Commentary

Comment: Athletes are changing Olympics’ soft-power politics

The prestiege of nations’ medal counts may be shifting to a focus on agendas set by the athletes.

 

Comment: Shrinking population can only hurt U.S., its economy

More than just fewer workers to support retirees, a lower birth rate has wider consequences for the nation.

 

Comment: Republicans should back Biden’s infrastructure deal

Doing so will strengthen Democratic moderates’ work to pare the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan.

 

Comment: With democracy under attack, journalism must adapt

Jan. 6 shows why when one party denies the truth news outlets can’t hide behind ‘covering both sides.’

Comment: Anti-CRT campaign rebirth of White Citizens Councils

During the 1950s and ’60s, the ‘white-collar Klan’ drove a massive resistance to racial segregation.

Comment: Congress should continue use of remote testimony

Its use during the pandemic has allowed experts and ordinary Americans to participate in decisions.

Comment: As delta variant surges, doctors facing hard choices

Intensive care staff may be forced to choose beween helping vaccinated or unvaccinated patients.

Comment: Opposing vaccines, masks isn’t principled; it’s deadly

Mother Nature and covid have shown little patience with the anti-factual hubris of anti-vaxxers.

Comment: Biden needs careful response for Cuban unrest

He should find a middle ground on sanctions and official engagement with Cuban authorities.

Comment: Delta variant could still lay economy low

It’s not covid restrictions that’s the problem but public wariness if infections continue their rise.

Comment: Homelessness was on decline, until we changed course

Housing First was reducing homelessness until the Trump years. We need to resume those programs.

FILE - In this April 11, 2011 photo, Grover is posed on the set of "Sesame Street," in New York. The popular children's TV series is celebrating their 50th season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Viewpoints: Selling Sesame kept a ‘public good’ on the air

As public funding was cut over the years, Sesame Streets creators turned to corporate deals.

FILE - In this April 11, 2011 photo, Grover is posed on the set of "Sesame Street," in New York. The popular children's TV series is celebrating their 50th season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Comment: Biden’s BLM pick faces scrutiny for Earth First ties

Opponents say Tracy Stone-Manning supported tree spiking. Or did she act to protect loggers’ safety?

Comment: Here’s what can replace monuments to Confederates

Southern states have an opportunity to delve into their history to honor forgotten Blacks worthy of notice.

Comment: Trump’s Twitter lawsuit raises one serious concern

It accuses Democrats of coercing social media to ban his accounts. It was Trump who was making threats.

Comment: Inslee dropped ball in touting pandemic response

Comparing the state’s emergency orders to winning the Super Bowl sidesteps sacrifices and losses.

Commentary: Why schools should teach about racism

Racism and its connection to U.S. history must be taught because students already live with it.

FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America's small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House  in Washington. Though stripped of his Twitter account for inciting rebellion, President Donald Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Viewpoints: Why Trump won’t get far in social media lawsuits

Trump’s flawed reasoning won’t win in federal court. But it will give him a hook for more fundraising.

FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America's small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House  in Washington. Though stripped of his Twitter account for inciting rebellion, President Donald Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Comment: Court-packing is dead but other reforms are possible

Major changes to the Supreme Court are unlikely, but ‘small ball’ proposals could still improve things.

Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg created an installation last fall at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in D.C. memorializing those who had perished during the coronavirus pandemic. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Andre Chung

Comment: National Mall to fly flags, one for every covid death

More than 600,000 white flags will be placed at the nation’s ‘front lawn’ as a memorial and a reminder.

Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg created an installation last fall at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in D.C. memorializing those who had perished during the coronavirus pandemic. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Andre Chung
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