By Ruth Marcus February 28, 2014 6 a.m.
In his more than 58 years in Congress, John Dingell has never been known to mince words. So it was no surprise that the 87-year-old Michigan Democrat announced his departure with a characteristically acerbic bang.
By Ruth Marcus February 21, 2014 6 a.m.
The treatment helped. The patient is recovering. The doctor is still being accused of malpractice.
By Ruth Marcus February 7, 2014 6 a.m.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan calls President Obama's tenure "an increasingly lawless presidency." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cites "the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness." House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called a hearing to examine how Obama "has blatantly disregarded the Constitution's mandate to faithfully execute the laws."
By Ruth Marcus January 24, 2014 6 a.m.
In the narrative of every political scandal comes the accountability moment. New facts slow to a trickle, and the next, insistent demand becomes: Who is being held accountable? This is often a dumb question, asked for lack of a more fruitful topic and fueled by partisans more interested in point-scoring than problem-fixing.
By Ruth Marcus January 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Loyalty is a quality that requires careful calibration. Too much can be dangerous; too little, demoralizing.
By Ruth Marcus January 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Marijuana legalization may be the same-sex marriage of 2014 — a trend that reveals itself in the course of the year as obvious and inexorable. At the risk of exposing myself as the fuddy-duddy I seem to have become, I hope not.
By Ruth Marcus December 30, 2013 6 a.m.
In policymaking, as in life, there is an important difference between can and should. Whether or not a particular practice is constitutional does not make it sound. Whether the government is permitted to do something or not does not mean that it ought to.
By Ruth Marcus November 29, 2013 6 a.m.
'The mother did the shooter's laundry on a daily basis as the shooter often changed clothing during the day."
By Ruth Marcus November 8, 2013 6 a.m.
If only some mad (political?) scientist could build a creature combining Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Frankenstein, meet Obamaton, except this version would be an improvement on the originals. With the best attributes of each, you could create the near-perfect president.
By Ruth Marcus November 1, 2013 6 a.m.
In thermodynamics, entropy is a measure of the energy unavailable for useful work. It is (and, yes, I had to look it up) both a reflection of disorder and a trend line; an isolated system proceeds in the direction of maximum entropy. The description feels disconcertingly apt for the chaotic reality of the Obama administration's second term.