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Originalism is bunk. Liberal lawyers shouldn’t fall for it.

The more liberals present originalist arguments, the more they legitimate originalism.

How the pandemic ended America’s bad romance with work

It took a massive, deadly pandemic for Americans to step back from our all-in attitude toward work and remember: We don't have to live this way.

The tragedy of John Roberts

As the chief justice begins his 18th term, he is at times an isolated and even tragic figure.

The Trump Tapes: 20 interviews that show why he is an unparalleled danger

Bob Woodward opens his notebook, releasing his 20 interviews with Donald Trump for the public archive.
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To build a delightful library for kids, start with these 99 books

The war over children's books is depressing. As a reset, we asked parents from across the political spectrum to tell us which books they consider essential.

The 9 best Thanksgiving songs I definitely didn’t just make up

The best Thanksgiving songs with which everyone is familiar and which we didn’t entirely write and record this week!

My predictions for the 2022 midterm elections

Republicans are likely to have a massive victory this year, allowing them to take both the House and the Senate.

Postcards from the permanent campaign: What the midterms look like in 6 states

Post Opinions columnists across the country describe what the 2022 midterms look like up close in states from Florida to California.
  • Nov 3

Our columnists made their midterm picks. Here are the final results.

In a special edition of the Post Pundit Power Ranking, we want readers to play pundit and tell us who you predict to win this cycle’s biggest midterm battles.

What we found when analyzing 1,000 viral TikToks on #Abortion

Pro-abortion-rights posts get more views than antiabortion videos — and the platform is almost perfectly designed to further divide us.

How to confront the rising power of the GOP’s election-denying wing

The nation does not have to sit by and watch the system unravel.

Why this 1992 personal finance book still has a cult following

A book about choosing sustainable living over work is more relevant than ever, but its co-author says a key part of her message has been lost in translation.

Look! It’s the winged monkeys of the Wizard of Trump

A circle of longtime Trump loyalists and eager recruits plotted to block certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
  • Sep 12

You — yes, you! — can help the planet. Start in your backyard.

This column will give you some tools to help mitigate the damage we’re causing to the planet.
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From the Archives

How our democracy has made dependency a right

Progressives want to dilute the concept of individualism, but that’s antithetical to America’s premise.

Want to build a far-right movement? Spain’s Vox party shows how.

Vox blazed across the Internet, dividing its country. Now it’s in parliament.

The strongmen strike back

Authoritarianism has reemerged as the greatest threat to the liberal democratic world — a profound ideological, as well as strategic, challenge. And we have no idea how to confront it.

Iran has reinvented the hostage crisis, 40 years later

Taking hostages has become a tool of diplomacy.

Jamal Khashoggi: A missing voice, a growing chorus

The quests that animated the Saudi journalist’s life cannot be so easily defeated.
  • Sep 30, 2019

China tried to erase the memory of Tiananmen Square. But its legacy lives on.

Three decades after the crackdown, Beijing is still terrified of the movement and what it stood for.
  • May 30, 2019

As brands keep wading in, it’s time to ask: Is Pride for sale?

Pride celebrations and the corporations that sponsor them are deeply intertwined, with far-reaching consequences.
  • Jun 21, 2019

Voices of the Movement podcast: Stories from civil rights leaders who changed America

A collection of memories from the past and lessons for the future from the people who lived through the movement, as told through a nine-episode podcast series.

‘If you don’t get at that rot, you just get more officers like Josh Hastings’

The shooting of 15-year-old Bobby Moore revealed a horror show of misconduct, cover-up and cascading institutional failure at the Little Rock Police Department.
  • Nov 2, 2018

She reported her rape. Her hometown turned against her. Can justice ever be served?

Twelve years later, past and present residents of Arlington, Tex., are still reckoning with Amber Wyatt’s story.
  • Sep 19, 2018

Trump’s travel ban is tearing couples apart: ‘My entire life has been put on hold’

One is American. The other is Iranian. This short film shows what happens when the U.S. government keeps you from your spouse.

Gun reforms can save lives. Science proves it.

Those who oppose reforms say nothing can be done. That’s demonstrably wrong.

The tweets, statements and speeches that defined Trump’s first year as president

We present the highlights: Year One of the Trump administration, as told by those who are (or were) part of it.
  • Jan 16, 2018

The one best idea for ending sexual harassment

We asked 16 leaders what one change could help stop sexual harassment in their fields.
  • Dec 8, 2017

Ken Burns wants ‘The Vietnam War’ to unite America. Can anyone do that under Trump?

When the filmmaker started his new series, he had no idea it would coincide with the most divisive era since Vietnam.
  • Sep 14, 2017

How police censorship shaped Hollywood

The police story is one of the elemental dramas of American popular culture.
  • Oct 24, 2016

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