Ruth Marcus

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.

    Yet events of the last few months --...

06/23/2014 - 3:31pm

    Some politicians know they want to be in public office and scramble to come up with the reason why. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is an accidental, improbable politician -- a self-described "outsider" -- who knows exactly what she wants to accomplish on the inside.

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06/19/2014 - 1:12am

    Two instincts -- one predictable, the other surprising -- help explain the arc of Barack Obama's presidency. The predictable instinct is Obama's tendency to overlearn the lessons of history. The second, more surprising but related to the first, is Obama's frequent audacity deficit.

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06/19/2014 - 1:07am

    "Congressional Democrats were ecstatic," The New York Times reported the morning after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's unexpected trouncing in his Republican primary. "An informal dinner party at the Georgetown apartment of Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader,...

06/12/2014 - 3:10am

    Hillary Clinton's tone-deaf comments about being "dead broke" after she and her husband left the White House were unfortunate, revealing and -- if Clinton chooses to learn from them -- instructive for the likely presidential campaign ahead.

    ABC's...

06/09/2014 - 12:59am

    The last few days have offered vivid illustrations of why Hillary Clinton could decide not to run for president -- and why, in the end, I believe she will.

    Example No. 1 is the ludicrous debate over whether Clinton, in the latest People magazine cover, was leaning on...

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