President Barack Obama had the opportunity this week to make an irresponsible Congress face the consequences of its own dumb actions. For reasons I cannot fathom, he took a pass.
On Syria, President Barack Obama has sometimes seemed isolated within his own administration. As the atrocities have escalated — from the shelling of neighborhoods, to airstrikes on bread lines, to the use of Scud missiles against civilians, to the likely incremental introduction of chemical weapons — the Assad regime’s strategy has become alarmingly clear.
ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
We are passing through something more than a period of disappointing economic growth and increasing political polarization. What’s happening is more powerful: the collapse of “entitlement.”
RICHARD S. DAVIS
After 105 days, the Legislature goes into overtime, with a two-week timeout for “cooling off.” Gov. Jay Inslee set the special session to begin May 13. Key budget writers will doubtless continue negotiations during intermission.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
President Barack Obama is right to resist the mounting pressure for military intervention in Syria. Action by U.S. forces might or might not make the situation better — but certainly could make things worse.
Since Franklin Roosevelt busted the curve, presidents have generally tried to avoid the 100-day measure of their effectiveness. But as President Barack Obama’s second term reaches this milestone, his legislative yield is particularly paltry.
Question: If a lahar occurs, and you are living in a valley area downhill from the volcano, do you:
LEONARD PITTS JR.
This is for the rest of us.
Come clean, you dirty rat.
WASHINGTON – In retrospect, George W. Bush’s legacy doesn’t look as bad as it did when he left office. It looks worse.
DALLAS – Thursday’s dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum here has been an occasion for both friends and critics of the former president to press their case. According to the polls, the number of critics has fallen over time. They make up for it with enthusiasm.
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
On April 13, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian Authority resigned. It was an easy development to miss, but not one to be ignored. It was very bad news, because Salam Fayyad was the “Arab Spring” before there was an Arab Spring.
There’s an increasing drumbeat around making sure all high school students graduate with solid math skills.
WASHINGTON – The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists – and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.
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