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Editorial: A messy Supreme Court case shows why judges should be appointed, not elected

The west entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in file photo taken in Washington December 3, 2014. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) By Editorial Board January 21 at 7:20 PM AFTER A major corruption scandal among its state judges, Florida enforced new judicial ethics rules,...
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Why we extended negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) shakes hands on January 14, 2015 with US State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva. (Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images) By Laurent Fabius,, Philip Hammond,, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federica Mogherini January 21 at 8:27 PM Laurent...
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Elizabeth Warren: Supreme Court housing decision could put our financial well-being at risk

FILE – In this March 7, 2014 photo, a realty sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/AP) By Elizabeth Warren January 21 at 8:16 PM The writer, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is a member of the U.S. Senate. The Supreme Court appears poised to...
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George Will: The harm incurred by a mushrooming welfare state

FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2011 photo, a sign notifies customers that EBT can be used at a store in Sioux Falls, S.D. House and Senate negotiators are set to begin crafting a compromise farm bill, including cuts to the food stamp program. (Jay Pickthorn/AP) By George F. Will...

Samuelson: Setting the record straight on Reagan, Volcker and inflation

By Robert J. Samuelson January 21 at 11:30 AM Last week, I wrote a column taking issue with Paul Krugman’s contention that President Ronald Reagan had little to do with the decisive crushing of double-digit inflation of the early 1980s. In Krugman’s telling, all the...
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Dionne: Obama ditches his illusions about Republicans

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool) (Mandel Ngan/Ap) By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer January 21 at 2:21 PM “This is good news,...

Invest in programs to help children

January 20 at 5:31 PM Regarding the Jan. 17 front-page article “Most public school students now living in poverty”: It is unconscionable that so many of the United States’ schoolchildren, along with their preschool brothers and sisters, are mired in poverty. What are we...

In search of more honest politicians

January 20 at 5:31 PM The Jan. 17 Metro digest item “Ex-attorneys general support McDonnell” reported that six former Virginia attorneys general want former governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) to remain free on bail pending his appeal of his corruption conviction. They stated that,...

Did Ohio State’s quarterback make the right choice to stay in school?

January 20 at 5:31 PM Adam Kilgore’s Jan. 16 On Football column, “Jones opts for books over bucks” [Sports], touted the positive message sent to today’s youth by the decision of Cardale Jones, Ohio State University’s 22-year-old quarterback, to return to college...
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Ignatius: Foreign policy’s post-Obama pivot

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) By David Ignatius Opinion writer January 20 at 7:36 PM President Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president. That’s...