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.

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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.

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Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

The cost of ignoring Russia

Eastern Europeans are making their peace with Putin, despite Obama’s claims of isolating him.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

The hole in Obama’s strategy

Ignoring Bashar al-Assad’s regime may lead to worse consequences.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

China’s ‘creeping invasion’

The ambitious nation takes its time targeting the global order.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Female teachers preying on male students not uncommon

A D.C. substitute teacher charged with abusing a male teen may have damaged more than her reputation.

Petula Dvorak

Mani-Pedi? Many (Men) Pedi(cure)

After a column about her sons’ pedicures, readers weigh in on the practice.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Watching her sons battle for equal pedicure rights

Despite herself, a mother of two boys is uncomfortable with their desire for Hot Wheels orange toenails.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

The land of gotcha

Americans now have no patience for mistakes, even well-meaning ones.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

False victory over the deficit

When it comes to entitlement reform, as far as this administration is concerned: mission accomplished.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Beyond the ‘imaginary Indians’

Our incomplete version of history masks the offensiveness of a very real slur.

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Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

When should we use force?

The U.S. must return to a reasoned discussion of flexing our military muscle.

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Beyond Mubarak 2.0

U.S. policy toward Egypt is fomenting another revolution.

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Obama’s foreign policy paradox

Obama is giving the American public what it wants, but it doesn’t much like him for it.

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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

The myth of Russian humiliation

NATO expansion did not cause Moscow’s aggression.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

America the puppeteer

China turns to a familiar narrative to explain the Hong Kong protests.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Scottish vote represents a warning

Europe’s elites need to reckon with the strong desire for local control.

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Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Ben Bradlee was a leader and a friend

He edited by instinct and experience.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Ebola caregivers deserve a parade

Doctors, others put careers on hold to succor the sick, save lives.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Taking Obama’s measure

Vietnam teaches us that a president must be feared as well as admired.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

The politics of Ebola

Politicians wrestle with the issue of the virus.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

A battle for blue-collar support

Hopes of victory depend on support from working-class whites.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Democrats’ bright spot

Pennsylvania nominee for governor Tom Wolf speaks of a time when government was good.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

America is still in denial about Ebola

The notion that the disease is under control is dangerous. Instead, we must prepare for the worst.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

A double-edged sword

Republicans tend to fall victim to the myth of the midterm mandate.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

America’s flawed Ebola response

We are learning some brutal lessons.

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Iraq and the U.S. are losing ground to the Islamic State

One Sunni leader says: “ISIS only kills you. The Iraqi government kills you and rapes your women.”

PostPartisan

David Ignatius

The instinctual greatness of Ben Bradlee

The legendary Post editor was one of nature’s aristocrats, so charismatic that he would have emerged as a leader in any town on earth.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Preventing terror

A small organization offers a fresh approach.

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Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Mayoral brainstorms

Give the D.C. candidates credit — they are a creative lot.

PostPartisan

Colbert I. King

It’s not the mistake, it’s the lie

The ill-designed cover of the D.C. voters guide can be forgiven. The lie that it is was planned cannot.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

It’s promise season

D.C.’s mayoral candidates offer up a lot, but neglect the price tags.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

The president’s determined detachment conveys the feeling that nobody’s home.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Ebola vs. civil liberties

Viruses don’t wait, a lesson the federal government must learn now.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Bombing for show? Or for effect?

Turkey’s issues with Kurds may trump its Islamic State fight.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

‘Patient Zero’ goes public

Monica Lewinsky reemerges to talk about cyberbullying.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

A campaign with no answers

Candidates keep voters guessing what they will do when in office.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The virus you should worry about

Panic about Ebola won’t help anyone, but getting a flu shot just might.

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

IBM’s big blues

A faulty strategy proves disastrous for the corporate icon.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Germany’s threat to itself

The fiscal policies of the German government have begun to threaten their own economy.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

The vanishing pay raise

As workers’ power declined, so did their paychecks.

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Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Young black gay men find acceptance, help in a Md. church

The Rev. Tony Lee offers a refuge to street gang members who are finding jobs and moving past violence.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Does it have to be on video to get us to do the right thing?

