WASHINGTON -- Now we'll see whether the magic works inside the Republican Party's big and unruly tent as well as it did outside.
Donald Trump's decision to sign a GOP loyalty oath -- pledging to support the party's eventual nominee, even if it's someone else -- was more practical than partisan. But does it make the ultimate outsider look like, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.
Asked on "Meet the Press" whether the United States should consider building a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I know you haven't heard enough about Donald Trump recently, so here's more: At this point, anyone who says he can't win the Republican nomination is in deep denial.
Trump announced his candidacy on June 16 and immediately vaulted into the top tier of candidates. On July 14, a USA Today poll put Trump in the lead by three points -...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.
If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit? Could it give a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump's inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.
So the other candidates are trying various strategies to seize the initiative. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This isn't about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn't even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It's about basic respect -- for us and for the truth.
Why, when she took office as secretary of state, did she decide to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush has firmly established himself as the Republican to vote for if you wish his brother were still president. Best of luck with that.
In what was billed as a major foreign policy speech Tuesday, Bush proposed inching back into Iraq, wading into the Syrian civil war and engaging in much the same kind of geopolitical ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren't there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It's time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn't doing its job.
Once again, following Thursday's debate and its messy aftermath, the GOP establishment confidently predicts that the Donald Trump phenomenon is ...Read more
The Knights of Juzhani: The Emerald of the Black CaveBrandon Young
Jimmy is an ordinary kid who is a senior in high school. Except for being a black belt, he is an average kid in every respect, with the same hopes and angst. Little does he know that his life is about to change, starting with his discovery of a strange emerald during his class’s field trip ...
CLEVELAND -- It was billed as The Donald Trump Show, and the Republican front-runner delivered. He mugged. He pouted. He projected outrage without being troubled by specificity or fact. When he got punched -- and the moderators threw haymakers all night -- he stuck out his chin and punched back.
Trump made it through the first Republican debate...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.
With one possible exception -- Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who barely registers ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There's just one present under the tree, but it's all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!
How could next Thursday night in Cleveland fail to be one of the most entertaining political spectacles we've seen in a long time? There are, far as I can tell, 17 ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.
Why should anyone pay the slightest attention to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.
His essay "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country ... "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.
Imagine a U.S.-led military strike -- not a pinprick but an extended bombing campaign robust enough to eliminate 98 percent of Iran's enriched uranium, put two-thirds of the Islamic republic's centrifuges out of action and erase ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly -- how shall I put this? -- Romneyesque.
Bush is supposed to be the safe, establishment-approved choice, which is where the Republican Party usually turns. He and his allied super PAC have raised a...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.
Gov. Nikki Haley was expansive after the state Legislature finished action early Thursday on a bill consigning the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.
I don't know if front-runner Hillary Clinton shares my wish, but she ought to. I'm not of the school that believes competition for competition's sake is always a good thing. But ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call "that thing on Donald Trump's head."
Suddenly, according to recent polls, the iconically coiffed mogul has to be ...Read more
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It is impossible to know whether the Charleston tragedy will someday be seen as a turning point in the nation's long, difficult struggle with race. But we can hope.
At Friday's funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine men and women who were slain June 17 at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal ...Read more
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.
Not that the astounding progress this week toward consigning the Confederate battle flag to the ignominy it deserves is a small thing. Flags are among the most...Read more