Achenblog

Joel Achenbach

Charge! Ulysses S. Grant may be making a comeback

Once derided as a butcher and failed president, U.S. Grant is getting more respect from historians

Achenblog

Joel Achenbach

Spacewalking is never a stroll in the park

One giant leap out the airlock: You go first.

Achenblog

Joel Achenbach

Time change (Part 1)

Someone invented a sundial, and it’s been all downhill ever since.

Blog

PostPartisan

Jonathan Capehart

Cliven Bundy: ‘Negro,’ please

“I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton....“

PostPartisan

Jonathan Capehart

Overcoming Obama’s kryptonite with the black vote

African Americans are key to ensuring Democrats’ victory in 2014.

PostPartisan

Jonathan Capehart

Protesting Uganda’s anti-gay law

I love it when the hateful decisions of governments meet good old American democracy.

Archive

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Tunisia’s democratic road map

America should balance detente with the region’s most aggressive dictatorship with support for Tunisia.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Fulfilling the Arab Spring

The U.S. needs to support Middle East democracy.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Obama’s gamble on Iran

Will nuclear detente force a change?

Archive

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

A 74-year-old who lost her home to foreclosure struggles to regain footing

Mary Morgan Kleiss still longs for the house she lost seven years ago. Now all she wants is a trailer.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

She lost her home to foreclosure. She’d be happy now with a trailer.

COLUMN | She was the stable one in her family, but got behind on payments and couldn’t catch up.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Why we’re riveted when bad things happen to rich people

This obsession may be unseemly, but it is not new. It’s always been part of American culture.

Archive

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Real world military funding

If we are going to ask the military to do more, we will have to pay more.

PostPartisan

Fred Hiatt

Why Armenia turned to Russia instead of the West

The country’s president says he took a “pragmatic decision.”

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Caught in the dragnet

Zero tolerance is a failed police strategy.

Archive

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Clinton’s cowardice on trade

As secretary of state, Clinton backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Candidate Clinton isn’t so sure.

Robert Kagan and Michele Dunne

Obama embraces the Nixon Doctrine in Egypt

U.S. support for Abdel Fatah al-Sissi shows that we are falling again for the same old fallacies about stability.

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

The GOP’s cheap talk on defense

Republicans criticize the president, but many in the party refuse to fund the military adequately.

Archive

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

The end of Britain as we know it

David Cameron’s reelection could mark the start of internal upheaval.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

How Libya continues to flummox Europe

The civil war-torn country is a staging ground for what are often suicidal journeys across the Mediterranean.

PostPartisan

Anne Applebaum

FBI director got it wrong on the Holocaust

James Comey, the director of the FBI, in arguing for more Holocaust education, demonstrated just how badly he needs it himself.

Archive

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

After a visit with Pope Francis, Mr. Castro has much to confess

If Cuba’s leader really wants to thank the pope, he could start by freeing political prisoners.

PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

For Jeb Bush, it’s Groundhog Day on Iraq

It’s not that “mistakes were made,” as the GOP candidate likes to put it, but that his brother wanted a war that made no sense.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Michelle Obama, criticized for the sin of being black

Her articulation of the African American experience makes some uncomfortable. Well, it should.

Archive

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Progressive frenemies

Democratic centrists and populists aren’t as far apart as they think.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Jeb Bush’s brotherly bind

There is a good reason he doesn’t want to abandon his brother.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Something is stirring in the religious world

People of faith are reassuming their rightful place in the struggle against poverty and social injustice.

Archive

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

In just five weeks, Hillary has had a lifetime quota of scandals

Are these the standards voters really want?

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

How Republicans should respond to the Iraq question

2016 candidates should note the key lessons on war from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

Chipotle, Whole Foods and those who follow their examples are polluting scientific discourse.

Archive

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

The disenfranchisement of America’s center

Making presidential debate rules more flexible could give more moderates a chance.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Interagency battles are hurting the U.S.’s fight against the Islamic State

The fight between the State Department and the Pentagon is an embarrassment.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

A tragic replay in Ramadi

A year after Mosul fell, the Iraq army and U.S. strategy collapse again.

Archive

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Tom Brady’s not-so-clean-cut behavior

DeflateGate reminds us that looks can be deceiving.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Baltimore’s ills are D.C.’s too

Adult Washingtonians don’t need to go far to find young lives that need changing.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Why the shock and dread over Baltimore?

We have been here before, America. Remember 1967?

Archive

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

You want hypotheticals? Here’s one.

Knowing what we know now, was abandoning Iraq in 2011 the right thing to do?

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Save Obama (on trade)

Think long-term, because the U.S. relationship with Asia will outlast this president.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Free Willy!

Fewer animals are on display or confined, but we still slaughter them on an industrial scale for eating.

Archive

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

A bogus argument against the trade deal

Secrecy is a phony reason to scuttle the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

2016 hopefuls flunk the questions test

Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton provide evasive answers or are non-responsive.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The sexism that propels Carly Fiorina’s candidacy

By what standard does a failed business career and no political experience qualify her as president?

Archive

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

A trade deal at what cost?

Investors, not workers, stand to win with TPP.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

A democratic socialist campaign? It’s about time.

Bernie Sanders’s run may prove to be prophetic.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Germany shows the way on labor

The United States could learn from the employment practices of its German allies.

Archive

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Black women’s lives matter, too, say the women behind the iconic hashtag

The women who created #BlackLivesMatter say the movement should not be just about men.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Outpouring of support for poet who says he was let go from Howard

E. Ethelbert Miller is being praised for the 40 years of work he did for Howard University and its students.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy: When rioting began, spotlight shifted from justice for Gray

In resorting to violence, youngsters turned police into the aggrieved while making Freddie Gray an afterthought.

