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Author Archives: Ruth Marcus / Syndicated Columnist

Crossing promises off presidential to-do list

WASHINGTON – After a grueling year that cost Democrats the Senate majority, the mood at the White House is remarkably chipper.

‘Cromnibus’ is ugly, but necessary

WASHINGTON – The so-called “Cromnibus” is an ugly piece of work. On balance, I’m glad &ndas …

How to survive public humiliation

WASHINGTON – Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for …

Stop panicking and get a flu shot

WASHINGTON – If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot.

Squeezing into Eric Holder’s shoes

WASHINGTON – Who’ll be the next attorney general? Washington’s favorite parlor game is filli …

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.