WASHINGTON -- "I wasn't playing the woman's card," Donald Trump said Thursday when asked about his claim that Hillary Clinton was playing such a card and that if she were a man, she would get only 5 percent of the vote.
For once, I agree with Trump: He wasn't playing the woman's card. He was playing the man's card -- and he was dealing from the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Mr. Trump came to Washington to meet the establishment he has demonized the past 10 months. It was not love at first sight.
His campaign left nothing to chance for his coming out as a general-election candidate Wednesday, the day after primary wins in five states made him the all but inevitable Republican presidential nominee.
WASHINGTON -- John Kasich, at a campaign stop in Rockville, Maryland, on Monday, explained why Republican voters aren't buying what he's selling.
"I'm trying to peddle hope," said the Ohio governor. "Hope in the short term doesn't get you a lot of attention, because hope's too positive. Negative is what works."
As if on cue, a man in the back ...Read more
Marsha Blackburn isn't one to worry about appearances.
The Tennessee Republican didn't make any pretense this week of being impartial with the committee she chairs, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, commonly known as the Planned Parenthood committee.
On the eve of her panel's Wednesday hearing, Blackburn went over to ...Read more
"It's very close to my heart because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action." -- Donald Trump, April 18
May 1, 2017
Remarks by the President
The White House
President Trump: I want to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Visiting justices from Canada's high court sat in on Monday's immigration arguments before the Supreme Court -- and after their 90-minute education in the current state of American jurisprudence, our neighbors to the north would be forgiven if they had fantasies of building a border wall of their own.
The Senate's refusal to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump stumbles in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, one group has been sorely disappointed by his belated display of weakness: Democratic operatives, who had been hoping fondly to run against him in November.
Democrats' delight at the prospect of a Trump candidacy is well-founded. Last week's Washington...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Is Trey Gowdy planning a July surprise?
The chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi went to ground after he and his colleagues grilled Hillary Clinton in October. They haven't had a single hearing since then (and had only three public hearings before that one), though they occasionally send news releases reminding the world ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade.
And what if life gives Democrats lemonade? Well, they'll try to sell it to hurrying rush-hour commuters outside. On a cool morning. In a downpour.
The Democratic National Committee hatched a clever plan to draw attention Tuesday to Equal Pay Day, the annual reminder that...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Reince Priebus, the beleaguered and balding Republican National Committee chairman, was asked a few days ago about his mane.
"How much gray hair do you think you're going to have by December?" CNN's Jake Tapper inquired.
"Gray is fine," the party boss replied. "I just want to make sure I have hair."
Alternatively, he could try a...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Free trade agreements "have been disastrous" for America, the candidate said, and have sent jobs to Mexico and China. "I will stop it by renegotiating all of the trade agreements that we have."
It sounded like just another threat from Donald Trump to tear up trade deals and make good ones instead.
Actually, the candidate who said...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The voters have spoken: Never Trump.
Wisconsin Republicans sent the nation a clear message Tuesday night in the drubbing they dealt the bilious billionaire. Republicans, and Americans, are better than Donald Trump.
The message goes well beyond the 13-point primary victory over Trump by Ted Cruz, himself a less-than-ideal ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland is an oppo researcher's nightmare.
Those who oppose President Obama's Supreme Court nominee have been digging for dirt to justify opposition by 52 of the 54 Senate Republicans to granting him a hearing. But about the worst thing anybody has come up with: an allegation that Garland crossed lanes in a relay race. In ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The 19th century had the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The 20th century brought Kennedy-Nixon. And now we have just experienced a forensic masterpiece to define our times: the Clinton-Sanders Debate Debate.
This particular rhetorical showdown was not a back-and-forth about issues, appropriately enough, but an argument about whether to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In a Republican debate last month, Donald Trump was asked whether his claim that "Islam hates us" means all 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide hate the United States.
"I mean a lot of 'em," Trump replied, as some in the crowd -- Trump supporters, presumably -- laughed and applauded.
That ugly moment comes to mind in describing how ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Whatever else one may think about Donald Trump, he has a gift for labeling opponents.
Jeb Bush? "Low energy."
Ted Cruz? "Lyin' Ted." (Trump directs supporters to drop the "g.")
Marco Rubio? "Liddle Marco." (He decrees that little be spelled with a double "d.")
"You have to brand people a certain way when they're your opponent,"...Read more
WASHINGTON -- You can have your Coke with a smile today.
On Monday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a conservative Republican, said he would veto a bill that would have legalized discrimination against gay people, responding to an outcry from corporate interests including Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS, Walt Disney, Delta, Time Warner, Comcast, Netflix, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Here's some food for thought. Or, rather, here are some thoughts for food.
Six months ago, I made a reckless vow. With Donald Trump dominating in the polls, I said I'd eat a column -- 18 column inches of toxic newsprint, wood-pulp, ink and all -- if he won the Republican presidential nomination.
My rationale: "Americans are ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Before House Speaker Paul Ryan's "Address on the State of American Politics" Wednesday, an aide went to the microphone to instruct the crowd.
"You don't have to save your applause to the end," said the aide, Caleb Smith. "If he says something you like -- clap. You know? You can stand up. It's fine."
Forgive me if I don't join in ...Read more
In a hearing this week about the poisonous water in Flint, Michigan, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) tried to blame the lead-tainted water on the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy explained that, under the law Congress passed, states are in charge of enforcing drinking-water standards.
"The law?"...Read more