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Editorial: Supreme Court should begin laying out privacy protections for smartphones

JUST HOW much does the Constitution protect your digital data? The Supreme Court is only just coming to grips with that question. On Tuesday, it will consider whether police can search the contents of a mobile phone without a warrant if the phone is on or around a person during...

Rampell: Pity the cheerleaders. Really.

It’s hard to have too much sympathy for cheerleaders. They’re pretty, perfectly proportioned and popular. If they didn’t persecute you personally in high school, a Hollywood facsimile probably at least bullied one of your favorite fictional protagonists. Which...

Gerson: The payoff of a college education

In one of the lower policy points during the 2012 Republican primary campaign, Rick Santorum told a tea party group, “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” It was a complex electoral maneuver: Take a fragile middle-class...

Cohen: Hamas must repudiate the anti-Semitism in its charter

Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day has passed. But then, as far as I’m concerned, it is always Holocaust Remembrance Day — a perpetual and frustratingly futile attempt to come to terms with murder so vast and incomprehensible it is like pondering what came before the...

A difficult ‘compromise’ to escape

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Families of victims of gun violence call for it end

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The beauty of Shakespeare is in the sound of it

In her April 15 op-ed column, “A writer for the ages,” Alexandra Petri wrote about the beauty of Shakespeare’s original language. Nowadays it has been almost entirely forgotten that Shakespeare wrote his plays in iambic pentameter, and a large part of their beauty lies in...

Justice Dept. settlement means responsibility doesn’t matter

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Donald Sterling’s private words and the public’s reaction

Regarding the April 27 sports article “Sterling is under fire for inflammatory comments”: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s apparent behavior is disgusting and outrageous, and he should be ousted from the NBA. He also needs to be thanked. Mr. Sterling’s...

Editorial: Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy show that the U.S. has far to go on race relations

WHEN JUSTICE Sandra Day O’Connor gave affirmative action a 25-year reprieve, it seemed like more than enough time. Surely after another quarter-century of progress in racial relations, “the use of racial preferences,” as Justice O’Connor wrote, “will no longer be...