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Battling barbarism

Stopping the worst people on Earth.

Obama’s ambiguity

He must confront the Islamic State threat.

Battling a new evil

We are on the right course against the Islamic State.

A cad in Virginia

Bob McDonnell throws his wife under the bus.

Hope for race relations

Ferguson divides us less than we imagine.

A president unfazed

Obama’s response so far to Ferguson is correct.

The cupcake cops

The government watches us in order to improve us.

Two governors on trial

Lessons on criminalizing political behavior.

Fair representation

There’s a better way to choose House members.

A new anti-Semitism

Israel is held to an impossible standard.

Hiding in plain sight

The governor scandals that have gone unnoticed .

Prosperity: No panacea

In this post-euphoric time, let’s be realistic.

End the tax acrobatics

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    End the tax acrobatics

    Publicly traded companies should release their tax returns.

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  • Rebuilding our infrastructure

    Rebuilding our infrastructure

    How to get America moving again.

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  • Rein in pay-to-play politics

    Rein in pay-to-play politics

    No fundraising by Congress members during session.

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  • The HPV cure parents won’t use

    The HPV cure parents won’t use

    Boys need human papillomavirus vaccines.

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Vicious payback is good policy

President Obama has carte blanche to diminish the presence of the Islamic State and its collaborators. He should use it.

Outlook & Opinions

The wider Mideast war

The wider Mideast war

Will the U.S. fight for a Middle East where minorities can thrive?

5 myths about presidential vacations

5 myths about presidential vacations

OUTLOOK | You would think that one thing Americans could agree on is that the president could use a day off.

Yazidis on my mind

Yazidis on my mind

A memorable visit offers a glimpse of what a modern Middle Eastern society could look like.

Best state: New Hampshire

Best state: New Hampshire

Other states make more wine, but this is the No. 1 place to drink it.

David Gregory’s worst week

David Gregory’s worst week

He’s leaving “Meet the Press” — and NBC — after a ratings decline.

The unwritten Ebola story

The unwritten Ebola story

Much has been misconstrued about one of the American doctors who has the virus.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste at Yale

A mind is a terrible thing to waste at Yale

In “Excellent Sheep,” William Deresiewicz laments the “entitled mediocrity” of the Ivy League

How the U.S. can still help Libya

How the U.S. can still help Libya

The situation is dire, but it’s not too late to turn things around.

After Ferguson, ‘The Talk’

After Ferguson, ‘The Talk’

A poem inspired by the events in a Missouri town.

The Middle East identity crisis

The Middle East identity crisis

Arabs must decide for themselves what kind of countries they want.

Book Reviews