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Editorial: Del. Joseph Morrissey is an embarrassment to Virginia’s General Assembly

Newly elected Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Charles City, answers reporters questions during a recess of the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (Steve Helber/AP) By Editorial Board January 15 at 8:41 PM ON THE strength of the somewhat less than...
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Editorial: Better cybersecurity defenses require a concerted public-private effort

A computer screenshot shows the U.S. Central Command Twitter feed after it was apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers January 12, 2015. (Handout/Reuters) By Editorial Board January 15 at 8:39 PM HACKERS DEFACED Crayola’s Facebook page this...
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Gerson: Michael Gerson: Design of the divine?

This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the triple star system that is the closest to Earth in this image released on October 17, 2012. (HANDOUT/REUTERS) By Michael Gerson Opinion writer January 15 at 7:12 PM The biographer...
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Guantanamo prison is wasteful and un-American. Shut it down.

A protestor holds a placard questioning the American identity in front of hooded fellow protestors during a demonstration against the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on January 11, 2015. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) By Jackie Speier January 15 at 7:36 PM Jackie Speier, a...

The CIA’s right to search

January 15 at 5:35 PM The Jan. 15 front-page article “CIA clears its workers in face-off with Senate” raised a question: Why is the Senate upset with a federal agency checking the computers of Senate staffers? These staffers are not elected officials and are therefore subject to...

Metro’s inadequate response to emergencies

January 15 at 5:36 PM With lackluster responses to two early challenges, the District’s new mayor, Muriel Bowser (D), is at risk of earning a less-than-flattering label: a leader averse to accountability. First, the mayor appeared out of touch when addressing criticism of...

Do libraries still need to provide Internet access?

January 15 at 5:36 PM I salute activists such as Dennis K. Hays and Kathy W. Kaplan, who, as members of the Fairfax Library Advocates, are trying to stop what they see as a deterioration of the quality of their library system. But the Jan. 11 Metro article “A volume of protest...

Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for presidential libraries

January 15 at 5:35 PM Regarding Jonathan Zimmerman’s Jan. 11 Sunday Opinion commentary, “Does every president need his own library?”: I do not have a problem with presidents building libraries with donations, nor do I mind that the libraries promote favorable items related...
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Book review: ‘Whipping Boy,’ on a 40-year search for a bully, by Allen Kurzweil

By Heller McAlpin January 15 at 11:11 AM Heller McAlpin reviews books regularly for The Washington Post, NPR.org and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Whipping Boy The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully By Allen Kurzweil Harper. 291 pp.$27.99 What...

Pluck the Ducks

When one editor asked if I was taking last Monday off to watch my Ohio State Buckeyes play for the top prize, suspicion grew. Did he want me gone for that day, or, as a general rule, gone most days? Should I stay at home that day and nervously bounce off the walls until the 8:30...