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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.

Have Democrats reached the limits of White appeasement politics?

For half a century, as the Republican Party has stoked White grievance, the Democrats’ answer has been hiding in plain sight. It’s time we took a closer look at it.

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.

The pursuit of happiness is happiness

Veteran columnist George F. Will retraces his steps through the past 50 years.
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Pope Francis, your comments on choosing pets over children don’t add up

The paradox in the pope’s criticism of people who chose not to have children.

The insurrectionists’ roll call

A who’s who of those connected to the Jan. 6 insurrection

10 common-sense New Year’s resolutions for the U.S.

What we need to do — and not do — in 2022.

Our favorite Washington Post op-eds of 2021

From tears over a piano to whining in restaurants, these are our favorite op-eds of 2021.
  • Dec 23

The pop culture that influenced our columnists this year

We asked our columnists to share a piece of culture that had a big impact on them this year. Here’s what they recommended.
  • Dec 20

When a giant passes

How to find strength when someone you love dies.

The birth of the benevolent turkey — a new Thanksgiving tradition

What if a turkey could forgive our country for what it does to us sometimes?

Ken Burns: Being American means reckoning with our violent history

For many, to be patriotic is to remember and celebrate only our nation’s triumphs. To choose otherwise, to choose to remember our failings, is anti-American. But it is not so simple.
  • Nov 22
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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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