Don’t expect Trump and Congress to do anything

As a presidential deal-maker, Donald Trump is, in Texas parlance, all hat and no cattle. It’s a big reason that, aside from disaster relief, not much is likely to get get done this month or this year.

Congress should strike a deal on child care

Congress returns to Washington this week to a meat grinder: In short order, members must raise the debt ceiling, pass a budget (to avoid a government shutdown) and deliver emergency relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. So it might

Another way

I want to take this opportunity to explain why I am joining our Hawaii Island Senators in voting “NO” on final reading on SB4 (the Special Session Rail Bill) and to propose an alternative.

Why we can’t think straight about government

WASHINGTON — One of the barriers to sensible politics is the opportunism that so often infects our debates about what government is there for, where we want it to be energetic, and how we can keep it from violating the

Trump’s border threats could make for an ugly September

September was already shaping up to be a harrowing month in Washington, D.C. But President Donald Trump’s threat Tuesday to close down the government if Congress fails to fund his border wall makes it a potential nightmare.

Laws that subvert the rule of law

WASHINGTON — When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’ Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might

Why does the ACLU help neo-Nazis?

When white supremacists wanted to hold a “Unite the Right” rally at the site of a Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, the Virginia city insisted they gather in a different park. So the neo-Nazis got help from an organization