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What about the Russia lies?

Jack Goldsmith’s assessment in the Atlantic of President Trump’s damage to our democratic institutions includes this: Donald Trump is a norm-busting president without parallel in American history. He has told scores of easily disprovable public lies; he has shifted back and forth and back again on his policies, often contradicting Cabinet officials along the way; he […]

A smarter way forward on Iran

The Trump administration and Congress, as well as some outspoken critics of the Iran deal, have fixated on pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal is called, or at least threatening to pull out. Perhaps there is something better than an empty threat or a move that would drive a […]

America is not the dystopia Trump claimed

We don’t win anymore. Our jobs were stolen by the Chinese and by NAFTA. Immigrants are keeping our wages low. We’re in an unprecedented crime spree. We have massive voter fraud. Obamacare has failed. These were among the lies — out-and-out untruths and mischaracterizations of reality — that helped elect Donald Trump. They were and […]

The New Center: Could it work?

The Weekly Standard’s editor at large Bill Kristol candidly admits that until recently he didn’t understand the economic angst that many of President Trump’s and Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) voters have been feeling. “They reason that they feel like they’re not doing better is because they aren’t doing better,” he said wryly. Bill Galston, a […]

Will Harvey and Irma be a wake-up call?

The Miami Herald reported last week: Speaking from Miami’s Emergency Operations Center in downtown, where the city’s senior public safety and political authorities will ride out Category 4 Hurricane Irma this weekend, [Republican] Mayor...Show More Summary

Taking up the Arpaio pardon

The Protect Democracy group, founded by some alumni of the Obama administration with a focus on preventing executive-branch overreach and demanding transparency and accountability, has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. district court in Arizona scheduled to hold a hearing at the beginning of next month to consider vacating former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s conviction […]

Republicans’ tax-cut myth is about to crumble

Tax cuts have become the GOP’s MacGuffin. A MacGuffin is defined as “an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance.” (Think of the “letters of transit” in “Casablanca” or the black sand in the champagne bottles in “Notorious.”) […]

Morning Bits

Democrats would be delighted  if the parade of GOP retirements continued. “Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.) announced Monday that he will not seek reelection next year, opening up another potential pickup opportunity for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.” Stephen K. Bannon no doubt would be thrilled if a centrist Republician walked away. “If Corker, 65, were to […]

Does Trump have an Option B ready for Iran?

The Associated Press reports: The head of the U.N. agency monitoring Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal said Monday that Tehran is implementing the agreement — but says the ultimate judgment on compliance with the deal rests with the six world powers that signed the pact with the Islamic Republic. Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic […]

Bannon got it half right

Stephen K. Bannon knows virtually nothing about American politics or economics. If he did, he wouldn’t say inane things such as, “Economic nationalism is what this country was built on.” Actually, it was built by wave after wave of immigrants, and trade protectionism helped usher in calamities such as the Great Depression. That said, he […]

What happens when know-nothings and amateurs hold power

Consider the raft of ex-White House officials: Stephen K. Bannon, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, Anthony Scaramucci and Sebastian Gorka. None of them had governing experience, let alone White House experience. They all failed spectacularly,...Show More Summary

I’m not buying the new conventional wisdom about Trump

Oh, puh-leez. President Trump is not an “independent,” as right-wing Republicans now would like to believe. (Didn’t they spend the campaign trying to convince fellow Republicans that he was really a conservative?) Trump ran for the GOP nomination, captured the party and now hypes every bad idea that the party’s most extreme elements have espoused […]

Ups and downs

UP: Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) DOWN: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) UP: Keeping the government open DOWN: The Freedom Caucus UP: Lawyering up at the White House DOWN: Calling the Russia investigation a hoax UP: The pace of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation DOWN: Donald Trump Jr. UP: Prospects for a DACA fix […]

Morning Bits

Call it political karma. “Immigration hawks are particularly alarmed by Trump’s rhetoric, worried it could preview a turn on their issue.” Bill Maher points out that the anti-Hillary hysteria came back to haunt the political class. “She’s a bland centrist. This is not Che Guevara in a pantsuit.” Sooner or later, the shoe will be on the other foot. […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “The problem we have is there’s nowhere to move, the whole state’s being impacted by this.” 2. “I’m facing a challenge, but I’ve faced other challenges. And I’m very confident about getting through this one as well.” 3. ” We meet with him every week, no one is talking about changing […]

What Republicans should have learned (other than not to trust Trump)

Republicans learned the hard way this week that the tactic of using the debt ceiling to extract further spending cuts is a losing one. And now, thanks to President Trump, they may lose it permanently. For starters, as long as there are enough moderate Republicans and Democrats (in other words the Freedom Caucus is not […]

Distinguished persons of the week

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week chose to use the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as fodder in their battle for the hearts of angry white nationalists. Their phony legal deadline — no lawsuit had been filed — concocted by Republican governors (with or without collaboration with […]

Why Donald Trump Jr. is in Robert Mueller’s cross hairs

The discovery of Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial meeting with Russians in June 2016 has turned up the existence of interesting phone calls the president’s son had with a Russian go-between after getting an invitation to meet on opposition research they supposedly had on Hillary Clinton. The Post reports: The emails that originated the meeting came […]

Trump is getting rotten legal advice and, once again, it shows

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that found the Trump administration had construed the Supreme Court’s direction on the Muslim travel ban too narrowly. The Supreme Court said the ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona […]

What is wrong with this picture of the GOP?

Let’s consider three recent developments that encapsulate what has happened of late to the GOP. First, three moderate Republican members of the House, all well-respected and seasoned legislators, have announced their retirements. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Dave Reichert (Wash.) and Charlie Dent (Pa.) won’t be running for reelection in 2018. Dent says: I have done […]

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