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Editorial: Beijing’s breakneck defense spending poses a challenge to the U.S.

CHINA PRESENTS the rest of the world with a puzzle when it announces, each year, another big leap in defense spending. On March 5, it revealed a 12.2 percent increase over last year, to almost $132 billion, the second-largest military budget in the world after the United States...

Lane: Tesla takes on car dealers in a fight to the death

Tesla Motors, the California-based electric-car start-up, is anything but an epitome of American-style free-market entrepreneurship. Its Model S performed and sold better than many critics, this one included, expected. Ditto for its stock price, which is more than $240 per share,...

Milbank: Midterms an Obamacare referendum? Not so fast.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the man in charge of House Republicans’ 2014 campaign, told a roomful of reporters at the National Press Club that they shouldn’t read much into that day’s special election in Florida to fill the seat of the late...

Dionne: Pope Francis’s first year underlines his commitment to the needy

Religion makes a lot of mistakes. Faith traditions can be so harsh that they drive away everyone but the self-righteous scolds. Or they can so indulge in therapeutic comfort and manufactured joy that they come to seem like a charlatan’s game. They can be so otherworldly...

Will: Better health through good choices

In September 1958, a future columnist, then 17, was unpacking as a college freshman when upperclassmen hired by tobacco companies knocked on his dormitory door, distributing free mini-packs of cigarettes. He and many other aspiring sophisticates became smokers. Nearly six years...

Ignatius: David Ignatius: For Putin, a possible Pyrrhic victory

It’s still possible to imagine a fuzzy, face-saving compromise in Ukraine: Crimea would have a new, quasi-autonomous administrative status blessed by Moscow and Kiev. The problem is that few analysts think Russian President Vladimir Putin will swallow this diplomatic pill....
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Editorial: Gray divides the District by injecting race into mayoral election

D.C. MAYOR Vincent C. Gray (D) began his “State of the District” address Tuesday with an appeal to the city not to believe accusations that he was involved in the wrongdoing that tainted his first mayoral campaign four years ago. Actually, he began with an appeal to part of the...
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Editorial: The government is right to crack down on prescription opioid abuse

SOMETIMES IT takes a celebrity’s death to galvanize attitudes about a drug epidemic that has already ruined, or ended, the lives of many lesser-knowns. So it was when University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died from a cocaine overdose in 1986. So it may be with...

Help those in chronic pain rather than stigmatize their drug choices

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Don’t pit teachers against other public employees

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