Ruth Marcus

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 Latin phrase per curiam: Not only did the federal...

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...

01/20/2017 - 4:00pm

    The hallmark of a democracy is the peaceful transfer of power following an election. An essential, if painful, corollary of that rule is to accept the outcome of the election even when its conduct may have been marred, even when questions linger about the nature of the victory.

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01/18/2017 - 7:00pm

    The Trump administration's first Cabinet meeting should be an interesting affair. On issue after issue -- Russia, the border wall, the Iran nuclear deal, climate change, torture, NATO -- President-elect Donald Trump's nominees have diverged from his stated positions. So whose views will prevail...

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