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Morning Bits

This seems entirely reasonable. “Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in pressuring the Trump administration to surrender records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s payments and contacts with foreign officials during the past three years.” Anyone reasonably objective person would find it hard to disagree. Show More Summary

The Gorsuch confirmation drama is getting tiresome

We have reached the part of the Supreme Court justice confirmation hearing when senators are repeating themselves. (In a court of law, the objection would be: “Asked and answered.” Alas, no one can tell a U.S. senator to hush up.) Just as in the confirmation hearings of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, nominee Judge […]

GOP governors also oppose the GOP health bill

Politico/Morning Consult’s latest poll underscores what other surveys have shown: Support for the America Health Care Act is going down, not up as President Trump tries to sell it on the Hill: “Approval of the bill declined from 46 percent last week to 41 percent in the new poll, conducted last Thursday through Sunday. Disapproval, […]

Tone-deaf Tillerson isn’t doing his job

We have heard the excuses over and over on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s behalf. He’s new at this. He’s getting his feet wet. He’s not used to press scrutiny. Frankly, neither he nor his defenders are helping his cause at this point. The latest was his declaration that “I didn’t want this job. I didn’t […]

Time for judges and lawyers to rebuke Trump

In his back-and-forth with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) made an interesting remark concerning President Trump’s attacks on the courts. Blumenthal specifically referenced Trump’s crack about the...Show More Summary

A conversation: Would the GOP benefit if the AHCA failed?

On Tuesday, Alice Stewart, a GOP communications veteran and former spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, and I had a lively discussion about whether it would be good or a bad thing for the GOP if the American Health Care Act failed. That back-and-forth can be found here. Enjoy!

Gorsuch deprives Democrats of reasons to oppose

When President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, our reaction (before the surprising move by Senate Republicans to refuse him a confirmation vote) was: He wouldn’t be my choice. But he’s an outstanding judge. And the president could have done a lot worse. At least the judge is smart and decent […]

Morning Bits

The symbolism is awful. “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a planned meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers next month, while also arranging a visit to Russia, the State Department said. Mr. Tillerson’s travel schedule, which also revolves around a planned U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is raising questions at […]

Trump does his hires no favors: The ordeal of an ethical public servant

This is a story of no good deed going unpunished. Robert S. Eitel did everything you’d want a public servant to do. An attorney in the Education Department of the George W. Bush administration, he was contacted in December about coming on board in a temporary capacity to provide guidance to the new administration. (So-called […]

Trump’s closing pitch underwhelms

President Trump’s breathtaking lack of interest in or grasp of policy made his appearance on Capitol Hill in favor of Trumpcare pathetically underwhelming. The Post reports: Assuring Republicans they would gain seats if they passed the bill, the president told Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, to stand up and take […]

Trump puts jobs at risk with his myopic economics

A freshman college student can reel off a list of reasons that “buy American” and “hire American” are nonsensical and counterproductive economic notions (e.g. American firms rely on foreign-made component parts; we’d trigger a trade war with such a philosophy). Beyond those obvious flaws, President Trump and his economically illiterate staff seem to forget the role […]

Who gets blamed if the House doesn’t pass the AHCA

No great political acumen or psychology degree is necessary to conclude that President Trump is highly susceptible to flattery. It’s little wonder then that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), desperate to pass GOP health-care reform or at least not be blamed if it fails, keeps talking about what a terrific “closer” Trump is. On […]

Five questions after Comey’s testimony

FBI Director James B. Comey’s testimony that an investigation is underway to determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in its effort to interfere with the election, and that there was no evidence President Trump had been wiretapped, marked a new low for the administration. Here is the FBI chief saying the president in […]

‘Ours is a judiciary of honest black polyester’

After hours of speeches from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — some more insightful than others but all long-winded and unnecessary — Judge Neil Gorsuch delivered a humble, folksy opening statement at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. “Ours is a judiciary of honest black polyester,” he said, making the point that judges are not […]

Morning Bits

Hardly a drumbeat for the GOP bill. “A majority of voters say the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be a step back for the country rather than an improvement, according to a new Harvard-Harris Poll survey.... The survey found that 51 percent of registered voters view the GOP effort […]

The Democrats have their breakout star

Ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) hardly rates as a household name. He’s a bit stiff, not your typical glad-handing politician. Nevertheless, with the primacy of the Russia investigation he has become a frequent face on TV news. Show More Summary

See what happens when Trump’s not winning

Some of President Trump’s support came from voters who did not agree with him on a number of issues and may not have liked him all that much. But, they reasoned, he was rich and successful so he could help America (and people like them) win. No question but that superficial aura of confidence and […]

Trump’s budget doesn’t help defense all that much

President Trump’s budget, like all presidential budget proposals, was supposed to demonstrate his spending priorities. For Trump that meant an increase in defense spending as part of the commitment to enhance U.S. military readiness and capacity. Or did it? Like most of what Trump does — tough steaks, phony university courses, bankrupt hotels — the […]

Comey’s testimony humiliates Trump

Before FBI Director James B. Comey began his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump was back, compulsively tweeting — and underscoring the growing perception that his allegation that President Barack Obama...Show More Summary

Trumpcare never can deliver

If you watch the Sunday shows you’ll quickly see the GOP’s circular reasoning: To drive down insurance premium costs you have to remove the insurance mandates, but that’s not in the bill. It comes later, they say, but their fellow Republicans candidly acknowledge that later means “never.” Consider this exchange between Mick Mulvaney, director of […]

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