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THEIR VIEW: A scandal evaporates

After his initial, unequivocal statement of admission and contrition, Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has strained credulity with his subsequent, turn-on-a-dime insistence that he was neither of two figures depicted in the racist photograph that appeared on his medical-school yearbook…

icon Posted: 24 May 2019 [07:02 PM]

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Thursday 05/23/2019
Bank CEO accused of trying to trade loans for Trump post
icon Posted: 23 May 2019 [08:23 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - A banker who prosecutors say tried to buy himself a senior post in President Donald Trump’s administration by making risky loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was arrested Thursday on a financial institution bribery…

How will your family mark D-Day's 75th anniversary?
icon Posted: 23 May 2019 [07:00 PM]

Twenty years ago this June, when my father’s youngest sister Gwendol passed away, I glanced over at dad during the funeral and thought, “He looks as if he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.” If my late…

McGahn ignored a subpoena; now what?
icon Posted: 23 May 2019 [07:00 PM]

The gloves are definitively off now that former White House counsel Donald McGahn ignored a congressional subpoena and didn’t show up to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning. McGahn was following express orders from President Donald Trump,…

Fiddling with the source code of life
icon Posted: 23 May 2019 [06:59 PM]

When Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced last November his experiments making heritable genetic changes in human embryos followed by live births of twins, alarms went off. What shocked many scientists and others was how He used new technology for gene…

YOUR VIEW: Use of chlorpyrifos should be banned
icon Posted: 23 May 2019 [06:58 PM]

To the Editor: Public schools in Berlin are making efforts to incorporate more plants on students’ plates (Berlin school chefs learn about plant-based meals, May 19, 2019). Free plant-based training for cafeteria staff and greater plant-based offerings for students…

Wednesday 05/22/2019
THEIR VIEW: Family Separation 2.0
icon Posted: 22 May 2019 [08:47 PM]

Having failed to effectuate migrant family separation on a mass scale last year, the Trump administration has settled on a new scheme to torment struggling migrant families - this time by threatening to split children who are U.S. citizens from…

Regulating prices on new medicine is a challenge
icon Posted: 22 May 2019 [08:45 PM]

As medicine advances, a succession of highly efficacious but extremely costly therapeutic drugs have arrived on the market. The issue of how to keep medical costs from swelling, while benefiting patients in need of such effective medicines, is an important…

Alabama's unexpected lesson on abortion
icon Posted: 22 May 2019 [08:44 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - It’s instructive that Alabama has handed the anti-abortion movement a great victory by passing the most restrictive ban in the country - and Republican politicians who regularly tout themselves as pro-life don’t like it. Abortion…

Buttigieg won't win without black voters
icon Posted: 22 May 2019 [08:42 PM]

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg mesmerizes members of the media and many voters with the same profile - progressive, white and college-educated. He has almost convinced people you can go from mayor to president (if you’ve served in the…

Tuesday 05/21/2019
Mobs of people are ruining storm chasing
icon Posted: 21 May 2019 [07:43 PM]

I had heard grumblings about the downsides to storm chasing for a long time - poor driving habits, traffic jams as cars converge near violent storms, and the dangers of rogue chasers and hobbyists. It had always been on my…

Pardon is inappropriate
icon Posted: 21 May 2019 [07:38 PM]

As Memorial Day approaches, President Donald Trump has reportedly asked the Justice Department to ready paperwork to pardon several U.S. service members accused or convicted of war crimes, including murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse. Each case…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: College is an investment in the future
icon Posted: 21 May 2019 [07:37 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, Does my mom have the right to tell me to finish college when she herself never finished? Jessica Well, Jessica, I’m not sure if it really comes down to a right. If you’re in college, I’m assuming you’re…

Monday 05/20/2019
THEIR VIEW: Trade war hurts stock prices
icon Posted: 20 May 2019 [09:00 PM]

President Trump often cites the stock market as proof of his economic-policy success, so let’s hope he was watching the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday. The Dow fell 2.38%, and the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 fell even more, on…

THEIR VIEW: We must save the planet
icon Posted: 20 May 2019 [08:53 PM]

Our planet is on life support. That’s the dire message from a landmark United Nations report this past week that found one million species of plants and animals - out of a total of eight million - are at risk…

You can tell which side is scared about abortion
icon Posted: 20 May 2019 [08:52 PM]

