Louis Brandeis imagined that states could serve as laboratories of democracy. At the moment, they are serving as a bunch of mad scientists.
The late Supreme Court justice envisioned states trying "novel social and economic experiments." But he could not have anticipated just how novel the thinking would be of Alabama state Sen. Clyde Chambliss ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. aviation system needs urgently to restore the world's confidence after two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets.
Instead, the Trump administration's top aviation official, goaded by some Republican lawmakers, informed the world Wednesday that the problem isn't that Boeing put a faulty aircraft into the skies, nor that the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In 1787, the framers gave us a president, not a king.
On Tuesday, lawyers for President Trump gave a dissenting opinion.
In the first of many courtroom showdowns between Trump's executive branch and the legislative branch, Trump's lawyer William Consovoy argued to U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta that Congress has no ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Ladies and gentlemen, our nation is in a crisis. It is in a crisis about whether to label the current moment a crisis.
Facing the blanket refusal by the Trump administration to cooperate with any and all congressional oversight, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., last week proclaimed a full-blown "...Read more
How can it be Morning in America when the president keeps acting like it's midnight in Hades?
The economic news is impressive: the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 and 3.2% economic growth in the first quarter. For President Trump, it raises the possibility of running an upbeat, Morning in America-style reelection campaign, like Ronald ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For the past 21 years, I have had the high privilege of holding a White House press pass, a magical ticket that gives the bearer a front-row seat to history.
I was in the White House the night Bill Clinton admitted his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the day he was impeached. I was there on Sept. 11, 2001, and the fearful days ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- No, Mitch McConnell, it isn't "case closed."
No, Mr. Leader, it's not "finally over."
No, we're not going to "end this." Neither will we "move on."
We, as a nation, won't move on -- we can't move on -- because Vladimir Putin hasn't moved on.
The majority leader took to the Senate floor Tuesday morning to declare his findings ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- How can we ever repay Donald Trump?
The sad truth is we probably cannot. And yet, conscience dictates that we try.
This is why we should welcome Jerry Falwell Jr.'s proposal: America owes President Trump reparations.
The president of Liberty University floated this fine idea over the weekend, and Trump himself quickly embraced ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Eight-year-old Liam Daly became an internet sensation when he penned a letter to his grandfather, William Barr, while sitting in the front row at Barr's confirmation hearing in January.
"Dear Grandpa," he wrote. "You are doing great so far. But I know you still will."
Alas for Liam, and for all of us, it was not to be. Now, just ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer sat down with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday to talk about an infrastructure bill, Trump's acting chief of staff explained why they were wasting their time.
"Is an infrastructure deal realistic in 2019?" Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo asked ...Read more
"If I'm guilty of anything, it's that I've been a great president and the Democrats don't like it."
-- President Trump, discussing the Mueller report on April 26
WASHINGTON -- Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- My wife and I took our kids on a civil rights tour of the South over spring break, a trip planned before we knew it would be the week Muellermania engulfed Washington.
As it turned out, though, the Civil Rights Trail offered an ideal perspective from which to view the mayhem in the capital caused by the special counsel's report.
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Moore, one of President Trump's many exotic picks to staff the federal government, declared this week that his opponents are "pulling a Kavanaugh against me."
Moore, Trump's pick for the Federal Reserve Board, is so convinced he is being treated like Brett Kavanaugh, whose Supreme Court confirmation was marred by sexual-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration and Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices Tuesday held a legal seminar on how to preserve white hegemony in four easy steps.
Step 1: Devise a discriminatory policy.
In this case, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, after consulting with Stephen Bannon, who was then President Trump's nationalist "alt-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I learned the hard way that predictions are perilous in the current age: I literally ate a column asserting that Republicans would never nominate Donald Trump for president.
So please forgive this victory lap as I claim total EXONERATION(!) by the Mueller report for my forecast in November 2017 that the president and his aides ...Read more
This must be the season for treason.
In the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon, President Trump gave a lesson on American justice to the visiting South Korean president. Speaking about the Mueller investigation and its origins, Trump said: "This is actually treason."
This wasn't offhand. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that the probe was a "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I'll admit it: President Trump is right. There's a crisis on the southern border.
The existence of the crisis is as obvious as its cause: Trump. He didn't single-handedly create this mess, but he definitely made it worse.
He pursued not a policy but an instinct, following emotion rather than empiricism. Now, an immigration policy...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The new Democratic House majority held a hearing Tuesday on the rise of white nationalism, following the mosques massacre in New Zealand, the Pittsburgh synagogue killings and the deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville.
Republicans invited Candace Owens to testify.
That would be the Candace Owens whom the alleged perpetrator of...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "I have determined," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter Sunday night, "that it is the right time for me to step aside."
And how did she come to this determination?
Well, maybe it was that her boss, the president, had just demanded her resignation and then tweeted news of her ouster to his...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump really puts the "err" in knight errant.
Cervantes tells us that Don Quixote attacked the windmill with his lance. This week, Trump also attacked the lowly turbine -- with misinformation.
"If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations: Your house just went down 75% in value," the president told ...Read more