WASHINGTON -- In general, a State of the Union address is massive in the moment and quickly forgotten. And Donald Trump's first State of the Union address was even more unmemorable than usual.
That, presumably, was the point. The speech aspired to political normalcy, and largely achieved it. The lavish use of everyday heroes was welcome relief ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Just as Bill Clinton's 1998 State of the Union address is known as the speech after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union address is likely to be remembered as the speech before Robert Mueller's report arrived.
Clinton remains the gold standard in presidential scandal management: Stubbornly talk...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This is the strangest of political moments, in which a historically weak president believes he is acting from a position of strength.
After a year in office, Donald Trump has an approval rating below 40 percent -- the lowest for any president in modern times. In the special state legislative elections held so far this year, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Billy Graham has been one of the most visible, respected and influential Christians in the world since the 1950s. But he often had a blind spot when it came to politics. Graham was Richard Nixon's golfing buddy and spiritual adviser. He was there to pray with Nixon after every victory and loss. And Nixon consulted him on everything...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Forty-five years after Roe v. Wade was decided, the right to abortion that the Supreme Court discerned remains controversial and disputed.
The expectation of legal abortion is deeply embedded in American law and practice. Many states were lifting restrictions on the procedure even before Roe. Justice Blackman's landmark decision ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Sometimes it is necessary to begin with the obvious. The claim that America needs more Norwegian migrants and fewer Africans from "sh-thole countries" is racist. It is not the same as arguing for a higher-skilled immigrant pool. That argument might go something like: "We need a higher-skilled immigrant pool."
President Trump, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- White House staffers have two general objectives: to serve the president and to please the president. The two do not always coincide.
I can recall, as a policy adviser to President George W. Bush, sending him articles and columns (including some by Nicholas Kristof) savaging the administration's reaction to the unfolding Darfur ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Because of President Trump's absence of downward loyalty, his elevation of the morally impaired and his encouragement of staff factionalism, his administration will produce any number of damaging memoirs and leak-filled exposes. Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" is the latest in this genre, but surely not the last.
Yet what is most ...Read more
The Last Relationship Book You Will Ever NeedJeremiah Dotson
The 13th book from highly controversial author Jeremiah Dotson. The Last Relationship Book You Will Ever Need gives you an uncensored look at deception and game play in relationships. Covered topics include why people do not get married, ...
WASHINGTON -- Though events in Iran are murky, their direction is historic.
The Iranian regime -- which has made a project of destabilizing others through terrorism and regional adventurism -- has been revealed as deeply unstable. Many Iranian citizens thought that the election of the "moderate" Hassan Rouhani as president would bring more ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "I, Tonya" is a movie that is, in places, very difficult to watch. But it is also impossible to look away.
This biopic about the briefly famous, then infamous Tonya Harding has offended some reviewers by putting child abuse and domestic violence in close proximity to comedy. But it would be difficult to tell Harding's story ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One of the odder moments of the Christmas narrative -- often left out of pageants and children's storybooks -- is when Mary encounters Simeon at the temple. He is described as a devout man, but he is not a particularly cheery one. "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel," Simeon tells Mary. "And a ...Read more