WASHINGTON -- On March 21, 1973, White House counsel John Dean confronted President Richard Nixon about the growing Watergate scandal. “We have a cancer -- within, close to the presidency, that’s growing,” Dean warned. “It’s growing daily.”
Dean’s famous metaphor is relevant to the Trump administration -- not because the risk is ...Read more
This is a column on a subject of broad public interest but with a single reader in mind: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Justice Kennedy, if you’re reading this, my message is simple: Please don’t retire. It could put your legacy at risk; even more, it would be terrible for the country at a moment that demands healing, not another bitter ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Week One of the Trump administration was among the most alarming in the history of the American presidency.
There have been scarier weeks for the country, certainly -- the Cuban missile crisis and the Sept. 11 attacks. There have been more tragic ones -- the Sept. 11 attacks again, the terrible toll of wartime, the horror of four ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This will be the presidency of the raised fist, not the outstretched hand.
Inaugural addresses are traditionally occasions of inclusion and healing. In that transformative moment, the new president sheds a partisan identity and assumes the mantle of national leader, president of and for all the people. If any new president should ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The approaching presidency of Donald Trump poses daunting challenges for the journalists covering him, not merely because he has described them as dishonest, low-life scum or because of anxiety over whether the new administration will adhere to basic norms of access, such as daily briefings and regular news conferences.
The ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One of the hallmarks of our democratic system is its commitment to the peaceful transition of power. This practice comes with two important, linked corollaries that fall under the umbrella that there can be only one president at a time. The first is that the incoming president, especially in the arena of foreign policy, takes care ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump needs to heal, not revel. That is, he must work on healing the divided country he is about to lead, not continue to revel in his victory with a round of thank-you rallies.
Instead, we see: Trump griping about the political correctness of being named “person of the year.” Quieting, but not really, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After post-truth comes all-fake.
The election of Donald Trump has seen the flowering of the post-truth landscape. Emotion outranks fact; believing makes it so. We are all Tinker Bell now. Clap if you believe in voter fraud. Clap if you doubt a human role in climate change.
So when the president-elect claims, with no basis in ...Read more
The Average GirlAngelina Goode
Olivia Fowler, a surreptitious matchmaker, runs a successful business helping average people meet celebrities in everyday ways. Flawless at what she does, the celebrities don’t have a clue they’re part of a pre-planned meeting. Business is booming, but when Olivia ...
WASHINGTON -- As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars.
Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Welcome to -- brace yourself for -- the post-truth presidency.
“Facts are stubborn things,” said John Adams in 1770, defending British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
Or so ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- To President-elect Donald Trump, Breitbart -- the racist, sexist and all-around offensive website once overseen by his campaign chairman and designated White House chief strategist Steve Bannon -- is “just a publication.”
Breitbart’s editors and writers, Trump told The New York Times, “cover stories like you cover ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Less than two weeks into the reality that Donald Trump will be our next president, the situation feels more ominous than on election night.
“At the right time, I will be so presidential you will be so bored,” Trump assured us back in April, when the notion seemed fanciful. “I know when to be presidential.”
Does he? On ...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- Herblock, the legendary ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On Saturdays in synagogues across the United States, Jews recite a prayer for our country. In my synagogue, the custom is that the congregation stands, and says the prayer in unison.
Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country -- for its government, for its leaders and advisers, and for all who...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's top priority, if she is elected president, shouldn't be enacting an infrastructure plan or pushing immigration reform. It should be -- must be, if she is to succeed on any substantive front -- to combat her own worst instincts.
To be clear, I desperately want to see Clinton elected, not only because the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- How do you solve a problem like Bill Clinton?
More precisely, how does, as is increasingly likely, President Hillary Clinton figure out what to do with First Gentleman Bill Clinton and his cargo hold of accompanying baggage?
Bill Clinton may be an asset to his wife, but he is also a problem -- a sprawling, messy and hard-to-...Read more