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

Sloppy thinking

Obama’s “no military solution” derails political options.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

A lonely fight against the Islamic State

The Iraqi government’s problems leave Kurds feeling exposed.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Obama’s bet on Iran

The president hopes “direct diplomacy” will finally yield results.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Va. delegate Morrissey could serve time — and constituents

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey needs to take pity on Virginia voters and resign.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Taylor Swift may not write computer code, but these girls do

At a girls-only coding hour, middle schoolers discover “geeky” is cool.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Don’t let rapes fade into background

We needed to hear about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity to pay attention, but we shouldn’t wait for drama to care.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

The bridge builder?

Tim Kaine’s approach to keep his party together.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

A stealth North Korea

Little attention is paid to Uzbekistan’s crimes.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Rationalizing Putin

As Russia keeps advancing in Ukraine, Washington continues to say its policy is working.

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Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan

Our record with rebels

Foreign policy ‘failures’ can guide today’s decisions.

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.

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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

The threat of Internet trolls

Some states have turned to the comments section as well as Twitter to orchestrate propaganda.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Is Germany ready to lead?

Support for a “greater world role” is higher than it used to be, but still not overwhelming.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

‘We are here’

Jews celebrate their survival in Poland.

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PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

Jeb Bush cautiously steps into the 2016 mix

Missing is the ringing call to battle, an expressed sense of urgency, an idea of what the country lacks and what Bush could provide.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Online traffic in private lives

The Sony Pictures hack is feeding the public’s appetite for stolen e-mails.

PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

Will Time magazine do the right thing?

Its Person of the Year issue should salute the Ebola caregivers.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

The Schumer presciption for 2016

The New York Democrat says his party must work to restore the middle class.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Obama’s Boehner bailout

The budget battle should serve as a wake-up call.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Will we torture again?

Reaction against the CIA report suggests that many involved in “the program” would do it all over.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

It’s time for a politics of repair

We need leaders who take populist discontent seriously and support practical reform.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Jonathan Gruber and the arrogance of liberal elites

A candid Jonathan Gruber reveals the belief that Americans are stupid and must be managed.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Releasing the Feinstein report is an act of congressional recklessness

Releasing the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations would target Americans still at war.

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

A U.S.-China ‘reset’?

After a successful summit, the Chinese take a pragmatic view.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Gen. John Allen’s heavy rucksack in the Islamic State fight

President Obama’s point man against the Islamic State must weave disparate strategy threads together.

PostPartisan

David Ignatius

The torture report’s one glaring weakness

By giving Congress a pass, Sen. Dianne Feinstein weakened the very process of accountability her report was meant to enhance.

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PostPartisan

Colbert I. King

Charlene Drew Jarvis: ‘The narrative about race is changing’

Some of the former D.C. Council’s member’s remarks on women and race are worth repeating.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

D.C. home rule comes under fire

Bowser must counter the attack on home rule.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

D.C.’s unfinished business with Vincent Gray

The saga of Vincent Gray needs to come to a close.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

A travesty of a report

The one-sided document’s authors have forgotten our history.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

The real fight is among Democrats

Democrats struggle for footing — and purpose.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

The climate pact swindle

The Obama-Xi agreement is a one-sided deal in which China gets a 16-year pass.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Cheney’s tortured logic

The former vice president still has no regrets over what the CIA did.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

An overstuffed ‘Cromnibus’

The upside of the gargantuan spending bill.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Exposing the CIA’s stain on America

No one can review the report without feeling horror and shame.

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

The Democrats need a dose of Elizabeth Warren

The Democratic senator’s much-needed brand of economic populism is not a niche ideology.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Employees shouldn’t be treated like products

Employees deserve better notice of their work schedules.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

The lawlessness of Ferguson is no surprise

When the law offers no recourse, lawlessness can be the result.

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Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

America is primed for unrest. The super-rich just don’t seem to care.

Hey, gajillionaires! What does it take to disturb you about income inequality?

