Ruth Marcus

09/25/2014 - 11:30am

    The headline out of Hillary Clinton's visit to Iowa was her flagrant flirtation with the prospect of another presidential campaign. The more interesting part was the shortest of sneak previews of the race she seems increasingly certain to run.

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07/03/2014 - 4:29pm

    How did the Supreme Court manage to agree unanimously that police must obtain a warrant before searching cellphones, yet split on whether employers must offer contraception as part of their health care plans?

    My explanation, slightly crude but perhaps compelling: All...

06/26/2014 - 4:38pm

    From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana.

    For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol...

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,...

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