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

Fulfilling the Arab Spring

The U.S. needs to support Middle East democracy.

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.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

How can cops win back the trust they’ve lost in poor communities? Here’s one who’s trying.

While Baltimore smolders, a D.C. police lieutenant tries to build trust in a church basement.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

In Baltimore, a lush scene out of Renoir in a riot-torn city

Sherwood Gardens’ tulips are beautiful, its mansions are big, and the city’s despair is a world away.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

I was knocked to the ground by Freddie Gray rioters, then helped to my feet

My encounter with Baltimore protesters ends with my phone stolen and then a moment of kindness.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Caught in the dragnet

Zero tolerance is a failed police strategy.

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.

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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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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

How Libya continues to flummox Europe

The civil war-torn country is a staging ground for what are often suicidal journeys across the Mediterranean.

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.

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Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

A rightward reaction to riots

Polls suggest that voters are leaning toward Nixonian law and order.

PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

Charlie Hebdo’s guts

The PEN American Center is right to reward their courage.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

The GOP needs Donald Trump

He would make the other Republican candidates look better by comparison.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

A senator’s humble faith

Sen. Chris Coons delivers a challenging message.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

The economic roots of Baltimore’s anguish

The loss of manufacturing jobs helped fuel hopelessness in some parts of the city.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Fracturing democracies

Angry voters are upending politics as usual.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Politicians must get bolder about treating America’s urban problems

Prescriptions from the left and the right aren’t strong enough to ease the suffering in urban communities

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

A pastor’s faith in a brighter future for Baltimore

The Rev. Dr. Frank Reid III sees opportunity in his city’s turmoil.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

The baggage Hillary Clinton brings

Recent reports about Clinton Foundation donations are a reminder of other ethical lapses.

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Iran changes its tune on peace talks

Now the nation says it wants dialogue with Saudi Arabia and other Arab powers about ending regional wars.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Abe’s quest to revive Japan

The prime minister’s U.S. visit is part of a larger mission to reinvigorate his nation.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

Can Turkey come to terms with its brutal past?

Ankara’s recognition of the Armenian genocide could open a door to reconciliation.

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Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

Why the shock and dread over Baltimore?

We have been here before, America. Remember 1967?

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

No more disrespecting the District

Congress has disrespected the city again. It’s past time to fight back.

Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

It’s open season on D.C. dollars

The council has politicized the contracting process.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Men wielding power in hellish times

“Wolf Hall” blurs fact and fiction, but sometimes an audience must accept such contradictions.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran

The president is handing over regional power to Iran.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

She rides by van: The Hillary Clinton launch

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

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Our toxic status quo doesn’t protect us

A bill in Congress would give the EPA the power it needs to regulate chemicals.

PostPartisan

Ruth Marcus

Three key takeaways from the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage arguments

The risk to the court lies in failing to step up to the historical moment and do so now.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Baltimore’s breach between police and community

The violence and destruction erupted after decades of institutional abuse.

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Germany shows the way on labor

The United States could learn from the employment practices of its German allies.

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.

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Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy: When rioting began, spotlight shifted from justice for Gray

In resorting to violence, youngsters turned police into the aggrieved while making Freddie Gray an afterthought.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Even as residents call police brutal and racist, they still call them for help

After videos of men who died after police encounters surfaced, trust has eroded — and that hurts everyone.

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.

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

What it’s like to be the wife of the party

Kelley Paul, Sen. Rand Paul’s wife, writes about her relationships with the women closest to her.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Baltimore, comedy, and courage

Comics like Obama’s “Luther” aren’t afraid to take on sensitive subjects. Is anyone else?

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

With a song in prisoners’ hearts

S.C. inmates discover the transformative power of music.

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Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Bad news for older folks: Millennials are having fewer babies

Dramatically lower fertility rates among millennials are likely to have long-lasting economic fallout.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

Kansas shows us what could happen if Republicans win in 2016

Sweeping tax cuts are wreaking havoc on the state’s school system.

Rampage

Catherine Rampell

Indefinitely postponing the American dream of homeownership

Recent data suggest that aspirations to join the ownership society remain strong, but such dreams are getting less accessible.

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

The Baltimore Democrats built

The left’s approach to poverty has failed.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Kill Corker’s disastrous Iran bill

We don’t need Congress capitulating to Obama.

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.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

Remember the Lusitania

A new book explores the ocean liner’s sinking 100 years ago this week.

George F. Will

George F. Will

The two issues that would bedevil Lindsey Graham’s campaign

Libya and campaign reform present significant problems for the senator.

George F. Will

George F. Will

Is America ready for President Graham?

The GOP senator says 2016 will be a referendum on his style of conservatism.

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Hillary Clinton always seems to be zigging when others zag

She appears to be moving left in response to progressive trends, but there’s a risk in her repositioning.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Why don’t we just abolish the VA?

Vets deserve an efficient, high-quailty health-care system.

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.

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Robert McCartney and Wesley Lowery

Protests likely to accelerate retreat from tough police tactics of the 1990s

In Baltimore, New York and Washington, police have already backed away from “zero tolerance.”

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.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Ben Carson’s over-the-top ego

Modesty is not among the Republican hopeful’s talents.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Clinton’s Democratic opponents need to smoke her out

Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley’s reticence are not doing them any favors.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

House Republicans try to gut a key American principle

In a quest to abolish birthright citizenship, Rep. Steve King and his allies called on a bizarre witness.

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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

CANCELED - Eugene Robinson Live

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

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

It’s time to rethink ‘zero-tolerance’ policing

First steps? Stop killing black men and locking them up for nonviolent offenses.

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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

A trade watershed?

The Pacific trade deal would serve U.S. interests.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

China’s new, better ‘leap forward’

“One of the defining events in modern intellectual history.”

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The GOP estate-tax folly

The ‘death tax’ vote ensures partisan scorn.

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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 progressive’s lament about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Compromise doesn't make sense if it’s a half step in the wrong direction.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Today’s GOP is out of sync with Cuban Americans

Millennials are breaking from the Cold War mind-set about the value of relations with Havana.

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.

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

What happened to the rights of the accused in America?

Now plea bargains ensure that prosecutors get what they want.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Let’s talk about bridges, not burrito bowls

The conversation Hillary Clinton needs to have with voters.

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.

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