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Editorial: Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s confident call for elections

BASHAR AL-ASSAD is feeling confident enough to schedule an election six weeks from now that will extend his term as president by another seven years. And why not? Three years into the country’s civil war, Syrian government forces continue to make significant gains against...
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Editorial: Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action ruling should focus colleges on improving diversity

ON TUESDAY, the Supreme Court refused to strike down Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at the state’s public universities. We disagree with the 58 percent of Michigan voters who, in 2006, inserted the ban into the state’s constitution. But the court, which...

Marcus: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the subtlety of a court retirement

The law operates with bright-line rules but also with balancing tests and concerns over image. The appearance of impropriety. The appearance of corruption. And so it is with lawyers, starting at the top. Competing concerns must be weighed — personal health, institutional...

Milbank: NASA’s lofty goal of a manned Mars mission doesn’t match budget reality

NASA just confirmed what sci-fi enthusiasts have known all along: There are other civilizations out there. This bombshell was dropped Tuesday by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the Humans 2 Mars Summit in Foggy Bottom. “Here in the Western world we think very shortsighted,”...

Ignatius: Closer, but still no deal on Iran

As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress in closing gaps — but no deal yet. A positive sign was a tentative plan floated this month to reduce the threat...

Parker: A grandchild might just be the push Hillary Clinton needs to run

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt...
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Editorial: How much will passengers have to pay to clean up Metro’s mess?

METRO, THE national capital’s transit agency, is effectively on probation. As a result of shoddy management, it has joined Miami-Dade Transit as one of two major systems in the country that has been subjected to what could be a years-long special regime imposed by federal...

D.C. fails to capture earnings from infrastructure investments

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At Dartmouth and other colleges, the party will be over when the adults get serious again

Regarding Ruth Marcus’s April 20 op-ed column, “Needed schooling on bad behavior”: Academic culture and campus culture are inextricably linked. The epidemic of student drinking and sexual assault stems from the failure of too many of our colleges and universities to demand...

President Obama is saddled at home with fierce GOP opposition

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