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Robert B. Reich: Berkeley vs. Big Soda

robert-reich-c.jpg I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.

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Mona Charen: Prickly narcissist

charen-c.jpg "Oh, it's a shame when you have a wan, diffident, professorial president with no foreign policy other than 'don't do stupid things.'" So griped President Obama to a select (and loose-lipped) group of dinner guests the other night. The president is annoyed that critics cannot see the wisdom in his prudence. "I do not make apologies for being careful in these areas, even if it doesn't make for good theater."

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Froma Harrop: How not to get your country back

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg The tea party mantra, "I want my country back," resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared.

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Letter to the Editor: Defending states rights and marriage

The House of Delegates will meet Thursday to take up HR 541. I'm asking everyone to contact their delegate and Speaker William J. Howell and ask them to support this resolution authorizing the House speaker to hire legal counsel to defend Virginia's constitution in federal court.

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Peter Brookes: Obama too fond of fairy tales

PeterBrookes.jpg President Obama would rather have been anywhere else on Earth but at that White House podium Wednesday night unveiling a new counterterror strategy for dealing with the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Wondering 'what if' as U.S. forces head back to the Middle East

leonard-pitts.jpg If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.

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Letter to the Editor: Schmookler identified a basic problem

I have just finished reading Andy Schmookler's commentary in the Northern Virginia Daily. Congratulations! I think he has identified a basic problem.

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Diane Dimond: The NFL just doesn't get it

Dimond-Diane-color.jpg The statistics are easy to find. One in every 3 women in the United States will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

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Editorial: 'Lone wolf' assaults are major threat

Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat.

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Mark Shields: Renouncing American citizenship - for profit

Shields-c.jpg The United States Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people with all the rights of flesh-and-bone citizens -- beginning, of course, with the First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money in American election campaigns. But corporations, it turns out, do not have the same responsibilities as do their fellow citizens.

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