Ruth Marcus

09/18/2014 - 4:45pm

    Congress has a duty -- to itself and the country -- to debate and authorize President Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Failing to do so would be bad practice and a worse precedent.

    One long year ago, the...

08/28/2014 - 3:50pm

    I've thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct.

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08/21/2014 - 6:21pm

    The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role -- and proper limits -- of criminal law in policing political behavior.

    Exhibit A is the questionable -- "sketchy"...

08/07/2014 - 3:02pm

    Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah.

    The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC's Kelly O'Donnell the other day during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the...

08/07/2014 - 2:37pm

    Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.

    Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon's willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and paranoia, and his florid anti-Semitism...

07/31/2014 - 8:35pm

    Don't be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again.

    The question is enormously important: Are health care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are from state...

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