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  1. MICHAEL GERSON: It's a global conspiracy of health

    Thursday, Dec 18 2014 11:00 PM

    In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the population increased by about 1 billion.

    Shout it from the rooftops. Or, more topically, paste it to the posterior of a celebrity. Put Dianne Feinstein in charge of keeping it a secret.

    There are a variety of reasons for increased child survival, including improved prevention of malaria and HIV. But according to a recent report in The Lancet, about half of these gains came from reductions in pneumonia, diarrhea and measles -- diseases addressed by vaccination. We are seeing the continuation of what is...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Castro regime gets new lease on life from US

    The outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was recently growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to its refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse,...

  3. DANA MILBANK: Godmother to a new populism

    After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor game: Is Warren the Cruz of the left? Though there are...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Putting pressure on extremists badly needed

    Pakistan's army chief warned his senior commanders just last Friday to be on guard for a major attack by Taliban extremists, and for good reason: In the past six months the army has conducted an aggressive campaign against militants based...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Spending bill is a modest achievement

    Both houses of Congress have voted to send the $1.1 trillion "Cromnibus" spending bill to President Obama, and the president has promised to sign the measure, though it's not an easy creature to like. The massive bill represents a...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: How to handle the ascent of drone fever

    The potential for unmanned aircraft -- also known as drones -- to make life easier is tantalizing, eliciting images of tiny package-delivery devices zipping around town so UPS trucks wouldn't have to. On the other hand, as The Post's Craig...

  7. CHARLES HAYNES: Religious freedom needed for lasting peace

    On Dec. 10, 1948, the nations of the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights, an American-inspired proclamation that launched the modern human rights movement. Voting in the shadow of the...

  8. DANA MILBANK: Salty language in politics is now becoming routine

    "The report is full of crap."Thus spake Dick Cheney, on Fox News last week, when talking about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture that occurred during his vice presidency. The line might have been funny, if Cheney were...

  9. ESTHER CEPEDA: The impact of trade and immigration

    There has always been a philosophical divide about how best to educate the public on the causes and potential solutions to mass migration to the United States: through the heartstrings or through the wallet. Lately, the plight of families...

  10. ESTHER CEPEDA: These are the many states of teacher pay

    How much money you can make from teaching is a little like real estate -- location, location, location. In cities such as Baton Rouge, La., Fresno, Calif., and Northside, Texas, it can take anywhere from 24 to more than 30 years to...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Judge errs with gag order in mine fraud case

    Four years ago, a buildup of methane gas and coal dust exploded in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine, killing 29 workers in the deadliest American coal mine disaster in 40 years. The mine was owned by the Massey Energy Co., led by CEO...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: Making sure the next Eric Garner doesn't get killed

    "It shouldn't have gotten to that point." It's a sadly familiar phrase in this year of too many tragedies involving police and unarmed suspects. In the case of Eric Garner, who died in July while being arrested for selling loose cigarettes...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: Practicing the freedom to be un-'like'-able?

    When can the government prosecute someone for using heated language on Facebook? The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on where it should draw the line between protected speech and "true threats" that even the First Amendment does not...

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