achenbach
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Every day my colleague Carol Leonnig has another amazing story about the tissue-thin defensive perimeter at the White House, where apparently you can jump the fence, run across the lawn, barrel through the unlocked front door, and scamper around with wild abandon — doing what tourists have always dreamed of doing, like checking out the […]
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    The Fix

  • How the Ebola case gives Rick Perry a second chance to make a first impression

    Chris Cillizza
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The diagnosis of an Ebola case in Dallas may give Texas Gov. Rick Perry that rarest of things in national politics: The second chance to make a first impression. At a press conference Wednesday announcing the details of the case, Perry was front and center -- playing the dual role of information provider and, maybe […]
  • Pat Roberts unleases his secret weapon: Bob Dole

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Down by five points in the latest poll, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is calling in every big-name Republican for some extra help in closing the gap. But none are as big -- in Kansas -- as Bob Dole. At 90, the former GOP presidential candidate and long-time senator remains a beloved figure, with approval ratings at […]
  • Jon Stewart: The White House is not a 1997 Honda Civic

    Jaime Fuller
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    On Wednesday night, The Daily Show discussed the Secret Service meltdown of the past few weeks, which ended in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. The House Oversight Committee met to offer their own suggestions for how to improve security. The advice included the novel idea of locking the front door. The Daily Show showed […]
  • Don’t let old people decide the election, says a new ad campaign

    Jaime Fuller
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    At least Thanksgiving is after the election. You're sick of hearing about the midterms anyway, but you really can't bear the thought of having to listen to Uncle Gary go on and on about lazy millennials living in basements. Rock the Vote!, the organization dedicated to getting young people interested in the political process, doesn't […]
  • Americans are ready to go to war

    Aaron Blake
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    At this point, it's becoming clear: the American people are ready -- and increasingly willing -- to go to war in the Middle East again. The war-weariness of recent years has quickly faded and has made way for an uneasy recognition that the United States is likely to become involved in a ground war -- […]
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Welcome accountability at the Secret Service

    Editorial Board
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    HOMELAND SECURITY Secretary Jeh Johnson wasted no time Wednesday in accepting Julia Pierson’s resignation as director of the Secret Service. It had become clear, following her poor performance 24 hours earlier at a Capitol Hill hearing and the alarming revelation of a new security breach that allowed an armed felon to get close to the president, that there was no support for her leadership. Read full article >>
  • Senate should act on embarrassing backlog of confirmation nominees

    Editorial Board
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    THE INK on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s resignation letter was hardly dry before members of Congress started bickering about his replacement. Lobbing overwrought criticism at Mr. Holder’s record, Republicans demanded that the country’s next top law enforcement officer eschew ideology and remain independent of the White House — and they tried to rule out filling the job quickly, before the next Senate sits in 2015. Mr. Holder, who has promised to lead the Justice Department until a replacement is confirmed, may be in office for many months yet. Read full article >>
  • Metro’s murky future

    Editorial Board
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    METRO’S CHIEF executive, Richard Sarles, is moving on after four years on the job. The transit system, the country’s second-busiest, may pose less immediate peril to human life than the one he took over in 2010, soon after a crash on the Red Line killed nine people. Nonetheless, Metro remains saddled with huge doubts about aging infrastructure, its wobbly day-to-day reliability, its capacity to cope with the region’s projected growth and its long-term financial health. Mr. Sarles’s successor, not yet chosen, will face staggering problems. Read full article >>
  • U.S. should send signal to China in support of Hong Kong democracy movement

    Editorial Board
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    IT’S HARD not to be inspired by the images of crowds in the center of Hong Kong peacefully demonstrating in favor of democracy, their unlikely symbol not a clenched fist but an open umbrella. But it’s also difficult not to remember the similar mass demonstrations that filled Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 25 years ago and how those ended. The pessimistic consensus in and outside China is that the Communist party leadership of Xi Jinping, which has adopted a hard line against political dissent, is likely to forcibly crush this protest movement if it persists, just as the last one was…
  • Independent review of Secret Service needed after White House security breach

