Clapper’s gag order could hurt intelligence analysts more than journalists

Henri J. Barkey is a professor of international relations at Lehigh University. The recent directive from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. essentially banning contacts between members of the intelligence community and the media has been criticized for...

Africa is on the rise, and we need to help make sure it continues

John F. Kerry is secretary of state. The best untold story of the last decade may be the story of Africa. Real income has increased more than 30 percent , reversing two decades of decline. Seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa, and GDP is expected...

Improving U.S. infrastructure starts with tax reform

John Delaney, a Democrat, represents Maryland’s 6th District in the U.S. House. After years of standoffs, Congress faces another dangerous deadline this summer: the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, which funds roughly 90 percent of federal surface...

Framing the danger of guns as a public health risk will change the debate over gun control

Danny Franklin is a partner at Benenson Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm, and a member of its team advising the White House on public opinion and communications. When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed his state’s so-called guns everywhere law, it marked the latest...

Beltway drivers: Lights on when it’s raining

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Postal Service shouldn’t eliminate Saturday delivery

Regarding the April 28 editorial “Ceding Saturdays”: No, we should not end Saturday mail delivery. Eliminating six-day delivery would cause the U.S. Postal Service to lose customers and its competitive advantage while hurting senior citizens and rural America. Rather, we should...

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS American VisionaryBy Fred Kaplan

Perhaps unintentionally, Kaplan shows us why this is so. One of Kaplan’s central themes is John Quincy’s profound admiration for his father and his father’s generation. Indeed, throughout most of his life, John Quincy appeared willing to live in the shadow of...
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Yardley: THE FIGHT FOR THE FOUR FREEDOMS: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great by Harvey J. Kaye

In January 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his annual message to Congress. Though domestic matters had been front and center in his previous messages, this time he was aware that the nation needed to be prepared for the dangers abroad that surely awaited it. Searching...

Review: ‘The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana’ by Tony Dokoupil

If Dokoupil’s dad, Anthony — Big Tony to his son’s Little — is the Walter White in this scenario, that makes the writer of this fine work of nonfiction a Walt Jr. of sorts: the son left to wonder why his daddy loved trafficking in illegal substances more than he loved...

Fannie and Freddie wind-down would leave taxpayers holding the bag

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