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."
WASHINGTON -- In the new Disney animated film "Moana," the once mighty but now fallen demigod Maui, in the voice of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, sings about his earlier triumphs in hopes of earning admiration: What can I say except you're welcome For the tides, the sun, the sky? Hey, it's OK, it's OK You're welcome
WASHINGTON -- Three weeks ago, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway sat on stage in a hotel ballroom in Washington and praised President Obama's handling of the transition. "I was always raised to respect the office of the presidency and its current occupant, and I think that I have done that over the course of my adult life," she said. She added that Obama "has been incredibly supportive and gracious ... in wanting this peaceful transfer of power in our great democracy."
WASHINGTON -- "Spare us the kissy-face." It was June 2001 and I was covering President George W. Bush's trip to Slovenia, where he had just met Vladimir Putin for the first time. I and others were struck by Bush's praise for the Russian leader as "trustworthy." Said Bush: "I was able to get a sense of his soul."
WASHINGTON --What a year it has been for James Comey! At the start of 2016, the FBI director enjoyed a reputation as a public servant of high integrity, earning bipartisan acclaim for his stewardship of the nation's preeminent law enforcement agency.