Robert McCartney

ColumnistWashington, D.C.

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COLUMN Gray administration showed more “tough love” than urgency in dealing with homeless.

  • Apr 19, 2014

Don’t let tobacco industry’s alluring ads for e-cigarettes hook new generation of Americans on nicotine.

  • Apr 16, 2014

COLUMN | Lt. Gov. Brown’s allies protect his reputation by avoiding quick probe of Md. health site woes.

  • Apr 12, 2014

COLUMN | Independent Vihstadt’s victory in deep-blue Arlington is a wake-up call for smug Democrats.

  • Apr 9, 2014

COLUMN Fiascoes with Md. health exchange, Silver Line show need for our area to improve performance.

  • Apr 5, 2014

COLUMN If she wins mayoralty, Bowser needs to show that she governs as well as she campaigns.

  • Apr 2, 2014

COLUMN In rejecting Gray, D.C.’s Democrats insist on trustworthiness as well as a solid job performance.

  • Apr 2, 2014

COLUMN Overhaul of high-school equivalency test creates new barriers for the unemployed and low-earners.

  • Mar 29, 2014

Bowser surges against Gray, owing to an effective campaign and a desire for change.

  • Mar 26, 2014

COLUMN Gray is at risk of being tried while still in office; his efforts to cast self as a victim don’t bear scrutiny.

  • Mar 22, 2014

Affluent Montgomery community shouldn’t spend $350,000 on futile quest to move light-rail line.

  • Mar 19, 2014

COLUMN Evans, Wells hope scandal news will enable them to leapfrog Gray, Bowser in mayoral race.

  • Mar 15, 2014

Suspicions confirmed: Thompson’s plea convinces me that mayor is lying about what he knew

  • Mar 12, 2014

COLUMN D.C. mayoral challenger Bowser offers the right ideas for city but has a lackluster legislative record.

  • Mar 8, 2014

Va. House speaker at odds with his district’s largest hospital over expanding health care for the poor.

  • Mar 5, 2014

Fairfax cleric who severed ties with Cub Scouts over gays kept $4,000 to fund new Christian group.

  • Mar 1, 2014

From killing a teen to shooting Israeli guards, Sheinbein showed exceptional depravity.

  • Feb 26, 2014

Va. ethics bill is riddled with loopholes and would reduce risk that lawmakers would face felony charge.

  • Feb 22, 2014

What do Native Americans really think of team name? Snyder, NFL cite outdated survey to defend it

  • Feb 19, 2014

COLUMN A Catholic Church in Springfield is in minority in area in severing ties with Scouts over gays.

  • Feb 15, 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.