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Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Watching Donald Trump conduct his news conference Wednesday, it suddenly struck me that, underneath all those now-familiar idiosyncrasies, the president-elect is just like many successful entrepreneurs and owners of family businesses...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:00pm
    To liberal Democrats and a few Republicans: Get over it. Donald J. Trump will become president of the United States this week. Accept it.     As unsettling as the prospect may be, it's better to go in open-eyed,...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 11:00am
    It's literally impossible for Donald Trump to shake things up too much in Washington, in the eyes of those who backed him for president.     That's my big takeaway from a post-election focus group of a dozen...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:00am
    At the northeast corner of the National Archives building sits Robert Aitken's sculpture "The Future," inscribed with some famous words from Shakespeare's "The Tempest": "What is past is prologue....
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:00am
    As a professional skeptic, I’m going to remain doubtful that Donald Trump has been a willing Russian tool, masterfully serving the needs of a dangerous American adversary. I’m not going to buy all the sordid details of...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:00am
    Our nation is about to replace a president who loves soaring rhetoric and extended argument with a chief executive who prefers tweets to the big speech.      And there is an irony in this transition. Barack...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
    Congress has a lot of touchy issues to deal with these days, including one that boils quite literally beneath their feet.     A painting, entitled "Untitled #1," by former Missouri high school student David...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
    The Trump administration's first Cabinet meeting should be an interesting affair. On issue after issue -- Russia, the border wall, the Iran nuclear deal, climate change, torture, NATO -- President-elect Donald Trump's...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
    Republicans are putting a great deal of pressure on President-elect Donald Trump to fire Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He should resist that pressure. Any effort to discharge Cordray would be...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00pm
    In the congressional Republicans' rush to put some meat on the bones of the president-elect's pledge to bury Obamacare, they've already found themselves out of the starting gate without another horse to ride.  ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
    On Wednesday, while Donald Trump was standing at a lectern in New York attacking the news media and political opponents, expressing, yet again, his desire for warm relations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and promising to apply a...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
    One big question that looms as Donald Trump takes power is this: Will Trump actually make good on the aspects of his program that embody Trumpism at its most cruel and inhumane? Trump promised to expand mass deportations and to end...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
    Of the many proposed legislative changes that might occur during the presidency of Donald Trump, the one with the highest probability of actually becoming law is a reduction in corporate tax rates. While we are considering making...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Donald Trump's first press conference since the election basically confirmed he's easily the least suited person to be president who ever got anywhere near to the office.     The office he will occupy in nine...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00pm
    Sen. Ben Cardin used one of the oldest saws in politics to lay out an imperative for the coming Trump era. "It cannot be business as usual," Cardin said.     He was talking primarily about Russia, but his...
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