Ruth Marcus / Politics

Lessons from Patient Zero

WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky's decision...

A Most Forgettable Election

WASHINGTON -- The closing days of a closely fought election rarely offer uplifting moments, but the 2014 season has been particularly dreary, nearly devoid of content and high on unedifying spectacle.

Perhaps the iconic moment came when former ...

The Worry You Can Conquer

WASHINGTON -- If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot.

On the first: If you live in the United States, your chances of getting Ebola are vanishingly small -- even if you are a health...

Clinton's Gender Comfort

WASHINGTON -- The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren't sure-footed in dealing with it -- recall ...

One Amazing Transformation

WASHINGTON -- Who would have thought:

-- That gay rights groups' biggest concern would not be how the Supreme Court would rule on same-sex marriage but that it wasn't ruling fast enough?

-- That the Republican response to the justices' move to ...

In Texas, An Undue Burden

WASHINGTON -- I was in the jittery Supreme Court chamber on a summer morning in 1992 when the right to abortion was on the line. As the justices took their seats, no one except court insiders knew whether the session would end with five votes to ...