Madam Speaker

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House speaker Nancy Pelosi  responds to a reporter after he asked whether she hated the president, Donald Trump,  at the Capitol in Washington last week. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

When people ask me about my work or comment on it, there is one word that always makes me bristle. “Hate.” When I wrote about George W Bush relying on(...)

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi: “ready for the fight of her life with Trump”. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards. They both love big bowls of ice cream. Their (...)

Republican Nancy Pelosi. The spectacle at the Capitol on Thursday, as she reclaimed the gavel, was redolent of that iconic “Breakfast Club” scene, with all its rebellious energy and zeal to fight The Man. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Lucky there’s no Saturday detention at the Capitol. Republicans – and some Democrats – would certainly make like Mr Vernon, the Breakfast Club discipl(...)