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Ruth Marcus

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Marcus: Afghan first lady delicately broaches women's issues

By Ruth Marcus February 27, 2015 6 a.m.

The most striking thing about interviewing Rula Ghani, the first lady of Afghanistan, may be that the interview is taking place at all.

Marcus: Obama foes got judge they wanted in immigration case

By Ruth Marcus February 20, 2015 6 a.m.

One thing that is certain about Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration reform — it won't be the last word.

Marcus: Mission not accomplished when it comes to U.S. debt

By Ruth Marcus January 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Oh, the debt. Yawn. How passé. How 2009. Once, President Obama held a summit on fiscal responsibility (2009). Once, he gave an entire speech devoted to the subject (2011). Once, his State of the Union addresses (2010, 2011, 2013) were studded with double-digit references to the problem of sky-high deficits and lingering mountains of debt. Now, the topic receives just glancing mention, a clause ("shrinking deficits") in a series of presidential back-pats, and a refutation of warnings of Apocalypse Soon.

Marcus: Exposing CIA's stain on America a necessary action

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

Releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture wasn't even close to a close call. It was a necessary, if infuriatingly belated, corollary to the choice not to prosecute those who relied on faulty legal advice in engaging in such repugnant practices.

Marcus: Ferguson decision the second-worst possible outcome

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

The grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome — except for one in which passion overwhelmed facts and Wilson was forced to stand trial despite a lack of adequate evidence.

Marcus: Obama treads a slippery slope on immigration policy

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

Every Democrat should be nervous about President Barack Obama's plan for unilateral action on immigration reform. Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability of a future Republican president to act on his or her own.

Marcus: Campus sexual assault also carries dangers for boys

By Ruth Marcus November 14, 2014 6 a.m.

The line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear. Especially when alcohol is involved. Especially in the context of the college hook-up culture.

Marcus: A case can be made for compulsory voting in U.S.

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

A thought experiment in the election's aftermath: What if, instead of focusing on making it harder for people to vote, we made voting mandatory?

Marcus: Pros and cons of a Jeb Bush presidential candidacy

By Ruth Marcus October 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Run, Jeb, run. I mean it, despite two powerful arguments against a presidential run by Jeb Bush — one specific to the former Florida governor, one more generic.

Marcus: The nonsense of candidates is disrespectful to voters

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

The closing days of a closely fought election rarely offer uplifting moments, but the 2014 season has been particularly dreary, nearly devoid of content and high on unedifying spectacle.

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