Banging the Drum

The saga of the Covington Catholic School boys has all the markers of our time — a viral video, a phony racial confrontation, and cries of fake news. And this time at least, the shouts of fake news had some merit. It came just days after the Special Counsel, in unprecedented fashion, disputed a Buzzfeed News bombshell that Trump instructed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress. What went wrong and what it says about our current political moment. Plus, why President Trump’s offer to reopen the government was a non-starter with Democrats.