WASHINGTON -- Twenty-three years ago, I arrived at the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau as a congressional reporter at about the same time as a scruffy and perpetually untucked fellow named Glenn Simpson.
I've been friends with "Shaggy," as I dubbed him, ever since. Over the years, I've watched him make mischief: exposing the Clintons' ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump, it has long been observed, has a propensity to agree with the last thing he hears.
Certainly he has core convictions -- Hillary is crooked, there was no collusion, he is very successful and brilliant -- but beyond that he has shown himself to be swayed with remarkable ease: He said he was rethinking his position ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Once again, the left is eating its own.
Democrats are in a good position as they negotiate with President Trump and the congressional majority over their legislative priorities for the next couple of months: children's health care, nondefense spending, disaster relief and legalization of the "dreamers," that group of immigrants ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Richard Nixon will forever be remembered for his November 1973 protest: "I am not a crook."
Donald Trump, likewise, may be recorded in history for the assertion he made over the weekend to a skeptical nation: I am not an idiot.
The commander in chief volunteered an unexpected defense of his intellect and sanity in response to a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Of all the scandalous revelations in the Michael Wolff book, the most revealing may be the one about the apricot swirl atop the president's head.
For years, Donald Trump has labored to convince us that "I actually don't have a bad hairline," that "it's not really a comb-over," that "it's my real hair." His personal physician ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So the haters in the Fake News Media are again having a wild rumpus, this time because President Trump, threatening nuclear war via Twitter, taunted North Korea's Kim Jong Un by saying his "Nuclear Button" is "a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
To those who say it is juvenile for the president of the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- New year. Same old president.
2018 was only seven hours and 12 minutes old when President Trump launched his first verbal attack of the year on a foreign country.
His target: the unsuspecting nation of Pakistan, which, he charged, has "given us nothing but lies & deceit" and "safe haven to the terrorists."
Only 10 weeks earlier,...Read more
Mitt Romney: Your country needs you.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has been reluctant to announce a primary challenge to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in history. But America needs Romney to step up, to restore dignity to the Senate - and to save the country from the embarrassment Hatch has ...Read more
Love Pour Over MeDenise Turney
Love Pour Over Me, a story about restored love amid heart wrenching contrasts, recounts Raymond Clarke’s tumultuous, yet triumphant life experiences. Just when Raymond thought he was free from his alcoholic father, he finds himself pulled into an unresolved murder.
WASHINGTON -- In this holiday season, a familiar question arises: Is President Trump trying to undermine democracy, or is he just irredeemably vain?
It's a toss of the coin -- specifically, Trump's commemorative "Challenge Coin," which just had its public debut.
Typically, these coins are simple copper-and-silver designs with the presidential ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump awarded himself a 10 out of 10 score two months ago for his response to Hurricane Maria, which leveled Puerto Rico.
"If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died," Trump said as he toured Puerto Rico in October. "What is your ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the 335th day of his presidency, Donald J. Trump did something most extraordinary and uncharacteristic. He told the truth.
The president, celebrating his $1.5 trillion tax cut with fellow Republicans at the South Portico of the White House, was midway through his remarks when he veered sharply off message.
"I ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Congratulations, Republicans. Now you have your own Obamacare.
Emerging from their caucus meeting in the Capitol basement Tuesday morning, House Republicans were jubilant about their tax bill, which was on course to clear Congress on Wednesday.
"It's a total winner," said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. "And I never lie."
Veteran Rep. Tom...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump has the best words -- and only the best. If there is a word he does not like, or a phrase or proper noun that is not performing up to his expectations, he calls that word into his office and he tells that word, in no uncertain terms, "You're fired."
Earlier this month, we learned that Republican National Committee ...Read more
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