Washington Post opinions 3-15-2018

As a Republican, I see a 12-alarm fire raging. Why can’t Trump?

Tuesday’s special election was a wake-up call.

Boris Johnson: Britain needs its allies to stand with us against Russia

The bleak truth is that what happened in Salisbury could have happened anywhere.

  • Boris Johnson
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  • 20 hours ago

Americans used to compromise all the time

Americans could take a lesson from the 18th- and 19th-century attempts at grand bargains.

The real Down syndrome problem: Accepting genocide

Agusta and Lucas, two children with Down syndrome, are examples of “things” that were not “ended.”

We finally know for sure that lies spread faster than the truth. This might be why.

While lies always break from the gate quickly, in this race, the truth can never seem to catch up.

Larry Kudlow may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive

And he’s Trump’s choice to advise him on exactly that subject.

Stephen Hawking was the ultimate image of mind over matter

Hawking appears to us as a crumpled figure of a man gazing out at the dark night sky and fathoming its secrets.

  • Alan Lightman
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  • 22 hours ago

A math problem for Pi Day

What’s more difficult: Math or the humanities?

  • Satyan Linus Devadoss
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  • 22 hours ago

Trump is a freak of political nature. Here’s how you can beat him.

Democrats in 2020 should take a few tips.

  • Philippe Reines
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  • 1 day ago

Want to end sexual harassment? Make lawsuits worth it.

Caps on damages for sexual harassment claims make no sense whatsoever.

  • Benedict Morelli
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  • 1 day ago

Message to Trump: California isn’t in the deportation business

Our top priority is public safety, not carrying out the federal government’s agenda.

  • Xavier Becerra
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  • 1 day ago

This overlooked part of the Constitution could stop Trump from abusing his pardon power

A phrase in Article II, Section 3 imposes limits on a president’s ability to grant pardons if they are issued for self-protection.

  • Jed ShugermanEthan J. Leib
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Britain is punishing Putin. America should join in.

Or his poison will continue to spread.

What the Pennsylvania election should teach both parties

Democrats should embrace big-tent candidates, and Republicans should get out of the Trump trap.

Students walking out of school taught the nation a lesson

Young people aren’t going to tolerate inaction on gun violence anymore.

FALCON HEIGHTS, MN � AUGUST 29: Demonstrators/protestors gather for a vigil near the spot where Philando Castile was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer, Monday, August 29, 2016, in Falcon Heights, MN. Castile was shot multiple time by the officer during a traffic stop after Castile informed the officer he had a licensed firearm. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Lavish Reynolds live-streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which took place with her then-4-year-old daughter in the back seat of the car. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) (Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)
FALCON HEIGHTS, MN � AUGUST 29: Demonstrators/protestors gather for a vigil near the spot where Philando Castile was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer, Monday, August 29, 2016, in Falcon Heights, MN. Castile was shot multiple time by the officer during a traffic stop after Castile informed the officer he had a licensed firearm. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds live-streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which took place with her then-4-year-old daughter in the back seat of the car. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) (Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)
The activism never stopped. But the attention to it vanished.

The time I took Stephen Hawking to a cowboy bar

The famed physicist was fearless, funny and inspiring. He was also my friend.

  • Lawrence M. Krauss
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  • 2 hours ago

Has Twitter tainted the public intellectual?

The social media platform is what you make of it.

Why binge drinking increases during the NCAA tournament

March Madness means more booze on campus.

  • Dustin R. WhiteBenjamin CowanJadrian Wooten
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  • 9 hours ago

Kudlownomics: Thoughts on new economics chief Larry Kudlow from an old friend/adversary

My old pal Larry Kudlow joins Trump’s econ team. Here’s a bit on his economics.

Alex Jones is a menace to society. I’m suing him.

Conspiracist sites such as Jones’s Infowars distorted the truth about me and about Charlottesville.

  • Brennan Gilmore
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  • 1 day ago

Mattel has no business turning Frida Kahlo into a Barbie

The queer artist, her politics and even her eyebrows are too radical for a Barbie doll.

  • Aditi Natasha Kini
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  • 1 day ago

If Russia gets away with using chemical weapons in Britain, what will it try next?

