Ruth Marcus / Politics

In Holder's Exit, a Vacuum

WASHINGTON -- Who'll be the next attorney general? Washington's favorite parlor game is filling Cabinet vacancies; I like playing as much as the next pundit. (Keep reading!) Still, the more telling question is: Why are we playing this game at all?...

Setting a Deadline on Death

WASHINGTON -- My friend Ezekiel Emanuel, in his typically smart, provocative and bullheaded way, has decreed that he hopes to die at age 75, which would give him just 18 more years during which to exasperate friends and family.

Zeke's wrong, of ...

A Chance for Generation Unbound

WASHINGTON -- Imagine that all women in the Unites States, upon becoming sexually active, were automatically fitted with an intrauterine device or other form of long-acting birth control. This scenario sounds creepy, with its undertones of Big ...

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...