WASHINGTON -- It is no surprise, but it is still a shock, to see how little President Trump understands about the independence of the Justice Department and the importance of the rule of law.
Trump's jaw-dropping interview with The New York Times featured an unprecedented and unvarnished invitation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quit, an ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow, seems to be an adherent of the just-yell-louder-school of legal argumentation. That tactic was on vivid display again Sunday, as the blustering lawyer made the full round of talk shows. It might have been the most striking part of Sekulow's performance, but it wasn't the most ominous.
He ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Every week -- nearly every day -- brings fresh, stomach-churning evidence of President Trump's unfitness for office. The latest may be the most revolting.
Confronted with incontrovertible proof that his son leapt at the prospect of meeting with a "Russian government attorney" offering to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton as "part of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Fox News host Sean Hannity told Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday night that he had run out of questions about the president's son and a Russian government effort to help his father win the election. "I wanted to ask every question I could think of regarding this issue," Hannity confided. "I can't think of any more in all honesty."
I can. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The email chain between Donald Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, the publicist brokering a meeting between the Trump campaign and a Kremlin-linked lawyer, could hardly be more incriminating.
By explicitly linking the source of the information to the Russian government and by describing it as "part of Russia and its government's support...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Imagine that you are Donald Trump Jr. Your father has just clinched the Republican nomination for president. An acquaintance, someone you know from the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, calls asking to set up a meeting with a Russian who, he says, has information helpful to the campaign -- i.e., dirt on Hillary Clinton. Do you:
WASHINGTON -- Every human heart breaks at the story of Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British infant whose parents are battling to bring him to the United States for treatment that is sure to prove futile.
But as tends to happen in these circumstances, individual tragedy is susceptible to being hijacked in service of a larger, sometimes ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare," President Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S."
Fine, Mr. President, there's an easy way to prove your asserted knowledge: Have a news conference. Answer questions that aren't softballs tossed by ...Read more
Nothing More, Nothing LessAshley Dukart
When Brandon finds that his mother committed suicide, he blames himself for her decision. His guilt drives his young life into a downward spiral of drugs, drug-dealing, and violent repercussions when his “business partners” don’t get what they want. Haunted by the...
WASHINGTON -- The end of the Supreme Court term looms, and with it the prospect -- the terrifying prospect -- of a retirement. Specifically, the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who will turn 81 next month and is the longest-serving current justice, named to the high court almost 30 years ago.
So if Kennedy is inclined to retire, it is ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's come to this, on his 146th day in office: The president, under investigation for obstruction of justice, attacked his own deputy attorney general for orchestrating a "witch hunt" against him.
Sometimes my role as a columnist is to advise readers not to overreact, to maintain perspective. Today my advice is to buckle up. Brace...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In life, as in literature, the more complex character is the more compelling and the more realistic. We may crave heroes but we end up with humans. The cardboard figure of unblemished rectitude, who performs impeccably under pressure and is impelled only by the purest motives, gives way to a real person, with all the inevitable ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Ignore all the extraneous, intentionally distracting noise about illegal leaks and Obama-era foibles. James Comey's account of his dealings with President Trump was devastating, both legally and politically. And as congressional investigators and, more ominously, special counsel Robert Mueller proceed, the facts may become far ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Well, Hillary Clinton isn't going gently. That may be understandable, but it's not smart -- not for Clinton, not for her party, and not for other female candidates.
Clinton has emerged in recent weeks, and this version is Hillary Unbound, no words minced, no target spared -- except, for the most part, herself. So there was Clinton...Read more
In the middle of one night
Miss Clavel turned on the light
And said, "Something is not right!"
-- "Madeline," by Ludwig Bemelmans, 1939
WASHINGTON -- Many of us these days find ourselves channeling our inner Miss Clavel.
Defense Secretary James Mattis, for one. In Dexter Filkins' profile of Mattis for The New Yorker, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So much for the notion that the second 100 days would be calmer or more reassuring.
As April drew to a close, and with it the artificial marker of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, it was possible to conjure a relatively comforting scenario: It could have been worse.
After all, President Trump launched his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So why did the president ask his vice president and attorney general to leave the room?
The New York Times reports -- and The Washington Post and other news organizations confirm -- that President Trump, at a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey the day after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned, asked Vice ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The news that President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey left me -- it should leave all Americans -- feeling more than "mildly nauseous."
That was the memorable phrase Comey used last week to describe his feeling that his fateful letter to Congress about Hillary Clinton's emails might have influenced the election. Then, it...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump's new book came out last week, and, what with all the focus on her father's step toward yanking health care from millions of people and his fulminating about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War, "Women Who Work" didn't receive the attention it deserves.
OK, maybe it did. As its acerbic reviewers have observed, the book ...Read more