When the Sandy Hook massacre happened, my older daughter was still in diapers; now she has a little sister. At the time, and often since, I have experienced internal horror at the thought of finding out that a crazed person with easy access to a gun had ended their lives while I was at work.
Attorney general Jeff Sessions, sparring with his former colleagues in testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, made a startling and dismaying admission on Tuesday. Despite months of turmoil surrounding Russia's efforts to distort American elections, says Sessions, he neither received nor requested a classified briefing to get up to speed on the threat posed by Russian forces.
A generally mild-mannered Jeff Sessions expressed outrage and indignation during his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee hearing on the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Throughout the 2½ hour probe, two things became crystal clear: Republican senators want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election process and Democratic senators are focused on exposing confidential information in an effort to sabotage the Trump presidency.
The announcement that North Korea has released American detainee Otto Warmbier comes on the same day that former basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives for his fifth visit to see his "friend" Kim Jong Un. And while Rodman appears to not have been involved in Warmbier's release, his arrival does beg the question: Why did North Korea release Warmbier today?
While Tuesday's release of Otto Warmbier is a positive step, Jennie Easterly and Joshua Geltzer write that the Trump administration must continue to prioritize the return of other Americans detained abroad.
Almost as soon as former FBI Director James Comey started his session with the Senate intelligence committee Thursday, he characterized the President and his White House as liars. Comey was not subtle. He said that the Trump team "told lies" when explaining why the President fired him.
Laura Coates says as much as the media and other observers have focused their attention on whether the president obstructed justice, it would be shortsighted for any prosecutor to be that single-minded if this were any other case.
The release of James Comey's opening statement has already prompted some legal analysts to argue that President Donald Trump obstructed justice. But even if everything James Comey says is true, is an obstruction case open and shut?
Drastic cuts to research funding will set science back, says Meg Urry. Discoveries such as lasers, computer technology and medical breakthroughs have come from government funding and have helped America lead.
President Donald Trump argued Thursday that the Paris climate agreement was a raw deal for America -- one that would kill jobs across the country. What he didn't say was that the accord supports solutions like wind energy, which incentivize US business to invest in energy projects that largely benefit his base of rural Republicans, writes Roopali Phadke.
Europe is waking up to the need for change. We've been fighting the war on terror for a very long time, but we've recently seen an escalation. Tuesday, in France -- which is still in a state of emergency since the 2015 Paris attacks -- a man attacked police officers with a hammer, and officials have opened an anti-terror probe into the incident.
Theresa May has suggested restricting websites where terrorsits "breed," and some in U.S. may agree. But what we do not need is an abridgment of our freedom of speech in a misguided effort to ensure the nation's security, writes Paul Callan.
Not long after his city was hit by a horrific terrorist attack, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, announced that "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed — one of the things the police and all of us need to do is make sure we're as safe as we possibly can be."
In pushing the Supreme Court to uphold the original version of travel ban, the President not only betrays his complete failure to understand how the judicial process works, but exposes the unchanged religious bigotry that underlies his orders, writes Laurence Tribe.
As the former FBI director gets ready to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump's attempt to stop him by invoking executive privilege will most likely fail as it did with Nixon, Clinton, and Obama, writes Page Pate.
The world -- and his own aides -- played court to Donald Trump as he pronounced his decision on the Paris climate change accord while his former rival made a new set of excuses for her defeat, writes Michael D'Antonio
Conservatives are right to be outraged over Kathy Griffin's depiction of Trump, but when America's history of racism was used to threaten Obama they should have been equally upset, writes Issac Bailey.
After early refusals to answer Congressional committees' questions that he said could compromise national security and ongoing investigations, we can expect a cascade of colorful sparks and thick smoke but no real fire at the next edition of "Comey under oath," writes Paul Callan.
In dropping out of Paris climate pact, abdicating US values, Trump has lost his presidency's claim to the mantle of 'leader of the free world.' But he will find many Americans are not following him down this isolationist path, writes Frida Ghitis.
March 17, 2014, the day the US government first imposed sanctions against Russia for its destabilizing activity in Ukraine, was a snow day. President Barack Obama had issued a new executive order (E.O. 13661) as part of a wider policy response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
She was criticized for passing blame to others in her 2016 loss--but here she is right: Obama's buildup of his own political organization starved the national Democratic party of resources needed to help Clinton win
Today, President Donald Trump fulfilled one campaign commitment -- withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement -- and busted another -- choosing to exercise the waiver of not opening a US embassy in Jerusalem -- at least for now.
Senator Elizabeth Warren argues that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is not acting in the best interests of students, and so she is launching DeVos Watch, an online initiative to track every step the Department of Education takes.
President Donald Trump has taken a wrecking ball to generations of carefully constructed American friendships and alliances while quietly providing new aid and comfort to Vladimir Putin's Russia during his brief flight of fancy across Europe.
President Trump should fulfill his promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which drives up energy prices, devastates our industrial base and bolsters our rivals, writes Ted Cruz.
Under new scrutiny after reports that he proposed secret back-channel communications with Russians, the President's son-in-law and trusted advisor could reach for more benign Nixon-era parallels, writes Julian Zelizer. But can these hold up?
President Donald Trump's first presidential foray onto the international stage should be judged as a success. His visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy were well managed by the White House and effectively advanced some key foreign policy goals for the new administration.
Obamacare repeal plan and Trump budget proposal reveal a GOP willing to put the nation's elderly, sick and disabled on the street, while gilding the corporate class and shouting down the rest of the world, writes Ford Vox.
Viral videos of the First Land and Donald Trump from their trip abroad have sparked speculation that they are locked in war of signals and symbols that mainly indicate, says Michael D'Antonio, that Melania is not happy.
The Manchester attacker was a homegrown terrorist and the son of Libyan immigrants -- and may have struggled with a split identity -- feeling neither entirely Western nor of his parents' culture writes Peter Bergen.
A pamphlet proclaiming that President Abraham Lincoln supported a program of interracial sex to create an "American race" meant to cost him his re-election. It didn't work, but the rumor never truly died.