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

A deal bigger than Iran

This is about more than Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Netanyahu’s dicey bet

The Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress may help his reelection bid while complicating U.S. relations.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

A businessman learns from a bad investment in Putin

Bill Browder learned the hard way about dealing with Vladi­mir Putin.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

College junior at 17 was once dubbed ‘sweet, but not very smart’

Zakiya James is studying civil engineering at Drexel University.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Is U-Va. going Bravo Network on us?

No university is generating more sensation and scandal than Thomas Jefferson’s “academical village.”

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

An affordable housing crisis with no end in sight

Can the nation’s capital eliminate homelessness with nothing but fancy condos?

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Never-Compromise wins again

Now the Democrats are being driven to extreme positions.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

China’s lawless path

Repression complicates U.S.-China relations.

PostPartisan

Fred Hiatt

With Boris Nemtsov’s murder, Russians lose a champion of democracy

Though Nemtsov is hardly the first opponent of Vladimir Putin to be murdered, this one comes as a particular shock.

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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.

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress will carry a hefty price

Inviting the Israeli prime minister to address lawmakers on Iran sets a bad precedent.

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress

Despite the GOP’s invitation to speak, it would be highly inappropriate for him to accept.

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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

The case for quitting e-mail

If you want something to stay private, don’t write it in an e-mail, don’t use the phone and don’t text about it.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Britain retreats

The only sure thing about the country these days is that it has lost its interest in foreign policy.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Germany’s central role

There is a danger in its leading part in the Greece and Ukraine crises.

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Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Ferguson and Benghazi’s troubling parallels

When facts are eclipsed by passions, both by the right and the left, the truth gets lost.

PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

What Bill Clinton still owes Monica Lewinsky

He should acknowledge that life has been golden for him, much less so for her.

PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

How would you have voted in the Israeli elections?

Thanks for asking.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

What Ted Cruz knows about the battle for 2016

And why the senator’s bid for the Republican nomination is very good news for Jeb Bush.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

This is no way to ease inequality

The GOP’s budget proposals reflect its hypocrisy.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

The high cost of Netanyahu’s comeback

The Israeli prime minister’s election tactics may cause problems for his nation for years to come.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

The next epidemic

The Ebola outbreak offers an urgent reminder to prepare for future global pandemics.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

How to block a bad deal with Iran

Congress must weigh in on the possible agreement with Iran.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Clinton’s Nixonian path to office

Comparing Hillary Clinton to the Watergate president may work in her favor.

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Shinzo Abe’s optimistic vision

Japan’s prime minister has worthy goals but he isn’t strong on results yet.

PostPartisan

David Ignatius’s full interview with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The complete transcript of the Post columnist’s conversation with Japan’s leader.

PostPartisan

David Ignatius

Stalled Tikrit offensive hurts Iran, helps U.S.

The Tikrit campaign appears to be the first significant overreach in Iraq by the Iranians.

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Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

A prosecutor’s unfinished work

Why did Ronald Machen announce his investigation of Vincent Gray so close to last year’s elections?

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

When police officers are the sexual predators

There isn’t much worse than those who use their badges to take advantage of young girls.

PostPartisan

Colbert I. King

Free Loretta Lynch

Republicans should stop holding up her nomination.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

The GOP racing form: First edition

Rubio, Bush and Walker are current morning-line favorites.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

No peace in our time

Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection does not portend more strife in the Middle East.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Early Onset Clinton Fatigue

The e-mail crisis brings back memories of the sleazy underside of the Clinton years.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The real-world success of Obamacare

After a bumpy start, the Affordable Care Act has lived up to many of its promises.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The delay over Loretta Lynch’s confirmation isn’t about bias

But the GOP wants to have its tantrum without being responsible for the consequences of their position.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The Senate poisons a feel-good bill with a new dose of partisan politics

Can anybody around here pass a law?

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

A campaign finance idea whose time has come

Rep. John Sarbanes has proposed a campaign-finance bill that would return power to citizens.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Netanyahu’s scorched earth tactics could make Israel’s problems worse

By repudiating his commitment to a Palestinian state, Benjamin Netanyahu stoked fear and division.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Why salaries don’t rise

Unemployment is down, but wages remain stagnant, which leaves the middle class stuck in neutral.