    Editorial Board
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    SECRET SERVICE Director Julia Pierson promised a congressional committee that her agency would conduct a vigorous and comprehensive review of security lapses at the White House. “It will never happen again,” she pledged. But her halting performance at Tuesday’s special hearing was far from reassuring given recent revelations of embarrassing, and potentially disastrous, incidents involving this critical agency. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Another awkward Obama-Netanyahu meeting

    Dana Milbank
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The old frenemies sat in the Oval Office on Wednesday, their chair legs 18 inches apart, attempting some reasonable facsimile of personal chemistry. Maybe the 12th time would be the charm. President Obama leaned back, elegantly cross-legged. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his tie askew, planted both feet on the ground and leaned toward Obama, as if he might leap up at any moment. Read full article >>
  • A new case for Congressional term limits

    George F. Will
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    “The legislative department is everywhere . . . drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” — James Madison, Federalist 48 Unfortunately, Congress’s vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance. Read full article >>
  • The trade clause that overrules governments

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    One of the public policy paradoxes of the past quarter-century is why the center-left governments of advanced economies have supported trade policies that undermine the very environmental and labor protections they fight for at home. Foremost among these self-subverting policies have been the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions included in every significant trade deal the United States has signed since Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Under ISDS, foreign investors can sue a nation with which their own country has such treaty arrangements over any rules, regulations or changes in…
  • In the 19th century, a different Secret Service, but not without controversy

    Charles Lane
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    No power couple cut a wider social swath in post-Civil War Washington than President Ulysses S. Grant’s attorney general, George H. Williams, and his wife, Kate. Then Kate Williams’s abandoned son from a previous marriage spoiled things by showing up in the capital, gambling and consorting with prostitutes — sometimes bringing them to receptions at the Williamses’ grand home on Rhode Island Avenue. He financed this embarrassing lifestyle by blackmailing the attorney general. Read full article >>
  • The Islamic State gets the political treatment in New Hampshire

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    DERRY, N.H. The beheadings of Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State enraged and horrified the nation. But someone who knows her state down to the block and town green level said the killings were felt even more deeply here. Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • Northern Virginia candidate Barbara Comstock hiding a very conservative record

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The Sept. 28 editorial “A sheep in Wolf’s clothing” revealed the essence of the choice Northern Virginians have in the 10th Congressional District election. On the key issues that matter to the electorate, Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock (R) holds far-right positions that The Post rightly calls the result of doctrinaire thinking. Read full article >>
  • Planning for a Nats-Orioles World Series

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    “MARC madness” [Outlook, Sept. 28] should be more than a catchphrase if the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles play in the World Series. Special trains should carry fans and players between Union Station and Camden Yards. Read full article >>
  • D.C. traffic cameras focused on revenue above all

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    In her Sept. 28 Local Opinions commentary, “Traffic cameras help change behavior,” Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier mischaracterized my and AAA Mid-Atlantic’s position on automated enforcement and safety. She attempted to defend the indefensible: the District’s flawed automated traffic enforcement system, which was roundly criticized in a recent D.C. inspector general’s report. Read full article >>
  • Focus on the middle school years to ease the dropout crisis

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Regarding the Sept. 26 Metro article “Report notes risk factors along D.C. path to graduation”: I was encouraged to see the investment in local research on one of the most urgent and dire issues confronting the District: the high school dropout crisis. Even though middle school is not “destiny,” and many high schools are offering great programs, the article underscored that the middle school years are an important pivot point when students either get on the escalator to high school graduation and ultimately college or are derailed. Other research demonstrates that eighth-graders’…
  • Virginia voter ID law will hurt tens of thousands

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I applaud The Post for educating the public on Virginia’s new restrictions on voting [“450,000 in Va. may lack proper ID to vote,” Metro, Sept. 26]. The commonwealth’s Republican-controlled State Board of Elections compounded bad legislation with a draconian interpretation of the law. These regulations were adopted against the advice of the state attorney general’s office, which cited serious constitutional concerns. Read full article >>
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  • The Charmin Dome over the White House

    Joel Achenbach
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Every day my colleague Carol Leonnig has another amazing story about the tissue-thin defensive perimeter at the White House, where apparently you can jump the fence, run across the lawn, barrel through the unlocked front door, and scamper around with wild abandon — doing what tourists have always dreamed of doing, like checking out the […]
  • Cosmic smash-up: BICEP2′s big bang discovery getting dusted by new satellite data

