If political power were won by hand-wringing and anguished introspection, the Democratic Party would rule the galaxy. The hum of obsessive and counterproductive worry is rising: President Donald Trump's approval has crept up from abysmal to merely awful! Candidates from the party's progressive wing have won some House primaries! Republicans have not, in every single case, chosen candidates who are unelectable! The Russia investigation is a year old, and still nobody has been frog-marched out of the West Wing in chains! And Trump is still president!
The one area in which any president has almost complete latitude is foreign affairs. Lord save us. Lord save the world, actually. President Donald Trump is making rash and risky moves that promise either brilliant success or catastrophic failure. Given that it's Trump we're dealing with, I do not like the odds.
That unpleasant odor wafting from the direction of the White House is the sour smell of panic, as the president's lies threaten to unravel — and the law closes in. The new public face of President Donald Trump's legal defense, Rudy Giuliani, looked and sounded like a man in need of an intervention Wednesday night as he went on Sean Hannity's Fox News show — the friendliest possible terrain — and revealed that what Trump has tried to make the nation believe about a $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels is a total crock.
Michael Cohen reportedly said he'd rather jump out of a building than turn on President Donald Trump. I wonder what he's thinking as the floors whiz by. Cohen has been Trump's lawyer, finder of deals, and devoted "Ray Donovan"-style fixer of problems for a decade. At least that's what Cohen thought he was. In a phone interview Thursday with his favorite cable show, "Fox & Friends," Trump sounded as if he hardly knew the guy. Cohen does no more than "a tiny, tiny little fraction" of his legal work, Trump claimed. "I have so many attorneys, you wouldn't believe."
If you want to make sure you learn whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether Trump himself committed obstruction of justice, there's one thing you must do: Vote in November to take control of Congress away from the Republican Party.
President Donald Trump vowed during his campaign to bring back torture as a weapon against terrorism. Now the Senate must stop him from installing as CIA director a woman whose resume includes overseeing a disgraceful episode of torture — and then joining in a cowardly effort to cover it up.
Once again, President Donald Trump has made a cowardly, cynical, and monumentally stupid retreat on the issue of guns. No one should have expected otherwise. Forget everything he said in the wake of the Parkland shooting about the urgent need for meaningful action. Trump now takes a position that will almost surely guarantee more gun violence in schools, not less. It must take a lot of hard work and concentration to be so utterly wrong.
The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all. You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy Daniels is dying to tell: Shortly before the election she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an "intimate relationship" she had with Donald Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump had given birth to the couple's son, Barron.
The ceaseless barrage of news — both real and fake — from the administration of President Donald Trump can be numbing; so it's important to step back every once in a while to look at the big picture: Never have we seen such utter chaos and blatant corruption. None of what's happening is normal, and none of it should be acceptable. Life is imitating art: What we have is less a presidency than a cheesy reality show set in a great stately house with made-for-television histrionics, constant backstabbing and major characters periodically getting booted out.
Don't tell me the issue is mental health. Save the nonsense about "good guys" with weapons somehow being the answer. The truth is this: There would have been no tragic shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Fla., if a troubled young man had not gotten his hands on a military-style assault rifle and as much ammunition as he wanted.