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Book review: In ‘E.E. Cummings,’ Susan Cheever offers a modest narrative of the poet

I am a little church (no great cathedral) far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities. . . (Pantheon/Pantheon) - — “Poem 77” from “95 Poems,” by E.E. Cummings The imaginative scope and literary ambition of Edward Estlin Cummings, a central figure in modernist poetry,...
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Editorial: More weapons on military installations isn’t necessarily a good idea

AFTER ANY mass shooting, a vocal faction in Congress insists that Americans would be safer if more people carried guns into restricted public places. Allowing teachers to carry firearms on campus struck us as not helpful. But now that Fort Hood, Tex., has seen its second rampage...

Milbank: How can Congress cure for political ills? Smoke some marijuana.

Legal marijuana is spreading like a weed across the land but it has yet to take root in the place where people might benefit most from inhaling: the U.S. Capitol. The Maryland General Assembly was finishing work Monday on a marijuana decriminalization bill, joining 20 other...

Robinson: Here’s an emotional response to the torture report: I’m outraged

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke. Sexist smoke, at that: Former CIA director Michael...

Cohen: In ‘The Unknown Known,’ Rumsfeld loses the battle with truth

There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’s documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq war. It is then that we get a glance at the man who...

Rampell: The safety net catches the middle class more than the poor

Liberals are shocked (shocked!) that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his co-partisans would consider cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants and other programs that serve the neediest Americans. They have accused Ryan of trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. But...

Gerson: Obamacare has spawned a misguided debate

Supporters of Obamacare are celebrating that the law is not an unmitigated disaster, just a mitigated one. As enrollment closed (for most) on March 31, the system passed 7 million exchange sign-ups. What some are taking as a triumph of governmental competence was actually an...

International League

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Ohio Bill Says College Athletes Aren’t Employees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel has changed a budget bill to make clear that college athletes are not employees under state law. The move comes after a decision last month by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board involving the Northwestern...

Ohio’s 4 Casinos See Revenues Spike In March

CINCINNATI (AP) — Revenue figures show March was a good month for Ohio’s four casinos. The numbers released Monday show each casino had a significant increase from February. The bump mirrors a similar boost in casino revenues last March following winter slumps. This year,...