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Ruth Marcus

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Rubio knows how to swaddle a hard conservative message in comforting rhetoric.

  • Feb 8, 2016

The process operates subtly, which is not to say it is an attractive one or healthy for democracy.

  • Feb 6, 2016

Sanders at the top of the Democratic ticket threatens a general-election disaster, and not just for the top spot.

  • Feb 5, 2016

Can she learn from her two sides to become a better candidate?

  • Feb 4, 2016

If you think he lost Iowa, he wants you to know you’re totally wrong.

  • Feb 2, 2016

In the short term, Donald Trump was the biggest loser.

  • Feb 2, 2016

A few hours with young Bernie Sanders volunteers reveals why many Iowans won’t caucus Monday night.

  • Jan 31, 2016

It’s far from clear that Americans are prepared to embark on the candidate’s “political revolution.”

  • Jan 29, 2016

An editorial in today’s Post said Bernie Sanders is “selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it.” The Vermont senator was not amused.

  • Jan 28, 2016

Can earnestness alone be enough for Bush?

  • Jan 27, 2016
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Ruth Marcus is a columnist for The Post, specializing in American politics and domestic policy. Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court, and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Jon Leibowitz, their two daughters, and the world’s cutest dog.
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