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How to improve an immigration status check

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 21:52:00 EDT

AFTER MAKING an arrest, a law enforcement agency typically runs a suspect's name through a national database to check if he is wanted for another crime or in another jurisdiction. Makes sense. So why are states and municipalities balking at checking an alleged offender's immigration status through...



Tsunami crisis will test an already ailing Japan

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:37:01 EDT

A nation already weakened by man-made problems can still recover.



Heartbreak in Japan

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 18:46:01 EST

TWO DAYS AFTER the strongest earthquake Japan has ever recorded, the extent of damage and loss was far from clear. The quake and subsequent tsunami exposed once again the vulnerability of even the most advanced communications, energy and transportation networks - the lifelines of modern civilizat...



Budget gamesmanship

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 18:40:01 EST

DEMONSTRATING ITS limitless capacity for wrangling over the trivial while letting serious problems fester, Congress has spent weeks fighting over a sliver of the budget problem. Republicans want to cut spending by $61 billion for the fiscal year that's already almost half over. Senate Democrats c...
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Montgomery schools try to force money from a strapped county

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:51:01 EST

Montgomery Co. schools trying to force more money from a belt-tightening county



In Mr. Biden's Moscow visit, a welcome mention of rights

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:50:00 EST

Vice President Biden delivers an overdue message to Russia's Vladimir Putin.



Turkey's bad example on democracy and authoritarianism

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:51:01 EST

JUST AT the moment that Turkey is being held up as a model for Arab states emerging from authoritarianism, its claim to be the Muslim world's leading democracy is in danger. Don't take it from us: Here is what the country's president, Abdullah Gul, has to say: "The impression I get is that there ...



Will Maryland follow Illinois's lead and abolish the death penalty?

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:51:01 EST

ILLINOIS THIS WEEK became the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. Maryland should become the 17th.
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For Mayor Gray, a needed probe of hiring and a chance to mend credibility

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:50:01 EST

THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S Office, which generally works with great circumspection, this week issued a rare acknowledgement that it is evaluating allegations leveled against D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) by a former mayoral candidate who claims he got a job and cash as reward for his political activity...



Homegrown Islamic radicalization: Worth studying

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:35:01 EST

The House can probe Islamic radicalization without demonizing American Muslims.



David S. Broder: Reporter

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:10:00 EST

He began as a reporter and remained one for life.



Barack Obama's Libya straitjacket

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:10:00 EST

"WE HAVE ALREADY engineered the most rapid and forceful set of sanctions that have ever been applied internationally," President Obama boasted last week in one of his rare public statements about Libya. The accuracy of that claim is open to question; but whether or not it set a record, the admini...
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Mr. Obama's Gitmo order is a half step in the right direction

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:44:01 EST

The president's executive order is an admission of failure but a step in the right direction.



A crude idea: Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ease gas prices

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:43:01 EST

President Obama is rightly cool on tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve



Naming Kaya Henderson to schools post is a great step for D.C.

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:42:01 EST

The promotion of Kaya Henderson shows Mayor Gray's commitment to school reform.



Sulaimon Brown's charges must be taken seriously

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:07:01 EST

The disappointed job seeker paints a disturbing portrait of D.C.'s City Hall.
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Metro's bag checks: Necessary nuisance for a real threat

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 19:45:01 EST

Transit attacks are a terrorist favorite, and Metro must guard against them.



High court's ruling on DNA tests is a lifeline for inmates

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 19:39:01 EST

A ruling provide a useful backstop for avoiding wrongful executions.



An urgency to the early years

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:52:00 EST

MANY PEOPLE, famous and not so famous, took time out last Wednesday to read to schoolchildren as part of the annual Read Across America Day, which encourages young people to read. They had their work cut out for them, because the sad reality is that two-thirds of students in this country can't me...



The values of Professor Liu

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:48:00 EST

His nomination to a federal appeals court has been controversial, but the president's pick deserves confirmation.
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China's leadership cowers

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:46:01 EST

Why are Communist leaders in an increasingly prosperous country so afraid of free speech?



Level the field on contracts

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 18:35:00 EST

Montgomery County needs a better system for negotiating with public-employee unions. The age of fat benefits is over.



Better not to think twice

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 18:32:01 EST

The GAO finds vast duplication of government services spread across various agencies; billions could be saved.



The Arab uprising spreads to Iraq

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 18:26:00 EST

Iraq is feeling the effects of Middle East populist unrest, but its fledgling democracy is holding on.
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Memo to Congress: Stop badgering Ben Bernanke

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 21:16:01 EST

Congress should stop pressing the Fed to take a side on the budget.



