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  • The best moment from the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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    Chris Cillizza
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Missed the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night? No problem. The clip above features President Obama -- you already knew that --and Keegan-Michael Key, one half of the "Key and Peele" comedy duo. Key played Obama's "Anger Translator" -- riffing off of Obama's niceties to be less, well, nice. His best line?  This one about […]
  • Foreign donations leave Hillary in a cloud

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Ruth Marcus
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    In thinking about donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and interests, an adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin and a Yiddish word come to mind. From Franklin — actually, from Franklin’s alter ego, Poor Richard — comes the saying, “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” In foreign policy, as in fundraising, lying down with dogs goes with the territory. Combine the two, and fleas become an occupational hazard. Read full article >>
  • Is America ready for President Graham?

    Today's Opinion Columns
    George F. Will
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Reconstruction. He promised that in Washington he would be “one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and soon almost certainly will join the Republican presidential scramble, enlivening it with his quick intelligence, policy fluency, mordant wit and provocative agenda. Read full article >>
  • With a song in prisoners’ hearts

    Today's Opinion Columns
    Kathleen Parker
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    BISHOPVILLE, S.C.Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina’s largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press — from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.Read full article >>
  • Foreign donations leave Hillary in a cloud

    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives
    Ruth Marcus
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    In thinking about donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and interests, an adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin and a Yiddish word come to mind. From Franklin — actually, from Franklin’s alter ego, Poor Richard — comes the saying, “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” In foreign policy, as in fundraising, lying down with dogs goes with the territory. Combine the two, and fleas become an occupational hazard. Read full article >>
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    The Fix

  • ‘We made mistakes': Clinton Foundation jumps on the grenade

    Philip Bump
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    There are two reasons that Maura Pelly, the acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation, wrote a blog post on Sunday clarifying questions about the organization's contributions and tax returns. First, she needed to respond in order to clear any clouds hanging over the foundation itself. And, second, better that the foundation own the mistakes than that […]
  • Did you hear the one about the Muslim, socialist, Kenyan president? The joke Obama can’t stop telling.

    Hunter Schwarz
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    If there's one thing we can count on from President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner every year, it's him making jokes about being Muslim, foreign-born and socialist. On Saturday, he joked about how busy he is, dealing with immigration, vetoes and Iran -- all while finding time to pray five times a day. And then […]
  • The best moment from the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    Chris Cillizza
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Missed the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night? No problem. The clip above features President Obama -- you already knew that --and Keegan-Michael Key, one half of the "Key and Peele" comedy duo. Key played Obama's "Anger Translator" -- riffing off of Obama's niceties to be less, well, nice. His best line?  This one about […]
  • QUIZ: Who was this White House Correspondents’ Dinner joke about?

    Hunter Schwarz
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner will be Saturday. It's the one night a year Washington can come together and laugh at itself (or scowl at whoever's making the joke, in the case of Donald Trump). Can you tell who these White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes are about? Click here if the quiz does not appear.
  • Here’s the trailer for ‘Nerd Prom,’ a movie about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    Hunter Schwarz
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    With the dinner being held tonight, we are re-upping our posts previewing the festivities. This post initially went up April 13. The trailer for "Nerd Prom" -- a documentary about the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner in D.C. -- was shared early with The Fix. You can see it above. The best part of the trailer? […]
 
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  • Yet again, the Clintons skate close to the line on ethics

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    SERVICE AT the highest levels of the United States government demands a certain instinctive sensitivity to right and wrong when it comes to ethics. So much can happen belowdecks that a Cabinet member or president must set high standards and expect that subordinates will follow the example. This is why the latest disclosures about the Clinton Foundation’s donors raise new concerns about Hillary Clinton’s presidential quest.Read full article >>
  • A smooth presidential transition can’t be done in just a few weeks

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:40 pm
    MAX STIER remembers learning in school that one of the practices that make the United States a great country is the quadrennial peaceful transfer of power. “What no one explained,” Mr. Stier noted during a recent visit to The Post, “is that the transfer is peaceful but ugly.”Read full article >>
  • The stonewalling sheriff

