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Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I’ve had all of the major classified briefings. I have been astonished at what has been a two-year effort [by] Russia to spearfish, to hack, to provide disinformation, propaganda wherever it really could. And I think this has been a very sophisticated effort.” 2. “Our goal is to insure the most […]

The Senate intelligence investigation must tell us if Trump’s team conspired with Russia

Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made an extraordinary announcement late Friday: In the course of...Show More Summary

Distinguished pol of the week

Retired Gen. James N. Mattis provided the most impressive performance — by far — in a confirmation hearing last week. He surely lived up to his billing. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee he demonstrated the confidence, bluntness, stoutness of character and wide-ranging understanding of world events which the Marines whom he has led came […]

Other Democrats could learn a lot from John Lewis

When Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and said Trump’s election victory was not “legitimate” on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the justly venerated hero of the civil rights movement knew exactly what he was doing. Trump, predictably, lashed out at Lewis via early-morning […]

Jason Chaffetz defends warning letter to ethics chief

As we reported, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, announced at a press conference on Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump’s “fix” to his ethics and emoluments clause problems didn’t fix anything. Shaub’s job is to enforce government ethics rules and sign off on executive branch nominees’ ethics arrangements, including such divestment […]

Ryan makes a concession to reality: No ‘repeal and delay’

Appearing at a CNN town hall last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered a “Never Mind!” on Obamacare. Forget “repeal and delay.” Now it is: “We want to do this at the same time, and in some cases in the same bill.” This was a belated but welcome concession to reality, driven by members’ refusal to […]

Flynn was dealt blow after blow by Trump’s nominees

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s erratic and temperamental pick for national security adviser, should hope that his boss did not pay close attention to the confirmation hearings of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) for CIA, Rex W. Tillerson for secretary of state and retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis for defense secretary. […]

Answers to 10 questions that will determine Trump’s fate

A week from today, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in. More than most presidencies, uncertainty (for some, panic) may be the defining sentiment as the country embarks on a journey that may test America’s democratic principles, decency and common sense. We have elected someone who has very little of any of those three precious commodities. […]

Morning Bits

An impressive performance. “Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) at his confirmation hearing Thursday sought to reassure lawmakers that he would be an independent voice for the intelligence community as head of the CIA under President-elect Donald Trump.... In one notable break with Trump, Pompeo unequivocally backed the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in […]

The approaching dead end on Obamacare

The Senate took a procedural vote in the early hours Thursday morning to proceed later this month with a reconciliation measure to “repeal” Obamacare. In other words they took a vote to take a vote by a set date, but they really did not do that either. The House will vote on a similar resolution tomorrow. […]

Mattis’s success means the State Department could be the weak sister of the Defense Department

Retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis waltzed through his confirmation hearing. Senators on both sides of the aisle are familiar with his record and his experience. Quite rightly, they likely view him as the most experienced, level-headed and knowledgeable member of President-elect Donald Trump’s national security team, one whom they are relying on to talk sense […]

Trump is headed toward an ethics train wreck

President-elect Donald Trump’s showy press conference on Wednesday did not put concerns about his conflicts of ethics and potential violations of the emoluments clause to rest. Far from it. Informed observers could quickly ascertain that this was a hoax, not a good-faith attempt to resolve serious ethical problems. On Wednesday afternoon, Walter M. Shaub Jr., director […]

Republicans painting themselves into a corner on Obamacare repeal

We have had our differences with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), but we would be remiss in not recognizing that he is the sole Republican who voted against the budget resolution intended to “repeal” Obamacare by reconciliation with no feasible alternative in place. His stated reason was budgetary, but other Republicans, whether fiscal hawks or not, […]

Clapper puts the ball back in Trump’s court

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. released a statement Wednesday night saying he spoke with President-elect Donald Trump regarding the leaked 35-page dossier to express his “profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.” He […]

Rubio cannot back down now

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was far and away the most effective questioner on the GOP side in yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. He asked crisp questions, pointed out where Tillerson dodged and demonstrated the degree to which Tillerson was uncomfortable giving definitive answers on a range of issues, including human […]

Morning Bits

Less than meets the eye. “[Rex W.] Tillerson has it backward. ISIS may be defeated with Assad still in power, but that has proven a far more difficult task than it would have been in Assad’s absence. Furthermore, to preserve his position in Damascus would jeopardize America’s relationships with regional powers like Turkey, Egypt, Saudi […]

Was Tillerson not prepared properly?

Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, has no government experience and has never been nominated for any government post. That was a risk the Trump team undertook when nominating him. The Trump foreign policy briefers owed Tillerson preparation that would give him the best possible chance of success. Either Tillerson stubbornly […]

Trump’s Russia problem: Six questions still unanswered

President-elect Donald Trump, to no one’s surprise, chose to attack BuzzFeed for releasing a salacious, unconfirmed 35-page dossier from a claimed former member of British intelligence. He will get some sympathy — from the press, no less — in condemning the publication of unproven allegations. However, he leaves a raft of questions and puts Republicans […]

Trump’s non-solution to his conflicts of interest and emoluments problems

President-elect Donald Trump’s strategy on addressing his conflicts of interest seemed to be to throw out as many bells and whistles as possible, sprinkle some remarks from highly compensated lawyers and hope he could muscle his way through concerns that he is setting up a scheme that will invite corruption and run afoul of the […]

Tillerson’s troublesome start

As we suggested, the devil is in the details when it comes to the confirmation of Rex W. Tillerson. His opening testimony, released in advance, generically said:  “We must also be clear-eyed about our relationship with Russia. Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interests. It has invaded […]

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