Archive

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’

Killing free speech on campus to protect against unpleasant thoughts.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty

Jeb Bush needs to emulate Hillary Clinton by distancing himself from his brother.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Jeb Bush’s eloquent defense of Christianity

All too often, conservative believers are the target of ridicule.

Archive

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Taking cues from the U.S., Europe expands its surveillance states

Big Brother, meet Grand Frère.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

When women can’t get one-on-one time with their bosses

Sexist office rules limit opportunities for success.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

The trade pact debate gets personal

Can everyone stop being so offended and just get to work?

Right Turn

Jennifer Rubin

Will Pence run?

There may be a new dark horse for 2016.

Right Turn

Jennifer Rubin

A GOP comeback in Virginia?

Virginia’s Republican Party still has a pulse.

Right Turn

Jennifer Rubin

The right-wing rip off artists

Some get rich off inciting anger

Blog

The Plum Line

Greg Sargent

Scott Brown’s Obamacare repeal follies

In a new interview, he says he supports the law’s goals.

The Plum Line

Greg Sargent

Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy.

The Plum Line

Greg Sargent

Open Thread

All yours.

Blog

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Forget 2003. Jeb Bush should focus on today’s Iraq.

The candidate fumbles an easy question.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

The Baltimore Democrats built

The left’s approach to poverty has failed.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Kill Corker’s disastrous Iran bill

We don’t need Congress capitulating to Obama.

Archive

George F. Will

George F. Will

Capital punishment’s slow death

A growing distaste for executions should lead to its abolition.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Santorum’s next crusade

He aims to show he’s about more than just social issues.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm

“Free-range” parents deserve the right to bring up their children as they see fit.

Archive

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

College doesn’t need to be free

The case against Bernie Sanders’s tuition plan.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Trade measure is anything but a race to the bottom for U.S. producers

Opponents of Trans-Pacific Partnership are flat-out wrong when they say it will be a job destroyer.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

This teacher has the opportunity to hit police unions where it hurts the most

Should the Supreme Court take her case and rule in her favor, it could revolutionize labor law.

Archive

Dr. Gridlock

Robert McCartney

Montgomery, Prince George’s leaders to make their final plea for Purple Line

Robert McCartney and Wesley Lowery

Protests likely to accelerate retreat from tough police tactics of the 1990s

In Baltimore, New York and Washington, police have already backed away from “zero tolerance.”

Robert McCartney and Jenna Johnson

Tug of war between Hogan, lawmakers is new reality in Annapolis

Both sides staked out tough positions in budget negotiations, but each fell short on important goals.

Archive

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Labor rides a building backlash

Faced with the consequences of unions’ demise, Americans are reconciling with the movement.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy

If she’s serious in her commitment to campaign-finance reform, she doesn’t have to wait until the election.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

The Republican field is a clown car

The large number of contenders means a candidate is likeliest to get attention when there’s a screw-up.

Archive

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

At the glimmering edge of good sense

The brawl over Emerald Cay, paradise to the 1 percent, is a parable of American capitalism gone wrong

Wonkblog

Steven Pearlstein

To quash the tea party once and for all, Democrats should publicly back John Boehner

It might be the last best hope for bipartisan cooperation.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

As economy grows and market soars, it’s time to raise the minimum wage

COLUMN | A small bump in pay can lead to big returns, and would be a step toward restoring social capital.

Archive

ComPost

Alexandra Petri

Naptime has been canceled

First they came for the kindergarten show . . .

ComPost

Alexandra Petri

‘Capital’ is this summer’s hot best-seller about bondage and millionaires

Some tips for surviving the inevitable conversations.

ComPost

Alexandra Petri

Cliven Bundy’s disgusting views should not be news

But they are.

Blog

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson Live

Live chat with Eugene Robinson about his latest columns and political news.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Why fight for the Iraqis if they are not going to fight for themselves?

Ramadi again shows an Iraqi army that can’t or won’t fight.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson Live

Eugene Robinson discussed his latest columns and political news.

Archive

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The ‘low-wage recovery’ is a myth

The split between high- and low-paying jobs hasn’t changed much since the recession.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The next Smoot-Hawley

China’s currency ma­nipu­la­tion isn’t the issue.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Why we love World War II

The triumph in the war was a collective, democratic and unifying event.

Archive

PostPartisan

Stephen Stromberg

Obama shouldn’t rewrite history on the Keystone XL oil pipeline

The president can’t blame his dilemma on Republicans.

PostPartisan

Stephen Stromberg

Affirmative action guessing game

Where is the Supreme Court? It’s still not so clear.

PostPartisan

Stephen Stromberg

Edward Snowden’s cowardice on Russian TV

The Edward Snowden leaks were not wholly contemptible, unlike Edward Snowden himself.

Archive

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The GOP still doesn’t get it on Iraq

Military adventurism isn’t the solution to our problems abroad.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The emerging populist agenda

Driven by the Democratic Party’s activist base, reform is increasingly becoming the center of debate.

Katrina and vanden Heuvel

The enduring shame of ‘separate and unequal’

The riots in Baltimore underscore the ‘powder keg’ that remains in our society.

Archive

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Britain resigns as a world power

The country’s suspicion of a robust foreign policy shows how parochial it has become.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

You can’t stop the trade machine

Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership is misguided.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Will Israel miss its moment?

Enlightened leadership could secure it as a peaceful, Jewish democratic state.

Archive