Ruth Marcus / Politics

Two Ideas That Could Overcome Gridlock

WASHINGTON -- Is the country condemned to another two years, at least, of gridlock?

The world-weary take on the midterm elections is an indifferent shrug. Whether Democrats control the Senate or Republicans, nothing will be accomplished anyway, ...

Candidate Clinton Then and Now

WASHINGTON -- The headline out of Hillary Clinton's visit to Iowa was her flagrant flirtation with the prospect of another presidential campaign. The more interesting part was the shortest of sneak previews of the race she seems increasingly ...

Congress: Don't Duck This One

WASHINGTON -- Congress has a duty -- to itself and the country -- to debate and authorize President Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Failing to do so would be bad practice and a worse precedent.

One long year...

Janay Rice is the Real Victim

WASHINGTON -- Reader, she married him. The day after he was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault for knocking her unconscious.

I would say allegedly knocking her unconscious, but there's no doubt: Janay Palmer -- now Janay Rice -- was out ...

The E-Cigarette Dilemma

WASHINGTON -- E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug -- but it's not, or hasn't been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows.

For some existing smokers, particularly those for whom ...

Sexism in the Senate

WASHINGTON -- "Man bites dog" is the classic definition of news. By that standard, "Male senator says something offensively sexist to female colleague" ought to be no news at all. If you're surprised or skeptical about the remarks recounted by New...