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Ruth Marcus

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Marcus: Portrayal of Rice's wife as anything but victim is villainous

By Ruth Marcus September 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Reader, she married him. The day after he was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault for knocking her unconscious. I would say allegedly knocking her unconscious, but there's no doubt: Janay Palmer — now Janay Rice — was out cold after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice unleashed his left hook on her.

Marcus: Obama's erratic leadership stalls immigration debate

By Ruth Marcus September 5, 2014 6 a.m.

The word of the day is herky-jerky, which is a polite way of saying erratic. And which, I regret to report, is a fitting description of President Obama's handling of immigration. And, I regret even more, a metaphor for his stumbling stewardship.

Marcus: Journalist's beheading can draw lines for social media

By Ruth Marcus August 29, 2014 6 a.m.

"Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."

Marcus: If Watergate happened today, how would nation react?

By Ruth Marcus August 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust. Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon's willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and paranoia, and his florid anti-Semitism, another round of tapes emerges.

Marcus: Ted Cruz has some nerve for putting blame on Dems

By Ruth Marcus August 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah.

Marcus: Palin, not Boehner, follows her convictions on Obama

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

Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.

Marcus: Don't blame Clinton for doing her job as a lawyer

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

It should not be necessary to write this column. Lawyers represent clients. Criminal defense lawyers represent clients accused of crimes — sometimes horrible, evil clients accused of heinous crimes. It is the ethical and professional responsibility of these lawyers to defend those clients as vigorously as possible.

Marcus: Expert says legal pot a risky social experiment

By Ruth Marcus June 27, 2014 6 a.m.

BETHESDA, Md. — From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana.

Marcus: Obama misreads history at peril of himself, his nation

By Ruth Marcus June 20, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Two instincts — one predictable, the other surprising — help explain the arc of Barack Obama's presidency. The predictable instinct is Obama's tendency to overlearn the lessons of history. The second, more surprising but related to the first, is Obama's frequent audacity deficit.

Marcus: Hillary Clinton can learn from 'dead broke' comment

By Ruth Marcus June 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's tone-deaf comments about being "dead broke" after she and her husband left the White House were unfortunate, revealing and — if Clinton chooses to learn from them — instructive for the likely presidential campaign ahead.

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