Mexico's frustration with U.S. drug policy

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 21:15:01 EST

The United States hasn't kept its drug policy promises to Felipe Calderon.



A better D.C. summer jobs program

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:54:00 EST

Mayor Gray has some useful ideas for mending a D.C. program.



Moving forward with Internet freedom

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:36:00 EST

The State Department needs to act on guarding online activism.
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Seniority should not make teachers immune to layoffs

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:28:01 EST

Seniority should not make teachers immune from layoffs.



Jack Evans's ill-considered bid to make D.C. school decisions

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:12:01 EST

Why can't the D.C. Council member let educators make personnel decisions?



The right to even ugly free speech

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:06:01 EST

The Supreme Court decides correctly in allowing an anti-gay protest outside a military funeral.



A no-fly zone over Libya deserves more consideration

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:03:01 EST

A no-fly zone over Libya deserves more consideration
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High court should overturn Kidd v. Ashcroft

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:33:01 EST

ABDULLAH AL-KIDD was arrested at Dulles International Airport in 2003 after purchasing a roundtrip, coach ticket to Saudi Arabia. Prosecutors in Idaho had linked Mr. Kidd, a U.S. citizen who converted to Islam, to a Saudi citizen in the United States who was alleged to be an operative for the Isl...



Mischief drives change in Virginia abortion rules

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:28:01 EST

A divisive measure may force some clinics to close, if it survives legal challenges.



Why the hesitance over keeping KIPP charter schools in Maryland?

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:21:01 EST

The Knowledge Is Power Program charter schools get the silent treatment in their bid to remain viable in Maryland.



Prince George's makes a start on ethics repair

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:03:04 EST

A PACKAGE OF ETHICS reform bills for Prince George's County is making its way through Maryland's legislature. The bills, proposed by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), have been watered down at the insistence of members of the County Council. Yet some positive features remain, and they may...
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Why does Vietnam fear a nonviolent, 69-year-old physician?

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:42:04 EST

IT'S NOT EVERY day that a Washington Post op-ed has its truth proven within a few hours of publication, but author Nguyen Dan Que had that dubious satisfaction on Saturday.



The Arab revolution swells

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:40:01 EST

THREE QUESTIONS have driven discussion of the ongoing Arab revolt and how the United States should respond to it. Can it spread to all of the Arab states, including seemingly stable kingdoms, such as Saudi Arabia, and the most repressive police states, such as Syria? Can it be stopped with violence...



Repeat offenders

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:17:00 EST

Recidivism might decline with some best practices in parole and probation.



Bad Medicine

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:13:00 EST

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS are the fastest-growing drugs of abuse in the United States, as a huge federal-state operation in Florida last week dramatically illustrated. Law enforcement broke up dozens of "pill mills" in which doctors allegedly issued phony prescriptions for highly addictive painkil...
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The Gang of Six leads the way

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:09:00 EST

Obama should look to the Senate for reducing the deficit.



Collateral damage

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 18:41:00 EST

If the federal government shuts down, the consequences for the District are substantial



Airports and the race card

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 18:38:00 EST

Hiring a new chief to oversee Dulles and National is no time for racial politics, when the top candidate has financial problems.



What government is for

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 18:34:01 EST

We see five areas where essential services are provided.
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Why the patent process should be overhauled

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:41:01 EST

A proposed overhaul, the first in 60 years, would reward innovation.



Mayor Gray's bad start on hiring

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:40:01 EST

ON WEDNESDAY, Sulaimon Brown was judged by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) qualified for a $110,000-a-year city position. "We believe he has the requisite skills to do the job," Mr. Gray told a media corps incredulous over the appointment of an individual who had made himself a laughingstock during a sham...



No help for Libya from President Obama

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:39:01 EST

MOAMMAR GADDAFI'S deadly grip on Libya appeared to slip further on Friday - but the tyrant still had plenty of fight left. After his troops opened fire indiscriminately on crowds emerging from mosques after Friday prayers, Mr. Gaddafi appeared in the center of Tripoli to deliver another speech laden...



Gov. Scott Walker could win in Wisconsin by compromising

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:05:01 EST

HAVING SEEN close to home the influence that public-sector unions can have on politics and budgets, we understand where Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is coming from .
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Roadside fundraising is a safety hazard

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:03:02 EST

THE "FILL THE BOOT" campaign, a fundraising project sponsored by the International Association of Firefighters nationwide, is an indisputably worthy cause that appeals to Americans' compassion for the benefit of victims of muscular dystrophy. But in the course of raising millions of dollars...



