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mass shootings have started to look, sound and feel the same — and that's a problem

yet another makeshift memorial after yet another mass shooting. (rhona wise/afp/getty images)remove the captions from the photos and put the images in front of anyone in the united states, and they will know instantly what they are looking at.the police cruisers and yellow tape tell you it is a crime scene; other details are the tip-off that it is a uniquely american kind. often, there will be photographs or footage captured from above, a cue that some terrible event has spurred producers to scramble their live news helicopter crews. we will see a building in the frame, at first eerily still. then pours forth a line of shaken workers or moviegoers or shoppers or small children, marched single-file, hands held high or on the shoulders of the person in front of them, scared to death but at t...





the way trump talks about ‘chain migration’ is spiritually bankrupt

andrew haile, a massachusetts assistant attorney general, is a former accredited representative of the board of immigration appeals. the views represented here are his own. for three years prior to law school, i worked as an immigration counselor for immigrants and refugees. my colleagues and i helped with many things — green cards, citizenship, work permits, etc. — but for a huge number of our clients, the most important thing was bringing over relatives. many had been separated for years and were desperate to be reunited.i cannot count the number of times a client asked whether it would be possible to bring over a particular relative, and i had to say no. can my aunt come? no. my uncle? no. my mother or father? if you’re a refugee or green-card holder, no. my sister’s child, whom...





ai ‘gaydar’ developed at stanford could compromise lgbtq people’s privacy — and safety

jd schramm is the mba class of 1978 lecturer in organizational behavior at stanford’s graduate school of business.computers are more accurate than humans at visually detecting sexual orientation, according to an article in this month’s journal of personality and social psychology. that’s not really news to me — i’ve always been bad with “gaydar.” i was once on a third date with a guy before i knew he was gay. okay, i did not realize our first two coffees were actually dates in his mind, and the friends who introduced us failed to tell me it was a romantic setup. but the point’s the same; i’ve not been gifted with a strong gaydar and would welcome any help i can get. but the implications of this research are much more serious than my romantic musings. in the wrong hands, t...





after the latest mass shooting, we’re focusing on the wrong amendment

hillsboro, ohio — growing up on a small southern ohio farm, the favorite christmas gift i received as a child was a “rifleman” rifle, ordered from the sears “wish book” that still arrived in mailboxes in the 1960s.“the rifleman” was a tv western starring chuck connors as lucas mccain. his rifle was modified with a looped, hinged lever that allowed him to fire in rapid succession. my toy version looked and functioned like that tv rifle, but fired caps instead of bullets.still, in my imaginary world — where our barn and corn cribs served as forts, shacks and old west hideouts — i dispatched many a bank robber, horse thief and outlaw with my “rifleman” rifle. in the decades that followed, i’ve never considered shooting anyone in real life.television in the 1950s and ea...





profiting from the presidency - the washington post

donald trump jr. is in india cashing in on the trump name.





here’s how trump rigged his budget numbers

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the munich security conference is one of the premier global forums, so what’s with the malaise?

national security adviser h.r. mcmaster delivers a speech at the 2018 munich security conference on feb. 17 in germany. the annual conference, which brings together political and defense leaders from around the world, is taking place under heightened tensions between the united states and russia. (sebastian widmann/getty images)numerous locals in munich assured me that the winters there are normally sunny. this past weekend, however, the weather during the 2018 munich security conference (msc) was cold and gray. the climate inside the meetings was equally forbidding.as a first-time attendee, i found it difficult to gauge the tenor of this meeting in comparison with those of the past. the whole point of security conferences is to talk about doom and gloom. still, longtime attendees told...





tips should belong to workers, not their bosses

the trump administration is under fire for proposing a labor department regulation that could result in hotel and restaurant employers dipping into the tips customers leave for their employees, depriving the nation’s 14 million hard-working restaurant workers of significant amounts of money each year. critics are right: this would be a bad policy. unfortunately, the administration may have the law on its side, which means that the law, not just the regulation, is what really needs to change. the federal fair labor standards act (flsa) essentially gives employers a choice of what to pay their waitstaffs: either the minimum wage or more, or a much lower “tipped minimum,” as long as tips make up the difference. what the flsa did not specifically cover, however, was what employers who ...