Putin is threatening his enemies in plain sight.

  • Steven L. Hall
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  • 2 days ago

Five thoughts about the firing of Rex Tillerson

A political eulogy for the most incompetent secretary of state in modern history.

Why it’s not ‘enabling’ to make drug use safer

Opposing needle exchanges and insisting people with addiction must hit “rock bottom” flies in the face of reality.

  • Maia Szalavitz
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  • 2 days ago

Will Trump’s crude issue linkage work?

In a world where Trump has vaporized America’s soft power reserves, loud pressure will be more likely to generate resistance.

Country music needs more politics, not less

What Nashville should learn from a backlash against Mike Huckabee.

What the heck will happen at the Trump-Kim summit?

This looks like a slow-motion disaster waiting to happen.

Fixing the tax bill: How Democrats should use some rare leverage

In exchange for fixing the glitches in the new tax code, Democrats must stiffen their collective spines and offer a progressive, take-it-or-leave-it plan.

Kim Jong Un won’t give up his nukes. Trump should meet with him, anyway.

If the president takes a careful approach, a meeting with North Korea’s leader could pay dividends.

  • Bill RichardsonMickey Bergman
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  • 5 days ago

Why it’s so difficult to kill a populist movement

Even when Berlusconi and others lose power, they often find a way back. Trump’s opponents should pay attention.

The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

We have no idea what’s behind these weird incidents because we’re not investigating.

  • Christopher Mellon
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  • 6 days ago

The other opioid crisis: pain patients who can’t access the medicine we need

Changing guidelines for prescriptions have left people like me without care.

  • Anne Fuqua
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  • 6 days ago

All I can reliably tell you about our economic capacity is that we’re not there yet

If the economy is like a water glass, it’s possible that the glass is bigger than we think.

Some patients are in pain. Some just want drugs. How do I tell them apart?

The opioid epidemic has forced doctors to become lie detectors.

  • Jonathan Reisman
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  • 6 days ago

Trump is all bluster on trade, but Democrats haven’t shown voters they can do better

Democrats have yet to develop an economic message to counter Trump’s talk on trade and tariffs.

  • Erik LoomisShaun Richman
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  • 6 days ago
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The opioid epidemic has forced doctors to become lie detectors.

Police are still killing black people. Why isn’t it news anymore?

The activism never stopped. But the attention to it vanished.

Why it’s so difficult to kill a populist movement

Even when Berlusconi and others lose power, they often find a way back. Trump’s opponents should pay attention.

The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

We have no idea what’s behind these weird incidents because we’re not investigating.

  • Christopher Mellon
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  • 6 days ago

The other opioid crisis: pain patients who can’t access the medicine we need

Changing guidelines for prescriptions have left people like me without care.

  • Anne Fuqua
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  • 6 days ago

Some patients are in pain. Some just want drugs. How do I tell them apart?

The opioid epidemic has forced doctors to become lie detectors.

  • Jonathan Reisman
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  • 6 days ago

School shootings are extraordinarily rare. Why is fear of them driving policy?

We always overestimate the risks of horrible events.

Five myths about gerrymandering

No, GOP dominance isn’t just about ‘geography.’

D.C. development is leaving historic black communities in the dust

The race to build up the Buzzard Point area is creating a pollution hazard.

  • Rhonda Hamilton
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  • 5 days ago

Undoing unjust prison sentences in Maryland, one case at a time

Tracey Vincent won a measure of justice, but the state has a long way to go to correct excessive drug-crime punishments.

  • Todd Oppenheim
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  • 5 days ago

Did Rep. Barbara Comstock’s reelection bid just get a lot harder?

Calls for gun control after the massacre in Florida could pose a new challenge for the Northern Virginia Republican.

  • Mark J. Rozell
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  • 5 days ago

It’s time for Fairfax County to finally be transparent about harassment in the fire department

Almost two years after a female firefighter’s suicide, county leaders still haven’t come clean about the complaints from women in the department.

  • Dave Statter
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  • Mar 3

Bring buskers into the conversation

Good noise-control policy must balance the needs of residents with the city’s creative class.

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