    Joel Achenbach
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    [This item has been revised and updated.] In March, scientists representing an experiment called BICEP2 announced at a news conference at Harvard that they had detected gravitational waves from a violent inflationary event at the dawn of time. The scientists had built a telescope at the South Pole and stared into the polar sky to discern […]
  • Taxi to orbit: NASA goes with Old Space and New Space (with a cameo by Jeff Bezos)

    Joel Achenbach
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Big news at NASA: The agency has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. So reports my colleague Chris Davenport. This keeps competition in the “commercial crew” program. It’s also a major achievement for Elon Musk and the several thousand employees of SpaceX who have turned a start-up company into […]
  • I shall wear my trousers rolled

    Joel Achenbach
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of my least favorite sayings is, “Getting old is not for wimps,” because, if true, I’m doomed. The slightest physical hardship serves as an excuse for protracted whining and self-pity. My philosophy is, never waste an opportunity to complain bitterly about a hangnail. If I get “the sniffles” that’s going straight on Facebook for […]
  • “It is an issue which can only be tried by war and decided by victory”

    Joel Achenbach
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Just a quick note … I’m on holiday (as they say) in New England, completely removed from the warp and woof of Washington life, but I’ve been checking the sports scores and, with trepidation, the foreign news, and what’s going on at the White House, and it appears that we’re going to war again. One […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Scotland sends Europe’s elites a warning

    Anne Applebaum
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    LONDON In Aberdeenshire, more than 87 percent of people voted on Scotland’s independence referendum; in Clackmannanshire, the number was above 88 percent; in the Western Isles, it was close to 90 percent. One remote Highland peninsula actually achieved a 100 percent turnout — meaning that all 98 residents showed up to vote. Read full article >>
  • War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

    Anne Applebaum
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    WARSAW Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east and west, occupation, chaos, destruction, genocide. Most of the people who attended that June wedding…
  • Obama’s legacy could be a revitalized NATO

    Anne Applebaum
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Not long ago, someone asked me about President Obama’s foreign policy “legacy.” I was startled by the question. There are two whole years left, I told my interlocutor; it’s way too early. She seemed surprised that I was surprised: “Can he really do anything significant in only two years?” Read full article >>
  • Russia’s blow to globalization

    Anne Applebaum
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    While it lasted, globalization was a beguiling tale we told ourselves about the future. The world is interconnected and therefore getting not just richer but more peaceful. The technologies of international capitalism — outsourcing, insourcing, offshoring — would not only make the world’s businesses more profitable, they would make people less quarrelsome. We would play chess online with Indians, and thus become more like them. We would buy software from China, and thus never go to war with them. Even better, once they started trading, India and China would never go to war with each…
  • Russia’s message to the E.U.: Money talks

    Anne Applebaum
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    David Cameron, the British prime minister, led the attack: It would be “unthinkable” for the British to sell a warship to Russia, he declared. Almost immediately, the French president, François Hollande, confirmed his intention to do precisely that: He would, he said, deliver a Mistral amphibious assault ship to the Russian navy, as contracted — and then he hit back hard. “This is a false debate led by hypocrites,” one of his party colleagues declared. “When you see how many [Russian] oligarchs have sought refuge in London, David Cameron should start by cleaning up his own back…
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • What Bill O’Reilly ignored about George Patton

    Richard Cohen
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    It’s a fortunate thing that Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, “Killing Patton,” was written by him and not someone else. If not, O’Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, its considerable padding and its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why. George S. Patton stood almost shoulder to shoulder with them in his anti-Semitism — not that O’Reilly seems to have noticed or, for that matter, mentioned it in his book. Read full article >>
  • Dear Apple: Can I please own my phone?

