WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's closing argument has been to blame his fall on the dishonest, corrupt, horrible, poisonous and biased media.
Trump is correct that there has been something wrong with the coverage. But the problem is that the media didn't show bias against Trump earlier and more often. I'm not talking about partisan bias, but a ...Read more
PHOENIX -- Donald Trump is running against democracy itself.
Here, in the land of Barry Goldwater, democracy is fighting back.
Only once since 1948 has Arizona gone Democratic in a presidential election, and that was the Ross Perot-skewed 1996 contest. But Trump's manifold charms -- most recently his threat to ignore the results of the ...Read more
LAS VEGAS -- In the middle of the Strip, a few blocks from the hulking Trump International Hotel, the famous Mirage Volcano has been delighting tourists for 27 years with its faux eruptions, spewing fire, smoke and water 100 feet into the air.
A small sign at the volcano's base announces, "Volcano show eruptions Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. ...Read more
COLORADO SPRINGS -- We are three weeks from the election, and very close to the edge.
Retiree Gerald Miller, a volunteer at Donald Trump's rally here, is confident his man will win on Nov. 8 -- unless there's foul play.
Miller, wearing an NRA pin and a tea party cap over his long hair, shares Trump's concern that the election may be "rigged" ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I just finished watching "Stranger Things," the Netflix series in which government scientists try to spy on Russians by sending a girl with telekinetic powers into a parallel universe.
The plan goes awry when the girl, by opening the gate between universes, allows a faceless, long-clawed monster to escape. The Demogorgon begins ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Last week, I took a break from reporting on the Trump campaign's well-deserved and long-awaited implosion to observe Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
On this day, we symbolically beat our breasts with fists as we say the Ashamnu (literally, "we are guilty") confession: "We betray. We steal. We scorn. We act perversely. We ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The late Jerry Falwell, leader of the Moral Majority and founder of Liberty University, built the religious right into a major political force.
His son Jerry Jr. is well on his way to destroying it.
Falwell fils, now Liberty's president, was among the first and most prominent evangelical Christian leaders to embrace thrice-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- About 90 days ago, when Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, he had a moment of equanimity. As convention delegates chanted "Lock her up!" Trump shook his head no. "Let's defeat her in November," he counter-proposed.
It was a very different Trump who appeared at Sunday night's second presidential debate: ...Read more
Perspective: A Driver's TalePeter Kerestur
Perspective (A driver’s tale) is an inexorable product of the modern democracy in its present decline and metamorphosis into yet another monstrous police state, The pen is sometimes vitriolic, never apologetic, always striving for objectivity and reason, and the language at times effusive,...
WASHINGTON -- Not since Larry Craig widened his stance has a bathroom caused so much trouble for a politician.
North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, was a good bet for reelection earlier this year. But then he signed HB2 into law in March, eliminating municipal nondiscrimination ordinances and requiring transgender people to use ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Now that the GOP is the Party of Trump, could Democrats become the party of ... Reagan?
That's a stretch. But Democrats are making a bid for the title.
At Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, the 40th president was name-checked twice -- both times by the Democrat, Tim Kaine.
"Our plan is like Ronald Reagan's plan from 1986,...Read more
FARMVILLE, Va. -- In the closing days of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee stopped in this tobacco town to fortify his bedraggled troops. With Union forces in hot pursuit, Lee abandoned the effort, fled town -- and surrendered at nearby Appomattox two days later.
Tuesday night, Mike Pence came to Farmville for the vice presidential debate against ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It was a case of the dog that didn't bark.
For 90 minutes this week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed in their first presidential debate on a full range of issues. But meriting not a single mention? Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act ripped apart the nation and dominated political argument for several years. But now, six ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It seemed like a no brainer: Tie down-ballot Republican Candidate X to Donald Trump and watch Candidate X go down in his or her race for the Senate, the House or dog catcher.
This should be true in competitive races, because of the GOP presidential nominee's record-setting unpopularity. But it's not working out that way. There's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump was trying very hard to be on his best behavior.
In the opening minutes of the first presidential debate Monday night, the Republican nominee began an answer by saying, "In all fairness to Secretary Clinton" -- then turned to his opponent with exaggerated cordiality. "Yes? Is that OK? Good. I want you to be very happy...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump supporters may be passionate, but they're a bit irony-challenged.
In the days since I wrote that Hillary Clinton wasn't necessarily wrong to say that half of Trump's supporters are racists and other "deplorables," the response has been, well, deplorable. A sampling of the thousands of emails and social media replies: ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Impeachment is among the most severe and solemn powers Congress has, right up there with declaring war. Not since 1876 has an executive-branch appointee been impeached, and not in the history of the republic has Congress impeached an executive-branch official below the Cabinet level.
Now, Republicans in Congress would change that....Read more
WASHINGTON -- The 2008 financial collapse was eight years ago this month -- and the big banks are back to their old shenanigans.
Venerable Wells Fargo has engaged in behavior that would have made a robber baron blush: It pressured low-wage workers with unrealistic sales targets, so these workers created 2 million bogus accounts over five years,...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So, Donald Trump thought he'd have a little fun this weekend with the idea of Hillary Clinton being assassinated.
The Republican presidential nominee suggested that, because Clinton favors restrictions on guns, her security detail should be disarmed. "Take their guns away," he proposed. "Let's see what happens to her."
There was ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A bit after 4 p.m. Thursday, the doorbell rang in my hotel room, Room 446 at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington. It was my Koran. I had ordered it from housekeeping.
I had checked in to experience the just-opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, spending $856 of Jeff Bezos's money, not including taxes and the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- NASA scientists may have noticed a wobble in Earth's axis Tuesday morning. Harry Reid, the irascible top Democrat in the Senate, had shown contrition.
The day before, Reid had attacked the integrity of Republicans, including the majority whip, John Cornyn, suggesting they were doing the bidding of the billionaire Koch brothers.