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The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker. Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable. Along the way, she […]

Here are 9 things you absolutely need to know about the 2020 Democratic primary race

If you’re a political junkie who’s been watching every twist and turn in the Democratic primary race since the day after the 2018 midterm results came–and if those in your social media circle are the same way–you’ve probably grown weary of the drawn-out campaign and wish people would start voting already. But keep in mind […]

Congress schooled in the Constitution: Impeachment hearing was less about the answers than about the questions

The Judiciary Hearing Probably Changed No Minds, But, Yes, the Democrats Had the Better Questions The opening of the new round of impeachment inquiries before the House Judiciary Committee was less about the answers than about the questions. If you were a Democrat, you asked questions that prompted the constitutional scholars present to pin the […]

The Army just quietly re-opened its infamous germ warfare lab that experiments with Ebola, plague and other deadly toxins

Research at a secretive Army germ warfare lab about 50 miles from Washington, D.C. that works with tularemia, which spreads more easily than anthrax, has been partially restarted after a federal inspection found two failures in containing unnamed germs or toxins. No one was exposed to any germs or toxins at the U.S. Army Medical […]

A fantasy world of hate, anger, revenge and lies: Junior’s book says a lot more about the Trump family than he knows

Donald Trump Junior’s Triggered is quite a book, rich with insights, all of them unintended. The subtitle of Triggered is “How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.” What the text shows is that it is Junior who spews hate, mixed with an unhealthy dose of made-up facts to justify his anger. […]

World to the US: ‘What the hell is going on’ with Trump’s ‘shady cast of characters?’

It may be the biggest story in Washington and one that’s further polarized an already bitterly divided nation but does the rest of the world care about the effort to impeach Donald Trump? If you scanned the biggest global media outlets during the first two weeks of the proceedings, the answer would be no–except for […]

Thanksgiving ‘war’ correspondent bravely reports from the front

Happy Thanksgiving. It was my intent to skip a column today, or just to post a greeting to readers. After all, my wife and I are with our full nuclear family for the first time in some years, and that’s a fearsome lovefest whose happiness is infectious. And, it is acknowledged all around as a […]

‘America First’ is another Trump fraud: Watchdog reveals how foreign companies steal US defense secrets

While Donald Trump declares his policy is “America First,” yet another government watchdog report shreds that claim. Congress requires that all Defense Department work at home be done by American companies. After all, we wouldn’t want a Shanghai electronics maker, operating as a front for the Chinese military, to put even one transistor in America’s […]

Ukraine’s man in the middle: With Putin on one side and Trump on the other, Zelenskyy learned quickly to keep talking but say nothing

The closest President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to complaining about Ukraine being dragged into a scandal and impeachment hearings in the U.S., was when he said his people were “tired” of Burisma, the energy holding where Joe Biden’s son held a board post for about 5 years, starting in 2014. President Donald Trump in a July […]

The Senate’s most famous anti-science member is OK with flooding his neighbors — if it keeps his lake view

Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, tucked an amendment into the $750 billion defense spending bill that would benefit fellow wealthy homeowners at Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma by keeping lake levels high but is expected to worsen flooding in nearby Miami, Okla. The amendment, which starts on […]

The Senate prepares for a mock Trump trial with a stacked deck of jurors

Donald Trump now says he wants a public trial, an impeachment trial—so long as he has loaded dice among majority Republican senators. Sure, and I want to go to Vegas with an iron-clad agreement to win at the gaming tables. Trump called into a Fox & Friends airing to argue that a trial would clear […]

Is this Ukraine 2.0? Trump’s OMB holds up congress-approved military assistance

Congress approved more than $100 million in U.S. military aid to Lebanon in September but the Trump administration won’t even tell Beirut the check is in the mail. For reasons no one fully understands–yet–Trump is holding up payment in a move reminiscent of the delay in military aid to Ukraine which led to something going […]

Trump’s 53-minute Fox rant is another dangerous sign of his worsening mental state: Yale psychiatrist

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the White House doctor said of Donald Trump’s recent, sudden visit to Walter Reed Hospital: “Despite some speculation, the President … did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations.” You don’t have to be a medical professional to recognize that the patterns of the unscheduled visit, interrupting the weekend on a Saturday […]

David Cay Johnston: Why would any honest and competent person work for Trump — especially after these hearings?

