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The Foreman Forecast: DC’s Stingray swarm

The question from Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden seemed harmless. He asked the Homeland Security crew if they had noticed, by chance, any foreign operators using super-secret devices to spy on cell phones around the nation’s capital. Then the answer came back — well,...

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Roseanne and the Republicans

For many Republicans, it’s not just a TV show. The return of “Roseanne” is nothing short of a triumphant charge into the breach of the culture wars. More than 18-million viewers watched the debut – far more than anticipated by media analysts - with Roseanne Barr stalking the...

Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:11 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Stormy and the GOP

For years, Republicans have repeated an earnest trope about President Bill Clinton: He was not impeached for his repeated, sexual dalliances with a White House intern. He was impeached for lying about it. Despite Clinton’s tortured attempts to say he never really fibbed, this has hardened...

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The loyal opposition

I’ve long believed that most of us — if we were given exactly our way — would become unmitigated train wrecks. As we pursued our agendas completely unfettered by opposition, we would alienate friends and family. We would drive trusted advisers into exile. And we would find that...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Speak no evil

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg has greeted a subpoena to testify in the Russia investigation with the kind of diplomatic flair legends are made of. “Screw that,” he told CNN. “Why do I have to go? For what?” Nunberg, who says he has already spent several hours...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Man of La Manchin

If you look at polls or study social trends, or if you ask any American, you’ll soon know how little faith voters have in the political system these days. Most don’t think the president is doing a good job. Even more don’t trust Congress. And every time some politico starts...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: That sucking sound

Every now and then, it happens. A used-car dealer, a realtor or some hack pushing an extended warranty on a food processor sighs and admits, “Yeah, you’re right. This is no good. You shouldn’t be taken in.” And now, a U.S. senator has done the same. West Virginia’s...

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The word on Trump

Ask any Trump hater coast-to-coast for one word to describe the current president of the United States’ first year in office, and they might well go with “disaster.” In fact, that descriptor was the most common one offered by people in a Quinnipiac University survey earlier this...

Friday, January 19, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Bannon lawyers up

As cops in cop shows like to say, Steve Bannon has "lawyered up." The once-upon-a-time chief strategist for Donald Trump's improbable launch to the presidency has hired a big-league legal eagle to hold his hand as he faces questions from Congress about the Russia probe. Of course,...

Friday, January 12, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Gearing up for Trump's 'dishonest,' 'corrupt' media awards

I didn’t buy a load of bread, eggs and milk for the bomb cyclone, but I’ll assure you this: I’m laying in a serious supply of popcorn, ginger ale, and Mike and Ike’s for the big awards show on Monday. Which awards, you say? Well, of course I’m talking about President...

Friday, January 5, 2018, 12:50 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Resolutionary times

Across this great nation, millions of people are standing in front of mirrors considering goals for the coming year: Skinnier waist? Fatter wallet? More time with friends? Less time with fries? The result will be a host of resolutions launched like North Korean missiles on Jan. 1, which will...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 1:42 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Russian Winter

The White House has 28 fireplaces which could prove useful. Not only are they warm, cozy fixtures to gather around for the holidays, but they may also help fight the deep chill of the Russia investigation descending on Pennsylvania Avenue.  This week, Donald Trump Jr. celebrated the coming of...

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:33 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Trump's Roy Moore Thanksgiving Surprise

It’s getting harder to surprise me. Not just because I’ve been around the block a few times, but because the surprises are coming so fast and furious in DC this year that they are no longer surprising at all. Still, I must admit I was surprised by President Trump’s pre-...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:52 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Here comes the judge

From the start, one consolation for voters who oppose Donald Trump has been the ineptness of his party. Despite holding both chambers of Congress and the Oval Office, the Republicans have repeatedly gathered around the launch pad of legislative hopes only to watch their initiatives explode in a...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The curious case of Rand Paul

Among the many bewildering puzzles in D.C. these days, this may be the best: Why did Rand Paul’s neighbor allegedly tackle him? The Republican senator from Kentucky was dropped on his lawn like a sack of hammers in a mysterious dispute. We know who allegedly took him down: one Rene Boucher,...

Friday, November 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Our winning ways

Shalane Flanagan won the TCS NYC Marathon this week – the first American woman to do so in 40 years, and the sight of her sweeping into Central Park was spectacular. In the same race, the greatest American male marathoner in a generation, Meb Keflezighi, was washed by oceans of teary-eyed...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Trick or treat

Like a screaming clown leaping out of a dark alley with an axe, the Russia probe came shrieking at the White House to kick off Halloween week. And Team Trump has reason to be afraid. According to court records, for the first time we now have a person directly tied to the Trump campaign admitting...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The truth is out there

I’ve never been inclined to believe conspiracy theories. I don’t think aliens landed in New Mexico. I have no faith Elvis and Tupac are hanging out in Belize. And I’ve never been convinced there was a secret plot of kill President Kennedy. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald did it. By...

Monday, October 30, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The cynical flood

I try not to grow more cynical as each year passes, but I’m conscious and I live in D.C. – so that’s like trying to not get wet when you fall into a creek. Accordingly, the Harvey Weinstein saga has me swimming in cynicism. Weinstein is a Hollywood mogul who is a major donor and...

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The worst

I am standing on a hillside behind a cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. It is past midnight yet the lights inside are blazing. Earlier, a man drove his pickup through one of the windows, stepped out and shot 23 people to death. Long white curtains cover the crime scene, but the wind is pushing them...

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5:00 AM