Will: Progressives takes lessons from ‘Downton Abbey’

Many “Downton Abbey” watchers are nostalgia gluttons who grieved when Lord Grantham lost his fortune in Canadian railroad shares. There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice at Grantham’s loss: “Now perhaps this amiable...

Dionne: John Boehner’s sunshine band

From now on, it’s the Zip-a-dee-doo-dah House. The political world stopped for a moment when Speaker John Boehner broke into the jaunty old Disney tune — “My, oh my, what a wonderful day” — after a news conference in which he threw in the towel on the debt ceiling fight. He...

Ignatius: Taking a long view on Syria and the Sunni-Shiite divide

MUNICH The 50th annual Munich Security Conference this month was a celebration of the power of the democratic vision in Europe — one that now stretches all the way toward Ukraine. But there was a sense of defeat in the room, almost of collective shame, when the subject turned to...

The global AIDS response can help in fighting hepatitis C

Paul Farmer is a professor at Harvard University and an infectious disease physician with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He co-founded Partners in Health. A decade after the global AIDS response began in earnest, it’s worth asking whether the lessons...
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Editorial: Maryland’s senseless standard for orders of protection must be modified

LEGISLATION THAT would bring Maryland in line with every other state in the nation in protecting victims of domestic abuse has the strong backing of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). It sailed through the state Senate last week with unanimous approval. But to become law, the...
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Editorial: A Senate bill offers a good start to addressing some postal woes

TO UNDERSTAND how much trouble the U.S. Postal Service faces, consider that its $5 billion loss in fiscal 2013 represented a major improvement over the previous year’s $15.9 billion loss. Given the technological obsolescence of its most profitable line of business —...
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Editorial: Mr. Obama’s new tone on Syria

IS PRESIDENT Obama creeping toward a rethinking of his Syria policy? Some words he spoke Tuesday raised our hopes. At a news conference with French President François Hollande, Mr. Obama described the Syrian conflict, which he dismissed five months ago as “someone else’s...

Saving a housing trust fund is the goal, not preserving Fannie and Freddie

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Limits to an employer’s reach

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Exploited by pimps, dons — and relatives

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