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Trump’s America: Danger! Danger! Rex Tillerson! Look Out Below!

So has Rex Tillerson been castrated or not? It’s never good when that’s the question people are asking about you. Republican Sen. Bob Corker was the one who first raised this painful possibility, charging that President Donald Trump had “publicly castrated” his own...

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 6:51pm

Trump’s America: Worst aim ever in the DC Corral

Another mass murder by gunfire, another paralyzed response from our political class: They’re shooting blanks again in Washington. Donald Trump blames “pure evil,” which is his way of saying there’s nothing anyone can do to try and stop it. On Capitol Hill, the only thing...

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 2:24pm

Trump’s America: In Puerto Rico, stuck on stupid again

Put Honoré in charge! If Donald Trump really wants to rescue the 3.5 million hurricane-ravaged American citizens of Puerto Rico, he needs to dump the rah-rah Homeland Security secretary who sees Washington’s response as a “good-news story” and is “very satisfied” with...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:42pm

Trump’s America: Knees across America

Sometimes, even the reddest meat goes rancid. Sometimes, even the cheapest political ploy can blow up in your hands. So it was with Donald Trump’s racially coded pandering this weekend against black professional athletes who chose to take a knee as the national anthem was played. Trump...

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 6:41pm

Trump’s America: Secretary of ‘Can I have your job now?’

World leaders are descending on the United Nations this week, and you know what that means: Manhattan traffic will be even more nightmarish than usual. Restaurant reservations will be impossible in Midtown – except at 5:15 or 11:30 p.m. And U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will show everyone that...

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 5:35pm

Trump’s America: Harvey, Irma, Jose and Donald

Irma's slamming Florida. Jose's roiling the Atlantic. Houston's barely started drying out from Harvey. And Hurricane Donald is still wreaking its Category-5 havoc everywhere. The eye is centered in Washington, but the deadly squalls now extend from coast to coast. It has been eerie...

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 6:40pm

Trump’s America: DACA Dreamers, DACA nightmares

Dream on this, you little Dreamers: Six months from now, when Paul Ryan still hasn’t corralled his unruly House Republican caucus and Donald Trump’s DACA time bomb is about to go ka-boom, 800,000 of you will suddenly be— What? Where? Swept up in a mass deportation of young...

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 5:42pm

Trump’s America: Why stop the pardons with Sheriff Joe?

Pardon me. No, really. I’d like to be pardoned – wouldn’t you? Pardoned for crimes I’ve already committed, pardoned for crimes I am only now dreaming up. Mark my words: When it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential pardons, Sheriff Joe was just a practice round. Jared...

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 5:07pm

Trump’s America: Total eclipse of Donald’s decency

Aid and comfort to white supremacists. Confederate War statues treated like an oppressed minority group. Steve Bannon, out as Donald Trump’s senior advisor and back in his bunker at Breitbart.com, chortling to his locked-and-loaded comrades on the right: “I’ve got my hands back on...

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 5:11pm

Trump’s America: Blaming everyone and no one in Charlottesville

Denouncing the white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKKers in Charlottesville – that should have been the easy part. But now that he’s stumbled so badly there, will the suddenly tongue-tied Donald Trump ever stop seeking alliances with race-baiting, alt-right extremists? Does he even want...

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 5:20pm

Trump’s America: Leak to me! Leak some more!

Where would we be without leaks? We’d be in the dark, that’s where. We’d be getting our news, such as it is, from Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Dubke and the potty-mouthed Anthony Scaramucci. And, look, three of those four official mouthpieces (90 days, 88 days, 10...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: It’s a Cruella world for Donald and the Mooch

There’s a telling exchange in “101 Dalmatians,” the late-1990s Disney TV series. It comes in the episode “Bad to the Bone/Southern Fried Cruella.” Mooch, the bully dog, is taunting roly-poly Rolly, when one of Rolly’s friends speaks up. Spot: You know what...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 5:03am

Trump’s America: Fixing healthcare as easy as A-B-C-D

Plan A is dead. The Republicans’ seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare never got the oxygen it needed in Mitch McConnell’s Senate. On Monday night, a third and a fourth Republican senator flatlined the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act. Someone slapped a toe tag on...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Time to fire the kids

It was a perfectly nice idea when Marie Wilson, Daren Ball and Gloria Steinem at the Ms. Foundation for Women dreamed it up in 1992. Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the concept was called. Sons were added in 2003. And every year, on the fourth Thursday in April, a few million moms and dads took...

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: The Twitter equivalent of a shrug

Why stop with Vladimir Putin’s election hack? Aren’t there any other messes Donald Trump can “move forward” from? You bet there are. He can “move forward” from the nukes in North Korea, “move forward” from the complexities of healthcare and, while he...

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Vladimir, baby!

What do you say to Vladimir Putin? That depends. Are you Donald Trump? If not, you’d surely want to confront the Russian strongman on his illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, his cynical support of the brutal Syrian regime and, especially, his campaign to alter the results of the 2016...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 6:15am

Trump’s America: A desperate defense? It’s as easy as 1-2-3

First, blame the people who came before you. Then, swear you don’t recall. And if all else fails, just pretend that everything is fine. There we have it: the 1-2-3 punch of weak Washington defenses, which Team Trump gets to a T. From the Watergate break-in to the Russian-hacking probe,...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Lawyer up, lawyer down

Donald Trump says he is under investigation. Donald Trump’s lawyer says, no, he isn’t. Oh, great! This early in the Russian-hacking probe, we’ve already hit the moment where the president starts twisting the meaning of “is” and “isn’t.” Back in the...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: More torture sessions for Jeff

Jeff Sessions had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. At least that’s finally over. But wait! Now, it appears that this week could be even worse. As with little Alexander in one of the greatest children’s books of all time, nothing’s been going right for Donald Trump...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Comey swears to tell the truth

Washington is on pins and needles. The TV networks are expecting boffo ratings, and outraged Democrats are licking their chops. But a crucial question still lingers as James Comey prepares for his very big Thursday on Capitol Hill: How much more damage will the ousted FBI director do to Donald...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 1:48pm