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Ruth Marcus

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Marcus: Presidential candidates must choose a budget plan

By Ruth Marcus May 29, 2015 6 a.m.

It's far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates — but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate's ideology, should be expected to address.

Marcus: Secrecy accusations against trade deal are bogus

By Ruth Marcus May 22, 2015 6 a.m.

One of the most seemingly compelling arguments against the free trade legislation now before Congress turns out to be largely bogus.

Marcus: It's not sexist to criticize woefully unqualified Fiorina

By Ruth Marcus May 15, 2015 6 a.m.

How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy is, would not be taken even semi-seriously were it not for her gender.

Marcus: Bill Clinton is still singing that same tone-deaf tune

By Ruth Marcus May 8, 2015 6 a.m.

Oh, Bill. There you go again. We knew you were going to pop off, but did it have to be so soon — and so tone-deaf? The Clinton deal is "two for the price of one," as Bill Clinton famously promised in 1992. But 23 years later, that bargain comes with different baggage attached.

Marcus: Three key takeaways as justices mull same-sex marriage

By Ruth Marcus May 1, 2015 6 a.m.

My takeaways from Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage involve the justices' reasonable anxiety about overstepping their constitutional roles; the ridiculous argument that same-sex marriage would harm the state's interest in marriage as a vehicle for procreation; and the irrelevance of Roe v. Wade as historical precedent.

Marcus: Does the Boston Marathon bomber deserve to die?

By Ruth Marcus April 24, 2015 6 a.m.

How should we think about whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty?

Marcus: Debunking myths about Hillary Clinton's candidacy

By Ruth Marcus April 17, 2015 6 a.m.

She's in! She's given up the private jet to schlep across America (albeit being driven by the Secret Service) and stroll, incognito, into Chipotle. Herewith, two myths about Hillary Clinton and two challenges for her on the campaign trail:

Marcus: Clinton trades 'convenience' for heated controversy

By Ruth Marcus March 13, 2015 6 a.m.

For what she says is the sake of "convenience" — who wants to have to fiddle with two hand-held devices when one will do nicely? — Hillary Clinton bought herself a heap of trouble.

Marcus: Clinton's lack of transparency shockingly familiar

By Ruth Marcus March 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Hillary Clinton might not have a serious opponent for the Democratic nomination — except herself.

Marcus: Afghan first lady delicately broaches women's issues

By Ruth Marcus February 27, 2015 6 a.m.

The most striking thing about interviewing Rula Ghani, the first lady of Afghanistan, may be that the interview is taking place at all.

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