Tom Foreman

The Foreman Forecast: The President's Fury

More than the news media, more than Democratic wins in the midterms, more than his wife making him look – in his own words, according to a source – like a bossed around husband; what seems to bother President Donald Trump the most is the Russia investigation. In his latest Twitter...

Friday, November 16, 2018, 1:08 PM

The Foreman Forecast: The first lady says you're fired

Considering all the precedent-busting moves we’ve seen since Donald Trump took office, the term “unprecedented” has become almost meaningless in this town. But now the first lady has done something truly…well, unprecedented. Melania Trump has called for the firing of deputy...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:50 PM

The Foreman Forecast: RBG and the GOP

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest person on the United State Supreme Court, fell this week and like those stories of telepathically connected twins, Democrats across America winced. Not just because cracking your ribs at the age of 85 is a serious matter, but also because the incident...

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5:36 PM

The Foreman Forecast: The charge of the Democrats

Just as I predicted, the midterm election did not produce the “blue wave” Democrats hoped for. While they took control of the US House of Representatives and scored some important wins in state governments, the Republicans also strengthened their hold on the Senate and racked up...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 1:21 PM

THE FOREMAN FORECAST: HER TURN

As anyone who has ever gone on a date has learned, relationships are tricky. One minute, things are going great – you’ve made the right impression over coffee, you’ve shared a nice laugh on a casual walk, you’ve enjoyed a relaxing evening watching mixed martial arts. Then...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9:13 AM

The foreman forecast: Waving goodbye?

Only a few short months ago, Democratic leaders were practically scaling the spires of D.C., scanning the horizon, and shouting about the coming Blue Wave. As they and a good many political pundits saw it, President Donald Trump had spurred such fury in the populace, anti-Trumpers would flood the...

Friday, November 2, 2018, 4:11 PM

The Foreman Forecast: The Hillary problem

Here are two things I never expect to see. One is Hillary Clinton running for president again, and the second — Hillary Clinton ever changing her answer about whether President Bill Clinton should have resigned amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal. “Absolutely not,” was her...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 9:58 AM

The Foreman Forecast: High Noon for Bart

Like a bow-legged cowboy swinging down from his horse to the middle of a dusty street, Brett Kavanaugh appears to be finally facing a showdown. The witnesses for and against him have sounded off, the FBI has poked around, Donald Trump has aired his opinion (when doesn’t he?) and Saturday the...

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Amid the flames

So who is telling the truth? You listened to their words, you heard the sharp questions, and one way or another the vote is on the way. Somehow through the inferno of that hearing, members of the U.S. Senate will have to come up with a decision about whether Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court...

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 8:05 PM

The Foreman Forecast: The Big Bet on Brett Kavanaugh

Make the robe, order the congratulatory cupcakes, and call the photographer for a new class portrait: Brett Kavanaugh is going to be the next Supreme Court Justice. At least, that is the widespread wisdom among D.C. pundits. Despite all the anger and disbelief of Democrats, the raging headlines,...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 8:52 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Trump's Secret Protector

Who’s the rat? For President Trump and his fans, no question is more burning. Who is the anonymous “senior official” in the White House who authored that searing New York Times op-ed about a secret cabal thwarting the president’s impulses? We are told here at CNN that...

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 5:57 PM

The Foreman Forecast: The Supreme Court Freight Train

A freight train is roaring through the U.S. Capitol, and Democrats are screaming at the conductor, flinging themselves onto the tracks, and desperately trying to stop it. It’s happening in the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.  From...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Trump flips over flips

“It’s not fair.”  Amid all the noise this week, it was an almost rueful, pensive moment. The president, joining Fox News for a gentle game of badminton masquerading as an interview, was opining on low-level lawbreakers testifying against people further up the ladder in...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 5:09 PM

Is this Trump's day of reckoning?

It's not just a theory anymore. It's not just an idea that can be shooed away with bitter tweets or shouted down with "Witch hunt!" The Trump White House is now in actual political and legal peril. President Trump's own attorney (at least until recently) has admitted he broke...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 4:09 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Let the sunshine in

As I write these words the summer sun is streaming outside my window, pouring onto the offices of government here in D.C. — from the Trump White House, to the many departments, and even around the Pentagon across the river. Yet, I fear it must be dark inside, because in all the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 5:02 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Trump the illusionist

As a childhood fan of magic, I learned a short verse about an illusionist deceiving his audience with one trick after another: “And as they gazed the wonder grew; the more they saw the less they knew.” I’ve been thinking about it as President Trump has been rocked this week by...

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:41 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The New, New World Order

Forget the Cold War, the decades of spying, and the Kremlin’s demonizing of America. Put aside Russia’s long history of invading neighboring countries, backing totalitarian regimes, and murdering political foes or shipping them off to starve and freeze in Siberia. Just shove all that to...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 4:28 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Blind justice

Let’s face it. Nobody wants a moderate, reasonable, new justice for the Supreme Court of the United States. Well, let me qualify my statement –  I suspect plenty of normal voters across the country would very much like a person to listen to cases quietly, consider the law in...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:08 PM

Scott Pruitt's defiant exit: The Foreman Forecast

If President Trump is truly intent on building a wall with Mexico, perhaps he should construct it from all the allegations of ethics violations that piled up against his head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. Because it’s a trainload. Pruitt has stepped down now, but the...

Friday, July 6, 2018, 9:06 AM

The Foreman Forecast: More independent than ever

Are you proud to be an American? When I was a child, this would have been largely a rhetorical question. Of course, we were proud. Living in the backwash of the 1950s, which was itself the backwash of World War II, we wallowed in a deep sense that the United States had defended the world from...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 5:38 PM