Keith Boag

Washington Correspondent

One of the CBC's premier political reporters, Keith Boag is currently based in Washington, D.C., following stints in Los Angeles and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Latest from Keith Boag


Robert Mueller says the report is his 'testimony' — and it doesn't exonerate the president

Robert Mueller, who avoided the media during his probe of 2016 election interference, finally appeared before cameras Wednesday. What he said wasn’t new — but by underlining the necessity and purpose of the investigation, and spelling out its conclusions, he was clearly trying to turn attention back to Congress.

Despite Trump's scaremongering, socialism is gaining a foothold in America

There has been a lot of talk about the rise of socialism in U.S. politics, thanks to the profile of people like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But broader interest in "people over profits" has been brewing for a while, writes Keith Boag.

Trump's attorney general doesn't fear controversy — and he never has: Keith Boag

Top Democrats are calling Attorney General William Barr a liar and demanding he resign. But that probably won't faze President Donald Trump's appointee to the top job at the Justice Department. Barr has been here before, Keith Boag writes.

Mueller report will seal not just Trump's fate but Barr's place in history: Keith Boag

Distrust has become a political reflex in Washington, instantaneous and predictable. But trust and distrust are actually earned, and this is the moment when Attorney General William Barr will eventually earn one or the other — and settle his place in history.

Barr's summary of Mueller report was a brilliant PR tactic that changed the conversation: Keith Boag

Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the long-awaited Mueller report into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia left many questions unanswered, but as a public relations tactic, it was brilliant, writes Keith Boag.

Beto O'Rourke: A Democrat with a slim CV but an underdog no longer

Beto O'Rourke had an unremarkable three terms in Congress before he set his sights on a Senate seat in 2018. Suddenly, unexpectedly he went streaking like a shooting star across the national media's horizon. Now he is eyeing the presidency.

Cohen's testimony before Congress won't answer the big questions but could be revealing — and entertaining

Michael Cohen's testimony to the U.S. Congress this week likely won't answer the big who-knew-what-and-why-did-they-lie-about-it questions concerning Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election. But it could still be full of revelations.

Computer scientist David Magerman wants to build a more ethical internet

David Magerman became rich working with Robert Mercer, the billionaire co-owner of Cambridge Analytica. Having seen the role online data mining had in helping Donald Trump become president, Magerman now wants to create a better, less profit-driven internet.

Trump's new reality in 2019: Fending off an emboldened Congress

Democrats won back the U.S. House of Representatives in November by talking about everything but Donald Trump. That's over now, writes Keith Boag.

Reckless rhetoric is the real threat to public faith in Florida recounts: Keith Boag

What's going on in Florida is a potentially destructive debacle that can shake the public's confidence in elections. But, at this point, reckless rhetoric from politicians is to blame for any lasting damage, not the behaviour of election officials, Keith Boag writes.

Prepare for a dismal, dirty journey to 2020: Keith Boag

It is the exhausting reality of American politics that as the dark and divisive midterm campaign has finally drawn to its close, the dark and divisive presidential campaign is about to begin.

Why Trump ditched the economy and went back to the border to start a fight: Keith Boag

President Donald Trump knows a healthy economy isn't a strong enough motivator to get Republicans to the polls in the midterms. That's why he's gone back to the most divisive — and successful — tactics from his 2016 presidential campaign.

The high price and complicated politics of sticking with Brett Kavanaugh

With six weeks to go before crucial midterm elections, Republicans, who already have a problem appealing to women, are planning a high-profile public hearing that risks reminding women of why that is.

Surprising Mississippi run-off could decide which party controls the Senate

The Magnolia State is suddenly — and surprisingly — critical to the U.S. midterm elections calculus. Mississippi could decide who controls the Senate, and do it in a sweeping drama.

How Fear and a White House witch hunt changed the stakes for the midterms

Keith Boag looks at the growing challenges facing Donald Trump as he tries to help the Republicans keep control of Congress in November's midterm elections — and potentially save his presidency in the process.