Deal with the Devil

While there is no photographic evidence, Paul Ryan continues to suffer the results of his deal with the devil.

Courtesy Dan Piraro,

Once the House Speaker walked onto the stage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, his fate was sealed.

“Democracy is a … Read More

The First Priority

“I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”  — William F. Buckley, Jr.

In Junior High, my mother announced that every day I would start reading at least two articles from our daily newspaper. The first was a … Read More


Dear Mr. Speaker,

Well, that didn’t take long.

Last month you told CNN’s Jake Tapper: “I’m just not ready to [endorse Donald Trump].”

You said you couldn’t support Trump unless he “advances the principles of our party and appeals to a … Read More

The first thing I noticed about Mike Emmick was how affable and unassuming he was. Lawyers can sound stiff and, well… lawyerly. Mike was none of that.

He was one of several former prosecutors who worked under independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr from September … Read More

Eat It!

October 2, 2015: a date… which will live… in infamy; at least for one journalist.

That look of utter defeat on Washington Post Columnist Dana Milbank’s face comes as a consequence of a promise he made last year.

“I’m so certain Trump won’t win the … Read More

Last week’s story about former Secret Service Director Lewis Merletti’s 1998 battle with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr is far from a complete account. I’ve been developing a more comprehensive narrative that includes what was going on inside the Office of Independent Counsel at the time.… Read More

In the 1998 battle between Independent Counsel Ken Starr and the Secret Service, Director Merletti receives help from the Department of Justice in fighting a motion to compel agents on the President’s Protective Detail to testify about what they may have seen or heard concerning Read More