How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “On a train back from New York with my wife, Judy Woodruff, who’s getting an award Monday night. That evening I’ll be with our son, daughter and grandson, Kai, the most adorable just-turned-1-year-old on the planet.”

How did you get your start in journalism? “Kicked out of college for throwing wild party, got job as copy boy with the Philadelphia Bulletin. Admitted back to college six months later in love with journalism as well as parties.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading now or finished? And why? “Starting Michael Beschloss’ ‘Presidents of War.’ Devour anything Michael writes and the subject may be more compelling than usual these days.”

What is a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention? “The clash between the old order and the new: politically, economically, socially, culturally. Here it’s the fear and resentment Trump traffics in, but a global issue.”

How is the Trump presidency going? “He’s making James Buchanan and Warren Harding look better.”

What’s a fun fact that people in Washington might not know about you? “Am a crazy college basketball fan and, to ridicule of friends, have three or four teams: Wake Forest, my alma mater; Villanova, my boyhood team, Georgetown, starting with Patrick Ewing’s first game as player, Mark Shields and I had season tickets for more than 30 years; and when not playing these three, Duke, or my Blue Devil fanatic wife won’t talk to me.”