Marc A. Thiessen
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that she is "not for impeachment" has caused resistance on the left. Pelosi is not trying to protect President Donald Trump. She is trying to protect the Democratic Party from its lunatic fringe. It's an increasingly difficult challenge. Pelosi is the first House speaker in six decades to return to the job a second time. But the Democratic majority she now presides over is much different from the one she led in 2007. Since the 2018 midterm elections that gave her back the speaker's gavel, her party has gone off the rails.
Pope Francis' closing address to the Vatican Summit on Child Protection was a disgraceful display of excuses and evasions.
Michael Cohen was supposed to provide "bombshell" testimony against President Donald Trump. Well, the bombshell didn't explode. Not long ago, many were speculating that Cohen might have recorded conversations with Trump admitting he made payments to Stormy Daniels for political purposes, instructed Cohen to lie to Congress, colluded with Russia, or knew in advance about the infamous Trump Tower meeting. It turns out Cohen didn't have anything like that. His testimony was certainly embarrassing for the president, but Cohen offered no evidence to advance the cause of impeachment.
The left complains that conservatives are "obsessing" over U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Well, there is a reason for that: Ocasio-Cortez is driving the agenda of today's Democratic Party — and her economic illiteracy is dangerous.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's now-infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the "FAQ" to NPR, the Washington Post, and other news organizations, and posted a similar version on her congressional website, they were met with withering criticism — prompting Ocasio-Cortez to furiously backtrack, seeking to disown and discredit documents her office had produced, posted, and distributed. Sorry, you don't get to do that.
With Democrats embracing neo-socialist policies to eliminate private health insurance and fossil fuels, America's political center is up for grabs. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Donald Trump made a concerted — if belated — play for it.
Democrats are furious at former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz for announcing he may launch an independent campaign for president. They fear he will split the anti-Trump opposition and help reelect the president. But what angers them even more is that Schultz is calling Democrats out for how radical their party has become.
If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., were a conservative, all anyone would be talking about is how uninformed she is. She would be facing trick questions from reporters designed to expose her lack of knowledge, and brutal sketches on "Saturday Night Live" would be mocking her intelligence and fitness for office. Instead, SNL fawns over her, while CBS's "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert — far from making jokes at her expense — eats ice cream with her and asks how many and "f—-s" she gives about her critics. Boy, it's good to be a socialist.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Donald Trump to suggest he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her "security concerns" over the ability of the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security to protect government officials during the shutdown.
Barring some miraculous breakthrough, on Saturday, the government shutdown was to become the longest in American history. But it already had hit an historic milestone: It was already, far and away, the stupidest government shutdown in American history.