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Jeb’s Bushian Speech

Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!”

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Patronizing at the Prayer Breakfast

The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror as a “unique” phenomenon rings hollow, coming from a leader who routinely sends missile-firing drones to blow suspected militants to bits.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Juvenile Republicans Turn on One Another

If the party’s aim is to show Americans it is ready to govern, we are witnessing an epic fail.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Golden Opportunity for GOP Deal-Making

To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama’s budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home—in cash—the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



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The Boehner-Bibi Backfire

The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



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Hillary Stands Alone

And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016—hey, hold on, where’d everybody go?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



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What Is the GOP Thinking?

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



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Following the Hottest Year on Record, Republicans Remain Clueless on Climate Change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress—some of them cynical, others clueless—in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



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MLK’s Call for Economic Justice

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society’s great shame, it has also proved timeless.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



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The Deja Vu Election

I don’t believe the nation is eager to see the 2016 presidential race devolve into a contest of attrition among the tired, the shopworn, the unviable and the famously surnamed. For the moment, however, this is the direction in which history appears to be trudging.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



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Journalists Must Stand Firm

If “freedom of expression” is to be more than an empty slogan, Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Paris cannot be allowed to have the chilling effect its murderous perpetrators intended.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Time for the GOP to Pitch In

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation’s sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP’s Bad Habit

Here’s some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE



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Economic Facts Get in the Way of Presidential Ambitions

Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans—especially those running for president—going to complain about?

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Activists Are Not to Blame for Murder of Police

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE



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A Win for the Cuban People

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue—and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



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The Price of ‘The Interview’

It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy “The Interview.” At this point, I’m guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Answering Evil With Evil

The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Tells Other Black Americans What They Already Know

President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



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The Eric Garner Case’s Sickening Outcome

I can’t breathe. Those were Eric Garner’s last words, and today they apply to me.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



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We Don’t Know How Many Civilians Police Shoot and Kill Each Year

How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don’t want us to know.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s Contempt for a Community

The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq?

It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



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On Cosby, Hard to Keep the Faith

A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Don’t Blame Obama When Boehner Won’t Do His Job

The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



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An Accord the Planet Needed

This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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In Need of a Rebuilding Plan

All right, all right, I didn’t see the wave coming. And it turned out to be a genuine wave—one with serious implications for 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Do Nothing, Repeat

The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon. To understand why, consider the issue of climate change.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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What Would Republicans Do?

Republicans still refuse to articulate any vision for governing.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Ben Bradlee: No Fear, No Favor

Like every young reporter at the Post, I was scared to death of him at first.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Is the Star of This Show

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



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On Ebola, Candor Needed

Let’s make a deal: We’ll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts—especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—agree to get their stories straight.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Alex Walters

No Shock and No Awe

It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



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We Are All Liberians Now

Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Marriage Equality: Surrender to the Inevitable

By deciding not to decide, the Supreme Court may have decided: If history is a guide, same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Secure the People’s House

The Secret Service needs rescuing, but don’t use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

Get the Authorization

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Bookends of a Presidency

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Public Pressure Is the Best Hope for Climate Action

On Sunday, a crowd calculated by organizers at more than 300,000 took part in the biggest march ever against climate change.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.

Obama May Have to Send Troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep”—even if the president resists it—is baked in from the start.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Bombs, Boots and Bluster Won’t Work

President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down—maddeningly so, some complain—but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Challenge With Islam

Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State—whichever goal President Obama chooses—will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP Wave Has Failed to Materialize

Meanwhile, back at the ranch—as foreign events hog the spotlight—why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election?

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC3 Chris Cavagnaro

Have We Gone to War Again?

I’d like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



When Mistakes Become Deadly

To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Spousal Secrets No More

How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Shawn Semmler (CC-BY)

The Ones Left Behind

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Selective Outrage

The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true—but tragically is not—of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE


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