Author: Karen Tumulty

Make no mistake, Trump just cut Ronny Jackson loose

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson had been tapped by President Trump to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) President Trump just dumped White House physician Ronny L. Jackson, his ill-chosen nominee to become the Veterans Affairs secretary. Oh, Trump still insists he supports the well-liked doctor, but make no mistake about it: Jackson has been shown the door. When Trump was asked about the troubled nomination during a joint news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump claimed: “I said to Dr. Jackson, what do you need it for?” “The fact is I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it. What does...

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What a Democrat succeeding in Trump country would mean for November

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS An attendee holds a handmade “Lambslide” sign during an election night rally for Conor Lamb, Democratic candidate for the House, in Canonsburg, Pa., on Tuesday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) Democrat Conor Lamb’s slim lead in a Pennsylvania House district that President Trump carried by 20 percentage points in 2016 holds some important lessons for both parties as they look toward November. As a national proposition, this election year is shaping up as a referendum on an unpopular president and the party in power, which guarantees that Republicans will find themselves in many tough races. The special election to fill an open congressional...

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