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Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Martese Johnson’s education happened on that sidewalk

He asked “How could this happen?” as he was violently arrested. But he needed to have known before then.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

How much is too much to see Prince George’s schools improve — by 2020?

A proposed 15 percent increase in the county’s property taxes would go entirely to public education.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Want to eat nutritious food? If you don’t get a raise, you’re out of luck

Wage stagnation and increases in food prices mean Ramen noodles for many families.

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

A monster in the cockpit of the Germanwings airliner

Dark thoughts capture our imaginations after a crash.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Inexcusable wackiness in the Senate

Continuing to delay Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as attorney general is absurd.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Dear Starbucks: Can we not talk about race?

CEO Howard Schultz wants baristas and patrons to talk about race, but his idea seems hopelessly out of touch.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

What happens when gray mixes with brown in America

As the nation ages, support for the younger, more racially and ethnically diverse, generation, is waning.

Rampage

Catherine Rampell

How the IRS helps keep taxpayers honest, even when it’s not actively prosecuting them

Fear and “tax morale,” the intrinsic motivation for people to honestly pay what they owe.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Ted Cruz’s phenomenally bad idea

Many people don’t like the Internal Revenue Service, but it performs a necessary function.

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.

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Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Clinton’s scandals and Warren’s opening

Clinton is looking like a risky proposition.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Obama’s failed Iran policy, not protocol, is the problem

Senators have every right to publicly express opposition to the Iran accord.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Republicans’ letter to Iran is far from unprecedented

The real folly here is the president and Democrats’ petulant response.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

The dangers of four more years of Clintons

Another Clinton presidency means new opportunities for scandal.

George F. Will

George F. Will

How income inequality benefits everybody

Leaving wealth in the hands of the wealthy, an author argues, is the best way to benefit all Americans.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Social inequality’s deepening roots

Government’s pursuit of ensuring access to opportunity risks damaging freedom in the bargain.

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

The fight over Confederate license plates

Texas’s rejection of the Confederate battle flag comes before the Supreme Court.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Manufactured Medicare outrage

An ad campaign aimed at federal bureaucrats promotes fear rather than health-care reform.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

The legal drug epidemic

Pain medications are killing a shocking number of Americans.

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Jenna Johnson and Robert McCartney

Tax-relief bills stalled, Hogan aides warn aid for schools, raises at risk

A Maryland Senate panel kills one measure and waters down others, including one on state gas tax hikes.

Robert McCartney and Robert Mc Cartney

Regional Memo: Unresolved Gray case threatens Machen’s legacy in corruption fight

REGIONAL MEMO | The U.S. attorney drew praise for reducing sleaze in D.C. politics, but legacy may rest on probe’s outcome.

Paul Duggan, Abigail Hauslohner and Robert McCartney

Metro halts hunt for leader, rethinks expansion plans

Board members differ on the type of leader needed amid more turmoil for the embattled transit agency.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Is this the end of the White House’s insufferable insularity?

Shailagh Murray’s appointment is a good sign.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Can Israel remain a democracy?

Without a Palestinian state, Israel can be either a Jewish state or a democracy but not both.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Republicans reach another milestone in political malpractice

By holding up the Loretta Lynch nomination, the GOP lost its high ground on a sex-trafficking bill.

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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

An act of terror on Flight 9525

The fear of another 9/11 apparently made this tragedy possible.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson Live

Eugene Robinson discussed his latest columns and political news.

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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Lessons from the 1937-38 recession

That slump ought to weigh heavily on the Fed as it ponders what to do next.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Where is the Fed headed?

From mighty agency to something more tentative.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Shareholder capitalism on trial

The bad rap that big corporations are getting isn’t warranted.

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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

Tell the election success stories, too

Progressive politicians and activists are working to making elections more democratic.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The one sensible budget in Washington

The Congressional Progressive Caucus spending plan offers a humane fiscal alternative.

Katrina Vanden Heuvel

Katrina Vanden Heuvel

Martin O’Malley sounds like he’s running

A contested Democratic primary will be good for the country.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Where George W. Bush was right

Chaos in Yemen is one troubling outcome of President Obama’s foreign policy decisions.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Israel’s threat from within

Its greatest vulnerability is that it has jurisdiction over 4.5 million Arabs who have neither a state nor a vote.

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