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    NEARLY THREE months after a mentally ill inmate at the Fairfax County jail fell into a coma and died after she was shot repeatedly with a stun gun, the county’s jailers have suspended use of the weapon at the facility.Read full article >>
  • Congress should not abdicate its duty on war

    Editorial Board
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    AFTER HOUSE Republican leaders announced last week that they would not act on President Obama’s request for an authorization of military force against the Islamic State, critics asked a fair question: How come legislators who insisted on congressional review of the pending nuclear accord with Iran see no need to vote on the military campaign now underway in Iraq and Syria? Read full article >>
  • Republicans are engaging in smog and mirrors on climate

    Editorial Board
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    “CLIMATE CHANGE can no longer be denied,” President Obama said in Everglades National Park on Wednesday. “It can’t be edited out. It can’t be omitted from the conversation.” No matter how much, Mr. Obama might have added, Republican presidential hopefuls would like to neglect the matter. Read full article >>
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    Today's Opinion Columns

  • Foreign donations leave Hillary in a cloud

    Ruth Marcus
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    In thinking about donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and interests, an adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin and a Yiddish word come to mind. From Franklin — actually, from Franklin’s alter ego, Poor Richard — comes the saying, “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” In foreign policy, as in fundraising, lying down with dogs goes with the territory. Combine the two, and fleas become an occupational hazard. Read full article >>
  • Is America ready for President Graham?

    George F. Will
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Reconstruction. He promised that in Washington he would be “one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and soon almost certainly will join the Republican presidential scramble, enlivening it with his quick intelligence, policy fluency, mordant wit and provocative agenda. Read full article >>
  • With a song in prisoners’ hearts

    Kathleen Parker
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    BISHOPVILLE, S.C.Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina’s largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press — from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.Read full article >>
  • No more disrespecting the District

    Colbert I. King
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Call it what it is: This week’s 20-to-16 party-line vote in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to disapprove the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act is an outright abuse of power. True, Congress, by virtue of Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, has jurisdiction “in all cases whatsoever” over the District. But the committee’s action, prompted by Republican chairman Jason Chaffetz, was an improper use of that authority.Read full article >>
  • Ike’s final battle

    Robert J. Dole
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    One of the greatest honors of my life was serving, as a young second lieutenant assigned to the 10th Mountain Division on the Italian front in 1945, under the leadership of a fellow Kansan, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Read full article >>
 
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    Local Letters

  • Straighten out law enforcement in Loudoun County

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The April 20 Metro article “Loudoun sheriff’s race gets ugly” only compounded the list of questionable practices and concerns about the management of law enforcement activities in Loudoun County over the past several years, even preceding Sheriff Mike Chapman (R). Read full article >>
  • Who to blame for clogged roads

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Dennis Chamot’s letter criticizing high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 66 had it all wrong [“ ‘Lexus lanes’ for I-66 will leave most people still stuck in traffic,” letters, April 21]. While he complained that these underutilized lanes would mostly benefit “the 1 percent,” the blame for the lack of adequate roads available to everyone lies elsewhere — with members of the conservative-leaning middle class who never saw an anti-tax, anti-government politician they didn’t like. Read full article >>
  • A historic re-creation

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    The April 15 Metro article “Drawn to the scene of President Lincoln’s death” said that, inside Ford’s Theatre, “the empty president’s box, lighted by a Victorian chandelier and hung with gold drapes, was festooned with American flags, as it was on the fateful night.” Read full article >>
  • Winner! Winner! Winner!

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Behold the first page of the April 22 Sports section in all its breathtaking, brainy beauty. Bravo!Read full article >>
  • Graffiti is not an art form

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    I was outraged that the April 19 Local Digest item “Police make arrest in Metro graffiti case” described the suspect as a “Brooklyn graffiti artist.”The correct term would have been “graffiti vandal” — or better yet, just “vandal.” I would be curious how anyone who thinks this is somehow an art form would feel if someone performed the art on his or her car or home.Read full article >>
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  • Lessons from the BP Oil Spill on the 5th anniversary

    Joel Achenbach
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    An unhappy anniversary, this: Eleven people were killed in the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon 5 years ago in the Gulf of Mexico. That blowout immolated the huge off-shore 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 […]
  • Mystic Mountain: Is this the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest image?

