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.

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Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

A drug cartel’s power in Venezuela

The role of the cartel is getting hard to ignore.

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.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Is the 3-year-old found dead on a park swing a case of dad discrimination?

Ji’Aire Lee’s death came just 11 days after a custody agreement that left the child with his troubled mother.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Relisha Rudd’s legacy: Millions to help the homeless in the nation’s capital

The missing girl’s name wasn’t mentioned, but her fate was surely on the minds of city leaders this week.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

He almost missed his daughter’s college graduation. He got out of jail just in time.

Yasmine Arrington’s ex-convict father is inspired by what she’s accomplished against the odds.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Iraq’s tragic ‘unraveling’

How U.S. policies fueled turmoil and violence.

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.”

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.

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Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

The selling of the post-presidency

After leaving the Oval Office, life used to be quiet. Gerald Ford changed everything, and Bill Clinton followed.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

A novel about Hitler trivializes the Holocaust

What’s missing from Timur Vermes’s book are the voices of the Führer’s victims.

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.

Archive

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

2016’s St. Nick

Bernie Sanders and his gifts for Democrats.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Ireland voted, and everyone won

Ireland’s resounding support for same-sex marriage sends a powerful message around the world.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

The GOP’s shape-shifters

To pander to the Republican electorate’s move to the far right, candidates redefine “flip-flopping.”

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Horror and suffering in the world’s most fragile state

As South Sudan’s leaders quarrel, only the U.N. and NGOs are preventing chaos from taking root.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

The rhetoric of economic mobility in the United States

The two parties come around to the idea that birth should not equal destiny.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

The end of casual Christianity

A new report makes plain that we are seeing the collapse of religious belief as a civic assumption in America.

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

The U.S.’s diplomatic juggling act

Can Obama navigate a tricky Asia policy?

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

The U.S.’s big intelligence problem

The need for old-fashioned spying on the Islamic State

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

A State Department policy overwhelmed by puffery

Sidney Blumenthal’s e-mail exchange with Hillary Clinton about Libya reveals Imperial Washington.

Archive

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Saudi Arabia is no friend to the United States

And the U.S. can’t save them from themselves.

PostPartisan

Colbert I. King

Journalism by the teaspoon

It’s hard to absorb so many stories about death, crime and humans degrading one other.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Make time for Memorial Day’s true purpose

What America owes its current and past defenders.

Archive

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Why doctors quit

They are turning into data entry clerks because of the electronic records mandate.

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.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The unsettling indictments of Dennis Hastert and FIFA officials

The Justice Department’s actions aren’t necessarily wrong, but they are a troubling use of U.S. resources.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

A chance for presidential candidates to pick their budget plan

Five policy groups from across the ideological spectrum outline budget proposals.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Unseemly speechifying

Hillary Clinton’s disturbing conduct.

Archive

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

The forces driving the United States apart

What you earn for an honest day’s work depends increasingly on where you live.

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.

Archive

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Making the best of what’s still around

“The world is a mess,” my dad says. But since Mom’s death, life has gotten emptier and more onerous.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

How am I going to care for a parent whose emotional life is unimaginable?

COLUMN | Ever since Mom died, Dad has been filling the silence in his house with CNN.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Violence in black community threatens the greatest civil right — life

A veteran civil rights activist worries about the violence toward and within the black community.

Archive

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out

Is she really the best representative for such a profound experience?

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Reality show jumps 19 sharks

For Republicans, maybe now is a good time to rethink the relationship between politics and religion.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

William Kristol’s self-loathing attack on baby boomers

The Weekly Standard editor, 62, has had enough of the boomer presidents.

Archive

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

The ridiculous non-candidate charade

Putting off a formal announcement can keep the super PAC spigots gushing for presidential hopefuls.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

The national security threat that Republicans are ignoring

Climate change is a threat multiplier, yet GOP candidates remain in denial.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Liberals are enjoying a comeback

The “L-word” is losing its sting, a new poll finds, while social conservatives are fading.

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

Hastert case shows it’s no time to cave on child sex trafficking

House conservatives should oppose weakening proposed laws against trafficking.

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.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

Childishness on campus

The right of free speech has been supplanted by the right not to be offended or even challenged.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Elections and campaigns are not the same thing

Congress can regulate the “manner” in which an election is run, not the speech leading up to it.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Tim Kaine’s lonely quest for war legitimacy

An authorization for use of military force is easier vowed than accomplished.

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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.

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Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Baltimore’s blight puts O’Malley on defensive in bid for presidency

The city’s troubles hamper the former mayor’s pitch as the Democrat who is most ready to solve urban problems.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Baltimore’s blight puts O’Malley on
the defensive in his presidential bid

Can the city tell the nation that the former mayor is the Democrat most ready to solve urban problems?

Dr. Gridlock

Robert McCartney

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

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Republican senators hold Congress hostage to their ambition

Ironically, GOP candidates are running for president by proving that their party can’t govern.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Another tortured effort by the GOP to help itself with minorities

In place of a Republican salute to black music, a limp handshake.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Why did Republicans embrace the Duggars in the first place?

Yet again, GOP candidates are wooing the most extreme.

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.

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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.

Blog

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson Live

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

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson Live

Eugene Robinson discussed his latest columns and political news.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Hanging up on the NSA

Sen. Rand Paul’s stunt helped Americans reclaim some measure of privacy.

Archive

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Our tentative economy

Pay and spending fears feed a vicious cycle.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Are we playing minimum-wage roulette?

We don’t know what the stampede toward higher minimums will bring.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

China’s coming crash?

A faltering China could tip the world back into recession.

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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 dangerous ‘red-state model’

Refusing to expand Medicaid is bad medicine. But GOP lawmakers keep swallowing it.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Hold bankers accountable for their crimes

The financial industry is still causing havoc.

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.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Iraq exists only as an idea, not a nation

Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis are fighting for their causes. But nobody is willing to fight for the country’s survival.

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.

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