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There are consequences from scrimping on defense spending. “This wag-the-dog approach, in which defense spending is starved to restrict U.S. foreign policy, has been effective in increasing caution among commanders and therefore limiting the types of scenarios in which U.S. forces will now engage. It succeeded partly because the timing was right, and Washington was […]

Where’s Ivanka Trump?

The Post reports: In an interview published Monday, USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers asked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump: How would you feel if your daughter faced sexual harassment at work? “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company,” Trump replied.... Eric Trump backed his father […]

Trump cannot stop himself

  Whatever self-discipline and human decency Donald Trump may have had seems now to have evaporated. Maybe it is the pressure of unremittingly negative press. Maybe he freaks out when polls show him losing. (“Something phony,” he says, describing the same polling outlets he lauded last week showing him ahead). Maybe he never wanted to be president […]

Morning Bits

No one should be stunned that Paul Manafort should lie. “So why did Manafort bother to deny on Sunday that the campaign was involved in the platform change [to remove support for Ukraine]? Campaign sources told me that mostly, Manafort was acting out of habit. Just like when Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing portions of Michelle […]

Mr. Speaker, there’s only one way to win back the GOP’s soul

At a gathering of the Koch brothers donor network, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) reportedly said, “We have to do a better job of taking the moral high ground... showing [conservative] ideas in practice.” Of the House Republicans, he said that “we also see ourselves adding a keel and a rudder […]

How Democrats are winning back Catholics

Donald Trump is having a hard time keeping many Catholics in the GOP column. It’s one of many serious problems he faces in the general election. “Catholic voters, who have been key to picking the winning ticket in almost every modern election, reject Trump decisively,” John Gehring writes. “In 2012, President Obama won the overall Catholic vote […]

Cautions about polling apply to both sides — but things may look worse for Trump

Donald Trump was predictably triumphant when he registered a small post-convention bump. Now the Hillary Clinton team may want to take great comfort in what appears to be her larger post-convention bump. She leads in every poll released since the close of her convention. Her RealClearPolitics average lead over Trump is 4.4 percentage points. Aside […]

Reince Priebus’s very, very bad convention

Whichever Democratic adviser decided to have the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan appear at the Democratic National Convention earned his or her place in the political convention hall of fame (if such a thing existed). His parents’ appearance will certainly go down as one of the most influential — and if Donald Trump loses — […]

Trumpkins run out of rationalizations

Donald Trump’s latest rash of blunders — attacks on a Gold Star family, ignorance about Russia being in Ukraine, an invitation to Vladimir Putin to meddle in our elections — should dissipate some of the fog that enveloped Republicans after watching him take the GOP presidential nomination. They’ve been selling themselves and other Republicans a […]

John McCain’s moment of truth

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) issued a tough statement, the toughest to date from a Republican, in support of the Gold Star Khan family in the face of Donald Trump’s despicable attacks. “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement,” he said. “I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent […]

About that ‘political suicide’ thing …

Conventional-wisdom dispensers told us that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) committed political suicide at the Republican National Convention when he refused to endorse Donald Trump. Well, now one might conclude that they correctly spotted political malpractice — but identified the wrong practitioner. Show More Summary

How not to improve GDP

We have the worst economic recovery since Harry Truman was president. The Wall Street Journal reported: Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the U.S., grew at a seasonally and inflation adjusted annual rate of just 1.2% in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday, well below the pace […]

Lies, lies and more lies

Buzzfeed reports: On Sunday, Donald Trump denied that he had any relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with ABC News. Trump added his previous talk of him having a relationship with Putin was just the two saying nice things about each other. “I don’t know what it means by having a relationship,” […]

Ups and downs

  UP: Democratic National Convention DOWN: Republican National Convention UP: Entertainers at the Democratic convention DOWN: Entertainers (who were those people?!) at the GOP convention UP: Michelle Obama’s speech DOWN: The booing supporters of Sen. Show More Summary

Morning Bits

Hillary Clinton blasts Donald Trump for his Russian hacking invite: “It raises serious issues about Russian interference in our elections, in our democracy. We would not tolerate that from any other country, particularly one who we have adversarial positions with.” I bet she knows Russia is in Ukraine. The NFL (for the first time since the USFL […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “A person void of empathy for the people he wishes to lead cannot be trusted with that leadership.” 2. “I don’t have to justify myself to him.” 3. “They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul.” 4. “He’s not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand. He’s […]

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Majority Leader, Governor Pence: It’s not enough

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana (R) knew what they were getting into when they climbed aboard the Donald Trump bandwagon. They had watched him insult minorities, POWs, the disabled and women. They had seen for themselves how utterly ignorant he was […]

Trump insults Gold Star mom, freaks out U.S. allies

Almost on cue, Donald Trump had a meltdown after the Democratic convention ended Thursday night to positive reviews. He launched a Twitter storm, whined that Hillary Clinton had not congratulated him (what, is he 10 years old?) and insisted that he had nothing to do with the much-criticized Republican convention. Despite previous statements that he was […]

Distinguished pols of the week

This past week many Republicans were suffering from convention envy. Their own convention was angry, pessimistic and lacking in joy. Democrats were having fun, taking the mantle of the party of patriotism, inclusion and optimism. The GOP had a parade of victims blaming illegal immigrants; the Democrats had a parade of survivors (a disabled woman […]

New feature: Trump’s ‘Baghdad Bob’ of the week

We have not been shy around here in pointing out embarrassing rationalizations, excuses and out-and-out lies from Republicans in defense of Donald Trump. His erratic and bizarre views, overt bigotry and monumental ignorance have provoked widespread intellectual dishonesty on the right as they try to explain or minimize their candidate’s utterances. The examples are so […]

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