WASHINGTON -- From Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” to Donald Trump’s “Detroit single mom,” the unmarried mother remains a constant fascination to Republicans wielding budget-cutting scalpels. Whereas Reagan was propagating a stereotype of the fraudulent abuser of public largesse when he popularized the term in 1976, framing welfare policy thereafter, Trump’s budget blueprint purportedly is aimed at helping single mothers (in Detroit, for some reason) by building a better military.
WASHINGTON -- In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and "denning" of bears and wolves in Alaska's national wildlife refuges. The Senate is poised to consider the resolution as soon as next week.
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support. Here in the long-ago Democratic stronghold of Alabama, the party is all but dead, say some of its disheartened members. Consider: Not a single statewide office is held by a Democrat; the state Legislature is dominated by Republicans with just 33 Democrats out of 105 House seats and eight of 35 Senate seats.
WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note. The actress who mocked Spicer in her "Saturday Night Live" caricature of his angry, anti-media persona seems to have breathed new life into the man -- as only a woman could do?
WASHINGTON -- Remember when conservatism meant deep thinkers and big ideas? Get over it. Today, conservatism means get your Miley (Cyrus) on and show us your tongue, shout Trump to the rafters, if you can pony up the privilege of "free speech," and young -- very young -- "love."
WASHINGTON -- To sum up President Trump's first month in office, he has exceeded everyone's expectations. To those who opposed him, he's worse than expected. To those who supported him, he's done exactly what he said he would do and more. And everyone hates the media.
WASHINGTON -- Good news: In two years, we'll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long.
WASHINGTON -- To review the left's reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he's the spawn of Dracula -- a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history.
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump seems to think he's still on his reality TV show shouting, "You're fired!" while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon.
WASHINGTON -- So, that happened. Let us pray. Yes, of course, you can go back to sleep, Mr. Van Winkle, but it won't change the facts. Donald Trump is the president of the United States.