‘A Life in Six Masterpieces’ provides insightful perspective on Michelangelo

By Travis Nichols July 23 at 11:13 PM MICHELANGELO A Life in Six Masterpieces By Miles J. Unger Simon & Schuster. 432 pp. $29.95 dd/rc MICHELANGELO A Life in Six Masterpieces By Miles J. Unger Simon & Schuster. 432 pp. $29.95 In this enjoyable but curious biography, art...
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Meyerson: Schumer offers flawed solution to gridlock

(Sue Ogrocki/AP) By Harold Meyerson Opinion writer July 23 at 8:28 PM Would the dysfunction of U.S. politics be dispelled if we got rid of partisan primaries? That’s the contention of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). In an op-ed for the New York Times, Schumer argued that the...
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Lane: Progressives learn the hard way that the Constitution is obstructionist

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 27: Sisters and Tea Party members of Atlanta, Georgia, Judy Burel (L) and Janis Haddon (R), protest the Obamacare in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Alex Wong/GETTY IMAGES) By Charles Lane July 23 at 8:27 PM President Obama’s plan to transform...
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Dionne: A conservative judiciary run amok

A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. (Evan Vucci/AP) By E.J. Dionne Jr. July 23 at 8:26 PM Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial...
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Editorial: Congress should reform the mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses

Attorney General Eric Holder. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) By Editorial Board July 23 at 7:52 PM LIBERALS AND conservatives have learned from the drug war’s failures. More jail time may result in less crime, but the costs can be too high. Harsh punishments often catch...
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Editorial: Chris McDaniel should either show evidence or concede in Mississippi’s GOP primary

Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel delivers a concession speech in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters) By Editorial Board July 23 at 7:51 PM IT TOOK just a few words for state Sen. Chris McDaniel to stoke tea party fervor after his runoff loss in the Mississippi...
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Editorial: Syrian death toll and extremist threat increases, but the U.S. does little

People stand at a site damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa province, eastern Syria. (Nour Fourat/Reuters) By Editorial Board July 22 at 9:01 PM THE FIGHTING in Gaza has served to obscure developments in another...

Russia should be punished for destabilizing Ukraine — but not isolated

By Stephen J. Hadley July 22 at 8:56 PM The writer was U.S. national security adviser from 2005 to 2009. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are...
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Editorial: D.C. Circuit Court ruling on Obamacare was wrong — but the 4th Circuit got it right

A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) By Editorial Board July 22 at 8:27 PM FIRST BLAME Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering...
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Editorial: D.C.’s charter and public schools need to coordinate efforts in locating campuses

(bigstock) By Editorial Board July 22 at 8:26 PM PLANS BY a well-regarded charter school organization to open a science-themed school in the District near a similarly themed traditional school has angered some school system officials. That’s not surprising since competition...