Ruth Marcus: Most Recent Articles and Archives

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  • Finally, a break in the congressional gridlock?
    Could this city actually be working? The past week has witnessed several developments — on the Iran nuclear agreement, Medicare reimbursement rates and fast-track trade authority — that offer grounds for, if not irrational exuberance, then tempered optimism. Read full article >>






  • Two myths and two challenges for Hillary Clinton
    She’s in! She’s given up the private jet to schlep across America (albeit being driven by the Secret Service) and stroll, incognito, into Chipotle. Herewith, two myths about Hillary Clinton and two challenges for her on the campaign trail:Read full article >>






  • Hillary Clinton’s insultingly vapid video
    The more I watch Hillary Clinton’s announcement video, the less I like it. This may be putting it mildly.I understand what Clinton & Co. were trying to do: Make the moment less about Hillary, more about the voters. Downplay the sense of Clinton as inevitable juggernaut and entitled successor to the dynastic throne.Read full article >>






  • Beyond the bathroom wars for transgender rights
    The White House now offers a gender-neutral restroom, for use by men, women and anyone whose gender is less than certain. If this news tempts you to giggle — please refrain.Certainly, the bathroom wars are a bizarrely outsize aspect of a serious subject, which is ensuring full rights for transgender Americans. Bring up the issue, and it fast deteriorates into a debate, equal parts frivolous and overheated, over what might ensue if a male transitioning to female uses the ladies’ room. (Answer: The transgender individual goes into a stall and closes the door. No big deal.)Read full article >>






  • Make a deal with Iran — and Congress
    If President Obama had his way, Congress would simply keep its pesky nose out of the Iran nuclear deal. Given his critics’ behavior, it’s easy to understand such presidential bristling. Still, the better course — and, more to the point, the unavoidable course, given Republican majorities in both houses — would be for the Obama administration to switch from bristling to deal-making. Read full article >>






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