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Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- “You don’t have to drink. You just have to pay.”

  • Jun 4th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- Has Sarah Palin learned anything since she was plucked from obscurity almost two years ago? Not that I can tell.

  • May 28th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — She’s not gay, OK?

  • May 21st, 2010

Ruth Marcus

PHOENIX -- “What’s the matter with Arizona?” is the obvious question about the state’s new immigration law. There are a few obvious answers -- and a not-so-obvious one that I was surprised to hear from observers across the political spectrum here.

  • May 14th, 2010

Energy matters

We used to live in a simpler world. It was a world in which we were blessed by an abundance of cheap hydropower and fossil fuels. It was a world in which  our pursuit of low-cost electricity and fuel was not complicated by our mounting impact on the environment, natural resources and habitat. A world of seemingly endless economic growth and opportunities. Now that world is not so simple.

  • May 7th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- I am so going to miss Justice Stevens.

  • May 7th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — It isn’t easy being a caucus of one.

  • Apr 30th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — The public is zero for seven at the Supreme Court this term.

  • Apr 23rd, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — There is something weird going on in the Republican Party when Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is the voice of reason.

  • Apr 17th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- My heart aches for the parents of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old Massachusetts high school student who committed suicide in January after being relentlessly bullied at school and online.

  • Apr 9th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- A woman did it.

  • Apr 5th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — Here’s a phrase you can expect to hear a lot in the next few days: “According to the CBO.” The CBO is the Congressional Budget Office, the official scorekeeper of the costs of proposed legislation. Rarely has a CBO report been more anxiously awaited than the analysis released Thursday of the proposed changes to the Senate health care reform bill. Democrats are delighted with the bottom-line analysis that the measure would save $138 billion over the next 10 years, and as much as $1.2 trillion in the second 10 years -- all this while expanding coverage to 32 million people who would otherwise be uninsured.

  • Mar 26th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- The chief justice is a big crybaby.

  • Mar 19th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON—Sometimes I think I’ve gotten too cynical after so many years in Washington.

  • Mar 13th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- Boy, you could see that one coming. It was a pivotal moment earlier this month when Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Pivotal, but not enough. I don’t spend a lot of time chatting up military officers, but enough to know that, just below the top-most ranks, there remains an enormous, if incomprehensible, amount of squeamishness about letting gay men and women serve openly in the military.

  • Mar 6th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- How big a deal was Marco Rubio’s speech to CPAC Thursday? If you are asking, as former President George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long. Rubio is the 38-year-old former speaker of the Florida House and a conservative challenger to the state’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, in the GOP Senate primary. If you are asking, what is CPAC? you probably aren’t a conservative Republican. CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, is, for several days every winter, the epicenter of the conservative movement; Ronald Reagan spoke before the group a dozen times.

  • Feb 27th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — The most striking part of Sen. Evan Bayh’s retirement announcement was his on-air job application. He’d be interested in managing a business, Bayh suggested, heading a university, or maybe running a charity.

  • Feb 23rd, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON— Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. Well, not role model, exactly, but improbable heroine. When her cheating, blubbering, disappearing-with-his-soul-mate husband turned up on national television to confess that he had not been hiking the Appalachian Trail, Jenny Sanford was neither standing by his side nor crawling into a hole.

  • Feb 13th, 2010

The health care debate

One morning, at the breakfast table, while eating a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, your chest begins to hurt. The pain worsens and you feel breathless. You briefly consider the possibility that what you’re eating really are pebbles.

  • Feb 6th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — My husband and I were away last week — working, but away. My mother was watching the kids, but she also works. So it was particularly important, I told my new but already somewhat spotty baby sitter, that she turn up on time, every day.

  • Feb 6th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof…

Ruth Marcus

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodman’s column. Goodman retired…

  • Jan 25th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodman’s column. Goodman retired…

  • Jan 16th, 2010

Participate in the U.S. Census | Editorial

2010 is an important year. We will participate in the 23rd U.S. Census to determine our nation’s population. The census is mandated every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution; the results are used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes and government program funding.

  • Jan 12th, 2010

Homeless count scheduled for January 28

San Juan County Health & Community Services will participate in the state’s annual Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons (PIT) on Thursday, January 28. Prior to that date it will contact and enlist the cooperation of local agencies and organizations that come in contact with homeless members of the community.

  • Jan 11th, 2010

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodm

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodman’s column. Goodman retired at the end of 2009.

  • Jan 11th, 2010

Letting Go Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There is something fitting about writing my last column on…

  • Jan 5th, 2010

Women Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It is one of those moments when I feel like…

  • Dec 24th, 2009

Hooked on Shame Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Things being what they are, I’m delighted when any newspaper…

  • Dec 18th, 2009

A Backlash of Mistrust Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Is there such a thing as communications malpractice? If so,…

  • Nov 30th, 2009

Lipstick on a Rogue Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- You have to hand it to Sarah Palin. I don’t…

  • Nov 20th, 2009

The False Choice Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It was one of those small shocks that come unexpectedly…

  • Nov 14th, 2009

What option for Afghan Women? Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It’s been 11 years since I looked through a photo…

  • Nov 7th, 2009

In Pursuit of Happiness Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Not long ago a group of writers decided to publish…

  • Oct 30th, 2009

A $250 Donation Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- This story begins, as do so many dramas, at the…

  • Oct 25th, 2009

The Gay Divorce Fandango Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- I suppose there is something charming about watching conservative politicians…

  • Oct 9th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

A Question of Health -- And EqualityBOSTON -- My favorite moment so…

  • Oct 2nd, 2009

Now, Where Was I? Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There was a time when I considered myself a champion…

  • Sep 25th, 2009