Today's Debate

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 - 5:02pm

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 - 10:41am

Gamergate forum 'infested with racism and sexism' back up after shutdown

Reddit's primary hangout for Gamergaters was briefly shut down Friday by its creator, who called it a "cancerous growth" and said it had become "infested with racism and sexism." (Don't know what Gamergate is? We'll get to that.) The subreddit /r/kotakuinaction went...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:47am

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 - 4:34pm

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 - 12:08pm

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 - 9:06am

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 - 5:38pm

Trump's America: With Putin rootin’ for the home team, the fix-ski is in

Steal an American election, steal a World Cup match — is it all in a day’s work for the Russian strongman Donald Trump praises so often and so lavishly? Football fans around the world certainly have fresh cause to be suspicious of Vladimir Putin. Do we have to add “unofficial...

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 7:17pm

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 - 9:05pm

Trump's America: Table for None. Take Your Stinkin’ Politics Someplace Else!

Your table isn’t waiting. You and your kind aren’t welcome here. You don’t have to love Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump’s truth-be-damned press secretary, to recognize the woman has a right to dine in whatever awful restaurant she chooses, so long as she has shoes on...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 8:24pm

Trump's America: Like sleepaway camp, only you don’t know where your parents are

What a fine way to celebrate Father’s Day! Rip a few hundred immigrant families apart! The heat is rising on the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents from their children at the border, and not just because of the large, canvas tents in the 100-degree South Texas sun....

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 3:16pm

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 - 4:30pm

Trump's America: To Be Diplomatic About It, That Stunk!

Too bad international diplomacy isn’t as simple as signing a presidential pardon. If that were true, Donald Trump could be hailed in Singapore today as the 21st century’s Dag Hammarskjöld. The Art of the Dealmight even be taken off the fiction shelf. In signing pardons, Trump has...

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 8:21pm

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 - 9:34pm

I Beg My Pardon, Mr. Mueller

Pardon me! What used to be a perfectly polite expression could soon be a full-blown constitutional crisis, thanks to the potential prosecution known officially as the United States of America vs. Donald John Trump. That became painfully plain over the weekend. In a confidential, 20-page letter...

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 9:59pm

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...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 3:32pm

Trump's America: Just Shut Up and Salute!

You don’t high-five the latest school shooting, and you don’t go around wishing people happy Memorial Day. Doesn’t everyone know that by now? Um, not everyone. There was Donald Trump, tweeting bright and early, as the rest of the nation was commemorating the ongoing tragedy of...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 3:24pm

Scientific study finds that men prefer blondes

Researchers, who conducted the largest-ever genetic study into hair color have revealed that women are twice as likely as men to have naturally fair hair. According to Prof Tim Spector of King’s College London, co-author of the paper published in the Nature Genetics journal, it happens...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 1:48pm

Trump’s America: Shutting the door on gun sanity

Another ten dead by gunfire, and here we go again. This time, the slaughter was outside Houston at Santa Fe High School. And Dan Patrick, the pro-gun lieutenant governor of Texas, had another imbecilic excuse for refusing to do anything about America’s sickness with guns. Guns weren’t...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 6:08pm

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 - 5:02am