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Editorial: Marion Barry, gifted politician

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 29: FILE: Mayor Marion Barry poses for a portrait at his office in Washington, D.C. on January 29, 1985 following an interview with The Washington Post. (Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post) By Editorial Board November 23 at 1:04 PM FOR YEARS in...

Editorial: Net neutrality and the Internet balancing act

By Editorial Board November 22 at 6:14 PM Everyone from giant Internet service providers to lone “Twilight” fan-fiction writers loves “net neutrality.” But few who genuflect toward the phrase can make sense of the bureaucratic battle raging in and around the Federal...

Editorial: Safety delays over faulty air bags

By Editorial Board November 23 at 8:20 PM THE NATIONAL Highway Transportation Safety Administration is widening its crackdown on air bags at risk of exploding — potentially killing or maiming the people they are supposed to protect. This is another case in which it has taken...

Obamacare is unaffordable for me

November 23 at 8:18 PM I’m glad Alice Rivlin thinks that filling the hole for those not part of an employer-sponsored health plan but too young for Medicare and not poor enough for subsidies is a resounding success under the Affordable Care Act [“The true meaning of...

Punished for wearing hoodie while black

November 23 at 8:18 PM I cried as I read the story of Reginald Latson in Ruth Marcus’s Nov. 16 op-ed column, “Cruel and unusual punishment for the autistic.” This tragedy began with a call to the police by a neighbor who deemed suspicious the sight of a black male wearing a...
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Thinking too highly of higher ed

FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, people are led on a tour on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (Elise Amendola/AP) By Peter Thiel November 21 at 8:11 PM Peter Thiel, an investor and entrepreneur, is author of “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or...

Are we ready to listen honestly?

November 19 at 5:39 PM Robert J. Samuelson wrote in his Nov. 17 op-ed column, “Paralyzed by principle,” that Americans are given to political escapism, self-serving fictions and avoiding unpopular choices by hiding behind ideological platitudes. To govern well is to choose, and...

Rethink shackling of youth in D.C. courts

November 19 at 5:39 PM I commend Patricia Puritz for shining a light on the shameful practice of automatically shackling any child appearing in juvenile court in the District, a humiliation rarely inflicted on adults [“Why are children in chains?,” Washington Forum, Nov. 14]....
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Meyerson: Obama calculates the human cost of deportations

Angela Navarro, an undocumented Honduran born immigrant with a deportation order, poses with her family – her husband Ermer and two U.S. born children, Angela, 8, and Arturo, 11, after moving into West Kensington Ministry Church with her family, as construction workers...
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Lane: Liberals are violating their principles on Keystone XL

FILE – In a Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, foreman Javier Garcia works with his crew as they lower a section of pipe into the ground with cradles, along the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline section two near Winona, Texas. (Sarah A. Miller/AP) By Charles Lane Opinion writer...