Will: Barack Obama, the adolescent president

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the...

Lane: Gabriel García Márquez was a gifted writer but no hero

Statesmen eulogized Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez, who died at age 87 on April 17. “The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers — and one of my favorites from the time I was young,” President Obama said; he called the author of “One Hundred...

Dionne: How Democrats can woo swing voters and hold onto their base

CHICAGO The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states. This base-vs.-swing dilemma...

Meyerson: Progressives take Manhattan, and many other U.S. cities

Twenty years ago, half of America’s dozen largest cities had Republican mayors. Today, just one does. Of the 30 largest U.S. cities, 26 have Democratic mayors — the greatest partisan imbalance perhaps since the presidency of James Monroe, when the nation had only one...
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‘Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger,’ by Stephen H. Grant

Yesterday was April 23, the generally accepted birthday of William Shakespeare, who is again in the news. Just a few days ago, two rare-book dealers, George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, announced that they had found a copy of John Baret’s “Alvearie” — a 1580 dictionary —...
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Editorial: D.C. inspector general’s retirement makes room for a reinvigorated office

D.C. MAYOR Vincent C. Gray (D) has fewer than nine months in office remaining, but decisions he makes now will have lasting impact. Such will be the case with his selection of a new inspector general. We hope Mr. Gray uses the opportunity to reinvigorate an office that has failed...
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Editorial: The U.S. intelligence chief’s gag order does not stir trust

AT A time when U.S. intelligence agencies need to regain the confidence and support of the American people, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, is taking a huge backward step. In a directive dated March 20 but disclosed only Monday, Mr. Clapper has...
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Editorial: Keystone XL’s continued delay is absurd

IF FOOT-DRAGGING were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice,...

Prince George’s parents’ income doesn’t determine their engagement in education

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President’s Obama’s response on Ukraine is worse than useless

The April 22 editorial “The Ukraine dither” has it right. The Obama administration’s nuanced, carefully targeted and, above all, reactive approach to the Ukraine crisis is worse than useless. The existing sanctions are a mockery of justice. Waiting for the worst to happen...