WASHINGTON -- Here's some food for thought. Or, rather, here are some thoughts for food. Six months ago, I made a reckless vow. With Donald Trump dominating in the polls, I said I'd eat a column -- 18 column inches of toxic newsprint, wood-pulp, ink and all -- if he won the Republican presidential nomination.
WASHINGTON—Jeb Bush promised he would be his "own man," and this week he proved it—alas for him. The former Florida governor, often regarded as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, managed over an extraordinary 72 hours to demonstrate that he is not anything like his older brother, the former president. He showed himself to be indecisive, uncertain where he stands, afraid of his shadow and nakedly calculating. Love or hate George W. Bush, you can't deny that he was a decisive, forceful leader.
WASHINGTON -- "I hear you," President Obama said to the voters who gave Democrats an electoral drubbing in Tuesday's midterm elections. But their message went in one presidential ear and out the other. The Republican victory was a political earthquake, giving the opposition party control of the Senate, expanding its House majority to a level not seen in generations and burying Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Yet when Obama fielded questions for an hour Wednesday afternoon, he spoke as if Tuesday had been but a minor irritation.
WASHINGTON — The old frenemies sat in the Oval Office on Wednesday, their chair legs 18 inches apart, attempting some reasonable facsimile of personal chemistry. Maybe the 12th time would be the charm. President Obama leaned back, elegantly cross-legged. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his tie askew, planted both feet on the ground and leaned toward Obama, as if he might leap up at any moment. Obama called his counterpart “Bibi.” Netanyahu called Obama “Mr.
WASHINGTON — Julia Pierson is really putting “secret” into the Secret Service. First, her agency declared that the White House fence jumper who made it all the way into the Executive Mansion was unarmed; turned out later that he had a knife. Then the agency said the jumper was subdued as soon as he entered through the North Portico. Now we learn, from The Washington Post’s Carol D.
WASHINGTON — It was just like the good old days. Scooter Libby was in the front row. Paul Wolfowitz was in the second.
WASHINGTON -- Now it can be told: Bill Clinton was a secret adviser to George W. Bush. "He used to call me twice a year in his second term, just to talk," the 42nd president disclosed Monday, with the 43rd president at his side. The two would talk "somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes, for several years," Clinton continued. " ... Never talked about it in public. We talked about everything in the wide world. He asked my opinion." The prevailing opinion expressed by the two men at their joint appearance at the Newseum was that they really like each other.
WASHINGTON — President Obama must really be teed off. Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid. Obama responded with not one but two rounds of golf. Clinton, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg published by the Atlantic over the weekend, offered a withering comment on the Obama doctrine, described in shorthand by White House officials as “don’t do stupid s — .” Said Clinton: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing princip
WASHINGTON — Republicans, after years of squabbling with President Obama, have decided to resolve their differences with him according to a time-honored American tradition. They are going to sue him. “What we’ve seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch,” House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday, confirming his plans to take Obama to court.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Buck McKeon displayed the probing intellect last week that we expect from a chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Commenting on Fox News Channel about the prisoner swap with the Taliban that sprung U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the California Republican explained why he plans to hold hearings on the matter.