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Seriously mentally ill

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people. Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves. Most, says DJ ...

Campus cranks revealed

For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these now-deleted tweets from Washington, D.C., Catholic college professors about the Brett Kavanaugh battle and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick is considered scandalous and newsworthy. 1. “Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). In school, we study for the tests to get the grade. Real-life relationships aren’t forged in tests. We make the grade through routine pleasant interactions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Some kind of competition is featured. If you win, be gracious and brief. If you ...

Who will Americans be?

I’ve been writing for years about the depth of the culture war taking place in America. I’ve done so with trepidation, with knowledge that without resolution, culture wars can turn into physical wars. It happened once in America. Can it happen again? The first major violent ...

Time to fight the bullies

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied — mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted. Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But America has become a culture of bullying — the wealthier over the poorer, CEOs over workers, those with privilege ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re gracious and social even when you don’t feel like dealing with people. Somehow doing it anyway just puts you right in the mood, and as a direct result, good things happen for you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Don’t underestimate the power of feeling liked. ...

Saving other species

The dusky gopher frog is a tiny thing. Once thriving in the longleaf pine forests of the South, only about 250 remain in the wild, in Mississippi. The endangered frog could soon disappear forever if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against a plan to preserve breeding ponds in Louisiana. The ...

Word on behalf of religion

These have been hard times for American institutions. Over the past four to five decades, confidence in nearly every institution of American life has declined. A 2018 Gallup survey found, for example, that trust in Congress stood at 42 percent in 1973 and dropped to 11 percent this year. Only ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband and I are alcoholics in recovery with multiple years of sobriety. We are in our 60s. When my husband was 17, he committed an act of violence that resulted in imprisonment. This act was in retaliation to someone who snitched on him for drug dealing. My husband ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If we think it happens a certain way and it happens another way instead, that matters little today. What matters is what works, even if it doesn’t make sense at all. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your giving nature is obvious, but what’s not so obvious is that the ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re good at processing what is offered to you. You do it based on priorities you’ve established before. Don’t be in automatic mode. Something needs attention. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The others came in at a different time, an earlier time, and they have ...

Discipline disparities

President Barack Obama’s first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My niece, “Becky,” is getting married soon, and according to my brother “John,” I can’t attend the wedding because I have a beard. Personally, I think I look like Hemingway. I’m a food writer and photo journalist. My barber says, “Don’t shave. You look good with ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your mind can either be your ally or your enemy. Choosing helpful thoughts is the habit to cultivate. Don’t expect such thoughts to be natural. Write them out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s no free passes for what you want to experience. You’re glad. Hard ...

Flake will be missed

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and occasional ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Recently, I’ve noticed that a “friend” on Facebook has been making very erratic posts, sometimes going on religious, political and metaphysical rants for hours on end. No one else is commenting on the posts or interacting with him. One person did ask, “Are you OK?” He ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You do a bit of mental training. You’ll steer your thoughts in such a way that creates a peaceful state. It’ll be easy this time, and you’ll be able to build on this positive experience later when circumstances make it harder. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People ...

‘Oppression’ gets overplayed

Watching this video upset me. Students and even faculty members won’t let Dave Rubin speak. They constantly interrupt, shouting “hate speech!” and “black lives matter!” Rubin was once a man of the left. He even was a co-host on The Young Turks network. But then he started a ...

Right to be angry

Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history. After his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered a compelling, sympathetic performance earlier in the day, Kavanaugh entered the Senate Judiciary ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I started dating this wonderful man. It was a perfect courtship, with the exception of some minor troubled-teen issues in his life, we both have teenagers, that he was working on but didn’t tell me much about. We dated happily with no issues whatsoever for three months. Then one ...