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Editorial: Pad school calendars to allow for snow days

YES, IT snowed. And yes, it’s cold. But do those realities of winter weather justify keeping schools closed day after day after day? This week, that question was likely on the minds of Washington area parents, particularly those in Northern Virginia, as they juggled work...
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Editorial: Prince William’s miserly spending on pre-kindergarten

VIRGINIA HAS made strides in enabling poor children to attend pre-kindergarten classes, which are widely credited with improving learning skills, including reading readiness. But some of the state’s biggest school districts, particularly in Northern Virginia, have been slow...
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Editorial: China’s repression of activists continues unabated

CHINA’S COMMUNIST leaders ought to regard activists like Xu Zhiyong as allies in their effort to reform the country’s economy, root out corruption and create a more representative and sustainable political system. Instead, the 40-year-old lawyer was put on trial...

Krauthammer: Stop kicking Canada around

Fixated as we Americans are on Canada’s three most attention-getting exports — polar vortexes, Alberta clippers and the antics of Toronto’s addled mayor — we’ve somewhat overlooked a major feature of Canada’s current relations with the United States:...

Gerson: Our complex president

There have always been two not entirely consistent elements of Barack Obama’s powerful political appeal: his aspirational ambition and his personal sense of complexity and limits. The aspirational — the promise of transcending our national divisions, resetting our relations...

Egypt’s evolving governance is no ‘democratic transition’

Michele Dunne is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where Thomas Carothers is vice president for studies. In the half-year since the Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, U.S. officials from President Obama on down have repeatedly...

Telling the truth on achievement gaps improves education

Arne Duncan is U.S. secretary of education. In education, it sometimes takes courage to do what ought to be common sense. That’s a key lesson from several recent national and international assessments of U.S. education. These include the 2013 National Assessment of...

Robinson: It took two to tango

It strikes me as illogical, sexist and just plain wrong to blame former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell’s ruinous legal woes on his wife, Maureen. She may be the one with the champagne taste, but he sipped the bubbly, too — knowing that the family budget barely had room...

Marcus: In Virginia, not politics as usual

Politics is a business of back-scratching. The teller window at the political favor bank is open 24/7 for deposits and withdrawals. You raise bundles; I appoint you to an ambassadorship. You offer your private jet or vacation home; I speak at your corporate headquarters, touting...

Governor makes stop in Findlay

Coffee with a hint of the economy and a little bit of job creation. All three topics were up for discussion when Gov. John Kasich greeted supporters at Coffee Amici in downtown Findlay on Thursday. “I’m not here to speak, I’m here to hang out,” Kasich said upon...