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The public has figured out Trump lies — a lot

The American public has figured out President Trump is a scam artist. At least that’s what recent polling suggests. The Marist Poll shows: Nearly six in ten Americans, 59%, report that they have little, if any, trust in President Donald Trump and his administration to deliver accurate and factual information to the public.  This includes […]

Morning Bits

Thank goodness he lets undocumented immigrants off the hook. “Jeff Sessions ties increase in violent crime to ‘undermined’ respect for police.” One more piece of evidence he is off his rocker. “President Trump appeared to suggest Tuesday that the wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the U.S. could be coming from within the […]

Trump’s speech to Congress was mostly devoid of substance

On the positive side, President Trump’s speech began with a long overdue condemnation of the anti-Semitic attacks across the nation and the shooting in Kansas. He did not repeat his claim from a press briefing earlier in the day that desecration at Jewish cemeteries may have been the work of people who wanted to make […]

Republicans should miss George W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush is promoting his new book, a collection of his paintings of military men and women, the proceeds of which will go to help veterans groups. That alone highlights one dramatic contrast between Bush and President Trump — the former has actually done good works for others. Bush’s recent remarks on […]

Trump is going to let permanent civil service run his administration?

President Trump may have meant it, or he may have been making an excuse for the mindbogglingly ineptitude in failing to fill virtually any sub-Cabinet jobs. In either event, he declared in an interview with Fox News that he won’t fill many of the political appointment slots he has at his disposal. “A lot of […]

Republicans are headed for huge clashes with Trump

President Trump isn’t much interested in legislative details, and these days House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) isn’t much interested in candor. That explains how they can both claim to be perfectly in sync and yet be heading for huge clashes on fundamental policy ideas. In fact, on defense spending, the budget more generally, entitlements and […]

What would Trump and Bannon ‘deconstruct’?

While President Trump remains consumed by his insatiable need for attention, approval and validation, the theory goes, White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon has an ideological grand scheme in mind. In various settings, he has said that he wants to blow up the existing order. It’s far from clear what this might entail. “I […]

Republicans demonstrate why they can’t be trusted to investigate the Russia scandal

Republicans have been making the case that between the intelligence community and the House and Senate intelligence committees, no special prosecutor or independent commission is required to get to the bottom of any improper ties between the Trump campaign and/or transition and Russian officials. They are slowly undermining their own case. On Monday, the chairman […]

Morning Bits

President Trump clearly doesn’t grasp this. “Trade among countries is not a zero-sum game, where some countries win and others lose. A country’s international trade position is the sum of the millions of decisions by consumers and firms to purchase and sell goods and services. To assume a loss from trade it is necessary to […]

The multiple ways Trump is hurting his base

President Trump likes to say he is keeping his campaign promises. However, in the most important respect, he is reneging on the message he delivered to his most ardent supporters: He’s not leveling the playing field, but rather, he’s boosting the already-rich. First, Trump’s big infrastructure bill seems not to be happening anytime soon. Between […]

Sean Spicer’s tailspin

Sean Spicer, who is already the subject of “Saturday Night Live” parodies and has become infamous for his rants, verbal pratfalls and jaw-dropping spin, seems to be heading for the distinction of worst press secretary in the history of Western civilization. Consider the following three recent events: First, Spicer has been caught lying or at […]

Can Trump deliver a serious speech?

Since he was sworn in, President Trump has given several speeches (including a Conservative Political Action Conference rant bashing the media and a campaign-style rally in Florida), one solo news conference, a TV interview with ABC News and another with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly before the Super Bowl, and has announced several executive orders and […]

Calling Republicans’ bluff on Obamacare

So you think Republicans have a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare? On ABC’s “This Week,” Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) remarked: “We have to repeal it. That’s what we told the voters we’re going to do. We got to repeal it and we got to replace it. … Well, we didn’t tell […]

White House sees defections on Russia

On Friday, staunch conservative and frequent inquisitor in the Obama administration Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made the entirely reasonable point that only a special prosecutor could investigate alleged wrongdoing with regard to contacts...Show More Summary

Ups and downs

UP: Americans who want Congress to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia DOWN: Sebastian Gorka UP: White House obsession with the press DOWN: Flunky right-wing outlets who lob softballs at Sean Spicer UP: Crowds protesting  at GOP lawmakers’ town halls DOWN: Accusing voters of being paid protesters UP: Hiring H.R. McMaster as national security adviser […]

Morning Bits

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) or Sen. Cory Booker (D)? “You develop experiences over time which tell you that. I can guarantee this: I don’t think the chief of staff will ever have that kind of conversation with the FBI, with an FBI personnel again, nor should he.” John Brennan or David Axelrod? The […]

Sunday wrap

  Who said it? 1. “Trump is the best thing to happen to [our] subscription strategy.” 2.  “I think [a special prosecutor is] way, way getting ahead of ourselves here.” 3. “What we need to be looking at is whether this election was rigged by Donald Trump and his buddy Vladimir Putin.” 4. “The goal […]

Seven takeaways from the White House’s attempt to spin intelligence

The Post’s Friday bombshell reported: The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates’ ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House. Acting at the behest […]

Distinguished pol of the week

Most Republicans these days have lost their nerve and their intellectual integrity. They’ve gone mute or even worse defended the president’s outrageous statements and anti-democratic rhetoric. One of the few exceptions is Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). When Republicans are defending protectionism and devising a border adjustment tax, which will likly trigger a trade war, Sasse […]

Trump vs. an America that works

In his column Friday taking to task President Trump and other immigration exclusionists, David Brooks writes: “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many Republicans prefer a dying white America to a place like, say, Houston.” By that we take it to mean that Trump glorifies the Rust Belt and rural […]

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