The most rational response to the news that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to be president is to ask, “Of what?”
WASHINGTON – Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more dis…
Interviewed on TV the other day, Democratic Congressman (and presidential candidate) Eric Swalwell was asked to name some positive characteristic of Donald Trump. Swalwell didn’t hesitate: “He’s not a quitter.”
From the moment former Vice President Joe Biden threw his hat in the ring, he has been the dominant front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. That status was confirmed in the most recent ScottRasmussen.com poll of the race, showing Biden with 39% of vote and a 19-p…
The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality.
WASHINGTON – Before President Trump announced that he was imposing 25% tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods, he got encouragement from an unlikely source: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The Senate Democratic leader, who has little good to say about Trump most days…
Let’s start with a few facts about the children currently living in Alabama.
This is not one of my typical crime and justice columns. This one comes from a personal place.
Donald Trump is causing a constitutional crisis with his blanket refusal to respond to any subpoenas.
WASHINGTON – Conventional wisdom in my inner circle of sorcerers and sources has been that the first female president will be a Republican. This is because America is still mostly a center-right country, and voters would feel more comfortable with a conservative-leaning woman. So goes the thinking.
The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden’s 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice president, was pressing Ukraine’s leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter’s membership on the oligarch’s board i…
Shortly after the cooling of the earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, quite possibly,…
The first bullet hit 21-year-old Riley Howell in the torso.
One of the hardest lessons for young, idealistic and educated people to learn when they come to Washington – and some never learn it – is that nobody is running things. Sure, they know how to hold a press conference or write a law or conduct a study. But no person or group of people has the …
There are people who do not matter much.
When it comes to the economy, 37% of voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 26% hold the opposite view and trust the Democrats more. The rest either don’t trust either party (18%), trust both equally (10%) or are not sure (9%).
The surprise about the big New York Times story on Donald Trump’s tax returns is that there are no real surprises.
WASHINGTON – A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in protectionism.
The issue of presidential impeachments in our times demonstrates how, in their natures, America’s two major political parties have become polarized opposites.
WASHINGTON -- With the end of the Mueller probe and the news that the U.S. economy is performing far beyond expectations, President Donald Trump has reached an inflection point in his presidency. He has the chance to turn the political tides decisively in his favor, if he takes it.
In the 1920 presidential election, Warren Harding won in a landslide by promising a “Return to Normalcy.” Today’s Democrats would be wise to make that same pledge for 2020. They probably won’t, however, which is why President Trump might get re-elected.
The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain.
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth's accelerating destruction.
I oversee the care of an ailing man who’s pushing 90. When I’m with him, the sound of his phone ringing sends a minor shock to my system. And his phone is ringing all the time.
The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing.
Former Vice President Joe Biden officially entered the race for the White House and instantly became the Democratic front-runner. He got a modest bounce in the polls and now leads Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 33% to 16% margin among Democrats. Nobody else is even in double digits.
If someone libels, slanders or defames your character, you can sue them. Of course, you’ll have to be able to prove in court how the person injured your reputation or business, and you’ll have to show that what was said was more than just ugly opinion. You’ll have to show the offender made a…
Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given just 48 hours to di…
WASHINGTON – As Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges her House Democratic flock to focus on the party’s liberal/progressive agenda, former Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement as a presidential candidate doesn’t mince words. He’s out to kick President Trump out of the Oval Office in 2020.
This is a column about saving whiteness. It’s precipitated by an incident last Saturday at a bookstore in Washington.
WASHINGTON – While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians – in descending order of importance in the abortion debate – have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to it. …
The other day, Judge Andrew Napolitano – Fox News’ legal commentator, and a longtime friend and supporter of President Trump – speaking on Fox News, declared something quite important.
As climate technology advances, the incredible is becoming creditable. Someday, a guy sitting in a bunker may be able to alter the planet’s temperature by fiddling with a cosmic thermostat. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
It has “invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing,” the philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek famously wrote. Hayek’s larger point was that while conservatism plays an important role in pumping the brakes on radical ideas that go too far,…
BILBAO, Spain – The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a masterpiece of American architecture, a swirl of curved configurations crafted out of sheets of titanium by Frank Gehry. But step inside the stunning structure, and the celebration of America is over.
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the referees.”
In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model – whose safety standards were certified by the manufacturer – had to be grounded after separate crashes took 346 lives…
The ancient hatred has migrated to the internet.
WASHINGTON – In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: “Hey, can I call you Joe?”
Lord Fairfax Community College recently announced its adult education program has been ranked in the Top 25 percent of such programs statewide by the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.
WASHINGTON – Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting right…
As I’ve been saying for years, life is a poorly controlled experiment. That’s because, in the words of the old beer commercial, “You only go round once.” As a result, you never can know for sure what factors led to what outcomes, what caused what.
Fifty-three percent of voters believe political corruption is a crisis in the United States, while another 36% believe it is a significant problem but not a crisis.
“Do you think this is impeachable?” Chuck Todd, host of “Meet the Press,” asked Rep. Jerrold Nadler about the findings in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller.
On Monday, first lady Melania Trump sat between stacks of large white cubes emblazoned with “BE BEST” and read a children’s book to the littles ones gathered around her for the 141st annual White House Easter Egg Roll. At each new page, she smiled and held it up for them to see.
With all the attention the national debate between socialism and capitalism is getting, a new book has arrived on the scene that casts valuable perspective.
BORDEAUX, FRANCE – This Easter weekend, France was still reeling from the burning of the 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Its destruction is an apt metaphor for the devastation of Christianity across Europe – and a warning for us in the United States.
WASHINGTON – Good Friday provided the language for a week that began with the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and ended with the long-awaited Mueller report: Jesus’ final words before perishing on the cross: “It is finished!”
The last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. You knew that, didn’t you? Born in the Victorian era, Arbor Day began mainly as a gentle reminder to admire trees as things of beauty. As an environmental observance, it has been upstaged by the more comprehensive Earth Day (itself now almost 5…