Dionne: Jeb Bush’s optimism school

NEW YORK The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. The party’s hope deficit helps explain why...

Editorial: It will take a lawsuit to determine if the District can manage its own budget

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Editorial: Mental health care in the U.S. needs a check-up

THE COUNTRY’S inadequate mental health system gets the most attention after instances of mass violence of the sort that the nation has seen repeatedly over the past few months. Not all who commit these sorts of atrocities are mentally ill, but many have been. After each,...

Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution

In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The...

Lane: Heed Massachusetts’s cry for help in opioid regulation

Massachusetts has lost its bid to ban a new prescription opioid pain medication known as Zohydro. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that only the Food and Drug Administration can decide what medications are safe and effective enough for sale in the United States. As a matter of law,...

Meyerson: Democrats need to replace Andrew Cuomo

New York’s Democrats are a liberal lot. Ever since two young state legislators, Al Smith and Robert Wagner, authored the pioneering bills that outlawed a host of labor abuses in the wake of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, New York’s Democratic elected officials and...

Ukraine deserves international support in stopping Russian aggression

Olexander Motsyk is Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States. After the anschluss of Crimea, the Kremlin proceeded to the second stage of its war on Ukraine by starting a covert operation in our eastern regions. Russia is sticking to the same routine as in Crimea. First,...

Applebaum: A fearful new world, imperiled by Russia’s subterfuge

WARSAW In the Western imagination, the words “war” and “invasion” carry clear connotations. From books, movies and television, we know that such events involve tanks, airplanes and artillery, as well as soldiers in uniform, advanced weaponry, sophisticated communications. They...

Milbank: Dana Milbank: Away from The Post, a pro-NSA counterdemonstration

On Monday, my Washington Post colleagues celebrated winning the Pulitzer Prize for public service along with the Guardian newspaper for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency. On Wednesday, Post columnist Marc Thiessen held a...

Stephen Colbert may be a throwback to the days of Jack Paar and Steve Allen

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