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If Ukraine wins against Russian aggression, freedom wins

David J. Kramer is president of Freedom House. He was deputy assistant secretary of state for Russia and Ukraine in the George W. Bush administration. The Obama administration took a good first step Monday when it announced sanctions against Russian officials involved in the...
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Dodgers, Diamondbacks arrive Down Under

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft SYDNEY (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have arrived in Australia for their Major League Baseball season-opening series this weekend after 15-hour flights from the U.S. west coast. The Diamondbacks arrived first at Sydney airport...

Bengals Re-sign Taylor Mays

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals re-signed safety Taylor Mays on Monday, a week after he became an unrestricted free agent. Mays is a four-year veteran who played in the first eight games last season before dislocating his shoulder, ending his season. The 49ers drafted Mays in the...

Gerson: Can Obama’s resolve match Putin’s westward push?

As Winston Churchill might have said, the battle for Crimea is over. The battle for the idea of Europe is about to begin. Russia — as one might expect from an espiocracy, ruled by a Soviet-era spy — practices a particularly sophisticated form of aggression. Its military buildup...

Rampell: Facebook and the NSA should team up to put data to good use

Mark Zuckerberg is angry that the National Security Agency is violating Facebook users’ privacy, which is a bit like the Silicon Valley equivalent of “Get your government hands off my Medicare.” He thinks users should be upset about this, too. But you know what? I’m...

Cohen: Illogical hostility toward charter schools

In the war between the rich and the poor, I’m enlisting on the side of the underdog — the rich. What a drubbing they’ve been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly...

Robinson: Democrats should play offense on Obamacare

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work. Republicans obviously are going to make opposition to the Affordable Care Act the main theme of their campaigns this fall. Democrats...
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Editorial: D.C.’s Office of Campaign Finance is failing its mission

BY THE time the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance gets around to releasing its audit on Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign, the findings may well have lost any relevance. But then, that is perfectly in keeping with an agency that increasingly has shown itself to be...
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Editorial: Western sanctions deliver only a slap on the wrist to Mr. Putin

THE SANCTIONS President Obama announced Monday to punish Russia and its collaborators in Ukraine are intended to inflict economic pain. So a fair measure of their adequacy was the reaction Monday of the Russian stock and currency markets: Both spiked upward in celebration. While...
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Some of Mick Jagger’s past wives and girlfriends

AP Photo/Evan Agostini NEW YORK (AP) — Since becoming famous 50 years ago, Mick Jagger has had a series of high-profile relationships, most tragically with designer L’Wren Scott, who was found dead in New York on Monday in what was being investigated as an apparent...