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Regulatory overkill

WASHINGTON — Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who, during a campaign, makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative?

A contrary view on the Pulitzers

WASHINGTON — On Monday, my Washington Post colleagues celebrated winning the Pulitzer Prize for public service along with the Guardian newspaper for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency.

The real meaning of Easter: Candy

I love Easter candy. I love biting the ears off chocolate bunnies and picking out all the red jelly beans. I even like marshmallow Peeps. And, when you’re in front of the Easter display at the supermarket — thinking, “Creme-filled eggs for a dollar? Must buy them all!” — it’s sometimes hard to remember that Easter is about family and tradition and, yes, even some religion, too.

Understanding our divisions

WASHINGTON — In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.

RIP, Mr. Chairman

In the two presidential elections, immediately preceding Bob Strauss’s becoming the national chairman of the Democratic Party in 1973, Democratic presidential nominees — Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern — had between them carried a total of 14 out of 100 states and won an average of 39.9 percent of the popular vote. Strauss, the colorful, funny and profane Texas lawyer-politician, who died last week at 95, kept the promise he made upon his election as chairman: His job was not to deliver a nominee to the party in 1976 but instead to deliver a united party to the 1976 nominee.

America’s own mystery flight

WASHINGTON — It took off with a clear destination but then veered off course and disappeared. Several countries joined the search for answers and offered conflicting theories about what went wrong.

Flight 370: A crisis of trust

More than a Boeing 777 and 239 passengers and crew were lost when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished 12 days ago. People’s unquestioning trust in airline pilots to always do the right thing, and their trust in modern technology to track down the hard-to-find, may do a quick fade as well.