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Six stunning aspects of the Flynn scandal

From The Post’s blockbuster story Thursday night, we learned: National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. Show More Summary

Chaffetz’s constituents want to know what he’ll do about Trump’s conflicts

On Thursday, we reported on Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s (R-Utah) ongoing delinquency in investing President Trump’s conflicts of interest, his hotel lease with the General Services Administration and the emoluments clause. Chaffetz later in the day, along with the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a stern letter regarding Trump senior […]

Morning Bits

A rare admission of error. “President Trump’s official counselor, Kellyanne Conway, was ‘counseled’ after she told TV audiences to ‘go buy Ivanka’s stuff,’ the White House said Thursday. Legal experts said Conway had broken a key ethics law banning federal employees from using their public office to endorse products.” No they might counsel the president about […]

The 9th Circuit deals a blow to the imperial — and incompetent — president

The Post reports: A federal appeals court panel has maintained the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries can continue entering the United States. Show More Summary

Senators vs. Russia

In contrast to the president, senators from both sides of the aisle have spoken up strongly for the need to take a tough stand against Russia, which is increasingly aggressive internationally and repressive at home. In a letter to President Trump a group of eight GOP senators wrote today: The United States should unequivocally condemn […]

Jason Chaffetz is a walking advertisement for divided government

A Capitol Hill veteran writes regarding congressional oversight: “Congress needs the resources, staff expertise, adequate preparation, bipartisan agreement and, perhaps more essential than anything at the moment, member commitment.” There is no member commitment from Republicans. Show More Summary

Morning Bits

This won’t be a walk in the park. “Amid growing newsroom discontent over his perceived resistance to critical coverage of Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerry Baker will host a town hall meeting next week where he is expected to address the paper’s reporting on the new administration and answer questions from his staff.” […]

Gorsuch and Sessions must protect the courts from presidential bullying

  Yesterday, President Trump lashed out at the Ninth Circuit, which is considering the appeal of Judge James Robart’s restraining order freezing the travel ban aimed at refugees and all immigrants from seven designated Muslim countries. Aside from the legal improprieties, his attempt to transfer the blame for future terrorist attacks was, to put it mildly, inappropriate. […]

Obamacare repeal: Blind men and the elephant

Vicki Hopper, a constituent of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) from Roswell, Ga., lost her job two years ago but has kept her insurance through the Obamacare exchange. She says the price is “high, but affordable” since the subsidy cuts her payment to $370 per month. On Wednesday, she met with staffers in the offices of […]

Trump keeps inviting corruption. Here’s how to fight it.

In response to the president’s unprecedented attack on a company declining to do business with a family member, Nordstrom answered President Trump’s accusation that it was treating Ivanka Trump unfairly. “To reiterate what we’ve already shared when asked, we made this decision based on performance,” the company said in a statement. “Over the past year, […]

Populist doesn’t mean popular

Donald Trump has been trying to satisfy his supporters with a series of executive initiatives — starting the wall on the southern border, enacting a ban on travel from seven predominately Muslim countries, not including ones that are...Show More Summary

Trump traumatizes tech

On a day the president and vice president are again meeting with high-tech industry leaders, it’s important to recognize how much more active in the public policy debate Silicon Valley has become. “For years, many tech companies tried to ignore Washington. Microsoft in Seattle, Apple and Google in Silicon Valley, went about their business, developing […]

Democrats — and Gorsuch — must counter Trump’s attacks on the judiciary

For a year or so Donald Trump has left little doubt of his authoritarian impulses. He has attacked the independent press, defamed Judge Gonzalo Curiel, consistently praised dictators, tried to discredit our electoral system and, when it suited him, threatened to lock up his political opponent. He has made a mockery of Republicans’ claim to be […]

What will matter to Trump’s base

For all the things low-information voters supportive of President Trump are not supposed to care about (e.g., lies, White House chaos, foreign policy), there are, it’s fair to say, two things that will make a difference to them both in preference and turnout in 2018. The good news for Democrats is that both factors do […]

Trump’s lies all make America look worse

President Trump does not tell lies randomly. Watch him long enough and you will see a pattern: America is rotten, and the press is lying to cover it up. During the campaign, one might have written this off as an effort to discredit the results of the Obama presidency, for which Hillary Clinton was effectively […]

Congress must break up Trump-Putin lovefest

On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the floor to bitterly denounce another Russian human rights abomination, and to rebuke President Trump for suggesting some moral equivalence exists between the United States and Russia. The immediate topic was Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian activist who has been hospitalized for poisoning — for a second time. […]

The deals centrist Democrats should offer Trump

Politico reports: A group of moderate Democratic senators will visit President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, according to congressional aides. Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will meet with Trump, aides said. Some GOP senators and Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of […]

Morning Bits

What the Trump team omits is as important as what it says. “Some of the countries most devastated by terrorism from Islamist extremists were left out entirely. Whether that suggests that the administration thinks they received adequate coverage is anyone’s guess. But it was a glaring omission either way.” Whatever evidence our intelligence services miss, the […]

Portman decimates Trump’s proposed alliance with Russia

The Trump team seems to be under the illusion that an alliance with Russia against the Islamic State would be valuable, so valuable it would be worth sacrificing Ukraine. In a devastating exchange with former ambassador James Jeffrey and former Defense Department and CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) systematically destroyed […]

Immigration opportunism

For years now anti-immigration reform activists have argued that they are not opposed to immigration, just illegal immigration. Well, increasingly they show their hands as nothing more than run-of-the-mill immigration exclusionists trying to cultivate President Trump’s anti-immigration core supporters. Show More Summary

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