At a time when Trump is embattled over his handling of his call to the wife of a slain servicemember, McCain points out that Trump avoided military service, a stinging reminder of the long shadow Vietnam still casts, writes Kate Maltby.
If Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can return home from his visit to the White House with nothing more than a photo op with Donald Trump, some good headlines in the Singapore press and a contract to buy a few billion dollars' worth of planes from Boeing, he will consider the trip a success.
A schoolyard game is "would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?" Management experts say this tells a lot about a person. The obfuscating President, says Michael D'Antonio, would obviously choose invisibility.
In using a question on his response to four soldiers slain in Niger to make an unfounded slam at Obama and other presidents, Donald Trump debased the presidency and those who serve, writes Paul Begala.
Contrary to the view of National Security Advisor HR McMaster, Trump has left a vacuum that has shaken US allies, provided opportunities for adversaries, and undermined US credibility and influence around the world, write Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky.
To grasp why many warm to Bannon's war talk, listen to Paul Ryan using "inclusion" and other accommodating, liberal catchwords, says Mark Bauerlein. To the right, such language represents assaults on the patriotic, religious beliefs they prize.
If the leftist nationalist candidate wins the Mexican presidential election, it could jeopardize security cooperation and the health of the increasingly integrated economies of the US and Mexico, writes Paul Schechter.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has demonstrated that his priorities lie with the President and special interest groups -- not the American people, whom he should be working for, writes Joel Clement.
Hollywood and Washington exist in a constant, contested relationship; Harvey Weinstein's story helps illustrate the craven, shameless duplicity of so many professional culture warriors, writes Tim Stanley.
Trump's plan to decertify the Iran deal may be the foreign policy equivalent of trying to repeal and replace Obamacare, writes Peter Bergen. In Congress and abroad, there is little support for overturning the agreement.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, traveled to Indianapolis to attend a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, but he didn't even make it to kickoff. Pence left after several 49ers players knelt during the National Anthem. Later he tweeted that he would not, "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem." But the entire spectacle represented an act of performative outrage likely scripted in advance.
Semi-automatics are not protected by the Second Amendment. When the US banned them, mass shooting deaths fell. Ban lifted? Deaths soared, writes Jeffrey Sachs--and Republicans in Congress are complicit.
David Farr, board chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, says American manufacturing workers face increasingly fierce competition overseas and federal tax policies put US companies at a clear disadvantage.
Although Trump boasts that his proposed tax plan would double the standard deduction, it would hurt many Americans including single parents, large families, and those working in blue states, writes Edward McCaffery
The congressman's remark alluding to women in his caucus as "eye candy" drew backlash that should not be dismissed as humorless or politically correct. Such "joking" reflects serious, real-world and consequential views that keep women in a second class of American culture, Kara Alaimo says.
Roy Moore's victory over the Trump-backed Luther Strange show that volume—and anger---turned up high is what tends to get rewarded. For Republicans hoping to build a long-term GOP majority, that should be troubling, writes Douglas Heye.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is maybe the worst person in the country to scold others about the need to cherish constitutional rights, as he did this week at Georgetown University. Or maybe only the second worst, because it's hard to top the hypocrisy of his boss.
American citizens in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Texas and Florida all deserve continuing attention and concern from our President. But so far, Trump's callous tweets stand as their own shameful disaster, writes Raul Reyes.
For years, Trump tried to own an NFL team, attempting to parlay his ownership of a team in the now defunct USFL into entry in the big league. Being denied what he wants is key to his bad-mouthing of the NFL, writes Jeff Pearlman.
Despite its decades of documented failure in Western Europe, single payer health care has newfound among support Democrats -- and it could come at great cost to the American people, writes Scott W. Atlas
Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky: President Trump's maiden speech to the UN General Assembly was a confusing hodgepodge of tropes, themes, and threats that made one unmistakable point -- there is no coherent Trump Doctrine
Red meat met UN blue. President Trump came to the United Nations Tuesday, his maiden voyage before the international body he has long criticized, with a reputation for plain talk and far-reaching language -- the kind of talk rarely heard in UN hallways.
l.President Trump borrowed a song title from Elton John -- "Rocket Man" -- and started using it as a nickname for North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un even though it doesn't make any sense at all, writes Michael D'Antonio
On Monday, Senator Rand Paul said the Graham-Cassidy bill will not repeal Obamacare. This is the same faulty argument I heard from a few self-proclaimed principled conservatives in 1996 when we successfully challenged President Bill Clinton to keep his promise to end welfare as we know it. They said we promised in the election to end welfare -- not, as Senator Paul now puts it, to "rearrange the furniture a bit."
In an NPR interview, Clinton continued to obtusely confuse her fate and that of the country. This view is her prime vulnerability and why her blockbuster pledge that she won't rule out questioning election results amounts to nothing. She has no standing, writes Mark Bauerlein
A new bill seeks to prevent efforts to ban transgender people from service, but military leaders have already signaled they believe this, championing the idea that anyone qualified to serve should serve, writes Gayle Lemmon.
His retweet of a GIF, edited to appear that he knocked over Hillary Clinton with a golf shot, made it seem like the President condones violence against women, but it also dredged up two subjects that do him damage, writes Kara Alaimo.
Donald Trump is set to speak to the United Nations General Assembly this week. And with this, the "America First" President will try to appeal to an institution that he has insulted, demeaned, and attacked over and over again.
Sunday is the 230th Anniversary of the US Constitution. The document was finalized in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, and we celebrate that day every year as Constitution Day. Today we're reminded we need to fully grasp the heritage we have inherited.
There's a strange effort afoot to muzzle Hillary Clinton when she discusses her failed 2016 campaign, but it's important for Americans to face the complexity--and threats to democracy--that thwarted her candidacy, writes Susan Bordo.
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.