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Ruth Marcus / Politics

The Subtleness of a Court Retirement

WASHINGTON -- The law operates with bright-line rules but also with balancing tests and concerns over image. The appearance of impropriety. The appearance of corruption. And so it is with lawyers, starting at the top.

Competing concerns must be ...

Thank You, Dr. Hanlon

WASHINGTON -- If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop ...

The Lesson of "Camp David"

WASHINGTON -- The line between determination and delusion can be obscure. Sometimes, the distinction emerges only in retrospect, like a Polaroid image slowly appearing. In other instances, the difference between productive grit and self-defeating ...

Democrats' Revolting Equal-Pay Demagoguery

WASHINGTON -- Here's a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Not that you'd know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrats are ...

An Emotional Double Standard

WASHINGTON -- Let's have a rational discussion about the word "emotional."

But first, I'd better calm down. Maybe I'll have a soothing cup of herbal tea and pet the cat. Oh wait, I don't have a cat.

Which is lucky for former CIA director ...

The McCutcheon Effect

WASHINGTON -- There is more than one way to demolish a wall, physical or legal. Go at it with a bulldozer, or weaken its foundations and await the collapse. When it comes to undermining the structure of modern campaign finance law, Chief Justice ...