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  • Obama’s ‘gifts’ to the nation Nov 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    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 have been two convincing presidential victories; for the Democratic Party, electoral ruin at every other level.

  • Gates will use his Ebola moment to expand fight against disease Oct 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    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 28, 2014 1:01 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 depends upon your ultimate goal.

  • Obama’s tendency toward inaction Oct 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    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. Problems in the Middle East do not improve like wine with time; they rot like meat.

  • On Ebola, hard choices Oct 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    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. The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone (countries lacking effective health systems) is not contained; it is catastrophic.

  • Ginn approach strives for ‘miracles’ in education Oct 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    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 playing field; aspiration from the church pew.

  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is fair to say that some cultural views traditionally held by evangelicals are in retreat. Whatever the (likely dim) future of political libertarianism, moral libertarianism has been on the rise.

  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress.

  • The value of a human life Sep 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Whatever modern political theories may claim, human life has a value greater than autonomy and choice.

  • Obama’s careful war Sep 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama’s Islamic State speech — his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them “safe haven,” his moral clarity on their “acts of barbarism” — also sounded least like Obama.

  • Carrying the fight to the enemy Sep 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Now American ambitions are being gradually, reluctantly and unavoidably expanded. The effort now required in Iraq and Syria is not a counterterrorism operation. It is a counterinsurgency campaign

  • Inertia on Ebola is having dire consequences Sep 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The decision-making process at the White House is, no doubt, clogged with crises. But the Ebola epidemic is not one foreign policy challenge among many; it is nature out to kill us.

  • The troubling new slant on story of Israel Sep 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: In a recent essay, Matti Friedman, a reporter for The Associated Press in Jerusalem between 2006 and 2011, recalls being forced to weave a different story: of Israeli oppression and Palestinian victimhood.

  • If U.S. doesn’t lead war on terror, who will? Aug 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The current Islamic State threat — a stated desire to repeat the Foley murder on a global scale — has grown in the fertile soil of American ambiguity.

  • The paradox of American diversity Aug 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Events in Ferguson demonstrate the paradox of American diversity: An increasingly multicultural nation remains deeply divided by race and class.

  • 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.

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