WASHINGTON -- I tip my 10-gallon hat to the Texas school board, which just voted to "streamline" the public-school curriculum in a way that will surely Make America Great Again.
The board, on which Republicans have a two-thirds majority, agreed with recommendations that it is "not necessary" for students to learn about Hillary Clinton, Helen ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump is getting his wish: It's all about him.
The election, that is.
New evidence indicates that the midterm elections in seven weeks will be the clearest referendum on a president in at least 80 years.
But while it may delight the narcissistic president that the 2018 midterms are entirely about him, this is precisely...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This small meteorological irony reveals big things about the Age of Trump.
Fifty weeks ago, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which we now know killed some 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico, Democrats on the House Government Reform Committee called for hearings into the flawed federal response to the 2017 storms in Puerto...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "I'll write the real book!" says President Trump, vowing to counter the "scam" Bob Woodward has just published.
This is no idle threat. By the time his presidency is over, he may be the only one left to write a book. The rest of us will have gone to the gallows.
Trump has, by now, declared that virtually all those who have ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So this is how retiring House Speaker Paul D. Ryan wishes to leave public service: with lies, name-calling and racism?
The fall general-election season has begun, and the $100 million Congressional Leadership Fund, which Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, and his House GOP leadership team endorse and raise money for, has released a ...Read more
"Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble."
-- First Amendment to the Constitution, ratified Dec. 15, 1791
"I don't know why they don't take care of a situation like that. I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters."
-- President Trump,...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Brett M. Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing is scheduled to last all week. Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley lost control after just 13 words.
"Good morning," he said. "I welcome everyone to this confirmation hearing on the nomination of --"
"Mr. Chairman?" interrupted Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We lost two mavericks within a week.
Last Saturday, we lost the legendary John McCain.
On Tuesday, we lost his loyal sidekick, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.
Graham remains alive and well, but after serving for two decades as Robin to McCain's Batman, Graham buried whatever remained of his own reputation for iconoclasm even before his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So President Trump is worried there will be violence if the Democrats win in November.
"They will overturn everything that we've done, and they'll do it quickly and violently -- and violently," Trump reportedly told evangelical Christian leaders at a private White House dinner Monday. Citing Antifa (anarchists, not Democrats) and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- There oughta be a law!
The great lawgiver Donald Trump arose before the sun Tuesday pondering one of the finer points of jurisprudence and, at the tender hour of 5:24 a.m., composed his own mini law-review article on Twitter.
His Honor had determined that Google searches for "Trump News" were "RIGGED" so that "almost all stories ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump displayed his innate grace and decency Saturday by spiking a White House statement honoring the late Sen. John McCain's life. Monday morning, the flag over the White House was (until criticism poured in) back to full staff, six days before protocol says it should have been.
Even for Trump, this seemed churlish. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Let us now praise Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.
Rejected for a judgeship by the Senate over accusations of racism, the Alabamian later became a senator known for hostility toward the Voting Rights Act, outspoken opposition to (even legal) immigration, and being the first senator to back Donald Trump for president.
But it ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- What President Trump and his cadre have done is very bad.
What Republican leaders are doing is unforgivable.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood on the Senate floor Wednesday morning for his first public remarks since the seismic events of the day before: The president's former personal lawyer pleaded guilty to fraud and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It warms the heart to see the newfound concern that Georgia has for its disabled residents.
Election overseers were worried sick that the disabled in Randolph County, a rural hamlet where 60 percent of residents are black and nearly a third live in poverty, might arrive at their polling place and find they had to park on grass or...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It was as though Nancy Reagan had given a "Just Say No" speech while her husband honored the occasion back at the White House by snorting cocaine during a live news conference.
But this actually happened Monday: Melania Trump participated in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention's Summit on Cyberbullying while her husband ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This is a grim moment for President Trump and his fellow Republicans.
A Trump-boosting Republican member of Congress has been indicted on charges of insider trading -- from the White House, no less. Trump's former campaign chairman and another former aide are squabbling in court over who is the bigger criminal. And in a closely ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Robert S. Mueller III's prosecutors have taken pains not to make Paul Manafort's trial about President Trump.
When prosecutor Greg Andres on Tuesday asked Rick Gates, his star witness and Manafort's former business partner, where Manafort stayed in New York, Gates said "he had an apartment on Fifth Avenue." Neither mentioned that ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Sgt. Temo Juarez was a Trump guy. An Iraq combat veteran who served as a Marine infantryman and then an Army National Guardsman, his friends called him a "super conservative." With his wife, he brought up their two daughters in Central Florida. He supported Trump in 2016, eager for a change.
But now, "I am eating my words," he ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A question to my colleagues in the media: Why do we play President Trump's foil?
The scene in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, last Thursday night was familiar: journalists on an elevated platform in the middle of the arena, penned in, filming the proceedings and typing on their laptops while the president of the United States points ...Read more
ASHINGTON -- Tad Devine, during his run as chief strategist for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, railed against the corrupting influence of money in politics.
He repeatedly echoed the Sanders message that "our economy is rigged," that "special interests" buy politicians, that "all of the new wealth is going to the top of America," that...Read more