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Support for Obamacare ‘repeal and delay’ strategy crumbles

We have been tracking the erosion of GOP support for their leaders’ ill-conceived “repeal and we’ll come up with something” Obamacare strategy. The dam burst on Monday as multiple senators came forward to state their objections. In some fashion or another, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ron […]

What’s really behind Trump’s Putin infatuation?

President-elect Donald Trump’s refusal to flat out concede that Russia tried to meddle in our election and to accept the findings of the intelligence community makes little policy or political sense. To the contrary, his weird defense of our most formidable geopolitical threat has fueled doubts about Trump’s loyalties and intellectual fitness to govern. One […]

Jared Kushner’s appointment might be the least of Trump’s ethical problems

The Post’s report on the appointment of President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser notes: Kushner, who will not take a salary, is expected to have a broad portfolio that includes government operations, trade deals and Middle East policy, according to a member of Trump’s transition team. In a statement, the transition […]

One final Iran blunder by Obama

Even for those who support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in principle, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s post-JCPOA serial concessions and excuse-making for the sake of “preserving” the deal have been troubling. First, Congress discovered delivery of cold hard cash as ransom for Americans held in Iran. Then came Kerry’s efforts […]

Morning Bits

The least surprising development of the Trump transition. “Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump and one of his closest confidants, will join the White House as a senior adviser to the president, Trump announced Monday, while a lawyer assisting the family said that Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, will not immediately take on a […]

Flynn isn’t helping Trump on Russia

All presidents suffer from a shortage of bearers of straight talk. Few aides want to jeopardize their standing with the president by raising objections and inconvenient facts. And while it is true that presidential aides generally figure out how to accomplish the president’s aims, at critical times they must tell him what he cannot do […]

Meryl Streep strips the bark off Trump

Meryl Streep’s evisceration of President-elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globes Sunday night left a lasting impression because she refrained from delivering an ideological rant; rather, she presented a demonstration of moral shaming. She did not mention him by name or label him. She described what he did/does and explained why it matters: There was […]

Republicans do Trump no favors on ethics

At a superficial level, you can understand why Republican lawmakers do not want to confront President-elect Donald Trump on his ethics problems or those of his nominees. Telling Trump that he must sell his businesses is not an easy task, and it is far from clear that he will do so under any circumstances regardless […]

Trump’s pro-Putin stubbornness will ruin his presidency

President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team have unnerved lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Both Democrats and Republicans appearing on the Sunday shows made clear that the transition team’s continued efforts to deny Russia’s attempt to interfere with our election, to excuse Vladimir Putin’s behavior or to demonstrate reluctance to act in America’s […]

Over-promising again on health care

Many right-wingers — some who decided to champion the ideologically nihilistic President-elect Donald Trump — claim their anger at the GOP’s “establishment” has been fueled by its “betrayal” of the base.  In the right-wingers’ telling, they were led to believe that electing a GOP House and Senate majorities would get rid of Obamacare. Aside from […]

Ups and downs

UP: James R. Clapper Jr. DOWN: National security adviser Michael T. Flynn UP: Opposition to “repeal and delay” DOWN: Hill Republicans’ level of awareness that “repeal and delay” is a disaster UP: Democratic hawks on Russia DOWN: Republicans willing to call out President-elect Donald Trump on Russia UP: Wages DOWN: Concern about inflation UP: Jared […]

Morning Bits

President-elect Donald Trump refuses to accept this. “Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Sunday that Russia has done nothing in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).... Carter said Russia’s efforts in the war against ISIS are ‘virtually zero.'” Two senators refuse to engage in Trumpian denial. “Two […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “It didn’t affect the outcome but they tried to interfere in our election. … I don’t care what their motives were.” 2. “I am shocked they don’t have a plan- They should have put a little more work into it.” 3. “The primary actor was the foreign entity … Russia.” 4. […]

Trump must prove Putin’s assessment wrong

The declassified report from our intelligence agencies confirmed that Russia hacked and used other techniques (including social media, state-funded media and “third-party intermediaries”) to try to undermine confidence in our election system, denigrate Hillary Clinton and help elect President-elect Donald Trump. Show More Summary

Distinguished pol of the week

In a tumultuous week when many came to wonder whether President-elect Donald Trump is beholden to the authoritarian leader of a foreign hostile power, a professional, calm and credible voice helped to piece together what happened in the 2016 election. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. put on a tutorial at the hearing conducted […]

On national intelligence, Trump protects, first and foremost, his ego

One can surmise that, at some point, one or more of President-elect Donald Trump’s aides told him to quit picking fights with our intelligence agency and quit sounding like Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. But Trump, above all else, is concerned about Trump. The result was a statement that neither denied nor admitted whatever one knows following […]

The Fox News nighttime lineup has shed its last element of real journalism

Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Megyn Kelly: Which of these is not like the others (aside from gender)? Anyone who has watched these four in action over a period of time can see that Kelly is a journalist, someone who wants to get out the truth as best as she is able. The […]

An economic handoff Trump better not fumble

The U.S. economy added 156,000 new jobs in December and wages ticked up. The unemployment rate inched up to 4.7 percent, but October and December numbers were adjusted upward. As one observer noted, “Donald Trump will be one of only two U.S. presidents in recent decades to inherit a jobless rate below 5%.” The latest figures […]

It’s Trump’s last chance to break up with Putin

The facts are closing in — just as surely as the walls of that “Star Wars” trash compactor — on President-elect Donald Trump and his cultlike followers who take the side of Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange against the U.S. intelligence community. Trump is increasingly isolated in Washington in his refusal to acknowledge conclusive evidence that Russia […]

House GOP: What if the Senate rejects ‘repeal and delay’ Obamacare?

As politicians, voters and the media talk through what it means to repeal Obamacare with no replacement in place, we think it is less and less likely to happen. Consider how strange it is that neither Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can answer the most basic question: Will people […]

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