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Obama abandons the ‘harder path’

Nov 21 2014 | 9:21 am - Columnist Michael Gerson: There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a...

The gathering storm in Washington

Nov 17 2014 | 1:05 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: After a series of national elections that empowered two parties on an ideological collision course, Americans are about to be treated to a magnified version of everything they hate: overreach, backlash, deadlock, threats...

Rising, but bringing everyone else along

Nov 12 2014 | 1:20 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: Gov. John Kasich of Ohio deserves the award for best performance in a battleground state. It helps, of course, to have a flawed Democratic opponent. Yet Kasich won a majority of union voters, three-fifths of women voters, a...

Obama’s ‘gifts’ to the nation

Nov 10 2014 | 12:26 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received. For Obama, there...

Only Reagan can be Reagan

Nov 04 2014 | 2:26 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: The authors of a new article on Ronald Reagan warn that “the constant invocation of his name to bolster arguments for present-day policies actually hinders our understanding of the substance of Reagan’s legacy

Gates will use his Ebola moment to expand fight against disease

Oct 30 2014 | 4:39 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: In a tragic, unsought sense, this is Gates’ moment. The focus of his life — preventable disease — is suddenly the obsession of the world.

A lesson in the lavishness of grace

Oct 27 2014 | 10:45 am - Columnist Michael Gerson: Those interested in the most efficient provision of social services would probably not design L’Arche — a program that lavishly invests a single life in a single life. Whether this is viewed as wasteful...

Obama’s tendency toward inaction

Oct 10 2014 | 9:35 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: If the Middle East were at peace, Obama’s lawyerly process might appear brilliant. But the outcome we’ve actually seen is directly related to the reticent, insular leadership style Obama has often exhibited.

On Ebola, hard choices

Oct 07 2014 | 4:15 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: There is a time to question authority. And then there is a time to shut up and listen carefully to medical experts, who sometimes say complex and difficult things. Such attentiveness is about to become even more important.

Ginn approach strives for ‘miracles’ in education

Oct 04 2014 | 2:47 pm - Columnist Michael Gerson: Ginn Academy resembles no urban public school I’ve ever visited: all male, dress shirt and tie, the Socratic method employed in classrooms. School spirit seems imported from the prep school; discipline from the...

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