    Richard Cohen
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Whose phone is this anyway? I am referring to my iPhone, which woke me in the middle of the night last week to announce a new operating system. I keep the phone next to my bed since I use it as an alarm clock and so, groggy and near-blind, I did something — this and that — and when I awoke in the morning I found apps I never asked for, do not want and will never use. Worse, I cannot get rid of them. Read full article >>
  • Obama’s unscripted foreign policy

    Richard Cohen
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Of all the experts I have read or consulted lately about the situation in the Middle East, the one who made the most sense was quoted recently in the New York Times. She’s Jennifer Shelton-Armstrong, identified as a 45-year-old Democrat in Mission Viejo, Calif., who participated in a poll about President Obama’s handling of foreign policy and terrorism. This is what she said: “He is ambivalent, and I think it shows. There is no clear plan.” Read full article >>
  • A misreading of Henry Kissinger on Israel

    Richard Cohen
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book — his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, “World Order” is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it in the New York Times by John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of the admirable Economist magazine — and I praised it to him in an e-mail. A bit later, I did a double take. I still like the book, but Micklethwait’s review is a different matter. Read full article >>
  • Blind to the world’s ‘broken windows’

    Richard Cohen
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    “All politics is local,” the late speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O’Neill’s home town, Boston, and goes by the moniker “broken windows.” The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass. Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The Islamic State gets the political treatment in New Hampshire

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    DERRY, N.H. The beheadings of Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State enraged and horrified the nation. But someone who knows her state down to the block and town green level said the killings were felt even more deeply here. Read full article >>
  • Eric Holder and Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can — and must — always be a force for that which is right.” Read full article >>
  • Blase Cupich is Pope Francis’s American messenger

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, Wash., has been described in media accounts as a “moderate” within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, this is exactly what he is, an advocate of dialogue and civility. He’s also wise about rejecting labels. Parrying at his first news conference after his appointment was announced Saturday, he offered this response when asked if the moderate tag fit him: “I am…
  • Republican control of Senate not a slam dunk

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections. The careful statistical models keep gyrating on the question of whether Republicans will win control of the Senate this November. The prognosticators who rely on their reporting and their guts as well as the numbers are sometimes at odds with the statisticians. Read full article >>
  • A wistful ‘no’ in Scotland?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with the “Yes” side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. That will make Thursday’s result close, but it’s also why Scotland is likely to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Two cheers for Obama’s U.N. speech, but not three

    Michael Gerson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    It is a long, long way from the “JV team” to the “network of death.” It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama’s 2014 West Point commencement address — which ridiculed “tough talk,” criticized a “military solution” in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism — to the substance of Obama’s 2014 United Nations address. It is the remarkable shift between the speeches — separated by four months and many ideological light-years — that is historic. Read full article >>
  • Introspection time for evangelicals

    Michael Gerson
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress. Read full article >>
  • The GOP’s tall order for broader appeal in 2016

    Michael Gerson
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    It is the most important development so far in the 2016 presidential race, at least on the Republican side: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is evidently not a total meathead. Which he would have needed to be to have anything to do with the politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge — a dirty trick oddly and aimlessly directed at the public. According to recent reports, nine months of federal investigation into e-mails and text messages have produced nothing implicating Christie. Read full article >>
  • The GOP’s tall order for broader appeal in 2016

    Michael Gerson
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    It is the most important development so far in the 2016 presidential race, at least on the Republican side: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is evidently not a total meathead. Which he would have needed to be to have anything to do with the politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge — a dirty trick oddly and aimlessly directed at the public. According to recent reports, nine months of federal investigation into e-mails and text messages have produced nothing implicating Christie. Read full article >>
  • Our excessive tolerance of suicide

    Michael Gerson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    From Belgium comes news that a mentally disturbed prisoner is to be granted government help in committing suicide. A typically shallow ethical debate ensued — isn’t assisted suicide for a prisoner a bit too close to capital punishment? — before the trump card of individual autonomy was played. “Regardless, he’s a human being,” said Jacqueline Herremans, the head of Belgium’s right-to-die association, “a human being who has the right to demand euthanasia.” Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Unifying the ‘moderate opposition’ is the biggest challenge in Syria

    David Ignatius
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    REYHANLI, Turkey As Syrian rebel commander Hamza al-Shamali describes the battle inside Syria, a few miles across the border, the immediate problem isn’t defeating the Islamic State. It’s coordinating the ragtag brigades of the Free Syrian Army into a coherent force that can fill the vacuum once the extremists are driven out. Read full article >>
  • Young tech entrepreneurs from the developing world share their frustration and anger

