Rampell: When long-term unemployment becomes self-perpetuating

Say it with me: The long-term unemployed are not lazy. Nor are they coddled, hammocked or enjoying a coordinated, taxpayer-funded vacation. They are, however, extremely unlucky — and getting unluckier by the day. Take Renardo Gomez of Fitchburg, Mass. In three years, Gomez...

Gerson: In Syria, the United States is learning the lessons of inaction

History is like a teacher, except armed with truncheons and guns. So what are its recent lessons? In the early 1990s, Ukraine briefly possessed the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal, including about 1,900 strategic weapons, an inheritance from the Soviet crackup. In...

Cohen: Why the study of Vladi­mir Putin is so important

“ ‘Sophie, Sophie, don’t die! Stay alive for the children,’ the dying Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand urged his wife as she slumped over him in the open-topped sports car. But Gavrilo Princip’s shot had already killed her. A bodyguard asked Franz Ferdinand if...
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Editorial: Malaysia’s airliner response exposes a ruling malaise

IF YOU are perplexed by Monday’s announcement on the missing Malaysian airliner, no wonder. Prime Minister Najib Razak declared that the flight “ended” in the southern Indian Ocean, and the state-owned airline said that “we have to assume beyond a reasonable doubt” that the...
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Editorial: Our military justice system needs more reform

WHETHER THE right decisions were rendered last week in the military’s two high-profile cases of sexual assault is a matter of some dispute. Given the shape of the cases before them, we tend to think the judges in both probably made the right calls. But the process along the...
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Editorial: The government’s ‘compelling’ interest in protecting contraceptive coverage

THE SUPREME court on Tuesday will devote a double session to hear arguments on one of the most contentious pieces of the Affordable Care Act : the rule that companies providing health-care insurance to their employees include coverage for a range of contraception services. Two...

Humanity trumps training in this situation

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An easy fix to the Ukraine crisis

The solution to the Ukraine crisis is not sanctions on Russia, it’s statehood for Ukraine. Let Ukraine apply to be the 51st state (sorry, D.C.). We have so many commonalities: The Ukrainians hate and fear Russia, and we hate and fear Russia; there are a lot of Ukrainians in...

A lower legal age won’t guarantee responsible drinking

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A disparity of punishment in the ranks

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