Michael Gerson / Politics

A Global Conspiracy of Health

WASHINGTON -- In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as ...

For a Politics of Repair

WASHINGTON -- The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive.

As a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill trundled into law, the populist wings of both political parties declared ...

The Arrogance of Liberal Elites

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Gruber -- the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg -- recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) ...

An Act of Exceptional Recklessness

WASHINGTON -- With the apparently imminent release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let's consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone...

Shrinking the Epidemic Map

WASHINGTON -- My college roommate -- the most immediately likable person I've ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world -- died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming ...

In Ferguson, Where Next?

WASHINGTON -- My hometown of St. Louis has given up its sad secrets. Journalists -- like tourists taking in the sights of social dysfunction -- have explored its courthouses, its speed traps, its racial tensions and its redlined housing history. ...