Robert Samuelson

Robert Samuelson

Washington Post Writers Group

Hacking of Sony could be a harbinger of cyberwarfare

Hacking of Sony could be a harbinger of cyberwarfare

December 23, 2014

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film "The Interview," we have decided not to move forward with the planned Dec. 25 theatrical release.

  • Life is a highway with a hairpin happiness curve

    December 8, 2014

    We all want to be happy, don't we? Well, if you're dissatisfied, frustrated or downright miserable, cheer up. There's apparently a cure for you. Even better, it will materialize automatically. Just sit and wait; the very anticipation of its arrival might improve your spirits. The remedy: getting older.

  • Parties put governing behind winning political support

    November 18, 2014

    We Americans are increasingly given to political escapism. Regardless of our place on the political spectrum — Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative — we prefer self-serving fictions to messy realities. We avoid unpopular choices by hiding behind ideological platitudes. This defines Washington's political paralysis and polarization. The question posed by the midterm election is whether the parties want to break it.

  • Fed's bond-buying program over but jury's still out on its success

    November 10, 2014

    The Federal Reserve has ended its roughly $3.7 trillion program of bond buying, leaving in its wake hard questions Did it strengthen the economic recovery? If so, by how much? What are the long-run effects? Should it be used again? We don't have good answers.



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