Michael Gerson / Politics

Why the VA Scandal Sticks

WASHINGTON -- Why do some political scandals stick while others fade? The level of media obsession seems to rise and fall as mysteriously as the stock market. On Benghazi, sell. Hold on the IRS audits. On the Veterans Affairs scandal, buy, buy, ...

Our Disconnected Working Class

WASHINGTON -- Much about the future health of the republic depends on Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam being wrong. Given the track record of Harvard social scientists, this might appear a reasonable bet. But, in this case, Putnam's diligence and...

Questions for a Warming World

WASHINGTON -- Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about $28 billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that "most supplements do not prevent chronic ...

Republicans Regrouping

WASHINGTON -- The unfolding GOP primary season is clarifying two points: The Republican establishment is back, and it is more conservative than you'd think.

In the North Carolina Senate primary, the establishment winner, Thom Tillis, was the ...

Asking for Love in the Street

LOS TRES BRAZOS, Dominican Republic -- Much of this barrio sits nearly level with a polluted river, meaning that any major rain floods the shacks and sends residents fleeing to higher ground. A Haitian woman known in the neighborhood as "Bola" ...