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

Will we let Ukraine die?

Serious threats against Kiev are being ignored.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

Easing Venezuela’s crash

With little leverage, the U.S. reaches out to the anti-American government.

Jackson Diehl

Jackson Diehl

For Obama, no middle ground in the Mideast

The president has a wealth of options between doing nothing and full-scale war in Iraq and Syria.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Racing Calvin Coolidge: Silent,
stealthy and totally Washington

The newest Racing President may be obscure, but he’s in it to win. Beware, Abe.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

At the Navy Yard, our collective fear of mass shootings is on display again

The phrases “active shooter” and “lockdown” have become all too familiar.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Swag? Machismo? Whatever you call it, U.S. police and firefighters have it.

Police and firefighters from around the globe say their U.S. counterparts have far more guns to contend with.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

No Labels stakes out a national agenda

The unconventional organization is built around action rather than bipartisanship for its own sake.

PostPartisan

Fred Hiatt

Saving children from slavery

Kailash Satyarthi has rescued more than 80,000 children from slavery, helped change laws and expectations in India and the world.

Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Aung San Suu Kyi on the state of democracy in Burma

The Nobel peace laureate discusses elections, political reform, human rights and more.

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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.

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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

It’s the Greek politics, stupid

The crisis in Greece is not, at base, an economic story: It is a political one.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

America’s foreign policy recovery

If the next president wants the U.S. to lead the West again, radical reform is in order.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

The end of Britain as we know it

David Cameron’s reelection could mark the start of internal upheaval.

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Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Placating the right-wing Clinton haters

Congress is abusing its power with extensive investigations into the Benghazi matter.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Republicanism is dead. Maybe.

An antiquated dogma has led to the GOP’s undoing.

PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

Ben Affleck was dumb to pressure PBS over his slave-owning ancestor

We are not carbon copies of our ancestors.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Liberated by grace

What the African American church offers.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Obama, overtime, and the value of hard work

To stand out, GOP presidential contenders must show how the American dream can pay off.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

When change stops waiting

A week of stunning moments of social change — casting aside a racist symbol, solidifying health care and affirming love.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Rust-belt revivalists can’t save the GOP

Advocates of a demographic pivot say a strategy that encourages division will hurt Republicans.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Congress is about to face a critical choice on Iran

At this point, any deal is a bad deal, but most say it’s better than nothing.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

The next crucial question on gay marriage

Will a legal assault on religious institutions be a prerequisite for equality?

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Greece is trapped by the euro

It’s time for the monetary equivalent of a divorce lawyer who can help reckon the costs of a breakup.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Greece’s crisis could be good for Europe

The continent’s elites have been dealt a reality check.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Resisting the gay marriage ruling would be a losing battle for the GOP

History tells us that intolerance is a losing bet in America.

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Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

The American Revolution was not a whites-only war

Although the battle for independence was not fought on behalf of slaves, black soldiers helped to win it.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

The key reason why racism remains alive and well in America

Our nation responds to symptoms, but not the deeper causes, of racial hate.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

A rare blemish on Children’s Hospital’s reputation

The venerable institution settles a health-care fraud case.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

Obama has backtracked on every criteria he once declared “essential” to the Iran deal.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

On lowering the flag

The forgiveness by victims’ families creates a moral obligation to reciprocate.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

A new strategy in Iraq and Syria

Ignore the Baghdad government and work with our real allies.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

From the Holocaust to Syria, a tale of unintentional heroes

Nicholas Winton rescued children during WWII; David Bradley has helped free Americans held in Syria.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Why there won’t be a gay marriage backlash

Don’t expect a fallout similar to that over Roe v. Wade.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

The Obamacare and marriage rulings prove Justice Roberts is no partisan

His logic and consistency show he’s no judicial activist.

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Now’s the time for same-sex equality in the workplace

The high court’s ruling on marriage underscores the gap between civil rights and economic rights.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Taking down the Confederate flag mustn’t obscure the South’s vile history

Removing a symbol of the antebellum South is only the first step in undoing the legacy of violent racism.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

The anachronistic trade agreement

To protect U.S. workers, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have to be shored up significantly.

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Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

D.C. Boys Choir ready to hit the high notes in Italy’s renowned basilicas

Members were short $75,000 to make the trip, but Washington Post readers filled the gap.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Is America ready to deal with slavery, or just continue to miss the point?

