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Robinson: CDC might want to get its stories straight

Robinson: CDC might want to get its stories straight

Do that and we'll all promise not to panic about Ebola.

October 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

How US policies turned al-Qaida into blobs of mercury

If the new, decentralized al-Qaida is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shut for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.

August 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Republicans' nutty ideas are downright scary

It's not your imagination. The Republican Party really does seem to have taken leave of its senses.

August 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Snowden performed valuable public service

Edward Snowden's renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance is being vindicated - even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

July 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Partisan impasse in DC may be the new normal

The bad news is that approval ratings for both the president and Congress are sinking, with voters increasingly frustrated at the bitter, partisan impasse in Washington. The worse news is that in terms of admiration for our national leaders, these may come to be seen as the good old days.

July 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Can Obama put his words on race into action?

Sometimes it's good to be proved wrong. Saturday, I wrote that I doubted President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

July 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Why Obama can't lead our debate about racial issues

We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.

July 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

So much for Egypt's elected Islamist-led government

What's happening in Egypt is not a second revolution or a "correction" to the first. It is a coup d'etat that puts the military as firmly in command as it was during the autocratic reign of Hosni Mubarak. So much for the Arab Spring in the region's most populous country.

July 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

We deserve the truth about NSA surveillance

I don't believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency's surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn't believe them, either.

July 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Boehner can get a win-win on immigration reform

Of course it's amnesty. The whole point of comprehensive immigration reform is to bring 11 million undocumented men, women and children out of the shadows, which means giving them some kind of legal status, which amounts to amnesty. Otherwise, why bother?

July 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Tough, savvy Paula Deen needs a period of silence

Paula Deen needs to give the self-pity a rest. The damage to her carefully built image is self-inflicted - nobody threw a rock - and her desperate search for approval and vindication is just making things worse.

June 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On affirmative action, Justices chose realistic path

The Supreme Court decision on affirmative action could have been a lot worse. Given the court's ideological tilt, in fact, it was probably the best we could have hoped for.

June 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Why Congress should end NSA phone snooping

From the evidence so far, there's no good reason to let the National Security Agency continue its massively intrusive practice of logging our private phone calls. Congress should pull the plug.

June 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

US intervention in Syria will not end well

In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: an old-fashioned proxy war, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible "moderates" whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.

June 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Court decision on DNA not in spirit of Constitution

The Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing police to compel DNA samples from persons arrested for serious offenses will solve cold cases around the country, putting dangerous criminals behind bars. But despite this clearly beneficial impact, the court's 5-4 ruling was wrong - and may be more…

June 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ask questions before we forget what privacy was

Someday, a young girl will look up into her father's eyes and ask, "Daddy, what was privacy?"

June 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

When will GOP stop acting juvenile and govern?

With budgetary tantrums in the Senate and investigative play-acting in the House, the Republican Party is proving once again that it simply cannot be taken seriously.

June 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Even if alone, Obama must address climate change

President Obama should spend his remaining years in office making the United States part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem. If Congress sticks to its policy of obstruction and willful ignorance, Obama should use his executive powers to the fullest extent. We are out …

May 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sequestration cuts are supposed to hurt, so let them

President Obama had the opportunity this week to make an irresponsible Congress face the consequences of its own dumb actions. For reasons I cannot fathom, he took a pass.

May 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Stains on The Decider's legacy getting darker

In retrospect, George W. Bush's legacy doesn't look as bad as it did when he left office. It looks worse.

April 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

When we say 'never again,' we don't always mean it

The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists - and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.

April 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Eugene Robinson: Surely GOP's loony behavior is some kind of trick

I think I've figured it out. Republicans must be staging some kind of fiendishly clever plot to lure Democrats into a false sense of security.

April 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Treating test scores like sales targets is a mistake

It is time to acknowledge that the fashionable theory of school reform - requiring that pay and job security for teachers, principals and administrators depend on their students' standardized test scores - is at best a well-intentioned mistake, and at worst nothing but a racket.

