WASHINGTON -- So now we know: Free trade causes abortion, wife-beating and infertility.
This exciting new discovery was made -- or, rather, made up -- by the Trump White House as it sought to find arguments to justify scuttling the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA and other vehicles of international trade.
The Washington Post's indispensable ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I had dinner over the weekend at the "soft opening" of a buzzy new restaurant, where a pedigreed chef offers an ambitious menu at a price of nearly $40 per entree.
It was more soft than opening.
The bartender, asked for a cocktail, spilled rail liquors into a glass with abandon.
The duck arrived so bloody it appeared to have ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's about time somebody gives Donald Trump the credit he deserves. Even if that person is Donald Trump.
"We're doing a lot of great things," the president said at the start of a Cabinet meeting Monday. Further, he said, "we are getting tremendous accolades for what we're doing." What's more, "the Justice Department is doing a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Seems Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments Judge and very likely the next U.S. senator from the state of Alabama, has been playing a bit fast and loose with the whole thou-shalt-not-bear-false-witness thing.
My Post colleagues Shawn Boburg and Robert O'Harrow Jr. reported this last week that Moore, who claimed he did not take a "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Americans are dying at the rate of 175 a day from opioid overdoses, but President Trump has yet to deliver his promised strategy to end the crisis.
And so the people's representatives, in the absence of presidential leadership, did about the only thing they could do. They had a day of opioid karaoke.
There wasn't actual music. ...Read more
"If he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."
-- President Trump, in Forbes magazine, on the widely confirmed report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a "moron."
The setting: The Oval Office
The date: Later this week
CIA officer: Mr. President, I'm here from ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I was on duty in the deep state situation room, in the basement of the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant, when the news came in.
Alex Jones, the man President Trump has praised for his "amazing" reputation and for "standing up for what's right," had done it again: He had broken the news that we in the deep state were responsible ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Excerpted from "The Me-Driven Life: A Narcissist's Guide to Helping Others Understand It Is All About You," by John Barron.
Reprinted without permission.
Chapter 12, "Coping with Natural and Man-Made Disasters," pp. 269-277
Natural disasters and their man-made counterparts (mass shootings, terrorist attacks) pose an ...Read more
Uncle OttoWinfred Cook
“The author’s capable plotting and writing make up for much of the confusion, though the realization that the book is fictional might still bring surprise.
Regardless, the novel is an important account of one family’s story. While the events my not all be true in fact, they ...
WASHINGTON -- Fake news has come to the high court.
At Tuesday's argument before the Supreme Court about gerrymandering -- the science of using map-drawing and Big Data to keep ruling parties in power even when a majority votes for the opposition -- Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. was searching for a way to uphold the unsavory practice. But there ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- See Rex.
Rex is a big dog. Rex is the top dog. Rex has a good job. Rex can fly! Rex has a jet. Fly, Rex, fly. Rex flies to other lands. Rex sits. Rex shakes. Rex speaks. When Rex speaks, Rex thinks he speaks for the U.S.A.
See Donald. Donald owns Rex. Rex is Donald's dog. Donald is loud. Donald is big. Donald is bigger than Rex. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump has been losing so much he surely is tired of losing.
Yet another attempt at repealing Obamacare failed again last week. His candidate in Alabama lost a Senate primary. He walked away from his call for a private-public infrastructure plan. His lofty vision for tax reform is fast devolving into a budget-busting tax ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Suppose that the entire San Diego metropolitan area had lost electrical power, and it wouldn't be restored for months.
Or, suppose that most of the ports, roads and cellular towers in the Seattle metropolitan area had been destroyed, and a major dam had failed.
Or, that the combined populations of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Maybe the Senate janitor's closet was already booked?
For Monday's hearing on the Cassidy-Graham bill to repeal Obamacare -- the one and only hearing scheduled on the measure -- Republicans trying to hurry it through Congress gave every sign that they did not want to be noticed.
Senate hearing rooms that could have fit hundreds ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump is making us ill. He's also driving us crazy.
Since I wrote last week about the possibility that Trump is literally killing me (in the form of high blood pressure), the reaction has been, as the kids say, sick.
From the left came a flood of responses from people experiencing all manner of symptoms, real or ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Over the weekend, the president of the United States retweeted to his 38 million Twitter followers a video clip doctored to show him driving a golf ball off the tee and between the shoulder blades of Hillary Clinton -- "CrookedHillary" in the tweet -- knocking the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee to the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Ty Cobb is really batting a thousand.
The White House lawyer, who shares a name with the baseball legend he claims as a distant relative, has earned fame in his own right this week. He has set Washington atwitter because he had a loud conversation while lunching al fresco outside BLT Steak, a downtown D.C. restaurant, with Trump's...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When Bernie Sanders launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, he was often asked whether he, a democratic socialist, would actually become a Democrat. Now, more than a year after he ignited a movement with his unsuccessful bid, that question is moot. The Democrats have become socialists.
This became official, more or less, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, an early and loyal Trump enthusiast, gave an uncommonly candid assessment of the president to a group of young Republicans at home in California recently.
"He's an a--hole," Duncan said, "but he's our a--hole." So reported his hometown San Diego Union-Tribune.
That's close to a perfect summary of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The days are growing colder, and soon millions of American hunters will pursue a time-honored tradition. They will load their automatic weapons with armor-piercing bullets, strap on silencers, head off to the picnic grounds on nearby public lakes -- and start shooting.
If you do not immediately recognize this pastime as part of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's that season again. An ominous swirl forms in the Atlantic, citizens batten down or evacuate, TV weather reporters put on rain slickers and, as predictably as National Weather Service bulletins, some End-Times pastors and other provocateurs on the right attribute the storm to a wrathful God's vengeance on liberals.
The storm ...Read more