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Milbank: Obama can help Democrats all the way to the bank

President Obama, in trouble at home, is quite literally heading for the border. His approval rating is in the 40s, vulnerable Democratic candidates don’t want to be seen with him and Republicans think his unpopularity could win them the Senate. So it’s likely no...

Will: Breaking the grip of the unions

This year’s most important election will not occur in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important election, crucial to an entire region’s economic well-being and to the balance of the nation’s...

Marcus: The stimulus was a policy success but a political disaster

The treatment helped. The patient is recovering. The doctor is still being accused of malpractice. That, in a nutshell, is the story of the $800 billion stimulus package President Obama signed five years ago, the centerpiece of a code-blue effort to defibrillate the cratering...

Editorial: Venezuela’s neighbors have to work to stem the chaos

ANYONE WATCHING Venezuela’s descent into economic and social chaos in recent months could predict what would come next: street demonstrations by students and average citizens fed up with soaring inflation, shortages of basic goods, one of the world’s highest murder...

Editorial: Violence in Ukraine shows need for negotiated settlement

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Editorial: D.C. Council weighs ‘banning the box’ asking for criminal history

SOME 60,000 D.C. residents, about 10 percent of the population, have a criminal history. Many of them are unemployed, and standing between them and any shot at a job is one little box. “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” is a question that often appears on employment...

US Border Patrol agent kills man near San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man Tuesday after the agent was struck in the head with a rock, authorities said, fueling debate over whether the agency overreacts to rock assaults by suspected smugglers and migrants. The agent was trying to...

RHP Justin Masterson, Indians Agree At $9,762,500

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract worth $9,762,500 and avoided a salary arbitration hearing. The agreement Tuesday was $162,500 below midpoint of the $11.8 million he had asked for and the $8.05 million...

Utah mom buys all of store’s ‘indecent’ T-shirts

Judy Cox stands for a photograph holding a stack of T-shirts with what she believes are pornographic designs Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Orem, Utah. Cox purchased the entire stock of T-shirts for $567 from the PacSun store in Orem believing their display broke Orem’s decency...

Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at NC coal ash dump

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill. The state...