LAS VEGAS -- In the middle of the Strip, a few blocks from the hulking Trump International Hotel, the famous Mirage Volcano has been delighting tourists for 27 years with its faux eruptions, spewing fire, smoke and water 100 feet into the air. A small sign at the volcano's base announces, "Volcano show eruptions Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m."
WASHINGTON -- Last week, I took a break from reporting on the Trump campaign's well-deserved and long-awaited implosion to observe Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. On this day, we symbolically beat our breasts with fists as we say the Ashamnu (literally, "we are guilty") confession: "We betray. We steal. We scorn. We act perversely. We are cruel. We scheme. We are violent. We slander. We devise evil. We lie. We ridicule. We disobey. We abuse. We defy. We corrupt ..."
WASHINGTON -- The late Jerry Falwell, leader of the Moral Majority and founder of Liberty University, built the religious right into a major political force. His son Jerry Jr. is well on his way to destroying it.
WASHINGTON -- About 90 days ago, when Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, he had a moment of equanimity. As convention delegates chanted "Lock her up!" Trump shook his head no. "Let's defeat her in November," he counter-proposed.
WASHINGTON -- Now that the GOP is the Party of Trump, could Democrats become the party of ... Reagan? That's a stretch. But Democrats are making a bid for the title. At Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, the 40th president was name-checked twice -- both times by the Democrat, Tim Kaine.
FARMVILLE, Va. -- In the closing days of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee stopped in this tobacco town to fortify his bedraggled troops. With Union forces in hot pursuit, Lee abandoned the effort, fled town -- and surrendered at nearby Appomattox two days later.
WASHINGTON -- John Warner, veteran of World War II and Korea, speechwriter in the Eisenhower White House, secretary of the Navy in the Nixon Pentagon, Republican senator from Virginia and longtime chairman and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee before his retirement in 2009, performed one more act of public service Wednesday. He urged those who love the military and care about American leadership to defeat Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON -- It seemed like a no brainer: Tie down-ballot Republican Candidate X to Donald Trump and watch Candidate X go down in his or her race for the Senate, the House or dog catcher. This should be true in competitive races, because of the GOP presidential nominee's record-setting unpopularity. But it's not working out that way. There's new evidence that attempts to tie other Republicans to Trump isn't playing well -- and it might even be hurting Democrats.
WASHINGTON -- Impeachment is among the most severe and solemn powers Congress has, right up there with declaring war. Not since 1876 has an executive-branch appointee been impeached, and not in the history of the republic has Congress impeached an executive-branch official below the Cabinet level.
WASHINGTON -- A bit after 4 p.m. last Thursday, the doorbell rang in my hotel room, Room 446 at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington. It was my Koran. I had ordered it from housekeeping. I had checked in to experience the just-opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, spending $856 of Jeff Bezos's money, not including taxes and the $59 I spent on a salad and the $49 for half a bottle of undrinkable bubbly from the Trump winery.