Someday, likely three years from now, perhaps sooner, perhaps—gulp—later, President Trump will depart the stage. But what will be left of us? New evidence suggests the damage he is doing to the culture is bigger than the man. A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that two-thirds of Americans say Trump is not a good role model for children. Every component of society feels that way—men and women, old and young, black and white, highly educated or not—except for one: Republicans. By 72 to 22 percent, they say Trump is a good role model.
WASHINGTON—Twenty-three years ago, I arrived at the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau as a congressional reporter at about the same time as a scruffy and perpetually untucked fellow named Glenn Simpson.
Mitt Romney: Your country needs you. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has been reluctant to announce a primary challenge to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in history. But America needs Romney to step up, to restore dignity to the Senate - and to save the country from the embarrassment Hatch has become.
WASHINGTON—President Trump awarded himself a 10 out of 10 score two months ago for his response to Hurricane Maria, which leveled Puerto Rico. "If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died," Trump said as he toured Puerto Rico in October. "What is your death count, as of this moment—17?" "Sixteen certified," the governor of Puerto Rico replied. "Sixteen versus literally thousands of people," Trump said. "You can be very proud." How proud we are now.
WASHINGTON—Congratulations, Republicans. Now you have your own Obamacare. Emerging from their caucus meeting in the Capitol basement Tuesday morning, House Republicans were jubilant about their tax bill, which was on course to clear Congress on Wednesday. "It's a total winner," said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. "And I never lie." Veteran Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., observed: "They're pretty giddy in there." Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., a urologist, announced: "This is good medicine for America."
WASHINGTON—So President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans think Roy Moore, the GOP Senate nominee from Alabama, should quit his Senate run only "if these allegations are true."
WASHINGTON—It's that season again. An ominous swirl forms in the Atlantic, citizens batten down or evacuate, TV weather reporters put on rain slickers and, as predictably as National Weather Service bulletins, some End-Times pastors and other provocateurs on the right attribute the storm to a wrathful God's vengeance on liberals.
WASHINGTON—President Trump, in the Rose Garden announcing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate-change agreement, posed a rhetorical question: "At what point does America get demeaned?" That point, Mr. President, is now. For the last fortnight, Trump has presented himself to the world as the caricature of the ugly American: loud, boorish and ill-informed. For nine days in Europe and the Middle East, Trump shoved, hectored and lectured, betraying confidences and demonstrating an ignorance of world affairs.
WASHINGTON — Midway through Monday’s arguments at the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to be fading. She was looking down at her case material, her head resting in her hand, her face just a few inches above the desk. She looked up for a moment, but then sunk lower, and the only part of her visible to most of the audience in the Supreme Court chamber was the part north of the forehead.
WASHINGTON — It has the makings of a royal mess for “King Barack.” Monday morning’s Supreme Court argument about the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases went badly for the Obama administration — so much so that the real question before the justices seemed to be how severe the EPA’s loss would be. The administration’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, pleaded with the justices to recognize the “urgent problem” of climate change, because the “threat to future generations gets worse” with each passing year.