Tom Foreman

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

The Foreman Forecast: The Blazing Center

In the wake of this week’s primary elections, I have a suggestion. Spend a couple of hours in the wildfire of uninformed opinion we call social media. And don’t look at the sites you already like, but pass a little time in those blazing corners you’d rather avoid crackling with...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 11:38 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Danger on the Border

All tortoises are turtles, but only some turtles are tortoises. You’ve probably encountered this aphorism and if you are even passingly familiar with reptiles and the order of Testudines you understand what it means. Tortoises are generally turtles that live on dry land, while turtles that...

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 9:05 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Party Crasher

Forget all the old litmus tests for Republicans that once determined the merit of candidates; the questions about abortion rights, taxes, and ideology. These days only one question really matters: Are you for or against Donald Trump?   And some of the primary contests leading up to this fall...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 3:59 PM

The Foreman Forecast: The President's Perilous Defense

Think of them as political landmines; all those lies, misleading statements, and threats President Trump is spreading around the White House in response to the Russia probe. Sure, they can keep his enemies confused, jumpy, and afraid, but they can also represent a significant peril to the person...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9:34 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Take This Job and …

I've had some bad jobs. I’ve worked on farms where the hours were long, the days hot, and the chores dirty. I’ve stocked shelves and sold toys during the holidays, getting by on three hours of sleep a night to pay for college. I’ve pulled the overnight shift at a convenience...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 8:53 PM

The Foreman Forecast: Just getting started

As the Russia investigation hit its first anniversary this week, President Trump was raging away — tweeting, “Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History … still No Collusion and No Obstruction.” Now, it seems...

Friday, May 18, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: A leak in the house

Traitors. Cowards. Leakers. All three words meant the same thing this week to President Trump as he let fly with a scorching tweet, promising to hunt down anyone in the White House releasing unauthorized information. At the same time, he railed about reporters saying this problem he has...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Iran, you ran, we ran

When it comes to changing jobs, homes, or social circles, I have a rule: Don’t just run away from something bad — run toward something better. A more promising profession. A more welcoming domicile. Friendlier friends. Sure, it’s fun in a fit of pique to storm off, but that...

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: Sex, the AG and the fall

Team Trump went into full celebration mode this week at the resignation of the attorney general of New York. Don Jr. took to Twitter, gleefully ridiculing the sudden demise of Eric Schneiderman’s career. Kellyanne Conway fired out a terse, “Gotcha.” I’ll assume Donald Trump...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Foreman Forecast: The ‘best’ info?

Like the final player on the losing side of a dodgeball game, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is doing some pretty fancy ducking and diving. Facing a daily barrage of questions from reporters — much of it keyed to President Trump’s shifting versions of the facts — she...

Friday, May 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

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