President Donald Trump's playground taunt Sunday that "the Squad" of four new radical liberal House Democrats, all women of color, should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came," dominated Monday morning's headlines.
Yet those headlines smothered the deeper story.
The Democrats are today using ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For many, summer is the literary season of lighter novels at the beach or pool. For me -- exhausted by the quickening pace of President Trump's moral and mental disintegration -- escape takes the form of reading works of fiction that I have often read before. Encountering a new novel is usually a stimulant. Reading a familiar novel...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Julián Castro is going through his own personal version of the Spanish Inquisition.
The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful keeps being pestered about not speaking Spanish fluently by white journalists on the East Coast whose understanding of Mexican Americans is a taco short of a combination plate.
MSNBC's Kasie Hunt recently ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on "continuing resolutions." Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary function, which is to set national priorities. Bennet is too ...Read more
The Claremont Institute was part of the flowering of intellectual conservatism that graced America in the 1970s and '80s. Founded by students of Lincoln scholar Harry Jaffa, the California think tank was devoted to teaching "the principles of the American Founding to the future thinkers and statesmen of America." Through their various programs, ...Read more
If you're a liberal, what's more fun than watching the liberal press trash conservatives seven days a week? How about watching the entertainment media mock conservatives for complaining about all this abuse?
CBS-owned Showtime has created a Trump-blasting animated series called "Our Cartoon President," reminiscent of that George W. Bush-bashing...Read more
When Sir Kim Darroch's secret cable to London was leaked to the Daily Mail, wherein he called the Trump administration "dysfunctional ... unpredictable ... faction-riven ... diplomatically clumsy and inept," the odds on his survival as U.K. ambassador plummeted.
When President Donald Trump's tweeted retort called Darroch "wacky," a "stupid guy"...Read more
We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened -- or that we remember as having happened -- constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination.
But it can also be a pitfall for politicians, particularly for those seeking national visibility when they're running for president. It's ...Read more
The American middle class just got a lot richer.
Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as "Middle-Class Joe," made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration.
This hardly qualifies as a rounding error in the portfolio of any billionaire mogul, but for the average American, a million here, a ...Read more
Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn't have a migrant problem because they don't have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to other European countries that do.
That's not the end of ...Read more
Politics and celebrity -- increasingly synonymous -- seem to corrupt everything these days. So it should come as no surprise that they are also infecting and trivializing one of the worst individual cases of alleged sexual abuse.
The details couldn't be more unsettling. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of photos of nude and partially nude women ...Read more
Well, well, well. "Follow the facts," Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi now advises fellow liberals in the wake of billionaire and high-flying political financier Jeffrey Epstein's child sex trafficking indictment this week. Some of "our faves" could be implicated in the long-festering scandal, the Pelosi daughter warned, so it's time to "...Read more
It's fair to say that a week doesn't go by where President Trump doesn't want to be the center of attention. That being the case, he must be well-satisfied with events leading up to the Fourth of July. He succeeded in creating another full-blown media panic about the erosion of democracy and the collapse of civilian control of the military, all ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Will Rogers never met a man he didn't like. And, apparently, Duncan Hunter Jr. never took an oath he didn't violate.
The San Diego-area congressman -- whose personal and professional lives ought to be cordoned off by little orange cones due to poor judgment -- allegedly broke most of the vows he swore to his wife, his country and ...Read more
PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont -- Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan's third congressional district as an Independent. In a politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2227493">Read more
WASHINGTON -- The celebration of American independence is supposed to be a unifying national ritual. But we are a country with profound differences over the meaning of nationhood itself.
People in more typical countries -- such as Belgium, Japan or Russia -- are attached primarily to a unique piece of earth, a unique language, a unique culture ...Read more
The women of the U.S. national soccer team are famous for being extraordinary athletes, repeat world champions -- and plaintiffs.
The team's lawsuit alleging pay discrimination against the U.S. Soccer Federation has done much to define its identity. A nearly perfect run through the World Cup has been widely interpreted as vindication of the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: private health insurance. Her 22 weeks of contradictory ...Read more
Despite all the grousing and griping about his "politicizing" of the Fourth of July and "militarizing" America's birthday, President Donald Trump turned the tables on his antagonists, and pulled it off.
As master of ceremonies and keynote speaker at his "Salute to America" Independence Day event, Trump was a manifest success.
A president ...Read more
Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated rare skill during the debate -- managing to shiv Joe Biden and look nice doing it. By adopting the language of "hurt" instead of anger, she finessed the problem that usually attends launching an unprovoked attack: that it may harm the perpetrator as much as the target -- think Chris Christie and Marco Rubio in ...Read more