Will: Why immigration reform matters

Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring U.S. economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a...

Robinson: The GOP’s health crisis

Oh dear. The Republican Party’s worst nightmare is coming true. Obamacare is working. The news that nearly 1.2 million people signed up last month for insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges is highly inconvenient for GOP candidates nationwide. It looks as if...

Marcus: The Hillary we see

Hillary Clinton is our national Rorschach test. What you see says more about you than it does about her. Whether the inkblot depicts a menacing monster or fluffy cloud depends on your preexisting perspective. So it is with the fascinating trove of documents from the late Diane...

Gerson: Praise these Special Olympians

LILONGWE, Malawi Yamikani walks deliberately, intently, with a bean bag on his head, showing a balance that is probably hard-earned. “When he falls,” his grandmother Irene tells me, “we have to pick him up.” At a Special Olympics event, this is a fact and a philosophy. A mix of...

The president should clarify ‘Helms’ law to allow abortions for wars’ rape victims

Brian Atwood is chairman of global studies at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He was administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Clinton administration. Peter Fenn, a longtime Democratic political strategist,...

After running the rat race, some women are slowing down their pace

Tara D. Sonenshine is a distinguished fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. I once saw a license plate that read “INARUSH.” I knew the driver was a woman. We have the hurry gene. We are master jugglers bouncing multiple balls in...
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Editorial: Washington’s football team remains on the wrong side of history

NATIONAL FOOTBALL League Commissioner Roger Goodell can’t seem to make up his mind about the name of Washington’s football team. He told Congress in June that “the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” Three months later came...
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Editorial: Putin’s knives in the night threaten an independent Russian broadcaster

FROM HIS first days in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin realized that control over television was critical to maintaining his hold over the huge country. Mr. Putin tightened his grip on the major broadcast television stations, wresting the powerful Channel 1 away from the...
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Editorial: Ambassadorships are President Obama’s political plums

NOAH BRYSON Mamet is a political consultant who raised at least $500,000 for President Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2012 election cycle. As of last week, he had never visited Argentina — which helps explain the ambassador-designate’s spotty performance before the...

Corporations may fear case law more than statutory law

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