‘Turn off the TV, Mr. President’
I wrote today for Politico about Trump’s unhealthy obsession with cable TV:
Obama famously described himself as having a pen and a phone (that’s how we got DACA). Trump has a phone and a remote control, and often works …
The moment I have been awaiting with trembling and prayerful anticipation since the week of President Trump’s inauguration is dawning: The hysterical assault by the media and Democrats is starting to crumble and fall apart. Like shrieking babies who …
A DACA Deal Should Include Real Enforcement
The Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on a delayed, rolling basis. The decision is the right one. DACA is an extralegal amnesty at odds with our constitutional system. It has to go. …
What Are Our Options on North Korea?
Making the click-through worthwhile: North Korean aggression opens talks of U.N. sanctions, Christie’s path to the Senate, and opting out of public-school sexual-education programs.
Sanctioning North Korea
In response to North Korea’s nuclear test this weekend, its …
The Growing North Korea Crisis
Happy Labor Day. Today’s Jolt is a bit truncated: Here’s an update on North Korea and Hollywood.
North Korea Detonates Nuclear Weapon; Mattis and Trump Respond
News out of North Korea, as the nation tests a new nuclear …
The Press Must Take It as Well as Dish It Out
In the country where United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein grew up, the government doesn’t criticize the press. Why would it, since in his native Jordan, the family (of which he happens to …
Weather Is Politics by Other Means
Weather emergencies on the scale of Hurricane Harvey ought to be about common humanity, not politics. Americans have been saddened at the losses suffered by those affected by the storm, have cheered the efforts of rescuers, and have reached into …
Trump Haters, Supporters, Neither, and Both
The Left-Wing Trump Haters
About a third of the Democratic party (15–20 percent perhaps of the electorate?) loathes Trump, from reasons of the trivial to the fundamental.
The hard-leftist hatred is visceral; it is multidimensional; and it is unalterable.
Trump is …
The Maestro and the Donald
Harvey Sachs, a music writer and historian, has written a big, fat, great biography of Toscanini, the conductor. I reviewed it in our August 14 issue. Today and tomorrow, I am expanding that review in my Impromptus. For the first installment, …
It’s All Fun and Games until Trump Gets Impeached
At the beginning of the year, I thought the kind of breach we are seeing between Trump and congressional Republicans was quite possible if things didn’t go well. And, indeed, they haven’t gone well. But once the Russia story got …
Trump Accedes to Three-Month Increase to Debt Limit
Per reports, President Trump just agreed to a three-month raise of the debt ceiling in a meeting with congressional leaders. That puts him in alignment with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Jake Sherman of Politico adds that Republicans “are …
Trump’s DACA Decision and the Way Forward
This morning on the click-through: Trump’s DACA decision, how congressional Republicans have wrought the controversy surrounding DACA, and the flawed logic that supposes disasters help the economy.
The Stay Is Over
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced the president’…
North Korea’s Sixth Missile Test: An Update from the Weekend
Early this morning, a North Korean diplomat described his country’s missile tests as “gift package[s],” warning the U.S. to expect more if the Trump administration continues with its “reckless provocations.”
“The recent self-defense measures by my country DPRK …
After the election of Donald Trump, there arose a self-described “Resistance.” It apparently posed as a decentralized network of progressive activist groups dedicated to derailing the newly elected Trump administration.
Democrats and progressives borrowed their brand name from World War …
Do Liberal Writers Really Believe In an Obligation to Oppose Everything Trump Does?
If you follow many liberal/progressive writers or pundits, you hear an awful lot of variations on the argument that there’s an absolute moral obligation to oppose everything Trump and his Administration do – every proposal, every initiative, regardless …
Trump’s Insubordination Problem
Donald Trump told us that he’d hire the best people. He didn’t mention that he’d be unable to fire them.
The president is experiencing a bout of insubordination from his top officials the likes of which we …
The Joe Arpaio Pardon Won’t Destroy Democracy
If the best thing you can say for a presidential action is that it is no worse than things previous presidents have done that you condemned, perhaps it would be better not to have done it at all. That’s …
Robert Costa, late of National Review, is a national political reporter for the Washington Post, an analyst on NBC and MSNBC, and the host of Washington Week on PBS. He is also my guest on the latest Q&A, here.
Can a Secretary of State Throw a President Under the Bus?
It’s not supposed to be how throwing-under-the-bus works, but Tillerson did it this morning. Trump may or may not have confidence in his top officials, but Tillerson’s remarks — together with Gary Cohen’s — show that some of his …
Who Wins if Free Speech Loses?
Sloppy thinking usually isn’t a criminal offense. Then again, Sarah Jones at the New Republic has written a essay called “How Donald Trump Poisons Free Speech.” Jones, the magazine’s social-media editor, asks the empirical question, “Is it ever …