    Joel Achenbach
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    The Hubble is about to turn 25. That’s an awesome milestone for a piece of hardware that’s vastly exceeded expectations. We’re doing a story that will run between now and the anniversary of the launch next Friday. See also Rachel Feltman’s Speaking of Science blog for coverage. Here’s a verbatim e-mail exchange I had the […]
  • How to write a political profile of Rand Paul when Rand Paul won’t talk to you

    Joel Achenbach
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    Today we’re publishing my “Make or Break” piece on Rand Paul, a story that identifies a key characteristic — his “libertarianish” philosophy — that can distinguish him from the pack of GOP candidates but potentially put a ceiling on his support. I hope this story gives you a better idea of where RP is coming […]
  • Porch Season! At last.

    Joel Achenbach
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    I know it’s supposed to be relatively chilly today in DC, and so this declaration of the official and much-delayed start of the 2015 Porch Season might be misconstrued as an April Fool’s joke. We’ve never had to wait so long for Opening Day. Porch Season usually begins around March 10. I could conceivably wait […]
  • 4/14: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Joel Achenbach
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    [My story on the Lincoln assassination published in our final special section on the Civil War. This last section tells of the war’s end. We spent four and a half years on this project, publishing special sections every six months. The stories have now been told and have been packaged as an eBook.] By Joel […]
 
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    Anne Applebaum: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • 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 >>
  • How to make the world’s madmen think twice

    Anne Applebaum
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    One friend of mine laughs when he remembers the nuclear “drills” of his childhood, which involved crouching under the desks in his school classroom. Another friend has a vivid memory of a lesson featuring photographs of mushroom clouds. On older buildings in some U.S. cities, one can still see faded yellow-and-black “fallout shelter” signs. Nowadays they look almost quaint, adding character to a street the way an old-fashioned gas lamp would.Read full article >>
  • The case for quitting e-mail

    Anne Applebaum
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    There were a number of odd things about the Hillary Clinton e-mail debate, but to me this was the oddest: the widespread conviction that the secretary of state’s communications — personal or otherwise — would have been “safe” in the hands of the State Department. If we have learned nothing else over the past several years, surely it is that the U.S. government, while still devoted in principle to classifying a ludicrous amount of data, is in practice very, very bad at keeping secrets. Read full article >>
  • Britain retreats

    Anne Applebaum
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    LONDONRed double-decker buses still cruise up and down the Strand, the guards stand up straight in front of Buckingham Palace and the queen rides her horse-drawn carriage to the opening session of Parliament every year. But beneath this seemingly immutable surface, Britain is changing with surprising speed. Read full article >>
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    Richard Cohen: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A mammoth mistake

    Richard Cohen
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Who needs a woolly mammoth?I ask this question because scientists with apparently nothing better to do are attempting to bring back the beast, which went extinct some 4,000 years ago, and thank God for that. The woolly creature’s DNA has been sequenced, and things appear ripe for what is called “mammoth de-extinction.” The Post’s story about all this calls it a “small but ambitious field.” I hope it is more the former than the latter.Read full article >>
  • The FBI director’s larger message on the Holocaust

    Richard Cohen
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    In the category of “no good deed goes unpunished,” we now have the speech of FBI Director James B. Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He said some remarkable things. The first is that he requires all his agents and analysts to visit the museum so that they can acquaint themselves with evil. The second is that he personally is so “haunted” by the Holocaust that “it has long stood as a stumbling block to faith.” Read full article >>
  • The FBI director’s larger message on the Holocaust

    Richard Cohen
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    In the category of “no good deed goes unpunished,” we now have the speech of FBI Director James B. Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He said some remarkable things. The first is that he requires all his agents and analysts to visit the museum so that they can acquaint themselves with evil. The second is that he personally is so “haunted” by the Holocaust that “it has long stood as a stumbling block to faith.” Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton is a survivor who does not need to reinvent herself

