Editorial: An autistic man caught in the criminal justice system

By Editorial Board December 7 at 6:05 PM FOR THE apparent crime of wearing a hoodie in public, an 18-year-old black man was approached by a sheriff’s deputy in Stafford County four and a half years ago. A caller had reported that the man, sitting on the grass across the...

Editorial: In South Sudan, more violence to come

By Editorial Board December 7 at 6:04 PM SOUTH SUDAN appears to teetering — again — at the edge of an abyss. Since a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar plunged the young nation into civil war a year ago , 1.9 million people have...

Samuelson: The happiness curve

By Robert J. Samuelson December 7 at 7:39 PM We all want to be happy, don’t we? Well, if you’re dissatisfied, frustrated or downright miserable, cheer up. There’s apparently a cure for you. Even better, it will materialize automatically. Just sit and wait; the...
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Diehl: The sloppy thinking of ‘no military solution’

By Jackson Diehl Deputy editorial page editor December 7 at 7:37 PM The epigram often connected to Barack Obama’s foreign policy is “don’t do stupid [stuff].” That’s inaccurate. The real mantra of this administration, enunciated over and over by the president...
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Dionne: In politics, does evidence matter?

By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer December 7 at 7:36 PM One of the lovely formulations in John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address expressed his hope that “a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion.” Kennedy was talking about the Cold War, but we could use...

People have lost faith with companies and governments

By Lawrence Summers December 7 at 6:41 PM Lawrence Summers is a professor at and past president of Harvard University. He was treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001 and economic adviser to President Obama from 2009 through 2010. Walk from the US Airways shuttle at New York’s...
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Editorial: A safe zone in Syria would be a forward step in the Islamic State fight

Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on December 1, 2014. (Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images) By Editorial Board December 4 at 8:56 PM UNDER PRESSURE from allies, the Obama administration appears to be creeping...
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Editorial: Residents of Prince George’s have waited too long for improved medical facilities

Maryland and Prince George’s County are planning a $645 million regional hospital campus in Largo. (Courtesy of Prince George’s County) By Editorial Board December 4 at 8:53 PM PRINCE GEORGE’S County is a place on the move. Violent crime has plummeted, competent...
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Book review: ‘Hope’ by Richard Zoglin

Bob Hope, right, standing next to President Richard Nixon at Hope’s home in Los Angeles, where Nixon paid him tribute for getting servicemen in South Vietnam to apply for educational benefits under the G.I. bill. (AP/AP) By Carl Rollyson December 5 at 10:25 AM This...