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McCain vs. thuggish nationalists: No contest

One cannot but marvel at the contrast: A war hero, a veteran of the Senate who continues to serve despite a brain cancer diagnosis, admonishes the nation in eloquent terms to remember the values of a great country and extols it to live up to its highest ideals; meanwhile, a thuggish president vows to attack […]

Spare the outrage over Harvey Weinstein. These people voted for Trump.

The Post reports: In a 2011 Post-ABC poll, 47 percent of Americans said they felt that sexual harassment in the workplace was a serious problem. That number has now risen to 64 percent. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say men who sexually harass female coworkers usually get away with it. This surely matches the near-universal outrage […]

Trump can’t sell his tax plan — so change it

“When you’re explaining, you’re losing,” conventional political wisdom has told us. In an era when confirmation bias runs rampant, explanation is particularly challenging. If you must explain complicated policy choices, some simple rules may enhance your chances of breaking through the political noise — be consistent, be early, be believable, be candid and be able […]

Corker reminds Trump to do his job

President Trump’s gambit to decertify the JCPOA depended, its supporters acknowledged, on the president’s ability to line up our European allies. If they collectively pressed for changes in the JCPOA and/or stepped up pressure against Iran for its non-nuclear conduct, success might be possible. Those of us who opposed the strategy doubted that the administration […]

Sally Yates needs to be heard more often on Trump’s unfitness

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who first alerted the White House to ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lies and who was fired for refusing to defend the first travel ban (which was subsequently struck down, and then dropped by the administration) gave a recent interview. Her remarks should be taken to heart: It is a […]

The frenetic president is no one’s friend — for very long

In remarks to reporters Monday morning at a Cabinet meeting, President Trump cheered his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon who is rounding up primary challengers to take out GOP Senate incumbents. “There are some Republicans, frankly, that should ashamed of themselves,” Trump said. “So I can understand fully how Steve Bannon feels.” His criteria for […]

Morning Bits

They foretold the need for an impeachment mechanism. “What the framers may not have anticipated was someone who epitomized so many of their fears at once — someone like Donald Trump — being elected to the presidency in the first place. They hoped that the electoral college system would prevent that from happening. But in the […]

Trump’s risky Iran gambit miscalculated the European Union response

In the days leading up to President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran deal, advocates of that approach insisted that the European Union could be pressured into going along with the search for a better deal. (“It’s all a diplomatic dance, but the reality on the ground is the Europeans want above all to preserve […]

Gillespie’s own darn fault

The New York Times reports: Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for Virginia governor, deployed just about every tactical evasion he had learned from a lifetime in politics as he dodged questions about President Trump. Then he finally flashed irritation. “I don’t know the president,” Mr. Gillespie said in an interview at his headquarters here when asked whether […]

‘Values’ voters are misnamed

President Trump revels in the adoration of Christian conservatives, who remain among the most steadfast supporters of the thrice-married, frequently accused misogynist who evidences not a single Christian virtue (e.g. humility, honesty, empathy, kindness, generosity). Show More Summary

John Kasich denounces Trump’s demolition derby

President Trump has been on a tear — ending the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ending payments to keep insurance subsidies in place for the Affordable Care Act and creating confusion as to our commitment to the Iran deal (as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is known). In each case, he has […]

What’s our Iran policy, again?

You would think on the first Sunday after President Trump’s announcement that he would not certify the Iran nuclear agreement the president’s top foreign policy team would have a coordinated, logical and simple explanation of what it was hoping to accomplish. No such luck. At one point on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Secretary of State […]

Ups and downs

UP: Republicans cheering unilateral actions under President Trump DOWN: Republicans who cheered unilateral actions under President Barack Obama UP: Panic over Trump’s refusal to fund insurance subsidies for Obamacare DOWN: Any semblance...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

Sadly, Hillary Clinton is right. “Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency. So there’s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kinds of behaviors that need to be addressed.” Republicans woefully  lack the courage to stop enabling an unfit president. Show More Summary

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “There is an issue here where we’re weakening the things that we put in place after World War II to keep the world safe and reflect our values. We can’t afford to walk away, Chuck. Because if we walk away, this thing collapses. And who wins? The authoritarians. The Russians and […]

What Congress should do now about Iran

You’re a member of Congress who opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the grounds that the plan had critical flaws and the Obama administration had in essence given away too much without permanently cutting off Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. However, you correctly recognized that President Trump’s decertification stunt would alienate allies, […]

Distinguished pol of the week

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) put the Senate on tenterhooks last week when she said she’d announce Friday whether she would run for her state’s governorship. She decided to stay in the Senate, but her remarks deserve attention. Her remarks reminded us that the president and many of her GOP colleagues care nothing about the substance […]

Trump’s Iran announcement backfires

President Trump’s official announcement that he will not certify the Iran deal, as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is known, set off a series of predictable and negative consequences. First, the European Union made clear that it does not agree with Trump’s move. “Our message is that we remain attached to the J.C.P.O.A,” […]

Four huge risks from Trump’s temper tantrum over Iran

The Post reports: President Trump is expected to announce Friday that he will abide by an international nuclear deal with Iran for now, but ask Congress to attach new caveats that could either strengthen the deal or lead to its rupture, outside advisers and other people familiar with the planning said. Trump is expected to […]

Trump the destroyer

What is increasingly obvious is that President Trump’s motivations and impulses have everything to do with narcissism, personal piques, anger at his predecessor and fear of losing face — and very little to do with creating real policy outcomes. He prefers to be seen doing something rather than to do something for which he would […]

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