WASHINGTON -- Much of the criticism of Hillary Clinton over her emails and her family's foundation is unfairly harsh. But the Clintons themselves invite such scrutiny and suspicion.
First, the emails. Months of investigation turned up essentially nothing worthy of being called a scandal. Unless you doubt the integrity of FBI director James ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's supporters can pretend otherwise, but deep down they must know the truth: Trump has been playing them for fools all along.
All that bluster about creating a "deportation force" to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and kick them out of the country? Forget about it. Trump is now "softening" that ridiculous ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's "pivot," desperately hoped for by sane Republicans, was over before it began. He couldn't pretend to be inclusive and statesmanlike for two days in a row if his life depended on it.
Anyone who doubts this should only consider Trump's idea of an appeal to African-American voters: "What do you have to lose by trying ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Shaken by the fact that he's losing, Donald Trump has fled into the parallel universe of the extreme right -- and apparently plans to stay there for the remainder of the campaign. Let's see if the rest of the Republican Party is dumb enough to follow him.
Trump has reportedly been feeling "boxed in" and "controlled" by the few ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Let us now praise the most reviled group of people in America: so-called "elites." And how about a round of applause for the hated "mainstream media" as well.
If you listen to Donald Trump, or even if you paid attention to Bernie Sanders during the primary season, you might think all the nation's problems can be blamed on two ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Apparently we've reached the part where Donald Trump, not satisfied with having demolished the Republican Party, tries to bring down the rest of the political system as well. No one should be surprised.
The garbage that comes out of his mouth gets more vile and putrid by the day. On Tuesday, he suggested that fervent defenders of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It may be hard to imagine, but I fear this election campaign is going to get worse maybe a lot worse before it gets better. By the time its done, the whole nation may feel like it needs a shower.
I base this depressing prediction on three assumptions: Polls showing the Obama coalition coming together behind Hillary ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- To Republicans who hope to emerge from the Donald Trump fiasco with any shred of political viability or self-respect, I offer some unsolicited advice: Run, do not walk, to the nearest exit.
I'm speaking to you, House Speaker Paul Ryan. And you, Sen. John McCain. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- along with so many ...Read more
Fenton's DeathS. Elizabeth
Emm and Francine grew up with Fenton. He was their neighbor, best friend and big brother all in one. Fenton thought he loved both his friends equally but one day as a young man he realized he had to make a choice. But what would his choice do to the 3. And then...Fenton died. Fenton's Death ...
WASHINGTON -- During the primary season, as Donald Trump's bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was being crazy like a fox. Now I am increasingly convinced that he's just plain crazy.
I'm serious about that. Leave aside for the moment Trump's policies, which in my opinion range from the unconstitutional to the un-...Read more
Democrats have done a remarkable thing this week in Philadelphia: They framed this election as an epic struggle not just to continue the policies of President Obama but to renew the sunlit, optimistic Americanism of Ronald Reagan.
In his valedictory speech Wednesday night, Obama quoted Reagan's description of the country as a "shining city on a...Read more
NEW YORK -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump -- I can't believe I wrote those words -- gave a news conference Wednesday. Shall we first count the outrages or the lies?
I think we need to start at the top of the outrage column. Asked about the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, which many experts believe was carried out...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I've spent a lot of time this year counseling Democrats, independents and establishment Republicans not to freak out. That advice still holds -- but barely.
The release of illegally hacked Democratic National Committee emails, coming on the eve of the convention in Philadelphia, was a fiasco that the forces of truth, justice and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Convention wasn't a complete disaster, but only because Mike Pence showed signs of being a more able running mate than many thought. Other than that? Hot mess, dumpster fire, train wreck -- pick your overused metaphor. It was huge, but not in a good way.
Political conventions are supposed to stoke ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Did that just happen?
After Ted Cruz had finished his drop-the-mic Republican National Convention speech and been booed off the stage, historian Michael Beschloss posted the following tweet: "Never seen anything quite like this." If a leading scholar of the presidency says we're in uncharted waters, I have to agree.
No convention...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Years from now, bright-eyed children will look up at Grandma or Grandpa and ask, "Where were you when they nominated Donald Trump?" Far too many prominent Republicans will have to hang their heads in shame.
As the garish imperial coronation in Cleveland reaches its climax, there will be much commentary -- some, no doubt, from me -...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Obama gave a majestic speech in Dallas, one of the best of his presidency, at once a soaring tribute to slain police officers and an affirmation of peaceful protest. But he was wrong about one thing: On race, sadly, we are as divided as we seem.
This condition is not due to anything Obama has said or done. He ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Next to the word "overreach" in the dictionary should be a group picture of the House Republican caucus. Once again, in their Ahab-like pursuit of Hillary Clinton, they have managed to make themselves look desperately partisan and woefully incompetent.
What were they thinking when they hauled FBI Director James Comey to Capitol ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican yearning to pin a scandal on Hillary Clinton knows no bounds. Any scandal will do, real or imagined. She must somehow be -- or appear to be -- guilty of something.
They tried Benghazi. Boy, did they try Benghazi. House Republicans even put together a special committee, which House Majority Leader Kevin ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- He can't do it, Republicans. It's time for you to admit that Donald Trump is incapable of even pretending to be an acceptable candidate for president. The question is which side of history you want to be on.
Are you going to stand with him as the balloons drop on the last night of the convention, knowing he shares neither your ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Here is the real lesson from the stunning Brexit vote: Throwing a tantrum at the polls is not liberating; it is self-defeating. Those tempted to vote for Donald Trump should pay very close attention.
Brexit was a big deal, but it is not the end of the world. Reeling financial markets should recover from the shock, which has been ...Read more