    Richard Cohen
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Ten days after I wrote a column in 2013 about Hillary Clinton, one that was headlined, “Where’s the message?,” I ran into her at a social event. She was on the way out and I was coming in, so we just chatted briefly. Referring to my column, she said, “Richard, I will have a message,” and then quickly added, “If I run.” Well, she’s running, and we’re still waiting to find out why.Read full article >>
  • Hillary Clinton is a survivor who does not need to reinvent herself

    Richard Cohen
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Ten days after I wrote a column in 2013 about Hillary Clinton, one that was headlined, “Where’s the message?,” I ran into her at a social event. She was on the way out and I was coming in, so we just chatted briefly. Referring to my column, she said, “Richard, I will have a message,” and then quickly added, “If I run.” Well, she’s running, and we’re still waiting to find out why.Read full article >>
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The Gingrich-Adams lesson on federal spending

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Let us now praise Newt Gingrich. Yes, Newt Gingrich.There he was, the scourge of Big Government, on the op-ed page of Wednesday’s New York Times calling for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” he wrote, noting that government investments in preventing and curing disease could save the government money in direct health-care costs.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP learn from California?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    LOS ANGELESJim Brulte, California’s Republican state chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s 2016 candidates now focused on winning over a homogenous and very conservative primary electorate.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP learn from California?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    LOS ANGELESJim Brulte, California’s Republican state chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s 2016 candidates now focused on winning over a homogenous and very conservative primary electorate.Read full article >>
  • Rubio’s familiar fountain of youth

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    In all of rock-and-roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable lines came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by the Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in “My Generation.” I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically. Read full article >>
  • Rubio’s familiar fountain of youth

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    In all of rock-and-roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable lines came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by the Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in “My Generation.” I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically. Read full article >>
 
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    Michael Gerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • David Brooks’s new book: ‘The Road to Character’ and a path to grace

    Michael Gerson
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Most of us have an image of the counterculture, shaped by memory or mythmaking, that involves Haight-Ashbury, flea-market clothing, free love and a haze of pot smoke. But as the counterculture has consumed the culture — with hipsterism marketed at Urban Outfitters, pre-, non- and extramarital sex a firmly established social expectation and a haze of pot smoke covering entire states — countering the culture takes on a different meaning. Read full article >>
  • What is the president doing on Iran?

    Michael Gerson
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    “I have never seen anything like it.”So I was told by a former U.S. official, who had seen much as a senior diplomat. It has become hard to deny that the rollout of the Lausanne framework is a first-rate debacle — a dazzling display of self-destructive incompetence. Read full article >>
  • What is the president doing on Iran?

    Michael Gerson
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    “I have never seen anything like it.”So I was told by a former U.S. official, who had seen much as a senior diplomat. It has become hard to deny that the rollout of the Lausanne framework is a first-rate debacle — a dazzling display of self-destructive incompetence. Read full article >>
  • Enter the reform conservatives

    Michael Gerson
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    The juxtaposition of Hillary Clinton’s and Marco Rubio’s announcements for president illustrates a serious problem for American progressivism: Its political bench looks as spry and novel as the old Soviet Politburo. Joe Biden? Jerry Brown? Elizabeth Warren? All fight for Social Security while qualifying for their full checks. Read full article >>
  • Enter the reform conservatives

    Michael Gerson
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    The juxtaposition of Hillary Clinton’s and Marco Rubio’s announcements for president illustrates a serious problem for American progressivism: Its political bench looks as spry and novel as the old Soviet Politburo. Joe Biden? Jerry Brown? Elizabeth Warren? All fight for Social Security while qualifying for their full checks. Read full article >>
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    David Ignatius: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Can Turkey come to terms with its brutal past?

