Will: Paul Ryan was right — poverty is a cultural problem

Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan’s remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their rhetorical...

Milbank: The Crimea saga and the Malaysian airliner show us the limits of U.S. power

It took off with a clear destination but then veered off course and disappeared. Several countries joined the search for answers and offered conflicting theories about what went wrong. I speak, of course, of the U.S. attempt to keep Vladimir Putin from taking Crimea. Any...

Parker: Don’t confuse the Pope’s meeting with Obama as an endorsement

This week’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope. In anticipation of the meeting, everyone seems to want a piece of the pope. The head of the New Evangelical Partnership...

Marcus: Rand Paul: The most intriguing man in today’s Republican Party

Rand Paul is the most intriguing — and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening — figure in today’s Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to...

Vladi­mir Putin, Russia’s spy in chief

Jim Hoagland is a contributing editor to The Post. His e-mail address is jimhoagland@washpost.com. Shake hands with Vladimir Putin, as I have three times, and you do not feel you are in the presence of a...

To understand Putin, look to the past

Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, was deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration. In his speech Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Kosovo six times, bizarrely calling its independence a precedent for Russia’s annexation...

If the contraceptive mandate passes, it will ruin a core U.S. ideology

Rick Warren is pastor of the Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, Calif., and the author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” Does our Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion, or does it merely allow a more limited freedom to worship? The difference is profound. Worship is an...

The West’s obligation to Ukraine

Madeleine Albright was secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. Jim O’Brien was presidential envoy for the Balkans in the Clinton administration. She is chairman and he is vice chairman of the Albright Stonebridge Group. When President Obama and European allies meet next week,...
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Editorial: McAuliffe’s new PAC distracts attention from where it belongs — on Medicaid

IT’S HARD to think of a more tone-deaf political move lately than Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s unveiling of his Common Good Virginia PAC, which peddles dinners and sit downs with Mr. McAuliffe, a Democrat, his wife and unnamed “policy experts” for fat cats with a...
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Editorial: There are more money trails to follow in D.C. campaign scandal

THE $668,800that D.C. businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson directed to an illegal “shadow campaign” that helped elect Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) in 2010 has been the focus of abundant attention. Less notice has been paid to another $50,000 in questionable expenditures by Mr. Thompson,...