EPA stresses security concerns amid growing scrutiny of administrator’s pri…

The Environmental Protection Agency is stressing concerns about the safety of Administrator Scott Pruitt amid a flurry of new reports on the Trump appointee’s first-class flights and travel costs. Pruitt, whose travel habits are under investigation by the agency’s inspector general, came under fresh scrutiny this week after a Washington Post story detailed at least…

Lawmakers losing confidence in White House after Porter resignation

House Republicans raised questions Wednesday about the Trump administration’s security clearance process and an oversight panel launched an investigation, as the controversy surrounding former aide Rob Porter started to eat into their confidence in President Donald Trump’s White House. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said his House Oversight Committee on Tuesday night kicked off an investigation…

Opinion | The Trump Stain Spreads

Winston Churchill is supposed to have said: “With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts.” In fact, that seems to be one of those Churchillian epigrams that Churchill never actually got around to saying. But it captures an important truth about politics, that dishonor is like a cancer that spreads inexorably as it…

Opinion | Remember Puerto Rico

I’m occasionally going to use this newsletter to update readers about the situation in Puerto Rico, because I think it’s important to keep the crisis there fresh in our minds. There isn’t nearly enough political pressure on the federal government to help the people of Puerto Rico. The basics. Almost five months after Hurricane Maria…