    David Ignatius
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Where do I look for hope on this day that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide? To the brave Turkish and Armenian human rights activists who have gathered in Istanbul this week to commemorate together the tragic events of 1915 and find a pathway to the future.Read full article >>
  • A tricky two-step in the Middle East

    David Ignatius
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    President Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies that the United States is truly committed to their security. So far, he hasn’t been very successful, but he’ll try again next month at a Camp David summit meeting. Read full article >>
  • A tricky two-step in the Middle East

    David Ignatius
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    President Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies that the United States is truly committed to their security. So far, he hasn’t been very successful, but he’ll try again next month at a Camp David summit meeting. Read full article >>
  • The Middle East’s sick state

    David Ignatius
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I posed that question this week to a class of students at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. About half answered yes — that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what the United States does.Read full article >>
  • The Middle East’s sick state

    David Ignatius
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I posed that question this week to a class of students at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. About half answered yes — that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what the United States does.Read full article >>
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    Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Foreign donations leave Hillary in a cloud

    Ruth Marcus
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    In thinking about donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and interests, an adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin and a Yiddish word come to mind. From Franklin — actually, from Franklin’s alter ego, Poor Richard — comes the saying, “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” In foreign policy, as in fundraising, lying down with dogs goes with the territory. Combine the two, and fleas become an occupational hazard. Read full article >>
  • Does the Boston Marathon bomber deserve to die?

    Ruth Marcus
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    How should we think about whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty?Perhaps you oppose the death penalty in all cases, on the grounds that state-sanctioned homicide is wrong, that it diminishes the moral authority of the state and its citizens. As Pope John Paul II said in 1999, expressing the teaching of the Catholic Church on capital punishment, “the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil.” Read full article >>
  • Does the Boston Marathon bomber deserve to die?

    Ruth Marcus
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    How should we think about whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty?Perhaps you oppose the death penalty in all cases, on the grounds that state-sanctioned homicide is wrong, that it diminishes the moral authority of the state and its citizens. As Pope John Paul II said in 1999, expressing the teaching of the Catholic Church on capital punishment, “the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil.” Read full article >>
  • Finally, a break in the congressional gridlock?

    Ruth Marcus
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Could this city actually be working? The past week has witnessed several developments — on the Iran nuclear agreement, Medicare reimbursement rates and fast-track trade authority — that offer grounds for, if not irrational exuberance, then tempered optimism. Read full article >>
  • Finally, a break in the congressional gridlock?

    Ruth Marcus
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Could this city actually be working? The past week has witnessed several developments — on the Iran nuclear agreement, Medicare reimbursement rates and fast-track trade authority — that offer grounds for, if not irrational exuberance, then tempered optimism. Read full article >>
 
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    Harold Meyerson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • 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…
  • Today’s GOP is the party of Jefferson Davis, not of Lincoln

    Harold Meyerson
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    One hundred and fifty years ago Thursday, after Union infantry effectively encircled the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee sent a note to Ulysses S. Grant proposing a meeting to discuss terms of surrender. With that, the Civil War began to end. Read full article >>
  • Workers — not employers — are the real wage movers and shakers

    Harold Meyerson
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    “We’re too big and complicated a system to do anything in reaction to a particular group or something happening,” Karen King, who has the wonderful title of “chief people officer” at McDonald’s, said Wednesday, explaining her company’s decision to raise wages for some of its employees. Read full article >>
  • A campaign finance idea whose time has come

    Harold Meyerson
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    “The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties,” President Theodore Roosevelt — that scurrilous Republican radical — told Congress in 1907. TR’s preference for democracy over plutocracy (he also recommended banning corporations from donating to presidential campaigns) clearly doesn’t carry much weight among the five Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court, but there are plenty of other Americans who’d prefer a Congress less dependent on the…
  • Netanyahu’s scorched earth tactics could make Israel’s problems worse

    Harold Meyerson
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    It’s a good thing the Israeli election campaign didn’t run one day longer than it did. At the rate he was going, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have called for stripping Israeli Arabs of the right to vote altogether. Read full article >>
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    Eugene Robinson Columns and Blog Posts

  • Do we still think drones are a good idea?

    Eugene Robinson
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise — until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.Read full article >>
  • Congress, stop the insanity. Confirm Loretta Lynch now.

