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

The hole in Obama’s strategy

Ignoring Bashar al-Assad’s regime may lead to worse consequences.

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.

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Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Four men try to break their 51-year-old Va. swim record

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

In D.C. mayoral campaign, Relisha should be a rallying cry

The name, life and probable death of the missing 8-year-old are rarely invoked by the candidates.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Secret Service messes up and we pay price? No way.

COLUMN | How about the Secret Service starts by doing what most other ordinary folks around the world do? Lock. The. Doors.

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Fred Hiatt

Fred Hiatt

Beyond the ‘imaginary Indians’

Our incomplete version of history masks the offensiveness of a very real slur.

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.

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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

The bigotry of ‘Killing Patton’

Bill O’Reilly’s latest book completely ignores the general’s anti-Semitism.

PostPartisan

Richard Cohen

Dear Apple: Can I please own my phone?

My phone was bought. It was paid for. I ought to be able to choose what apps I want.

Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen

Foreign policy, unscripted

The country had no preparation for President Obama’s stark change of character.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Scott Brown shades the truth

He misleadingly paints Jeanee Shaheen as “confused” on the Islamic State.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Holder and RFK’s legacy

The attorneys general had similar views, half a century apart.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Pope Francis’s American messenger

Blase Cupich, the new archbishop of Chicago, is just the latest signal of change.

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Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Two cheers for Obama

The president is no longer living in denial about the Islamic State.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Homework for evangelicals

Social engagement based on resentment isn’t very Christian.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

The GOP’s big task

Can Chris Christie, or anyone else, transform the party’s appeal in 2016?

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David Ignatius

David Ignatius

The challenge inside Syria

The immediate problem is in unifying the “moderate opposition.”

PostPartisan

David Ignatius

Young tech entrepreneurs from the developing world share their frustration and anger

Many seem to see the Islamic State through that prism, even though none had any sympathy for the group’s violent extremism.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius

The manual that chillingly foreshadows the Islamic State

A 2004 manifesto is a frightening guide to the group’s violent tactics.

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Colbert I. King

Colbert I. King

A sense of loss

I didn’t know the woman who committed suicide, but I mourn her.

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.

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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Our real Syria strategy: containment-plus

Obama’s implicit plan: Expel the Islamic State from Iraq; contain it in Syria.

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.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

In Holder’s exit, a vacuum

The next attorney general will have to be close to Obama, but not too close.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Setting a deadline on life

Advice for someone who hopes to die at 75: Don’t give up too soon, old friend.

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Stabilizing a generation unbound

Long-acting birth control could curb pregnancies for young single women.

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Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

The U.S. lets trade undermine justice

How every major trade pact since Ronald Reagan has undermined labor and environmental protections.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Here’s the one advanced economy whose citizens are happy

Germany’s success is a combination of manufacturing strength and private ownership.

Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

Reward workers, not just CEOs

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

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Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Does it have to be on video to get us to do the right thing?

Sadly, what grabs our attention and moves us to act is often the graphic and grotesque.

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.

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

The silly ‘war on women’

There seems to be a selective outrage regarding women’s rights.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Cry, you’re on hidden camera

Speed and red-light cameras take human nature out of traffic violations.

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Mark Sanford’s pathetic saga

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

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Rampage

Catherine Rampell

No scrubs, please.

The share of men and women of different races and ethnicities who say that a “steady job” is a very important quality in a mate.

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

The most desirable trait

Women ages 25 to 34 say they want a spouse with a “steady job.”

Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampell

The bad rep of for-profit colleges

A new paper suggests that employers prefer graduates of public colleges.

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 eats his words

The president is forced to take back his rhetoric of retreat.

Marc A. Thiessen

Marc A. Thiessen

Kerry fails his own test

The secretary of state is having trouble enlisting allies in the fight against the Islamic State.

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.

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George F. Will

George F. Will

A new case for term limits

Ensuring turnover in Congress may spark members to act while they can.

George F. Will

George F. Will

The Iowa battle

Joni Ernst’s campaign makes quick work of the “war on women.”

George F. Will

George F. Will

Betting the Senate in Kansas

If he wins, with which party would independent Greg Orman caucus?

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

The Secret Service’s scandalous history

A dash of context for the agency’s travails.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Colleges’ priorities are adrift

Universities focus on building water parks, not academic achievement.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Did the Fed give to the rich?

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

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Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Nats’ success astounds old D.C. fans of the Washington Senators

For former fans of the hapless Senators, a winning team is a contradiction in terms.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

McAuliffe embraces gas fracking only where it’s convenient

The rush to embrace natural gas and fracking is steamrolling valid worries about long-term risks to environment.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Activist could delay broadcast licenses over Redskins name

Professor who beat Big Tobacco has a new cause: Use FCC to force Redskins to change team’s name.

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Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Another awkward Obama-Netanyahu meeting

The two leaders aren’t strangers, but they are estranged.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

Julia Pierson puts the ‘secret’ in Secret Service

But her bigger mistake was her failure to grasp the larger problem.

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank

For a grievously wounded soldier, a better side of America

An event for reservist and Iraq war veteran Jay Briseno showcased the warm courage of national unity.

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Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

The shorts vs. Northwest Biotherapeutics

The stock market ordeal of Northwest Biotheraputics illustrates the reasons why Main Street hates Wall Street.

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.

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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

CANCELED - 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

The Lehman Brothers lesson

Letting crucial financial institutions fail can backfire on us all.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

Let’s export oil

There are benefits to letting U.S. producers sell abroad.

Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson

The Alibaba moment

We will see more Chinese firms venturing onto the world stage.

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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

Congress’s dereliction of duty

Lawmakers see it as safer to be armchair generals than to have a war vote on their record.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

New Deal liberalism lives on

FDR’s vision survives in the new generation of populist movements.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Obama’s broken promises

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

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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

The key to fighting the Islamic State

Obama must find a way to collaborate with Iran — after sealing a nuclear deal.

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.

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