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Barry ‘broke rules’ but helped build black middle class in D.C., Pr. George’s

The late mayor demanded that blacks be allowed entry into the D.C.-area club, and some questioned his tactics.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Barry credited God with sparing his life despite failings

The former mayor was known for being honest about his shortcomings, even his own dishonesty.

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

A wildfire of corruption

The need to find someone to blame for a Calif. fire went far afield indeed.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Can conservative women be feminists?

Conservative women should not be blackballed from support over one issue.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Ferguson and the media circus

A bad day in America is a good for the newsroom.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Congress cripples the IRS

Tax rates are likely to rise as the agency’s budget is cut and the tax code grows ever more complex.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Television convinces us that torture is okay

Television shows make the practice look normal, acceptable and effective.

Rampage

Catherine Rampell

What men (and women) want in a marriage, today vs. yesterday

Both men and women say they think the most satisfying marriages are those in which both spouses work and share childcare and household duties. Those stated preferences don’t always materialize, of course.

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

Feinstein’s sloppy report

What the senator and Rolling Stone have in common.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

A CIA success story

Enhanced interrogation methods helped ID an al-Qaeda commander.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Turn the tables on Obama

How to push back on his executive amnesty.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

Texas takes aim at the First Amendment

The debate over a Texas license plate pits the First Amendment against personal responsibility.

George F. Will

George F. Will

The cheerfulness of tax reform

It’s s time to give earners on the lower rungs a boost via tax reform.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Eric Garner, criminalized to death

Lawmakers creating new crimes means more chances for law enforcement to become violent.

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Obama goes fuzzy on Cuba

Havana has more of a plan than Washington does.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Why the partisan debate over CIA oversight is so dangerous

Partisan oversight of intelligence agencies is a threat to democracy.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Can Putin withstand falling oil prices?

Falling crude prices might not spell for Russia the disaster they did for the Soviet Union.

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Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

D.C. leaders pursue Olympics without giving residents a chance to weigh in

It’s troubling that local officials can push a city to host the Olympics without public debate.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Hogan shows no sign of compromise on cutting spending

The governor-elect sticks to a hard line on the need for lower taxes and less government.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

A major tobacco commission grant should make Virginians suspicious

COLUMN | Political pressure was said to ratchet up the grant amount almost five-fold, to $30 million.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Rubio polls himself, finds he is 100% right

His emotional response shows why President Obama’s move is good policy, as well as good politics.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Elizabeth Warren is not the left’s Ted Cruz. She is the left’s Jim DeMint.

The Massachusetts senator is less interested in running for office than in leading a movement.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing

The industry now says we need more CO2 in our lives, not less.

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Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

Marlin Steel’s smart matrix for job and wage growth

Baltimore firm’s winning formula: Invest in front-line workers and set their course for a middle-class life.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

Hypocrisy and half-truths mar ‘net neutrality’ debate

COLUMN | Hypocrisy and half-truths mar the discussion over the principle of equal treatment of content on the Internet.

Wonkblog

Steven Pearlstein

Democrats only have themselves to blame for upcoming losses

They’re headed for trouble in Tuesday’s election because they’ve run away from what they stand for.

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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

Eugene Robinson Live

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

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

A win for Cuba’s people

Obama’s historic opening is long overdue.

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

The stalemate continues

Both parties avoid hard choices on the budget.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The health cure

What’s behind the decline in spending?

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

A statistical feast

The Stat Abstract is a wellspring of insights.

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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

Fixing a broken justice system

Protests after recent police shootings may herald a renewed civil rights movement.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Struggling to breathe

Protesters demand both economic and criminal justice.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Preserving net neutrality

It’s essential to the future of our democracy.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Why releasing the torture report will make the nation stronger

Democratic accountability is critical for an effective CIA.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

A Pentagon out of control

Can Ashton Carter rein in the world’s most complicated and dysfunctional bureaucracy?

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

The U.S. will gain from Obama’s immigration action

I played by the legal immigration rules, but it should be easier for others to do so.

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