on gun violence, we are a failed state

the surest sign a political regime is failing is its inability to do anything about a problem universally seen as urgent that has some obvious remedies. and it’s a mark of political corruption when unaccountable cliques block solutions that enjoy broad support and force their selfish interests to prevail over the common good. on gun violence, the united states has become a corrupt failed state.this is the only conclusion to draw from the endless enraging replays of the same political paralysis, no matter how many children are gunned down at our schools or how many innocent americans are slaughtered at shopping centers and other public places. whatever happens, we can’t ban assault weapons, we can’t strengthen background checks, we can’t do anything.in corrupt failed states, politic...





the nuclear agreement is ‘the worst deal ever’ — for iran

some of the most inspiring images of the new year — and therefore, in this age of trump, some of the least noticed — have come from iran. in sometimes grainy photos and videos posted on the internet, iranian women are seen standing atop utility boxes on busy streets, silent and alone, having taken off their mandatory head coverings and holding them up on sticks. at least 29 women have been arrested for these astounding displays of courage and defiance, which risk a prison sentence of up to 10 years. the women’s demonstrations began during a week of mass protests across iran beginning in late december, driven not by the country’s educated elite but its working class. the discontent started with rising prices for eggs, but by the time the demonstrations ended, the slogans included ...





jamaicans are bobsledding again. stop quoting that offensive movie.

jazmine fenlator-victorian and carrie russell, the first female jamaican bobsledders, trained in pyeongchang saturday. (ryan pierse/getty images,)as a teenager in southeastern virginia in the 1990s, i came to expect something odd when i met strangers: a chant. if i told someone that my mother was jamaican, he or she often responded with “feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s bobsled time.” it was the starting-gun exhortation from the jamaican olympic bobsled team in “cool runnings.” and while it was irritating to know that a hapless-if-determined fictional crew of failed sprinters defined my mom’s country in the popular eye, i was still proud of jamaica. it was an uplifting story that had a prominent place in the island’s estimable olympic history.i watched it aga...





the munich security conference is one of the premier global forums, so what’s with the malaise?

national security adviser h.r. mcmaster delivers a speech at the 2018 munich security conference on feb. 17 in germany. the annual conference, which brings together political and defense leaders from around the world, is taking place under heightened tensions between the united states and russia. (sebastian widmann/getty images)numerous locals in munich assured me that the winters there are normally sunny. this past weekend, however, the weather during the 2018 munich security conference (msc) was cold and gray. the climate inside the meetings was equally forbidding.as a first-time attendee, i found it difficult to gauge the tenor of this meeting in comparison with those of the past. the whole point of security conferences is to talk about doom and gloom. still, longtime attendees told...





the sad truth this presidents’ day

it’s called presidents’ day, but it’s really about the two national leaders whose birthdays fall 10 days apart in this otherwise dreary month. george washington and abraham lincoln were very different sorts of men in background, breeding and education, but they shared a common trait that has, to paraphrase lincoln’s ringing words, lit them down in honor to the latest generation: an unshakeable commitment to the survival of the new national union on these shores. both devoted their lives to it.washington did not wish to take on the job of president in his later years. although a well-to-do landowner (and holder of enslaved people), he had subjected himself to prolonged hardship and danger, including the possibility of being hanged for treason, as he led the continental forces to v...





tips should belong to workers, not their bosses

the trump administration is under fire for proposing a labor department regulation that could result in hotel and restaurant employers dipping into the tips customers leave for their employees, depriving the nation’s 14 million hard-working restaurant workers of significant amounts of money each year. critics are right: this would be a bad policy. unfortunately, the administration may have the law on its side, which means that the law, not just the regulation, is what really needs to change.the federal fair labor standards act (flsa) essentially gives employers a choice of what to pay their waitstaffs: either the minimum wage or more, or a much lower “tipped minimum,” as long as tips make up the difference. what the flsa did not specifically cover, however, was what employers who p...





