Editorial: D.C. should hit the brakes on any streetcar expansion

By Editorial Board November 16 at 7:12 PM D.C. OFFICIALS are soon expected to announce the start of the city’s first streetcar line in half a century. But even those who count themselves as enthusiasts of the project are finding it hard not to feel some trepidation: They...

High-school admissions process is biased against white males

November 16 at 7:11 PM Jay Mathews, in his Nov. 10 Education column, “Rejected by Jefferson, star student embraces Herndon curriculum,” and a letter writer, in her Nov. 13 letter, “Thomas Jefferson’s flawed admissions process,” accepted Robbie Moore’s explanation for...

Editorial: Rape kit contribution should spur congressional action

By Editorial Board November 16 at 7:12 PM SO CONVINCED is Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D) of the importance of rape kits in improving public safety that he is dedicating $35 million to help eliminate the backlog that has become a national disgrace. The money is...

Editorial: GOP victory: Game over for the climate?

By Editorial Board November 16 at 7:13 PM JUST BEFORE Republicans scored a big midterm-election victory two weeks ago, the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that underscored the severity of the risk global warming poses and the level...
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Book review: ‘Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?’ by Richard Cohen

By Matthew Kalman November 14 at 2:28 PM Matthew Kalman is the author of “The Death of Yasser Arafat” and “Psychobibi.” His first novel “Moses Takes a Bath” will be published in 2015. ISRAEL Is It Good for the Jews? By Richard Cohen Simon & Schuster. 273 pp. $26 ‘Israel: Is...
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Book review: ‘The Invisible Front,’ on love and loss in war, by Yochi Dreazen

By Jonathan Shay November 14 at 1:59 PM THE INVISIBLE FRONT Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War By Yochi Dreazen Crown. 306 pp. $26 Mark and Carol Graham, an Army couple with two sons and a daughter, lost both sons within a year. Their younger son, Kevin, an ROTC cadet,...
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Book review: ‘The Meaning of Human Existence’ by Edward O. Wilson

By Scott Russell Sanders November 14 at 2:46 PM THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE By Edward O. Wilson Liveright. 207 pp. $23.95 Where did we come from, with our two-legged stance, horizon-scanning eyes and teeming brain? Human cultures have answered this question by telling stori...
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Book review: “In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age,” by Nev Schulman

November 14 at 1:57 PM IN REAL LIFE Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age By Nev Schulman Grand Central.244 pp.Paperback, $16 If you think a catfish is a river-dwelling bottom-feeder that has feline-like whiskers, chances are you’re not very active on social media....
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How a mandatory national service year can repair America

Area high school students, working for the Student Conservation Association are helping to rehabilitate and construct trails at the Manassas National Battlefield. (Margaret Thomas/The Washington Post) By Stan McChrystal November 14 at 6:04 PM Stan McChrystal, a retired U.S. Army...
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The U.S. strategy against the Islamic State must be retooled. Here’s how.

(Matthew Bruch/AP) By Max Boot November 14 at 5:54 PM Max Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. This commentary was adapted from a CFR Policy Innovation Memo. President Obama’s strategy in Syria and Iraq is not working. The president is hoping that...