Samuelson: In politics, money is speech

On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance “reform” legislation. It can’t come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the First Amendment’s injunction th...

Hiatt: The Cold War rages in Hong Kong as democracy advocates ask for U.S. support

In the global war of ideology that President Obama says is not happening, Hong Kong is on the front lines. Democracy in Hong Kong is increasingly squeezed by the autocrats of Beijing. It is a fight of ideas and power, but also of flesh and blood: Just ask truth-telling newspaper...

Dionne: Supreme oligarchy

An oligarchy, Webster’s dictionary tells us, is “a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.” It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic....

An agenda for the IMF

Lawrence Summers is a professor and past president at Harvard. He was Treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001 and economic adviser to President Obama from 2009 through 2010. The world’s finance ministers and central bank governors will gather in Washington this week for the...
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Editorial: Montgomery County weighs the region’s first public financing system

JUST A handful of jurisdictions across the country have embraced public financing systems for local elections, aiming to use taxpayers’ money to offset the clout of special-interest cash in campaigns and to promote competitive races. Montgomery County is considering...
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Editorial: What the Air Force can learn from the nuclear cheating scandal

BEFORE THEY go on duty with U.S. nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, officers are trained in classrooms and simulators. They are schooled in weapons systems, missile code handling and emergency war orders, among other things. For decades, these missileers have been...
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Editorial: A U.S. plan to help Cubans communicate should be applauded

HUMAN RIGHTS Watch’s 2014 annual report paints a somber picture of political life in Cuba. “The Cuban government continues to repress individuals and groups who criticize the government or call for basic human rights,” the report notes. “The government controls all media...

Syrian refugees robbed of childhood

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Jimmy Carter: More than a politician

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Mozilla’s Brendan Eich wasn’t intolerant

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