The Washington Post You can tell which side of the aisle is optimistic about the politics of the abortion bans in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and elsewhere. When asked about the Alabama ban, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., (who lost her race…

San Antonio offers asylum seekers a glimpse of a better life
icon Posted: 20 May 2019 [08:48 PM]

Special To The Washington Post As Central American asylum seekers flood across the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas, overwhelming federal law enforcement agencies and facilities, Washington remains in gridlock. The Trump administration’s latest immigration proposal, put forth Thursday,…

Sunday 05/19/2019
Will the Democrats give up on Beto O'Rourke?
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:20 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Given all the investment that parts of the media and many Democratic activists have made in former representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, it is riveting - and painful - to watch the effort to…

The media barely covers mosques set on fire
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:20 PM]

Special to The Washington Post Less than a month after the inauguration of President Donald Trump and just a few hours after the first Muslim ban was issued, a mosque in Victoria, Texas, was set on fire - to be…

Abortion bill goes after Roe v. Wade
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:19 PM]

All eyes were on Alabama on Tuesday as the State Senate debated, and passed, what could become the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Under the legislation, which Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not yet said whether she will…

We need Iran Deal 2.0
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:18 PM]

It’s been a year since President Donald Trump made good on a campaign pledge to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The administration’s strategy: Turn the screws on Tehran with sanctions to compel Iranian leaders to work…

Friday 05/17/2019
THEIR VIEW: The drift toward war with Iran
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [07:39 PM]

Editorial British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt concisely described the two big dangers embedded in the growing tensions between the United States and Iran. There is, he said Monday, “the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that…

THEIR VIEW: Leave the Fourth of July alone please
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [06:39 PM]

Editorial In the abstract, it might seem fitting for the president of the United States to deliver an address to the country as part of theFourth of July festivities in the nation’s capital. It is, after all, the country’s birthday;…

Thursday 05/16/2019
Nuclear war is still very possible and very scary
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:53 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion One of the most striking facts of today’s world is that young people do not seem to worry very much about nuclear war. Climate change is by far the larger concern, while nuclear war is seen as a…

Democrats, the media are fixated on Trump
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:53 PM]

Every time I see the latest economic news, I thank Hillary Clinton. Every time I see those high GDP numbers (up 3.2 percent last quarter), I thank Hillary. Every time I see those record low unemployment numbers for blacks, Latinos…

U.S., China must avoid retaliation
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:51 PM]

How can a prolonged and intensified confrontation between the United States and China be averted? To stop the expansion of sanctions and retaliation, both countries must sincerely explore ways to come up with compromises. The U.S. government has announced a…

Safety net attacked
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:51 PM]

Republicans failed to undermine the Medicaid program, the federal-state partnership that provides health-care coverage for the poor and near-poor, when they tried to repeal Obamacare two years ago. But the Trump administration might have found a way - by issuing…

Wednesday 05/15/2019
THEIR VIEW: Trump will be tested in the courts
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:39 PM]

Editorial Among the mysteries surrounding President Donald Trump's conduct, one of the strangest is his penchant for meeting President Vladimir Putin of Russia without aides or interpreters, contrary to the practice of past presidents. The Post's Greg Miller has quoted…

THEIR VIEW: Booker has bold ideas on gun violence
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:38 PM]

Editorial New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has released a plan to combat gun violence. Alongside some familiar proposals - including universal background checks on gun purchases and bans on semi-automatic rifles ("assault weapons") and high-capacity magazines - he has some…

Tuesday 05/14/2019
THEIR VIEW: Trade war grows closer
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:37 PM]

The U.S. and China inched closer to outright trade war on Monday when Beijing announced plans to raise duties on selected American imports. The announcement was pointedly timed, less than two hours after President Donald Trump tweeted, “China should not…

Protecting health care -- and our Constitution
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:31 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - For House Democrats, this will be health care week. How many voters will notice? The answer will be instructive about how the constitutional crisis that is upon us will affect action on every other problem…

WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption is a gimmick
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:30 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion The discovery that hackers could snoop on WhatsApp should alert users of supposedly secure messaging apps to an uncomfortable truth: “End-to-end encryption” sounds nice - but if anyone can get into your phone’s operating system, they will be…

Monday 05/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Thank you, Kendrick
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [09:01 PM]

Kendrick Castillo is a bright light of selflessness and love in days where Americans move from one tragedy to the next, marking their sorrow with headlines and social media posts. The 18-year-old Colorado senior died Tuesday while saving his classmates…

