“I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.” — Email from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to aide Huma Abedin, November 2010, contained in State Department inspector general’s report on Clinton’s private email use.
WASHINGTON — Stonewaller, shape-shifter, liar. I wrote last week about how an all-but-certain presidential nominee embodied these characteristics, prompting comments from readers observing, with varying degrees of snarkiness, that they had assumed I was referring to Hillary Clinton.
WASHINGTON — The last few weeks have offered Americans a chilling glimpse of three faces of Donald Trump: the stonewaller, the shape-shifter and the liar. Trump the stonewaller has been on display in his refusal to release his tax returns. “It’s none of your business,” Trump flatly told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos when asked about his effective tax rate. Stephanopoulos: “Yes or no, do you believe voters have a right to see your tax returns before they make a final decision?” Trump: “I don’t think they do. But I do say this, I will really gladly give them.”
WASHINGTON — “Ruth, you have a birthday coming up!” My friend’s voice contained an odd note of reproach, faint but unmistakable. The reason quickly became clear. “You have to get your age off your Facebook profile,” my friend said. She is an experienced Washington hand, a former administration official, a woman of, well, an uncertain age; her Facebook page doesn’t tell. “Have you lost your mind?”
WASHINGTON — My fellow Republicans, my fellow Americans: I stand before you today with a heavy heart, to say that I cannot in good conscience support the man my party appears to have chosen to be its nominee for the presidency.
WASHINGTON — Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, would be the first to acknowledge that she is the world’s least-typical single mom. But on this, her second Mother’s Day in that unexpected status — Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly last May, at age 47 — she is using her Facebook platform, and that tragedy, to reassess and highlight the challenges of single parenthood.
WASHINGTON — Now that the contours of the general election are reasonably predictable, it is time to start thinking about the tripartite institutional reckoning that should come in November’s aftermath — for the media, Republicans and Democrats. For the media, the assessment is simple, and unsparing: We underperformed our constitutionally protected role. Sure, every campaign cycle features hand-wringing over the primacy of horse race over substance.
WASHINGTON — Regarding Donald Trump’s insulting, diminishing assertion about Hillary Clinton that she is only succeeding by playing “the woman’s card” and that if she “were a man, I don’t...
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump claims the Republican presidential primary system is “corrupt” and “rigged” against him. If anything, the opposite is true: The party’s rules have largely operated in Trump’s favor. Witness the fact that, going into Tuesday’s primaries, Trump had won just 38 percent of the popular vote but 47 percent of the delegates awarded so far.
WASHINGTON — Into the overheated, under-informed bathroom wars comes a well-timed intrusion of sanity in the form of a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court’s ruling in the case of Virginia high-school junior Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy, was correct — and groundbreaking, with implications beyond the school setting. Yet the decision also creates the legal framework for situations more challenging — and perhaps more unsettling — than what should be the routine matter of letting people use their restroom of choice.