Gerson: The VA scandal will stick with the Obama administration

Why do some political scandals stick while others fade? The level of media obsession seems to rise and fall as mysteriously as the stock market. On Benghazi, sell. Hold on the IRS audits. On the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal, buy, buy, buy. In the broader scandal market,...

Ignatius: Lessons from ‘The Good Spy’ on how to do intelligence right

What makes a good spy? It’s not the flashy qualities you see in the movies, or the “Murder Inc.” tactics the CIA has sometimes been ordered to use against terrorists during the past decade. It’s something more delicate and human, as explained in a remarkable new...
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Editorial: Thailand coup could lead to civil war

IN DECLARING martial law Tuesday, Thailand’s army chief, Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, implicitly asked the Thai people and their friends abroad, especially in the United States, to give him the benefit of the doubt. His move was not an outright military takeover, which would...
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Editorial: Gay marriage victories mount, but this is no time for complacency

LESS THAN a year ago, federal judges across the country began repudiating bans on same-sex marriage. Now, as more and more of these discriminatory laws fall, news that yet another state has been added to the list has become almost mundane. In this case, boredom should be...

Robinson: The GOP is still swallowing the tea

What’s happening in the Republican primaries is less a defeat for the tea party than a surrender by the GOP establishment, which is winning key races by accepting the tea party’s radical anti-government philosophy. Anyone who hopes the party has finally come to its...

Rampell: The private burden of public colleges

Climbing walls, Jacuzzis, exotic chefs. There are lots of (misguided) explanations for skyrocketing tuition costs at public colleges and universities, which educate about three-quarters of America’s postsecondary students. Of course, very few schools actually offer any of...

Zakaria: China’s cyberespionage presents a 21st-century challenge

Vladimir Putin might be a 19th-century statesman, using old-fashioned muscle to get his way, but it has become clear that Chinese President Xi Jinping goes one step further, comfortably embracing both 19th- and 21st-century tactics. Start with the 19th-century aspect: the huge...

Krauthammer: Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin.

On Wednesday, it finally happened — the pivot to Asia. No, not the United States. It was Russia that turned East. In Shanghai, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a spectacular energy deal — $400 billion of Siberian natural gas to be exported...

The Holocaust: We have a responsibility to remember

Michael Gerson’s call for “Teaching the Holocaust” [op-ed, May 21] was a thoughtful reminder of our responsibility and opportunity to tell the stories of this horrific chapter so history does not repeat itself. Teaching critical-thinking skills without installing a moral...

High GPA and high earnings have a common cause: effort

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