The central promise of the Trump administration — the repeal and replacement of Obamacare — has failed. The central premise of the... Read more
When Donald Trump first strides into the Oval Office as president, his perfect day is likely to be ruined by a file... Read more
It is extraordinary how, in the last stage of this dismal campaign, both candidates are revealed as the most exaggerated and grotesque... Read more
Having sat down to produce a column about the vice presidential debate, I found that any topic, even death from cancer, was... Read more
There is a story from the history of professional wrestling in which a manager named Freddie Blassie comes to the edge of... Read more
Fifteen years after one of the most vivid and violent days in American history, there is still a debate over what the... Read more
Of the 2016 election’s lightning storm of shocks, few will have more lasting political consequence than the discrediting of the main media... Read more
With defeat now the likely outcome for the Republican presidential nominee, the blame shifting has begun early and in earnest.
To some... Read more
People always remember their first presidential vote — their first participation in the largest decision of American democracy.
In high school, I... Read more
Many Republicans are being driven mad by hope. In the moments between Donald Trump’s attacks on grieving parents and his joke about... Read more
Donald Trump began Aug. 2, no doubt, determined to follow the advice of family and advisers to avoid fueling his own controversies... Read more
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Every nation has sacred places, where history has stopped and lingered, and visitors are hushed by memories of redemptive... Read more
WASHINGTON — On a national convention stage that includes the kettledrum personalities of Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Indiana Gov. Mike... Read more
“The most amazing thing about the 2016 elections,” Roger Porter, of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, told me, “is that we are... Read more
In this odd political season — so shallow in rhetoric, so fundamental in consequence — Americans are not only celebrating their nation’s... Read more
In his resignation speech following Great Britain’s vote to divorce from the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron claimed several achievements by... Read more
Oh God — and I mean the entreaty seriously — last week’s Trump/evangelical summit in New York was just as bad as... Read more
Since Thomas Jefferson’s concubine, Warren Harding’s love nest and Bill Clinton’s innovative intern program, Americans have debated the role of character in... Read more
One of the manifold tragedies of the Orlando mass murder is how difficult it is for us to experience it and mourn... Read more
If there is any unifying theme in our degraded political discourse, it is the belief that the other ideological side is mainly... Read more
WASHINGTON — On June 21, Donald Trump will meet with nearly 500 prominent evangelicals who are trying to get more comfortable with... Read more
Watching the excellent documentary “Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear” is to relive the confusion and controversies of the summer of 2014:... Read more
In the category of credit where credit is due, Donald Trump has been exactly right in one important respect. He attacked the... Read more
The great Republican crackup has begun.
There is a growing group of Donald Trump partisans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh... Read more
DHARAMSALA, India — When posed a policy question, the Dalai Lama is surprisingly (for a religious leader) un-prone to moralism. What, I... Read more
In a world where bullying is interpreted as strength, Donald Trump and Bobby Knight would be kings. One of them is testing... Read more
Welcome to Donald Trump’s banana republic. “We’re going to have protests, demonstrations,” says Trump surrogate and confidante Roger Stone. “We will disclose... Read more
If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, one of the main reasons will be that many in the conservative movement found him... Read more
In a time of brushfire populism, the problem is not the populace, it is the populists who seek to lead it. The... Read more
Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his political achievement is enormous, and he deserves the credit.
With no background in elected office,... Read more
“The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please; we ought to see what it will please... Read more
The GOP isn’t facing a debate over policy, but rather a hostile takeover by a pernicious force. Traditional Republicans are now presented... Read more
At a time when politics has veered toward division and exclusion, it is somehow fitting that Harper Lee, the apostle of empathy,... Read more
At first, in the summer of 2015, it seemed like a joke. Then a novelty. Then a bubble that must surely burst.... Read more
A public official can fight to expand the power and prerogatives of his office with skill and cunning. Defending the prerogatives of... Read more
COLUMBIA, S.C. — As Donald Trump’s GOP opponents descend on South Carolina, they are running smack into a phenomenon. In this state,... Read more
When the Watergate tapes were released, some Americans were dismayed at the many “expletives deleted” that Richard Nixon employed in private conversation.... Read more
The GOP front-runners who didn’t melt down into an oleaginous puddle of self-pity, delusion and poor sportsmanship — the winners of the... Read more
Of all Donald Trump’s political skills, perhaps the most impressive is his ability to persuade people to support him by suspending their... Read more
The outbreak of hostilities between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may not be edifying, but it is clarifying.
Cruz represents the arrival... Read more
In the eighth year of a presidency, who is qualified to begin delivering a historical judgment? President Obama and those who serve... Read more
Every Republican of the type concerned with winning in November has been asking the question (at least internally), “What if the worst... Read more
The nation’s capital is experiencing something of a thaw in polarization and partisanship. And the largest iceberg that has broken free is... Read more
The current ferment of American politics has brought comparisons to Europe in the 1930s, with echoes of leaders who stoke anger against... Read more
The Republican field, on the evidence of its fifth presidential debate, is beginning to sort itself by seriousness.
Donald Trump alternately advocated... Read more
In his address to the nation on terrorism, President Barack Obama warned against “tough talk.” On this, at least, no one can... Read more
Donald Trump’s offenses against taste, tolerance and truthfulness are coming so fast it is hard to pick out individual cases. But let’s... Read more
DES MOINES, Iowa — Political pros in this state are not foolish enough to pick a winner this far out from the... Read more
As careful as we should be in drawing lessons from tragedy — and there is something disgraceful in mounting a political soapbox... Read more
The end is near. Or not.
At various points in American history, popular preaching has warned that history itself was about to culminate... Read more
The most fateful question of the 2016 campaign: Is this a populist moment in America?
It sounds like one. The “establishment” is so... Read more
The rare moments of economic analysis and political outreach in the second Republican debate — Chris Christie talking about income stagnation, Marco... Read more
One little boy in a red T-shirt, lying face down, drowned, on a Turkish beach, is a tragedy. More than 200,000 dead... Read more
When the Clinton campaign stirs and moves, it is the sound of a thousand focus groups buzzing, a thousand memos fluttering, a... Read more
The realist’s argument for the Iran nuclear agreement is that it is the least bad deal America could secure. Now, with the... Read more
Attempting to analyze statements by Donald Trump is often a high dive into a shallow pool. But a number of conservative commentators... Read more
Stealthily demonstrating one of Jeb Bush’s more controversial policy views — the need for Common Core history standards — an “anonymous ally”... Read more
Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo... Read more
The monumental tapestry triptych by Marc Chagall that hangs in the State Hall of the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem hints at some... Read more
For every dissident and defector I’ve encountered, there is a moment when observation begins to feel like complicity — when remaining a... Read more
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party... Read more
The headline — “Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II” — was provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did place President... Read more
A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form.
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah... Read more
On July 9, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was read to the citizens of New York they responded by decapitating an... Read more
The summary moment of Barack Obama’s foreign policy came in September 2013 during a consequential stroll.
Walking on the South Lawn of the... Read more
When I worked as a Senate aide in the early 1990s, New York was represented by two figures who could hardly have... Read more