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Ruth Marcus

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Obama wants to get Dems on board

WASHINGTON — The White House description of President Obama’s health care proposal as his “opening

The arena needs to be fixed

WASHINGTON — The most striking part of Sen. Evan Bayh’s retirement announcement was his on-air job

Does it matter that the judge is gay?

WASHINGTON — Does it matter if the judge hearing the lawsuit challenging California’s ban on same-

Jenny Sanford: A troubling example

WASHINGTON — Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. Well, not role model, exactly,

Obama comes face-to-face with reality

WASHINGTON — Chastened is not an adjective normally associated with Barack Obama. But that was the

Filibuster makes the process fairer

WASHINGTON — This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof majority, but

Supreme Court ruling all wrong

WASHINGTON — In opening the floodgates for corporate money in election campaigns, the Supreme Court

Gender aside, it’s the same old story

WASHINGTON — So the tables-turned, she-cheated-on-him political sex scandal we’ve all been waiting

Reid’s choice of words defines stupidity

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acted like an idiot. Also, he was right. It’s a

Criminal case against Christmas Day bomber is the right move

WASHINGTON — Much of the criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to bring criminal charges

Red flags on terror attack were ignored

WASHINGTON — The more I think about the Christmas all-but-bombing, the angrier I get. At the

Arm-twisting in the Senate is not a big deal

WASHINGTON — Cash for Cloture! Cornhusker Kickback! Louisiana Purchase! We are, or so we are told

Bush’s stimulus plan deserves a B-minus

One of the benefits of an extended presidential campaign is that it presents real-world tests for

Lessons to be learned from Jamie Lynn, Juno

I didn’t have to figure out how to break the news of Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy to my kids.

GOP contenders back Bush on veto

WASHINGTON — You might have thought, given the popularity of the State Children’s Health Insurance

An angry man: Clarence Thomas is no victim

WASHINGTON — To read Clarence Thomas’s book is to be struck anew by the blast-furnace of his anger —

Mukasey will be good attorney general

WASHINGTON — The judge was running out of patience. It had been three months since he ordered the

American society has issues with gays

WASHINGTON — He was an important political figure, arrested for engaging in lewd conduct in a public


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