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WASHINGTON — What is striking about the latest bouts of financial turmoil — the recent wild swings in global stock and bond markets — is that they provide a sobering reminder of the potential hazards of economic instability. There are parallels between the present tumultuous situation and pa…

Commentary

WASHINGTON — I once watched a comedian’s stand-up routine about discovering the existence of the “silent heart attack” — a heart attack with no outward symptoms. He rushes off to his doctor and says, “I have no symptoms! I’m obviously having a silent heart attack!”

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It’s not that they’re getting less defense; it’s that they’re getting more defense for their buck. In my example, if China’s spending were converted to the same base as U.S. spending, its defense budget would be twice the American level, or $200,000.

Sunday Focus

In the wake of the El Paso shooting on Aug. 3 that left 22 dead and dozens injured, a familiar trope has reemerged: Often, when a young man is the shooter, people try to blame the tragedy on violent video games and other forms of media.

Columnist

Witnessing Franklin, choir and congregation in the midst of a profound spiritual experience encourages something similar in the viewer. The film should come with a warning: contains contagious tears.

Commentary

The Pentagon is buzzing about a potentially revolutionary order by the new Marine Corps commandant that bluntly answers the essential question for would-be military reformers: What should we discard from the legacy arsenal to make room for what we need to fight the wars of the future?

Commentary

Never in my political lifetime has an American president had less moral standing to address a national threat. Nearly every phrase of Donald Trump’s televised response to the El Paso and Dayton shootings could be matched with some discrediting contrast in his own voice.

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WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has not been shy about saying what he’s trying to do: prolong the economy’s expansion so that it creates more jobs for those who, in the past, have often felt left out. The Fed increasingly sees itself as a social agency dedicated to job cr…

Commentary

President Donald Trump was wrong to personally attack Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, a man widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike. But Trump was absolutely right when he called Baltimore “dangerous,” “filthy” and “rodent infested” — that is, if you can believe what yo…

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WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s congressional grilling of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was undoubtedly disappointing for Democrats and for anyone else who wants to see President Trump ejected from office as expeditiously as possible. Mueller seemed faltering and sometimes confused; …

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Let’s start with the notion that defense is crowding out other national priorities. The reality is just the opposite. Expanding government spending on health care and various “entitlements” is crowding out other priorities, including — but not limited to — defense, the FBI, the national parks, scientific research, federal courts and much more.

Sunday Focus

I have just taken an entire website and gigabytes of data offline. It covered a highly successful series of conferences on the data economy. It brought together thought leaders and key decision-makers from around the world for annual retreats — over a decade ago. And now it is gone.

Columnist

A Harvard-Harris poll in May found that 65% of Americans said Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, and 80% of Americans said they wanted their “congressional representatives working more on infrastructure, health care and immigration” instead of investigating the president. Pelosi was listening and tried to steer her caucus away from the suicidal push for impeachment.

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Juul’s flavors include mint, mango, fruit and cucumber. Other companies’ flavors have included “Unicorn Puke” and “Zombie Juice.” The target audience is not mature.

Sunday Focus

Editor’s note: The U.S. government maxed out its national credit card in March and has been moving money around ever since to avoid running out of cash. Very soon the Treasury Department will reach the limits of this financial sleight of hand, and Congress will have to either raise the debt …

Commentary

WASHINGTON — The agonizing fact for Democrats this summer is that President Trump appears to be gaining ground on domestic and foreign policy, while his potential challengers are quarreling and mostly spinning their wheels.

Sunday Focus

Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the first U.S. flag planted on the moon. For those who knew their world history, it also rang some alarm bells. Only less than a century ago, back on Earth, planting a national flag in another part…

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WASHINGTON — Despite a lackluster debate performance, former vice president Joe Biden is still holding on to his lead in the race for the Democratic nomination in large part because Democratic voters see him as the most electable candidate. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a 45% pl…

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When Trump was asked whether he would discuss election interference with Putin, our president did a fair imitation of an insolent high school student. He turned to the Russian boss, smiled, and said, “Don’t meddle in the election, please. Don’t meddle in the election.” Putin laughed. Was he laughing at us?

Sunday Focus

The news is full of stories about monumental surprise hospital bills, sky-high drug prices and patients going bankrupt. The government’s approach to addressing this, via an executive order that President Trump signed Monday is to make hospitals disclose prices, including negotiated rates wit…

Commentary

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, may have been the breakout winner of the Democratic presidential debates, but there was one clear loser: the American taxpayer. These were the most expensive presidential debates in American history. Never have so many candidates proposed to sp…

Commentary

WASHINGTON — Early in the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night, NBC News’ Lester Holt asked a key question of the candidates: Would you abolish private insurance in the United States? With the party coalescing around Medicare for all as a rallying cry, that question will decide …

Commentary

The doctrine that court precedents should have momentum for respect — the predictability of settled law gives citizens due notice of what is required or proscribed — is called stare decisis. This Latin translates as: “To stand by things decided.” The translation is not: “If a precedent was p…

Commentary

After President Donald Trump called off a military strike on Iran for its downing of a U.S. military drone, some compared his decision to President Barack Obama’s shameful failure not to enforce his “red line” in Syria. Sorry, the two situations are completely different. Trump was right to s…

Commentary

When dealing with a political figure who faces allegations of sexual assault, financial misdeeds and obstruction of justice, it is difficult to sort out the greatest damage to our public life. But a strong case can be made that it is the assault on truth.

Columnist

WASHINGTON — So Facebook’s getting into the cryptocurrency business. Leave aside the myriad technical questions prompted by reading Facebook’s white paper about Libra, the new cryptocurrency the company is sponsoring, along with a consortium of investors. And about Calibra, Facebook’s new wa…

Commentary

Let’s get this straight: Joe Biden is leading in the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination because he’s the most “electable” candidate in the Democratic field? A guy who doesn’t realize that saying he worked with segregationists isn’t a winning message with Democrats in 2020?

Columnist

This is the reason that people with depression need intrusive family and friends around them. They need people who will gently but firmly intervene when they withdraw, or start giving possessions away, or talk a lot about death, or have a major loss (of a loved one or job), or begin saying goodbye to others, or buy a weapon, or use drugs and alcohol to dull pain, or act recklessly or exhibit other changes in mood or behavior.

Commentary

In an extraordinary interview, President Trump and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos repeatedly sparred over whether special counsel Robert Mueller had cleared Trump of collusion with Russia. “Are you trying to say now that there was collusion even though he said there was no collusion?”…

Commentary

If you want a peek at the future, try looking at Japan. It’s a sobering exercise. Here’s how economist Timothy Taylor, managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, describes the country’s outlook:

Commentary

One measure of the seriousness of a Democratic candidate for president is his or her understanding of the importance of religion in our common life. I am not talking here of the perfunctory bow toward personal, sectarian belief, which is neither qualifying nor disqualifying in a prospective …

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WASHINGTON — In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault.

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