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Krauthammer: The wages of weakness

Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he’s got three more years of luck to come. He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it’s not in Russia’s interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it’s a sign of weakness. Really? Crimea belonged to Moscow for 200...

Ignatius: Obama bets on Putin’s unlikely reversal on Ukraine

Since the Ukraine crisis began, Obama administration officials have talked about pushing Russia toward the “offramp” and de-escalation. That’s the best diplomatic outcome, but it will require an unlikely public reversal by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The premise of...

Hiatt: Will the West let Putin off the hook?

A popular argument holds that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a big mistake. Because of Putin’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, Ukraine is more likely to look west and prosper. Russia will be increasingly isolated and grow poorer. And Moscow will be stuck with...

Robinson: The American story of slavery

We tell ourselves that we know all about slavery, that it’s ancient history. But we’ve never fully investigated its horrors, which means we’ve never come to terms with them, which means we’ve never been able to get beyond them. Where slavery is concerned,...

Gerson: As the U.S. retreats, what will fill the vacuum?

With the facts on the ground now established in Crimea — several thousand facts in the form of Russian troops — the question now becomes: Will sustained economic, political and military isolation of Russia work? Will it reverse Vladimir Putin’s adventurism and deter future...

Making Russia pay for its actions in Ukraine

Juan C. Zarate, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was deputy national security adviser and an assistant secretary of the Treasury in the George W. Bush administration. He is the author of “Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of...
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Editorial: Secret Service needs to apply the brakes on major road closures

LIFE IN the nation’s capital has its perks. National treasures such as the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and Lincoln Memorial are close at hand. Area residents become part of the national moment when Washington hosts the inauguration of a president or a...
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Editorial: Virginia Republicans’ stand against Medicaid funding defies the facts

THE YEAR 2014 is only 66 days old, yet already Virginia has forfeited $330 million in federal funds — funds already paid to Uncle Sam by taxpayers — as a result of its delay in expanding Medi­caid to cover up to 400,000 lower-income and uninsured Virginians. With each passing...
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Editorial: Declassify the Senate report on CIA interrogation methods

MORE THAN a dozen years after the attacks of 9/11, it is time to treat government decisions made in the aftermath as history — to be debated and learned from. This is especially true of the misguided program of interrogation and torture carried out by the Central Intelligence...

U.S. 224 bridge to be closed Friday

The U.S. 224 bridge at Interstate 75 will be closed to traffic starting Friday night. Partial demolition of the bridge will occur from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. The bridge ramps will become lanes of I-75 during the demolition. U.S. 224 traffic will detour onto Ohio 12 and...