Ruth Marcus

04/28/2016 - 2:00pm

    Into the overheated, under-informed bathroom wars comes a well-timed intrusion of sanity in the form of a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    The court's ruling in the case of Virginia high-school junior Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy,...

04/25/2016 - 7:00am

    The 2016 presidential election is shaping up as an unpopularity contest of unprecedented proportions.

    Assuming, as now appears most likely, that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination and that...

04/20/2016 - 8:00pm

    Is the primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders more like 2008 or 1980?

    In other words, more like the contest between Clinton and Barack Obama, a long, sometimes acrimonious fight that...

04/16/2016 - 1:00pm

    Politicians like to bet that reporters and their pesky questions will go away. Too often, they're right. Thus, the drumbeat of demands for Donald Trump's tax returns faded after he waved it all away with claims that a pending audit prevented the transparency he...

04/06/2016 - 8:00pm

    Perhaps the laws of political gravity are about to take hold in the case of Donald Trump. But the lesson of this appalling primary season cautions against discounting Trump's appeal -- which prompts another Trump column, this one on the utter incoherence of his...

04/04/2016 - 3:00pm

    As a matter of politics, Donald Trump's comment that women who have abortions should suffer "some form of punishment" was a disaster. As a matter of intellectual and moral consistency, Trump's got a point -- one that exposes a fundamental tension in...

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