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

Obama’s gamble on Iran

Will nuclear detente force a change?

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Obama’s next earthquake

He’s set the stage for a Middle East legacy.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

A deal bigger than Iran

This is about more than Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

For the wrongfully convicted and their supporters, faith in justice is thin

At a local barbershop, little surprise at flawed testimony from the FBI’s elite forensic workers.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Gyrocopter pilot’s stunt just the latest bid for Congress’s attention

Florida mailman is part of a wave of homegrown, daffy, sometimes troubled activists descending on D.C.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Inspiring prison doctor helps a giant health-care firm lobby for jail contract

Sylvia McQueen, the daughter of a D.C. inmate, now works for controversial Corizon Health.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Defending inaction

‘Never again’ appears not to apply in Syria.

PostPartisan

Fred Hiatt

No kicking the can down the road in Italy

Matteo Renzi is trying to shake up Italy’s sclerotic political and economic system. And what he is doing offers lessons for U.S. leaders.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Wartime ghosts

For Japan and Korea, the past shadows the future.

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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.

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.

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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.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

When it comes to politics, the U.S. and Britain could learn from each other

The United States could do with some British thrift, and Brits could borrow some American extravagance.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

How to make the world’s madmen think twice

The West has forgotten how deterrence has worked in a nuclear world.

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Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

The FBI director’s larger message on the Holocaust

His remarks were flawed, but James Comey’s comments on evil were commendable.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Hillary Clinton is a survivor who does not need to reinvent herself

The remarkable life of the former secretary of state and first lady is message enough for her campaign.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Ol’ Blue Eyes still sparkles, a century later

With the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth approaching, his artistry lives on.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

California’s dire warning to the GOP

Demographic changes could lead to the party’s doom.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Rubio’s familiar fountain of youth

The GOP candidate points to tomorrow in his stump speech, but his ideas recall yesterday.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

A role model for Clinton

Bush 41’s ’88 campaign holds lessons for hers.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

What is the president doing on Iran?

Obama’s weak deal and ensuing overreach signal that he is willing to concede much for short-term wins.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Enter the reform conservatives

Conservatives who see the need to update, not dismantle, institutional policies are on to something.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Rand Paul’s grand deception

The Republican senator’s views are ill-suited to today’s complex world.

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

The Middle East’s sick state

As weak governance structures have buckled, extremist groups have become more powerful.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Hillary Clinton is off to a fuzzy start

The Democratic favorite must move to define herself and her policy views.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

The CIA gets a makeover

Director John Brennan’s plan for organizational changes might actually add layers of bureaucracy.

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Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

It’s open season on D.C. dollars

The council has politicized the contracting process.

PostPartisan

Colbert I. King

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s test

At issue is whether the council will accept or reject the new mayor’s first consequential executive action.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

The Iran deal is about restraining a barbaric regime

If President Obama’s negotiated framework could deny a dangerous leader the bomb, go for it.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

She rides by van: The Hillary Clinton launch

Hillary Clinton goes through the motions as she road-trips through Iowa.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

The Iran deal: Anatomy of a disaster

The United States concedes far too much in the nuclear framework.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

The GOP racing form: First edition

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

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Finally, a break in the congressional gridlock?

This past week shows even deep divisions can be overcome.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The myths and the challenges that face Hillary Clinton

Can she avoid lashing out?

PostPartisan

Ruth Marcus

Hillary Clinton’s vapid video

The announcement made no attempt to offer specific goals.

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

What it will take to revive the middle class

Hillary Clinton’s comments on CEO pay are promising, but she needs to back them up with prudent policies.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Today’s GOP is the party of Jefferson Davis, not of Lincoln

Republicans’ stances on poverty and voting rights mirror those of the antebellum South.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Workers — not employers — are the real wage movers and shakers

The prime mover behind raises, such as the one McDonald’s announced, is the workers themselves.

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Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

A walk in an officer’s shoes when it comes to using force

A computer-simulated police training exercise shows that it all comes down to what is reasonable.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

A failed brake light illuminates room for improvement by a patrol officer

A few tips from the U.S. guidelines on traffic stops may have helped on that night in Prince George’s County, Md.

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.

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

The case for a national Powder Room Initiative

Hillary Clinton can’t be all things to all women.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Clinton’s past-and-future problem

The choice in 2016 represents a generational crossroads.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Rolling Stone’s damaging journalism

Journalists can go all out for a story, but the U-Va. case shows why bias cannot overpower facts.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

How ‘fast track’ is making Democrats act like Republicans, and vice versa

The parties are switching roles on expediting the president’s authority to move on the Pacific trade deal.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Chris Christie’s terrible Medicaid idea

A gimmick that would hurt the poor and merely shift costs to states.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Why we still need Equal Pay Day

This is an opportunity to examine why working women cannot participate equally in the economy.

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

A foolish bet on the old Clinton magic

Hillary Clinton’s future is hardly so bright that she has to wear shades.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Obama’s deceptions on Iran and Cuba

The president is relying on the ignorance of the American public to sell his appeasement policies.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Echoes of Clinton in Obama’s awful Iran deal

The 1994 nuclear framework with North Korea was terrible, too.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses

Universities that divest their holdings of fossil fuel stocks are making an empty gesture that hurts students.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Containing Iran’s nuclear intoxication

The president has settled for making Iran’s ability to gain nuclear arms more difficult, not impossible.

George F. Will

George F. Will

When everything is a crime

Justice is not served by the glut of federal criminal statutes on the books.

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Chris Christie’s tilt at Social Security

The New Jersey governor lays out a fiscally sound plan for shoring up the program.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Will the GOP rethink its ‘traditional values’ high ground?

Recent events in Indiana make clear that Republicans cannot bank on “values” issues to win votes.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Postal banking could make the postal system’s troubles worse

Trying to kill off payday loans could add to the dysfunction of the USPS.

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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.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Hogan forces small dose of budget frugality in Annapolis

The new GOP governor reframes the debate on spending and taxes, though the impact so far is modest.

Abigail Hauslohner and Robert McCartney

Maryland, D.C. officials seek Metro management overhaul

New leader will have to fix finances, safety problems before governments invest in expansion,officials say.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

The new argument against gay equality: Same-sex marriage kills

Conservative scholars are arguing homosexual unions will cause 900,000 abortions.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

America’s new cycle of partisan hatred

The problem with politics isn’t Washington, but a hyper-tribal electorate.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

The populists capture the Democratic Party

The battle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership shows how the center of gravity in the party has shifted.

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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.

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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

Congress, stop the insanity. Confirm Loretta Lynch now.

The Republican-led Senate has kept the attorney general nominee waiting since November.

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

Happy 50th, Moore’s Law

A computing-power rule has proved self-fulfilling.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The tax revolt, RIP?

Discontent with the income tax has ebbed.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Middle-aged capitalism

Fewer start-ups are being launched these days.

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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

A populist challenge to Hillary Clinton

A populist wave among Democrats will hold Ms. Clinton accountable for her policy views.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Our intelligence apparatus, operating in the dark

Without broad and deep oversight, Americans’ liberty is at stake.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty will help neither workers nor consumers

The rules are rigged in favor of the 1 percent.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Whatever happened to Obama’s pivot to Asia?

Global stability will be shaped not by the Middle East but by how the United States deals with China.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Is Iran rational?

Tehran must figure the costs and benefits of a nuclear deal and act accordingly.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

A nuclear deal with Iran is the best option

There are really only two alternatives, and neither offers any hope.

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