Ruth Marcus

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What About the Other American 'Left Behind'?

Alan Gross has been imprisoned in Cuba for 5 years: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - Regardless of where you stand on the controversy surrounding Bowe Bergdahl's release —Ruth Marcus calls herself "tentatively against the (prisoner) swap"—it serves as an argument for aiding another captive American. Alan Gross, a state department subcontractor, has been in a Cuban prison for almost five... More »

Bob McDonnell Must Go

His 2016 hopes are dead, and Ruth Marcus thinks his term in Virginia should be, too

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell's response to revelations that he and his family accepted $120,000 in cash from a major donor, the latest in a string of such reports , was "astonishing" writes Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post : McDonnell calmly asserted that he hadn't broken the letter of the... More »

No, Guns Don't Make Women Safer

Ruth Marcus: Gun control can save more women than arming them can

(Newser) - According to Ruth Marcus, the argument du jour against gun control—that women in particular need access to guns to protect themselves from violent, male criminals—is nothing but a "straw woman." The "argument would be powerful, if only it were true," Marcus writes in the... More »

Why Attacks on Broadwell's Clothes Are OK

Her 'skimpy' outfits make a statement: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - Ruth Marcus has received a flurry of criticism for attacking Paula Broadwell's wardrobe. "Beware the woman who goes on The Daily Show wearing a black silk halter top and flaunting her toned triceps," Marcus wrote earlier this month in the Washington Post . A reader hit back: "... More »

Teen Tweeter Is No Hero

It's up to parents to insist on civil disagreement: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - There's something wrong with a world in which Emma Sullivan , the 18-year-old high school student who refused to apologize to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback after tweeting that he "sucked," is turned into a "heroine of the liberal blogosphere," writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post... More »

Romney, Take Your PowerPoint and Go Home

Ruth Marcus is not impressed with Mitt's computer skills

(Newser) - Some people think Mitt Romney is unfit to be president because he created MassHealth, but not Ruth Marcus. “I believe Romney is unfit to be president because he used a PowerPoint presentation to defend it,” she writes in the Washington Post . These oh-so-popular presentations are invariably dull and... More »

Oops: Huckabee Defends Gay Marriage

By complaining about troubles of out-of-wedlock kids: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - In attacking gay marriage, Mike Huckabee inadvertently offered an excellent defense of it, writes Ruth Marcus. He went from criticizing President Obama’s decision not to defend the gay-marriage ban to pointing out the difficult “economic reality of out-of-wedlock children.” The fact is, “gays and lesbians are... More »

What O'Donnell's Win Means

Pundits make sense of the morning after

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell's primary victory has rocked the political world. Here's what the pundits are saying:
  • Delaware native Dave Weigel “cannot remember a time when Mike Castle wasn't being elected to something.” Without his cross-party appeal, the GOP is doomed in Delaware, he writes in Slate . “No one
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GOP's Policies Are Cheap, Incoherent

John Boehner isn't the kind of opposition leader we need

(Newser) - Sometimes, Ruth Marcus thinks it would be nice if the country had a divided government. It would force the GOP to quit posturing and start governing, and allow Democrats to make hard choices on entitlement spending. “That’s the theory. Then there’s John Boehner,” she laments in... More »

Bush's Tax Cuts Need to Go

Republicans seem to have lost touch with fiscal reality

(Newser) - Republicans seem to have two beliefs about taxes: First, taxes can go down, but never up, and second, no matter how high taxes are, they’re too high. That stance is “intransigently divorced from reality,” writes Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post . Just as Democrats have to accept... More »

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