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For 2018, the GOP better have more than running against Elizabeth Warren

Republicans’ ham-handed attempt to elevate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — as evidence there are (gasp!) liberal New Englanders in the Democratic Party — reminds us the party has not come to terms with majority status. Trying to make a liberal lawmaker the face of the Democratic Party was the sort of political stunt Republicans tried […]

Getting others to get tough on Russia

The Financial Times reports: The UK will have its own version of the US Magnitsky Act, with measures allowing the government to freeze the assets of human rights violators from anywhere in the world. A vote by MPs to approve the powers is a breakthrough for a group campaigning for the memory of Sergei Magnitsky, […]

The voters aren’t with Trump

While Republicans hold the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress, one cannot overstate how tenuous their grip on power is. President Trump, to his dismay, is a popular-vote loser who got into office with less than 46 percent of the vote against a weakened candidate, even with the help of Russian disinformation […]

Ryan’s tax plan is headed for failure

For weeks now, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has struggled to convince his colleagues of the benefits of the border adjustment tax. If his reasons seem unsound and unconservative (Why should the government dictate which suppliers you use?), it’s because he is not being honest about the motivation behind the plan to tax imports. The […]

Debunking dystopia: Trump scares people with fake facts on crime

Despots and demagogues gain power and motivate their followers/enablers by convincing them that their misery is traceable to an identifiable enemy (“elites,” foreigners, Wall Street) that only they have the nerve to name and defeat. But what if people aren’t, you know, that miserable? The next best thing is to convince them that things are […]

Russia hawks won the personnel battle, but they need to do more

At a Foreign Policy Initiative forum on Nov. 30, now-national security adviser H.R. McMaster spoke about national security challenges and military readiness. One portion of his remarks caught my eye: And so we are concerned, obviously, with the two revisionist powers on the Eurasian land mass: Russia and China. Who are engaged in what you […]

Morning Bits

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gets it: “Greater cooperation with Russia cannot come at the expense of the security of our European friends and allies.” Some Republicans are getting on board. “Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) on Tuesday became the fourth House Republican to back legislation requiring congressional approval in order for President Trump to […]

Official conservatism has been brain-dead for a while

The Post reports: The organizers of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded their booking of Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Monday, following an outcry after the right-wing speaker’s critics resurfaced videos of him criticizing age-of-consent laws and joking about a teenage sexual encounter he had with a Catholic priest. Show More Summary

Trump’s immigration order will increase crime

In the general-election campaign, President Trump assured Americans that in enforcing immigration laws, what he really wanted to do was to focus on dangerous criminals. Of course, the Obama administration already had done just that, prioritizing deportation of violent criminals. Show More Summary

Congressional Republicans, do your job or get out of the way

The Post reports: It was Rep. Jim Jordan’s second Presidents’ Day visit to the home of Warren G. Harding, but it was the first to be surrounded by protesters. Nearly 200 people had swarmed the building, their signs accusing the congressman of being a pawn of the Koch brothers who wanted to pollute Ohio’s streams […]

Here’s what the Trump administration should do to get on track

A month into President Trump’s, term there are reportedly three executive branch intelligence investigations of his campaign ties to Russia; the Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the Russia connection as well; one national...Show More Summary

Trump is flunking the anti-Semitism test. He should follow Nikki Haley’s lead instead.

President Trump’s unseemly record in refusing to directly address and condemn anti-Semitism, along with his administration’s omission of Jews from the International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, leads some to conclude that he is a bigot, while others interpret this as evidence of his narcissism. (He sees questions as an accusation about his own views rather […]

Pay no mind to Trump. He’s just the president.

During the Obama presidency, the United States had trouble convincing our enemies we meant what we said — because we often didn’t. President Barack Obama’s red line wasn’t a red line in Syria; our promises to oppose Russian aggression and occupation of Ukraine were lost on deaf ears in Moscow; Obama did not promptly provide logistical help […]

Morning Bits

Republicans shouldn’t bank on big wins in 2018. “The 2018 Senate cycle presents Republicans with a host of opportunities, but the party has already lost several top-tier candidates to fill the seats. GOP Reps. Sean Duffy (Wis.) and Pat Meehan (Pa.) both recently announced that they’ll run for reelection instead of mounting Senate runs in blue-leaning states […]

McMaster will be a good teammate as national security adviser

In December I attended a foreign policy conference on the Middle East sponsored by the Hoover Institution. The dinner speaker had to back out... because he had just been nominated to be secretary of defense. In place of Jim Mattis (who was at Hoover prior to being named secretary), Lt. Gen. H.R. […]

What President Trump’s Sweden moment reveals

The Post reports: During a rally Saturday in Florida, [President] Trump referred to several countries that have taken in a disproportionate number of refugees and that have recently been the target of attacks. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. […]

Republicans are selling health-care reform that people don’t want

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says Obamacare is failing. Club for Growth president David McIntosh warns that voters “gave Republicans the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare,” so the “delays and discussions about repairing Obamacare need to stop.” The problem is that voters fear disruption, don’t want to lose what they have and won’t find […]

Where are the fiscal conservatives when you need them?

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget argues, “Tax reform is near the top of the agenda in Washington. This is encouraging because individual and corporate income taxes are overly complex, anti-competitive, inefficient, costly to comply with, and littered with nearly $1.6 trillion of deductions, credits, and other tax preferences. Creating a tax code that […]

With Priebus overwhelmed, chaos ensues

President Trump’s most colorful foreign policy critic, Eliot Cohen, reacting to appearances by chief of staff Reince Priebus on the Sunday shows, tweeted that Priebus reminds him “of the colorless, beliefless, spineless functionaries of 20th century totalitarians.” Well, Priebus, who happily turned over the GOP to Trump, has as much experience as anyone from his […]

Ups and downs

UP: Bipartisan Senate investigation of President Trump’s Russia ties DOWN: House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) UP: Chaos DOWN: Trump hires only the “best” people UP: Those who bet Michael Flynn would be gone in a month DOWN: Attacking the intelligence community UP: Retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward DOWN: Number of quality candidates […]

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