Ruth Marcus / Politics

The Debt: Mission Unaccomplished

WASHINGTON -- Oh, the debt. Yawn. How passe. How 2009.

Once, President Obama held a summit on fiscal responsibility (2009). Once, he gave an entire speech devoted to the subject (2011). Once, his State of the Union addresses (2010, 2011, 2013) ...

Green Shoots of Sanity?

WASHINGTON -- Are we witnessing the emergence of what might be called a new "sanity caucus" among House Republicans?

Earlier this month, 26 of them voted against an amendment to undo President Obama's program to shield so-called dreamers from ...

A Tale of Two Policies

WASHINGTON -- This is a tale of two policies promoted by President Obama: one to make community college free, the other to provide for paid sick leave and parental leave. Both are well-intentioned efforts to address fundamental, economic-based ...

In France, Fuzziness on Free Speech

WASHINGTON -- I would have thought the French had a better sense of irony.

One day they are marching in defiant support of offensive speech. The next they are threatening to prosecute people for it.

Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, a distinctly unfunny ...

Politics of Symbolism Over Substance

WASHINGTON -- The Senate debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, as predictable as it is unedifying, exemplifies two of the most disturbing aspects of political discourse today.

The first is what might be called "talk-to-the-hand-ism" -- or, ...

A New Voice for Sexual Assault Victims in Uniform

WASHINGTON -- It took the Air Force to change -- to radicalize, really -- Maribel Jarzabek. Specifically, it took the Air Force lawyer serving in the newly created role of "special victims' counsel" to become convinced that sexual assault cases ...