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Author Archives: Ruth Marcus / Syndicated Columnist

E-cig regulation should be tighter

WASHINGTON – E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug – …

In politics, use criminal law sparingly

WASHINGTON – The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role – and proper limits – of criminal law in policing political behavior.

Nixon can still shock, fascinate us

WASHINGTON – Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.

Anonymous sources have a place

WASHINGTON – Let us now praise anonymous sources.The new White House press sec …

On impeaching: Palin 1, Boehner 0

WASHINGTON – – Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.No, not tha …

A humbling lesson in reconciliation

WASHINGTON – The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his fat …

Human side shows through in high court’s actions

WASHINGTON – How did the Supreme Court manage to agree unanimously that police must obtain a warrant before searching cellphones, yet split on whether employers must offer contraception as part of their health care plans?

Clinton has unfinished business

WASHINGTON – The past few days have offered vivid illustrations of why Hillary Clinton could decide not to run for president – and why, in the end, I believe she will.