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David Ignatius / Politics

The Bright Spot of Free Trade

WASHINGTON -- Name a foreign-policy issue on which China and most of the rest of the world's nations are struggling to keep up with a U.S. initiative. If you guessed "free trade," you're correct.

In a season that has mostly brought reversals for ...

A Trust Now Badly Frayed

WASHINGTON -- It has been an unlikely Washington feud, pitting a determined Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the implacable chairman of the Senate intelligence committee and long regarded as a supporter of the CIA, against the agency's equally stubborn ...

Philanthropy With a Wallop

WASHINGTON -- Money may be the root of all evil, as the saying goes, but I was reminded last week of the overwhelming good it can do when put to work at a place like the Children's National Health System here.

Big medicine, funded by the ...

Fighting Anew for Democracy

BRUSSELS -- President Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right "side of history." It's one of his signature lines, but he should stop: The phrase implies there's an inevitability to the advance of progress and...

America's Challenge in Ukraine

WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin baptized his conquest of Crimea with a powerful, unsettling speech that should be a warning that an embattled Russia is fighting for what it sees as its national dignity -- in ways that require a firm and patient U.S. ...

What We Learned in Crimea

WASHINGTON -- From the photographs we've seen of the Russian special operations, or "Spetsnaz," troops that intervened in Crimea, several things are obvious: They're secretive, moving without insignia and often covering their faces; they're ...