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.
WASHINGTON -- The English language was unprepared for the attak. It was destined to loose. And, inevitably, it chocked. The Trump White House on Monday night, attempting to demonstrate that the media had ignored terrorism, released a list of 78 "underreported" attacks. The list didn't expose anything new about terrorist attacks, but it did reveal a previously underreported assault by the Trump administration on the conventions of written English.
WASHINGTON -- Hey, Republicans: Ready to take him literally yet? Two days after the election, I spoke with Grover Norquist, a conservative tax activist who had made peace with the prospect of a Trump presidency. Expressing confidence that Donald Trump wouldn't attempt the crazier promises made during the campaign, Norquist said Trump's supporters knew to take him "seriously, but not literally."
WASHINGTON -- If the 230-year American democratic experiment unravels -- no longer an unthinkable possibility -- the postmortem should focus on what happened in the Senate this week. The majority Republicans could have put the brakes on President Trump and forced the rewriting of his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. They chose not to.
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon tapped by Donald Trump to oversee the Department of Health and Human Services, has found a miracle cure for ailing investment portfolios.
WASHINGTON -- After my aunt died recently, a cousin found in her papers the "Petition for Naturalization" that our great-grandfather signed in 1913, 13 years after emigrating from Russia.
WASHINGTON -- Two men in white sheets and hoods stood on chairs in the Russell building caucus room seconds after Jeff Sessions entered the room for his confirmation hearing. "Jefferson Beauregard, I'm here for you," one called out in a fake Southern accent, using the attorney general nominee's proper name. The heckler thanked the Alabamian "for being with us."