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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Bowe Bergdahl deserved to be rescued? Yes

    Monday, Mar 30 2015 07:30 PM

    When President Obama agreed last year to trade five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive for five years in Afghanistan by the Taliban and its allies, some critics of the deal said Bergdahl wasn't worth it because he had left his post before being captured. We expect that complaint will be amplified now that the military has announced that the 28-year-old soldier is being charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place."

    But the argument that Bergdahl didn't deserve to be rescued was wrong then and it's wrong now. Even if Bergdahl were to be convicted of these charges at a court-martial -- and he has yet to face even a preliminary...

  2. ESTHER CEPEDA: Written all over his face

    Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, native of Canada, junior senator of Texas and lover of Wagner, has thrown his hat into the ring to be the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election. But it's not his hat that many recoil from so much...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: After racist SAE chant, a chance for redemption

    Levi Pettit could have kept quiet and hoped that the controversy would eventually go away. He could have just issued a carefully lawyered apology that lacked heart and remorse. Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman easily could have...

  4. DANA MILBANK: The end of the White House's insularity?

    In the early days of the Obama administration, my Washington Post colleague Shailagh Murray and I used to trade tales of the arrogance of White House officials more interested in their insular club and the prestige of their positions than...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Keeping them safe from gay marriage

    Alarmed at the prospect that the Supreme Court will sanction same-sex marriage in every state, conservative state lawmakers are intensifying efforts to provide legal cover for evangelical Christians and others who regard homosexual unions...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Time to bring back the firing squad

    The likelihood that a state might execute an innocent person -- something that has almost certainly already happened in the U.S. -- is reason enough to abolish the death penalty. But while states continue to use it, they could at least be...

  7. MICHAEL GERSON: World might not be ready for 'the next epidemic'

    "Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world," writes philanthropist Bill Gates in The New England Journal of Medicine, "the most likely is an epidemic stemming from either natural causes or bioterrorism....

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Presidential debates: Bigger, broader, better

    Most Americans want a third party, which probably explains why leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties have conspired for the past three decades to exclude third-party candidates from the presidential debates. Never mind how...

  9. Unborn child act needs to pass

    In 1973, Roe v. Wade made abortions legal in the United States. Statistics show that four in 10 pregnancies lead to abortion. Eighteen percent of pregnant women are in their 20s, and many of these deliver late in term. A letter writer...

  10. ESTHER CEPEDA: An ode to the joy of teaching that inspires

    Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and a former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, made the following bold statement in response to a student's wondering about why...

  11. MICHAEL GERSON: How to block a bad deal with Iran

    It is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they don't. There is, however, a group of committed institutionalists that has...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: Obama strikes right balance on fracking

    After more than four years of effort, on Friday the Obama administration finalized new rules on hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," on federal lands. Critics on both sides of the fracking wars descended immediately, picking the...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: President's moment in Afghanistan

    Could more U.S. troops, given more time, finally defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan? It would be folly to think so, after more than 13 years of fighting. On the other hand, a full withdrawal of U.S. soldiers might lead the...

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