Robert McCartney

ColumnistWashington, D.C.

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D.C. region needs to ante up for rail cars for Metro, and add at least one Potomac crossing, to relieve traffic.

  • Jul 26, 2014

Governor told religious leaders Maryland should be willing to shelter up to 1,880 young migrants.

  • Jul 23, 2014

Washington would have fared better by trying nation-building in Central America than in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Jul 16, 2014

How do they do it? Blind golfers play better than I do and use their skill to raise money, awareness for charity.

  • Jul 9, 2014

Outmaneuvered on health care, McAuliffe needs to educate public, strengthen Democrats in rural Va.

  • Jun 28, 2014

Cautious Brown strategy wins landslide in Md. primary but offers few specifics on what he’d do.

  • Jun 25, 2014

Metro wins gold award for safety on 5th anniversary of Red Line tragedy, but major shortfalls still need attention

  • Jun 21, 2014

Judges cite dictionaries, other evidence in authoritative rejection of Redskins’ defenses of team name.

  • Jun 18, 2014

COLUMN Newly retired Terry Gainer says U.S. Capitol campus should grow to prevent terrorist car bombs.

  • Jun 14, 2014

While a pair of political earthquakes rocked Va. this week, seismograph needles in Md. stood still as can be.

  • Jun 11, 2014

COLUMN Vincent Gray’s apologists promote myth that he is victim of U.S. Attorney Machen’s misconduct.

  • Jun 7, 2014

Three reasons why McAuliffe shouldn’t bypass assembly, expand Medicaid on his own in Va.

  • Jun 4, 2014

COLUMN | Far-off officials meddle in our region’s plan, with EPA, to fulfill 30-year goal of cutting pollution in bay

  • May 31, 2014

COLUMN | Despite the team’s contention, Redskins weren’t named long ago to honor an Indian coach.

  • May 28, 2014

COLUMN Stalled building project in the District shows regional economy mustn’t rely on federal spending.

  • May 24, 2014

It won’t pass soon, but a grass-roots effort helps a Senate bill that would make D.C. the 51st state.

  • May 21, 2014

Arlington risks losing its good reputation with ballooning costs and weak defense of streetcar plan

  • May 17, 2014

D.C. teacher allegedly gave students illicit study guide at Plummer; principal placed on leave

  • May 14, 2014

COLUMN Disputes over Chesapeake wind farm, natural gas facility show difficulty in curbing climate change

  • May 10, 2014

In Md. governor’s race, Gansler, Mizeur fail to rattle Brown in first Democratic primary debate.

  • May 7, 2014
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About Robert

Robert McCartney’s column on local issues appears Thursdays and Sundays in The Post’s Metro section. He also does a Friday radio commentary on WAMU (88.5 FM), and has been a regular guest on local television stations WTTG Fox 5 and News Channel 8.

Before becoming a columnist in 2009, McCartney was The Post’s top Metro editor. In that job, he supervised coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, for which the staff received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.

Since joining The Post in 1982, McCartney has held a wide variety of jobs including Foreign Editor, national security editor, foreign correspondent in Mexico and Germany, and Managing Editor of The International Herald Tribune in Paris. As a reporter, McCartney covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua in the mid-1980s.