THEIR VIEW: President Trump owes the American people his tax returns
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [08:59 PM]

President Trump owes the American people a fuller account of his financial dealings, including the release of his recent tax returns, because politicians should keep their promises, because the public deserves to know whether his policies are lining his pockets…

Trump's trade war is an intellectual disaster
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [08:57 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump thinks trade wars are “good and easy to win,” mostly, it seems, because he doesn’t understand anything about them. Which, to be honest, isn’t really news. Trump, after all, has just been saying the…

Sunday 05/12/2019
THEIR VIEW: Calmness is critical in trade talks
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:42 PM]

The intensifying confrontation between the United States and China significantly amplifies uncertainties in the future of the global economy. Their trade conflict should be solved by thoroughly and repeatedly having cool-headed talks. U.S. President Donald Trump announced that, effective this…

THEIR VIEW: Warran chases pipe dream, forgets about voters
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:41 PM]

Make no mistake, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call for impeachment is nothing but a product of poor polling. Since her presidential announcement in early February, she has seen many in the field pass her by and with Joe Biden holding steady…

Donald Trump Jr. is acting like a guilty man
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:37 PM]

The Washington Post Donald Trump Jr. has so far not been indicted for his actions in 2016, apparently because prosecutors decided he was too stupid to pull off an actual conspiracy with Russia to aid in their efforts to get…

Criticism is conversation, not an assault on your identity
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:36 PM]

Special To The Washington Post It’s open season on critics. As Alison Herman compiled for the Ringer, over the past few weeks we’ve seen musicians go after music writers, actress Olivia Munn attack the proprietors of the fashion site GoFugYourself…

Friday 05/10/2019
THEIR VIEW: The economy is good but it could be better
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:27 PM]

Editorial In this 28th month governed by a man of low character who disrespects the rule of law while lying, hiding conflicts of interest, promoting his private business, dividing the country and insulting a long list of the nation’s best…

THEIR VIEW: Myanmar must put a stop to the assault on the press
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:26 PM]

Editorial The amnesty granted to two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists imprisoned in Myanmar was good news and a tribute both to their courage and to the many journalists, national leaders and human rights organizations that had campaigned for their freedom. But…

Thursday 05/09/2019
Trump is becoming 'self-impeachable' with his actions
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:39 PM]

The Washington Post House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hit the nail on the head in an interview with The Washignton Post’s Robert Costa on Wednesday morning. “The point is that every single day, whether it’s obstruction, obstruction, obstruction -…

You don't have a right to cheap airplane flights
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:38 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion At Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s annual meeting on Tuesday, shareholders had every reason to congratulate the management. Europe’s biggest airline reported record sales for 2018 and managed to maintain profit margins in the face of rising fuel costs. But…

Status quo isn't working
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:37 PM]

“To put it bluntly, we are not performing up to the standards and expectations we have for ourselves or each other. This is unacceptable. We cannot shrink from facing the challenge head on. We must, and will, do better.” That…

A high-stakes election revote in Istanbul
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:36 PM]

Local elections in Turkey about five weeks ago offered encouraging signs that the country’s democracy was still alive. Opposition candidates won mayoral races in several of the most important cities, including Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, which is Turkey’s largest…

YOUR VIEW: Run or walk to get kids to read
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:36 PM]

To The Editor: Books and children, what a great combination! This year some of the proceeds from the 5K race for Lucy Robbins Welles Library will be used to refurbish the children’s department. You have several options to show your…

Wednesday 05/08/2019
THEIR VIEW: Nature is valuable, too
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:48 PM]

Editorial Nature is not only pretty, it is also valuable. And humans are squandering its value with behavior that will grievously harm future generations. That is the bottom line of a landmark report on biodiversity that the United Nations released…

Tuesday 05/07/2019
THEIR VIEW: Venezuela's next step
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:25 PM]

The failure of an uprising against Venezuela’s authoritarian regime last week has left opposition leaders and their foreign supporters debating what went wrong. Did the generals and other senior regime officials who reportedly agreed to help remove President Nicolás Maduro…

We're in danger of killing our way of life
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:17 PM]

The Washington Post On Monday, the United Nations released a report declaring that upwards of 1 million plant and animals forms of life are on track to become extinct within the next several decades, as a result of human activity.…