James B. Comey

Democrats introduce articles of impeachment against Trump

A handful of House Democrats officially introduced Wednesday five articles of impeachment against President Trump, accusing him of everything from …

Conservative View

Should a special counsel investigate Hillary Clinton?

Regarding the Nov. 15 front-page article “Prospect of new special counsel rattles Justice”:<p>Were those concerned about Attorney General Jeff Sessions considering a second special counsel to investigate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as concerned when former FBI director James B. …

Hillary Clinton

Is Mike Pence wrapped up in the Russia scandal — or a gullible rube?

Vice President Pence is hip-deep in the Russia scandal, his best defense being that he was inattentive or an easily manipulated dunce. His home-state paper, the Indianapolis Star, reports:<p>Another of Vice President Pence’s past statements came back to bite him this week. This time it had to do with …

Opinion

The election and accusations of sexual harassment dominated 2017 literary news

<b>Jan. 22</b> During an interview on “Meet the Press,” presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway uses the phrase “alternative facts,” which propels George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” to the top of the bestseller list.<p><b>Jan. 23</b> “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” by Kelly Barnhill, wins the 2017 Newbery</b> …

Entertainment

What more evidence of collusion do you need?

We know President Trump during the campaign publicly encouraged the Russians to hack and release Hillary Clinton’s emails. We know he referenced the WikiLeaks email dump 145 times in the closing days of the campaign. We also know that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul …

Opinion

Unqualified Trump Nominee Fails to Mention Glaring Ethical Conflict

Brett Talley, who has never tried a case, is married to the chief of staff to the White House counsel.<p>In a cabinet stocked with a secretary of energy who initially had no idea what the Department of Energy does, an E.P.A. chief who thinks the jury is still out on climate change, a secretary of …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Jr.’s incredible history of dumb decisions

With all the documentation of Russian collusion piling up, President Trump’s best excuse may be that his people were too incompetent to organize a conspiracy. Luckily for him, an innocent-by-reason-of-stupidity defense has the virtue of being plausible.<p>For example, there is clear and compelling …

Opinion

Hate crimes in the United States increased last year, the FBI says

WASHINGTON – More hate crimes were carried out in the United States last year, with an uptick in incidents motivated by bias against Jews, Muslims …

Racism

White House Watch: Jeff Sessions Won't Bail Out Roy Moore

<b>Attorney general Jeff Sessions has told political allies in Alabama</b> that he is not considering running for his old Senate seat as a write-in …

Conservative View

NAACP names Freedom Fund Banquet guest speaker

CLOSE<p>FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner has been named the guest speaker for the 48th annual Freedom Fund Banquet set for January 13, …

NAACP

This Week in Conflicts of Interest

Blogger edition!<p>Remember Brett Talley, the former blogger who’d never tried a case, but whom the Senate Judiciary passed along as a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench? (And a note to future Democratic presidential nominees: as long as the precedent has been set regarding …

Conflicts of Interest

Appointing a special counsel for Clinton would damage the Justice Department

The Justice Department’s declaration that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton in response to demands by Republicans should alarm anyone who cares about the independence of the department.<p>On Monday, news broke that the department …

Government

What happens when you replace the president with a clown?

We are running a terribly unwise experiment: What happens when you replace U.S. presidential leadership with the slapstick antics of a clown?<p>On Saturday, President Trump issued the following statement: “Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and …

Opinion

After new revelations, Sessions faces another grilling on Russia contacts in Trump campaign

For Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, questions about the Trump campaign and Russia have become a nagging headache that won’t go away.<p>Three times, he has appeared before his former colleagues in the Senate and answered questions about what he knew about contacts with Russians during the campaign. Three …

Politics

You want to see how to stand up to Trump?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is showing fellow Republicans how to respond to President Trump’s daily outrages and assaults on democracy. Too bad most of them aren’t paying attention — or are too nervous to depart from the example set by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (complete acquiescence and …

Opinion

The judicial nominee who’s never tried a case is also married to a Trump administration lawyer

