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
WASHINGTON -- Just so there's no confusion: Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer emailed Vladimir Putin's personal spokesman? Seeking help from the Kremlin on a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow? During the presidential campaign?
Yes, this really happened. While most attention was rightly focused on the devastating flood in Houston, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Pay attention to what happened to Houston. It is rare to be given such a vivid look at our collective future.
Climate change cannot be definitively blamed for Hurricane Harvey, but it likely did make the storm more powerful. Global warming did not conjure the rains that flooded the nation's fourth-largest city, but it likely did ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's not surprising that we seem to be refighting the Civil War, since it never properly ended in the first place.
It might have, had Southerners listened to Robert E. Lee. The defeated general believed that erecting monuments to the Confederacy -- such as his equestrian statue in Charlottesville, now shrouded with a black tarp in...Read more
WASHINGTON -- How unstable and divorced from reality is President Trump? We've reached the point where the nation has the right and the need to know.
We're not accustomed to asking such questions about our presidents. We don't know how to even begin inquiring into a president's mental health, so we rationalize aberrant behavior as being part of...Read more
The Windsor Diaries Book One: Victorian ScoundrelStephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 for Britain's Great Exhibition. Alice soon discovers ...
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has dropped all pretense and proudly raised the banner of white racial grievance. The time has come for Republicans in Congress to decide whether this is what they signed up for.
Business leaders decided Wednesday that they'd had enough, quitting two presidential advisory councils before Trump quickly dissolved the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- No one should have been surprised to see President Trump playing footsie with racists. He's been doing it for years.
On Saturday, when Trump could not bring himself to condemn white supremacists for the Charlottesville tragedy, he was just being consistent: He often has shown empathy for white racial grievance.
After all, who was...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This is what we dreaded. Some international crisis was bound to flare up, and President Trump would make it worse. Now we can only hope that the mature adults surrounding him are able to cool things down.
Trump probably thought it was oh-so-clever to answer North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear provocations with a taste of the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Enough, already, with all the takeouts and think pieces about how President Trump's loyal base continues to support him. That's neither surprising nor impressive -- and it's certainly not the point about this shameful and appalling presidency.
Also, it's not entirely true. Trump won 46 percent of the popular vote in last November'...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Foolish optimists expected Ivanka Trump to be a moderating force in the White House. But by now it should be clear that she's not part of any solution, which by definition means she's part of the problem.
Can anyone tell me why, other than nepotism, she has an office in the White House and a back-bench seat at meetings of the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Court of Mad King Donald is not a presidency. It is an affliction, one that saps the life out of our democratic institutions, and it must be fiercely resisted if the nation as we know it is to survive.
I wish that were hyperbole. The problem is not just that President Trump is selfish, insecure, egotistical, ignorant and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "A Better Deal" is not the worst slogan I've ever heard, but it's far from the best. The Democratic Party has overwhelming support from the "creatives" on Madison Avenue and the marketing geniuses in Hollywood. Why are Republicans so much better at coming up with pithy phrases that pack a punch?
It was not always thus. John F. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Focus, America, focus. The most urgent task right now is to make sure a stake is driven through the heart of the Republican effort to gut Medicaid and balloon the ranks of the uninsured.
I know that the Russia investigations are charging ahead, with Capitol Hill appearances by members of President Trump's inner circle scheduled ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's exhausting, I know, but don't let outrage fatigue numb you to the moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Trump administration. This ugly departure from American norms and values must be opposed with sustained passion -- and with the knowledge that things will probably get worse before they get better.
Heaven help us, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have tried their best to soar gracefully above the raging dumpster fire that is the Trump administration. Unhappily for the handsome couple, gravity makes no allowances for charm.
Kushner, already reported to be a "person of interest" in the Justice Department probe of the Trump campaign, is arguably...Read more
WASHINGTON -- From now on, ignore the conventional wisdom about how the Russia scandal is not "resonating" with President Trump's still-loyal base. The question at this point is what strikes a chord with special counsel Robert Mueller -- and what kind of legal jeopardy Trump's closest associates, including his eldest son and son-in-law, might ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "A little learning is a dangerous thing," wrote the poet Alexander Pope. Three centuries later, Pope's aphorism perfectly -- and dangerously -- describes President Trump's understanding of history as a zero-sum clash of civilizations in which "the West" can triumph by imposing its will.
The speech Trump delivered Thursday in ...Read more