WASHINGTON -- I was home with my family Sunday afternoon when an email arrived from a reader with a proposal. He wanted to lynch me.
“Rope, Tree, Journalist,” the man wrote. “Some assembly required.” To this slogan, made popular by T-shirts Donald Trump supporters wore at his rallies, my would-be hangman added his offer: “I will ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It is a sign of how secretive the new administration plans to be that when Donald Trump spoke last week with the Pakistani prime minister, Americans learned what was discussed not from their president-elect but from the oppressive Pakistani government’s Ministry of Information.
Luckily, ministry Press Release No. 298 -- Pakistan...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Let them eat cake. Specifically, let them eat Jean-Georges Warm Chocolate Cake.
But let them start with Young Garlic Soup with Thyme and Sauteed Frog Legs.
Let them follow that with Diver Scallops, Caramelized Cauliflower and Caper-Raisin Emulsion.
And let them proceed to Niman Ranch Lamb Chops with Mushroom Bolognese and ...Read more
“Report: Three Million Votes in Presidential Election Cast by Illegal Aliens; Trump may have won popular vote.”
-- Infowars, website of leading conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Nov. 14
“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally....Read more
WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, will be 77 next year.
Steny Hoyer, her deputy, will be 78.
Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 Democratic leader, will be 77.
Their current ages, if combined, would date back to before 1787, the year George Washington presided over the signing of the Constitution.
It is time for them to go.
WASHINGTON -- It was a pathetic spectacle: TV news executives and anchors filing in to Trump Tower on Monday to be the president-elect’s whipping boys.
Donald Trump had summoned them for a talk, but it turned out to be part tongue-lashing, part perp walk. The TV news people had foolishly agreed that the session was “off the record,”...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I’m afraid I missed the conference of white supremacists in Washington this weekend.
I was hosting my daughter’s bat mitzvah.
But I have a pretty good picture of what happened, because luckily -- for me, if not for them -- several other journalists attended Saturday’s gathering of alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- BuzzFeed reported recently that fake news stories about the election generated more engagement on Facebook than the top election stories from 19 major news outlets -- combined.
And that’s not the half of it.
Not only is fake news getting more attention than actual news but the leading purveyor of fake news in the United ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "We're on the same page with our president-elect," Paul Ryan said this week.
If he believes that, the young House speaker may be in need of a pair of Foster Grants.
On Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans from the hard-line Freedom Caucus assembled for the first time since the election for the monthly "Conversations with ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Why is this man smiling?
President Obama's chosen successor suffered a devastating loss last week to a man who made a primary campaign issue of Obama's "disastrous" management of the country. The Democratic Party is in a shambles, outnumbered in state legislatures, governors' mansions, the House and the Senate. Conservative ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As a Donald Trump victory became clear Tuesday night, the ghost of Herbert Hoover paid a visit to Trump's election night party in New York.
In the Fox News coverage playing on screens in the ballroom, Megyn Kelly turned to Karl Rove. "It didn't happen under Reagan or the Bushes. When was the last time a Republican president ...Read more
NEW YORK -- As I watched the returns at Donald Trump's celebration here Tuesday night, the hardest part was trying to reassure my seventh-grade daughter at home, via phone and text, that she would be OK.
She had expected to be celebrating the election of the first female president, but instead, this man she had been reading and hearing ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Baker Melissa Alt showed up unbidden at Trump Tower on Election Day with a 40-pound cake in the form of a Donald Trump bust, and Trump aides liked the likeness enough to display it in the ballroom at Trump's election-night party.
But there was something wrong with the chocolate confection. Alt was aiming to reproduce Trump's...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the final hours, the mask came off.
Donald Trump and his surrogates have been playing footsie with American neo-Nazis for months: tweeting their memes, retweeting their messages, appearing on their radio shows. After an Oct. 13 speech in which Trump warned that Hillary Clinton "meets in secret with international banks to plot ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the early hours after this year's Brexit vote, the top Google searches on the topic by shocked Britons were "what does it mean to leave the EU" and "what is the EU."
Don't let this happen here.
Now that James Comey has dedicated the FBI to the election of Donald Trump, a remote possibility is a serious prospect. But we don't ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When The Washington Post's Matea Gold reported this week that the Trump campaign is contesting $767,000 that its pollster Tony Fabrizio says he is owed, I could feel the Republican consultant's pain.
Fabrizio was just the latest on a long list of people stiffed by Donald Trump. And now you can add one more to that list: me. I want...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Filmmaker Joel Gilbert, the conspiracy theorist who believes President Obama has a secret Muslim prayer inscribed on his wedding ring, made a splash in 2012 when he said Obama had plastic surgery to conceal that his real father was labor activist Frank Marshall Davis, who raised his son to lead a communist revolution.
Four years ...Read more
"Transparency is the absolute best thing for me and for democracy."
-- FBI Director James Comey, July 2016
-- FBI Director James Comey, October 2016
WASHINGTON -- FBI chief James Comey, until recently an adherent of the view that transparency is the best policy, has been hidden from public view since Friday, when ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress in July about his recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, he mentioned at least 10 times how important it was that he be transparent.
"What I decided to do was offer transparency to the American people," he said, "because I thought it was very, very important for ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump really is building a wall. But his supporters are going to pay for it.
"I want to show you something very special," the candidate says in a video released last Thursday. "I am dedicating this wall right here in Trump Tower to a select group. ... They chipped in whenever and however they can."
In a QVC-worthy pitch, ...Read more