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Worthy of a response

The concerns about a prospective nuclear agreement with Iran raised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech to Congress on Tuesday are not — as the White House was quick to point out — new.

Stopping the IRS

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, and hence of Lois Lerner’s legacy. He knows how interesting her career was before she, as chief of the IRS exempt-organizations division, directed the suppression of conservative advocacy groups by delaying and denying them the tax exempt status that was swiftly given to comparable liberal groups.

Finding courage in Moscow

Russians know all too well the possible consequences of joining protest rallies in Moscow. Police regularly attack and beat peaceful demonstrators, and some have been sentenced to long prison terms. Boris Nemtsov, one of the principal organizers of those rallies, was brazenly gunned down on a heavily secured bridge near the Kremlin late Friday. So it would have been understandable if the crowd for a march held in his honor Sunday had been sparse.

The visible hand of Wal-Mart

In February, Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for half a million workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two reasons. First, there will be spillovers: Wal-Mart is so big its action will probably lead to raises for millions of workers employed by other companies. Second, and arguably far more important, is what Wal-Mart’s move tells us — namely, that low wages are a political choice, and we can and should choose differently.