Brett J. Talley, the young lawyer nominated by President Trump for a lifetime federal judgeship in Alabama, was asked by a Senate committee to disclose family members who are likely to present potential conflicts of interest if he is confirmed.<p>In response, Talley said he would evaluate “real or …

U.S. Politics

What the Founding Fathers got wrong about democracy

<i>CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly characterized the outcome of the naval battle in 406 as a disastrous defeat.</i><p>Is an active press and the threat of impeachment enough to hold politicians accountable?<p>So far, all signs point to no. President Trump’s candidacy and some of the …

Democracy

James B. Comey, called a ‘liar’ and ‘leaker’ by Trump, tweets a quote about truth and justice

Former FBI director James B. Comey has been somewhat active on Twitter over the past month, mostly tweeting nature photos and avoiding anything blatantly political.<p>In one of his latest tweets, he quoted a sermon from the late English Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon about the difference …

U.S. Politics

After a Disciplined Week in Asia, Trump Unloads on Critics

HANOI, Vietnam — For the last week on the road, President Trump had been measured, disciplined and studiously scripted as he picked his way through the geopolitical minefields of Asia.<p>Then came the weekend.<p>In a stream of tweets on Sunday, the president said those who wanted to investigate his ties …

U.S. Politics

FBI database for gun buyers missing millions of records

The FBI’s background-check system is missing millions of records of criminal convictions, mental illness diagnoses and other flags that would keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands, a gap that contributed to the shooting deaths of 26 people in a Texas church this week.<p>Experts who study the …

Gun Control

President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews

“You came into this job fighting like hell,” Lou Dobbs said to President Trump, one of many compliments he offered in their recent Fox Business interview. “And you are fighting like hell every day.”<p>Fact check: It depends. Sure, Mr. Trump plays the pugilist on Twitter, with N.F.L. players, …

Politics

Russia meddling report to Trump raises questions of motive

Fourteen days before President Trump took the oath of office, the Obama administration’s intelligence chiefs made public a unanimous assessment …

Donald Trump

Is Hillary Just the “Fall Guy” for the Intel Agencies and their Moneybag Bosses?

For nearly a year, Hillary Clinton failed to admit that her campaign and the Democratic National Committee had provided funding for the notorious …

Liberal View

An alternative history of the year since Election Day 2016

<i>The year since the 2016 election has been dizzying. But would it have been just as dizzying if Hillary Clinton had won? A year into the scariest experiment the American Experiment has ever experimented with, here’s a glimpse at the alternate timeline that we just barely missed out on</i><i>.</i><p><b>Nov. 8, 2016</b>: …

Donald Trump

It’s been a year. How well is America’s constitutional democracy doing?

One year ago, I wrote my morning-after column about whether America’s system of government could weather an elected demagogue:<p>What is noteworthy about the American system of government is not what it can do but what it cannot do. The president is not a tyrant. The separation of powers puts …

Trump Administration

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner Heads To Prison For Sexting 15-Year-Old Girl

The disgraced politican asked the teen to "perform sexually" for him on Snapchat and Skype.<p>Anthony Weiner is headed to prison on Monday to kick off …

Hillary Clinton

Comey Drops His Cover on Twitter

Former FBI director drops Niebuhr on Twitter and emerges as @comey as he promotes book<p>Former FBI Director James B. Comey is no longer using Reinhold …

Politics

House Judiciary Democrats plan to press Sessions about statements on contacts with Russian

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the House Judiciary Committee next week and Democrats said Tuesday they plan to grill him about statements he has made that appear inconsistent with court filings in the special counsel’s probe on Russian interference in the 2016 election.<p>Sessions, …

News (U.S.)

Have Democrats learned their lesson? There’s reason for hope.

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) dismissed the possibility that Donald Trump’s popularity with rural and working-class voters spelled trouble for the Democratic ticket. “For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate …

Opinion

The Trump administration is up to its neck in Russians

The number of Russian connections to President Trump’s campaign and to his administration should stun and worry even the most credulous Republicans. We have never seen such a multiplicity of connections to a hostile foreign power and lack of transparency in a presidential campaign or administration …

Opinion