Ruth Marcus

06/22/2016 - 5:00pm

    Along came the alligator.

    A horrifying story at the end of a horrifying stretch, a heartbreaking coda befitting a nation on perpetual edge.

    That the story would go viral was guaranteed: a 2-year-old...

04/30/2016 - 6:00pm

    Donald Trump claims the Republican presidential primary system is "corrupt" and "rigged" against him. If anything, the opposite is true: The party's rules have largely operated in Trump's favor. Witness the fact that, going into Tuesday'...

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...

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...

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