It is amazing to me that President Trump has not, on a rare day when he's in New York, exited Trump Tower, made a sharp left, and limoed down to Stuyvesant High School. It is New York City's crown jewel, where -- like in the fictional Lake Wobegon -- all the students really are "above average." And just to make matters more intriguing and ...Read more
I keep hearing that if Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, we'll face a constitutional crisis.
Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it's a constitutional crisis.
Or if Mueller comes up with substantial evidence that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia or of obstructing justice but the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I suspect I share this with many others: Over the last 500 or so days, I often wanted to ditch politics entirely. Sports became my shelter from the storm, a field of competition in which performance can be judged with a degree of objectivity and blustery hot takes on Twitter do not threaten the republic.
True, it says something ...Read more
I really believe President Donald Trump, big-brained, many-worded upholder of the Bible and the flag, could forget the words to "99 Bottles of Beer On The Wall." After all, he forgets he's married from time to time. Hello, Stormy? President Elvis is waiting in the jungle room.
Well, maybe Trump wouldn't forget the words to "99 Bottles of Beer...Read more
Well, what do you say when a couple of the world's most notorious, self-promoting products and exploiters of the reality TV world get together and do something undeniably nice?
Well, how about "Thank you"?
That's what I say to President Donald Trump and She-Who-Needs-No-Introduction Kim Kardashian.
As you've probably heard by now, the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It was another one of those weeks in which the wheels seemed to come off the axle of the American motor coach.
President Trump speculated about his power to pardon himself for crimes, and his lawyer said the president could shoot the now-former FBI director with legal impunity.
Trump is feuding with Canada and our closest allies ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A continuing challenge of covering the three-ring circus that is the Trump administration is not letting the outrageous antics and statements of the president and his allies distract attention from the outrageous policies being implemented on his watch.
One example, unfolding right now in the midst of the president's various ...Read more
There will be few tears for Aaron Persky.
California voters gave the Superior Court judge his walking papers last week. Persky, the state's first judge to be recalled since 1932, became a target of national fury two years ago when he sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford University student convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman after she ...Read more
We have serious shortages of jobs, dollars in the federal treasury and registered nurses. But when it comes to polls, there is not only no shortage; there is a glut. Every cable news show, weekly Neighborhood Shopper, AM radio station and news website seems to have its very own public opinion poll. Humorist Bob Orben once asked: "Did you ever ...Read more
He's a Republican, of course.
Meaning South Dakota State Rep. Michael Clark. On Monday, Clark, being presumably of sound mind and body, suggested on Facebook that maybe racial segregation wouldn't be such a bad idea. A businessman, he wrote, "should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants. If he wants to turn away people of ...Read more
NEW YORK -- With their successes this week in the California primaries, Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their prospects for the midterm elections. But they should take note of the bigger picture when it comes to left-right politics these days. Over the last decade, the center-left has been devastated electorally across the West. ...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 -- Scott Pruitt: You can do better than this.
On Monday, The Washington Post broke the news that a government aide to Pruitt, President Trump's EPA administrator, contacted the Trump International Hotel in Washington in hopes of snagging a used Trump Home Luxury Plush Euro Pillow Top mattress, on which Pruitt could rest his weary ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The struggle over what the dominant storyline in the news should be has always been political.
Good reporters and editors labor mightily to be fair-minded in their reporting of episodes and events, and I'll defend them to my last breath. But the larger battle, captured by the phrase "winning the news cycle," involves a fierce ...Read more
It was John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, who is responsible for the first quote that comes to mind this week. The baron died more than a hundred years ago, but one person will come to many minds as you read his words:
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they ...Read more
After Donald Trump delivered his big shock of 2016 by winning the presidential election, even President Barack Obama -- Mr. "Hope and Change" himself -- began to sound to associates like he was losing his optimism about America's future.
So says Benjamin J. Rhodes, a close advisor through both of Obama's terms, in his new memoir, "The World as ...Read more
Black lives don't matter.
It is a message that has, for centuries, been woven like thread into the fabric of this nation.
It was there when the Supreme Court said black people had no rights white people were bound to respect, there when Nazi POWs were seated at a Southern diner while black soldiers were sent to the kitchen, there when federal ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We didn't know it at the time, of course. But in Bill Clinton were the seeds of Donald Trump.
With 20 years of hindsight, it is clear. To see the former president -- now promoting a mystery he co-wrote with novelist James Patterson -- sit down with NBC's Craig Melvin was to see how Clinton's handling of the Monica Lewinsky affair ...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
Is Meacham right?
The Meacham I have in mind is Jon, the distinguished historian, journalist and television commentator who maintains in his new book that, as bad as things are now, we have seen worse and come out the better for it. From his lips to God's ear, as my grandmother used to say.
My grandmother, in fact, is just about the only ...Read more