By Ruth Marcus November 29, 2013 6 a.m.
'The mother did the shooter's laundry on a daily basis as the shooter often changed clothing during the day."
By Ruth Marcus November 8, 2013 6 a.m.
If only some mad (political?) scientist could build a creature combining Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Frankenstein, meet Obamaton, except this version would be an improvement on the originals. With the best attributes of each, you could create the near-perfect president.
By Ruth Marcus November 1, 2013 6 a.m.
In thermodynamics, entropy is a measure of the energy unavailable for useful work. It is (and, yes, I had to look it up) both a reflection of disorder and a trend line; an isolated system proceeds in the direction of maximum entropy. The description feels disconcertingly apt for the chaotic reality of the Obama administration's second term.
By Ruth Marcus October 18, 2013 6 a.m.
Leon Panetta served in Washington with nine presidents, starting with Lyndon Johnson. He has been a member of Congress, Office of Management and Budget director, White House chief of staff, director of Central Intelligence, and secretary of defense — the last two under President Obama. He is a man who knows Washington and knows how to choose his words. So Panetta's implicit rebuke of the president's hands-off approach to the budget crisis at a breakfast Monday was striking.
By Ruth Marcus October 11, 2013 6 a.m.
In summer 2011, as the debt ceiling loomed, Barack Obama saw his predicament in Solomonic terms. He was the president, charged with safeguarding the national economy. Republicans threatening default therefore had the leverage. They might have been prepared to split the baby. Obama was not willing to let that happen.
By Ruth Marcus September 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Style points? Seriously? Style points? That's what President Barack Obama thinks the criticism of his zigzag Syria policy amounts to? As presidential spin, this is insulting. As presidential conviction -- if this is what he really believes -- it's scary.
By Ruth Marcus September 13, 2013 6:01 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — If you're still wondering — despite the coy tweets, the impending avalanche of speeches, the assiduous fundraising for the renamed Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation — whether Hillary Clinton is running for president, consider her reference Tuesday night to Teddy Roosevelt's man in the arena.
By Ruth Marcus September 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.
President Obama is betting his presidency on the hope of cooperation from an institution that he disdains and has proved incapable of taming. His roll-the-dice gamble for a congressional go-ahead in Syria may well succeed. Still, the risk is enormous for Obama's fraying credibility, and the implications are significant, not only for the power of this president but for his successors.
By Ruth Marcus August 30, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Maybe it's good that the justices have another month off before the Supreme Court starts up again. The wounds from last term don't seem fully healed.
By Ruth Marcus August 17, 2013 6:01 a.m.
A healthy criminal justice system — one that is simultaneously effective and fair — demands neither too much discretion nor too little. Monday's welcome news about stop-and-frisk searches and mandatory minimum drug sentences illuminates both aspects of that moral imperative.