SHINGTON—Donald Trump had his worst day since he was elected president—we'll just call it Friday—and his worst week since the last one. Things can only get worser and worser, as the Bard would permit me to say. Let's start with the vote-a-rama and the "skinny repeal," which puts me in mind of a state fair ride and placing an order at Starbucks. I'd like a skinny repeal, please—venti, with mocha.
CHARLESTON, S.C.—A deep stillness settled over the federal courtroom as graphic photos were shown of the nine people murdered last year at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. The defendant, 22-year-old Dylann Roof, sat motionless throughout, as he has since his death penalty trial began last Wednesday. Behind him sat his paternal grandparents, media and members of the general public. Although Roof has pleaded not guilty, his attorney David Bruck, a renowned anti-death penalty advocate, told jurors that he didn't expect them to find his client not guilty.
COLUMBIA, S.C.—If you thought Donald Trump was the face of America's anti-establishment movement, hold on to your chapeaus: A wild wind is rising. Want to know what's more anti-establishment than a president-elect who refuses to play by the rules? How about similarly spirited electors going AWOL and sending someone else to the Oval Office? Could it happen?
WASHINGTON—On the first stop of his "thank you" tour in Ohio Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump hit replay on several of his campaign tropes. Among the crowd pleasers, he heckled the "crooked media," prompting boos from the audience, and reiterated his pledge to criminalize flag burning. And he's not even president yet. More than a month and a half away from Inauguration Day, Trump's only discipline seems to be making good on bad faith.
WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump's flirtation with Mitt Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state has injected a sliver of hope and change into an evolving administration that could use some. If ever there were a rarer pair—think Doberman and Labradoodle—I can't think of one. Then again, how better to present a bad cop/good cop dynamic to a dangerous and fragile world? If Trump is perceived as unstable and potentially volatile, Romney is the face of calm, a steady hand to help guide the next president's foreign policies.
WASHINGTON—If you'd never heard of Steve Bannon before Tuesday, you have now. All the world is suddenly abuzz with news that President-elect Donald Trump has named Bannon, formerly executive chairman at the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist and senior counselor.
WASHINGTON— It seems nearly impossible that an election season that began approximately four years ago is nearing its end. After almost two years of speeches, rallies and raunch, this presidential campaign has become just another sound in the white noise of life. Like "Groundhog Day," or perdition, it seemed it never would end. Ever. Now, suddenly, only days remain before we vote. Wait, no, I'm not ready! Where's the one I want to vote for? Can it be true that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States? For real?
ELON, N.C.—When I first heard that some Elon University students were protesting my invitation to speak on campus and saying my thoughts were "dangerous," I was, of course, thrilled and immediately amended my bio. No one has ever considered me dangerous that I know of, other than a couple of dozen ungrateful birds I mysteriously collected while recuperating from a concussion.