Ruth Marcus / Politics

Justice Was Served

WASHINGTON -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell deserved to be indicted for taking thousands of dollars in gifts from a businessman seeking state help to promote his dietary supplement. He deserved to be convicted. He deserves to go to prison.

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A Scandal in Our Prisons

WASHINGTON -- Neli Latson has a music player. Also, he can order snacks from the canteen, and leave his cell for several hours a day.

This is good news, or what passes for it, in the life of Reginald Latson, a 23-year-old with autism and an IQ of...

Upbeat at the White House

WASHINGTON -- After a grueling year that cost Democrats the Senate majority, the mood at the White House is remarkably chipper. The hyper-competitive president put post-election points on the board with an executive order on immigration, a ...

Cheney's Tortured Logic

WASHINGTON -- Does Dick Cheney matter? Are the former vice president's comments on the torture report worth dissecting?

Some friends, as I mused the other day about what topic to tackle, argued no: Cheney is history. Too easy a target. Enough ...

Hold Your Noses

WASHINGTON -- The so-called "Cromnibus" is an ugly piece of work. On balance, I'm glad -- no, make that relieved -- it passed.

The Cromnibus is the giant $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the government functioning -- no, make that open ...

Exposing the CIA's Stain on America

WASHINGTON -- Releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture wasn't even close to a close call. It was a necessary, if infuriatingly belated, corollary to the choice not to prosecute those who relied on faulty legal advice in ...