Ruth Marcus

03/01/2017 - 3:00pm

    The Trump administration's move to rescind bathroom access protections for transgender students rests on the idea that school bathroom policies are "a states' rights issue," as White House press secretary Sean Spicer has explained, and that, in any event, it is "preposterous on its face" that the authors of the federal law...

02/20/2017 - 5:00pm

    On March 21, 1973, White House counsel John Dean confronted President Richard Nixon about the growing Watergate scandal. "We have a cancer -- within, close to the presidency, that's growing," Dean warned. "It's growing daily."

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02/13/2017 - 2:00pm

    The minutes seem like hours in the Trump administration. Every day brings a fresh deluge of alarming developments. Has it only been three weeks? Can the country survive four years of this?

    The most hopeful sign so far arrived Thursday, with the...

02/09/2017 - 9:00am

    This is a column on a subject of broad public interest but with a single reader in mind: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Justice Kennedy, if you're reading this, my message is simple: Please don't retire. It could put your legacy at risk; even more, it would be terrible for the country at a moment...

01/30/2017 - 8:00pm

    Week One of the Trump administration was among the most alarming in the history of the American presidency.

    There have been scarier weeks for the country, certainly -- the Cuban missile crisis and the Sept. 11 attacks. There have been more tragic...

01/24/2017 - 8:00am

    This will be the presidency of the raised fist, not the outstretched hand.

    Inaugural addresses are traditionally occasions of inclusion and healing. In that transformative moment, the new president sheds a partisan identity and assumes the mantle of...

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