Latest from Dan Balz

Cuomo seeks to buy time amid scandals, taking a lesson from Bill Clinton of ‘never quit’

From the top of the political world a year ago to besieged incumbent today, the governor’s fall from the political heights has been humbling.
  • Mar 4, 2021

As Trump reemerges, will the GOP find a way to move on without him?

The Republican base brooks no dissent about the former president, while others look to a future in which he becomes a diminished force.
  • Feb 27, 2021

Garland, Tanden and the application of double standards by GOP lawmakers

Garland draws GOP praise after being shunned for the court in 2016. Tanden is pilloried for tweets by a party that gave Trump a pass on Twitter.
  • Feb 23, 2021

Texas is the latest example of how governments are unprepared for disaster

The Texas ethic of a light hand of government and minimal regulation took a beating when unexpected winter storms hit the state.
  • Feb 20, 2021

With impeachment over, 9/11 probe leaders lend weight to calls for an independent commission to investigate Capitol attack

What happened on Jan. 6 requires thorough investigation so Americans learn the truth, said Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton.
  • Feb 13, 2021

All eyes on Republican senators after strong presentation by House managers

Is there any penalty that Republicans would support to hold Trump accountable for what happened on Jan. 6?
  • Feb 12, 2021

On a day of legal wrangling, the trauma of Jan. 6 becomes the centerpiece of Trump impeachment trial

The House managers hammered on Trump’s conduct during and after the Capitol attack, while most Republicans accepted his argument that the proceeding was unconstitutional.
  • Feb 9, 2021

Lessons Biden learned as vice president shape his decisions on his covid relief package

Fast action on a big package dealing with the country’s biggest problems takes precedence over pursuit of bipartisan compromise and support from Republicans.
  • Feb 6, 2021

Rob Portman reflects on his decision to retire from the Senate

Rewards of public service have diminished, the senator says. But could the Ohio Republican have done more to combat the forces of Trumpism that infect his party?
  • Jan 30, 2021

Tests of Biden’s leadership, and GOP’s willingness to cooperate, come quickly

The president hopes to show government can work effectively to combat the pandemic and revive the economy while trying to change the political climate in the capital.
  • Jan 23, 2021