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By Lisa Murkowski and Ben Cardin: It’s time to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment

As we approach the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it comes as a shock to so many that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee women the same rights and protections …


John P. McNamara: Washington already leads in education innovation

The state of Washington is a national leader in educational innovation, especially in STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards.


Kathleen Parker: Let them eat cake

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” he inadvertently foreshadowed the government shutdown of 2018-19.


Jeff Danziger

Cartoon for January 27.


John Podesta: An unsurprising but still satisfying indictment

I smiled when Roger Stone’s arrest was announced Friday morning.


Eli Lake: Trump makes the right decision for Venezuela

Give Donald Trump credit. On Wednesday the U.S. president recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 26.


David Von Drehle: Twitter, the crystal meth of newsrooms

Twitter is a drug that insinuates itself into journalists’ vulnerabilities only to leave us toothless and disgraced.


Patricia Murphy: The shutdown is exactly what voters asked for

For the past 20 years, Americans have voted for exactly this – fighting, intransigence, and leaders who have made a habit of specifically promising to fight and not back down.


Trudy Rubin: The parallel paralyses of a Brexiting Britain and a shutdown America

The two great Anglo-Saxon democracies have sharp structural differences – a parliamentary party system versus a constitutional republic – yet both have ground to a screeching halt.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for January 25.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 24.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 24.


Megan McArdle: The Covington students failed to act like grown-ups. So did the adults.

As a young(ish) blogger, I learned, the hard way, that one should never go full-frontal jerk on the internet. Partly because one should generally eschew jerkhood. And partly because of …


Henry Olsen: The counterrevolution to populism is happening all over the world

It’s not just in the United States. The counterrevolution to populism is happening all over the world, and it’s turning the old left-right political axis on its head. In country …


Max Boot: Trump should not take solace from Mueller’s cryptic correction

Just because Robert Mueller slightly reined in a BuzzFeed report doesn’t mean President Trump should break out the champagne glasses.


Mayor David Condon and Dr. Bob Lutz: Together we can do so much

In this new year, as your mayor and as your health officer, we’d like to suggest that “really good something” be more social connectedness in our community.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 23.


David Von Drehle: We honor Martin Luther King Jr. not for his victories but for his vision

In Martin Luther King Jr., we have a model for choosing, and a fierce example of the final refusal to give up.


Robert B. Reich: The shutdown and the dismal failure of Trumponomics

One of the least-talked-about consequences of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government is its negative effect on the U.S. economy.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 22.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 21.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 20.


Education beyond high school is win-win for students, economy

Today, a postsecondary credential is the greatest driver of economic mobility and access to family-wage jobs.


Focus on issues in this session

This year, lawmakers in Olympia should knuckle down, focus on the core issues, and leave the divisive political ones dead in committees.


China built a big, beautiful wall, too. It failed.

With the U.S. government now shuttered by the standoff over funding Donald Trump’s wall, both he and his Democratic opponents might want to take a closer look at China’s Great …


Jay Inslee: Next president must make climate change top priority

The Democratic Party must nominate a candidate who will put fighting climate change at the top of the agenda. And that’s why I’m seriously considering running for president.


I run a Yosemite gift shop. We’re still open, Ann Coulter.

The reality is that “the wall” has become a symbol more than a policy, and that symbolism resonates with everyone in the country – for or against. Meanwhile, the Ansel …


Rekha Basu: Why did it take national condemnation for Iowa Republicans to call out Steve King?

It’s infuriating that it took so long Steve King’s Republican Senate colleagues from Iowa, who’ve been well aware of his legacy of saying such things, to even criticize him. It’s …


Mary Cullinan and Lynn Hickey: Academics and athletics: A powerful partnership for our region

The success of EWU’s football program turns a spotlight on our academic excellence. And, by bringing national attention to our university, athletic success actually adds value to our academic degrees.