(Sébastien Thibault for The Washington Post)
(Sébastien Thibault for The Washington Post)
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The Rule of Six: A newly radicalized Supreme Court is poised to reshape the nation

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. holds the reins but is no longer firmly in control of his horses. Some of his most conservative justices are champing at the bit.

Thanksgiving traditions and rituals explained for non-Americans

Your turkey may be wearing a Pilgrim hat, to imply that he would have been a religious separatist.

Proper thanks to our Afghan allies requires more than words

Veterans of the long war in Afghanistan are at the forefront in welcoming Afghan refugees.

The pandemic has scarred our language

Mere words were not sufficient to describe the horror.

Parents think they know what is best for schools. But they often don’t.

Children need to learn about sex, racism, climate change and more.

From sunsets to laughter, a universe of things to be thankful for

Gratitude is a muscle. It strengthens us with practice.

Democrats should temper their expensive enthusiasms with a clear-eyed look at the electorate

Here are some data points about voters that the party's kamikaze caucus should ponder as it contemplates a (properly scored) $4 trillion-plus Build Back Better gusher amid rising inflation.
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My kids moved home for the pandemic. I’ll never ask them to leave.

I don't love that my kids moved back home, but I'd never ask them to leave
  • 3 days ago

Why Norman Rockwell left Thanksgiving Americana behind

Rockwell is famous for his iconic Thanksgiving painting. But he threw in his lot with social change and depicted America's dark side, too.
  • 4 days ago

This Thanksgiving, be kind at the table. I wish I had.

It's only because of my brother's relentless kindness that I don't have more to regret.
  • 4 days ago

What the CDC got wrong with covid-19 booster shots

As we confront yet another surge, now's the time to fortify our immunity.
  • 4 days ago

No one should have to wait years for the U.S. to consider their asylum claim

President Biden promised a “fair, orderly and humane immigration system." Where is it?
  • 4 days ago

Nicholas Kristof: This holiday season, use your money to change someone’s life

Restore someone's sight. Fight sexual violence. Help young people find work and learn to read.
  • 4 days ago
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Embattled federal prisons need to prioritize employee disciplinary procedures

Corrections staff themselves are committing crimes — and often getting away with them.

This one should be easy: Empower and protect the government’s watchdogs

Inspectors general should get more authority and more independence to sniff out government wrongdoing.

Does the U.S. need a West Point for tech-savvy civil servants?

The federal government is in dire need of modernization.

Why do people mistreat their dogs? Because they can.

Animals are helpless, but when it comes to making their lives more bearable, people are not.
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In praise of local news

It plays a unique and irreplaceable role in safeguarding the public health, building social trust and narrating our lives.
  • Nov 19

Maryland’s universities and foundations are plagued by a little-known diversity problem

When we exclude talented women and people of color from our financial sector, we limit our returns.
  • Nov 19

As the area rebuilds its post-pandemic community, free bus service should lead the way

As we work toward rebuilding a more fair and equitable economy, we must rethink how we provide support to our most vulnerable residents.
  • Nov 19

In Virginia, dial ‘C’ for ‘crisis’

Assembling large advocacy efforts involving education and other matters will only grow in the state.
  • Nov 19
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Stevie Van Zandt's 'Unrequited Infatuations'


The team behind Glenn Youngkin's victory in Virginia


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Ask Eugene Robinson about the latest news around the U.S. and world

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(Ray Whitehouse, Emefa Addo Agawu, Kate Woodsome/The Washington Post)
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