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Ruth Marcus

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Marcus: Good reasons to oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act

By Ruth Marcus April 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Here's a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Marcus: An emotional double standard permeates politics

By Ruth Marcus April 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Let's have a rational discussion about the word "emotional."

Marcus: It's finally time to free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard

By Ruth Marcus April 4, 2014 6 a.m.

"A Dupont Circle neighbor said he seemed ‘more like a nerd than a spy.’ ” “The rabbi of the South Bend, Ind., temple where he was bar mitzvahed described him as an ‘outstanding scholar and your prototype all-American boy.’ ” Those were my words as a young reporter at The Washington Post, writing 28 years ago about the arrest of Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard outside the Israeli Embassy.

Marcus: Rand Paul youth movement gets to crust of the matter

By Ruth Marcus March 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Rand Paul is the most intriguing — and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening — figure in today's Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obama's twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled.

Marcus: Era of law-stopping leads to big changes in Congress

By Ruth Marcus February 28, 2014 6 a.m.

In his more than 58 years in Congress, John Dingell has never been known to mince words. So it was no surprise that the 87-year-old Michigan Democrat announced his departure with a characteristically acerbic bang.

Marcus: Demonizing stimulus could be harmful the next time

By Ruth Marcus February 21, 2014 6 a.m.

The treatment helped. The patient is recovering. The doctor is still being accused of malpractice.

Marcus: Time to tame rhetoric about presidential lawlessness

By Ruth Marcus February 7, 2014 6 a.m.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan calls President Obama's tenure "an increasingly lawless presidency." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cites "the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness." House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called a hearing to examine how Obama "has blatantly disregarded the Constitution's mandate to faithfully execute the laws."

Marcus: Self-accountability is a rare trait in the political realm

By Ruth Marcus January 24, 2014 6 a.m.

In the narrative of every political scandal comes the accountability moment. New facts slow to a trickle, and the next, insistent demand becomes: Who is being held accountable? This is often a dumb question, asked for lack of a more fruitful topic and fueled by partisans more interested in point-scoring than problem-fixing.

Marcus: Two shades of loyalty bring duty into sharp relief

By Ruth Marcus January 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Loyalty is a quality that requires careful calibration. Too much can be dangerous; too little, demoralizing.

Marcus: If you aren't nervous, you must be smoking something

By Ruth Marcus January 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Marijuana legalization may be the same-sex marriage of 2014 — a trend that reveals itself in the course of the year as obvious and inexorable. At the risk of exposing myself as the fuddy-duddy I seem to have become, I hope not.

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