WASHINGTON -- How to account for President Trump's new thing for Old Hickory? Trump flew to Nashville on Wednesday afternoon and visited the tomb of Andrew Jackson, the first of Trump's predecessors he chose to so honor, in celebration of Jackson's 250th birthday. He placed a wreath, pronounced himself a "big fan," asserted that he had much in common with Jackson and sent a thank-you tweet to a man who died 160 years before Twitter.
WASHINGTON -- Let’s hope there’s generous funding in Republicans’ new health-care bill to prevent and cure tone-deafness. Wednesday was International Women’s Day, and to observe this annual commemoration House Republicans formally took up their legislation defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of health services for women.
WASHINGTON -- President Trump, long at the forefront of intellectual discovery, last week came up with a major finding: Health-care reform is hard. "Unbelievably complex," in fact. "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated," the president said.
WASHINGTON -- You can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, but you can't come in if your name is Ali. That's the way it was looking for Muhammad Ali Jr., son of the late boxing legend, when he returned home to the United States last month from a black-history event in Jamaica. Ali, who is American born and an American citizen, was detained for hours by Customs and Border Protection and interrogated about being a Muslim.
WASHINGTON -- President Trump addressed Congress on Tuesday night. Or was it the state Duma? And how can you tell the difference? Trump uttered some 5,000 words and spoke for 60 minutes, but not one of those words was "Russia," and not one of those minutes was devoted to the so-far successful effort by our geopolitical adversary to undermine American democracy.
WASHINGTON -- Over the past week, we have seen two responses from the Trump administration to the spike in anti-Semitism that has accompanied Donald Trump's rise to power. One was presidential: moving and admirable. The other was by the president.
WASHINGTON -- Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a fourth-generation military man, deployed twice to Afghanistan. The second time, as a 22-year-old Marine corporal in 2010, he led an eight-man infantry team into combat. Two of his men were wounded by enemy sniper fire, and one of his best buddies later died in combat. Now President Trump says Thomas is an enemy of the American people.
WASHINGTON -- President Trump has just set the all-time speed record for scandal -- from zero to Watergate in 25 days. Not yet four weeks into the new administration, Washington has already revived a favorite parlor game based on Howard Baker's famous question in the Nixon era. "What did President Trump know, and when did he know it?" asked conservative Max Boot.
WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois has a safe seat in Congress. So what's he running from? First, supporters of the Affordable Care Act showed up at his office for a previously scheduled meeting with his staff. But the 16 of them were turned away when Roskam staffers discovered they were accompanied by a reporter, the Chicago Tribune reported.
WASHINGTON -- The Obamacare repeal effort was already in unstable condition. Now its status must be downgraded to critical -- and completely unserious. After years of Republican yammering about the urgent need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and months of fruitless pursuit of an alternative, President Trump now says he may not unveil a replacement this year at all. And from Capitol Hill comes new word that Republicans aren't even talking about a plan.