The United States watches as Moammar Gaddafi gains

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

"IT'S TIME FOR Gaddafi to go." So said President Obama - two weeks ago.



In Maryland, a renewed chance for a bag tax

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

MARYLAND'S BID to impose a nickel fee on paper and plastic bags fell victim last year to election-year jitters. Lawmakers didn't want to go near anything that had a whiff of a tax increase. But sponsors of a bag tax, buoyed by the success of the District's effort and by important support from Gov....



Pfc. Bradley Manning doesn't deserve humiliating treatment

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

IF THE ALLEGATIONS are true, Pfc. Bradley Manning facilitated a damaging breach of national security by funneling thousands of classified documents to the rogue Web site WikiLeaks. But even if so, Mr. Manning does not appear to deserve the treatment he has been receiving at the military brig in...
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In D.C., the 'shady deals' that weren't

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

A THEME OF Vincent C. Gray's successful mayoral campaign last year was his questioning of his opponent's integrity. Exhibit A in his argument that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) ran a suspect administration was the awarding of contracts for park and recreation projects to firms with ties to the mayor....



A foreclosure settlement plan might make matters worse

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

THE NATION'S mortgage companies have engaged in questionable practices - or worse - regarding loan modifications and foreclosures. Even now the banks have not entirely conquered the scandal that erupted last fall over alleged widespread errors, procedural irregularities and outright...



Lessons from loss in Maryland's gay-marriage battle

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

THE FAILURE of the same-sex marriage bill in Annapolis is a bitter defeat for advocates, who had hoped Maryland would become the sixth state, not counting the District, to enact such legislation. It's also a useful reminder, if one were needed, that despite the ongoing revolution of attitudes toward...



Time to act on free trade

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

THE POLITICS of free trade have never been easy for President Obama - and they appear to be getting harder. Mr. Obama wants congressional ratification of a tariff-slashing deal with South Korea, revising it recently to meet the objections of the U.S. auto industry and labor unions.
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Let all Maryland students dream

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

THE DISPIRITING national debate over immigration has departed Washington for the time being and alighted mostly in state capitals. In many of them, Republicans have led a charge - mostly unsuccessful - to enact Arizona-style enforcement crackdowns based on the whimsical idea that undocumented...



ROTC's return

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

IN NOVEMBER, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly stood before an audience in St. Louis and spoke from the heart about the disconnect between the lives and experiences of members of the U.S. military - and those of the civilians they are defending. The armed forces are at war and have been for a...



Montgomery schools try to force money from a strapped county

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MONTGOMERY COUNTY'S school system has declared war on the county government that pays the overwhelming majority of its bills.



High court child-abuse case raises access issues

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICER and the caseworker wanted to speak to S.G., a 9-year-old girl they feared was being sexually abused by her father. A week earlier the father had been accused of molesting a 7-year-old boy, and child protective services learned that S.G.'s mother had accused her husband of...
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In Mr. Biden's Moscow visit, a welcome mention of rights

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

VICE PRESIDENT Biden was in Moscow this week to deliver what sounded like a halftime report on one of the Obama administration's signature foreign policy initiatives. The "reset" of relations with Russia, Mr. Biden declared, "is working" - and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin seemed to agree. The two...


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Heartbreak in Japan

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

TWO DAYS AFTER the strongest earthquake Japan has ever recorded, the extent of damage and loss was far from clear. The quake and subsequent tsunami exposed once again the vulnerability of even the most advanced communications, energy and transportation networks - the lifelines of modern civilizat...



D.C.'s cozy election oversight

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

INTERIM AT-LARGE D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle (D) is trying to kick a Republican opponent off the ballot for the April 26 special election. The process, dominated by Democrats, has not inspired confidence that the decision will be fair and impartial.



Budget gamesmanship

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

DEMONSTRATING ITS limitless capacity for wrangling over the trivial while letting serious problems fester, Congress has spent weeks fighting over a sliver of the budget problem. Republicans want to cut spending by $61 billion for the fiscal year that's already almost half over. Senate Democrats c...
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For Mayor Gray, a needed probe of hiring and a chance to mend credibility

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S Office, which generally works with great circumspection, this week issued a rare acknowledgement that it is evaluating allegations leveled against D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) by a former mayoral candidate who claims he got a job and cash as reward for his political activity in...



Turkey's bad example on democracy and authoritarianism

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

JUST AT the moment that Turkey is being held up as a model for Arab states emerging from authoritarianism, its claim to be the Muslim world's leading democracy is in danger. Don't take it from us: Here is what the country's president, Abdullah Gul, has to say: "The impression I get is that there are...



