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Michael Gerson / Politics

Gates' Rogue Memoir

WASHINGTON -- Some autobiographies emerge from careful reflection, others from career calculation. Robert Gates' "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" seems the result of a good, long seethe.

This is not to discount Gates' compelling, sometimes ...

The Coming Test for Christie

WASHINGTON -- There is something inherently absurd about a political scandal resulting from an event that could also have been caused by a stray deer and a truck filled with watermelons. Instead, the closing of two access lanes to the George ...

For a New Fight Against Poverty

WASHINGTON -- Assessing the outcome of the War on Poverty -- announced 50 years ago -- has always been complicated by the hopes it initially inspired. After his election in 1964, Lyndon Johnson proclaimed that Americans were living in "the most ...

A Yellow Light for Government

WASHINGTON -- One of the main problems with an unremittingly hostile view of government -- held by many associated with the tea party, libertarianism and "constitutionalism" -- is that it obscures and undermines the social contributions of a truly...

Listening to the founders

WASHINGTON -- A political backlash has commenced within the Republican Party against tea party and libertarian groups that have limited interest in securing Republican victories and majorities. Elected leaders, party officials and business groups ...

The Dismal Year in Politics

WASHINGTON -- The effects of the holiday season linger. Like the post-haunting Scrooge, I am as light as a feather, as happy as an angel, as merry as a schoolboy, determined to keep Christmas well. And still, when forced to consider it: 2013 was a...