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Imagining an Alternative Trump Presidency

Gerald Seib: “This presidency wouldn’t have started with polarizing issues guaranteed to back both parties further into their corners: aiming to repeal the Democrats’ signature health-care law and imposing a ban on travel from a set of Muslim-majority countries as [...]

Iran Prisoner Swap Wasn’t What It Seemed

“When President Barack Obama announced the ‘one-time gesture’ of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who ‘were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses’ last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran [...]

GOP Lawmakers Not Happy with Trump Tax Plan

Playbook: “The White House yesterday sent out the message that they planned to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent — fulfilling a campaign-season promise. Is this an opening negotiating position or what Trump wants to achieve? We don’t [...]

Why Trump’s Lies Don’t Seem to Matter

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Are Democrats Overlooking Their Problems?

Politico: “Trump’s first 100 days in office appear to have resuscitated the party, if for no reason other than the rank-and-file loathe him so deeply and furiously. Grassroots activism and organizing is surging. Irate Democrats are flooding GOP town halls [...]

Americans Don’t Want to Repeal Obamacare

A new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds just 37% of Americans say Obamacare should be repealed and replaced; 61% say it should be kept and fixed instead. Even more broadly, the public by 79% to 13% says Trump should seek [...]

French Parties Unite to Defeat Marine Le Pen

“Not since World War II has the anti-immigrant far right been closer to gaining power in France. With her second-place finish on Sunday in the first round of the presidential election, Marine Le Pen has dragged her National Front party [...]

White House Infighting Cools Down

President Trump’s White House “is making an effort to heal the wounds from the infighting and leaks that have dogged the administration over its first 100 days,” The Hill reports. “Trump appears to have brokered at least a temporary peace [...]

Flynn’s Turkish Lobbying Deal Linked to Russia

“The Turkish man who gave Mike Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before President Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin,” Politico reports.

Trump Willing to Delay Border Wall Funding

President Trump signaled “he would be comfortable delaying a fight over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border until September, possibly averting a government shutdown looming around his 100th day in office,” Politico reports.

Decision Time for Republicans to Avoid a Shutdown

“Republicans are caught in one of their biggest dilemmas of the year: Whether to cross President Donald Trump and ignore his demand for border wall funding or join him and invite a government shutdown while the GOP controls all of [...

Dissatisfaction With Ryan, Congress Is Growing

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that Americans hold dim views of Congress and of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). “Nearly three-quarters of Americans disapprove of Congress’s job performance, up 12 percentage points since February… Just one-fifth said [...]

Trump Jokes About Firing Nikki Haley

President Trump joked that if members of the United Nations Security Council don’t like U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, she “could easily be replaced,” The Hill reports. Said Trump: “Does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t…  she can easily be [...]

Le Pen Steps Down as Party Leader

Marine Le Pen said she’s stepping aside as leader of far-right National Front party as she seeks French presidency in order to “unite all French people,” the BBC reports.

Trump Will Announce Tax Plan on Wednesday

Wall Street Journal: “During a meeting inside the Oval Office last week, Mr. Trump told staff he wants a massive tax cut to sell to the American people, the person said. It was less important to him if the plan [...]

Trump Wanted to Focus on ‘Smoke-and-Mirrors’

In his new book, Ohio Gov. John Kasich retells the story that Donald Trump’s son, Don Jr., called a Kasich adviser during the 2016 presidential race and asked if the governor would consider being Trump’s vice president, the Cincinnati Enquirer [...]

Fox Anchor Is New State Department Spokeswoman

Fox & Friends news anchor Heather Nauert was officially announced as the next spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, the Daily Beast reports. “During the controversy over Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, Nauert tweeted out her support for the [...]

Ivanka Trump Clothing Is Secretly Relabeled

Business of Fashion: “At American discount retailer Stein Mart, Ivanka Trump apparel is being sold under the guise of a different label. BoF has learned that the Jacksonville, Florida-based chain — which has 290 stores in 31 states, everywhere from [...]

The After Trump Era

Graydon Carter: “You’re not alone if you think you are living through an Allen Drury novel—or, depending upon your age, Dr. Strangelove or Wag the Dog. Sean Spicer, the poor fellow, is living through his own episode of South Park. [...

Majority Want Independent Probe of Russian Tampering

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 73% of Americans want an independent, non-partisan commission instead of Congress to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. Also striking: 61% say they have little to no confidence in Congress [...]

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