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Democratic States Sue Trump Administration Over Decision To End DACA

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As expected, a group of Democratic states is suing the Trump Administration over the decision to end the DACA program.

Donald Trump And The Art Of The Bad Deal

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Donald Trump made a deal with Democrats on spending and the debt ceiling, but it was an exceedingly bad one.

Removing Confederate Statues Is Not ‘Erasing History’

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The battle over Confederate statues that was resurrected by the violence in Charlottesville is off the front pages, but that doesn’t mean it’s over quite yet.

So Far, Trump’s Economy Is Doing Worse Than Obama’s

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President Trump likes to take credit for the state of the economy, but the truth is that things are actually doing slightly worse under his Administration than they were under his predecessor.

Blue States Threatening To Sue Trump Over DACA Decision, But Their Case Seems Weak

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Several Democratic Attorneys General are threatening to sue the Trump Administration over the decision to end DACA, but their legal arguments appear to be especially weak.

David Clarke Heads To Pro-Trump SuperPAC After Kelly Blocks White House Job

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Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke loses out on yet another Trump Administration position thanks to Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Trump isn’t Wrong About Congress and DACA

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But, the problem is, they seem unlikely to act.

Majority Of Americans Support Extending DACA, Allowing Dreamers To Become Citizens

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Two polls find that most Americans support letting DACA beneficiaries to stay in the United States. Will that help move Congress to act?

Obama Speaks Out About Trump’s Decision To End DACA

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The Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA motivated former President Obama to speak out, and he’s absolutely right.

Trump Administration Announces End Of DACA, With Six Month Delay

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The Trump Administration announced today that the program that provided deportation relief to nearly a million people brought to the United States as children would end unless Congress acts to save it.

Democrats Already Maneuvering For Support And Donors In 2020

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We’re a long way away from the start of the 2020 election cycle, but Democrats are already maneuvering for support and money.

The Bob Menendez Trial Is Set To Begin, And It Could Have Big Implications In Washington

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As Congress heads back to work, a corruption trial in New Jersey could have big implications for what happens on Capitol Hill.

North Korea Rattles Its Saber, So Trump Attacks South Korea

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At a time when our alliance is more important than ever, President Trump is responding by attacking our ally.

Sasse Remarks on Trump’s Mercantilism

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“His Administration holds 18th-century views of trade as a zero-sum game.”-Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE). For context, see: Trump preparing withdrawal from South Korea trade deal, a move opposed by top aides.

Jennifer Rubin’s Assessment of the GOP

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“The party of Lincoln has become the party of Charlottesville, Arpaio, DACA repeal and the Muslim ban.” —Jennifer Rubin. Note:  Rubin is a conservative, indeed Republican (at least in the past) commentator.

Today in Depressing Poll Numbers

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Via Newsweek: In a Fox News poll released Wednesday, 69 percent of Republicans said the news media is a bigger danger to society, compared with just 18 percent who responded that white supremacists are more of a problem.

Dept. Of Justice Admits That Trump’s Wiretapping Claims Were Lies

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Another Trump lie.

Trump’s Decision On DACA Expected Tuesday

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President Trump is threatening to end a program that has benefited at least 750,000 innocent people.

Understanding Where we are in Afghanistan

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The following from Foreign Policy is worth a read: There Is No War in Afghanistan. Ever since the Taliban government was toppled in late 2001, the heart of the strategic problem that has confronted the United States and its allies in Afghanistan has been the definition of victory: How does this end? We would all be better […]

The War on Information

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Via the Seattle Times comes a piece worth a read:  UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it Starbird argues in a new paper, set to be presented at a computational social-science conference in May, that these “strange clusters” of wild conspiracy talk, when mapped, point to an emerging alternative media ecosystem on the web […]

Trump and Latin America

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Trump isn’t going to win any regional popularity awards in LA.

John Kelly Can’t Control Donald Trump

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John Kelly has only been White House Chief of Staff for a month, but it’s already apparent that he isn’t likely to last very long in that position.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Under Investigation For Trip That Coincided With Eclipse

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Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky that ‘just happened’ to coincide with last month’s eclipse is being investigated by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General.

Report: Mueller Has Copy Of Trump’s Original Letter Justifying Firing James Comey

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While the rest of us have been distracted by a hurricane in Texas, Robert Mueller’s investigation continues moving forward.

Trump Administration Scrapping Plan To Put Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill?

