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

China’s ‘creeping invasion’

The ambitious nation takes its time targeting the global order.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Stubbornly wrong

To correct foreign policy mistakes, Obama must first admit them.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Flouting the U.S.

Nations large and small know there is no price to pay.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

D.C.’s meh-yoral election

The choices for D.C. mayor are not inspiring voters. But maybe they don’t need to.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Domestic violence puts many women on a path to prison

The number of women in jail is soaring, and many inmates have suffered abuse.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Janay Rice’s pain may help others facing domestic violence

Shelters are being inundated with calls from women who see themselves in violent elevator video.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Could America accept another FDR?

Even a great president had his foibles. How tolerant would voters today be of them?

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

A dangerous retreat

We’re seeing the effects of U.S. disengagement.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Needed: A new team

Obama’s White House is in need of a shake-up.

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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

Scottish vote represents a warning

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

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

War in Europe

Hysterical? No, now is the time to see what is happening and to prepare.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Giving NATO a wakeup call

Obama has the power to revitalize the Western alliance.

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Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Misreading Kissinger

A review of his latest book sees only appeasement on Israel where something deeper may actually lie.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

The world’s ‘broken windows’

President Obama has treated every foreign policy crisis as isolated and unrelated to anything bigger.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

We realist’s vigilant cynicism

We can’t afford to ignore realism in foreign policy.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

For the love of Scotland

Will Scots vote on independence with their heads or their hearts?

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

How to debate a war

Delay an Islamic State vote until after the midterm elections.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Foreign policy’s new politics

The emergence of the Islamic State has shaken public opinion.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Aiding and abetting suicide

Laws such as Belgium’s send a dangerous message to society.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Behind the curve on Ebola

The Ebola outbreak is a stress test for future emergencies, and it has revealed weaknesses.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Obama’s careful war

A late shift in policy bodes a reduced chance of success.

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Underestimating a ‘will to fight’

The U.S. repeated a mistake made in Vietnam, James Clapper says.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Secret steps into combat

The U.S. has extensive experience with covert operations.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Barack Obama, reluctant warrior

His innate cautiousness is a reassurance that he’ll direct the conflict sensibly.

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Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Don’t celebrate yet

Unlike D.C.’s financial crisis, a corruption scandal over “shadow campaigns” is not over.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Islamic State hypocrisy

Recent history shows Congress can’t be relied on when it comes to military force.

PostPartisan

Colbert I. King

Relisha Rudd’s abduction was preventable

It’s right there in the city’s report.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

The jihadi logic

The United States must show the Islamic State it made a big mistake by provoking a superpower.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Obama’s uncertain trumpet, again

You can tell he has been dragged unwillingly into this new war.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Ukraine abandoned

Obama and NATO’s stunning passivity.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Overcoming gridlock

Two ideas on two pressing issues: infrastructure and health-care costs.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Clinton’s steak fry populism

Hillary’s tone has changed since 2008.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Don’t duck this vote, Congress

Doing so would be bad practice and a worse precedent.

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Reward workers, not just CEOs

A new bill would tie executive pay tax deductions to employee wage gains.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

When social liberalism isn’t enough

Democrats want to see economic action from politicians such as Andrew Cuomo.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Fighting for $15

How to get a raise at McDonald’s.

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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?

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Judge who ordered man be shocked removed from bench

The Maryland Court of Appeals found there was good cause to remove the judge from the bench.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

A stunning lack of humanity in Md. courtroom

Judge orders a defendant to get a 50,000-volt shock through an ankle device. The first clicks didn’t work.

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Mark Sanford’s pathetic saga

Not even a credulous soap opera viewer would buy this tale.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Cantor lost the ground game

Let’s not read too much into the tea leaves about his defeat.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Armed and dead

Eliminating guns isn’t the answer, but scrutiny is.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

A failing perception

There are signs schools are improving, at least nationally, despite what the public may think.

Rampage

Catherine Rampell

Millennials are finally moving out of Mom’s basement -- and into Sis’s garage

The share of young people living with their parents dipped in 2014 -- but this decline was mostly offset by more young people moving in with siblings and other relatives.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Young Americans’ new normal

Milestones such as owning a home and getting married are harder for young adults to grasp.

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

Obama vs. the generals

If the president keeps ignoring his generals’ advice, we may be in for a long war against the Islamic State.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Bush was right about Iraq

He repeatedly warned about the consequences of pulling out troops.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Romney 2016? Nooooo!

Please don’t give him another shot to blow it.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

Cashing in on voting

A perfectly awful “pay the voters” idea comes out of Los Angeles.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Rewriting the Constitution

By what authority does Obama singlehandedly take the nation into a new war?

George F. Will

George F. Will

Scotland’s epic vote

This is not the first “backlash against Britishness.”

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Did the Fed give to the rich?

The central bank’s policies may have exacerbated the income gap.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Buying into China

Those who participate in the Alibaba IPO are also taking a big stake in the company’s Beijing connections.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Bombs or benefits?

Congress should reassess how it allocates the Pentagon’s budget.

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Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Critics to D.C.: No votes in Congress? Tough luck.

D.C. statehood opponents cite Grave Snowplow Threat among various specious reasons to deny rights.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Local Native American: ‘It’s so obvious’ the name is racist

Hey, Dan Snyder! If you’re so sure Indians support your team’s name, then come talk to some local ones.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Needed: A healthy masculinity, not violent or exploitative

Scandals over Ray Rice, hacked photos show need to fix America’s aggressive, leering view of manhood.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Why Washington is broken

Lawmakers simply don’t trust each other.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

An unexpected twist in the Benghazi saga

The new Republican chairman of the House select committee on the 2012 attacks in Libya plays it straight.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Republicans mount their warhorses

In Congress, GOP militancy is spreading rapidly.

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Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

Grand Central on the Potomac?

How a $10 billion redevelopment of Union Station could reshape Washington and the region.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

An odd approach to attacking crony capitalism

It’s disappointing that both parties are content to focus this debate on the obscure Export-Import Bank.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

People analytics: ‘Moneyball’ for human resources

Hot new area in human resource management aims to bring “big data” to corporate hiring and promotion.

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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

A path to escalation?

Obama’s Islamic State strategy leads to fears of “mission creep.”

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.

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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Our B-minus economy

We’re recovering slowly but surely from a calamitous slump.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The roughed-up American

Incomes have been hurled back to the late 1980s, early 1990s,

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Medicare savings no panacea

They don’t alter a central budget problem: Rising spending on the elderly is dictating our priorities.

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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

Obama’s broken promises

The commitment to attack the Islamic State is his latest disappointing decision.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Time to end the Ukraine conflict

Only a political settlement will achieve peace.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The senator from Koch

Mitch McConnell has one constituency he is focused on.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Will Modi’s impact endure?

The Indian prime minister’s honeymoon already is coming to an end at home.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Can we defeat the Islamic State?

Here are a few lessons to think about as we take on the terror group.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Why they still hate us, 13 years later

What I got right and wrong in my essay after 9/11, and what I’ve learned since.

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