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A struggle worth having for students

(Patrick Semansky/AP) By Kyle Schwartz March 24 at 8:11 PM The writer teaches third grade at Doull Elementary School in Denver. When the Common Core State Standards were rolled out in Colorado in 2010, it was a challenge. At first, my colleagues and I at Doull Elementary in...
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Ignatius: NATO’s new perils

A Ukrainian soldier earlier this month. (Roman Pilipey/EPA) By David Ignatius Opinion writer March 24 at 8:01 PM BRUSSELS The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked “frozen...
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Four gimmick-free memoirs for March

By Nora Krug March 24 at 4:28 PM Sasha Martin intended to publish what’s called a stunt memoir: Do something outrageous — live the Bible for a year,fix typos on road signs, take a “sex break” — then write about it in a memoir (or, perhaps before you get your book contract,...
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vanden Heuvel: Tell the election success stories, too

Bill de Blasio celebrates his win in New York City’s 2013 mayoral election with his family. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) By Katrina vanden Heuvel March 24 at 8:03 AM “I had a college degree, a decade of experience, and the only job I could get was...
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Rampell: Ted Cruz’s irrational war against the IRS

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. REUTERS/Chris Keane (Chris Keane/Reuters) By Catherine Rampell Opinion writer March 23 at 7:41 PM Sen. Ted Cruz says he wants to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service. This is a phenomenally bad idea, one so...
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Cohen: Ferguson and Benghazi’s troubling parallels

Ferguson activists march through St. Louis on March 14. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) By Richard Cohen Opinion writer March 23 at 7:40 PM Ferguson has become the liberal Benghazi. It is more of a cause than a place, more of an ideological statement than an incident. Ferguson was not...
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Gerson: How to block a bad deal with Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, before resuming talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, March 16, 2015. (Brian Snyder/AP) By Michael Gerson Opinion writer March 23 at...
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Robinson: And they’re off: An early look at the GOP field

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announces his presidential candidacy at Liberty University. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer March 23 at 7:41 PM With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the...
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Samuelson: Where is the Federal Reserve headed?

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) By Robert J. Samuelson March 22 at 7:48 PM The Federal Reserve is at a crossroads, and it doesn’t know where it’s going. After holding short-term interest rates near zero for six years, Fed policymakers, led...
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Dionne: This is no way to ease inequality

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the Budget Committee chairman, speaks during a markup on fiscal 2016 budget. (Allison Shelley/Getty Images) By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer March 22 at 7:48 PM Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic...