Ruth Marcus

10/16/2014 - 4:10pm

    The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren't sure-footed in dealing with it -- recall Barack Obama's "you're likable enough, Hillary" and the...

10/16/2014 - 1:27pm

    Who would have thought:

    -- That gay rights groups' biggest concern would not be how the Supreme Court would rule on same-sex marriage but that it wasn't ruling fast enough?

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10/09/2014 - 3:12pm

    I was in the jittery Supreme Court chamber on a summer morning in 1992 when the right to abortion was on the line. As the justices took their seats, no one except court insiders knew whether the session would end with five votes to overrule Roe v. Wade, or...

10/09/2014 - 2:53pm

    Who'll be the next attorney general? Washington's favorite parlor game is filling Cabinet vacancies; I like playing as much as the next pundit. (Keep reading!) Still, the more telling question is: Why are we playing this game at all?

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10/02/2014 - 4:27pm

    Is the country condemned to another two years, at least, of gridlock?

    The world-weary take on the midterm elections is an indifferent shrug. Whether Democrats control the Senate or Republicans,...

10/02/2014 - 4:23pm

    Imagine that all women in the Unites States, upon becoming sexually active, were automatically fitted with an intrauterine device or other form of long-acting birth control. This scenario sounds creepy, with its undertones of Big Brother and eugenics;...

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