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Trump goes with a conventional pick for the Supreme Court

President Trump announced his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He was the conservative legal establishment’s top pick, someone whom they imagine will follow in the originalist philosophy of Scalia. The Post reports: Like Scalia, Gorsuch is […]

Morning Bits

Chaos, just as we expected. “President Trump’s executive order suspending most travel from Syria and seven other predominantly Muslim countries has now encountered mass protests, slap-downs from federal judges and resistance from anShow More Summary

After a missile test, where is Trump’s Iran policy?

On Sunday, Iran conducted its first ballistic missile test since President Trump took office. The administration called for a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, but Trump has not personally spoken about it, nor has the United States taken any other action. Instead, press secretary Sean Spicer said: “We’re aware that Iran fired that missile. […]

What senators need to ask the Supreme Court nominee

In a blatant effort to direct attention from his disastrous travel ban, President Trump moved up his announcement of his Supreme Court nominee. Tonight, he will announce his nominee to replace the late associate justice Antonin Scalia. Liberals and conservatives share a common fallacy, perhaps even attempt to cultivate it, to rev up their own […]

GOP lawmakers must stop grousing and do something

The Post reports: [President] Trump’s [travel] ban … significantly deepened fissures in his already fragile relationship with congressional Republicans, with GOP leaders on Capitol Hill angrily complaining Monday that they were not consulted before the order was issued. At least a dozen key GOP lawmakers and aides said Trump’s order took them by surprise, even […]

Business leaders wake up to the Trump menace

Since the election, American chief executives of major corporations have walked on eggshells, trying not to offend President Trump. They played along with agreeing to “save” jobs in the United States. They attended his business conclaves. But now, no more playing nice. American businesses — indeed, businesses anywhere — abhor chaos. That is what we […]

Will backlash to Trump’s travel ban paralyze the executive branch?

The Trump White House thinks implementation of the travel ban is going well. (We hate to think what would qualify as a mess in its eyes.) In addition to foreign governments’ criticism, individual litigants, litigation from legal rights groups, outrage from Democrats, dismay from some Republicans and near-uniform objections from former national security officials, we […]

Morning Bits

A rare confession of error. “President Donald Trump is adding the director of the CIA back to the National Security Council. The move amends Saturday’s memorandum establishing the NSC, which did not list the CIA director as a ‘regular attendee’ of NSC meetings.” It’s no longer rare for the White House to flat-out lie. “President Donald […]

Game changer in anti-Trump effort?

The Post reports on the Koch brothers coming to terms with President Trump: In their first formal break with the administration, top network officials on Sunday condemned Trump’s travel ban on some refugees and immigrants, calling it “the wrong approach.” Some here expressed alarm that Trump has staked out positions anathema to the network’s libertarian principles, […]

Trump’s travel ban shows staggering incompetence

We don’t want to minimize how objectionable is the concept that underlies the executive order on refugees and immigration. However, the executive order’s lack of coherence and common sense leaves us dumbfounded. We have already heard concerns from members of Congress, former intelligence and military officials and national security experts that the order sweeps up […]

Here’s why White House intrigue matters

For decades during the Cold War, foreign policy experts immersed themselves in “Kremlinology,” the tracking and analysis of figures at the top of the Soviet government. Who was missing from a key meeting? Who was mentioned in a government communique? If one understood the players and their preferences then perhaps Soviet policy could be understood […]

The right splits, and the nature of our democracy is up for grabs

The schism in the GOP could not be more obvious: On one side stands “blood and soil” nationalists bent on stirring the passions of working-class whites who have been convinced that all Muslims are dangerous. They decline to look at the outcomes of the policies; rather, they seek to bond with and channel the irrational […]

Trump endangers troops on the battlefield

Aside from the legal, administrative, foreign policy and political aspects to President Trump’s blunder on the immigration ban — and we do not seek to minimize any of those — the partially stayed executive order directly and immediately threatens our troops and helps the Islamic State. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) explained on Face the Nation: I […]

Ups and downs

UP: An independent judiciary DOWN: The refugee ban UP: Protesters defending American values DOWN: President Trump’s advisers who were supposed to implement the refugee ban UP: Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) who opposed the ban DOWN: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who praised the ban UP: National security […]

Morning Bits

There is no alternative math. “It’s a simple economic fact that you can’t artificially raise prices with protectionism and reduce the amount of trade that takes place and make the economy better off on net or increase the net number of jobs. If Trump goes forward with protectionist trade policies, he’ll face the same adverse […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I think we should slow down.... We are this beacon of hope and opportunity for the rest of the world. That’s our self-image and it’s also an important part of our foreign policy. So we have to do it in a way that makes sense.“ 2. “We didn’t overrule the Department of Homeland Security, as far […]

An economy on the brink of … ?

The Wall Street Journal reported: The U.S. ended 2016 on a familiar trajectory of roughly 2% economic growth, the lackluster trend that has prevailed through most of the current expansion and which President Donald Trump is seeking to double in the face of stubborn long-term headwinds. Gross domestic product, a broad measure of the goods […]

Distinguished pol of the week

In President Trump’s first week in office, when he demonstrated just about every negative quality cited by critics (e.g. impulsivity, dishonesty, ignorance, narcissism), too few Republicans spoke up. A refreshing exception was Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who showed principle and a sense of humor, living up to his reputation as the funniest man in […]

Trump’s base-pleasing antics create firestorm

First we saw President Trump’s announcement on the wall on our southern border. The unnecessary and counterproductive boondoggle set off a war of words and threats of a trade war with Mexico. Then came his immigration announcement. The Post reports: The order was called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” […]

Trump contemplates a one-sided deal in which Russia wins

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said that the unilateral lifting of sanctions against Russia was under consideration. Reaction was swift and fierce in foreign policy circles and on the Hill. “Unless there’s some quo for the quid — highly unlikely — a terrible idea,” remarked Thomas Donnelly from the […]

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