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Robinson: My Brother’s Keeper: A helping hand for young men of color

“My Brother’s Keeper” has a much nicer ring than “stop and frisk.” It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color. I’ll go out on a limb and predict that President...

Gerson: Republicans deal with a tea party hangover

The evidence accumulates that the Republican Party is sobering up — cotton-mouthed and slightly disoriented — from its recent ideological bender. The tone of some rhetoric on the far right — no mercy to enemies, no enemies to the right — was pressed to an abhorrent extreme by Ted...

Zakaria: America plays its role in a changing world right

As America navigates a changing world, the people who seem to be having the greatest difficulty with the adjustment are the country’s pundits. Over the past few weeks, a new conventional wisdom has congealed on the op-ed pages: The United States is in retreat, and this is...

Krauthammer: Putin’s Ukraine gambit

Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the...

Lane: A credit to the tax code that’s worth increasing

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but if there’s any point on which they should still see eye to eye it might be the federal earned-income tax credit. This cash supplement to wages, delivered in the form of a tax refund, was created during the...

Health law fix for state-run websites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is coming to the aid of states that had technical problems running their own health care websites. The federal Health and Human Services Department quietly told states Thursday that residents who were unable to sign up because of...

University head criticized over sex assault remark

University of Iowa President Sally Mason talks with students, faculty, and members of the public during a campus forum, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in Iowa City, Iowa. Under fire for her handling of sexual assault, University of Iowa President Sally Mason on Thursday publicly shared...

Court: School can ban US flag shirts for safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican heritage celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday....

Editorial: Haiti must end its de facto moratorium on democracy

NEARLY THREE years into his term, Haitian President Michel Martelly has yet to hold parliamentary or local elections. Endless negotiations with a fractured political opposition amid an atmosphere of mutual suspicion and recrimination have produced tentative progress, for which...