    David Ignatius
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you talk to young technology entrepreneurs gathered at a conference in Istanbul, you hear the hunger for change that is pervasive in the Middle East. They’re frustrated and angry about the status quo, not least because they fear it has helped spawn the extremism of jihadist groups such as the Islamic State. Read full article >>
  • The manual that chillingly foreshadows the Islamic State

    David Ignatius
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    ISTANBUL It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.” But people looking for insight into the extremist strategy that inflames the fighters of the Islamic State might begin with a book chillingly titled “The Management of Savagery.” Read full article >>
  • A war strategy takes shape

    David Ignatius
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The symbolism Tuesday was appropriate for a nation at war: A somber president in a plain blue suit describing military strikes in Syria the night before, an American flag fixed in his lapel while a Marine Corps helicopter waited behind him. Read full article >>
  • From the Viet Cong to the Islamic State, the perils of underestimating the enemy’s ‘will’

    David Ignatius
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Underestimating an adversary’s will to win can be a costly mistake in war, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted in an interview last week. He said the U.S. had made that error recently in assessing the Islamic State, just as it did nearly 50 years ago in evaluating the staying power of the Viet Cong. Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Eric Holder’s exit leaves a complicated vacuum to fill

    Ruth Marcus
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Who’ll be the next attorney general? Washington’s favorite parlor game is filling Cabinet vacancies; I like playing as much as the next pundit. (Keep reading!) Still, the more telling question is: Why are we playing this game at all? Read full article >>
  • Why set a deadline on life?

    Ruth Marcus
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    My friend Ezekiel Emanuel, in his typically smart, provocative and bullheaded way, has decreed that he hopes to die at age 75, which would give him just 18 more years during which to exasperate friends and family. Read full article >>
  • Long-acting birth control could help stabilize the single parenthood trend

    Ruth Marcus
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Imagine that all women in the United States, upon becoming sexually active, were automatically fitted with an intrauterine device or other form of long-acting birth control. This scenario sounds creepy, with its undertones of Big Brother and eugenics; framed this way, it would be neither a realistic nor a desirable development. Read full article >>
  • Two ideas that could overcome political gridlock

    Ruth Marcus
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Is the country condemned to another two years, at least, of gridlock? The world-weary take on the midterm elections is an indifferent shrug. Whether Democrats control the Senate or Republicans, nothing will be accomplished anyway, this apathetic argument goes. Read full article >>
  • Ruth Marcus: Hillary Clinton’s steak fry populism

    Ruth Marcus
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The headline out of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Iowa was her flagrant flirtation with the prospect of another presidential campaign. The more interesting part was the shortest of sneak previews of the race she seems increasingly certain to run. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The trade clause that overrules governments

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    One of the public policy paradoxes of the past quarter-century is why the center-left governments of advanced economies have supported trade policies that undermine the very environmental and labor protections they fight for at home. Foremost among these self-subverting policies have been the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions included in every significant trade deal the United States has signed since Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Under ISDS, foreign investors can sue a nation with which their own country has such treaty arrangements over any rules, regulations or changes in…
  • Germany’s major export: economic optimism

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    If you live in an advanced economy — in Western Europe, Japan or the United States — odds are you’re in a funk. Unless you live in Germany. This month, the Pew Research Center released the results of polling it conducted in 44 nations — 10 of them with what Pew characterized as “advanced” economies (including the United States, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom). The two key questions posed were whether respondents were “satisfied or dissatisfied” with the way things were going in their country and whether they thought the “economic situation in [their]…
  • Workers deserve to benefit from their productivity, too

    Harold Meyerson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    The fight to increase Americans’ stagnant incomes is, at long last, growing more serious. Thursday, with the explicit backing of the House Democratic Caucus, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, is introducing a bill that would prompt corporations to reward workers — not just top executives and major shareholders — for their gains in productivity. Read full article >>
  • In blue states, Democrats want more than social liberalism

    Harold Meyerson
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    That was a notably unimpressive victory that Andrew Cuomo secured in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election in New York, receiving his party’s nod for a second term as governor. Cuomo defeated Fordham University law professor Zephyr ­Teachout, a largely unknown and almost totally unfunded political novice, ­62 percent to 34 percent — “the strongest challenge to an incumbent governor,” the New York Times noted, since the advent of gubernatorial primaries in the state. Teachout’s total, the Times continued, was “a signal of the potent dissatisfaction with Mr. Cuomo in his…
  • How to get a raise at McDonald’s

    Harold Meyerson
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Today, fast-food workers in more than 100 cities will stage another in a series of one-day strikes, in some places engaging in civil disobedience. The workers’ “Fight for 15” campaign, an effort to win $15 hourly wages and contracts from some of the nation’s largest employers, most particularly McDonald’s, has been building steadily since a small band of employees first walked off the job two years ago in New York. Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Call back Congress. Get the authorization.

