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Competitive walking was the national pastime until baseball came along

With Opening Day upon us, we are once again reminded that baseball is America’s national pastime. It’s hard to imagine a time when baseball wasn’t considered the national game, but long ago another sport was far more popular: competitive walking. In the 1870s...

Russia is remaking itself as the leader of the anti-Western world

Masha Gessen is a Russian American journalist and the author of “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.” “This is not another Cold War that we’re entering into,” President Obama said Wednesday in Brussels, presenting the post-Crimea world order as he...

Diehl: John Kerry’s departure from reality

During a tour of the Middle East in November, Secretary of State John F. Kerry portrayed the region as on its way to a stunning series of breakthroughs, thanks to U.S. diplomacy. In Egypt, he said, “the roadmap” to democracy “is being carried out, to the best of our perception.”...

Samuelson: A permanent economic slowdown?

You might compare the U.S. economy to someone who’s recovering from a serious illness. At first, everyone hopes the patient will return to normal. Then it’s gradually realized that the patient suffered permanent damage and will never be the same. So, perhaps, with the...

Dionne: Who cares about the value of work?

Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and play by the...

Both parties have a history of racism

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Weighing the costs of being a football player at Northwestern

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Trying to rationalize the Silver Line

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Editorial: In relocating the FBI, striking a regional balance is key

POLITICIANS IN Virginia and Maryland have squared off over which state will be home to a sprawling new headquarters for the FBI, to replace the brutalist J. Edgar Hoover Building downtown, where it has been since 1975. But privately, some Virginia honchos are throwing in the...
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Editorial: Congress needs to reach a deal on the NSA phone program

PRESIDENT OBAMA and Congress appear to be moving closer to a consensus on how to respond to the disclosure that the National Security Agency has been sucking up Americans’ telephone metadata. This is only one aspect of concerns about the NSA that tumbled out of the...
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