BY DANA MILBANK
When White House press secretary Jay Carney led a quartet of President Obama’s top advisers into an auditorium for the annual rollout of the budget Tuesday, only 40 of the room’s 120 seats were occupied — and several of the reporters there had come to ask Carney about Ukraine.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are:
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway played a pivotal role a century ago in creating modern-day Florida and it’s poised to do it again. Late next year, All Aboard Florida, an FEC subsidiary, will start hourly passenger train service between Miami and Orlando.
BY PHILIP LEVINE
When I decided to run for mayor of Miami Beach last year, I began with a door-to-door journey. I knocked on over 6,000 doors, meeting with the people who call Miami Beach their home and listening to what they had to say about themselves, about their lives and what they want for the future.
In My Opinion
By Glenn Garvin
Future historians may recall Barack Obama’s foreign policy as the Clash of the Clichés: Every time the president draws a red line, he winds up painting himself into the corner.
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
It happened again. The defeat of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in the municipal elections of Feb. 23 is not an isolated case. It is possible that 21st-century socialism, its ideological neighbors and the circuit of countries in the “Bolivarian” circle, known by acronym ALBA, are in a downturn.
BY LESLIE PANTÍN
The Florida State University is well poised to attract a new leader. The work done by many and led by the past presidents has led to preeminence, catapulting the university to rank among the top 40 public institutions while being named the most efficient, high-quality university in the nation for the last two years.
BY EDWARD WASSERMAN
An ethical firestorm has flared up over an expose that ran last month in Grantland, a sports and popular culture site affiliated with ESPN, on the unlikely subject of a new golf club and the woman who invented it.
By MARKOS KOUNALAKIS
Most analysis of the Ukraine crisis asks why Russian President Vladimir Putin would risk international condemnation — and potential military confrontation — with his aggressive military moves in Crimea.
BY JOHN HOBLICK
Nearly every Floridian recognizes that we must conserve water resources. The quality of life we enjoy depends upon our success at accomplishing this objective.
By CARLOS GIMENEZ
My administration began at a historic moment when voters decided we needed reform. We responded by restoring honesty, transparency and accountability to government. Together with the County Commission, I led the way to cut bureaucracy, saving taxpayers over $400 million and delivering the largest tax cut in county history.
By MIRTA OJITO
In a talk in New York this week, the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura noted that though Americans went through a cha-cha-cha craze in the 1950s, they never did learn the correct name of the Cuban rhythm. They called it the “cha-cha,” dropping the last “cha.”
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
It is a developer’s nightmare: Archeologists discover significant historical remains of an Indian civilization in the development of a lucrative project that will require costly changes in design. This is the case of MDM, whose MetSquare development in downtown Miami includes a hotel, cinemas, restaurants and more, might have to undergo a full redesign of the project after the discovery of an extraordinary ancient Tequesta Indian dwelling.
By JOE CARDONA
For as far back as I can remember my great-uncle, Mario, stood out. He was the patriarch of my family — a distinguished gentleman who had put himself through the University of Havana and willed his way to success, pulling his entire family up by the proverbial bootstraps. He was ethical and compassionate, even-keeled and sophisticated. My Tio Bebo, as we lovingly called him, meant the universe to my mother, whom he helped raise. He was, basically, a third grandfather to me.
By DANIEL SHOER ROTH
People, by nature, chase miracles.
By STEPHEN A. CROCKETT, JR.
I imagine you taller now. I imagine you ready for college or the armed forces, or sulking because the world isn’t kind to those who are fresh out of high school. I imagine you annoyed that the economy sucks and that tuition is high and scholarship opportunities are limited and the paperwork is endless.
BY DANA MILBANK
There was a time, not too long ago, when Republicans decried “activist judges.” Now they’re lamenting that judges are not being activist enough.
BY FRANK CALZON
It was 1958, and he was a schoolteacher and a small rice grower near the Sierra Maestra mountains in Cuba’s easternmost province. Unhappy with Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship, he carried rifles to the rebels amid the produce of his farm.
BY ROGER F. NORIEGA
Recent revelations about secret dealings by El Salvadors ruling party with street gangsters and international narcotraffickers have many in that country worried that they may be drifting toward the lawlessness that has spawned chaos in Venezuela.
BY MARGARET CARLSON
If you’re like me — and I’m not advising it — you sometimes read the reaction to an article before you read the article itself.