Ruth Marcus

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" was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic...

06/02/2014 - 12:20am

    Women, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed, hold up half the sky. But not half the Politburo.

    Chinese politics may be the ultimate old boys' club. Of the 25-member Politburo, only two are women. Female membership on the larger Central Committee has actually fallen,...

05/29/2014 - 2:59pm

    The young man approached with an air of furtive urgency, covering his mouth with his hand. "Please can you tell me," he asked, "what happened in 1989?"

    In China, there is a single answer to that question: the Tiananmen Square massacre, 25 years ago...

05/26/2014 - 4:48pm

    I knew before arriving that Netflix's "House of Cards" was an unexpected hit here. Still, it took the ripped-from-the-airwaves coincidence of five members of the Chinese military indicted on charges of cyber espionage to grasp more fully the allure of this American political drama for Chinese...

05/22/2014 - 5:55pm

    Big money is destined to remain part of American politics, absent a legislative revolution or constitutional amendment. But there is a crucial difference between big money and secret money.

    Two differences, actually.

    The...

05/18/2014 - 11:13pm

    When Principal Patrick Pope arrived at Savoy Elementary School in the blighted Anacostia neighborhood in March 2011, his impression was bleak: "It was the saddest school I'd ever been in."

    Which is saying something, given Pope's 30-plus years in the...

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