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Post-revolutionary Egypt often appears to be on the verge of a breakdown. Strikes and protests remain rampant, while the economy is still moribund. Since July 9, thousands of protesters have been gathering once again in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, accusing the ruling military of betraying their revolut...

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:49pm

The second-quarter campaign finance numbers for presidential candidates are out — but some of the most important information remains obscure. All candidates complied with federal election law by identifying individuals who contributed $200 or more to their campaigns. But none of the Republican can...

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 4:54pm

According to a recent story in The Post, the Obama administration is “quietly toasting” the success of international sanctions against Iran. The Islamic republic is having increasing difficulty arranging imports, including food, and the central bank is reportedly short of hard currency. Billions...

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 4:50pm

Immigration skeptics are fond of portraying the southwestern border as lawless and violent, a sort of Spanish-accented version of Pakistan’s tribal areas. In this fantasy dystopia, cascades of illegal immigrants cross the frontier, running roughshod over outmanned and outgunned U.S. Border Patrol ...

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 7:51pm

WASHINGTON — The remarkable thing about what happened on the Senate floor Monday night was that it was utterly unremarkable.  The matter under consideration — the nomination of the first openly gay man to serve on the federal bench — would at one time have been a flashpoint in the culture...

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 6:31pm

As thrilled as most Minnesotans will be to see state parks, state offices and state government reopen, we don’t have to be as happy about the very closed way it came about. Disappointingly, most of the meetings and talks to finalize bills and to bring an end to the longest government shutdown in s...

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 7:20pm

The best outcome for the showdown over the debt ceiling would have been to seize the moment to secure a pain-all-around bargain encompassing spending cuts, entitlement reform and tax revenue. That may still be possible, but it seems less achievable with every passing day....

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 6:39pm

Regarding Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backup plan to deal with the debt ceiling, we have a three-part reaction. The first is to marvel at the scheme’s complexity and barely disguised political subtext: Call it Rube Goldberg meets Karl Rove. The second is to breathe a sigh of relief ...

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 7:28pm

Amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget is a bad idea that never dies. It’s not surprising that the current avalanche of debt has inspired renewed calls. Given that the political system appears unable to discipline itself not to spend more — trillions more — than it takes in, wh...

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 8:33pm

Cheating occurs in moments of weakness, when the pressure to succeed outpaces tried-and-true methods. When students cheat at school, it becomes a local dilemma. When educators cheat on standardized tests, the ripples expand outward. A Georgia state investigation found in July that teachers and princ...

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 9:39pm