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Parker: Is Twitter really America’s conscience?

Sean Penn, left, and Alejandro Gonzalez pose in the press room with the awards for best original screenplay, best director and best picture for “Birdman” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) By Kathleen Parker Opinion writer...

Marcus: Afghanistan’s quietly forceful first lady

In this photograph taken on October 30, 2014, Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani speaks during an interview with AFP at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) By Ruth Marcus Columnist February 24 at 8:06 PM The most striking thing about interviewing Rula Ghani,...

Charter schools’ unfair advantages

February 24 at 5:31 PM Regarding the Feb. 22 Metro article “New effort to aid charter schools ”: If I were a Maryland taxpayer, I would not be amused that my money was going to pay for a charter school’s rock-climbing wall and ecology lab with a large pool filled with fish...

The food culture at schools has too much added sugar

February 24 at 5:30 PM Regarding Petula Dvorak’s Feb. 24 Metro column, “Bake sales can feed kids’ imaginations”: I agree that bake sales are a drop in the bucket when it comes to kids eating poorly. But they are part of a food culture that has permeated our...

Milbank: Harry Reid takes the stage in the DHS fiasco

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, center, with Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, from left, Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, Reid, and Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday,...

America’s foreign policy objectives

February 24 at 5:30 PM Fred Hiatt’s Feb. 23 op-ed column, “A credibility gap,” did a marvelous job detailing President Obama’s foreign policy missteps. But these missteps were guided by a pernicious philosophy already permeating U.S. foreign policy under President...

Gerson: In much of the world, the survival of newborns cannot be taken for granted

Midwife Maima Johnson holds a newborn girl after delivering her at the Star of the Sea Health Center on January 29, 2015 in the West Point township of Monrovia, Liberia. (John Moore/Getty Images) By Michael Gerson Opinion writer February 23 at 8:16 PM DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania At a...

Robinson: Deranged by Obama, Republicans are spouting nonsense

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015,. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer February 23 at 8:05 PM Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don’t, their nemesis...

Cohen: The dangers of labeling terrorism

Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades chant anti-U.S. slogans during a protest in front of the Tibesti Hotel, in Benghazi, Libya. (Mohammad Hannon/AP) By Richard Cohen Opinion writer February 23 at 8:04 PM Looking around the world, I see little...

Rampell: Obama doesn’t have to say he loves us

FILE – In this May 12, 2014 file photo, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks in New York. (John Minchillo/AP) By Catherine Rampell Opinion writer February 23 at 8:01 PM Rudy Giuliani feels unloved. And he suggests you should feel that way, too, thanks to a...