Mr. President, Tear Down That Word Trump needs a way out of the shutdown. Meanwhile, Howard Schultz misjudges the country’s direction.

NPR voice: This week in Advice for People Who Didn’t Ask, we focus on two men of significant ambition who are making perplexing decisions. President Trump just took a drubbing on immigration, undone by the deadly competence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is now generally regarded as the answer to the question: “What if a […]

The State of the Union Is Missing America loses something worthwhile as Trump and Pelosi cast aside another traditional norm.

Donald Trump’s signature, which he enjoys displaying after signing bills and executive orders, is unusually big, sharp and jagged. It’s like the lines a seismograph makes during an earthquake, or what a polygraph shows when you’re telling a whopper. Lately it’s looking bigger and sharper. He’s in a crisis he summoned. His numbers are down. […]

The Odd Way We Announce for President Now The challenge, pressure and opportunity of being a female candidate in 2020.

We are American politicians. We are running for president. We are dancing and drinking beer. We are on a road trip, dilating on our mind-loops, hoping to make new friends. We are singing “One Nation Under a Groove.” We are announcing we’re exploring a run on Colbert as we giggle and hold his hand, as […]

End This Stupid Shutdown Trump is unserious, but so are Schumer and Pelosi. Two decades of cynical game-playing are enough.

After 20 years of argument we all kind of know everything about illegal immigration, don’t we? And in a funny way most of us agree on the essentials. America is for legal immigration, always has been. It is against illegal immigration. Whether you see what’s happening on the border as a genuine crisis or merely […]

Baby, There’s a Chilling Effect Outside Political correctness could destroy the arts and entertainment. Only the left can defeat it.

My greatest hope for 2019 is cultural. It is that the left will rise and do what only it can do—strike a blow against political correctness in the arts and entertainment. All artists are meant to be free and daring. Their job, whether in drama, comedy or music, is to approach the truth—to apprehend it, […]

Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows America needs candor. The president’s supporters won’t be convinced by anonymous testimony.

My most central hopes for 2019 involve, as yours likely do, peace at home and abroad. But I also hope very particularly for personal testimony from those who know whereof they speak. I want those who have worked with President Trump to tell us what it is like in this White House. And I want […]

Churchill’s Adversaries Weren’t His Enemies The great man had his flaws, but he understood that people are not only political beings.

I didn’t intend to write on Andrew Roberts’s biography of Winston Churchill, because so many smart people have written on it so well. Also, I don’t belong to the Churchill cult. He was a great man, arguably the greatest of the 20th century, and right on the central question of his age, the meaning of […]

A Magic Pony Is the Wrong Horse to Back Trump, like Obama before him, appealed primarily to emotion. That’s a troubling political trend.

Fox News’ year-end poll is interesting. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they would vote today to re-elect President Trump, with 30% saying they definitely would. Thirty-nine percent say they expect him to be re-elected; 52% do not. At the same time, the president has a 46% job-approval rating, while 52% disapprove. So the president’s approval […]

History Gives George Bush His Due As America’s mystique has faded, we’ve grown to miss the skill and steadiness we once took for granted.

I feel it needs to be said again: George Herbert Walker Bush should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership during the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was an epic moment in modern world history, and a close-run thing. “One mishap and much could unravel,” former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney […]

Reflections on Impeachment, 20 Years Later It was a tragedy for Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and America. He could have averted it by apologizing.

December marks the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s impeachment. There are many recent retrospectives on the scandal that led to it, including former Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s mildly indignant “Contempt” and Alex Gibney’s superb documentary series “The Clinton Affair.” As I look back 20 years on, I’m more indignant about some aspects, less about others. […]