Ruth Marcus / Politics

In ACA Case, Context is Key

WASHINGTON -- As with everything else here these days, the talk about the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court this week will focus on ideological splits: Will any conservative justice join the four liberals all but certain to back ...

Afghanistan's First Lady

WASHINGTON -- The most striking thing about interviewing Rula Ghani, the first lady of Afghanistan, may be that the interview is taking place at all.

Consider: Zeenat Karzai, the physician wife of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was rarely ...

Scott Walker's Education Fell Short

WASHINGTON -- In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant -- and concerning -- is how Walker talks about the...

Obama Foes Got the Judge They Wanted

WASHINGTON -- One thing that is certain about Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform -- it won't be the last word.

Nonetheless, the opinion is worth noting ...

A War Authority Both Parties Dislike

WASHINGTON -- It may be the triumph of hope over headlines to imagine that a Congress currently incapable of funding the Department of Homeland Security could pass a new war authorization.

Funding DHS should be a no-brainer. Crafting a new ...

Close Call, But Brian Williams Must Go

WASHINGTON -- Indecision may not be the best quality in a columnist, but in the case of NBC anchor Brian Williams, that's where I find myself: I think he needs to step down.

My hesitation has two components. The first is simple human ...