    Eugene Robinson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate. Read full article >>
  • Bookend speeches of Obama’s presidency

    Eugene Robinson
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior, using U.S. military force to smash Islamic extremists and the “network of death” they have planted at the heart of the Middle East. Read full article >>
  • A climate summit with a worthy purpose

    Eugene Robinson
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    We are taking a huge gamble with the world’s future. Individual nations — and citizens — must choose to do the right thing to reduce carbon emissions and limit climate change, even if it means paying an economic cost. Counting on altruism is risky. Read full article >>
  • Will Obama’s Islamic State plan creep into ground war?

    Eugene Robinson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” — even if the president resists it — is baked in from the start. Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton, tell us your vision

    Eugene Robinson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why? “It is true, I am thinking about it,” she said Sunday at the final Harkin Steak Fry, an annual cholesterol-boosting fundraiser that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who is retiring, has hosted for 37 years. Given the context, this was pretty close to an announcement of the Clinton 2016 campaign. Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • The Lehman Brothers lesson

    Robert J. Samuelson
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The New York Times had a fascinating story the other day, which again raises a crucial historical question about the financial crisis: Did Lehman Brothers have to go bankrupt in September 2008? Lehman’s failure turned what had been a series of serious problems at financial institutions (Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) into a full-blown panic. But did Lehman have to crash? Read full article >>
  • The logic in exporting U.S. oil

    Robert J. Samuelson
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    One of the economy’s good-news stories is the oil boom, a derivative of the natural gas boom. When the drilling techniques used to tap vast new reservoirs of natural gas were applied to oil, they yielded similarly astounding results. Since 2008, U.S. oil production has increased from 5 million barrels a day (mbd) to 8.3 mbd in 2014. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says it could go to 9.6 mbd by 2019. Read full article >>
  • The Alibaba moment

    Robert J. Samuelson
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Alibaba, China’s giant e-commerce firm, is a harbinger. We are going to see more Chinese firms venturing onto the world stage. The most ambitious are no longer content to operate just in China or act as manufacturing contractors for well-established American, European and Japanese brands. More and more of them will raise money in global capital markets (as Alibaba did in its initial public offering of stock), acquire foreign firms and set up foreign manufacturing and distribution operations. Read full article >>
  • The next (nasty) economic surprise?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    We live in the shadow of “secular stagnation,” to use a phrase now fashionable among economists. Even assuming a full recovery from the Great Recession, it’s widely expected that the economy will grow more slowly in the future than in the past. In part, this reflects baby boomers’ retirement, which reduces expansion of the labor force. Pre-recession growth was also artificially boosted by cheap credit. Forecasts have been cut, but they haven’t been cut enough, says economist Robert Gordon. Read full article >>
  • America’s B-minus economy

    Robert J. Samuelson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    The Census Bureau has just released its 2013 edition of “Income and Poverty in the United States,” sometimes called the nation’s “economic report card.” It depicts a country that is slowly — but convincingly — recovering from a calamitous slump. As always, the report bulges with figures. Let me highlight five trends that seem significant. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A new case for Congressional term limits

    George F. Will
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    “The legislative department is everywhere . . . drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” — James Madison, Federalist 48 Unfortunately, Congress’s vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance. Read full article >>
  • Joni Ernst’s Iowa campaign makes quick work of the ‘war on women’

    George F. Will
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    URBANDALE, Iowa The Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as a breakfast appetizer, sells a root beer called Dang!, bandages made to look like bacon strips, and signs that proclaim, “I love you more than bacon.” For Joni Ernst, however, the apposite sign reads, “No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.” Read full article >>
  • Staking the Senate on Kansas?