    Eugene Robinson
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn’t been seen around here in some time.No one has raised the slightest question about Lynch’s qualifications. No one disputes that she has been a tough, effective U.S. attorney and a strong manager. No one doubts she is fully capable of serving as the nation’s top law enforcement official — or fails to appreciate the importance of the job.Read full article >>
  • Congress, stop the insanity. Confirm Loretta Lynch now.

    Eugene Robinson
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn’t been seen around here in some time.No one has raised the slightest question about Lynch’s qualifications. No one disputes that she has been a tough, effective U.S. attorney and a strong manager. No one doubts she is fully capable of serving as the nation’s top law enforcement official — or fails to appreciate the importance of the job.Read full article >>
  • Is history finally on Hillary Clinton’s side?

    Eugene Robinson
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    That was quick. Strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again,” and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton get to work on picking a running mate.Read full article >>
  • Is history finally on Hillary Clinton’s side?

    Eugene Robinson
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    That was quick. Strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again,” and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton get to work on picking a running mate.Read full article >>
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    Robert Samuelson: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • A welcome debate on generational justice

    Robert J. Samuelson
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has his way, the unfolding presidential campaign will focus on generational fairness. It will seek to curb spending on the elderly — mainly Social Security and Medicare — without putting the elderly at risk. This debate would be good for the country, but whether the country can conduct it without an orgy of bombast and distortion is an open question. Read full article >>
  • The power of Moore’s Law

    Robert J. Samuelson
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Fifty years ago, in mid-April 1965, the trade magazine Electronics published an article by an obscure scientist making a seemingly preposterous prediction: The number of electronic components (transistors, resistors, capacitors) that could be squeezed onto integrated circuits — what we now call computer chips — would double every year for a decade. The author was Gordon Moore, and his forecast, subsequently slightly modified, is now known as Moore’s Law. We have been living with the consequences ever since.Read full article >>
  • The tax revolt, RIP?

    Robert J. Samuelson
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    It’s mid-April, and Karlyn Bowman — the astute public opinion analyst at the American Enterprise Institute — has noticed something significant. Tax Day “comes and goes without a ripple,” she recently wrote. There’s not much fuss.Read full article >>
  • Middle-aged capitalism

    Robert J. Samuelson
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    On any given day, you can expect news of major corporate mergers. Last week, we had decisions from FedEx to buy the Dutch delivery company TNT for $4.8 billion and from Royal Dutch Shell to acquire the BG Group, a British natural gas company, for $70 billion. Mergers and acquisitions have become a staple of modern capitalism. In 2014, worldwide M&A totaled $3.5 trillion, up 47 percent from the year before, reports Thomson Reuters.Read full article >>
  • The investment bust (explained)

    Robert J. Samuelson
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    One of the great disappointments of the weak economic recovery has been the sluggish revival of business investment — spending on new buildings, factories, equipment and intellectual property (mainly research and development, and software). For the United States, this spending in 2014 was about 9 percent above its 2007 record high. Sounds good? It isn’t. The average annual gain is a bit more than 1 percent over the past seven years. It is only a small stretch to say that capital has gone on strike. Read full article >>
 
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    George F. Will: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • Is America ready for President Graham?

    George F. Will
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Reconstruction. He promised that in Washington he would be “one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and soon almost certainly will join the Republican presidential scramble, enlivening it with his quick intelligence, policy fluency, mordant wit and provocative agenda. Read full article >>
  • When bootleggers and Baptists converge

    George F. Will
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Smoking, said England’s King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington. Read full article >>
  • ‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses

    George F. Will
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. Read full article >>
  • ‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses

    George F. Will
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. Read full article >>
  • Containing Iran’s nuclear intoxication

    George F. Will
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    This week brings a constitutional moment illustrating a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency. The catalyst of the drama is legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asserting Congress’s foreign policy responsibilities and prerogatives. The paradox is this: Read full article >>
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    Going Out Guide

  • Taco Bell’s biscuit tacos are a borderline upgrade on the chain’s breakfast options

