WASHINGTON -- Congratulations, America, indeed.
President Trump was being sarcastic when he tweeted, at 7:28 Thursday morning, "Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History ... and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction."
A year into the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller,...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We're missing something important, indeed fundamental, in all the legal-political chatter about whether Donald Trump will answer questions from the special counsel and what might happen if the president refuses.
We need to keep in mind: This is the president, not an ordinary witness -- or, to be more precise, ordinary subject -- ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "Ladies' lingerie." It was a lame, outmoded joke -- the sort of thing you say in a crowded elevator, an artifact of the days of fancy department stores with operators announcing the floor stops.
Those two words -- the speaker remembers saying "ladies' lingerie," a passenger who was offended recalls hearing "women's lingerie" -- ...Read more
WASHINGTON --The nation's capital today suffers from multiple deficits: The budget deficit, a failure to match resources to appetite, measured in hard dollars and red ink. The institutional deficit, the misalignment of national needs and political capacity to respond, displayed in legislative gridlock and partisan bickering. But also, and maybe ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Something tells me that Barbara Bush would have enjoyed reading the news over the last week -- and I don't mean the glowing tributes to the former first lady. No, some of the rest of the news, about who in the Trump administration is confused about what; about the nerves-of-steel pilot who brought a crippled airliner to safety; ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It feels some days as if the ordinary laws of political physics have been suspended. Politics operates by unseen but generally predictable forces. Go too far and the mechanism of political gravity will bring you down.
Not now. Not reliably, anyway. This unsettling development has manifested itself, most recently, in the otherwise ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "An attack on our country," a clearly agitated President Trump said of the search of his attorney's office and home. Of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump said, "Many people have said, 'You should fire [Mueller].'"
Many people are wrong, actually. They suffer from an inability, chronic in this administration, to see two ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Brace yourselves, readers. I write today in defense of Kevin Williamson, with whom I could not disagree more.
Williamson, if you haven't heard of him, is a relentlessly, seemingly compulsively provocative conservative writer who was hired away from National Review by The Atlantic to help staff its new opinions roster. That ...Read more
Life After Death, Powerful Evidence You Will Never Die: Second EditionStephen Hawley Martin
A number of scientists that study human perception now realize our minds are non-local. As is the case with the Universal Mind to which our personal minds are connected, our minds are not confined to our heads or brains. Rather, the brain...
WASHINGTON -- So much for judges calling balls and strikes.
President Trump tweeted the other day about the call by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to repeal the Second Amendment. (A dumb idea, by the way: won't happen, isn't necessary, wouldn't work).
This was Trump's take: "THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Cathy McMorris Rodgers serves as chair of the House Republican Conference, which puts her in charge of the congressional GOP's messaging. McMorris Rodgers is also the proud mother of a 10-year-old who has Down syndrome, which makes it unsurprising that McMorris Rodgers directed an unhappy message my way after a column about state ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Over the years, Donald Trump honed what seemed like a foolproof method for bad behavior with few consequences: Bully and buy your way out of trouble. A favorite Trump tactic, whether you were a Trump Organization employee, Trump campaign aide or Trump wife, involved the nondisclosure agreement, with the accompanying threat of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- There is a new push in anti-abortion circles to pass state laws aimed at barring women from terminating their pregnancies after the fetus has been determined to have Down syndrome. These laws are unconstitutional, unenforceable -- and wrong.
This is a difficult subject to discuss because there are so many parents who have -- and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The notion of due process has been much in the news, thanks to President Trump, whose devotion to fairness is characteristically situational: He's all for due process when it comes to alleged spouse abusers or sexual harassers; less so, maybe, for gun owners. But as is too often true in the age of Trump, the president's antics ...Read more
Ivanka Trump tells us -- tells NBC's Peter Alexander, to be precise -- that it is a "pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter" whether she believes her father's alleged, and denied, sexual abuse and harassment. "I know my father," she added. "So I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my father."
Okay, I'm a daughter, too, and...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's been more than a year since Donald Trump held his one and only full-fledged news conference as president. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emerges occasionally to not-answer questions, but it is past time to hear from the president himself. Here is a partial list of questions:
Mr. President, you said the ...Read more
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- A Presidents' Day weekend visit to the Ronald Reagan presidential library here provoked an unfamiliar and unexpected emotion: Reagan nostalgia.
Seriously. I was a young reporter in Washington, fresh out of college, when Reagan was elected. It felt like nothing less than a hostile takeover of the government. The Reagan ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- National security adviser H.R. McMaster is in the news -- and apparently in the presidential doghouse -- for stating the obvious: that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election is "now really incontrovertible." So it is appropriate to take, as this column's theme, the title of McMaster's book on the Vietnam war, "...Read more
Spare us, please, from listening to lectures about due process from President Trump.
"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new," Trump tweeted Saturday morning, combining his trademark ignorance of proper punctuation with a strange echo of Dr. Seuss's "...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the spirit of the Olympics, it has long been clear who takes the gold medal for worst performer in the White House. (Hint: his office has no corners.) Now, it's time to award the silver medal to an unexpected choice: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Kelly's triumph, such as it is, comes after serious contenders were ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Look at the picture. Really. Look at the picture. The women's eye socket is the sickly green-yellow of a healing bruise. Around the eyelid, and in a sickening swoosh underneath, there is the deep plum of blood pooling around broken capillaries.
The picture (http://bit.ly/2E9rxfm), if you haven't seen it, shows Colbie Holderness, ...Read more