As the House opens its impeachment inquiry, even as new polls -- from Fox News, no less -- find a majority of voters favoring impeachment, the Republican Party has moved to protect the president from any challenge to his re-nomination. Fiddling with the rules is one of the favorite games of political insiders, and the Trump team is doing its ...Read more
After the conclusion of what had to be described as a rather bad week for the president -- I think we can agree that the initiation of impeachment proceedings based on allegations that he solicited the assistance of foreign leaders for his reelection campaign qualifies as a bad week -- you would think the president's poll numbers would be in ...Read more
Is there such a thing as being too old to be president? In the fall of 1984, in his closing statement in the first presidential debate, then-President Ronald Reagan seemed to lose his way on a California highway. That's right; he was talking on and on about this trip on a California highway, and it didn't end anywhere, except with the red buzzer...Read more
Diversity means just that.
Getting into college isn't just a numbers game.
No one has a "right" to get into Harvard.
Bill Fitzsimmons, the longtime dean of admissions at Harvard, is one of the most honorable, thoughtful and smart guys I've met in 35-plus years in academia. I've been holding my breath since the lawsuit was filed and then ...Read more
In Texas on Thursday, former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said that at least 35 Republican senators would vote to impeach the president -- if they could do so privately.
Flake's colleagues, particularly those who are up in 2020, have had precious little to say. The president has put them on a tightrope -- again.
In the first days after the ...Read more
Surgeon explains at home fix for dark spots
and uneven skin tones on skin...
Of course, Donald Trump is not just another president, and Cokie Roberts was not just another journalist. Cokie was, in her way, the epitome of the Washington elite; daughter of the powerful, friend of the connected, respected by everybody; a card-carrying member of the Swamp Culture, which is to say a brilliant reporter. She used her ...Read more
There you are. There I am. Complaining. Deadlines and obligations. Bills and budgets. The empty nest. My dogs, ages 12 and 14.
And in a flash, none of it matters. Not one bit.
In a flash, I am doing what I shouldn't do: Googling scary prognoses.
There are all kinds of families. Some we are born into. Some we create.
When I moved to Los ...Read more
Labor Day marks the real beginning of the nomination campaign. And for all the talk of the crowds of candidates, the race has shaken out far more at this point that many of us expected.
The winner as of Labor Day: Elizabeth Warren.
And she's winning for all the right reasons. She has the most to say. Yes, she's that smart. You may not agree ...Read more
I commuted between LA and Boston for years. I was supposed to be back on the road Friday, another book tour. I got on planes the way my mother took trolleys.
The phone rang. That was the end of BEFORE.
Everything else is AFTER.
We are a different country, those of us who can remember. We saw it. We saw these men mow down innocent men, women ...Read more
It doesn't get easier 6,000 miles away.
"Don't you like your president?" asks a man who is a strong supporter of Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu and our Donald Trump.
I try to explain it's not a matter of liking. I respect Israel's right to choose Netanyahu, a man who I do not agree with, just as we Americans have the right to elect as our ...Read more
Ed Markey, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, is -- to most people's surprise -- facing a potential primary challenge from a slightly less progressive and almost ridiculously inexperienced junior congressman named Kennedy.
That's it. Joe Kennedy, son of former Congressman Joe Kennedy, son of former attorney general. He is "thinking" ...Read more
The At Home Fix That Is Like A Power Wash
For Your Gut Lining...
Every legislator, state or federal, takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Missouri voters deserve a refund. And they aren't the only ones, just this week's bad example.
Knowing full well that it would be declared unconstitutional, the Missouri legislature passed -- and the governor signed into law -- a ...Read more
On the occasion of Bill Clinton's 73rd birthday, the chattering class has come to bury the president they once adored -- and not to praise him.
I wish the biggest thing I had to worry about in the world was a blue dress. Imagine having time or energy for such nonsense when the Russians are wreaking havoc with our democracy.
I wish ...Read more
Years ago, Frank Rich, the legendary New York Times columnist, wrote a piece -- channeling his grandmother -- on the first question her generation used to ask when big news broke: Is it good for the Jews? Or (more often) is it bad for the Jews?
You could hardly blame them. Living through the Holocaust makes the question painfully relevant.
He could never have done it alone.
I'm not talking about his suicide. That he did himself.
I'm talking about his crimes.
Imagine if Jeffrey Epstein had had to find his prey himself. Imagine a sleazy middle-aged guy hanging around in front of a high school trying to pick up teenage girls.
People would notice. Teachers would see. The police ...Read more
Doesn't have a chance?
When the public says they're looking for that so-called generic Democrat whom they would overwhelmingly favor over President Donald Trump, they mean Michael Bennet. They just don't know it yet.
In 2013, he was one of the "Gang of Eight" -- four Democrats and four Republicans -- who crafted a comprehensive immigration ...Read more
I have been studying death penalty politics (as well as law) for decades, largely because I've had to. The death penalty bedeviled Democratic candidates in the '80s and '90s, and its repercussions are still felt today. Back then, the public was for it. But it was more than that. Law and order, Nixon's 1968 rallying cry, turned crime into a race ...Read more
Beverly Hills surgeon explains at-home fix
for improving aging skin...
About 138 million Americans voted in the last presidential election.
Almost 220 million have private insurance.
"Medicare for All"? I can't begin to imagine the bureaucracy.
Employer-based insurance is still the most popular; more than half of the population is covered by employer-based private plans. Jobs with benefits, my mother taught me ...Read more
On the day I left Paris (after a well-timed visit to my daughter), the temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was still morning. That day, it climbed to 104; the next day was the hottest in France in recorded history.
Unlike the United States, where I mostly need a jacket to deal with summer air conditioning (perfect for a man in a suit)...Read more
I was blessed.
On my first day as his law clerk on the D.C. Circuit, Judge J. Skelly Wright, who had hired me sight unseen when I was elected president of the Harvard Law Review, told me that Justice Brennan would not do the same. True, he always hired Judge Wright's Harvard clerk sight unseen, and he had never passed on a Harvard Law Review ...Read more