Ruth Marcus

06/25/2015 - 12:42pm

    The sloping red line offers a sobering prognosis for American democracy. Contained in a new report on improving the presidential debate process, it charts the precipitous decline of viewership: from above 60 percent of the voting age population in 1960, when the first televised debates were held, to under...

05/21/2015 - 3:00pm

    The quarterback arrived at Salem State University by helicopter to adoring, cheering crowds. "Most famous witch hunt victims in Salem?" read one sign. "Bridget Bishop. Rebecca Nurse. Tom Brady."

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05/14/2015 - 7:19pm

    Oh, Bill. There you go again. We knew you were going to pop off, but did it have to be so soon -- and so tone-deaf?

    The Clinton deal is "two for the price of one," as Bill Clinton...

05/07/2015 - 4:09pm

    Today's topic is toxic substances and the appalling gaps in the current law that is supposed to protect the public from dangerous chemicals.

    For example, before a new chemical enters the...

05/07/2015 - 2:54pm

    My three takeaways from Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage involve the justices' reasonable anxiety about overstepping their constitutional roles; the ridiculous argument that same-sex marriage would harm the state's interest...

05/07/2015 - 2:35pm

    The anger in Ferguson, Missouri -- even the violence  -- was more understandable and, in that sense, less upsetting, than what we have been witnessing in Baltimore this week, in the aftermath of yet another black man dying in police custody....

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