    George F. Will
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    SHAWNEE, Kan. Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the Capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a deranged product of “Bleeding Kansas,” the Civil War’s overture. Today, Orman, who is as calm as Brown was crazed, is emblematic of fascinating Kansas. Read full article >>
  • Cashing in on voting

    George F. Will
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote. Read full article >>
  • Obama is defying the Constitution on war

    George F. Will
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • A ‘Downton Abbey’ star is in a band coming to D.C.

    Lavanya Ramanathan
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    If anyone in the cast of the PBS smash "Downton Abbey" were in a band, rambling from city to city on tour this winter, surely it would be Lily James, who plays the estate's most rebellious dame, Lady Rose MacClare. You can almost imagine in her in some kind of post-punk outfit, right? The band, […]
  • Where to watch the Nationals in the NLDS

    Fritz Hahn
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    This post will be updated. Don't have tickets to Nats Park? Find somewhere to watch with big screens and drink specials. Friday: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants (3:07 p.m.) DC Sports Bog: How to watch the Nats playoff games on TV and online Duffy's Irish Pub The go-to bar for Nationals fans should be packed with […]
  • October’s top concerts: Mary Lambert, Nas and more

    Lavanya Ramanathan
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Giant outdoor venues are shuttering for winter, but October is thick with club performances -- acts that might not yet be able to fill an arena but certainly warrant attention, including FKA Twigs, Warpaint and Flying Lotus. Looking for ideas even farther under the radar? Try landing tickets to a special screening and concert by […]
  • Nightlife Agenda: Seasonal beers, Animal Collective and a phone-free club

    Fritz Hahn
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    This week's essential DJs, happy hours, dance nights and parties. Don't miss our separate guides to Oktoberfest deals and beer festivals. Wednesday, October 1 Summer may be over, but Pop's Sea Bar, run by the team behind Cashion's Eat Place, gives us a reason to hang on to the memories, thanks to fried smelts, seasoned peel-and-eat shrimp, and […]
  • The Hotlist: October 2014

    Going Out Guide staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Welcome to the Hotlist, a monthly preview of things to taste, see and do in the weeks ahead. Here's what's coming up in October. Lori McKenna If country music serves as our most thorough catalogue of heartaches by the number, Lori McKenna is doing her part to expand the taxonomy. On her stark and exquisite […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Take the time to find your passion

    Carolyn Hax
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Hi, Carolyn: Is it okay to work your butt off during school, get a great job, make good enough money, and then just coast off that? I’m happy, but I feel a little lazy, too. I’m not motivated to make any more money since I’m comfortable, and the way my company is set up, there’s nowhere to be promoted. My modus operandi has always been to push myself like crazy, so it feels like I’m cheating somehow. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: A friend in an abusive relationship needs nonjudgmental support

    Carolyn Hax
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: One of my best friends since childhood announced her engagement to her on-again-off-again, abusive, freeloading, alcoholic boyfriend. She left him last year after he nearly killed her and she made some headway in life, but she ultimately returned to him. I spent many hours counseling her and even giving her money to plan her escape. She knows exactly how I feel about him, which is probably why I was the last to find out about her engagement. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Husband’s contempt for stay-at-home moms is a sign of a closed mind

    Carolyn Hax
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion . Dear Carolyn: My husband and I both work and are excited about starting a family soon. My husband loves his career and it is probably the biggest element of his identity. I like my job but would really like to be able to stay home for a few years with children. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: The best relationships allow you to feel comfortable being yourself

    Carolyn Hax
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: It strikes me that you hold romantic relationships to standards that almost no one could meet. I have never had a relationship without some of the “red flags” you’ve described. I’m beginning to panic about never meeting anyone (I’m in therapy for that). Do I really just keep waiting for a relationship without any red flags? At some point, doesn’t that become unrealistic? Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Being guardian for children of risk-taking parent causes anxiety

    Carolyn Hax
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hello Carolyn: My brother-in-law has two teenage children and he has decided his next hobby is going to be racing cars. My wife and I are the ones responsible for raising these kids if anything happens to him. I, of course, realize he could be hit by a car walking across the street at any time. Read full article >>
 
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