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If Ukraine wins against Russian aggression, freedom wins

David J. Kramer is president of Freedom House. He was deputy assistant secretary of state for Russia and Ukraine in the George W. Bush administration. The Obama administration took a good first step Monday when it announced sanctions against Russian officials involved in the...
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Editorial: Western sanctions deliver only a slap on the wrist to Mr. Putin

THE SANCTIONS President Obama announced Monday to punish Russia and its collaborators in Ukraine are intended to inflict economic pain. So a fair measure of their adequacy was the reaction Monday of the Russian stock and currency markets: Both spiked upward in celebration. While...
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Editorial: D.C.’s Office of Campaign Finance is failing its mission

BY THE time the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance gets around to releasing its audit on Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign, the findings may well have lost any relevance. But then, that is perfectly in keeping with an agency that increasingly has shown itself to be...

Robinson: Democrats should play offense on Obamacare

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work. Republicans obviously are going to make opposition to the Affordable Care Act the main theme of their campaigns this fall. Democrats...

Cohen: Illogical hostility toward charter schools

In the war between the rich and the poor, I’m enlisting on the side of the underdog — the rich. What a drubbing they’ve been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly...

Rampell: Facebook and the NSA should team up to put data to good use

Mark Zuckerberg is angry that the National Security Agency is violating Facebook users’ privacy, which is a bit like the Silicon Valley equivalent of “Get your government hands off my Medicare.” He thinks users should be upset about this, too. But you know what? I’m...

Gerson: Can Obama’s resolve match Putin’s westward push?

As Winston Churchill might have said, the battle for Crimea is over. The battle for the idea of Europe is about to begin. Russia — as one might expect from an espiocracy, ruled by a Soviet-era spy — practices a particularly sophisticated form of aggression. Its military buildup...

Anti-gay laws’ dangerous impact

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New AEP substation approved

American Electric Power won state approval Monday to build an $11-million substation on farmland two miles northeast of Findlay. The 138-kilovolt substation, to be built in 2015, will aid development and reduce power outages in Hancock County and northwestern Ohio, American...

Will: Russia’s brutality with Ukraine is nothing new

“Boys from another school pulled out the severed head of a classmate while fishing in a pond. His whole family had died. Had they eaten him first? Or had he survived the deaths of his parents only to be killed by a cannibal? No one knew; but such questions were commonplace for...