Ruth Marcus / Politics

Letting Us In On The Secret

WASHINGTON -- Agree or disagree with Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the president did something important, laudable, and with potentially long-lasting consequences in announcing the move: He released the Office of Legal Counsel ...

A Slippery Slope On Immigration

WASHINGTON -- Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama's plan for unilateral action on immigration reform.

Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. ...

Autism and Solitary

WASHINGTON -- Reginald Latson's path to solitary confinement began four years ago as he waited for the public library to open in Stafford County, Va.

Latson, known as Neli, has an IQ of 69 and is autistic. Teachers and therapists describe him as ...

Blurred Lines on Campus

WASHINGTON -- The line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear. Especially when alcohol is involved. Especially in the context of the college hook-up culture.

No doubt, sexual assault on campus is a serious ...

Early Forecast: More Gridlock

WASHINGTON -- Is the government's gridlock about to be dislodged? Imagine the capital as a giant set of pulleys and levers, operating at cross purposes. In the end, the forces tugging President Obama and Republican leaders apart may be more ...

A Case for Compulsory Voting

WASHINGTON -- A thought experiment in the election's aftermath: What if, instead of focusing on making it harder for people to vote, we made voting mandatory?

Indulge me in a rant against the phantom menace of voter fraud. The efforts to suppress...