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Does the barbarism have a logic?

Why did they do it? What did the Islamic State think it could possibly gain by burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot?

Jeb’s mixed messages

If Jeb Bush intended to run for the Republican presidential nomination, one has to wonder why in the world he wrote “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” with Clint Bolick in 2013.

Defining economic failure down

Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America’s political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent. They explain the insufficient dismay about recent economic numbers.

Seek a vaccine for ignorance

Flashback: Galileo is under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Church for refusing to consider his heliocentric proposition that the Earth circled the sun.

Golden opportunity for GOP deal-making

To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama’s budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home — in cash — the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

Auschwitz, and anti-Semitism on the rise

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance.

For the Stehekin, a road

One of my special childhood memories is that of my grandfather carrying me on his shoulders through patches of nettles as he worked his way to the upper Stehekin River to fish a secluded spot above Bridge Creek. The narrow road had opened a fantasy land of towering mountains, dark wooded groves and sparkling water. We didn’t have much time as Grandpa was squeezing this adventure into a narrow window. Dad would only be content covering the orchard crew a day or two while we played around.

Bud Selig’s winning legacy

The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff to please our fans.” Today, however, Washington’s team is a model of best practices. The government? Less so.

2 Seahawks 12:48-49

Have you noticed? The Seahawks’ second straight trip to the Super Bowl has a way of energizing our entire state.

Hillary stands alone

And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016 — hey, hold on, where’d everybody go?

Iran’s emerging empire

While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.

Port delays hurting us badly

In July, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association began negotiations for a contract to cover the tens of thousands of dockworkers along the West Coast. Now, in January, those negotiations still have not concluded. With each passing day, I hear examples about the negative impact the lack of resolution is having on communities across the state and the country. That is why I am glad to hear that the parties have jointly requested federal mediation as my colleagues and I have urged. However, the hard work ...

The mushrooming welfare state

America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly: