Richard Barry

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I’ve been in meetings with Putin. Here’s what Trump can expect.

HELSINKI — I was the U.S. ambassador to Russia for two years and worked on Russia policy for the Obama administration for three years before that. I never had my own one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But I did participate in a half-dozen sessions with Putin alongside …

Russia

In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy

When the sun was young and faint and the Earth was barely formed, a gigantic black hole in a distant, brilliant galaxy spat out a powerful jet of radiation. That jet contained neutrinos — subatomic particles so tiny and difficult to detect they are nicknamed “ghost particles.”<p>Four billion years …

Physics

Things will not be okay

Human beings often choose self-delusion over painful reality, and so in the days and weeks to come, we will hear reassurances that the NATO alliance is in good shape. After all, there have been spats in the past — over the Suez crisis in 1956, Vietnam in the 1960s and ’70s, missile deployment in …

Geopolitics

Is Hummus Actually Healthy? Here's What the Experts Say

Hummus, the chickpea-based dip that’s a staple in many Middle Eastern cuisines, is on the rise in the U.S. Multiple factors are fueling its growing …

Healthy Eating

Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sports - The Washington Post

Do you have any idea what the story is with Ryan Zimmerman? Coming off a stellar season, he comes up with a pretense to skip the pre-season, suffers a couple of injuries and then disappears off the face of the earth. Did he and/or the Nats know something wasn't right during pre-season? Is this just …

DC United

Trump’s summit with Kim could foretell catastrophe with Putin

<i>“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”</i><p><b>— President Trump, June 13</b><p><i>“North Korea is upgrading its nuclear research center at a rapid pace, new satellite imagery analysis suggests.”</i> <b><br>— The Wall Street Journal, June 27</b><p>As the president prepares, if this time he does prepare, for his second …

North Korea

Navajo Enemy Way Ceremony

<b>The Navajo Enemy Way Ceremony</b><p>By Johnson Dennison, Special to The Independent<p>The Navajo Enemy Way Ceremony is a healing ceremony to treat patients and …

Weddings

I no longer have hope in white America

<i>“I have reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block toward freedom is not the White citizen’s councilor or the Klu Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension, to a</i> …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vote against the GOP this November

Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something. Occurring less than 140 days before elections that can reshape Congress, the policy has …

Republicans

Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?

Howard Schultz wants to know if I drink coffee. The Starbucks boss is sitting on a balcony overlooking the company’s leafy farm in the Costa Rican …

Coffee

William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62

NEW HAVEN — William Reese, whose encyclopedic knowledge of historic American books and manuscripts made him a towering figure among rare-book sellers, died on June 4 at his childhood home in Havre de Grace, Md. He was 62.<p>His wife, Dorothy Hurt, said the cause was prostate cancer.<p>For nearly 40 …

Mexico City

Beware the ‘mother of all credit bubbles’

Let’s recall those heady days of 2006 when home prices were rising 10, 15, even 20 percent a year, allowing millions of homeowners to refinance mortgages and collectively take out more than $300 billion in cash from the increased value of their properties. Some spent the money on furniture, …

banks

The cowardice of the political class

The trustees for Social Security and Medicare issued their annual reports last week. This is cause for discouragement because it reminds us how much we’ve mortgaged the country’s future to spending for older Americans.<p>Already, Social Security and Medicare constituted 42 percent of federal spending …

Retirement

2 forms of exercise are the best way to stave off the effects of aging. Here's how to incorporate them into your life.

One of the most powerful means of reaping these benefits is exercise — and in many cases, you already have everything you need to get it: a body.<p>As we age, two forms of exercise are the most important to focus on: aerobic exercise, or cardio, which gets your heart pumping and sweat flowing, and …

How to Age Well and Stay in Your Home

Barbara Ehrenreich, popular author and self-described mythbuster, has written about how, having reached her mid-70s, she has lived long enough and now forgoes regular medical exams. And Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a 60-year-old oncologist and bioethicist, argues that we might all be better off, himself …

Retirement

The Profound Social Cost of American Exceptionalism

When I wrote my first Economic Scene column six years ago, the unemployment rate languished at 8.2 percent as the job market painfully recovered from the jolt of the Great Recession. By last month, only 3.9 percent of working-age Americans who sought a job didn’t have one.<p>You are welcome.<p>I’m …

Income Inequality

Trump’s Imploding World Order

In the run-up to Memorial Day, the commemoration of the fallen from America’s wars, Donald Trump put the world on notice that he is prepared to fight another one. He issued the warning two hours after cancelling his summit with North Korea, and in consultation with the Pentagon. “I’ve spoken to …

The contrast between Tesla and the rest of the auto industry is terrifying

Optimism and skepticism about Tesla's future are in an all-out war. Those who are bullish on the 15-year-old maker of sexy all-electric cars are doubling down on their bullishness and support for CEO Elon Musk.<p>Those who are bearish are predicting a bankruptcy in the next year, as Tesla burns …

Tesla

This is why Pence’s sickening embrace of Arpaio is so important

Vice President Pence’s recent welcome for the convicted and pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio, now a Senate candidate, was a new low in the sorry tale of Pence’s self-debasement. He declared at an event for America First Policies (more about that outfit in a moment): “A great friend of this …

Trump doesn’t seem to grasp the electoral college

Among the recent garbled effusions from today’s temporary president — cheer up; they are all temporary — was one that concerned something about which he might not have thought as deeply as the subject merits. During an episode of government of, by and for “Fox & Friends,” he said: He won the 2016 …

The steep price of the Trumpian circus

One of the many costs of the Trump era is the dumbing down of our political discourse. The incoherent spoken and tweeted outpourings from President Trump and the daily outrages of his administration leave little time for serious debate about policy or meaningful dialogue about our larger …

3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying

It’s easy to forget how far technology has come in just a few years. We went from praying that our CD players wouldn’t skip to streaming music wirelessly to wearing AirPods in our ears. But even some recent devices have made the jump from high-end items for tech enthusiasts to must-haves for many …

Google Home

We won’t know how foolish we look until a long time from now

At the first meeting of a class I teach about the causes and consequences of World War I, each student is assigned a seat at a table with the flag of one of the combatant countries in the center. I explain that, during the semester, they will be asked to speak about and defend the actions of “their …

There’s a Dongle for That

When Apple takes away a popular iPhone feature, there’s a whole market of people who try to help you add it back.<p>When Apple debuted the iPhone X in …

Trump’s Erratic Threats to Bashar al-Assad

The President and his new national-security adviser, John Bolton, are in an especially bad position to respond to the atrocities in Syria.<p>In August of 2013, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad fired rockets filled with the nerve agent sarin at the Eastern Ghouta area, just outside Damascus. Within …

The Best Airlines In The World, According To TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards

People love to complain about air travel and we all hear horror stories about terrible flights. There’s something unique about being stuck in a metal …

How Trump Is Shaking Up the Book Industry

America’s literary bubble is rethinking its identity.<p>Donald Trump’s election victory plunged America’s elite, liberal and coastal circles into an identity crisis, as journalists and pundits who had been so sure of a Trump loss grappled with charges of insularity and willful disregard. They penned …

Books

How to lose underarm 'batwing' fat

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chances are, if you are a woman over 40, you are probably familiar with the term "batwings" to describe the stubborn fat and sagging skin that starts appearing under your upper arms around this age.<p>Though it's difficult to completely avoid or correct, you don't have to toss your tank tops …

Workouts

The Redskins want to focus on wins and losses. You sure about that, guys?

“His statistics are easy to see,” Redskins GM Bruce Allen said this week, when asked about new quarterback Alex Smith. “There’s three quarterbacks who have 50 wins in the last five years. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that might be the type of guy you want on your football …

Football (U.S.)