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Morning Bits

When it rains, it pours. “Senate Republican leaders on Monday waged an urgent campaign to pressure GOP nominee Roy Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race amid allegations of sexual misconduct, declaring him ‘unfit to serve’ and threatening to expel him from Congress if elected.” Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) joined […]

Trump cannot stick to the Asia game plan

At the onset of his Asia trip, it was evident President Trump was following the guidance of his foreign policy and intelligence team. The Post’s Adam Taylor explains: As he set off from Washington a little over a week ago, there were some positive signs. Trump arrived in Tokyo to an enthusiastic welcome from Japanese Prime Minister […]

The most compelling criticism of Trump tax plan

The GOP tax plan has been criticized on two grounds. First, it disproportionately benefits the rich at a time when income inequality is an economic, political and social concern. Second, the concept of a debt-creating tax plan is unwise and counterproductive. It is the second that has drawn robust and diverse criticism from economists. The Penn […]

You want to see how to stand up to Trump?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is showing fellow Republicans how to respond to President Trump’s daily outrages and assaults on democracy. Too bad most of them aren’t paying attention — or are too nervous to depart from the example set by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (complete acquiescence and self-debasement). Asked on Sunday about Roy Moore […]

Two admittees for the hall of shame: Those who enable Roy Moore

The Republican mentality that enables President Trump because of [fill in the blank — the Supreme Court, tax reform, etc.] despite his obvious unfitness for office and still defends him with “But Neil Gorsuch!” or “But a 20 percent corporate tax rate!” inevitably leads Republicans to defend and excuse Republican Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore’s […]

Trump’s credulity about Russia elicits a blowback

Former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and responded forcefully to President Trump’s seeming acceptance of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that he did not interfere in our election. (Trump later clarified his statement to say that he just […]

Ups and downs

UP: Doug Jones DOWN: Alabama Republicans UP: Tribalism in GOP DOWN: Decency in GOP UP: Amount of unhinged talk from President Trump DOWN: Likelihood that Chief of Staff John F. Kelly doesn’t pay attention to Trump’s tweets UP: Democrats’ chances to take the House in 2018 DOWN: Republicans’ chances to pas tax reform this year […]

Morning Bits

Old enough to remember when the GOP cared about fiscal discipline? “Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the Trump White House is ‘not focused’ on reducing government spending, as the administration continues to push Republicans’ plans to overhaul the nation’s tax code.” Old enough to remember when the GOP cared about family values? Marc Short: “There’s no Senate […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “There are 21 women in the Senate. There should be a lot more. I have a dream that there will be more women in the Senate than there are victims of Harvey Weinstein.” 2. “I do think both the Chinese and the Russians think they can play [President Trump].” 3. “I […]

Russia’s mark: A dangerous fool for a president

President Trump’s authoritarianism, narcissism and racism threaten our democracy, but his gullibility threatens our national security. A man so uneducated and incurious about the world is willing, like his followers, to buy any crackpot conspiracy theory that makes its way to him via the Infowars-“Fox & Friends” pipeline. On the world stage, that makes him […]

Distinguished pol of the week

“It was said that the eyes of the nation are now on the commonwealth,” Democratic Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam said in his victory speech on Tuesday. “Today, Virginians have answered and spoken. Virginians have told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry, and to end the politics that have […]

The GOP can’t be rebranded. Let’s junk it.

I get asked a lot what I think is the future of the Republican Party. These days, with increasing conviction, I say that it doesn’t have one. You need not look beyond the Roy Moore allegations to understand why it’s better just to start from fresh. Let’s begin with the premise that the Trump presidency […]

Morning Bits

Fleeing a sinking ship. “House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Thursday that he will not seek reelection, becoming the latest in a string of GOP lawmaker retirements.” We hope she doesn’t flee the administration but stays and combats its inhumanity. Show More Summary

Senate and House tax bills both run up the debt — and delight CEOs

The Post reports: Senate Republicans are forging their own path on the effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code, offering a plan Thursday that would delay an immediate corporate tax cut President Trump has demanded and blow up House Republicans’ carefully crafted compromise on a controversial tax deduction. GOP Senate leaders unveiled a tax package […]

Trump is Xi’s lapdog

The Post reports: The two-day trip was orchestrated to project the image of remote and absolute power that [Chinese President] Xi [Jinping] enjoys and [President] Trump admires. There were no protests, no questions from the press, no ordinary people — nothing but pleasantries and soothing tones. Trump brought up North Korea but said Xi could […]

The appalling and entirely predictable GOP reaction to Roy Moore’s accusers

Elected Republicans generally reacted in one of two ways to The Post’s deeply sourced report of one women who describes being kissed and fondled by now-GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore when she was 14 years old and reports by three other women who tell about inappropriate advances by Moore when they were teens. Tragically, one […]

Roy Moore: Another GOP calamity

The Post’s blockbuster article on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the twice-booted judge whose incendiary rhetoric on gays and Muslims spurred a handful of elected Republicans to refuse to back him, found Moore allegedly engaged in sexual behavior with a minor and pursued three others. “Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 […]

Tax chaos — Trump strikes again

The Post reports: GOP Senate leaders on Thursday plan to unveil legislation that would delay cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent until 2019, four people briefed on the planning said, a major departure from [President] Trump’s insistence on immediate changes that he says are necessary to spur the economy. Some […]

Trump’s craven routine in China

We have come to see this routine regularly. President Trump travels to an autocratic regime with whom the United States has serious issues. Its leaders wine and dine him, outdoing previous hosts. More bands! More children waving flags! Trump is mesmerized by the spectacle and laps up the attention. Our issues and Trump’s previous tough […]

Who says you can’t win just running against Trump?

We should never discourage candidates of either party from presenting voters with clear, specific policy proposals. But in off-year elections, pundits are wrong to insist a full-blown policy agenda is a necessity for the party that’s out of power. That might be unfortunate, but it’s the political reality. Republicans didn’t have much of a coherent […]

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