Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

The Highway Fuss

WASHINGTON -- It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.

Created in 1956 to pay for the Interstate Highway System, the trust fund is both popular and controversial. To some,...

The Empire of Contention

WASHINGTON -- I am reading historian Gordon Wood's splendid "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815." It is an ideal companion for this July 4th weekend because it reminds us of the great continuities in our politics and ...