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The Opinions Essay

Our constitutional crisis is already here

Trump’s charges of fraud in 2020 are not about looking back, as many Republicans insist. They are about establishing the predicate to challenge future election results more effectively.
Guest Opinion

Biden isn’t proposing a vaccine mandate. He’s giving people a vaccine choice.

Words matter, and adopting the language of mandates feeds into a larger, dispiriting tendency to pathologize ordinary policymaking.
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The Mississippi bait-and-switch on abortion

"Roe v. Wade" hangs by a fraying thread.

Democrats in power should be asking ‘how’ to spend — not ‘how much’

There's a lot of cash flowing in Washington, but not enough capacity to handle the flow.

How a humble metal box began the most beneficial economic development in human experience

The world economy was utterly transformed by a 1956 technology that few people, accustomed to digital marvels, would count as a technology: the shipping container.

'Compassion fatigue.' A doctor is tired of Southerners making excuses to not get vaccinated.

Mississippi has one of the lowest vaccination rates and highest death rates from covid-19. A palliative care doctor pleads with fellow Southerners to get vaccinated before it's too late.

To his fellow Democrats, Manchin has been a spoiler. But he’s also a useful scapegoat.

Even if Manchin fell in line, Democrats would still struggle to stuff all their various goodies and giveaways into a $3.5 trillion package.

A no-drama defense secretary in a soap opera country

Running the Pentagon is the toughest management job in the government, and Lloyd Austin has had a head-spinning first year.
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End the monopoly. Let Medicare negotiate drug prices.

How Congress can lower everyone's drug prices.
  • 3 days ago

We’re not posting for Gabby Petito. We’re posting for ourselves.

Something ugly happens when we turn murder into social media content.
  • 3 days ago

A new Texas law fights Big Tech censorship. Last week showed why we need it.

Big Tech has a big problem when it comes to censorship and double standards. Now, Texas is fighting back.
  • 4 days ago

There is no choice between vaccinating Americans and vaccinating the world. We must do both.

That's why we are providing an additional 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to countries around the globe.
  • 4 days ago

Uma Thurman: The Texas abortion law is a human rights crisis for American women

I have followed the course of Texas’s radical antiabortion law with great sadness, and something akin to horror.
  • 5 days ago
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Democrats are on the verge of failure. But there is a path through.

Mr. Biden and the Democrats must show that people with deep, principled disagreements can shake hands on a compromise plan.

It’s crunch time for fair voting in Virginia

Will a shift to an open process produce better, or any, voting maps?

We shouldn’t have to worry so much about whether Justice Breyer retires

In the case of expanding the Supreme Court, there is a constructive middle path.

Injection sites could save lives and reduce drug use

Thousands have already died, it's time for the the federal government to take action.
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Virginia is leading on ending the broadband divide

Aggressive funding and creative partnerships have helped the state move up its goal of getting high-speed Internet to everyone.
  • 4 days ago

Virginia Democrats’ soft enthusiasm gives Republicans hope

A neck-and-neck race for governor between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin is a potentially ominous sign.

D.C. should commit to telling the whole story of Columbian Harmony Cemetery

Because the city oversaw the removal of D.C.’s most significant Black cemetery, it can surely find the means to help recover the history of those who were buried there.
  • Sep 17

Remembering Virginia’s ‘Forgotten 14’

The long period of silence about African American valor during the Civil War needs to end.
  • Sep 17
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Explaining the debt ceiling in plain English


'Compassion fatigue.' A doctor is tired of Southerners making excuses to not get vaccinated.


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Humor columnist Alexandra Petri takes your questions and comments on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.

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Columnist Eugene Robinson takes your questions and comments on the latest political news and developments.

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