Michael Gerson / Politics

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. ...

The Big But

WASHINGTON -- Following President Obama's ambitious executive order on immigration -- not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition -- we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent.

Obama's action was...

Leaving the Harder Path

WASHINGTON -- There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national ...

A Pope's Human Touch

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis' American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess).

At first, some political conservatives complained that Francis was showing insufficient respect for distinguished ...

Our Gathering Storm

WASHINGTON -- When Abraham Lincoln first presented a version of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, Secretary of State William Seward warned that issuing it after a defeat would look desperate. Better to wait "until the eagle of victory ...