Ruth Marcus

02/07/2016 - 8:00pm

    Wednesday night's televised town hall with Hillary Clinton featured the candidate at her best -- and her worst. Clinton and her campaign ought to study the lessons of both.

    The candidate at her worst was obvious, and all the more painful for its...

01/24/2016 - 12:00am

    No one in politics is better than Bill Clinton at diagnosing the mood of the electorate, of putting voters' anxieties and frustration into the larger context of the performance of government and the economy. No one is more capable -- especially when the political...

01/23/2016 - 2:00pm

    Donald Trump says Ted Cruz is a "nasty guy." The Texan's Senate colleagues agree. Yet here's the surprise from watching Cruz on the campaign trail: Ideology aside, he comes off as ... rather likable.

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01/19/2016 - 1:00pm

    Carly Fiorina has dwindled to near irrelevance in the Republican primary field, as illustrated by her demotion to the undercard debate. But Fiorina, piping up from the kiddie table Thursday, said something so calculatedly outrageous that it demands response: "...

01/17/2016 - 7:00am

    President Obama's final State of the Union address was part stump speech for the third term he'll never have and part melancholy addendum to the first speech that propelled him to national attention.

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01/12/2016 - 4:00pm

    Donald Trump has us all spun up in a bogus debate over the meaning of what constitutes a "natural born" citizen and whether Canadian-born Ted Cruz is thereby ineligible for the presidency. The conversation we should actually be having is about how stupid and...

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