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Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “There’s a profound lack of trust between the two parties.” 2. “I’ve never in my years in politics seen so much enthusiasm.” 3. “The country doesn’t work my way or the highway.” 4. “What I told our South Korean counterpart is, until any renegotiation, that the deal’s in place, we’ll adhere […]

How to rescue a failing presidency

President Trump is continually surprised by the obvious — health care is hard, the presidency is harder than running a private family company with no accountability. Newt Gingrich remarked, “I think he’s much more aware how complicated the world is. This will all be more uphill than he thought it would be because I think […]

Distinguished persons of the week

In case you thought there were no fiscal grown-ups left, last week a number of the them stepped forward to reject the mess of a tax outline put forth by the Trump administration. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas wrote for TIME: Growth is sluggish; our 35% corporate tax rate is the highest […]

Republicans are kidding themselves about Trump’s foreign policy

Human nature, I suppose, compels us to adapt to and try to make sense out of chaotic, even dangerous situations. We want things to be less than horrible, so the inclination to ignore persistent signs of danger and convince ourselves all is well can overwhelm common sense and honest perception. This tendency, coupled with reluctance […]

Latest GDP report is an economic wake-up call

The U.S. gross domestic product grew at a measly 0.7 percent in the first quarter. The Post reports: “Most economists had been expecting a lackluster growth report for the first quarter, with analysts surveyed by Reuters predicting the figure would be around 1.2 percent. Yet the report still highlights the challenge that this administration — which marks [President] […]

Where is the American version of Emmanuel Macron?

France’s two finalists in its presidential election, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, both come from outside the political parties. She’s a proto-fascist — anti-NATO, anti-European Union, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, etc. Show More Summary

Here’s why, even with control of everything, the GOP cannot govern

The markets are waking up to the reality that President Trump is not going to accomplish much of anything, as the Wall Street Journal reports: Markets are signaling caution after investors greeted President Donald Trump’s election with enthusiasm. Show More Summary

Morning Bits

The latest version didn’t seem to go over all that well. “Leading healthcare and advocacy groups are urging Congress not to pass the revised Republican ObamaCare replacement bill, fearing that changes could harm those with pre-existing...Show More Summary

Trump can’t escape the Flynn debacle

Take your pick for the worst news of the day for President Trump — a tax plan panned as anti-populist, or Trumpcare 3.0’s flop, or having to back off the wall funding and NAFTA withdrawal? I’d go with none of those, but rather, the latest news about Michael T. Flynn, who has come to epitomize […]

Why Trump is losing the war against the phony immigration issue

President Trump must be tired of losing so much on his immigration initiatives: His travel ban — two versions’ worth — has been struck down by multiple courts, and he seems to have bagged the whole idea. (If he needed to come up with an “extreme vetting” scheme, where is it?) His sanctuary city executive […]

NAFTA: Another stunt, another hasty retreat for Trump

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not “a fair deal for all.” Trump tweeted early Thursday that […]

Our Egypt aid policy is out of touch with reality

When it comes to Egypt, we want a strong, stable government and we want to maintain pressure to improve its human rights situation, which is abysmal. Indeed, as witnesses explained this week in a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, the latter is essential to ensure that Egypt […]

Why Democrats are gleeful over the latest Trumpcare try

Democrats sounded nearly giddy on Wednesday when the House Freedom Caucus agreed to changes in the America Health Care Act that made it potentially even less generous to millions of Americans. Why were they so pleased? Either Republicans will vote for the latest dog’s breakfast or once again prove their incapacity for governing. The Post […]

Trump again overpromises, underdelivers on tax ‘plan’

The White House had promised to roll out a “tax plan” Wednesday. Instead of a fully developed plan, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior adviser Gary Cohn put out a one-page sheet with bullet points, something you might see as a first draft of a campaign white paper. Worse yet, as we anticipated, Mnuchin and […]

Morning Bits

A knife in the backs of GOP moderates. “Moderate Republicans are facing a difficult decision on the House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill after a change to the plan increased conservative support. The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday endorsed the revised version of the bill, leaving centrists as the GOP’s sole obstacle to getting the votes needed to […]

Trump’s five biggest deficiencies are on full display

President Trump’s approval rating nearing the 100-day mark hovers at about 40 percent. The latest CBS News poll, for example, found that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of his performance, while only 41 percent approve. Among independents, only 38 percent approve. Fifty-seven percent say they are either “concerned” or “scared.” The last week or so has […]

Ivanka Trump’s new fund raises all sorts of ethical questions

It was bad enough when Hillary Clinton as secretary of state agreed to have meetings with people who had given to her foundation. Now, according to news reports, Ivanka Trump, while a federal employee, is soliciting donations for a new fund from foreigners. This comes on top of instances in which she sat with heads […]

The jig is up: Hysteria over illegal immigration is baseless

The anti-immigrant hysteria that became a mainstay of President Trump’s agenda and the hymnal of the GOP rests on the assumption that we are awash with illegal immigrants. It’s illegal immigrants who are responsible for a crime wave. (There isn’t a wave, but stick with this for a moment.) It’s illegal immigrants, they say, who […]

Four reasons Trump is messing up corporate tax reform

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump will be presenting “a proposal to cut corporate taxes on U.S. companies’ foreign profits and to slash the top tax rate on so-called pass-through businesses, including many owner-operated companies, to 15% from 39.6%, said White House officials familiar with the planning.” Republicans plan on using reconciliation, which […]

Court delivers another humiliating blow to Trump

The Post reports: A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to withhold unspecified federal funding from cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities. Show More Summary

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