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Republicans control everything and that’s all they got in the spending deal?

The Post reports: Congressional leaders reached a $1.3 trillion spending deal Wednesday to keep government agencies operating through September, unveiling legislation that would make good on President Trump’s promises to increase military funding while blocking much of his immigration agenda.... In the broadest strokes, the bill gives Republicans a major win by […]

Trump won’t change, so neither will the GOP’s midterm prospects

Pollster Charlie Cook reminds us of the disconnect between President Trump’s standing and the economy: The outcome in the [Pennsylvania] 18th was a continuation of a pattern seen in seven special House elections last year: Democrats running 6 to 12 points better than what The Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voting Index would suggest they should […]

Morning Bits: Fox News and Facebook both getting slammed

It’s making America worse. “Fox has turned itself into the American version of RT, Vladimir Putin’s propaganda TV. Not only does Fox usually go to great lengths to avoid criticizing President Trump; it also regularly peddles insidious conspiracy theories on his behalf.” By making a splash he might inspire others. “[Ralph] Peters cited the Fox […]

Trump senior staff who signed non-disclosure agreements may have broken the law

Since the revelation that President Trump (or someone acting on his behalf) compelled senior staff to sign non-disclosure agreements — in essence, preventing them from speaking about their White House service — much of the focus, and rightly so, has been on the improper presidential attempt to stomp on government employees’ First Amendment rights and […]

Republicans are silent while Trump sabotages diplomacy and democracy

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a stem-winder on the floor on Tuesday, one of what he says will be a series of foreign policy speeches. The theme of this address was President Trump’s assault on democracy and the rule of law by “declining to publicly champion the importance […]

Trump’s bluster on Iran could set the Middle East ablaze

The Trump administration’s threats to back away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) limiting Iran’s nuclear program are increasingly illogical. On one hand, as the New York Times reports, its emissaries complain that the JCPOA “failed to curb Iran’s support for regional terrorism”; but since the JCPOA doesn’t cover such matters, why don’t […]

Trump doesn’t bother to hide his submissiveness to Putin anymore

The Post reports: President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Russian President Vladi­mir Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” according to officials familiar with the call. Show More Summary

Potent legal claims throw Trump on the defensive

“No one is above the law.” That admonition came from neither the special counsel nor a member of Congress. It did not come in the context of impeachment, or of potential criminal liability. Rather, it was the opening line of a court’s analysis from its ruling on a civil defamation suit brought by Summer Zervos. The Post […]

If firing Mueller is impeachable, what about Trump’s other acts of interference?

Give Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) credit for finally saying that firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would be impeachable conduct by President Trump. “Well, I think what the president will have done is stopped an investigation in whether or not his campaign colluded with the Russians, what effect the Russians had on the 2016 […]

Morning Bits: Watching the GOP crack-up

President Trump hasn’t a clue about public service. “When you take all of this together, you don’t just have an attack on the notion that public office is a public trust, you have an attack on the idea of liberal democracy itself — that the public elects officeholders to carry out the public’s business, who are […]

Republicans are in denial about a blue wave

NBC News reports: Our latest NBC/WSJ poll finds Democrats with a 10-point lead in congressional preference, with Dems holding the advantage in enthusiasm and among independents, and with college-educated white women breaking heavily against the GOP. Show More Summary

Trump’s betrayal of ‘dreamers’ isn’t just a humanitarian disaster

Republicans are stumbling toward an omnibus spending deal. It’s unlikely to include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump at some level knows this is a catastrophe that may turn out Democrats in November, but he’d prefer to blame Democrats. He tweeted on Monday: “The Democrats do not want […]

If Facebook isn’t forthcoming, voters might opt to ‘unfriend’ the network

The Wall Street Journal reports: Facebook Inc. confronted an intensifying crisis as political leaders in the U.S. and Europe called for aggressive inquiries into whether the technology giant failed to stop improper access and handling of user data, scrutiny that sent the company’s stock to its biggest decline in four years. Show More Summary

Trump didn’t hire the ‘very best’ lawyers

The Post reports on President Trump’s hiring of yet another lawyer, Joseph diGenova, a former prosecutor better known for his loopy commentary on Fox News: He told Fox News Channel in January that the investigation is “a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump […]

Trump stymied again in an effort to stomp on the states

The Post reports: The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Republican legislative leaders in Pennsylvania to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state. The practical impact is the 2018 elections are likely to be held under a map much more […]

A reminder of just how wrong Trump apologists were

President Trump is reportedly “more confident” in his job — what results provide him with such confidence is unknown — and hence we see an undiluted Trump. The promise that one day he would pivot, or become presidential, was ludicrous. In fact, he has gotten worse with time. We now see unrestrained Trump — the one […]

Morning Bits: President Trump’s inertia is telling

It’s almost as if President Trump doesn’t want to upset Vladimir Putin. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.): “So, the President is doing virtually nothing, right? He finally ordered some sanctions on some Russian oligarchs, but only after Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation saying he had to do it. And when they finally did it, they put […]

Is this all that Republicans will do all year? Are they kidding?

It’s a measure of our low expectations of Congress that the working assumption around Capitol Hill is that the gigantic spending bill will be the “last chance to settle dozens of long-running policy fights.” You see, there won’t be more chances to pass legislation of any consequence. (The Hill reports that “because the spending bill […]

Let’s all pray Trump’s ill-conceived meeting with Kim Jong Un is delayed

The Post reports: In the rush to prepare [President] Trump for his meeting with Kim Jong Un in May, the White House is overseeing a frantic scramble to resolve even the most fundamental questions on the U.S. side: Where will the summit be? Who will be at the table? What should be on the agenda? […]

What did Facebook know about Cambridge Analytica’s work, and when did it know it?

The New York Times reports: Facebook on Sunday faced a backlash about how it protects user data, as American and British lawmakers demanded that it explain how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was able to harvest private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without the social network’s […]

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