When a friend asks you to help her die

By Jerald Winakur August 17 at 7:11 PM Jerald Winakur is a clinical professor of medicine and associate faculty member at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. When I read NPR host Diane Rehm’s account...

Internet policy shouldn’t pit service providers against content providers

By Ev Ehrlich August 17 at 7:13 PM The debate over net neutrality is often portrayed in terms akin to white hats against black hats in an old Western. The alleged black hats are Internet service providers (ISPs) with Sauron-like market power; the white hats are the “edge...

Editorial: Europe’s economies struggle — and no rescue seems to be coming soon

By Editorial Board August 16 at 7:43 PM REMEMBER HOW Europe had defied all the doomsayers and staved off both the collapse of its single currency and a wider political crack-up? Well, it is becoming increasingly clear that stop-gap measures enacted by the European Central Bank in...

Editorial: Hungary’s ‘illiberalism’ should not go unchallenged

By Editorial Board August 16 at 7:42 PM FOR FOUR years Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been dispatching lobbyists and high-level envoys to Brussels and Washington to argue that his policies are misunderstood. Critics who claimed that he aimed to dismantle institutions...

Editorial: Maryland’s gubernatorial disconnect

By Editorial Board August 16 at 7:41 PM THE NAMES on the gubernatorial ballot in Maryland this fall are Anthony G. Brown, the Democratic lieutenant governor, and Larry Hogan, a Republican real estate executive. But are the two men really running for the same job? Judging by their...
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Editorial: Turkey needs to turn away from Mr. Erdogan’s repression

Supporters celebrate the election victory of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Erdogan won Turkey’s first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone toward critics who fear he is bent on a power...
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Editorial: Google’s child pornography tip should be commended, not lambasted

(FILES) – A photo taken on February 5, 2014 shows the Google logo on a wall at the entrance of the Google offices in Brussels. (Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) By Editorial Board August 15 at 8:15 PM IN THE tally of privacy grievances, Google’s scanning of e-mails for...
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Editorial: Republicans’ Medicaid charade in Virginia

Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William Howell, R-Stafford, gestures during a press conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Howell was joined by most of the Republican House caucus as they talked about the current budget standoff. (Steve...
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Will the U.S. fight for a Middle East where minorities can thrive?

TIraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km west of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 14, 2014. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images) By Jim Hoagland August 15...
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Wait for the doctor who has Ebola to tell his own story

In this handout provided by Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Kent Brantly (R), one of the two Americans who contracted Ebola, works at an Ebola isolation ward at a mission hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly arrived on U.S. soil after contracting the deadly disease and is...