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Ruth Marcus / Politics

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 ...

Free Jonathan Pollard

WASHINGTON -- "A Dupont Circle neighbor said he seemed 'more like a nerd than a spy.'"

"The rabbi of the South Bend, Ind., temple where he was bar mitzvahed described him as an 'outstanding scholar and your prototype all-American boy.'"

Those ...

The Budgetary Fix We're In

WASHINGTON -- The capital's dysfunction has its unfortunate exceptions. Gridlock yields to interests powerful enough to trump habits of obstruction. The result is compromise of a peculiarly distasteful variety -- bipartisanship in the form of can-...