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Ruth Marcus

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Marcus: Trump and Immigration

By Ruth Marcus August 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Donald Trump's immigration proposal rests on three assumptions: that immigration hurts American workers; that illegal immigration, in particular, is linked to violent crime; and that illegal immigrants drain government resources. Each of these beliefs is belied by the available academic evidence.

Marcus: Obama's scorn of Iran deal critics weakening his case

By Ruth Marcus August 14, 2015 6 a.m.

President Obama says those who oppose the Iran nuclear deal are either ideological or illogical. I support the deal, yet I think this assessment is incorrect and unfair. It diminishes the president's case for congressional approval.

Marcus: Clinton email 'scandal' is much ado about very little

By Ruth Marcus July 31, 2015 6 a.m.

The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails — the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server — is, or should be, a nonscandal.

Marcus: Trump's supporters are younger, poorer and angrier

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

Do not worry about Donald Trump becoming president. Worry, instead, about what his current — emphasis on current — stratospheric standing in the polls says about two things: the Republican Party and the other GOP candidates.

Marcus: Roberts wrong to compare abortion, same-sex marriage

By Ruth Marcus July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Writing a judicial opinion can be like fencing. One of the most effective ways to jab at an opponent is to use his — or her — words to make your own case.

Marcus: Obama lets down his guard in provocative podcast

By Ruth Marcus June 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Forget all the focus on the one ugly word President Obama used. Pay attention, instead, to the rest of the words in his podcast interview. They offer a remarkable self-portrait of a president in the second half of his second term, both chastened and liberated.

Marcus: Ride on Clinton roller coaster sure to be a bumpy one

By Ruth Marcus June 19, 2015 6 a.m.

On Saturday, I was impressed with Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, I was disappointed. Something tells me that the rest of this presidential campaign is going to be more of the same roller coaster.

Marcus: Hillary Clinton's leap to the left rooted in rhetoric

By Ruth Marcus June 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Warning to readers: Reports of Hillary Clinton's supposed lurch to the left have been greatly exaggerated, and there's more to come. Certainly, her campaign has supplied bullet points for a tale of leftward tilt:

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.

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