WASHINGTON -- Babies are seized from their mothers' arms. Photographs show their anguish. News reports describe their cages. A recording captures their wailing and a U.S. border official's cold mockery. A defiant President Trump falsely blames others for the misery he created.
And Republican lawmakers respond as they often have: They hold ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So now we know how House Speaker Paul Ryan has been staying sane during the Trump era. He has been living in a cave. Without Internet or TV. Out of range of cell service, newspaper delivery and carrier pigeons. With blindfold on eyes, cotton in ears and head in sand.
Late last week, Ryan was asked at a news conference whether ...Read more
WASHINGTON - "It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., mused this last week about his Republican Party under President Trump.
As if to prove Corker's point, the Trump administration the very next day claimed that it had the divine right to rip children from their parents' arms at the border.
Officials justified the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's America has taken on a Dickensian pall.
The Trump administration floats a plan for tent cities -- modern-day Hoovervilles to shelter the growing number of migrant children it is detaining.
A Honduran man fleeing violence kills himself in a Texas jail after U.S. authorities take his child from him -- part of a Trump...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Let us ponder what the reaction among Republicans and conservatives would have been if President Obama had done what President Trump did on Tuesday:
-- Sat down with a dictator whose regime had killed hundreds of thousands of people and who tortures and enslaves as many as 130,000 political prisoners in gulags.
-- Set no specific...Read more
WASHINGTON -- O Canada: You had it coming, eh.
They inflicted Nickelback on us. We did nothing.
They sent us Justin Bieber. We turned the other cheek.
They were responsible for one abomination after the other: Poutine. Diphthong vowels. Hawaiian pizza. Instant mashed potatoes. Ted Cruz.
Still, we did not retaliate -- until now.
Finally, the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It was another one of those weeks in which the wheels seemed to come off the axle of the American motor coach.
President Trump speculated about his power to pardon himself for crimes, and his lawyer said the president could shoot the now-former FBI director with legal impunity.
Trump is feuding with Canada and our closest allies ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Scott Pruitt: You can do better than this.
On Monday, The Washington Post broke the news that a government aide to Pruitt, President Trump's EPA administrator, contacted the Trump International Hotel in Washington in hopes of snagging a used Trump Home Luxury Plush Euro Pillow Top mattress, on which Pruitt could rest his weary ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We didn't know it at the time, of course. But in Bill Clinton were the seeds of Donald Trump.
With 20 years of hindsight, it is clear. To see the former president -- now promoting a mystery he co-wrote with novelist James Patterson -- sit down with NBC's Craig Melvin was to see how Clinton's handling of the Monica Lewinsky affair ...Read more
WASHINGTON - Former Obama White House official Ben Rhodes, in his forthcoming memoir, tells of a moment of doubt the first African-American president had after the election of Donald Trump on a campaign dominated by white grievance.
"Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early," President Barack Obama said in the passage, first ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- What has Trey Gowdy been smoking?
And can we order it in bulk?
The South Carolina Republican, who roared into Congress in the tea-party election of 2010, has been one of the most partisan, vitriolic and conspiracy-minded legislators in his eight years here. As recently as January, he was demanding answers about a bogus "secret ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Even by President Trump's standards, this Memorial Day weekend was memorable for the sheer volume of balderdash, bunk, poppycock and patent nonsense flowing from the White House.
Balderdash: Trump went after the "failing and corrupt" New York Times for citing a senior White House official "who doesn't exist" and admonished the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- To peruse the coverage of the Democratic primaries of 2018, you'd think there was a battle royale within the Democratic Party: insurgent vs. establishment, Bernie vs. Hillary, progressive vs. moderate, grass roots vs. party bosses.
There's been mention of a "battle between progressives and moderates" (the Guardian), a Democratic "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Robert S. Mueller III's investigation has won indictments against President Trump's former campaign chairman and 16 others and has secured guilty pleas from five people, including Trump's former national security adviser and two campaign advisers.
This can mean only one thing: It is time to reopen the investigation into Hillary ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- By one key measure, it is now official: This is the most authoritarian Congress in history.
The House Rules Committee, meeting in its ornate chamber on the third floor of the Capitol on Monday night, sent two bills to the House floor under "closed" rules -- that is, legislation that must be rubber stamped in toto, without being ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Turn on the flashing lights and crank up the siren: Scott Pruitt has an emergency.
President Trump's embattled EPA administrator is an important man. He does not like to wait in traffic. So, according to CBS News, he let it be known that he wanted his security detail to use police lights and sirens when taking him to the airport, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A dozen possible Democratic presidential candidates assembled at a downtown Washington hotel Tuesday for one of the first cattle calls of the 2020 campaign. The good news: There were, on that stage, all of the personal qualities and policy ideas needed to defeat President Trump. The bad news: These qualities and ideas were not in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Here's a split-screen for our times: While Israeli troops were killing dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday, Trump administration representatives were 50 miles away in Jerusalem, celebrating with Israeli officials the opening of the U.S. Embassy there and praising their mutual devotion to peace.
"Moving the U.S. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- At long last, have they left no sense of decency?
White House official Kelly Sadler, during a meeting Thursday, had this to say about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for opposing President Trump's CIA nominee over her failure to condemn torture: "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway."
Also Thursday, on Fox Business Network, retired ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As I sat in the hearing room watching Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing to be director of central intelligence, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief … that Tom Cotton wasn't nominated to run the CIA.
Cotton, a 40-year-old Republican senator from Arkansas and a Trump loyalist, had been the front-runner for the position. But ...Read more