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Trump’s new reality: Ex-president, private citizen and, perhaps, criminal defendant

The stark lesson of the last four years is that the failure to hold a president to account only leads to more conduct for which the president should be held to account.
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Biden wants unity and justice. Watching ‘Promising Young Woman’ could help.

The Republicans dismissing accountability as divisive should be careful what they wish for.

Goofus and Gallant try unity and healing

Goofus moves into the White House. Gallant sets up a tent nearby so as not to step on any toes.

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery. This country needs a good hit of it.

President Biden challenges the country to rediscover its source of greatness.

100 million is too few. Biden should aim higher on vaccinations.

A rapid vaccination rollout would restore the United States’ international standing.

Biden’s covid-19 strategy should be applauded. Here’s where it can go further.

To meet the moment, President Biden must be even bolder.

Amanda Gorman reminds us that poetry is not a luxury

Her words were an elixir but also a source of pain, a reminder that we still must contend with dark forces. May they help guide us to a better place.
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Will Hurd: If the GOP wants a future, it must look in the mirror

Republicans should address the epidemic of misinformation that has infected their party, and realign with their values.
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The best-case scenario for Biden’s first year

After an inspiring inauguration, hope is back. How will the new president respond?
  • 2 days ago

People who previously had covid-19 should go to the back of the vaccine line

It's time to take natural immunity seriously.
  • 2 days ago

Technology made the pandemic bearable. It’s also behind our national crackup.

Quarantine and social distancing, along with the artificiality of social media, have robbed us of opportunities to build relationships necessary for a good society.
  • 3 days ago

Why Twitter should ban Iran’s supreme leader

Failing to take action against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is shortsighted — and wrong.
  • 3 days ago

Tamir Rice deserves justice. The Biden administration could finally deliver it.

Video of police shooting this 12-year-old child shocked the world, but Tamir’s death has yet to result in any criminal accountability.
  • 3 days ago
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The attack on the Capitol shouldn’t be used as an opportunity to close off more of D.C.’s public spaces

The events of Jan. 6 could be used to try to justify further, permanent fortifications.

Here’s what Biden can do right now to get more Americans on the Internet

The digital divide is especially pernicious amid the pandemic.

Biden’s bold immigration plan would really put America first

The president’s proposals align with reality — and American values.
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Virginia should get rid of its mandatory minimums

Real-world experience and research have demonstrated that mandatory sentences are costly, ineffective and destroy families.
  • 3 days ago

Trump’s lies about the election haunt Virginia Republicans

Republicans say they want to move on, put an end to the conspiracy theories and restore their voters’ confidence in elections.

D.C. needs statehood more than ever, and the Capitol riot proves it

As a state, D.C. could protect itself.
  • 5 days ago
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