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
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Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former ...
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