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A partisan Supreme Court is 2022’s other incumbent

In this midterm, two parties count as incumbents: the Democrats who control the White House and Congress, and the Republicans who control the Supreme Court.
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Britain’s financial meltdown carries a global warning

The inflation vacation is over. Adjusting is going to be painful.

U.N. reform is a self-defeating idea — literally

President Biden floated the idea of reforming the U.N. Security Council's membership and process. Alas, the existing structure defies fixing.
  • Oct 28, 2020

Biden’s slapdash, election-season student loan gambit may be in trouble

A promising legal challenge has arisen. But how else does the loan forgiveness violate statutory and constitutional law, and justice? Let us count the ways.

Why a negotiated peace with Putin is the safest way out

This is not about whether Russia can “rebuild." (It can’t.) It’s about how to contain potentially immense chaos.

Jamal Khashoggi and lessons on standing up to power

My Q&A with human-rights activist Agnes Callamard on the anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

You thought the Supreme Court’s last term was bad? Brace yourself.

The stage is set for the Supreme Court to march deeper into liberal territory.

Republicans don’t own ‘patriotism’

Democrats are standing firm in their values to set glass-house Republicans straight.

For those freed after wrongful convictions, gratitude is a lot to ask

There was joy when Adnan Syed's conviction was vacated last week. But being released after losing years to a miscarriage of justice is, at best, bittersweet.
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Thousands were released from prison during covid. The results are shocking.

We are keeping many people in prison even though they are no danger to the public.
  • 4 days ago

Those old power plants? Now we have the means to turn them green.

The Inflation Reduction Act provides funds for retrofitting old energy sites.
  • 4 days ago

We have a way to end the opioid epidemic, but not the will

Medicines to treat opioid use disorder are scandalously difficult to obtain.
  • 4 days ago

How we expunged a racist, sexist slur from hundreds of public lands

It's just a word. But words have power.
  • 5 days ago

This obscure election will decide the fate of the open internet

The U.S. is engaged in a battle with Russia and China to determine whether the internet will be free and open or characterized by government control.
  • 5 days ago

‘Car Talk’ host: Independent auto shops deserve the right to repair your car

Passing a "right to repair" law will give car owners a choice beyond the dealership.
  • 5 days ago
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An overreaching Maryland judge hands a Republican candidate a gift

A Maryland judge has ruled the state can begin to count mail-in ballots in the fall's election starting Oct. 1. The Republican gubernatorial candidate, election denier Dan Cox, is using the decision to threaten not to respect the vote's outcome.

Biden’s costly student loan plan could use a constitutional review

The plan is both expensive and of dubious legality.

Democrats should stop making excuses and ban lawmakers’ stock-trading

The legislation that finally emerged did so close enough to the legislature’s fall break that skeptical lawmakers could use its lateness as an excuse to punt.

In Venezuela, orders to silence dissent come from the very top

In a new report come details of how Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro personally directed the bone-crushing security services to silence dissent.
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Maryland should take one more step to reduce these risky chemicals

The state passed a law to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging, rugs and carpets. But it persists in medical uses.
  • Sep 23

D.C. recognizes how much early-childhood education matters

The child-care shortage stems from poor compensation. We can’t fix that without recognizing early educators as highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals.
  • Sep 23

Why does the Mountain Valley Pipeline matter?

The natural gas pipeline will be hundreds of miles from my home. But when finished, it will affect all of us.
  • Sep 23

Virginia’s new school guidance protects parental rights

Asking schools to keep parents informed about their children’s well-being make perfect sense to the vast majority of Virginians.
  • Sep 22
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