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  1. OTHER VIEWS: It's the TSA vs. checkpoint chuckleheads

    Thursday, Jan 29 2015 11:00 PM

    The descent of American presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant, argued the 19th century writer Henry Adams, was enough to raise doubts about the theory of evolution. Anyone looking to debunk Darwin today could find ample evidence in the behavior of travelers going through airport security every day.

    More than 13 years after 9/11 brought a fresh set of rules for air travelers, most of us have gotten used to everything now demanded as we go through checkpoints: liquids in small bottles stashed in a plastic bag, shoes and coats off, laptops out, metal in bins.

    By now, the process should be a rote drill. But if you can do all this without much trouble, you're one of the smart ones. As you're pulling your cellphone and keys...

  2. DANA MILBANK: Governing: It ain't easy

    "Yeah, there've been a couple of stumbles," John Boehner acknowledged Tuesday. The House speaker had spoken with dry understatement. What has happened since Republicans took full control of Congress three weeks ago has been less a stumble...

  3. ESTHER CEPEDA: Paid sick leave is a worthy prescription

    There are many excellent reasons to agree that President Obama's proposal to allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave a year is a good idea. And a majority of the American public agrees with the president that paid sick...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Small victory exposes lack of Syria strategy

    U.S. officials are celebrating a modest victory in the war against the Islamic State in Syria -- the apparently successful defense of the Kurdish town of Kobane, on the border with Turkey. Under siege since early October, Kobane has little...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Trying to fill the college piggy bank

    President Obama has caused a furor with his plan to tax withdrawals from so-called 529 plans, a tax-advantaged savings account through which families save for children's college tuition. Annual contributions to 529s, often deductible from...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Sorting out US visas for crime victims

    As a society, we want people to report crimes and help bring criminals to justice. Without the cooperation of victims, the criminal justice system doesn't work very well. One particular problem for police and prosecutors is that people...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Don't reopen door to housing discrimination

    How hard should it be to fight discriminatory housing practices? A lot harder than it is now, the state of Texas argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Many of the justices didn't appear to buy it -- and they shouldn't. "Housing...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: New challenges, new leadership in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi King Abdullah had a not- undeserved reputation as a relative moderate and modernizer of his hidebound and autocratic monarchy. He waged war against Islamic extremists, both at home and abroad; invested heavily in education, including...

  9. DANA MILBANK: We should get used to the president's swagger

    Here's some practical advice to those who didn't like President Obama's swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it. Economic indicators suggest he's going to have even more to crow about in the months to come. Obama...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Taking risk to offer broadband is a local call

    When President Obama urged in his State of the Union address that broadband Internet service be made available to all Americans, it was the 21st-century equivalent of calling for a chicken in every pot. So much commerce, information,...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Netanyahu invite endangers Iran negotiations

    With Congress's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session on March 3, the fight between President Barack Obama and his opponents on Capitol Hill over policy toward Iran has taken a bizarre turn....

  12. DANA MILBANK: The GOP's bait-and-switch on abortion

    As President Obama prepared on Tuesday to lay out his economic agenda in his State of the Union address, House Republicans were moving ahead with an agenda of their own. Just two weeks into the new Congress, they voted Tuesday afternoon...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: US, India should let China help to end Afghan war

    However much they extol the virtues of cooperation, U.S. officials remain wary of China's spreading influence in Asia. President Barack Obama issued the latest warning in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. In one area, however, the U.S...

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