Ruth Marcus

03/26/2015 - 8:46pm

    As if more proof were needed about congressional dysfunction, witness the spectacle of the last two weeks, in which the Senate managed to grind itself to a halt over a human trafficking bill that both sides want to pass.

    The bill would create a...

02/05/2015 - 7:04pm

    Oh, the debt. Yawn. How passe. How 2009.

    Once, President Obama held a summit on fiscal responsibility (2009). Once, he gave an entire speech devoted to the subject (2011). Once, his State of the...

01/30/2015 - 12:22am

    Are we witnessing the emergence of what might be called a new "sanity caucus" among House Republicans?

    Earlier this month, 26 of them voted against an amendment to undo President Obama...

01/29/2015 - 11:19pm

    This is a tale of two policies promoted by President Obama: one to make community college free, the other to provide for paid sick leave and parental leave. Both are well-intentioned efforts to address fundamental, economic-based inequities. Only one -- the...

01/23/2015 - 3:43am

    I would have thought the French had a better sense of irony.

    One day they are marching in defiant support of offensive speech. The next they are threatening to prosecute people for it.

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01/23/2015 - 2:41am

    The Senate debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, as predictable as it is unedifying, exemplifies two of the most disturbing aspects of political discourse today.

    The first is what might be called...

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