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
WASHINGTON -- The signers of the Declaration of Independence were highly imperfect men. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Southerners were rank hypocrites for declaring "all men are created equal" while owning men, women and children as their slaves. John Adams was sour and disputatious, and later as president would sign the Sedition Act outlawing...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If you want to look at the bright side of things, at least we've learned that the nation can survive for half a year without a sane, functioning presidency.
We've had nothing of the sort since Inauguration Day. The man who works in the Oval Office is a walking, talking, tweeting advertisement for Ritalin and perhaps some calming, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This is a week to keep focused on the most urgent question in domestic policy and politics: Will Republicans snatch health insurance from millions of Americans and slash the vital Medicaid program by nearly $1 trillion, all to enable massive tax cuts for the wealthy and powerful?
Plenty of other news is vying for attention. ...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
WASHINGTON -- The "health care bill" that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn't really about health care at all. It's the first step in a massive redistribution of wealth from struggling wage-earners to the rich -- a theft of historic proportions.
Is the Senate version less "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The final chapter of Bill Cosby's public life is far from the most important spectacle we are witnessing, but it may be the saddest.
Cosby's trial in Pennsylvania on rape charges ended with a hung jury Saturday, which means it didn't end at all -- prosecutors announced immediately that they will try him again. I fully understand ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump now finds himself exactly where he doesn't want to be: under investigation by a dogged, highly respected prosecutor who owes him no personal or political loyalty. And the president has only himself to blame.
Trump let off some steam Thursday morning by issuing a couple of angry statements on Twitter: "They made up ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican gospel of cutting taxes and government services to the bone doesn't lead to economic growth; it leads to crisis and decline. Just ask the people of Kansas, who finally have seen the light.
If House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell don't heed the Kansas lesson, they deserve to have their ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- What do you do if you've just been fired as director of the FBI, the administration has chosen to "defame" you with "lies plain and simple," and you believe the president of the United States may be trying to obstruct justice? You leak bombshell information to the media in hopes of forcing the appointment of a special counsel. It ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With his backward policies and his tiresome antics, President Trump seems to be trying his best to do something that ought to be impossible: Make the U.S. presidency irrelevant to world progress.
Climate change offers one example. Trump tried hard to build suspense for Thursday's announcement about whether he would honor or trash ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's hard to write about Jared Kushner without going straight to the Icarus cliche -- hubris, flying too close to the sun, falling into the sea. I once wrote that he was the only one of President Trump's close advisers who couldn't be fired, but Kushner's father-in-law would be smart to prove me wrong.
It is possible, of course, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump believes he is being persecuted, and that is a frighteningly dangerous mindset for a man with such vast power.
Amid a week of dizzying developments on multiple fronts, Trump gave a graduation speech Wednesday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy portraying himself as a victim, unfairly besieged by those who would ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The appalling truth about the Trump administration can be found in something the late Maya Angelou once said to Oprah Winfrey: "My dear, when people show you who they are, why don't you believe them? Why must you be shown 29 times before you can see who they really are?"
The chaos and dysfunction we have seen since Jan. 20 ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign was once little more than a conspiracy theory, but not anymore. The only way to make sense of this week's stunning events is to conclude there is something that President Trump desperately wants to hide.
The party-line explanation of why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's firing of James Comey has to be the most thuggish, venal act committed by a U.S. president since Richard Nixon's desperate Saturday Night Massacre. Trump is trying to shut down the investigation with the most potential to cripple -- or perhaps even end -- his presidency. He is attempting a power play straight from ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Sooner or later, we will have universal, single-payer health care in this country -- sooner if Republicans succeed in destroying the Affordable Care Act, later if they fail.
The repeal-and-replace bill passed by the House last week is nothing short of an abomination. It is so bad that Republicans can only defend it by blowing ...Read more