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Christopher Shea, Washington Post editor, dies at 53

At The Post, he assigned and edited hundreds of pieces that reflected his voracious consumption of politics, social science and popular culture.

By Washington Post staff July 27, 2022

The court reads free-market economics into the Constitution (again)

The Roberts court has now created what is in effect a one-way ratchet favoring deregulation.

By David SuperJuly 5, 2022

The climate-change agenda can survive the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling

The decision made clear what we already know: We can't regulate our way out of global warming. Congress has to act.

By Joseph MajkutJuly 3, 2022

The next front in the fight over guns

The Supreme Court said guns can be prohibited in "sensitive places," but didn't explain what makes a locale sensitive. That invites a flood of litigation.

By Darrell A.H. MillerJuly 1, 2022

The myth of ‘pure’ breast milk further threatens women’s autonomy

Suggesting that breastfeeding could solve the formula shortage puts unequal pressures on many women who are already vulnerable.

By Laura HarrisonJune 29, 2022

The link between voting rights and the abortion ruling

It’s no coincidence that the court is making our democracy less democratic at the very moment it returns the issue of abortion to the political process.

By Leah Litman, Melissa Murray and Kate ShawJune 28, 2022

How to calculate risk in the era of long covid

The potential for long-term symptoms complicates “back to normal” arguments.

By Robert M. WachterJune 28, 2022

The Trump court limited women’s rights using 19th-century standards

Justice Alito gave a highly selective account of the nation’s “history and traditions” to achieve a longstanding conservative political goal.

By Reva SiegelJune 25, 2022

Traumatic pregnancies are awful. Dobbs will make that so much worse.

Some pregnancies and births are difficult enough to give mothers PTSD. When a pregnancy is unwanted, the physical and psychological strains will be even more severe.

By Alissa QuartJune 24, 2022

Testing failures helped covid spread. We must do better with monkeypox.

The U.S. risks repeating an error it made at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Jennifer B. Nuzzo and Jay K. VarmaJune 21, 2022

Goodbye, farewell and adieu to Spoiler Alerts

R.I.P. Spoiler Alerts, 2014-2022.

By Daniel W. DreznerJune 19, 2022

An overlooked anti-monopoly tool: The U.S. Postal Service

Amazon and Walmart dominate retail partly because of their swift delivery of orders. If plans to slow U.S. mail service are reversed, small retailers and "makers" would have a better shot.

By Kathryn JudgeJune 14, 2022

I didn’t get esports. Then I went to a tournament with my son.

I was used to thinking of sports purely in terms of physical exertion. Watching esports players do their thing taught me otherwise.

By Amy FusselmanJune 3, 2022

America’s pessimism surplus

One of the few beliefs that unites Americans is pessimism about the future of the country.

By Daniel W. DreznerMay 25, 2022

Biden cannot escape strategic ambiguity on Taiwan

The president said words about Taiwan. How much weight should they be assigned?

By Daniel W. DreznerMay 24, 2022

Some practical university commencement advice

Here are some pro tips for surviving a graduation weekend.

By Daniel W. DreznerMay 23, 2022

Can the United States focus on China while countering Russia?

Will the urgent overtake the important yet again?

By Daniel W. DreznerMay 18, 2022

On the question of Russian humiliation

There is no graceful end to Russia’s debacle in Ukraine. And that’s fine.

By Daniel W. DreznerMay 18, 2022

Crypto R.I.P.?

Cryptocurrencies are down for the count. Will they bounce back?

By Daniel W. DreznerMay 16, 2022

Why don’t Americans care about the pandemic anymore?

One million have died of covid-19, but the country appears ready to move on. Why?

By Daniel W. DreznerMay 16, 2022