Ruth Marcus / Politics

Sexism in the Senate

WASHINGTON -- "Man bites dog" is the classic definition of news. By that standard, "Male senator says something offensively sexist to female colleague" ought to be no news at all. If you're surprised or skeptical about the remarks recounted by New...

What Line to Draw on Beheadings?

WASHINGTON -- "Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."

So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral -- as the Islamic State intended.

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A Legacy in Question

WASHINGTON -- I've thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct.

Yet events of the last few months ...

When to Police Political Behavior

WASHINGTON -- The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role -- and proper limits -- of criminal law in policing political behavior.

Exhibit A is the questionable -- "...

Nixon's Ghost, 40 Years On

WASHINGTON -- Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.

Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon's willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and ...

Those Other Guys Did It

WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah.

The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC's Kelly O'Donnell the other day during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-...