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Will: President Obama’s magic words and numbers

Barack Obama, the first president shaped by the celebratory culture in which every child who plays soccer gets a trophy and the first whose campaign speeches were his qualification for the office, perhaps should not be blamed for thinking that saying things is tantamount to...

King: Go after prostitutes’ Dons, too

Who in the hell is Don? Sure, there are other things in this brief and transitory life that would also be nice to know, such as: Why does the D.C. mayoral race at times resemble a contest for student council president? Is disparate treatment of black D.C. youths the real reason...

Ignatius: John Kerry, a secretary on a mission

Secretary of State John Kerry was trying to choose his words carefully in talking about his negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran and a “framework agreement” between Israelis and Palestinians. As recent experience has shown, one loose statement from Kerry — say,...

Editorial: The Maryland elections board shouldn’t create an unfair competition

IT WAS curious enough when Maryland’s State Board of Elections decided in December that Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown’s gubernatorial campaign could, in effect, ignore state rules barring fundraising by state officials while the General Assembly is in session. It decreed...

Editorial: CVS’s smart shift away from tobacco

IN MUCH of the discussion about smoking and health, the emphasis has been on action by government or society — higher excise taxes, stronger regulation, more public education campaigns. The recent surgeon general’s report, marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964...

Editorial: The CBO report does not show the new health-care law is failing

THE AFFORDABLE Care Act (ACA) was oversold. A brief glance at the Congressional Budget Office’s latest analysis, which is all many observers seem to be giving it, reveals that. But a fair look at what the nonpartisan experts released this week also shows that the law still...

NATO protesters acquitted of terrorism charges

FILE – This combo made of undated file photos provided by the Chicago Police Department shows from left, Brent Vincent Betterly, of Oakland Park, Fla., Jared Chase, of Keene, N.H., and Brian Church, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. On Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, a jury in Chicago...

Fox’s ‘The X Factor’ ending after 3 seasons

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The X Factor” is ending after three seasons. Fox and the show’s production companies announced Friday that the U.S. edition of the singing competition won’t be coming back this fall. “X Factor”...

Chevy Olympic ads feature gay couples

AP Photo/Uncredited NEW YORK (AP) — While several Olympic sponsors have spoken out against Russia’s restrictions on gay rights ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, Chevrolet is rolling out two ads during the U.S. broadcast of the opening ceremony on Friday that feature...

US Rig Count Down 14 To 1,771

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 14 this week to 1,771. The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,416 rigs were exploring for oil and 351 for gas. Four were...