Ruth Marcus / Politics

Cheney's Tortured Logic

WASHINGTON -- Does Dick Cheney matter? Are the former vice president's comments on the torture report worth dissecting?

Some friends, as I mused the other day about what topic to tackle, argued no: Cheney is history. Too easy a target. Enough ...

Hold Your Noses

WASHINGTON -- The so-called "Cromnibus" is an ugly piece of work. On balance, I'm glad -- no, make that relieved -- it passed.

The Cromnibus is the giant $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the government functioning -- no, make that open ...

Exposing the CIA's Stain on America

WASHINGTON -- Releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture wasn't even close to a close call. It was a necessary, if infuriatingly belated, corollary to the choice not to prosecute those who relied on faulty legal advice in ...

Challenging the System

WASHINGTON -- The decisions by two grand juries not to indict police officers in the deaths of black men mark an opportune moment -- both depressing and uplifting -- to write about civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

Stevenson's story, told in a...

A Needed Accommodation

WASHINGTON -- Peggy Young's Supreme Court case sounds like a throwback to the "Mad Men" era, when employers weren't expected -- or required -- to welcome women in general and pregnant women in particular.

Unfortunately, Young's situation reflects...

Indigestion Over the Obama Girls

WASHINGTON -- On the subject of the Obama girls' supposedly disrespectful behavior at the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning: not even close to unpardonable. As my teenaged daughters would say to the Republican congressional staffer who took to ...