The wage freeze

January 21 at 5:14 PM Regarding Robert J. Samuelson’s Jan. 19 op-ed column, “Why wages lag”: A component of weak pricing in the labor market is that labor is less important in providing companies with fundamental goods and services. Automation and efficiencies have changed...

Strengthening the FHA

January 21 at 5:14 PM Regarding the Jan. 17 editorial “A return to risky behavior”: During the economic crisis, the Federal Housing Administration stepped up to stabilize the housing market, preventing home prices from dropping another 25 percent, according to independent...

Free speech and religion at Duke

January 21 at 5:13 PM Regarding Steven Petrow’s Jan. 19 op-ed, “Knowledge, religion, vitriol”: Duke University’s motto is “knowledge and religion.” Note which comes first. Duke should promote the study of religion, not the exercise of it. Thus, Duke should promote...

On a smoky Metro train, passengers looked out for each other

January 21 at 5:13 PM Regarding the Jan. 19 Metro article “Variety of factors shaped stranded Metro riders’ behavior”: I was on the Yellow Line Metro train that was stranded in a smoky tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza last week. While we were trapped, passengers and Metro...
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Editorial: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should cause much more than a hiccup in relations

A local man looks at the craters from the shells at the central street of Debaltsevo, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 20 January 2015. (Anastasia Vlasova/EPA) By Editorial Board January 21 at 7:41 PM EUROPEAN FOREIGN ministers met Monday to consider proposals for resuming diplomatic...
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Editorial: A messy Supreme Court case shows why judges should be appointed, not elected

The west entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in file photo taken in Washington December 3, 2014. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) By Editorial Board January 21 at 7:20 PM AFTER A major corruption scandal among its state judges, Florida enforced new judicial ethics rules,...
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Why we extended negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) shakes hands on January 14, 2015 with US State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva. (Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images) By Laurent Fabius,, Philip Hammond,, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federica Mogherini January 21 at 8:27 PM Laurent...
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Elizabeth Warren: Supreme Court housing decision could put our financial well-being at risk

FILE – In this March 7, 2014 photo, a realty sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/AP) By Elizabeth Warren January 21 at 8:16 PM The writer, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is a member of the U.S. Senate. The Supreme Court appears poised to...
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George Will: The harm incurred by a mushrooming welfare state

FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2011 photo, a sign notifies customers that EBT can be used at a store in Sioux Falls, S.D. House and Senate negotiators are set to begin crafting a compromise farm bill, including cuts to the food stamp program. (Jay Pickthorn/AP) By George F. Will...

Samuelson: Setting the record straight on Reagan, Volcker and inflation

By Robert J. Samuelson January 21 at 11:30 AM Last week, I wrote a column taking issue with Paul Krugman’s contention that President Ronald Reagan had little to do with the decisive crushing of double-digit inflation of the early 1980s. In Krugman’s telling, all the...