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Editorial: Saving South Sudan from chaos

SOUTH SUDAN, a new nation midwifed into being by the United States out of the ashes of war, is sinking into a mire of senseless violence and chaos. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are wrecking their country in a conflict that has lasted more than 100 days and...
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Editorial: E-cigarettes have risks but they also offer public health benefits

IF ELECTRONIC cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, live up to their potential, millions of nicotine addicts in the United States will use them. To some public health advocates, that sounds terrible. People should kick nicotine rather than cultivate their dependence with a barely...

Will: Amend the Constitution to control federal spending

PHOENIX From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other state legislatures. It would use the...

Lane: Support for action on Ukraine is not a matter of geography

At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, an inscription reads: “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” It eloquently reflects the fact that few ordinary Americans — and probably not many members...

Dionne: On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, politicians should follow LBJ’s way

History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been...

U.S. needs to plan for the day after an Iran deal

David H. Petraeus is a former director of the CIA and a former commander of U.S. Central Command. Vance Serchuk is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Advocates of the effort to reach a negotiated settlement with Iran over its illicit nuclear...
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Editorial: Unanswered questions surround a police-involved shooting in Prince George’s

IN BROAD daylight Saturday, two Prince George’s police officers opened fire in a residential neighborhood at a car containing a pair of unarmed burglary suspects. The suspects were allegedly trying to evade arrest on a leafy suburban street in Clinton, just southeast of the...

Milbank: IRS hearings are another Republican circus

Dave Camp had a secret. The House Ways and Means Committee chairman was ready to send the panel’s files on former IRS official Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for a possible prosecution — a handover that could have been accomplished with a simple phone call to the...
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‘From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town,’ by Ingrid D. Rowland

On Aug. 24, 79 A.D., from his villa in Misenum, near Naples, the learned Pliny the Elder — whose “Natural History” is one of the great encyclopedic works of antiquity — noticed a cloud of unusual size and appearance. It appeared to be issuing from Mt. Vesuvius. As his nephew...

Public financing of campaigns could mean a big impact for small dollars

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