The dangers of salt

April 9 at 5:11 PM The April 7 front-page article “Experts can’t agree on how much salt is too much” failed to discuss the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.” That report reviewed the scientific evidence on...

Personal safety is a factor in buying used iPhones

April 9 at 5:12 PM Some people may find the April 8 Economy & Business article “Researchers use fake iPhone ads to examine stigmas of race, class online” unpersuasive. The study found that people were less likely to respond to a Craigslist-type ad by a poster from a...

Alcohol taxes don’t deter problem drinkers

April 9 at 5:11 PM Regarding the April 6 Wonkblog excerpt “A sobering fact: Cheap booze is lethal. Raising excise taxes would save lives.”: There is no information proving that increasing taxes on beer will directly reduce consumption among those who misuse alcohol. Studies,...
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Hong Kong’s laws ‘are being eroded’

People raise yellow umbrellas, the symbol of last year’s mass pro-democracy movement, in Hong Kong on March 28. (Aaron Tam/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) By Lally Weymouth April 9 at 3:20 PM Martin Lee and Anson Chan are leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy...
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Judith Miller tries, and ultimately fails, to defend her flawed Iraq reporting

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and then-Executive Editor Bill Keller. (AP / Marilynn K. Yee) By Erik Wemple April 9 at 12:03 PM Erik Wemple is a Washington Post media critic. The Story A Reporter’s Journey By Judith Miller Simon & Schuster. 381 pp. $27 The...
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Milbank: Walter Scott’s murder was sickening, but finally there are signs of progress

A sign near the site where Walter Scott was killed in North Charleston, S.C. (Chuck Burton/AP) By Dana Milbank Opinion writer April 8 at 8:33 PM It began as yet another sickening case of a black man gunned down by a white cop, shot dead as he ran away after being stopped for a...
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Dionne: Why we miss the unpolarizing Pat Moynihan

Then-senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1999. (Ken Cedeno/ASSOCIATED PRESS) By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer April 8 at 8:19 PM The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized,...
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Lane: Will the GOP rethink its ‘traditional values’ high ground?

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at a recent news conference. (Darron Cummings/ASSOCIATED PRESS) By Charles Lane Opinion writer April 8 at 8:17 PM Indianapolis may go down in history as the Gettysburg of the culture wars, the place where forces flying the flags of modernism, diversity and...
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Meyerson: Today’s GOP is the party of Jefferson Davis, not of Lincoln

(Mandel Ngan/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE VIA GETTY IMAGES) By Harold Meyerson Opinion writer April 8 at 8:12 PM One hundred and fifty years ago Thursday, after Union infantry effectively encircled the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee sent a note to Ulysses S. Grant proposing a...
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Will: When everything is a crime

(Bigstock) By George F. Will Opinion writer April 8 at 8:19 PM What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life might catalyze an appreciation of the toll the administrative state is taking...