In 2017, France bucked the populist trend by voting for Emmanuel Macron against europhobic Marine Le Pen. In 2022, it has done so again — just as Slovenia looks set to eject its nationalist leader.

I grew up during the Cold War, when, in elementary school, we still participated in bomb drills. A bell would ring or horn would blow, and we would duck and cover, or in some teachers’ classrooms, just put our heads down on our desks.

The first stage of the war in Ukraine didn’t go according to Vladimir Putin’s plan, but it is the next four weeks that could determine how the map of Europe is changed as a result of his invasion. The incremental sanctions tightening we’ve seen in recent days will make little difference to t…

There was something grotesquely familiar about last week’s revelations about Hunter Biden’s business dealings abroad, both in the story’s particulars and in the more general saga of sleazy self-dealing into which it fits. The idea that these latest revelations definitively vindicate or villa…

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has made two ambitious assertions about the central bank’s management of the economy. In his latest news conference, he said that the Fed’s new, more inflation-tolerant monetary policy framework bears no responsibility for the recent sharp surge in co…

This is an age of niches: To better capture precious eyeballs, the entertainment industry is marketing its products to the narrowest possible communities. Perhaps it’s time to start treating the Oscars ceremony similar to other quirky entertainment, one better suited to air on a streaming se…

William Faulkner was not writing about Supreme Court confirmation hearings when he observed that “the past is never dead,” but he might as well have been. Increasingly, the sessions have become open season for relitigating nominations past. Grievances, ancient and recent, are endlessly exhum…

The dual crises of the global pandemic and the war in Ukraine have been testing our governments, our institutions, our diplomacy — and our collective sense of time. In part because of social media, both events already seem intolerably long, even though the Russian invasion of Ukraine is less…

Two years into the pandemic, Congress is poised to repeat what will almost certainly be a deadly mistake: waiting until it’s too late before investing in prevention.

White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Zients is leaving and being replaced by Dr. Ashish Jha, a very public — and, as far as I can tell, very good — public health expert. In any other White House, I’d be questioning the choice of Jha and whether his undoubted medical and policy expertise and…

The U.S. Senate’s run of legislative productivity continued on Tuesday with the surprise passage of a bill to make daylight saving time a year-round thing. Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, asked for unanimous consent to pass the bipartisan bill, no one objected, and boom — the bill …

Time seemed to stand still this week as the issue of changing time surprisingly bridged our partisan divide: On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, which would establish a fixed, year-round time. If passed by the House and signed by the president, our …

With the unlawful invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has blown up the post-Cold War era. The supposed Pax Americana of the past three decades is over. What comes next is yet to be defined, with a stark contrast between what might be possible and what appears likely to foll…

The world has seen images of Russian military might rolling through Ukraine’s suburbs, past modest houses and open fields and toward its cities. Citizens have attempted to halt the tanks and soldiers with Molotov cocktails, their own bodies and their seething outrage. Ukrainians have not thw…

There are many ways Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the world a more dangerous, brutish and frightening place. One is by raising the potential for nuclear Armageddon.

As Russian tanks roll through Ukraine, the U.S. and its European allies are responding to Russia’s military aggression through a sweeping set of economic sanctions, including the unusual step of cutting Russian financial institutions off from the global financial system by kicking them out o…

Ahmaud Arbery’s three killers were convicted last week of federal hate crimes. But I can already hear some people trying to turn them into some sort of anomaly, as if they are “dinosaurs” from a bygone era. I hear people blaming the racism of these men on the fact that they are from the Sout…

As has happened so many times before in European history, an aggressor’s bombs, missiles and tanks are wreaking horror and havoc on a weaker neighbor. The toll of killed and wounded is rising; fleeing civilians are clogging highways. This time, the victim is Ukraine, a member state of the Un…

Since a 15-year-old Russian girl named Kamila Valieva was destroyed before our eyes on an Olympic skating rink, there has been the usual uproar. We rail against the coaches who turn girls into disposable, miserable robots. We call for higher age minimums for competitors. We trot out the grea…

No matter how the IOC tries to spin it, the enduring symbol of the Beijing Games — and really, the entire Olympic movement — is a sad little girl put in an untenable position by adults who have no shame.

The political world is mired in must-watch political theater in Canada, where the government announced last week that banks could, without due process, freeze personal and corporate accounts of those believed to be part of the trucker protest.

As Democratic governors race to relax mask mandates and other COVID restrictions for a post-omicron world, it’s natural to wonder: When will the federal government let airline passengers and Amtrak riders take their masks off?

When Mikaela Shiffrin careened off the course, another expected gold medal slipping away before she hardly got started, the announcers from NBC let her have it.

Where I grew up, sports gambling was furtive but everywhere. My high school was in Newark, New Jersey’s North Ward, then a fading Italian American neighborhood. Boys who had certain, um, connections, would run betting slips for college and pro football games. The yellow slips would arrive on…

“Showcase” and “Super Bowl” go together — the game is a showcase for the NFL, a showcase for advertisers, a showcase for athletic talent. On Sunday, the Super Bowl in Los Angeles is also likely to be a showcase for pandemic double standards and shifting rules that increasingly are trying the…

My mother has worked in the school system since I was in preschool. For most of that time she was a teacher. When she retired, she ran for the school board and won. She is now serving her third term. She’ll be 80 years old in November. My brother is also a teacher, as is his daughter.

Brian Flores, the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, alleged in a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday against the National Football League, the Dolphins, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos that the league and the teams’ hiring practices are so steeped in racism that it cost him jobs.