Who had the worst week in Washington? Mike Shanahan.

In the words of Boyz II Men — a Fix favorite in the early ’90s! — it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Particularly when you are stuck in a traffic jam on the way to getting fired. That’s the situation Mike Shanahan found himself in Monday when...

Gerson: Listening to the Founding Fathers

A political backlash has commenced within the Republican Party against tea party and libertarian groups that have limited interest in securing Republican victories and majorities. Elected leaders, party officials and business groups have begun pushing back against...

Marcus: The perils of legalized pot

Marijuana legalization may be the same-sex marriage of 2014 — a trend that reveals itself in the course of the year as obvious and inexorable. At the risk of exposing myself as the fuddy-duddy I seem to have become, I hope not. This is, I confess, not entirely logical and a...

Meyerson: Wage boost could pay Democrats dividends

American liberalism and the Democratic Party — two partially overlapping but by no means identical institutions — have set themselves an unusually clear agenda for 2014: reducing economic inequality and boosting workers’ incomes. These are causes they can fight...

Diehl: John Kerry’s Mideast peace bid may yet bear some fruit

More “barrel bombs” fell on Syrian cities this week, and besieged civilians are still starving in the suburbs of Damascus. Egypt’s military regime persists in its attempt to crush the Muslim Brotherhood and, with it, any prospect of a return to democracy by the...

Robinson: The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

Now that the fight over Obamacare is history, perhaps everyone can finally focus on making the program work the way it was designed. Or, preferably, better. The fight is history, you realize. Done. Finito. Yesterday’s news. Any existential threat to the Affordable Care Act...

Krauthammer: Stop the bailout — now

First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014. Make it one line long: “Sections 1341 and 1342 of the Affordable Care Act are hereby repealed.” End of bill. End of bailout. End of story. Why do we need it? On...

Editorial: Afghan translators deserve special visas — and fast

THE UNITED States’ war effort in Afghanistan is to wind down this year, leaving a multitude of unanswered questions and plenty of loose ends. But the United States must not leave any ambiguity about the fate of the interpreters who aided U.S. forces over the past 13 years....

Editorial: How ‘progressive’ is Bill de Blasio?

POLITICAL REALITY has a way of undoing populist campaign promises. But to the delight of many a Democratic activist, New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, roared into office on New Year’s Day, declaring that this time will be different. In his inaugural address, Mr....

Editorial: D.C. parks employees’ excursion to Texas reflects bad timing, poor judgment

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