Articles by The Washington Post


Unity in Israel

By The Washington Post on May 16, 2012, at 7:15 p.m.
The formation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a new coalition comprising a parliamentary supermajority prompted hawks to conclude that he was laying the groundwork for a military strike against Iran. Doves speculated that the new cabinet was well positioned to reopen peace talks with Palestinians. In reality both …

Mr. Obama’s welcome evolution

By The Washington Post on May 14, 2012, at 5:31 p.m.
“The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” So wrote Chief Justice Earl Warren in the 1967 ruling in Loving v. Virginia, the landmark case declaring unconstitutional the anti-miscegenation laws on the books …

Cloudy outlook for satellites

By The Washington Post on May 06, 2012, at 7:24 p.m.
Next week, the Senate is set to spend considerable time figuring out how to pay for renewing an old campaign gimmick — keeping interest rates for certain federally backed student loans extra low at 3.4 percent. Doing so would be expensive; it would cost the government $6 billion to extend …

Medicare’s $8 billion advantage

By The Washington Post on May 04, 2012, at 5:50 p.m.
One of the significant reforms in the health care law was to put private Medicare plans on a more equal footing with the traditional government program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act altered the payment structure in which the private plans, known as Medicare Advantage, were essentially overpaid in …

Names in the news, May 5

By The Washington Post on May 04, 2012, at 5:17 p.m.
Thirty-something years ago, Martha Grimes was a single mom with a drinking problem. She bought vodka in half-gallon jugs. She taught English 101 at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md., a job she couldn’t stand. She argued so vehemently with post office clerks about mailing rates for her manuscripts — …

Fat farms

By The Washington Post on April 30, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.
There’s good news and bad news from the Senate Agriculture Committee. On Thursday, it voted to eliminate the wasteful “direct payments” subsidy program when the five-year farm bill expires at the end of September. But it offset much of the savings by expanding subsidies for federal crop insurance. Rife with …

Chen’s great escape from China

By The Washington Post on April 29, 2012, at 5:10 p.m.
Chen Guangcheng, one of China’s best-known and bravest human rights activists, had been illegally and unjustly kept under house arrest in his village for 19 months when he somehow escaped last Sunday. He made his way to Beijing, and though his whereabouts are unconfirmed, activists reported Friday that he was …

Key economic events for week of April 23

By The Washington Post on April 22, 2012, at 8:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — New data on home sales and jobless claims should give a sense of the strength of the economic recovery. The biggest news this week will likely come later, with a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday followed Friday by new Federal Reserve gross domestic product …

Occupy DC camp raided by police

By The Washington Post on Feb. 05, 2012, at 8:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Seven protesters were arrested Saturday after a pre-dawn raid on the Occupy D.C. camp, with dozens of police clearing away tents, urine-soaked bedding and dead rodents. U.S. Park Police on horseback and on foot with riot gear swept into McPherson Square just after 5:30 a.m. As a helicopter …

This year’s model

By The Washington Post on Jan. 29, 2012, at 5:07 p.m.
Automakers don’t offer brand-new versions of each model every year; instead, they add a feature or two and call it a “refresh.” Similarly, President Obama’s “blueprint” for U.S.-based manufacturing, unveiled in his State of the Union address, updated arguments he has offered before. Was this version persuasive? First, the big …

A reduction in force

By The Washington Post on Jan. 08, 2012, at 5:40 p.m.
President Obama pledged that the $489 billion in defense cuts he has proposed over 10 years would be governed by a concerted strategy, and on Thursday he delivered one. At the Pentagon, Obama unveiled a “strategic guidance,” which aides said reflected a considerable investment of his personal time and ideas. …

FDA to limit antibiotics to treat livestock to prevent ‘superbugs’

By The Washington Post on Jan. 05, 2012, at 9:26 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration plans to restrict a family of antibiotics commonly used to treat livestock, citing concerns that overuse might promote the development of drug-resistant bacteria that can infect people. On Wednesday, the FDA said it would limit the use of cephalosporin in cattle, swine, chicken …

Cuba should finally release Alan Gross

By The Washington Post on Jan. 04, 2012, at 6:15 p.m.
Two leaders of Cuba’s Jewish community have visited American Alan Gross at the maximum-security military hospital in Havana where he has been confined since Dec. 3, 2009. They lighted Hanukkah candles with him, emerging later to pronounce him healthy and hopeful. But for Gross’ family in Bethesda, Md., this report …

The New Year

By The Washington Post on Jan. 02, 2012, at 8:49 p.m.
In 1918 a German scholar named Oswald Spengler produced a weighty tome titled “Decline of the West,” which had quite a vogue in the first half of the 20th century and probably still sits unread in American homes. Spenglerian prose — “Like the cosmic cycle of the blood, the differentiating …

Monitoring Syria

By The Washington Post on Jan. 02, 2012, at 2:13 p.m.
The hopes of Syrians for an end to the criminal repression by the regime of Bashar al-Assad now depend on the Arab League and the observer force it dispatched to the country this week. It is a very thin reed. The observers were originally meant to number 500, but have …

Poised for change: Fix the quote on the King Memorial

By The Washington Post on Jan. 01, 2012, at 5:29 p.m.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Mall drew plenty of controversy even before its dedication on Oct. 16. One of the earliest objections was to King’s pose: The civil rights leader stands arms crossed, looking impatient, indignant, glowering. Critics called it a confrontational stance, too angry and …

GOP immigration nonsense

By The Washington Post on Sept. 12, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
When quizzed on the problem of illegal immigration at their previous debate, the Republican presidential hopefuls were by turns vague, evasive, confused, contradictory and — in the notable case of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who opposes a border fence because it might prevent law-abiding Americans from withdrawing their savings …

Choosing a path through the financial fog

By The Washington Post on Sept. 04, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.
On Aug. 9, top officials of the Federal Reserve, and their staff, assembled around a gigantic conference table to decide what, if anything, they should do to help the flagging U.S. economy. Just about every member of this group, headed by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, was an expert in economics, …

Japan’s Prime Minister Kan announces resignation

By The Washington Post on Aug. 26, 2011, at 9:47 p.m.
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his resignation Friday, ending a 15-month tenure defined by crisis and opening the door for this country’s seventh leader since 2006. Kan’s decision to step down, the fulfillment of a pledge he made in early June, marked the inevitable endpoint for a …

No free press in Ecuador

By The Washington Post on July 31, 2011, at 7:28 p.m.
The populist authoritarianism that a few years ago seemed to be sweeping Latin America is beginning to wane. Voters and politicians alike have watched the deepening economic and social disorder in Venezuela and its allies, and they sensibly concluded — most recently in Peru — that they want none of …