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
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
Severed Threads (Volume 1)Kaylin McFarren
Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed ...
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
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan could not have been more clear.
After meeting with his Republican caucus Wednesday morning on the first day back from their long summer break, he declared at a news conference that Democrats' call for a three-month extension of the government's borrowing limit was "ridiculous."
"That's ridiculous and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Did you hear the one about Jeff Sessions?
I'd like to tell you, but I can't. You see, it's illegal to laugh at the attorney general, the man who on Tuesday morning announced that the 800,000 "dreamers" -- immigrants brought here illegally as children -- could soon be deported. If you were to find my Sessions jest funny, I would be...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas. Now board your windows, evacuate the low ground and watch the damage it is poised to unleash on the nation's finances.
Harvey makes landfall in Washington as soon as next week, when President Trump is expected to ask for what could be tens of billions of dollars in storm relief. And paying ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump has united us, after all.
He brought together the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Jews.
This modern-day miracle was on display Monday, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Mall, 54 years to the day after the great man gave his greatest speech. There, clergy of all varieties, but mostly rabbis and black ministers...Read more