Ruth Marcus

Washington, D.C.

Deputy editorial page editor overseeing signed opinion content and writing on domestic politics and policy

Education: Yale College; Harvard Law School

Ruth Marcus is deputy editorial page editor for The Post. She also writes a weekly column. 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 Pulitz
Latest from Ruth Marcus

The handling of the Texas abortion case is an embarrassment for the federal judiciary

The Supreme Court ruling conservatives aren't taking seriously

January 21, 2022

The curious case of the clerk and the racist texts

Racist texts were sent from Crystal Clanton's phone. She was later hired for a prestigious clerkship. Now, her supporters argue that the texts were phony.

January 18, 2022

Boris Johnson in reverse: The Supreme Court gives itself what it bans for the rest of us

Amid covid, what is good enough for the court is not good enough for the rest of us.

January 14, 2022

Chief Justice Roberts’s jarring vaccine jurisprudence

At Friday's hearing about the Biden administration's vaccine and test mandate, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. seemed to be arguing that trying to use all the statutory tools available to it somehow undermined the government’s legal argument.

January 9, 2022

Where was Justice Neil Gorsuch’s mask?

If you think this sounds like a trivial question, I dissent.

January 7, 2022

Mitch McConnell’s un-conservative plea to the Supreme Court

This is not a normal legal argument. It’s certainly not a conservative one.

December 30, 2021

The ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Oregonian, a New York judge and the true meaning of the First Amendment

Two otherwise unconnected Christmas week episodes — one involving an insult to President Biden, the other Project Veritas and the New York Times — bring freedom of speech to the forefront.

December 26, 2021

Supreme Court cases over vaccine mandates are really about whether government can protect us

Can federal agencies impose mandates using laws that were not designed with a global pandemic in mind?

December 23, 2021

Court-packing is not the answer to this problem

The Supreme Court is unfairly constituted. But expanding the bench is not the solution.

December 17, 2021

The Supreme Court’s Texas abortion ruling reveals the conservative majority’s radicalism

The worst part – truly, the most shocking part – is what these justices are doing to the court's own authority.

December 11, 2021