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Ruth Marcus

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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.

Marcus: U.S. not condemned to two more years of gridlock

By Ruth Marcus September 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Is the country condemned to another two years, at least, of gridlock? The world-weary take on the midterm elections is an indifferent shrug. Whether Democrats control the Senate or Republicans, nothing will be accomplished anyway, this apathetic argument goes.

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.

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