‘The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap’ by Matt Taibbi

No wonder, writes Matt Taibbi, a reporter known for exposés in Rolling Stone on the banks’ rigging of financial markets. In “The Divide,” Taibbi offers the searing indictment that America’s wealth gap has corrupted the nation’s system of justice, fostering...

Don’t forget Taiwan in a Trans-Pacific Partnership expansion

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Changing conditions on the Weather page

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An unfair accounting of Gen. Mundy’s life

Regarding the April 6 obituary of Marine Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr.: An obituary should report the death of a person with an account of the person’s life. While items of controversy are normally included if the deceased is notable, fairness demands that the obituary be...

The U.S. must open the book on the use of torture to move forward

Eric T. Fair served in the Army from 1995 to 2000 as an Arabic linguist and worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in early 2004. His e-mail address is etfair89@gmail.com. Seven years ago, I wrote an op-ed in this newspaper...

Will: Michigan may be the GOP’s best answer to the ‘war on women’

DETROIT Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term. Evidence that former Michigan secretary...

Parker: America’s heartland has nothing to fear from Stephen Colbert

In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of its “Late Show,” CBS has waged war on America’s heartland — or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh. Don’t you believe it, Heartlanders. But wait, there’s more. CBS...

D.C.’s shadow delegation: It’s not the money, it’s the strategy

Last week, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) released a budget for fiscal 2015 that contains $100,000 for the District’s shadow delegation to Congress, the city’s official statehood lobby. Though a pittance when compared with the $1.1 million that D.C. Council member...
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Editorial: D.C. CFO should just say no to unsound budget proposals

“THE DISTRICT has learned the hard way that expenditures must be based on available resources and not based on hopes for future windfalls.” That stern warning came as the D.C. Council began discussing next year’s proposed budget, but it wasn’t delivered by the office...
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Editorial: Progress on the World Bank’s plan to end poverty

“BY ALMOST any measure, the world is better than it has ever been,” Bill Gates wrote in his 2014 annual letter for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “People are living longer, healthier lives. Many — though by no means all — of the countries we used to call poor now have...