Will Maryland follow Illinois's lead and abolish the death penalty?

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

ILLINOIS THIS WEEK became the 16th state to abolish the death penalty . Maryland should become the 17th.



David S. Broder: Reporter

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

OF ALL THE EPITAPHS that might fit him - journalist, columnist, commentator, author, teacher, student of politics - we think our friend and colleague Dave Broder, who died Wednesday at age 81, would probably be most pleased with the one-word description we offer above. Mr. Broder was a columnist for...
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Barack Obama's Libya straitjacket

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

"WE HAVE ALREADY engineered the most rapid and forceful set of sanctions that have ever been applied internationally," President Obama boasted last week in one of his rare public statements about Libya. The accuracy of that claim is open to question ; but whether or not it set a record, the...



Homegrown Islamic radicalization: Worth studying

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

FOR THE PAST several years, discussions on Capitol Hill about the growing threat of homegrown terrorism have been relatively commonplace - and uncontroversial. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, for example, held a series of hearings on "The Threat of Islamic...



Naming Kaya Henderson to schools post is a great step for D.C.

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MAYOR VINCENT C. GRAY (D) is expected to announce Wednesday Interim Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson as his choice to lead the District's schools. In tapping Ms. Henderson to replace former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, with whom she worked closely to jump-start the nation's worst public school...



A crude idea: Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ease gas prices

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

AS THE PRICE OF OIL roars above $100 per barrel and gasoline nears $4 per gallon, a cry for solutions understandably goes up. Higher gas prices amount to a regressive tax increase on the American consumer, with all that implies for the ability of the U.S. and global economies to sustain their...
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Mr. Obama's Gitmo order is a half step in the right direction

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S executive order governing certain detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison is both an admission of failure and a step in the right direction.



Sulaimon Brown's charges must be taken seriously

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MAYOR VINCENT C. GRAY (D) called an unusual news conference Sunday afternoon to deny allegations by a former D.C. mayoral candidate that Mr. Gray gave the candidate a city job in exchange for campaign attacks on then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). He disclaimed any knowledge of his campaign providing...



Metro's bag checks: Necessary nuisance for a real threat

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

HERE'S A MEMORY nudge for anyone who thinks random bag checks on Metro trains and buses are an unnecessary nuisance:



High court's ruling on DNA tests is a lifeline for inmates

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

HENRY W. SKINNER was on death row in Texas and less than an hour away from being executed when the Supreme Court agreed to hear his case. On Monday, the justices threw Mr. Skinner and others like him a lifeline.
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China's leadership cowers

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

EVERYONE KNOWS that the future belongs to China, right? Its economy recently surpassed Japan's as the world's second-largest . Its navy is roaming ever farther and with growing confidence. It is training a generation of scientists and engineers in numbers the United States can only imagine. Its...



An urgency to the early years

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MANY PEOPLE, famous and not so famous, took time out last Wednesday to read to schoolchildren as part of the annual Read Across America Day , which encourages young people to read. They had their work cut out for them, because the sad reality is that two-thirds of students in this country can't meet...



The values of Professor Liu

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

LAST WEEK, Goodwin Liu recounted his young daughter's delight when told that the family would be returning to Washington for an unusual, second confirmation hearing for her father.



The Arab uprising spreads to Iraq

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

THE ARAB uprising has spread to Iraq, and in many ways the turmoil there resembles that of Egypt or Tunisia or Yemen. Thousands are taking to the streets on Fridays, only to be met by water cannon, tear gas and sometimes live ammunition. Dozens have been killed, and the government has taken...
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Level the field on contracts

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MONTGOMERY COUNTY has dug itself a budgetary hole so deep that it will take major structural and systemic reforms for it to climb out. Even after severe spending cuts for the past several years, the county still has to slash $300 million this year to balance its $4.3 billion budget. The obvious...



Better not to think twice

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

WE TEND TO BE skeptical about calls to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse, and about plans to redraw bureaucratic organizational charts. Too often, these are excuses not to tackle hard issues rather than panaceas for problems of fiscal sustainability and governmental efficiency. Yet a new report by...



D.C. Mayor Gray's questionable appointments

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

"TO THE VICTOR goes the spoils." That boastful lesson in D.C. civics from Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry (D)√ pretty much explains how six-figure-income jobs in a critical agency went to individuals whose questionable backgrounds were seemingly offset by their unabashed political support fo...



