As Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida and the East Coast, leaving a path of death and destruction, it also disrupted the political landscape. In addition to requiring much of Florida to shut down, it also forced the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection to postpone its scheduled hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 28 – which ...Read more
There they were again. The dangling irony of memorial Nikes . . .
I was walking home from my neighbor's house. They'd just had a piano recital and I was still full of music when I saw the pair of tennis shoes flung over the telephone wire that crosses my street - instantly redefining, at least for me, this moment, this piece of earth and sky. ...Read more
Bill Press is on vacation and will not file a 9/22/22 column. We will distribute a suitable substitution. The Press column returns next week.
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They are both Democrats. They both wanted to be president someday. They were both devoted to their families. But, aside from that, as politicians, Barack Obama and Joe Biden differ in almost every way possible.
Biden loves mixing it up with people and taking selfies. Obama can’t wait to get back in his limousine. Biden thrives on debating ...Read more
It may be the most explosive charge ever leveled by a president of the United States against political opponents. And it was especially shocking coming from Joe Biden, who campaigned on his capacity to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans.
On Aug. 25, meeting with Democratic donors in Montgomery County, Maryland, Biden lamented what...Read more
Even in the halls of Congress, where the decibel level’s always high, seldom has such squawking been heard as last week, when every single Republican joined a chorus of outrage over President Biden’s announcement that he was fulfilling a campaign promise to forgive $10,000 in student college loans.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell ...Read more
There’ve been so many conflicting reports, charges, and countercharges, it’s hard to know what to think about the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8. So, this week, let’s take time to sort it all out.
One. Is this a big deal? Yes! Because, according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, enacted by Congress ...Read more
For the last 12 months, Democrats, who wallow in a perpetual state of gloom anyway, have been almost catatonic about the midterm elections. Most Democrats were convinced they would overwhelmingly lose control of the House and Senate, thereby setting themselves up to lose the White House in 2024.
But suddenly things are looking up. The tide is ...Read more
On a shrugged-off afternoon of YouTube wandering, I came upon this: “Is There Life After Death?”
Hmmm . . . well, is there?
Turns out it was a presentation by five professors at the University of Virginia, moderated, good God, by John Cleese. I more or less had no choice but to click the link and listen — and doing so pushed me into ...Read more
For months in Washington – whether over breakfast at the Four Seasons, lunch at The Palm, or dinner at Café Milano – the only topic of conversation has been: What’s Merrick Garland up to? Is the Justice Department conducting its own investigation of possible criminal activity related to Jan. 6? And, if so, how high would it go? All the ...Read more
On Thursday evening, Jan. 21, the Select Committee on January 6 wrapped up the season with a blockbuster hearing, its eighth, into Donald Trump’s role in the violent insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021. Netflix could not have produced a better series.
Like bookends, its first and last hearings were especially powerful. On June 10, the committee ...Read more
It’s the laziest form of journalism there is, yet you see it everywhere, on every media platform, after every major event: “Five Take-Aways.” Reporters breathlessly list their “five take-aways” from a Biden speech, Supreme Court decision, primary election result, latest opinion poll or golf tournament. And, true to form, without any ...Read more
It should come as no surprise for you to learn that I am a lifelong Democrat. And proud of it. I’ve walked precincts for Democrats, raised money for Democrats, worked for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California, run for statewide office as a Democrat in California, and served as chair of the California Democratic Party.
So let me say this ...Read more