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Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary won’t commit to putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

(Vice) Presidential

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Via Politico, Pence shows Trump how to sweat it out with Texas victims: Pence — who is always cautious about upstaging the president — literally followed in Trump’s footsteps, flying with his wife to Corpus Christi, Texas, two days after the president and first lady Melania Trump had flown there and received updates from officials on the […]

More on the new Fiscal Realities in Washington

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To go along with my post from yesterday is this piece from the NYT: Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington. Gone are the confrontational talk of a government shutdown and the brinkmanship over the debt limit. Instead, both Mr. Trump and his putative allies in Congress — many of them professed fiscal hawks — are promising […]

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Resigns, Will Reportedly Go Work For Trump

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Controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has resigned and will reportedly go to work for Donald Trump.

Choices: the Wall or Disaster Relief? (And other Tales of Exec-Leg Interaction)

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Winning was easy.  Legislating is hard.

No, General Mattis Is Not Defying Trump On The Transgender Military Ban

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Contrary to reports, Secretary of Defense Mattis is not defying the President on his order to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military.

Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge To Commission On Presidential Debates

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A Federal Appeals Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein regarding their exclusion from Presidential debates.

Federal Judge Dismisses Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The New York Times

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Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times suffers a significant setback.

Least Shocking Headline of the Day

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Via WaPo, Even in visiting hurricane-ravaged Texas, Trump keeps the focus on himself: As rescuers continued their exhausting and heartbreaking work in southeastern Texas on Tuesday afternoon, as the rain continued to fall and a reservoir near Houston spilled over, President Trump grabbed a microphone to address hundreds of supporters who had gathered outside a firehouse near […]

Trump Admits He Dropped Arpaio Pardon Friday Night Because Of Hurricane Harvey Coverage

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Yesterday during a press conference with the President of Finland, President Trump said he issued the pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio when he did because he knew that the coverage of Hurricane Harvey bearing down on Houston would mean more people would be watching the news: WASHINGTON — President Trump offered a fiery defense […]

Defense Secretary Mattis Joins Tillerson In Rebuking Trump Over Charlottesville

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Another Cabinet member rebukes the President for his comments about Charlottesville.

Trump Fired A Guy Because The Crowd For His Speech Wasn’t Big Enough

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Bloomberg is reporting that Donald Trump fired a long time political adviser because the size of the crowd at his Phoenix rally wasn’t big enough: Donald Trump was in a bad mood before he emerged for a confrontational speech in Arizona last week. TV and social media coverage showed that the site of his campaign […]

Pair Of New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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President Trump’s effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military faces two new legal challenges.

Joe Arpaio for Senate?

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It’s possible we haven’t heard the last from “Sheriff Joe.”

Trump, The Arpaio Pardon, And The Constitution

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The pardoning of Joe Arpaio was distasteful and an affront to the Rule of Law, but it was completely within the powers of the President and should not be a ground for impeachment.

Trump Sought To Build Trump Tower In Moscow While Running For President

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New reports of Trump’s business ties to Russia are raising eyebrows.

Rex TIllerson Throws Trump Under The Bus Over Charlottesville Response

Donald Trump’s Secretary of State is refusing to defend his response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Trump Asked Jeff Sessions About Dropping Criminal Case Against Joe Arpaio

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President Trump’s attempts to interfere in the administration of justice go beyond the Russia investigation.

District Of Columbia Seeks Review Of Ruling Striking Down Concealed-Carry Law

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Not surprisingly, the District of Columbia is seeking review of last month’s decision on its concealed-carry law by the full Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Trump Signs Order Barring Transgender Service Members

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President Trump’s shameful decision to ban transgender Americans from the military has nothing to do with military readiness and everything to do with pandering to his far-right base.

Arpaio in Context

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The problematic nature of Arpaio’s tenure goes beyond just his contempt charge.

The Arpaio Pardon and Charlottesville

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The president’s decisions to pardon Joe Arpaio sends a clear signal in the wake of Charlottesville.

Sebastian Gorka Out At White House

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In addition to announcing the pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the White House also announced last night that controversial White House appointee Sebastian Gorka was fired in what appears to be another move by new Chief of Staff John Kelly to clean house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Sebastian Gorka, an outspoken […]

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

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The president has abrogated his duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Trump Administration Set To Formalize Transgender Military Ban

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The Trump Administration has reportedly finalized its order to the Defense Department regarding a ban on military service by transgender soldiers.

Local Politics as it Should Be but Seldom Is

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A race for the Virginia House of Delegates straight out of a civics book.

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