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Republicans haven’t really prepared for a shutdown

As Republicans bungle their way to a government shutdown, it is worth noting that they do not seem to have, to our knowledge, adequately prepared for it. When the clock hits 12:01 Saturday morning, the government must close, employees must cease using government devices (e.g. computers, cellphones) and contractors cannot provide services. The exceptions are […]

Sessions doesn’t understand America

The latest CBS News poll, consistent with other surveys, finds President Trump suffering from historically low approval ratings (37 percent approve/58 percent disapprove) and from even worse ratings on his handling of immigration (34 percent/61 percent). Fifty-three percent rate him as a poor president. A stunning 87 percent want the “dreamers” to stay, and opinion […]

Bannon’s value to Mueller might be greater than Trump thinks

CNN reported Wednesday night: Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said. The sources did not say when […]

A bipartisan agreement: Trump is bad for democracy

Almost a year into the Trump administration, there is a growing body of nonpartisan (such as Freedom House) and bipartisan work examining the damage that President Trump is doing to democratic institutions here and abroad. Appearing together on PBS’s “NewsHour,” former secretary of state Madeleine Albright (who served under President Bill Clinton) and Ohio Gov. John […]

The phony bonus ploy

Intellectually honest conservatives are warning the White House and GOP Congress not to hype the one-time bonuses that multiple corporations have announced as evidence of their brilliance in passing tax reform. Alan Viard from the American Enterprise Institute supported the tax bill but says linking it to bonuses is wrong: Even if the bonuses were prompted by the […]

How the Republicans are blowing their blame game

The Republican gambit to blame Democrats — who control neither the House, Senate nor White House — for failure to keep the government running was always a long shot. They are, as they keep reminding us, in charge and have the majorities to keep the government funded. Nevertheless, they’ve tried to convince dubious voters that Democrats […]

Morning Bits: Trump uninformed and indecisive (and that’s what Republicans are saying)

We cannot argue with that assertion. “White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that...Show More Summary

Most Americans agree: President Trump is divisive

From the beginning of his term, President Trump has pitched both his rhetoric and his policies to his base, not to the country as a whole. He has continued his baseless slurs on immigrants (coupled with a Muslim travel ban and crusade against so-called sanctuary cities) and pushed a tax plan that very obviously penalized Americans […]

What Flake got right — and wrong

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today delivered one in a promised series of floor speeches. He started off with a bang: 2017 was a year which saw the truth – objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in […]

Trump’s biggest problem: The voters

The Associated Press reports that Gallup shows President Trump “has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump’s, at 49 percent.” AP explains: “Recent surveys show most Americans view Trump as a divisive figure and even […]

In shutdown politics, Democrats have the upper hand

The Post reports: Lawmakers clashed over immigration Tuesday as a top House Democrat refused to guarantee votes from his party to keep the government open, ratcheting up chances for a shutdown at week’s end. Days away from a government funding deadline and lacking a long-term deal, Republicans are expected to offer a short-term agreement that […]

The biggest anti-immigration lie of them all

Anti-immigration activists, whether deliberately or inadvertently, use a great deal of misinformation (on wages, competition against native-born workers, etc.) and shoddy economic analysis (e.g., the “lump of labor fallacy“) while ignoring...Show More Summary

The worst insult possible: Tuning out Trump

Attention is like oxygen for our narcissistic president. He craves the limelight, hungers for approval and cannot stop congratulating himself for just about everything (no airline crashes!). He won the primaries and arguably the general election by doing what he does best: monopolizing media coverage. A year into his presidency, however, viewers — er, voters […]

Morning Bits: The dealmaker can’t make a deal to keep the lights on?

Too bad we don’t have a dealmaker as president. “The government hasn’t shut down under [President] Trump because neither Democrats, nor Republicans, nor even the president, really wanted it to. At each juncture, they’ve seized on whatever short-term, face-saving option was available to them. But as Trump fumes, a shutdown looms, and the DACA deadline […]

Dementia cannot explain what is wrong with Trump

The Post reports: President Trump requested that his first formal medical exam include a cognitive test and “did exceedingly well,” receiving a score of 30 out of 30, the top White House doctor announced on Tuesday afternoon. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, who has been the lead White House doctor since 2013, said that […]

Secretary Nielsen, look in the mirror and ask yourself these questions

The Post reports: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed that President Trump used “tough language” in an Oval Office meeting last week over immigration policy, but she said she did not hear him describe some African countries and Haiti as “shithole countries,” as has been reported. Show More Summary

Why it’s important to publicly shame Pence and others

The CBS affiliate in Washington reports: During a service attended by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife on Sunday morning, a pastor in Prince George’s County denounced remarks made by President Trump earlier this week. “I stand today as your Pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of The nations of Africa and […]

Trump’s racist outburst reminds us: He’s responsible for any shutdown

The Post reports: Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to pass a long-term spending bill by the Friday deadline. GOP leaders are now turning to a short-term funding measure in hopes of keeping agencies open while talks continue, but Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to […]

Sens. Cotton and Perdue are outed for lying on Trump’s behalf

There is no honor among anti-immigrant advocates and liars, I suppose. After dutifully lying on behalf of the president regarding his abhorrent language (“shithole countries”), Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) were outed by the White House. The Post reports: Three White House officials said Perdue and Cotton told the White House that […]

‘Democracy is under assault,’ and it seems we’re not helping any

Freedom House has rolled out its annual report on human rights. The findings are grim: Democracy is under assault and in retreat around the globe, a crisis that has intensified as America’s democratic standards erode at an accelerating pace, according to Freedom in the World 2018, the latest edition of the annual report on political […]

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