soaring stakes for metro funding

after detroit failed to make the cut last month in amazon’s second-headquarters sweepstakes, a handful of local leaders had a postmortem phone call to ask the online behemoth what went wrong. among the company’s main concerns: detroit’s mass transit system was not up to snuff.that should be a wake-up call for state lawmakers in virginia and maryland, both of which have localities that are among amazon’s 20 hq2 finalists. (disclosure: amazon founder and ceo jeffrey p. bezos owns the post.) in both richmond and annapolis, legislation has been introduced to extend a critically needed long-term financial lifeline to metro, which serves both jurisdictions as well as the district, which also made the amazon shortlist. if that legislation is enacted, it will boost business confidence and ...





today, inflation. tomorrow, crisis? - the washington post

anyone looking for good economic news will be disappointed by the latest inflation report, which showed the consumer price index (cpi) advancing by 0.5 percent in january. by itself, this isn’t especially alarming — prices jump around month to month — but it has troubling implications for the future. to some economists, it suggests the possibility of another financial crisis on the order of the 2008-2009 crash.until recently, inflation seemed to be dead or, at least, in a prolonged state of remission. it was beaten down by cost-saving technologies and a caution against raising wages and prices instilled by the great recession. from 2010 to 2015, annual inflation as measured by the cpi averaged about 1.5 percent, often too small to be noticed. in 2016 and 2017, the annual rates inched...





waking up to china’s infiltration of american colleges

china’s massive foreign influence campaign in the united states takes a long view, sowing seeds in american institutions meant to blossom over years or even decades. that’s why the problem of chinese financial infusions into u.s. higher education is so difficult to grasp and so crucial to combat. at last, the community of u.s. officials, lawmakers and academics focused on resisting chinese efforts to subvert free societies is beginning to respond to beijing’s presence on america’s campuses. one part of that is compelling public and private universities to reconsider hosting confucius institutes, the chinese government-sponsored outposts of culture and language training. with more than 100 universities in the united states now in direct partnership with the chinese government throug...





on gun violence, we are a failed state

the surest sign a political regime is failing is its inability to do anything about a problem universally seen as urgent that has some obvious remedies. and it’s a mark of political corruption when unaccountable cliques block solutions that enjoy broad support and force their selfish interests to prevail over the common good.on gun violence, the united states has become a corrupt failed state.this is the only conclusion to draw from the endless enraging replays of the same political paralysis, no matter how many children are gunned down at our schools or how many innocent americans are slaughtered at shopping centers and other public places. whatever happens, we can’t ban assault weapons, we can’t strengthen background checks, we can’t do anything.in corrupt failed states, politics...





the nuclear agreement is ‘the worst deal ever’ — for iran

some of the most inspiring images of the new year — and therefore, in this age of trump, some of the least noticed — have come from iran. in sometimes grainy photos and videos posted on the internet, iranian women are seen standing atop utility boxes on busy streets, silent and alone, having taken off their mandatory head coverings and holding them up on sticks. at least 29 women have been arrested for these astounding displays of courage and defiance, which risk a prison sentence of up to 10 years.the women’s demonstrations began during a week of mass protests across iran beginning in late december, driven not by the country’s educated elite but its working class. the discontent started with rising prices for eggs, but by the time the demonstrations ended, the slogans included ?...





we, the people, were attacked as a people. we need to respond as a people, as well.

danielle allen is a political theorist at harvard university and a contributing columnist for the post.the constitution requires that, upon assumption of the office, a president swear as follows: “i do solemnly swear (or affirm) that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states.” in the face of an attack such as that perpetrated by russian agents, now definitively recorded in the latest mueller indictment, what would count as defending the constitution? nothing short of restoring the mystic chords of mutual understanding within the citizenry.the attack against us was perpetrated not by assassination of any sitting officeholder, not by a bombing of a military...