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Thinking About Trump's 100 Day Fail

So here we are at 100 Days, an arbitrary but nevertheless significant milestone in a presidency. I wanted to step back and size up its meaning, both to give ourselves some perspective but also for those from other countries who are less familiar with the US federal system. Read More ?

End of the Tea Party Era?

Politico and the Times just broke news a short time ago that Jim DeMint, former Senator and now President of the Heritage Foundation, may be about to get the boot. On the one hand, this is a pretty insider story: who runs one of the two or three big conservative think tanks in DC. But it’s a notable development on a few fronts. Read More ?

Can Fox News Survive?

Let me cut to the chase and tentatively answer the question: Yes, I’m pretty sure Fox News can suvive. At least in some form. But as we see an endless series of leaks and hints about the future of the organization, possible firings, reboots and more, there’s one part of the equation that seems uncannily to evade sustained discussion. Show More Summary

A Must Read

This is a must-read. Ruy Teixiera and John Judis are the coauthors of the still hotly debated 2002 The Emerging Democratic Majority. (I have my own pretty strong views on the matter.) In the intervening 15 years, their takes on the central premise of that book have diverged significantly. Show More Summary

The MisEducation of Notorious DJT

In honor of the impending hundredth day of Donald Trump’s presidency, I wanted to compile what will hopefully be a definitive list “Nobody could have known” Trump statements. As I wrote a few days ago, one of the novelties of Trump’s...Show More Summary

Keep This in Mind

As I noted in my earlier post, the current push to get an Obamacare repeal bill through the House is basically sacrificing the electoral future of House moderates to achieve blame shifting purposes for the ‘Freedom Caucus’ and the White House. Show More Summary

Trump Allies with Far Right to Toss Mods Off the Island

This piece by TPM’s Tierney Sneed is really a must read for understanding the current situation with Trumpcare 2.0. The key issue is that this exercise is really not about passing a law that repeals or in some limited sense replaces Obamacare. Show More Summary

The White House's Creeping Fear About Michael Flynn

In early March, as part of my “Innocent Explanation” series, I discussed what I called the Mailer Standard. You can read the full background here. But the gist is that sometimes people cover up not because they know they’re guilty but because they don’t know. Show More Summary

Important Note for All Readers

For Prime members and non-Prime members, I wanted to give you an important update on the site and any technical or ad related issues you may have seen in recent days or may see in the next few days. Read More ?

Time Not On Trump's Side

A new wrinkle in the two main stories happening right now on parallel tracks on the Hill: House Democrats this morning are threatening to bail on a deal to pass a short term spending resolution to avoid a government shutdown IF House...Show More Summary

Sorry, Trump

President Trump says he’s considering breaking up the 9th federal judicial circuit since it’s been the source of so many of his reversals. First of all, the President can’t do that. Congress has to do that. Secondly, Trump’s comments...Show More Summary

Bannon/Navarro 0; Auslanders 1

And … he folds. Yesterday evening President Trump spoke to the Prime Minister and President of Canada and Mexico and agreed not to withdraw from NAFTA.

Desperate President on the Loose

Here’s a quick attempt to piece together a very disturbing situation. This is from Bloomberg … Read More ?

How Trump's Religion of 'Winning' Is Sabotaging His Presidency

I wanted to flag to your attention this new piece by our crack Capitol Hill team of Alice Ollstein and Tierney Sneed. I’ve been telling you in recent days how President Trump had made a flat demand for border wall money or he’d toss people off Obamacare and shut down the government to boot. Show More Summary

It Explains Everything

The codebreaker is simple: Everything criticism Trump made was a prediction and aspiration.

This is Amazing

This is really quite astounding. In this morning’s edition of Mike Allen’s not-Playbook from Axios he introduces what seems to be Ivanka Trump setting up something that sounds a lot like the Clinton Foundation, only in this case runShow More Summary

Mulvaney Goes Full Fail on Trump's Behalf

Coming down off a hard to demand from less than a week ago (that Obamacare would get it if Dems didn’t fund his border wall) OMB Director Mulvaney says Trump will sign a funding bill without any money for a border wall.

Unpacking Spicer's Arguments about Flynn

If I’m not mistaken, Sean Spicer, presumably speaking for the administration, is making a series of distinct and perhaps contradictory arguments about why it doesn’t need to, can’t or just shouldn’t turn over documents tied to former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. Read More ?

Fordham Law Prof. John Pfaff hosting Q&A in the Hive Thurs. @ 1p.m.

John Pfaff, Professor of Law at Fordham University, will join us in The Hive for a discussion about criminal law. Feel free to ask him questions about sentencing, criminal justice reform, incarceration rates and more. Submit your questions any time or feel free to join us Wednesday at 1. If you'd like to participate but don't have TPM Prime, sign up here.

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