Nothing brings the world together like the joy and pageantry of the World Cup finals - which begins this week in Russia - and so the failure of the U.S. to get there for the first time since the 1980s is a powerful metaphor for America's isolation in the Trump era.
In a nation that puts its kids on buses for the Holocaust Museum to learn to say "never again," we need to admit that "again" is happening right here, right now, with the Trump administration's inhumane policies on the southern border.
Trump's Eagles' cancellation at the White House blew what could have been a lesson on leadership and how to be - dare I say it? - a truly compassionate conservative - from the likes of Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz.
Exactly 50 years after Martin Luther King's initial Poor People's Campaign failed in an actual D.C. swamp amid despair over MLK's murder, another charismatic preacher - the Rev. William Barber - and dedicated activists are fighting to make poverty a front-burner issue again.
A Maryland flood raises fears of yet another summer of extreme weather events that scientists had predicted would happen as the world gets warming. Yet from the White House to the Pennsylvania governor's race, politicians fiddle as the world burns.
The moral rot that starts with President Trump's Oval Office slurs on immigrants is creating an American gulag where hundreds of kids are lost and migrants cope with a form of terror no parent should ever face.
The sometimes-bizarre foreign policy shifts of Donald Trump's first 16 months as president are finally beginning to make sense: They were part of a vast criminal conspiracy to sell America's power and good name to the highest bidder. The winners were not just Putin's Russia but also Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel.
Tom Wolfe's best-known work, 1987's "The Bonfire of the Vanities," perfectly described the rising Age of Trump but offered no solution but to laugh at our elites - and set the stage for the messed-up world that Wolfe departed this week at age 88.
Michael Cohen brought Gambino-style extortion-racket politics to the front door of the Oval Office, risking his entire presidency if it can be shown the cash was siphoned to benefit the president, either directly or by paying off his mistresses. Yet it also reeked of business as usual in the D.C. swamp. Why do we put up with this?