Parker: Hobby Lobby case creates unexpected allies in Dershowitz and Starr

When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr. Well, okay, there was the David Boies and Ted Olson confederacy fighting for...

Ignatius: Putin’s actions in Crimea alter how the world will deal with him

BRUSSELS President Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right “side of history.” It’s one of his signature lines, but he should stop: The phrase implies there’s an inevitability to the advance of progress and justice. Would that it...

Marcus: Slippery slopes before the court

In the context of talking about limits on free speech, it’s common to say that your freedom to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That seems like a sensible way to think about the freedom of religion case just argued before the Supreme Court: whether employers can...

The war of words over Ukraine plays into Putin’s hands

Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of the New America Foundation, was director of policy planning at the State Department from 2009 to 2011. The West is playing into Vladi­mir Putin’s hands by treating Russia’s annexation of Crimea as the return to a world in which...
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Editorial: Charity won’t keep the Redskins’ name from being offensive

WE THINK most Washingtonians will applaud Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder for establishing a foundation to help Native Americans. Who could oppose giving 3,000 winter coats to people who need them or athletic shoes to enable youth sports teams? Maybe the idea for the...
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Editorial: Fix the Medicare ‘doc fix’ with a long-term solution

OF ALL the manifestations of Washington dysfunction, none is more absurd than the annual “doc fix.” The origins of the problem lie in a 1997 attempt by Congress to rein in Medicare physician reimbursements. Lawmakers devised a “sustainable growth rate” that was supposed to link...
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Editorial: Turkey’s prime minister acts desperately to hold onto his power

TURKISH PRIME Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried and failed to shut down Twitter in his country last week. Half a million tweets from Turks were recorded in the first 10 hours after the attempted ban, including one from President Abdullah Gul. On Sunday, the Turkish military had...

Colleges’ hidden bias toward boys hurts them

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Rising mortgage costs don’t rate complaints from homeowners

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The West needs to look at Putin and Russia’s interests clearly

Can we please stop describing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a venal, tin-pot-dictator stereotype? He got his way on Georgia. He got his way on Syria. And, just recently, he got his way on Crimea. Each time, he did it with minimal effort while making Western leaders look...