Memo to Congress: Stop badgering Ben Bernanke

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

IT HAS BEEN just over a decade since then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan uttered these fateful words to a Senate committee: "Should current economic weakness spread beyond what now appears likely, having a tax cut in place may, in fact, do noticeable good." The Fed, of course, is one of ...
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Mexico's frustration with U.S. drug policy

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

MEXICAN PRESIDENT Felipe Calderon arrived in Washington on Thursday deeply frustrated with the United States - and with good reason. For four years, the courageous Mexican leader has been waging war against drug cartels that threaten to destroy the rule of law in Mexico at a cost of thousands of ...


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Seniority should not make teachers immune to layoffs

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

IF, AS SEEMS likely, New York City must lay off thousands of teachers because of budget problems, Mayor Michael Bloomberg would like a say in who goes and who stays. Topping his list of those who should lose their jobs are 2,671 teachers who have been rated unsatisfactory over the past five years,...



A better D.C. summer jobs program

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

IT'S BEEN SOMETHING of an annual ritual in the District to hear horror stories about the city-run summer work program for youth. Program participants who worked didn't get paid, while others got money for not doing a lick of work. Ineligible people ended up enrolling even as city officials busted...



Moving forward with Internet freedom

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

IN THE PAST 16 months, the Internet landscape has shifted dramatically. Sixteen months ago, there were no iPads. The number of Twitter users was orders of magnitude smaller. And scarcely 10 percent of phone users had smartphones.
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A no-fly zone over Libya deserves more consideration

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

AS THE FIGHTING in Libya worsened on Wednesday, the Obama administration was sending conflicting signals. Senior officials were rightly warning of the huge stakes for U.S. security and for the future of the Middle East - while at the same time seeming to back away from action that might contribute...



Jack Evans's ill-considered bid to make D.C. school decisions

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

APPARENTLY, NEITHER his work as the Ward 2 D.C. Council member nor his job at a blue-chip law firm keeps Jack Evans (D) busy enough. How else to explain his desire to do Interim Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's job? Mr. Evans's bid to force a personnel decision on Ms. Henderson is the very...



The right to even ugly free speech

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

THE BEAUTY OF the First Amendment is often most vibrantly expressed under the ugliest of circumstances. Such was the case Wednesday when the Supreme Court gave its blessing to the insensitive acts of a tiny church that has made a name for itself by mounting protests at the funerals of fallen...



Why the hesitance over keeping KIPP charter schools in Maryland?

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

TEACHERS UNIONS are in the news, and not always in a flattering way. The stories can seem to vilify teachers unfairly, the unions say, and we agree. Most teachers work hard, sometimes to tranformative effect. And yet when their unions insist on defending bad teachers or undermining schools that...
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High court should overturn Kidd v. Ashcroft

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

ABDULLAH AL-KIDD was arrested at Dulles International Airport in 2003 after purchasing a one-way, first-class ticket to Saudi Arabia. Prosecutors in Idaho had linked Mr. Kidd, a U.S. citizen who converted to Islam, to a Saudi citizen in the United States who was alleged to be an operative for the...



Mischief drives change in Virginia abortion rules

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

PRINCIPLED OPPONENTS of abortion have options to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, including broadening access to contraception, promoting adoption and pushing abstinence-focused education. But Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly - with the help of two anti-abortion Democratic...



The Arab revolution swells

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

THREE QUESTIONS have driven discussion of the ongoing Arab revolt and how the United States should respond to it. Can it spread to all of the Arab states, including seemingly stable kingdoms, such as Saudi Arabia, and the most repressive police states, such as Syria? Can it be stopped with violence...



Prince George's makes a start on ethics repair

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

A PACKAGE OF ETHICS reform bills for Prince George's County is making its way through Maryland's legislature. The bills, proposed by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), have been watered down at the insistence of members of the County Council. Yet some positive features remain, and they may...
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Why does Vietnam fear a nonviolent, 69-year-old physician?

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

IT'S NOT EVERY day that a Washington Post op-ed has its truth proven within a few hours of publication, but author Nguyen Dan Que had that dubious satisfaction on Saturday.



The Gang of 6 leads the way

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

WHEN WE FIRST wrote in December to applaud the stop-the-dawdling debt r eduction effort launched by Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the bipartisan group seemed like a potentially useful adjunct to the momentum generated by President Obama's fiscal responsibility commission...



Repeat offenders

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

THE NUMBERS are staggering. Some 5.1 million individuals are out on probation or parole. If national trends hold up, roughly 40 percent of them will be returned to prison for a future offense.