Ruth Marcus / Politics

A Checkup for Obamacare

"In a few moments, when I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform."

--President Obama, March 23, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Not exactly. Five years after the Affordable Care Act ...

Senators, Do Your Job

WASHINGTON -- Let's get a few things straight about the delay in confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general. It's outrageous. It also has nothing to do with her race or gender.

Contriving prejudice where none exists demeans the importance of ...

Can Anybody Around Here Pass a Law?

WASHINGTON -- As if more proof were needed about congressional dysfunction, witness the spectacle of the last two weeks, in which the Senate managed to grind itself to a halt over a human trafficking bill that both sides want to pass.

The bill ...

Seeking the Seal of Academic Approval

WASHINGTON -- College acceptance letters go out -- actually, college admissions web portals go live -- in a few weeks. This column was originally intended to help calm anxious high school seniors, and their anxious parents, about the whole crazy-...

For Hillary, Questions Still Swirl

WASHINGTON -- For what she says is the sake of "convenience" -- who wants to have to fiddle with two hand-held devices when one will do nicely? -- Hillary Clinton bought herself a heap of trouble.

Then she added to the pile by failing to explain ...

Policing By Fleecing, in Ferguson and Beyond

WASHINGTON -- The most important thing to understand about the problems with the Ferguson, Missouri, police force is that they're not unique to Ferguson.

The investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, launched in the...