WASHINGTON -- Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was more than the undisputed "Queen of Soul." She was one of the most important musicians of our time, a genius who soared above genres and expectations to create music that will live forever.
She was not an opera singer, yet she brought down the house at the Grammys in 1998 when she ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's hard to take Omarosa Manigault Newman's word for anything. But Lordy she has tapes, and they offer vivid proof that Donald Trump's White House is part clown show, part nest of vipers.
Omarosa achieved single-name fame as a contestant on Trump's show "The Apprentice," where she performed with Shakespearean villainy -- lying, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For President Trump, this can't be much of a vacation.
The onetime chairman of Trump's presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, is on trial in federal court for tax fraud and other alleged crimes. The prosecution's star witness in that trial is Rick Gates, the deputy chairman of Trump's inaugural committee. The first sitting member ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Everything you need to know about today's Republican Party is summed up by a photo from President Trump's political rally in Ohio on Saturday. Two men in the crowd look defiantly at the camera, proudly displaying the slogan on their matching T-shirts: "I'd Rather Be A Russian Than A Democrat."
The sound you hear is the GOP ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Look at the non-political news these days: Deadly wildfires burn out of control in parched California. Unusually heavy rains cause devastating floods in parts of Asia. A punishing heat wave kills scores in Japan, South Korea and normally temperate parts of Europe, pushing temperatures into the 90s in Scandinavia. Can anyone fail to...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As of Monday, 711 children who were effectively kidnapped and held hostage by the Trump administration remain in government custody, supposedly "ineligible" to be reunited with their families. What happens to them now? The government won't say, apparently doesn't know and evidently doesn't care.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If President Trump's secretly taped conversation with attorney Michael Cohen reminds you of a crime boss and his consigliere, you're not alone. Trump's current lawyer and mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani, evidently agrees.
After CNN first played the tape on Tuesday, Giuliani went on Fox News and downplayed its importance, citing his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Last week it was Russia, Russia, Russia. This week began with a bombastic, all-caps screed about Iran -- and, of course, more wailing about the purported "Mueller Witch Hunt." In between was a stray tweet about football and the national anthem, just to stir the racial pot. President Trump is wagging the dog so hard, I fear he will ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump is succeeding wildly in one clear, if unannounced, objective: to Make Russia Great Again.
Trump's summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went a long way toward achieving Putin's most cherished goal, which is to return his vast and complicated nation to the exalted geopolitical status it long ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's kidnapping -- that's the proper word -- of the children of would-be migrants should be seen as an ongoing criminal conspiracy. Somebody ought to go to jail.
Under a federal court order, all 103 children under the age of 5 who were taken from their families at the border were supposed to be returned by ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I'm confident that we can eventually repair the damage President Trump is doing to the nation. What he's doing to the world is another story.
As with much of his program, Trump's foreign policy is contradictory and ultimately self-defeating. He wants to lead -- his voracious yet delicate ego demands nothing less -- but does not ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Racism is a feature of the Trump administration, not a bug. Like demagogues before him, President Trump and his aides consistently single out one group for scapegoating and persecution: non-white Hispanic immigrants.
Trump doesn't much seem to like non-white newcomers from anywhere, in truth -- remember how he once expressed a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Republicans are afraid they cannot stop Democrats from making big gains in November, so they're trying to convince Democrats to stop themselves. For the sake of the nation, don't fall for it this time.
The GOP's propaganda arm, Fox News, has become obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old newcomer who defeated ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Let me get this straight. President Trump and his associates treat politics like a back-alley knife fight, but his critics are supposed to pretend it's a garden party? I don't think so.
Those who see the Trump administration as an abomination have many things to spend their time worrying about -- most urgently, turning out a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump created an immigration crisis to stoke resentment and anger among his base -- traumatizing innocent children for political gain. Lacking any kind of moral compass, he makes a show of being pleased with what he has wrought. But you can smell his fear.
Trump is desperate to keep his Republican congressional ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The moral outrages from the Trump administration come so fast that they blur together, but this one stands out: The unconscionably cruel policy of ripping the children of would-be immigrants away from their parents at the border.
Officials do not even try to hide the fact that the purpose of this abhorrent and inhumane practice is...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Are you old enough to remember when the Republican Party had principles and a backbone? It seems so long ago.
If you do recall that bygone time, you might expect that said principles and backbone will assert themselves, sooner or later, against President Trump. Stop waiting, because it's not going to happen. The pompous GOP credo ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The bombastic, belligerent, inexperienced and unpredictable leader of a nuclear-armed nation, a man who flouts international norms and agreements, is scheduled to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday. What could go wrong? How much time do you have?
President Trump's on-again, off-again summit with ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump is a bald-faced liar who covered up collusion between his campaign and the Russians, tried to derail a federal investigation and claims to be above the law like some tin-pot dictator. This is not my assessment. It is what Trump and his attorneys proudly proclaim.
Don't be distracted by Trump's showmanship and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump wants to create a safe public space for ugly, unvarnished, unambiguous racism, which he knows he can exploit for political advantage. This cynical and destructive ploy must not be allowed to succeed.
Witness Trump's reaction to the Roseanne Barr self-immolation. The president frequently airs his opinions via ...Read more