Donald Trump has a terrible time getting good people to work for him. Just look at who is, and is not, giving testimony in his impeachment hearings, which increasingly suggests a contest between Super Bowl champions and backyard flag football players, most of whom ran away when they saw who was across the scrimmage line. […]

Ukrainians know all about Trump’s corruption — and even have a special word for it

When Donald Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate his opponent Joe Biden, it wasn’t just political dirt he was trying to import to the U.S., but a whole phenomenon. It has a name in Ukraine which can be roughly translated as “problem-solving.” A whole class of people who provide that service. The local name […]

Republicans caught flat-footed as Trump’s hand-picked man in Kyiv delivers an unexpected knockout punch

The impeachment case outlining Donald Trump’s bad behavior in launching a campaign for personal political gain just took a huge, if not a devastating, slam-dunk leap forward. The revised testimony of Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland today made it certain that he led this campaign for extortion against a vulnerably new Ukrainian leader Volodymyr […]

Trump’s brief out-of-character anti-vaping stance was a mystery — but he flip-flopped back to form

The momentary question upon hearing that Donald Trump’s plan to ban flavored vapes had gone up, well, in smoke was only under which category of Trump strangeness to file this new failed act of governance. Was it another example of Trump’s hypocrisy of advocating one thing, only to do another? Was it another opportunity to […]

Nation’s largest electricity auction seeks to sabotage states that want solar and wind power

The organization that runs our nation’s largest electricity auction valued at more than $10 billion wants to sabotage states trying to combat climate change by subsidizing clean energy like wind and solar power. PJM Interconnection is trying to rewrite the rules that govern wholesale electricity prices to favor polluters and Trump donors like coal-burning power […]

Don’t be too sure that impeachment won’t move public opinion

Last week, I lamented about how the political press is incapable of conveying the gravity of a historic clash between two co-equal branches of government–one that has the potential to redefine a president’s powers and immunities going forward–in large part because most reporters are trained to cover political conflicts on the eve of an election first and […]

How one big drug company is trying to keep its claws in HIV patients

The Trump administration appeared this month to finally act on a campaign promise to lower drug prices by taking the maker of an HIV drug to court for violating a government patent. But as with all things Trump, what you see on the surface is not all that’s actually going on. First, this is only […]

‘The mess right in front of us’: Impeachment hearings reveal as much about dishonest congressional GOPers as Trump

If the point of Wednesday’s public testimony opening impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump were meant to show off credible accounts from straight-laced, super-patriotic, service-oriented diplomats, they were bulls-eyes. If the point of Republican questionings was to make a mockery of the proceedings, they may have boomeranged—the Republicans are the ones who come across as partisan […]

David Cay Johnston issues ‘a warning’ after reading ‘Anonymous’ book: Trump is stupid, crazy and dangerous

At DCReport we’ve scored an advance copy of the most anticipated book of the year, “A Warning” by “Anonymous, A Senior Trump Administration Official.” This book, which goes on sale Nov. 19, is as important, fascinating and easy to read as any book in our times. The scariest line comes on Page 238, where the […]

The hammer will fall during the Trump impeachment hearings — only if you believe in magic

Whether you want the hammer to come down on Donald Trump or finally get the chance to dismiss the whole impeachment inquiry as wrongheaded, the hammer may fall this week if you believe in magic. Wednesday is Opening Day for the Democrats’ assault on the White House, a chance for House Intelligence Committee members led […]

EXCLUSIVE: Counterterrorism expert worries that ‘Putin leads Donald Trump around on a leash’

A counterterrorism expert believes that Donald Trump’s current worldview was “manufactured” by Russia — and the damage the president is doing to the global standing of the United States could last for decades. Malcolm Nance spent 20 years at the NSA and worked as a United States Navy senior chief petty officer, specializing in naval […]

David Cay Johnston explains how Trump’s trade tariffs are really a tax on his base

Candidate Donald Trump railed against America’s chronic trade deficits, vowing to eliminate them if he became president. So, how’s Trump doing? Awful. Trade deficits are growing on his watch. The overall trade deficit in September was 21% larger than during his first full month in office. In 2016, under President Barak Obama, America imported $502.9 […]