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Will Republicans replay the health-care fiasco?

The Post reports: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that Republicans are in the preliminary phase of an effort to restart talks over a stalled health-care bill, but he did not commit to a timeline for resolving the differences that sank the measure last month.... [The GOP idea] would allow […]

The Russia scandal gets weirder and weirder

The Post reports: The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took […]

The dangers of a princeling with portfolio

The list of objections to Jared Kushner’s expansive role in the administration — nepotism, the aura of monarchical power and his lack of credentials — grows each day. Seeing him pop up in Iraq in a meeting with Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, underscores the degree to which the State […]

Obama’s Mubarak policy is back — with Trump and Sissi

The Post reports on the visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi: “I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt, that we are very much behind President al-Sissi,” [President] Trump said, sitting next to his counterpart in the Oval Office. “He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are […]

Morning Bits

It was never a blind trust. Now it’s not even a trust. “President Donald Trump can draw money from his business empire as its trustees see fit without disclosing it publicly, according to a revised version of his trust, a change that ethics experts say blurs the lines between the Trump Organization and his administration.” […]

Republicans’ 2018 doomsday scenario

Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report writes that “if you look back at the last four midterm elections where the party in the White House lost control of one or both houses of Congress, you see that they share the following traits in common: the president has approval ratings among his own partisans under […]

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s ethics quagmire

Last week, the New York Times reported that the president’s daughter and son-in-law “remain the beneficiaries of a sprawling real estate and investment business still worth as much as $740 million.” Jared Kushner’s business depends on “foreign investment from undisclosed sources.” And to top it off, Ivanka Trump still has her stake in her father’s Washington, […]

Eliot Cohen was right: Work for Trump, lose your soul

A week after the 2016 election, foreign policy expert and #NeverTrumper Eliot Cohen wrote a controversial piece in which he warned: A gaggle of [senior administration advisers] will poison all decision-making. They will turn on each other. No band of brothers this: rather the permanent campaign as waged by triumphalist rabble-rousers and demagogues, abetted by […]

What losing the filibuster for the Supreme Court would really mean

The Post reports on the upcoming fight to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace late justice Antonin Scalia: If Democrats successfully filibuster Gorsuch, McConnell and his caucus are likely to agree to change the chamber’s rules and end filibusters on Supreme Court picks. That would extend a rule change made by Democrats in 2013 that […]

The big Russia questions loom even larger

Following his extraordinary testimony last week, former FBI special agent Clint Watts appeared on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. This exchange, in which he explained Russia’s “active measures” during the 2016 campaign, was eye-popping: CLINT WATTS: What they want to do is use information as a weapon of warfare to undermine U.S. democracy, such that when […]

Ups and downs

UP: Critics of making an oil exec the secretary of state DOWN: Rex Tillerson UP: Senate Intelligence Committee DOWN: House Intelligence Committee UP: Number of White House staff implicated in Nunes-gate DOWN: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) UP: Republican infighting DOWN: GOP confidence about 2018 UP: White House ineptitude DOWN: President Trump’s approval number UP: Freedom […]

Morning Bits

You’d think he would get tired of losing. “Ten weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump hasn’t had an easy week yet. Mr. Trump has hit regular high points—the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, a smooth speech to a joint session of Congress, an active deal-making role in health-care negotiations. But they have each been punctured, within […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I don’t think the legislative filibuster is in danger.” 2. “Certainly, I think Russia was involved in the election. There’s no question about that.” 3. “Since when did ‘good’ get defined as 17% approval?” 4. “If I were a House Republican, I would be very worried about where this goes.” 5. […]

So many people behaving so strangely

At a Friday signing ceremony for two executive orders, President Trump apparently was so flustered by a reporter’s question about former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn’s bizarre public plea for immunity being turned down by the Senate Intelligence Committee, he left the room without signing the orders. At Friday’s press conference, Sean Spicer seemed, […]

Distinguished pols of the week

The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), provided a rare example of sanity, bipartisanship and competence this past week. Refusing to go down the partisan road that paralyzed the House Intelligence Committee, Burr and Warner insisted that the Senate could perform […]

Trump sure sounds like a Russian mouthpiece

During Thursday’s highly informative hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Clinton Watts, a former FBI special agent, explained that President Trump helped spread Russian propaganda by echoing its claims during the campaign. He said: Watts’s assertion that part of the reason “active measures have worked in this U.S. election is because the commander in chief […]

Plurality of Americans think Trump is failing

President Trump is flunking out. That’s what a substantial plurality of Americans say, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll: After more than two months in office, America’s new president, Republican Donald Trump, got a grade of F from 1 in 3 voters, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. By contrast, the same number graded predecessor […]

Team Trump doubles down on Obama’s horrendous betrayal of Syria

Conservatives who excoriated President Barack Obama for acquiescence to genocide in Syria should be just as vocal when it comes to the Trump administration. Indeed, the Trump administration seems to have thrown in the towel entirely on seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thereby consenting to Iran’s effective domination of the country and to […]

Trump administration has unforced errors and self-inflicted wounds galore

Perhaps we should not be surprised by the flurry of unforced errors. President Trump has little relevant experience, zero curiosity in policy and a rotten temperament that suggests he is divorced from reality. His staff is a mix of ideological extremists and party hacks, none with White House experience. His 30-something daughter and son-in-law have […]

Morning Bits

Trying to undo a grave mistake. “The North Carolina legislature agreed Thursday to a compromise bill that dials back a controversial bathroom law, an attempt to reverse a tide of businesses and sports events leaving the state for a policy they considered discriminatory.” The United States committed a blunder in not protecting against Russian meddling. “Sen. […]

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