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  • Smacked by reality in the Middle East Aug 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign).

     
  • The left’s own slippery slope Aug 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: How did the moral center of the American left get so isolationist and selfish? Why does it see no difference between a moral obligation to save lives by avoiding murder — not just with humanitarian measures — and a kind of militarist lust for yet more adventure? A pressing humanitarian calamity was facing the region. A reported 500 Yazidis had already been murdered.

     
  • Myths abound about the social safety net Aug 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: “Another Kid” is one little song in one little show, but it reflects much broader misperceptions about the U.S. social safety net: that it is a cushy “hammock” that discourages large numbers of moochers and lucky-duckies from working,

     
  • Town shuts down; school boss quits; horse racing ban Aug 10, 2014 1:00 AM
    Soapboxing: A reporter's busy week runs the gamut from a town shutting down to horse racing in McHenry County; the heroin epidemic rages on; pension payouts approach salaries. Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director, tackles these topics.

     
  • In health crisis, erosions of trust in science are dangerous Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn’t want their institution to be known as an “AIDS hospital.”

     
  • GOP creating its own nightmare over ‘dreamers’ Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: I once used the term “spoiled brats” to describe “dreamers,” those young undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents.Yet now I think the real spoiled brats are those House Republicans who -- with no skill for leading the downtrodden -- settle for punishing the defenseless.

     
  • Why government fails, and what we should do Aug 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s performance are very much on ordinary people’s minds, politicians don’t talk much about fixing them

     
  • Nixon’s lasting damage Aug 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Richard Nixon was virtually a cinematic creation, a man of such character flaws, resentments, hatreds and insecurities that it’s hard to keep your eyes off him. Watergate and the cover-up were his downfall and they were, no doubt about it, breathtaking abuses of power, as obscene as the language he so often used. But what was once drama is now history. Not so the Southern strategy. It fouls our politics to this very day.

     
  • Stop the campus rape numbers game Aug 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: The Campus Accountability and Safety Act would, among other things, create new transparency standards for U.S. colleges, requiring them to conduct anonymous, standardized, representative surveys about student experiences with sexual violence.

     
  • Bet on Africa rising Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa’s brand problem in America has grown significantly worse.

     
  • Wrong script on immigration Aug 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Just because you’re well-known doesn’t mean you’re well-informed. Case in point: Eva Longoria, Mexican-American actress, social commentator and loyal Democrat who once mocked Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for having “silly” ideas. What makes Longoria look silly is that she believes that other Americans care what she thinks about the crisis involving Central American child refugees crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into her native Texas.

     
  • No peace in Gaza if Netanyahu can prevent it Aug 5, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: I wonder if Benjamin Netanyahu understands how many Americans — his greatest allies — have begun to reconsider their unwavering support in the face of this merciless slaughter?

     
  • Sick? Some of you can stay home. Aug 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Something strange happened in New York last week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing.

     
  • Biotech industry can lead way to economic recovery Aug 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist David Miller and Mark Denzler: The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s five-year economic development plan recently identified the biomedical/biotechnical industry as a high-potential industry cluster with projected job growth of 157,000 by the year 2025. These firms are a cornerstone of the economy. And the fight to grow them should start by supporting public insurance programs that keep drugs affordable for low-income Illinois patients and ensure drug innovators are properly compensated.

     
  • Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading Jul 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.

     
  • The GOP as the party of reform Jul 31, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Democratic cast of mind — in the midst of multiple failures — manages to be complacent, culturally polarizing and bereft of policy innovation. For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.

     
  • Me Inc. would bring plenty of dividends Jul 30, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Cathering Rampell: If companies are claiming the rights and privileges of people, maybe people should start claiming the rights and privileges of corporations. Rights harmonization, in other words, should flow in both directions, since we’re now all indistinguishable, equally protected “persons” — in the court’s eyes, anyway.

     
  • Exonerating the criminals Jul 29, 2014 9:40 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. “They curse Hitler morning and night,” he said of the Israelis. “However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.” Erdogan’s Hitler fetish is both revolting and inaccurate.

     
  • Skip the comparisons with Mexico Jul 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Almost any discussion of how the United States treats uninvited visitors — whether they be child refugees looking for shelter or adult immigrants looking for jobs — will eventually get to the point where someone asks: “What about Mexico?”

     
  • Why incumbents keep getting re-elected Jul 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January. In other words, Americans scorn Congress but keep re-electing its members. How could this be?

     
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