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Editorial: Obama’s failing strategy in Yemen

Yemeni Shiite supporters of the Huthi movement chant slogans before dismantling part of their protest camp in Sanaa on October 16, 2014. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images) By Editorial Board October 16 at 7:40 PM PRESIDENT OBAMA cited Yemen as a model for U.S. operations against...
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Rampell: Is sex only for rich people?

(Bigstock photo/Bigstockphoto) By Catherine Rampell Opinion writer October 16 at 8:37 PM America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular. How else would you explain the trap we’re laying for poor people who deign to get it on? Catherine...
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Samuelson: Stock market turmoil and the global debt trap

Specialist Anthony Matesic works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. U.S. stocks closed out a turbulent week with another loss, giving the market its worst week since May 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Richard Drew/AP) By Robert J....

Editorial: The slow-motion conflagration around Syria

STATE DEPARTMENT officials have been warning for nearly two years that Syria’s civil war, if not brought to a prompt end, could blossom into a regional conflagration that consumes Iraq and Lebanon and threatens vital U.S. interests. Their predictions have been coming true,...

Editorial: Climate-change response demands urgency

JUST HOW much will the Earth heat up over the next 100 or 200 years? Climate scientists are not able to predict with high certainty. They have estimated that average global temperatures will increase by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius — 2.7 to 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit...

Editorial: D.C. mayor’s race takes shape

A NUMBER of factors combine to make this year’s contest for D.C. mayor unusual. There is the fact that voters are not accustomed to an April 1 primary. There is the difficulty of sorting out a large field of candidates. And there is uncertainty caused by the lingering...

Don’t limit the NSA’s effectiveness

Steven G. Bradbury headed the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2005 to 2009 and led the legal effort to obtain initial court approval for the National Security Agency’s telephone metadata collection. Given the political sensitivities around the...

Ignatius: Ben Bernanke, crisis manager

When Ben Bernanke was asked last month what historians would write about his eight-year tenure as Fed chairman, which ends Jan. 31, he gave a characteristically reticent answer: “I’ll be interested to see. I hope I live long enough to read the textbooks.” The...

Parker: There they go again

If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014’s midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore. And that’s just in the Republican Party. Democrats must be giddy. After ending 2013 with tails tucked, thanks to a series of errors,...

Will: Politics, by the numbers

Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in...