    Tim Carman
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Taco Bell has made no secret of the fact that, when it comes to breakfast, the chain would like to eat Ronald McDonald's lunch. Taco Bell has even suggested that pulling into the Mickey D's drive-through for your daily McMuffin fix is tantamount to living under Stalinist repression. Now, I'm a sucker for clever, self-serving […]
  • ‘The Water Diviner,’ ‘The Age of Adaline’ and other new movies, reviewed

    Macy Freeman
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    In this week’s new releases, Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut in “The Water Diviner,” a film about an Australian father (played by Crowe) who travels to Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli to find his three missing sons. In “The Age of Adaline” Blake Lively plays a centenarian who after accident stopped aging beyond age […]
  • Lobster on your mashed potatoes? It’ll cost you $35 at Mastro’s, D.C.’s next new steakhouse.

    Becky Krystal
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Yes, Washington is getting another steakhouse: Mastro's Steakhouse is set to open May 8 in Penn Quarter as the chain's 13th location. If you're keeping score at home, Joe's Prime Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and STK opened in 2014, and those are just the out-and-out steakhouses. When you add Rural Society, […]
  • Two jazz concerts worth your time this week: Ben Williams and Andrew White

    Macy Freeman and Mike Joyce
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Ben Williams at the Hamilton Ben Williams’s musical journey began early; the Washington native learned to play the piano around age 8. A fan of Prince, he originally wanted to be a guitarist, but after inadvertently enrolling in an orchestra class in the seventh grade at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, he picked […]
  • Nightlife Agenda: Big-name DJs, rooftop mimosas and hip-hop bar crawl

    Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This week's essential DJ events, bands, dance nights and parties. Thursday, April 23 Footwerk flirts with rock and pop while adding a taste of go-go. The six-piece band puts a soulful pop vocalist and rapper on the front line, with a sound targeting the heart of the Billboard chart. Check them out at U Street […]
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    Carolyn Hax: Latest Carolyn Hax Articles, Carolyn Hax Archive

  • Carolyn Hax: Mom wants to offer support, not take sides, in couple’s split

    Carolyn Hax
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn: My married daughter, with two young daughters of her own, has decided to file for a separation. I felt from the beginning that things may not work out. They were both young, my daughter just 22, and it was the pregnancy that mostly pushed them to marry six years ago. I remained optimistic and embraced my new son-in-law and his extended family. I have also tried to respect their lives and not be the pushy mother-in-law. I adore my grandchildren, they are both amazing. Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: For kids, ‘hate’ is more than just a four-letter word

    Carolyn Hax
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussionDear Carolyn:My 10-year-old son has expressed that he “hates” certain people/kids. How do I go about getting him to stop using that word?For what it’s worth, he told me he hated some kids at camp and I asked him why and what did he do about it. He said they cheat when playing games, and he told me he ignored or walked away from them.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: For goody-two-shoes, one good deed deserves three others

    Carolyn Hax
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Hi, Carolyn:My sister has four school-age children, and my nieces and nephews have, quite frankly, had to do without.My oldest niece (who is on the dreaded “spectrum” and has struggled because of this) has started a running program, helping her get out some of her anger from her parents’ divorce as well as sort out some of her other social issues. Due to my sister’s limited income, this child did not have appropriate shoes for this endeavor. So I bought her a pair.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: Once the dearest of friends, they now hardly communicate

    Carolyn Hax
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Adapted from a recent online discussion.Dear Carolyn:Karen and I were best friends, talked every day by phone, e-mail or text. Both divorced, with kids, and dating online. Sharing stories, experiences, advice. She finally found the man of her dreams, blending their families together.Read full article >>
  • Carolyn Hax: A sibling struggles with sister-in-law’s affair and brother’s forgiveness

    Carolyn Hax
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Dear Carolyn:Last summer, my sister-in-law cheated on my brother. It was a months-long affair that continued even after my brother found out about it, and it was followed by some other odd/out-of-character behavior that led my brother, and eventually her, to suspect mental health issues. Read full article >>
 
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