Dionne: Raising the minimum wage is the right idea for the right

There is a magnificent public policy that achieves many of the goals conservative politicians regularly extol. These include promoting work over dependency, reducing the cost of social welfare programs, fostering economic growth and strengthening families. The policy in question...

Samuelson: Economists face hard times

These are hard times for economists. Their reputations are tarnished; their favorite doctrines are damaged. Among their most prominent thinkers, there is no consensus as to how — or whether — governments in advanced countries can improve lackluster recoveries. All in all, the...

Diehl: Japan’s provocative moves

Could Japan end up provoking the most serious national security crisis yet faced by President Obama? That idea would have sounded preposterous a couple of years ago, when the Land of the Rising Sun was still the country that Americans have known it to be for the past two decades:...

Larry Summers: Changing the tax code could help curb inequality

Lawrence Summers is a professor and past president at Harvard. He was Treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001 and economic adviser to President Obama from 2009 through 2010. The United States may be on course to becoming a “Downton Abbey” economy. There are valid causes for concern...
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Editorial: Wrongdoing, the District, and a lax inspector general

AN INVESTIGATION by the city’s ethics board has resulted in allegations of wrongdoing by the District’s top administrative judge and another official. The charges — which include contract steering, preferential treatment and use of public office for private gain — are...
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Editorial: Methane, friend and foe for climate change

A STUDY in the journal Science finds that the United States is putting a lot more methane, a potent contributor to global warming and the primary compound in natural gas, into the air than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated. But the report also shows that the...
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Editorial: Cuba’s changes are no more than window-dressing

ONE OF the very small openings permitted in the past year by Cuba’s rulers, Raul and Fidel Castro, has been a relaxation of travel restrictions so dissidents can leave the island and bring firsthand accounts of their work to Europe, the United States and Latin America. When...

Snow adds a wrinkle to a ‘waving relationship’

I live in a small community of townhouses close to the M asonic temple in Alexandria. On Thursday morning, I got up late because I was dreaming of my late husband and did not want the visitation to end. I knew it had snowed heavily overnight, so the first thing I did when I got...

Health-care benefits

Charles Krauthammer railed against “Obamacare’s war on jobs” [op-ed, Feb. 14], but his theatrical angst over workers who might choose part-time employment down the road in order to retain subsidized health coverage reveals a hidden strength of the Affordable Care Act....

Any failure of the Endangered Species Act lies with Congress

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