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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.