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Dems Have No Answer on Great Economy, Damaging Tariffs

The first question a Milwaukee audience member asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar Wednesday at her Fox News Channel town hall was how she would keep the economy booming. She spoke of the downturn hitting the... → Read More

The Unconfined Life of Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer once told me, “The way I look at life is that it's all an accident. Everything.” We were in the lobby of the Hall of States, blocks from the Capitol, having finished... → Read More

Trump's False Facts Grow More Dangerous

This week in presidential falsehoods was epic -- the Latino rapists are back, and so are the “millions” of imaginary illegal voters in California. But those garden-variety conspiracy... → Read More

Trump-splaining a North Korea Summit

To execute a historic, unprecedented and high-risk meeting with the rogue regime in North Korea, it was a good idea for President Trump to fire his secretary of state via tweet while planning the... → Read More

Do Congressional Republicans Know Women Can Vote?

The White House created, then exacerbated, a debacle by retaining staff secretary Rob Porter, protecting him, and lying about him. Save for a few lone voices, Republicans think it's no big deal. How... → Read More

Trump and GOP Could Be Paralyzed Without a DACA Fix

Those listening closely Thursday, even far from the GOP retreat at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, could hear the sound of an immigration standoff making congressional Republicans squirm.... → Read More

Tax Reform May Not Stop the GOP Crack-Up

Should Republicans in Congress fail to pass their tax reform bill and lose their House majority, many of them fear it will herald the end of their party. Which begs the question: What party? Talk to... → Read More

GOP Silence on Trump's Press Threats Is Shameful

Many of us have waited in hope. A whole week has passed. And yes, the only Republican to push back against President Trump’s recent attack against a free press is still Sen. Ben Sasse. All by... → Read More

Secretary Mattis, Please Don't Leave Your Job

Last week Defense Secretary James Mattis looked the commander-in-chief, just inches from his own face, in the eye. He praised our servicemen and -women, which isn’t unusual, but he was ill at... → Read More

Dems, Tell Hillary to Go Back to the Woods

Before Hillary Clinton puts more miles on her comeback tour, Democrats should let her know she’s done enough damage and it’s time to pack it in. That won’t stop her, since even... → Read More

Rex Tillerson, Jared Kushner's Understudy

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was hired to be America’s top diplomat, but less than three months on the job has proven he is definitely not. As president of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson, 65, was... → Read More

The Lone Republican Focused on Trump's Ethical Conflicts

Amid the torrent of self-inflicted wounds and chaos threatening President Trump’s legislative agenda -- raising new doubt in the financial markets and on Capitol Hill about his ability to... → Read More

Trump Dodging an Rx for Obamacare

Is President Trump the populist who promised pie-in-the-sky health care “for everyone” that would be both cheaper and better -- or is he a fiscal conservative trying to stop a new... → Read More

Can the GOP Blame Democrats for a Health Reform Failure?

Lock up President Trump’s phone -- Breitbart hates the new Republican health care bill. So do Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, the conservative House Freedom Caucus, moderate Republicans, hospitals,... → Read More

Sessions Is Protected at the Top

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have had to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and remains under a cloud of suspicion for misleading testimony under... → Read More

We Should All Thank Vice President Pence

Mike Pence’s surprise visit Wednesday to a historic Jewish cemetery in Missouri, where 200 headstones were desecrated last weekend, gave a deeply divided country the most unifying moment since... → Read More

There's No Escape From the GOP's Town-Hall Hell

They can hire extra security, find a back door and make a run for it, but Republicans won’t be able to hide from what is taking place at their town-hall meetings. It could be a long two or four... → Read More

Free Sean Spicer!

There’s a hostage feeling to White House press briefings these days. Kellyanne Conway’s assurances to the contrary aside, Press Secretary Sean Spicer wore a this-could-be-my-last-briefing... → Read More

GOP Will Need More Than Gorsuch Glee to Stay United

It’s safe to say that there are only two words that got congressional Republicans through this week: Neil Gorsuch. With numerous news accounts describing them in “clean-up mode” in... → Read More

Trump-Lewis Clash Serves Neither Man's Purposes

Rep. John Lewis knew what he was doing when he said Donald Trump isn’t a legitimate president, and the iconic civil rights leader also knew what it might provoke from the thin-skinned... → Read More