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Post's sale upends our world, yet hope abounds

Don Graham's decision to sell The Washington Post was his reverse Sophie's Choice moment.

August 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

House GOP can't turn preaching into practice

The most telling thing that happened as Congress scrambled to get out of town for its August recess was the vote that didn't happen.

August 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

A wife might forgive sexcapades, but we can't

She had the ghastly, frozen look of a prisoner in a hostage video.

July 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cozy ties in DC are not all dark and selfish

I 'll probably regret this, but here goes: I write today in defense of coziness. My text is Mark Leibovich's "This Town," his delicious indictment of inside-the-Beltway incestuousness.

July 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Why Snowden is wrong twice over, and a 'menial,' too

Edward Snowden is no Socrates and no Martin Luther King.

July 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Movement toward marriage equality was inevitable

Evan Wolfson received a "B" on the law school paper that helped change the world.

July 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Court does a high-profile double take - or does it?

The end of another momentous Supreme Court term compels the question: Is the accusation of judicial activism just another way of saying "decisions I don't agree with"?

June 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Galapagos: So close to Google yet so far from tech

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - Coming soon to a computer screen near you: the blue-footed booby, the giant tortoise and the flightless cormorant.

June 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Women's 'place' improves at White House and on job

The two photos serve as powerful visual bookends for any discussion of gender and the Obama White House.

June 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Film on military sex assault has power in high places

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering knew from the start that they weren't just making a movie.

June 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Give kids psychic space to take a few considered risks

In this graduation season, I thought I'd share the best advice I ever received: You can't make a mistake before you're 30.

June 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Claim that Obama is 'packing' court is nonsense

Is President Obama poised to "pack" the federal appeals court in Washington?

May 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Analytical Obama speech falls short on answers

No doubt: Barack Obama has what it takes to be a terrific law student. It's less clear those are the ingredients of a successful president.

May 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Jolie's decision spotlights gene-patent controversy

Angelina Jolie's genes threatened to kill her. But, for the time being anyway, she doesn't own them.

May 22, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

The other scandal: IRS failure to scrutinize political groups groups

Sputtering adjectives - outrageous, appalling, intolerable - can scarcely do justice to the fiasco involving the Internal Revenue Service's reported targeting of conservative groups.

May 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

General confused about 'assault' vs. 'consent'

Generals say the darndest things. Especially when it comes to issues of gender and sexual assault.

May 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's looking like a wussy substitute teacher

To be a good president requires the combined skills of chess master and middle-school teacher.

May 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

The kid who went to prom didn't look like a terrorist

The bomber went to prom. OK, alleged bomber. As to those who believe the definite article is missing from the sentence above - the prom - my teenaged daughters inform me that phrasing is irredeemably antiquated.

April 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

It's safe to talk about gun laws again but not to act

The way to stay sane in this city is never to expect too much.

April 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

There's no path to passage for Obama's budget

The conundrum of President Obama's budget is that he has produced a "come let us reason together" proposal aimed at a Republican Party that has demonstrated no interest in being reasonable.

April 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

On marriage rights, court shouldn't fret over backlash

If you think the problem with Roe v. Wade was that the Supreme Court short-circuited the evolving democratic process in the states, look at what that process has wrought.

April 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Justices edgy about gay marriage, an issue that won't go away

Listening to the Supreme Court hear arguments in the same-sex marriage cases was like watching a novice diver inch to the edge of the high board for the first time.

March 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Seize moment on expanded gun-sales checks

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March 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Leadership means dealing with those who dislike you

When it comes to Republicans, President Obama sees himself as a kind of reverse Sally Field: They don't like him. They really, really, don't like him.

March 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Tone-deafness on satire reflects partisan divide

The item was too delicious to resist: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, he of the don't-worry, be-happy approach to the federal deficit, had been forced to declare personal bankruptcy.

March 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Barring working from home was real yahoo move

Marissa Mayer, bounding back to work after a two-week maternity leave, came up with a nifty solution for juggling work and family: The Yahoo chief brought her family to work.

March 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

How'd we get to sequester's doorstep? Ask GOP

The blame game is a dreary and generally unproductive exercise. But as Washington slouches toward the self-inflicted wound of the budget sequester, Republicans' determined effort to rewrite the history of debt reduction requires correcting.

February 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ted Cruz's innuendoes about Chuck Hagel go too far

Ted Cruz is not going to win Senator Congeniality. Not that he cares. The newly arrived Texas Republican has come out, well, guns blazing - and not just on guns.

February 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Richard III may yet receive most unkindest cut of all

Shakespeare would have loved this epilogue: The bones of his most reviled villain, Richard III, unearthed in a decidedly unkingly public parking lot.

February 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Yes, GOP is bending, but no, there's no new Obama

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February 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Chained' CPI could help keep us from cliff

The cliff talks have disintegrated, victim of the Crazy Caucus also known as the Republican House. But eventually they will resume, and with them discussion of a way to raise billions in tax revenue - an approach on which House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama agree but that liberals…

December 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

A super PAC to fight the NRA could tip the scales

Like so many other people these days, I regain my composure only to see it crumble in an instant. At the piercing sight of a photograph, Daniel Barden with his impish smile and missing front teeth. At the devastating power of a simple sentence, about Charlotte Bacon's Girl Scout troop: "Ther…

December 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Rice's withdrawal was sorry reflection, too, on Obama

It is a strange world in which a person is compelled to announce her withdrawal from consideration for a position for which she has not been nominated.

December 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Simple Medicare change yields complicated results

Raising the eligibility age for Medicare sounds like a fiscal no-brainer.

December 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama team making high-stakes wager on taxes

As the debt ceiling loomed last year, President Obama believed Republicans had him over a barrel. They had won the midterm election. More important, calling the GOP's bluff seemed too big a bet: Defaulting on the debt risked plunging the global financial system into chaos.

November 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Nothing against early voting, but I like the old way

The neighbors gathered in Sandy's drizzly aftermath, surveying the damage: tree limbs crushing the roof of a car, telephone poles snapped in half, power lines strewn across the street. It was, for all the unpleasant circumstances, a nice communal moment. And it made me think, oddly, about wh…

November 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

How will fiscal cliff get fixed? It depends on who wins

Betting on Congress to do something - anything - is, as Samuel Johnson said of second marriages, the triumph of hope over experience. Betting on a lame-duck Congress to do anything of consequence is even more foolhardy.

October 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Here's a scorecard on the debates - and it isn't pretty

What we learned - and didn't - from the debates:

October 24, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Keeping adolescents in solitary is unconscionable

"It's an awful thing, solitary," John McCain wrote of his time as a prisoner of war. "It crushes your spirit and weakens your resistance more effectively than any other form of mistreatment."

October 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Candidates' debate dialogue could be Mamet play

As I looked over the transcript of the vice presidential debate, the first thing that came to mind was David Mamet. The second was "Cupcake Wars."

October 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Debaters skirt around the hard choices ahead

I was prepared, sorta, kinda, to defend Barack Obama's debate performance until I heard Obama adviser David Axelrod on television preening about how the president had spoken to viewers like adults. Oh, please. If only.

October 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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