WASHINGTON -- Thursday was Pearl Harbor Day, the anniversary of one of the deadliest attacks on American soil and perhaps the most unifying day in American history.
This year some of us marked Pearl Harbor Day by attacking America from within.
For five hours on Thursday, President Trump's partisans delivered a reckless and sustained attack on ...Read more
"We're going to win so much, you're going to be so sick and tired of winning. ... And I'm going to say, 'I'm sorry, but we're going to keep winning, winning, winning.'" -- Presidential candidate Donald Trump, May 2016
"We don't have any wins on the board yet." -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Dec. 5, 2017
WASHINGTON -- We are...Read more
WASHINGTON -- There will come a time, hopefully before long, when it won't be legal to discriminate against gay people any more than it would be to deny goods or services to African-Americans, women or the disabled.
But we're not at that point yet. Hence the need for Tuesday's food fight at the Supreme Court.
On the justices' plates: whether a...Read more
WASHINGTON -- At first, it was all so simple. The Trump White House said there were "no contacts" -- zero, zilch -- between Trump's campaign and Russia. But in time this elegant defense encountered a formidable opponent: reality.
And so for a year now, Trump and his advisers, facing mounting evidence of their campaign's entanglement with Russia...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I bumped into Bret Baier, the Fox News host, at a Washington cocktail party Wednesday night where it seemed everybody was chatting about the latest White House insanity: President Trump joking about "Pocahontas" to Native Americans, reviving the Obama "birther" allegation, suggesting the Access Hollywood video was fake, retweeting ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump could not have been more clear.
"The drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder," he said in mid-October. He had used the same "getting away with murder" line previously, adding that "pharma has a lot of lobbies and a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power."
Yet just four weeks later, Trump nominated the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- American criminal law is based on the cherished notion of habeas corpus, Latin for "you shall have the body."
President Trump's hostile takeover of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, by contrast, relies on the rather less cherished legal principle of habeas cuppedia, Latin for "you shall have the pastries."
It's not ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Call the CDC. Alert the surgeon general and put the National Institutes of Health on standby.
We're having a severe outbreak of whataboutism.
In mild forms, the primary symptom is a vulnerability to false equivalencies. Virulent strains, such as the current one, can cause victims to lose all moral perspective.
After I wrote ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I found myself in a TV makeup room with two of the most prominent men in the news business this last week, just after the New York Times suspended White House correspondent Glenn Thrush over allegations of sexual harassment and hours before CBS News suspended Charlie Rose over similar allegations.
We were discussing the question ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "So this is how it's going to work today," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed the press corps Monday. She told reporters that "if you want to ask a question," you should "start off with what you're thankful for."
Like good little girls and boys, several obliged. The reporters were grateful for their ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump is making history at a historic level. He tells us this himself.
"Good morning," he said at the start of his Cabinet meeting Monday. "We just returned from a historic, 12-day trip to Asia."
We knew the trip would be historic because the White House announced in advance that it would be "very historic." And the day...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the beginning, there were alternative facts. Now we are being governed in an alternate reality.
Heading toward approval of their tax bill this week, House Republicans had a teensy problem: Their vaunted tax "cut" actually was a tax hike for millions of Americans. It lowered taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars on the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It is time for us as journalists to come clean and to recognize the great debt our profession owes Bernie Bernstein.
After years of toiling in obscurity, Bernie gained national attention Tuesday when an Alabama pastor shared with a local TV station a voice mail left by Bernie. "Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein. I'm a reporter for The ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With all the documentation of Russian collusion piling up, President Trump's best excuse may be that his people were too incompetent to organize a conspiracy. Luckily for him, an innocent-by-reason-of-stupidity defense has the virtue of being plausible.
For example, there is clear and compelling evidence that Donald Trump Jr. is ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "I just asked him again, and he said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they're saying he did. … I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. … I think he's very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth. … I think that he is very, very strong in the fact that he didn't do it. ��...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans think Roy Moore, the GOP Senate nominee from Alabama, should quit his Senate run only "if these allegations are true."
If true? Four women, on the record in The Washington Post, say Moore, when he was in his 30s, tried to date them as teens, and one ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Oh, Wilbur.
President Trump's billionaire commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, has a big problem: He is apparently not a billionaire.
Forbes magazine, keeper of the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, reports that it dropped Ross from its list this year because of a "phantom $2 billion" that Ross claimed he had but apparently ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump may have been 7,000 miles away in Seoul on Tuesday, but make no mistake: He was on the ballot in Virginia when his imitator, Republican Ed Gillespie, lost the closely watched gubernatorial race to Democrat Ralph Northam.
This was, in part, because Trump himself embraced Gillespie, endorsing him and, as Election Day...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Corporations are people, my friend. And this is where they feed.
Room 1100 of the Longworth Building, with its ionic columns, gilt-fringed curtains and eagle-topped frieze, has for 80 years been the home of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. But perhaps never before have corporations wielded their power as openly as ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Poor Johnny Lunchbucket. He's been had.
President Trump promised to look out for the forgotten man and to fix a "rigged" tax system. Now he and congressional Republicans have proposed a tax cut that makes the rich richer and shifts the burden onto the working class.
The numbers don't lie, but if you need more evidence? Consider ...Read more