Sadly, what grabs our attention and moves us to act is often the graphic and grotesque.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Spay Kitty? Not a hairball’s chance in you-know-where.

Our 2-year-old cat’s not truly content unless she’s spayed, we’re told. But why risk personality changes?

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Defending bears and wolves

Ballot measures seek to protect wildlife.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

The unanswered question

Alison Lundergan Grimes took a defensible position but now is paying the price for it.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Words from the unwise

Obama conveys a lack of involvement that is disconcerting and potentially dangerous.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Shielding the middleman

Tesla Motors runs right into a car dealership stop sign, again.

Rampage

Catherine Rampell

Raises right around the corner?

New data suggest that pay could rise soon.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Tune out market noise

Despite skittish moments, the economy is looking healthier.

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

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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.

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Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

The potential for Ebola terrorism

If terrorists were to turn Ebola into a crude terror weapon, we could be in for a Dark Winter indeed.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Obama’s ‘blizzard of lies’

The president’s pattern of deceit is stunning.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Obama ignores his former CIA director’s warning

Leon Panetta’s criticism on Iraq also applies to Afghanistan.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

A nasty political tactic

The actions of a Democratic district attorney are taking a toll on the belief in government’s legitimacy.

George F. Will

George F. Will

A constitutional moment in Ky.

Mitch McConnell’s victory would help restore the Senate’s dignity.

George F. Will

George F. Will

The fictitious ‘war on women’

Mark Udall’s overheated rhetoric in a bid for reelection is not exciting voters in Colorado.

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Pot’s bitter aftertaste

Sweet treats infused with marijuana’s active ingredient are giving Colorado a headache.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

A not-so-simple fix for the economy

The IMF’s proposal to jump-start the global economy through infrastructure comes with risks.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Gay marriage’s quiet triumph

It has escaped the backlash that still plagues Roe v. Wade.

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Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Cold weather revives D.C. worries about homeless families

COLUMN | Another D.C. family homelessness crisis is feared despite lessons from last winter’s debacle.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Both top candidates for District mayor have serious flaws

D.C. voters’ hard choice: Bowser’s cautious, mediocre record, or Catania’s combative approach?

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Fairfax shows little outrage over police shooting of Geer

COLUMN | Fairfax shouldn’t let police off the hook for shooting John Geer because it’s politically convenient.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

A quixotic candidacy in South Dakota

Independent Larry Pressler shakes up a Senate race that was supposed to be easy for Republicans.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Grimes, left for dead, finally goes off-script

The Democrat hoping to unseat Mitch McConnell sheds the caution a bit as polls suggest she’s still in the fight.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Meet the one Democrat who is not running from Obama

In Georgia, Michelle Nunn is showing authenticity and courage.

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On Leadership

Steven Pearlstein

Remembering Ben Bradlee’s leadership

He trusted his gut on the big things, didn’t bother with the little ones and wouldn’t spend a lot of time second-guessing himself on either.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

Wall Street attempts to navigate the era of ‘Yellen put’

A recent side effect of the Fed chair’s policies has been the dumping of stocks, commodities and junk bonds.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

Surgery sheds light on out-of-network pricing

Insurer’s rate for tendon surgery was set below the amount Medicare pays, and the calculation used is shrouded.

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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.

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Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

The Islamic State fight is starting to look like a ‘dumb’ war

Americans have a right to be concerned about the whole enterprise.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson Live

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

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

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

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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Millionaire’s club expands

A new study puts the worldwide total at 35 million in 2014.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

A global debt trap

Do high borrowing and low economic growth explain recent stock market turmoil?

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Women join the top 1%

Economic inequality is becoming more gender-neutral.

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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.

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Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The GOP wrecking crew

A Republican-controlled Congress would be catastrophic.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

A life raft in N.C.

Incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) is getting some help from a populist mobilization effort.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Still trying to bring Wall Street to justice

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman keeps fighting the banks.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Let Snowden stand trial

He may get a fair hearing in a U.S. court.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

A can-do strategy for Syria

The president should dial back his rhetoric for dealing with the Islamic State.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Let’s be honest: Islam has a problem right now

But here’s what Bill Maher and Sam Harris get wrong.

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