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
WASHINGTON -- By now, there are few in the political world who have not yeti heard about what's going on in the 5th Congressional District of Virginia.
The Republican candidate in the race, Denver Riggleman, was discovered to have posted images of "Bigfoot erotica" on Instagram, with the furry fellow's ample nether regions obscured. The ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Of all the second acts being performed in American life (remember when Donald Trump supported abortion rights?), there are few as bold as the show Linda Tripp is starring in right now.
Twenty years ago, Tripp's surreptitious recordings of Monica Lewinsky led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. A former White House official, ...Read more
Donald Trump sees dead people.
He doesn't just see them. He talks to them and relays their thoughts back to the living. This president may do things large, but he is also a medium.
A few weeks ago, while posthumously honoring a World War II hero, Trump gave the man's family a report on their departed loved one. He was "looking down from Heaven...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The yawning gap between the world as it exists and the world as President Trump sees it was on vivid display Wednesday.
A few minutes after noon, reporters in the White House were being ushered out of a Cabinet meeting they had been allowed to witness. One called out a question: "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?"...Read more
WASHINGTON -- My fellow Americans, we are a deeply stupid nation.
I know this must be the case because President Trump has repeatedly informed us that we are a "stupid country" -- he offered this opinion on at least nine occasions since he launched his campaign for the presidency -- and he should know. As he reminded us after his NATO meeting ...Read more
They stuck with Donald Trump when he was heard, on video, boasting about sexually assaulting women. They stuck with him still when he acknowledged paying hush money to a porn actress who alleged an affair.
But this last week, congressional Republicans, determined to discredit the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III into Russia's interference...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Behold, a new breed of Republican for the Trump era.
Seth Grossman won the Republican primary last month for a competitive House seat in New Jersey, running on the message "Support Trump/Make America Great Again." The National Republican Congressional Committee endorsed him.
Then, a video surfaced, courtesy of American Bridge, a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I used to say that if you wanted to know whether President Trump was telling the truth, flip a coin. But it turns out I overstated the odds of Trumpian truthfulness.
The Washington Post's Fact Checker reviewed all claims Trump made at his Montana rally last week and found that 76 percent of them were false or suspect. Therefore, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Hours before President Trump revealed his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, the White House made a curious announcement.
A Trump spokesman said that the "Sherpa" charged with leading Trump's nominee to confirmation in the Senate would be former Republican senator Jon Kyl, a big-time lobbyist for the pharmaceuticals industry.
WASHINGTON -- Every 75 years or so in our history, Americans have renewed their commitment to freedom.
Divide our history into thirds, and you can see, at regular intervals, a rededication to our founding doctrine. In 1789, the framers drafted the Bill of Rights. Seventy-four years later, at the turning point in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln ...Read more