Ruth Marcus

10/16/2014 - 4:10pm

    The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren't sure-footed in dealing with it -- recall Barack Obama's "you're likable enough, Hillary" and the...

09/11/2014 - 2:27pm

    The word of the day is herky-jerky, which is a polite way of saying erratic.

    And which, I regret to report, is a fitting description of President Obama's handling of immigration. And, I...

09/04/2014 - 1:28pm

    "Man bites dog" is the classic definition of news. By that standard, "Male senator says something offensively sexist to female colleague" ought to be no news at all. If you're surprised or skeptical about the remarks recounted by New...

09/04/2014 - 1:19pm

    "Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."

    So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal...

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"...

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