WASHINGTON—Praying for the poor is now apparently a firing offense in the corridors of power. House Speaker Paul Ryan did not give a reason when his chief of staff this month told the Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest and House chaplain, to resign or face dismissal.
WASHINGTON—After the United States last week accused the Russian-backed Assad regime in Syria of a chemical-weapons attack, Russia had a ready rejoinder: Fake News. A Kremlin statement dismissed "the latest fake news about a chemical attack on Douma," calling the charges "absolutely unsubstantiated lies." After the Trump administration had accused China of stealing technology, Beijing responded this month by calling the charge that it forces foreign firms to share technology "fake news."
WASHINGTON—It was the eve of the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Many on Wall Street worried that a recession loomed and that the housing bubble was bursting. And then there was Larry Kudlow, the man President Trump just tapped to be his top economic adviser.
WASHINGTON—What would it take for Republicans to turn against Donald Trump? Now, finally, we know.
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."