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Information war led to Khashoggi's murder

WASHINGTON -- When Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, he didn't know he was walking into a killing zone. He had become the prime target in a 21st-century information war -- one that involved hacking, kidnapping and ultimately murder -- waged by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his courtiers against ...Read more

Epstein accusers deserve due process

WASHINGTON -- Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart deal with government prosecutors -- thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways -- are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, sex, corruption and boys' club criminality.

The story...Read more

Hispanic families face higher hurdles at school

CHICAGO -- It's tough being a teacher -- the unrealistic expectations, the high stakes, the low pay and the lack of respect for the profession. But, trust me, it's even harder being a teacher of color in a profession that is 80 percent non-Hispanic white nationally, and over 90 percent in most school districts outside of major urban centers.

It...Read more

Millennials aren't breaking traditions. They're just broke.

Millennials are a murderous bunch, a generation of homicidal maniacs.

At least that's the impression you get from reading news stories about my generation.

According to the headlines, we've wreaked carnage across the economy with our fickle, selfish tastes. So far we have "killed" or are "killing" dinner dates, hotels, credit cards, grocery ...Read more

What voters would include in comprehensive immigration reform

For many years, political leaders from both major parties have dreamed of "comprehensive immigration reform." The core idea has always been some sort of grand bargain that legalized the status of many illegal immigrants in the U.S. along with improving border security.

However, the idea always faltered in the court of public opinion because ...Read more

Children need to understand our government if they want to save it

CHICAGO -- It hardly seems possible, but it's happening: Students have gotten so fed up that they've resorted to legal action to get the education they need to become productive citizens.

As The Associated Press reported last week, a group of public school students and their parents filed a class-action lawsuit against Rhode Island's governor ...Read more

Michael Flynn appears to have come full circle

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn appears to have come full circle, if you read carefully the sentencing memo released Tuesday by special counsel Robert Mueller recommending that Flynn serve no jail time despite pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

The Trump campaign warrior of 2016 who led chants of "lock her up" deriding ...Read more

The stock market decline means ... what?

WASHINGTON -- The stock market giveth; the stock market taketh away.

With Wednesday a federal holiday to honor former President George H.W. Bush, the U.S. stock and bond markets will be closed until Dec. 6. But there's no moratorium on wondering what the effects of Tuesday's dramatic market sell-off -- almost 800 points on the Dow, or more than...Read more

#MeToo's unintended consequences: Intimidated men

WASHINGTON -- A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: "Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost."

In a word, it was inevitable. Some men are so concerned about the possible repercussions of what they might say or do that they're steering clear of women in the workplace altogether. And as a result, according to ...Read more

George H.W. Bush was the last of his kind -- a Republican who didn't believe in 'voodoo economics'

WASHINGTON -- Many have mourned former president George H.W. Bush as the last of his kind. Mostly they eulogize his decency (racist Willie Horton ad notwithstanding), his physical courage, his commitment to public service.

But Bush was end-of-an-era in another crucial way. He may well be the last Republican leader to acknowledge the fundamental...Read more

Trump vs. the Fed

WASHINGTON -- President Trump, do yourself a favor. Stop attacking the Federal Reserve and its chairman, Jerome Powell (yes, the same Powell you nominated). The result would be better for you, better for Powell and -- most important -- better for the country.

Unfortunately, Trump can't seem to restrain himself. The Fed has been raising short-...Read more

Lies, lies -- and dadgum lies

WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen's guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about Donald Trump's interests in building a Moscow tower comes as little surprise -- everyone attached to this administration seems to lie with ease. And yet it's explosive news in the carnival-kingdom of liars, crooks and thieves.

Cohen, who probably knows more than ...Read more

Combating 'fake news' relies on improving our critical thinking

CHICAGO -- If it seems like "fake news" is evolving into an epidemic, it's due to the calamitous lack of a crucial skill: critical thinking.

What's worse is that critical thinking is one of those abilities that most people mistakenly believe they're good at -- leading them to fall for and spread fake news even more.

Sixty-seven percent of U.S....Read more

Trump loves big deals. But let's not hold our breath for one with China at the G-20.

WASHINGTON -- President Trump loves making big deals. At least he loves saying he's making big deals, regardless of whether there is any meaningful deal there at all.

In June, he announced a "deal" with North Korea for complete denuclearization; it was actually just a vaguely worded declaration, and there has been no sign of progress ...Read more

America needs to learn how to win wars without fighting

WASHINGTON -- Listen to the voice barking orders on a Russian ship last Sunday as it drove straight toward a Ukrainian tug: "Crush him from the right. ... Do it! Do it! [Expletive] cut him off!" And then, just before the deliberate collision, a satisfied: "Hold on, everyone."

What you hear is the raw exuberance of Russian power, in the audio ...Read more

Elite Opinion Standing in the Way of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On Sunday, a group of migrants near Tijuana, Mexico, rushed through border fencing and attempted to enter the United States near San Diego. Tear gas was fired by Border Patrol agents, and most of the migrants turned back. A few dozen were arrested. Pictures and online videos showed children clinging to adults fleeing the scene. Massive media ...Read more

Trump praises pilgrims but demonizes today's migrants

CHICAGO -- We're nearing the end of a long, harrowing year in which Latinos have faced daily demonization as a threat to the American people. We've watched horrifying images of women and children from Mexico, Central and South America caged like animals at the border, and we have endured public humiliation and violence from people emboldened by ...Read more

Are China and the U.S. locked in a permanent trade war?

WASHINGTON -- The United States-China trade war goes on ... and on and on.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to meet later this week in Argentina at a summit meeting of the G-20 -- roughly speaking, the world's 20 most important economies. The object is to halt the war. Larry Kudlow, director of the White ...Read more

How a Saudi family feud fueled paranoia that led to Khashoggi's murder

EDITORS -- This column is an abridged version of a 4,000-word piece that was published on washingtonpost.com.

WASHINGTON -- Behind the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi lies a power struggle within the Saudi royal family that helped feed the paranoia and recklessness of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Eventually, this rage in the royal court ...Read more

Bipartisanship, thy name is Woman

WASHINGTON -- As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they'll realistically have on the gridlock known as the House of Representatives.

At final count, 101 women, mostly Democrats, are headed this way come January. Will they -- or can they -- work with Republicans?

A popular assumption is that...Read more


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