Obama’s minimum-wage increase is on shaky legal ground

Eugene Scalia and Rachel Mondl are lawyers in Washington. Scalia was solicitor of labor for President George W. Bush. In setting a $10.10 minimum wage last week for workers on federal contracts, President Obama acted on his State of the Union vow to use executive powers to bypass...

Gerson: Syria’s uncontainable threat

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan In a section of the camp designated for newcomers, I’m surrounded by about 20 men from the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, elbowing each other for position. The situation quickly degenerates into a geopolitical discussion. Michael Gerson Gerson...

Financial sanctions could force reforms in North Korea

Joshua Stanton is a lawyer in Washington. He blogs at www.freekorea.us. Sung-Yoon Lee is an assistant professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Calls for action have followed a United Nations report that the North Korean regime is culpable f...

Editorial: Muriel Bowser for District mayor

IF THIS were an ordinary election year in the District of Columbia, we probably would back Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) for reelection. His first term has had solid accomplishments. The city’s finances are robust. Crime is down. Schools are improving. People are moving in....

Other than the mail (for some), region handled snow well

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The basic requirements for ambassadorial appointments

Several Feb. 18 letters noted that the selection of ambassadors to represent the United States in foreign capitals is more nuanced than the question of whether they are diplomatic careerists or political appointees [“What makes a good ambassador?”]. That’s indisputable. But...

In D.C. mayor’s race, race matters least

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Every genocide dishonors Holocaust victims and survivors

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Proposed GOP health-care bill aims to cure costly U.S. health-care system

The Feb. 15 editorial “Finally, a GOP alternative,” about our health-care proposal, the Patient CARE Act, wrongly charged that it “relies on similar fundamental architecture” as Obamacare. Though crediting Obamacare with “worthy goals” to help Americans have access to better...

In minimum wage fight, why not go big?

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