The part that the involuntary servitude of blacks played in the Civil War has been debated and denied.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

What lessons will be learned from Charleston?

Do high school students have a vision for the kind of America they want to live in?

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

The age of the professional showoff

Donald Trump epitomizes the social disease of narcissistic indulgence.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

The unexpected rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

For now, two unconventional candidates are getting attention.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

A gift for the world’s girls — from Michelle Obama

A push to educate girls worldwide is helping the first lady find her voice.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

How Hollywood is dropping the ball on comedic roles for women

Drop-dead gorgeous women who are also funny are hard to find. But Hollywood isn’t trying hard enough.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Americans are entitled to religious freedom, but there are limits

Americans are free to worship whomever they like, but not at the expense of harming others.

Rampage

Catherine Rampell

Another knock against Chris Christie: America hates New Jersey

YouGov recently asked Americans whether they thought of each U.S. state favorably or unfavorably, and the Garden State was the only one to collect more “unfavorable” than “favorable” responses.

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

There’s no race war in America

Historical purges are wrong and unnecessary.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

China crosses Obama’s cyber ‘red line’

The president promised to go after hackers. But he hasn’t.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

How Donald Trump helped Democrats pass Obamacare

He’s an opportunist, not a candidate.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

The wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act decision

The chief justice’s opinion, while dismaying conservatives, buttresses legislative supremacy.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Some GOP candidates are becoming unhinged over gay marriage ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision presents a perilous moment for GOP candidates.

George F. Will

George F. Will

John Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution

In the latest Obamacare ruling, the chief justice hurts every branch of government.

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Big Corn vs. Big Sugar could have a sweet outcome for taxpayers

Warring over subsidies and tax benefits may give K Street players exactly what they deserve.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Justice Kennedy and the end of America’s sexual-orientation caste system

The rights of individuals prevailed over the rights of states.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Betraying Middle America in trade fight

For labor leaders, it’s less about jobs and more about wielding power in the post-Obama Democratic Party.

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Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Tourists getting in your way? There’s a $7 billion reason to be patient.

They crowd sidewalks, block streets and don’t know how to ride the Metro, but they bring D.C. big bucks.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

How Republican Gov. Larry Hogan made his first big mass transit decision

Long a light-rail skeptic, Maryland’s new governor became convinced the Purple Line was worth it.

Robert McCartney, Joshua Hicks and Bill Turque

Hogan: Maryland will move forward on Purple Line, with counties’ help

He is willing to build the light-rail project if Montgomery and Prince George’s pick up more of the cost.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Don’t just eulogize the Greatest Generation

Emulate them.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

The U.S. plays whack-a-mole with the Islamic State

But the president deserves credit for ignoring the more extreme voices on the left that would have him retreat.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Clinton and Obama are on the wrong side of history

Scenes from a populist insurrection.

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Wonkblog

Steven Pearlstein

Judge rules for ex-AIG chief in bailout suit, but awards him no money

Shareholders, led by Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, had demanded up to $38 billion from the government.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

We bailed you out, and now you want what!?!

Wall Street figures are suing the government because they didn’t like their bailouts. And they just might win.

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

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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

Eugene Robinson Live

Eugene Robinson discussed his latest columns and political news.

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

The non-Clinton alternative for Democrats

Bernie Sanders speaks unabashedly for the party’s activist left.

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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Greece and global debt

Its troubles offer a tutorial for the world.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

What Greece’s crisis will mean for the world economy

The fallout will probably be modest.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The next financial crisis?

Two reports suggest policies that aided recovery from the last one may be setting the stage for the next one.

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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

Will Europe’s leaders come to their senses about Greece?

The country’s voters made their choice clear.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Behind the momentum for paid sick leave

A grassroots movement is revamping how the nation deals with ill workers.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Pope Francis vs. Wall Street

His encyclical seeks economic and environmental change.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

With an absent United States, China marches on

Asian nations are looking to the U.S. to deter China, yet engage also with it.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

What America can learn from Singapore about racial integration

By mandating ethnic mixing in all of its neighborhoods, the island has fostered social stability.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

A welcome warning on climate from the Vatican

Pope Francis’s encyclical on global warming is gloomy, and that’s why progress must be maintained.

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