Eight years ago, when Congress was about to pass Obamacare, John A. Boehner, leader of a powerless Republican congressional minority, gave a passionate, prescient speech on the House floor.
"This is the People's House, and the moment a majority forgets this, it starts writing itself a ticket to minority status," he said. "If we pass this bill, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In her shocking primary upset of Nancy Pelosi's heir apparent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just did Democrats a big favor.
I mean no disrespect to Rep. Joseph Crowley, the New York Democrat she beat. The head of the House Democratic caucus is by all accounts a nice guy, and he might have made a competent speaker of the House.
But ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On the penultimate page of their 39-page majority ruling in the Trump travel-ban case Tuesday, the Supreme Court's conservative justices overturned a 74-year-old decision they weren't asked to consider.
Renouncing the 1944 Korematsu v. United States decision, which upheld internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I tuned in to President Trump's event on immigration. Before I knew it, I had tumbled down a rabbit hole of white supremacy.
The president, in need of a change of subject from the treatment of migrant children at the border, brought in "angel" moms and dads on Friday who are "permanently separated from their loved ones" killed by...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the 1992 campaign, President George H.W. Bush created an unofficial and much-mocked motto for his administration during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. "Message: I care," he announced, as if reading aloud the stage directions.
Melania Trump did much the same last week when she went to Texas to see some of the migrant kids...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump believes that "trade wars are good, and easy to win." So he started one.
Now the casualties are beginning to return home from the battlefield, and on Capitol Hill Wednesday, the people's representatives presented some of them to Wilbur Ross, the president's billionaire commerce secretary.
"Corn, wheat, beef and ...Read more
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