April 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

What price must we pay for 2nd Amendment?

The gunman in the Newtown massacre fired 154 bullets from his Bushmaster military-style rifle in less than five minutes, killing 20 first-graders and six adults. He brought with him 10 large-capacity magazines, each holding up to 30 rounds, which allowed him to reload quickly. He also carrie…

March 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Senate has moral duty to vote on assault weapons

Shame on Harry Reid for killing any prospect of an assault weapons ban. I understand why he did it, but that doesn't make it right.

March 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Grieving father's plea should be heard, heeded

Most of our top elected officials probably didn't notice - they were too busy making fools of themselves over an idiotic budget "crisis" of their own manufacture - but something worth remembering happened in Washington this week: A parent pleaded softly for a ban on military-style weapons li…

March 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama must act to curb coal-power emissions

WASHINGTON

February 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Why things are looking up for immigration reform

Republicans spent the weekend trumpeting shock and outrage over President Obama's leaked "backup plan" on immigration. In dysfunctional Washington, this means that prospects for comprehensive reform - including what amounts to an amnesty for the undocumented - are getting brighter.

February 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama seeks to win argument, reshape future

In his bid to be remembered as a transformational leader, President Obama is following the playbook of an ideological opposite, Margaret Thatcher. First you win the argument, she used to say, then you win the vote.

February 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Power to order drone hits on US citizens is wrong

If George W. Bush had told us that the "war on terror" gave him the right to execute an American citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I'd have gone ballistic. It makes no difference that the president making this chilling claim …

February 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

LaPierre: Single-handedly making pro-gun case seem nuts

The moment that most deserves to be remembered from Sunday's thrilling Super Bowl came before the game, when Jennifer Hudson joined students from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in singing "America the Beautiful." It was a heart-rending elegy for the fallen - and a stirring call to action.

February 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

DC tackling big problem - immigration - and may solve it

It was always clear that the 11 million people in this country without papers were not going to be rounded up and deported. The question was when our leaders would recognize this fact - which could only happen if Republicans decided that demonizing illegal immigrants was bad politics.

February 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama is right to go big in reforms to stem gun violence

Don't listen to those who say President Obama's bold plan to reduce gun violence - including an assault-weapons ban - has no chance in Congress. I seem to recall that health-care reform was deemed impossible, too. Until it happened.

January 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

GOP's debt-ceiling brinkmanship is destructive

WASHINGTON

January 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Can we put climate change on the agenda? Please?

All right, now can we talk about climate change? After a year when the lower 48 states suffered the warmest temperatures, and the second-craziest weather, since record-keeping began?

January 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Congress clowns around, averts trumped-up crisis

To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns.

January 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

The truth: Everyone's guessing on 'cliff' negotiations

Are you as sick of the "fiscal cliff" as I am? Actually, that's a trick question. You couldn't possibly be.

December 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Too many of the GOP's ideas verge on self-parody

The biggest problem the Republican Party faces is not uninspiring candidates or unsound tactics. It is unpopular ideas.

December 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

With Niemeyer, we lose his audacious, sensuous designs

Just this once, I wish I could write with pictures instead of words. That would make it easier to explain why the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died Wednesday at 104, was one of my heroes.

December 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

In budget talks, Obama's holding the better hand

How dare he? President Obama, I mean: How dare he do what he promised during the campaign? How dare he insist on a "balanced approach" to fiscal policy that includes an teensy-weensy tax increase for the rich?

December 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama must make global warming a top priority

WASHINGTON

December 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Once fighting stops, talks on 2-state solution vital

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there's a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors - Palestinians and Israelis - can possibly know how it will turn out.

November 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

GOP needs to leave echo chamber, start listening

I know it's early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week's election. Short-term, that's a boon for Democrats. Long-term, it's a problem for the country.

November 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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