WASHINGTON -- Can the descent of American political culture into ugly tribalism be halted? Alabama voters will give their answer when they decide whether to send Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate.
Moore, 70, has built a long, disgraceful career out of smarmy religiosity spiked with tribal grievance. Having posed for years as the most pious of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We are running a terribly unwise experiment: What happens when you replace U.S. presidential leadership with the slapstick antics of a clown?
On Saturday, President Trump issued the following statement: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- What happened at the polls Tuesday was a good old-fashioned butt-kicking that exposed the cynical fraud called Trumpism. Hallelujah, people, and let's do it again next year.
Perhaps Republicans forgot that Hillary Clinton -- rightly or wrongly, a candidate distrusted by much of the nation -- won nearly 3 million more votes than ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "Thoughts and prayers" are fine. Locking arms "through the tears and the sadness," as President Trump prescribed, is all well and good. But none of this does a damn thing to stop, or even slow, the carnage.
On Sunday, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a disturbed and angry man with a military-style semiautomatic assault rifle opened ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- By now it should be clear that racism is a feature of the Trump administration, not a bug.
White House chief of staff John Kelly's hideous rewriting of Civil War history is merely the latest evidence. Can anyone really believe "the lack of an ability to compromise" caused that bloody war? Is it possible to become a four-star ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After Monday's legal shock and awe, one thing is certain: The Mueller investigation poses a serious and perhaps existential threat to the Trump administration.
Apologists for the president can yell "nothing burger" until they're blue in the face. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates -- now ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is not the disease that afflicts our politics. He's a symptom, like nausea or an embarrassing rash.
Both major parties are in crisis, and I believe the reason is that the ground has shifted beneath them in ways they do not understand. Until the contours of the new political landscape become clear and the parties ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration, its foreign policy largely shaped by military men, urgently needs to tell Congress and the American people what we're doing in Niger -- and where else we're doing it.
Like most Americans, I had no idea that roughly 800 U.S. troops were deployed in the arid, landlocked West African nation, where four ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One person who obviously didn't know "what he was signing up for" is President Trump. Others include Trump voters who believed they were electing a decent human being to be commander in chief.
What Trump reportedly said to the grief-stricken widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who gave his life for his country, is not some kind of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Confronted with allegations of serial sexual abuse and rape, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's instinct was to lie: "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then."
No, it wasn't.
The different-era defense was also used by those who would excuse ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- More than 80 percent of Puerto Rico is still in the dark, more than a third of its residents still have no clean drinking water, much of the island's infrastructure still lies in ruins -- and President Trump cruelly threatens to cut off federal aid. Doing so would be government by spite, and should be considered an impeachable ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The truth can no longer be ignored: Donald Trump is dangerously unfit to be president and could lead the nation to unthinkable disaster. So what are we going to do about it?
The White House "has become an adult day care center," where the president's senior aides spend "every single day ... trying to contain him." That terrifying ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Do President Trump's Cabinet members have to call him "Dear Leader" when graced by his august presence? Must they enter the Oval Office on bended knee? Do they weep with joy when he reaches out a delicate hand and pats their bowed heads?
One of the most appalling aspects of the Trump presidency is the sycophancy he requires of the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We will never know why. We already know how, but we don't care about that. And we know, beyond the slightest doubt, that it will happen again.
There can be no rational motive for mass murder, which means that asking why Stephen Paddock turned the Las Vegas Strip into a killing zone is ultimately a futile exercise. He may have had ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So are there members of President Trump's Cabinet who don't travel by private jet? Put another way, do any of our top officials understand the difference between public service and personal luxury?
Trump may not have Made America Great Again for you or me, but he's made it pretty sweet for political appointees who want to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's race-baiting attack on African-American athletes is nothing new. During the civil rights movement, blacks in the South who dared to stand up for justice were often punished by being fired from their jobs. Trump is demanding that National Football League team owners act like the white segregationists of old.
It ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Motivated by the cynical aims of fulfilling a bumper-sticker campaign promise and lavishing tax cuts on the wealthy, Republicans are threatening to pass a health care bill they know will make millions of Americans sicker and poorer. Do they think we don't see what they're doing?
Does Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, think we didn't ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The smartest, savviest people in Washington will tell you Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" idea is dead on arrival, a waste of time and energy. But since those same smart, savvy people told you Donald Trump didn't have a prayer of becoming president, I'd advise keeping an open mind.
What the Vermont senator's bill has going for ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When, if not now, is the time to talk about global warming and what to do about it? The answer from the Trump administration and the Republican Party, basically, is succinct in its willful ignorance: "How about never? Is never good for you?"
No rational U.S administration would look at the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Chuck and Nancy and Donald and Ivanka seemed to thoroughly enjoy their meeting at the White House the other day. Mitch and Paul, not so much.
Does it really surprise anyone that President Trump betrayed the Republican leaders who have been trying their best to carry water for him on Capitol Hill -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...Read more