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...

Cincy Police In Riot Gear Break Up Unruly Party

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nearly two dozen police officers in riot gear dispersed an off-campus party involving University of Cincinnati students. Campus police responded to a call of nearly 500 unruly students close to campus shortly after midnight Sunday. WCPO-TV reports that once on...

Roles Reversed: Cardinals Get Reds In Home Opener

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The pitching matchup, Tony Cingrani vs. Michael Wacha, is a repeat from the second game of the season in Cincinnati when neither allowed a run in a combined 13 2-3 innings. The Cardinals face the Reds on Monday in their home opener. Just like much of the opening...

2 NYC police officers critical after Brooklyn fire

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City police officers were overcome by smoke while responding to a suspicious fire in a residential building in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn Sunday and were in critical condition, police said. “Police officers Rosa Rodriguez and...

Actor Forest Whitaker To Speak At Miami U In Ohio

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Miami University in southwest Ohio says actor Forest Whitaker will speak to graduates at the school’s spring commencement ceremony May 17 in Oxford. Whitaker won an Academy Award for portraying Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of...

Comedian John Pinette, 50, dies at Pa. hotel

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chubby stand-up comedian and hapless carjacking victim from the final episode of “Seinfeld,” John Pinette has died. He was 50. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office says Pinette died at a Pittsburgh hotel on Saturday. Pinette...
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Pro-Russians storm Ukraine government buildings

Pro-Russian activists clash with police at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 6, 2014. In Donetsk a large group of people surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows. A gathering of several hundred, many of them waving...