Marcus: On fiscal issues, silence

One way to think about the State of the Union is to examine the depressing catalogue of last year’s unfinished business — reforming immigration, repairing crumbling infrastructure, expanding early childhood education. This list resembles New Year’s resolutions...

Obama should add Seoul to his Asia itinerary

Richard Armitage, president of Armitage International, was deputy secretary of state from 2001 to 2005. Victor Cha, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a professor at Georgetown University, was director for Asian affairs on the...

Krauthammer: How to debunk the ‘war on women’

What is it about women that causes leading Republicans to grow clumsy, if not stupid? When even savvy, fluent, attractively populist Mike Huckabee stumbles, you know you’ve got trouble. Having already thrown away eminently winnable Senate seats in Missouri and Indiana...

Breaking the cycle of school shootings

Cristina Lafferty Hassinger lives in Connecticut. When the detective arrived at my home, he had a folder in his hand. “We just have some paperwork to take care of first,” he said. After I signed his forms, he gave me a box with the clothes my mother was wearing when she was...

Zakaria: On Iran, compromise is needed

After Iran and the major powers signed onto an interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear program, expectations were high. Over the past week, they have fallen sharply as Iranian officials have made tough public comments and Israel’s prime minister has reaffirmed his opposition...

Robinson: The 1% as victims? That’s rich!

An ugly outbreak of whiny victimhood is ravaging some of America’s most exclusive Zip codes. It’s as if some 1 percenters suddenly fear that old warning: “When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.” Not to worry. The hoi polloi would much...
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Editorial: D.C. firefighters showed callous disregard for a man’s life

ONE WOULD hope that any citizen would cross the street to help a dying man. So when those whose very job is to protect the public turn their backs, it is especially horrifying. That is what seems to have happened when D.C. firefighters rebuffed appeals for help for a 77-year-old...
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Editorial: Obama’s free-trade plan may face a hurdle in his own party

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S proposed ­Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would connect the United States with 11 other nations in a free-trade area encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economic output. It promises to open Japan’s notoriously closed market to U.S. products...
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Editorial: Argentina’s coming collapse

ARGENTINA, WHICH has suffered through a 60-year cycle of financial booms and busts, seems to be headed toward bust again. Since the beginning of the year, its currency, the peso, has lost nearly 20 percent of its value and dollar reserves have plunged to a seven-year low. Average...

A sound idea for protecting birds from outdoor cats

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