Tom Foreman

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

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

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

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 - 5:06am

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 - 5:00am

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 - 5:01am

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 - 5:04am

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 - 5:06am

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 - 5:03am

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 - 5:05am

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 - 5:06am

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 - 5:00am

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 - 5:02am

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 - 5:00am

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 - 1:42pm

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 - 6:33pm

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 - 5:04am

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 - 5:03am

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 - 5:00am

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 - 5:03am