Trump announced plans for a major firework display at the Lincoln Memorial. ‘Like no one had ever thought of fireworks on the Mall before’- this photo from 2000. Photograph:  William Philpott Reuters

Halloween is sugary. Thanksgiving is fattening and fraught. Christmas is expensive. New Year’s Eve is annoying. Memorial Day is laced with melancholy.(...)

Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testifies before the House of Representatives oversight committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

First there was Ivana. Then there was Marla. Now comes trouble in paradise with Kim. Last fall, Trump cooed that the North Korean dictator wrote him (...)

US president Donald Trump in Michigan on Saturday. “Trump’s peculiar form of diplomacy  has somehow produced a possible breakthrough in North Korea that eluded his predecessors.” Photograph: Rena Laverty/EPA

You can hear those heads exploding from here to Oslo. Republican legislators are pushing Donald Trump, the most combative man in the universe, for a N(...)

FLOTUS Melania Trump. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Melania has learned a few things from the master. The first lady will never be as brilliant at trolling as her husband. He is an idiot-savant who play(...)

Watching Trump  and Kim  trade taunts is particularly disturbing because they mirror each other in so many unhinged ways.  Photographs: Getty Images

A couple of chubby brats with big missiles and short fuses. Is nuclear winter coming? Fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen, are (...)

Power struggles at the table are not that unusual. Photograph: iStock

Of all the millions of words in innumerable newspaper columns that have been written to attempt to understand Donald Trump, one story stands out as ca(...)