A flight from barbarism

The most distressing part of listening to three young Salvadoran siblings describe the horrific violence that led them to flee their country in the spring and join their mother in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was, perhaps, their matter-of-fact attitude.

The right presidential reaction

As the tumultuous situation in Ferguson, Missouri, entered its second week, President Obama stood before the nation and offered a mild, balanced plea.

Venezuela’s dynastic diplomacy

A single mom, a brazen businesswoman, a party girl, and social-media rock star — María Gabriela Chávez is many things. But the bona fide that counts on Chavez’s resume is her bloodline. She is the daughter and longhaired likeness of the late Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s former charmer-in-chief, who ruled this sharply divided land of 29 million for 14 years with one foot on the balcony and the other on the throat of the opposition.

I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.

A teen-ager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America.

We’re spending too much on raising kids

The Department of Agriculture has released its annual report on the cost of raising children, and the upshot is what you probably already know: It’s expensive.

Why Obama shouldn’t go to Ferguson

On Monday, ABC’s Ann Compton asked President Barack Obama whether he would visit Ferguson, Missouri, amid the continued unrest. Obama didn’t give a firm answer, but he did suggest it’s probably not a good idea.

Whistle blower’s tale with happy ending

Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an oblique news release announcing that it was awarding an unnamed whistle-blower $400,000 for helping expose a financial fraud at an unnamed company. The money was the latest whistle-blower award — there have been 13 so far — paid as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which includes both protections for whistle-blowers and financial awards when their information leads to fines of more than $1 million.

High drama in Texas governor’s office

As moments of high political drama go, it doesn’t get much better than this. Indicted Gov. Rick Perry, we’re ready for your close-up.

The ones left behind

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

What are we seeing in Ferguson?

“Did one look at what one saw or did one see what one looked at?”

Tunnel mappings could have reduced deaths in Gaza

Israel wrapped up its ground offensive in Gaza last week and declared its tactical objective achieved: All of Hamas’ known “terror tunnels” were destroyed.

Who had the worst week in Washington

Washington’s chattering class tends to care an inordinate amount about the relative ups and downs of the city’s pundits. And the chattering was turned all the way up to 11 with Monday’s Politico Playbook report blaring that NBC’s Meet the Press would “announce (a) new moderator soon.”

When our gadgets go on strike

I used to know how things worked. Now I don’t have a clue.

What black parents tell their sons about police shootings

When I was growing up, my parents often gave me pep talks that were different from the ones my white male friends got from their parents.

To fix foreign policy mistakes, Obama must first admit them

“What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision.”

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