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  1. DANA MILBANK: Kiss these votes goodbye

    This was not the way Republican leaders had planned to observe Equal Pay Day. On the eve of Tuesday's commemoration -- the day symbolizing how far into 2014 women must work to catch up to the wages men earned in 2013 -- a small newspaper...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: The human and political costs of deportation

    In the fiscal year that ended in October, U.S. authorities deported almost 370,000 immigrants, continuing a record-setting pace begun late in the Bush administration and sustained by the Obama administration. Obama has defended this policy...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Obamacare should cut off drug coupons

    Even for people who have health insurance, brand-name prescription drugs can be expensive. If the companies that sell those drugs want to give some patients a little help covering the cost, well, what could be the harm in that? A lot, it...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: CIA's torture program is a moral failure

    The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to declassify parts of its report on the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" to extract information from terrorist detainees, but parts of the work that have been leaked appear...

  5. MICHAEL GERSON: The right to health care

    Supporters of Obamacare are celebrating that the law is not an unmitigated disaster, just a mitigated one. As enrollment closed (for most) on March 31, the system passed 7 million exchange signups. What some are taking as a triumph of...

  6. DANA MILBANK: RINOs and things that go bump in the night

    From the state that gave us Katherine Harris and Mark Foley came news last week that a vampire is running for Congress. This particular bloodsucker -- actually, he does role-playing as a vampire after dark -- is trying to defeat Rep. Ted...

  7. STEPHEN CARTER: Don't blame voters for low turnout

    Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any...

  8. EMILY BAZELON: He wouldn't 'fare well' in prison? So what?

    What is wrong with Delaware Judge Jan Jurden, who last week gave a DuPont heir, Robert H. Richards IV, probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter? In her mind-boggling order suspending Richards' eight-year prison sentence, Jurden gave...

  9. LEONID BERSHIDSKY: Putin's Russia rejects western civilization

    What kind of country is Vladimir Putin's Russia? The third year of his third presidential term has offered plenty of clues: the Crimea invasion, the shuttering of uncensored media outlets, prison terms for protesters. Now, Putin is...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Campaign finance reform takes a new hit

    The rich get richer, and the rich get more latitude to pour more of their money into American elections. That's the effective outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday in a case that challenged aggregate federal campaign...

  11. MICHAEL GERSON: A dysfunctional Senate

    God saves the Queen. He saves this Honorable Court. But who will save the United States Senate? The venerable institution that Democrats control and Republicans covet has lately been something of a circus. The Senate majority leader,...

  12. ESTHER CEPEDA: You don't have to go to college to get educated

    It's the time of the year when you can't throw a rock without hitting a parent or a teenager bragging about college acceptance letters. You're far less likely to hear about the plans of students who really have no desire to go to college...

  13. All Sheldon Adelson wants is a safe bet

    There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair. They would include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris...

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