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  • Smacked by reality in the Middle East Aug 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign).

     
  • In health crisis, erosions of trust in science are dangerous Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn’t want their institution to be known as an “AIDS hospital.”

     
  • Bet on Africa rising Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa’s brand problem in America has grown significantly worse.

     
  • The GOP as the party of reform Jul 31, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Democratic cast of mind — in the midst of multiple failures — manages to be complacent, culturally polarizing and bereft of policy innovation. For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.

     
  • Corrupting citizens for fun and profit Jul 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Two of the larger social trends of our time — the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana — have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government.

     
  • Needed: A conservative temperament Jul 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Precisely because President Obama’s progressivism is exhausted and increasingly discredited, Americans will give the GOP another look. They will be either impressed or frightened by what they see.

     
  • The divided states of Obama Jul 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The headline — “Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II” — was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their unfavorable historical judgment of Obama. Democrats divided their votes (and would insist, I’d imagine, that they have more options to choose from).

     
  • On Iraq, difficult choices now and to come Jul 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll.

     
  • The power of authenticity Jul 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There are many ways to succeed in American politics, but most of them involve authenticity. Voters are often not interested in (or even capable of) of making decisions based on a carefully sorted list of policy priorities. They often take politicians in the totality of their acts. They develop a composite picture that includes a candidate’s general policy predispositions (left or right), but also his or her public persona (“A least he knows what he believes.” “What a character; I like her.”).

     
  • Iraq must be saved from extremists Jun 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Right now, failure would cause not a party, not a president, but a nation to suffer — actually many nations. Who lost Iraq matters; helping to save it matters more.

     
  • The reality conservatives must face Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is a reason Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker John Boehner have sometimes prioritized immigration reform in ways that seemed divisive within the conference — because they think that the Republican future depends on overcoming a durable impression of suspicion toward new Americans. And they are correct.

     
  • The end of illusions Jun 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: On June 10, President Obama said that the greatest frustration of his presidency was the failure to pass gun control legislation. It was the same day that Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical splinter of al-Qaida. The next day, Tikrit was taken by the militants, who are now preparing for the battle of Baghdad.

     
  • President’s legacy trumps all else Jun 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As a presidential candidate in 2007, Barack Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, “I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list — you see their pictures lined up on the wall. I really want to be a president who makes a difference.” In moments of decision, and in rare flashes of passion, we have seen what that means to him.

     
  • The revolt of the nerds Jun 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Parallel to the rise of the Tea Party — with less attention but more potential influence — has been a gathering movement of reform conservatives whom my colleague E.J. Dionne Jr., in an essay in the journal Democracy, dubs “Reformicons.” One version of the Tea Party governing vision was recently and neatly summarized by Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel: “I’m not going to do anything for you. I’m going to get the government off your back, and then I’m gonna let you do it for yourself.”

     
  • Why the VA scandal sticks May 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Why do some political scandals stick while others fade? The level of media obsession seems to rise and fall as mysteriously as the stock market. On Benghazi, sell. Hold on the IRS audits. On the Veterans Affairs scandal, buy, buy, buy.

     
  • Keeping the Holocaust in memory May 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: About 1.4 million Holocaust victims were under the age of 14. It is one of the most solemn responsibilities of educators to make a new generation see what was done.

     
  • Our disconnected working class May 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Upper- and middle-class parents are investing relatively more time and resources in the social development of their children than are working-class parents, at a time when such investments have never been more economically strategic. The problem is that early social connectedness is a strong predictor of later success in life — test scores, college attendance and income. So the “youth class gap” is a source of deep (and perhaps deepening) social division.

     
  • Republicans regrouping May 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The unfolding GOP primary season is clarifying two points: The Republican establishment is back, and it is more conservative than you’d think.

     
  • The enduring benefits of vaccination May 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and your local pediatrician are not lying about immunization. Many websites are. The seriousness of this discussion must somehow reflect the seriousness of the stakes.

     
  • An education challenge for GOP May 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: For Republicans, the issue of higher education is emblematic. There are a number of vital but creaky social systems — elementary and secondary education, health care, the tax code, the immigration system, the social safety net — in need of serious, market-based reform. A party of innovation, redesign and repair might have considerable appeal. It would, among other good things, directly address many of the concerns of the working and middle class. But a party of opposition, faux populism and reflexive anti-government ideology is not up this task.

     
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