Deficit anxiety is not the answer. Here’s what America needs to do

By John Podesta October 9 at 2:52 PM John Podesta is counselor to President Obama. After a hard road and steady progress, the economic recovery is picking up steam. The unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in September, the lowest level since July 2008. Exports are up. Factories...
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The key to keeping cyberspace safe? An international accord.

(Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) By James Andrew Lewis October 7 at 9:53 PM When Americans think about cybersecurity, they tend to focus on symptoms rather than causes — it’s a symptom when almost every month a major company is hacked and millions of personal...
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The culture wars are back, and this time, everyone can win

By Alyssa Rosenberg October 8 at 8:00 AM L: Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown in 1992. (AP Photo/CBS TV) R: Media critic Anita Sarkeesian in 2013. (Photo by Alex Lazara) The last culture war, often pitting movement conservatives figures against artists, was fought over whether...

Samuelson: The new era of muddle-nomics

By Robert J. Samuelson October 5 at 7:55 PM I have been reading Martin Wolf’s “The Shifts and the Shocks,” a detailed analysis of the 2008-2009 financial crisis and its aftermath. Wolf is the chief economic columnist of the Financial Times, an English paper with a global...

Engineering improvements for the world

By Lina Nilsson and Shankar Sastry October 5 at 7:55 PM Lina Nilsson is the innovation director of University of California at Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies. Shankar Sastry is dean of Berkeley’s School of Engineering and director of the Blum Center....
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Hiatt: Obama’s false victory over the deficit

By Fred Hiatt Editorial page editor October 5 at 7:56 PM “Afunny thing happened on the way to entitlement explosion,” senior White House adviser John Podesta tweeted last week, appending a chart that showed the federal deficit shrinking and the rate of health cost growth slowing....
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Dionne: Why Democrats aren’t getting credit for the economy

By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer October 5 at 7:57 PM As Ken Burns’s superb documentary on the Roosevelts reminded us, “Happy Days Are Here Again” is one of the most evocative anthems in the history of the Democratic Party. You have to ask: Why aren’t the Democrats,...

Cohen: Richard Cohen: The actual value of a college education

(Butch Dill/AP/File) By Richard Cohen Opinion writer October 6 at 8:15 PM I never went to college to make money. (A totally successful business plan, by the way.) Instead, I went for an education. (Another totally successful business plan.) To fulfill a requirement, I took...
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PostEverything: The umbrella revolution won’t give Hong Kong democracy. Protesters should stop calling for it.

By Eric X. Li October 6 at 1:01 AM Eric X. Li is a venture capitalist and political scientist in Shanghai. Protesters in Hong Kong on Oct. 4. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) HONG KONG — The prevailing media narrative about the Hong Kong protest — namely that the citizens are...
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vanden Heuvel: Eric Schneiderman is still seeking justice for the financial crisis

Eric Schneiderman, attorney general for New York, speaks at a news conference in Buffalo, New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Brendan Bannon/BLOOMBERG) By Katrina vanden Heuvel October 7 at 9:49 AM After six years in office, departing Attorney General Eric Holder will...