"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." -- John F. Kennedy, 1962
This is a requiem for American vision.
That that quality has been lost is the unavoidable takeaway from three weeks of debate over the Green New Deal introduced in Congress by New York Rep. ...Read more
Some readers are so eager to react to what I write that they don't always bother to wait for me to write it.
"You should write about the Smollett hoax," said one reader's email earlier this week. "But you won't."
Au contraire, my friend. I accept that challenge.
"When do I get to see a column about the 'Empire' star's scam that nobody ...Read more
There will be no Mount Rushmore for Donald Trump. But, if there's a presidential library, it should contain a Hall of Tweets, a Hall of Lies, a Hall of Insults and, with the "Marines' Hymn" softly playing, a Hall of Montezuma, with a section of his border wall. Finally, there should be a Hall of Consequences, the grandest in the place. No ...Read more
America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don't even have to have any ideas or policy proposals.
Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks whose ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned that President Trump would declare a national emergency to shift around money to finance his border wall, her denunciation was predictable. But her way of expressing outrage was not. The issue she used to make her point was important on many levels.
Observing the "unease" even among many ...Read more
Forty years ago, in one of those Midwestern cities where flat avenues end in clusters of convenience stores, I worked as a janitor.
There were seven men on my crew, and we worked 4 a.m. till noon cleaning the bars, restaurants, hallways, lobby and public bathrooms of a large hotel.
Every one of us pronounced "breakfast" as "brefast," "...Read more
I keep hearing that I have an obligation to "bring us together."
That's something white people tell me all the time whenever I write something that cuts too close to some difficult racial truth. "Try to bring us together," lectures one. "Use your skills to try to bring us together," pleads another. "Why don't you journalists work to bring us ...Read more
As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don't like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th birthday, was an admirable exception. Elected to his 12th term in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It was a fine day for a national emergency.
There was no sign of alarm as administration officials and journalists assembled Friday in the Rose Garden under a perfect blue sky amid unseasonable warmth. Nor was there any sense of crisis conveyed by President Trump, scheduled to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort later Friday. The much-...Read more
Remember the "red hat" kids?
Remember the video-recorded face-off between students from Kentucky's all-male Covington Catholic High School, some of whom were wearing bright red "Make America Great Again" hats, and a drum-beating Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington?
Remember how the incident, at the beginning of <...Read more
NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, attention has focused on two freshman Democratic members of Congress, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both of whom are Muslim and have made critical statements about Israel and its most ardent American supporters. Their tweets and comments have been portrayed by some as not simply criticisms of Israel but rather as ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Who's afraid of the Green New Deal? I'm not. It's ambitious, aspirational, improbable, impractical -- almost as audacious as putting a man on the moon. We used to be able to think big. Let's do it again.
Since the 14-page resolution was introduced in Congress last week by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We have a national emergency, all right. Its name is Donald Trump, and it is a force of mindless, pointless disruption.
The president's decision to officially declare an emergency -- to pretend to build an unbuildable border wall -- is not only an act of constitutional vandalism. It is also an act of cowardice, a way to avoid the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Billionaire Tom Barrack, Donald Trump's friend, informal adviser and chairman of the president's inaugural committee, sounded like a man without a soul.
With a bone-chilling bloodlessness, Barrack on Tuesday defended the Saudi government's murder of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked at a Milken ...Read more
If Donald Trump believes his own tweets, then he must be feeling a huge sense of relief. According to the besieged president, he has been exonerated; the hoax has been disproved; and the witch hunt has been canceled.
"The Senate Intelligence Committee: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA!" he exclaimed in the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's regular threats to close down parts of the government to vindicate an applause line make you almost nostalgic for the shutdowns of the past.
When Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pushed the government to a 16-day halt in 2013 in an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, at least he was fighting over something that ...Read more
It used to be that people complained that the process for selecting the nominee was starting earlier and earlier -- straw polls over a year before the inauguration!
So, at least on the Democratic side (and since much of this is state law, the two systems have more in common than they should), we created something called "the window," which ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Being president isn't easy under the best of circumstances. Imagine how hard it must be if you're Donald Trump.
"I probably work more hours than almost any past president," Trump announced Sunday, adding that he "had no choice but to work very long hours!"
On Monday, after retweeting his own assertion from a few days earlier that...Read more
A few words about the Trail of Tears and other jokes.
Granted, the Trail of Tears would hardly seem a laughing matter. To the contrary, as recounted by History.com, it was an ordeal of robbery, mass relocation and death growing out of what white Americans of the 19th century saw as their "Indian problem." By ...Read more
Amid all the calls for the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam, who admitted to wearing blackface makeup in the 1980s when he was a medical student, guess which group of Virginia voters is most staunchly supporting Northam?
Would you believe, African-Americans?
Yes, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll taken as the controversy boiled...Read more