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In Defense of the Boy Scouts

As is often true of Trump’s speeches, his address on Monday in front of the Boy Scouts of America would have been reasonably appropriate if he had simply given the speech as written. The scripted version was not great but passable. Trump’s...Show More Summary

Heavy Into Jeff

It will be the final, triumphal irony of this deeply awful, deeply stupid administration if Donald Trump’s attacks on Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III are what finally bring him down. Trump has been going after his own attorney general...Show More Summary

The “Skinny Repeal” Ruse

The Senate on Wednesday finally voted down its comprehensive plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, by a vote of 57 to 43. But that is not the end of that. Republican leaders now plan to pass a different,...Show More Summary

Trump’s Transgender Ban Will Weaken the Military

In an unexpected move Wednesday morning, on the 69 th anniversary of President Harry Truman’s order to desegregate the armed forces, President Donald Trump tweeted that he had decided to bar transgender Americans from serving in uniform. Trump’s...Show More Summary

How McConnell Did It

A few days ago, it looked as though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t even be able to secure enough votes to begin a formal debate on the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, let alone corral enough GOP senators to pass the ever-evolving Better Care Reconciliation Act. Show More Summary

Jared Kushner’s Deafening Silence

On Monday, after telling the Senate Intelligence Committee about his meetings with Russians, Jared Kushner walked out of the White House to assure the world of his candor and humility. “I have not sought the spotlight,” he told reporters. Show More Summary

How the GOP Can Do the Right Thing

The fear of a constitutional crisis has reached a fever, and for good reason. Observers looking for signs that President Trump would never seriously consider pardoning himself in connection with the Russia collusion investigation had little comfort over the weekend. Show More Summary

The See-Through Presidency

What does transparency mean to the president and his entourage? The word has been getting a workout lately, most recently in Jared Kushner’s statement to the Senate and House intelligence committees on his role in the alleged Kremlin–Trump rendezvous. Show More Summary

The Nicest Thing You Can Say About Sean Spicer Is That He Was a Bad Liar

Shakespeare’s Marc Antony posited that people are remembered for their evil acts, while the good ones are forgotten. In American public life, it is sometimes the opposite: We see their flaws while they’re in power, their virtues only...Show More Summary

“They Believe the Government Is Now on Their Side”

On May 13, members of the anti-abortion group Operation Save America walked solemnly to the entrance of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, the last abortion clinic in Louisville, Kentucky. They sat down with their backs to the door and, as other protesters prayed nearby, refused to move. Show More Summary

The Trump Administration Is Stealing Our Jokes

The intentionally brain-dead TV action satire Decker returned to Adult Swim this week for its sixth season. I edit the show, which boasts brazenly shoddy production values and stars Tim Heidecker as Special CIA Agent Jack Decker, a cartoonish patriot in the mold of Jack Bauer with a head injury. Show More Summary

How to Make Afghanistan Great Again

Addressing the subject of Afghanistan this week, President Donald Trump said that he’d like “to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years, how it’s going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.” These are all good questions,...Show More Summary

News. Traffic. Weather. Trump.

The face of Boris Epshteyn, chief political analyst for the behemoth Sinclair Broadcast Group, is glowing like an oversized egg about to hatch the world’s most affable chicken. “Let’s take a look at the White House press briefing,” he suggests genially, the corners of his mouth lifting. Show More Summary

Can Republicans Do the Impossible on Health Care?

Senate Republicans are going to vote on a health care bill next week. If you think you’re confused about which bill that will be, you should hear how confused Senate Republicans are. No one knows whether the bill that leaders are pursuing...Show More Summary

Everybody Hates Civil Forfeiture

When he’s making arguments he knows will enrage his critics, Attorney General Jeff Sessions adopts a soft, matter-of-fact tone, as if to suggest it’s obvious he’s being totally reasonable in the face of an immoderate opposition. “With...Show More Summary

The Law Is Irrelevant to Donald Trump

On Wednesday, in an interview with the New York Times, President Trump attacked everyone involved in the Russia investigation: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former FBI Director James Comey, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Show More Summary

A Big Reason Trumpcare Failed Was Trump

Most presidents take a keen interest in their legislative agenda, working with policymakers to craft laws that satisfy their aims and objectives. They have goals, and they want to see them accomplished. But what happens when the president...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Abdicating His Role as Commander in Chief

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump hosted several service members at the White House to discuss Afghanistan strategy over lunch. “We have plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from people on the ground,” Trump told...Show More Summary

Jay Sekulow’s Cover-Up

President Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, is making the rounds to defend Trump’s conduct in the Russia scandal. On Sunday morning, Sekulow appeared on five networks, parrying questions about Trump; his son Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Show More Summary

Trumpcare’s New Roadblock

Top officials from the Trump administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, went to Providence, Rhode Island last weekend to secure the votes they needed to pass the Senate health care bill. Providence is where several dozen governors,...Show More Summary

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