Donald Trump Has A Woman Problem

Women voters are turning decidedly against Donald Trump, this could pose problems for Republican in 2018 and beyond.

Vainest of Vanities

The only reason March 5th is “our last chance” at a DACA deal is if Trump makes it so.

The Politics of DACA

If Trump is able to insist upon a package deal or no deal at all, he may muck up his chance of policy success, but it may be the Democrats who lose politically.

The Tea Party Is Dead, As Is The Idea That It Ever Was Anything Other Than A GOP Proxy

The Tea Party is dead, but it was never really alive to begin with.

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ And ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Banned By Minnesota School District

Two classic pieces of American Literature have been banned from the curriculum in Duluth, Minnesota. This is a mistake.

The GOP Is Now The Party Of Deficits And Debt, But Then It Always Has Been

Republicans spent the eight years of Obama Administration railing against fiscal irresponsibility. Now that they have power, they’re the ones being fiscally irresponsible.

Demanding Denuclearization Of North Korea Is A Non-Starter

Expecting North Korea to agree to diplomatic talks that are aimed at getting rid of their nuclear weapons is asking for the impossible, and ensuring there will be no progress on the diplomatic front for the foreseeable future.

Trump’s (Lack of) Popularity in Latin America

Via Gallup:  Outlook Grim in Latin America for Relations Under Trump. The image of U.S. leadership took a hit worldwide during Donald Trump’s first year in office, but nowhere more so than in Latin America, where the median approval rating dropped from 49% in 2016 to 24% in 2017. As low as the approval rating was […]

Yes, DACA Beneficiaries And Other Illegal Immigrants Should Be Able To Become Citizens

One of the main objections that many on the right seem to have to proposals to legalize DACA beneficiaries and other illegal immigrants is the idea that they could eventually become citizens. There’s no good reason they shouldn’t be able to do so.

Colombian Roses: Valentine’s Day and Free Trade

WaPo has an in-depth story on the Colombian floral industry that is worth a read:  In rose beds, money blooms: How the rose trade lifted Colombia – and nearly erased an American industry. The majority of roses Americans give one another on Valentine’s Day, roughly 200 million in all, grow here, the savanna outside Bogota, summoned […]

Federal Judge Has Doubts About Trump’s Border Wall

The Judge presiding over a case dealing with Trump’s proposed border wall expressed doubts about the project. The President will no doubt be irked by the identity of that Judge.

Dozens Of Trump White House Employees Lack Final Security Clearances

More than a year into the Trump Presidency, dozens of White House personnel lack proper security clearances.

The Confusion of Short Government Shutdowns

Friday’s eight-hour shutdown was not the non-event it seemed from the outside.

Trump Defends Former White House Staffer Accused of Spousal Abuse

President Trump spoke up about the spousal abuse charges against his former Staff Secretary Rob Porter. His response was entirely predictable.

Second White House Official Resigns Amid Reports Of Spousal Abuse

Late Friday, a second member of the Trump Administration resigned his position amid accusations that he abused his former wife: A White House speechwriter resigned Friday after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their turbulent 2½ -year marriage — allegations that he vehemently denied, saying she was the one […]

Trump Blocks Release Of Democratic Rebuttal To Nunes Memo

Donald Trump has blocked the release of a memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Democrats to rebut the Nunes memo. It’s hard not to see this as a blatantly partisan move.

’10 Percent Increase’ Hardly a ‘Massive Infusion of Spending’

WaPo is overhyping things a bit.

Trump Considering Ousting John Kelly

President Trump is reportedly considering replacing his chief of staff. Again.

What The Rob Porter Scandal Tells Us About The Trump White House

The Rob Porter story, which is quickly becoming the Rob Porter scandal, tells us a lot about the Trump White House, and none of it is good.

Congress is Powerless to Stop Presidential Strike on North Korea

My latest for RealClearDefense.

Congress Approves Budget Deal, Ends Overnight Shutdown

While most of America slept, the government was shutdown thanks to some faux theatrics by a single Senator.

Brief Government Shutdown Ended by Massive Budget Agreement

I woke up to the news that the Federal government had shut down for the second time in a few weeks. Thankfully, the impasse was resolved in time for me to report to work as normal. CNN (“Congress votes to reopen government, passes massive budget deal“): Congress approved a major budget deal early Friday morning, […]

How about a Parade of Ideas?

Today in an increasingly liberal, educated, globalized, and democratic world, we have more reason than ever to listen to the opinion of our peers and, where appropriate, to be open to their counsel.

The Nunes Memo Was A Complete Dud

Contrary to the claims that were made by conservatives and Trump supporters before its release, the memo prepared by Congressman Devin Nunes has done nothing to undermine the Russia investigation.

Senate Reaches Budget Deal That Busts Budget Caps And Massively Increases Spending

Congress seems likely to pass a budget deal today that will massively increase spending, putting to rest once and for all the rank hypocrisy of Republicans when it comes to claims that they are “fiscally conservative.”

Trump Administration Admits 2018 Elections Are Vulnerable To More Russian Interference

Administration officials are admitting that it’s likely that Russia will try to interfere in the midterm elections just as it did in 2016, but they don’t seem inclined to do anything about it.

Of Course Donald Trump Wants A Military Parade

Of course Donald Trump wants a military parade, it would be consistent with his delusions of grandeur.

In One Week, Trump Went From A Call For Unity To Calling Political Rivals ‘Treasonous’

Last week, the President was calling for national unity. This week, he called political opponents “treasonous.”

Congress Moves Ahead On Budget Deal As Trump Threatens Shutdown

Congress appears to be moving closer to a budget deal even as the President tries to throw a monkey wrench into the whole thing.

Republican Midterm Optimism Mostly Misguided

Recent polls have caused Republicans to become more optimistic about their chances in this year’s midterms. That optimism is both premature and misplaced.

Michele Bachmann Declines Run For Senate After Apparently Consulting “God”

Michele Bachmann asked God if she should run for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, she got an answer.

Most Americans Want Congress To Reach A DACA Deal, But Oppose Linking It To The Budget

A new poll indicates that most Americans support a DACA deal, but don’t think it should be linked to measures to avoid a government shutdown.

Live By The Markets, Die By The Markets

Donald Trump spent much of the past year touting the rising stock market, now he’s getting a lesson in reality.

An Example of Eroding Mutual Forbearance

President Trump has harsh words for Democrats who didn’t applaud his SOTU.

Trump’s Own Lawyers Reluctant To Let Him Talk To Robert Mueller

Donald Trump’s own lawyers are afraid he can’t help but lie to such an extent that he should not sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

The Era Of Trillion Dollar Deficits Is Set To Return, And Republicans Don’t Seem To Care

With Republicans fully in control in Washington, their concerns about the budget deficit seem to have disappeared.

Supreme Court Declines To Place Hold On Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Decision

The Supreme Court has declined to stay a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling requiring the legislature to redraw the state’s Congressional District map.

Prospects For A DACA Deal Still Not Looking Good

Congress seems no closer to a DACA deal than they were in January.

Congress Heads Back To Work With Both The Budget Unresolved And A Shutdown Looming

After an extended break for the Republican retreat, Congress heads back to work today with just three days before a possible government shutdown.

Dodge Super Bowl Ad Featuring Martin Luther King Jr. Causes Controversy

Dodge is facing controversy this morning for using the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in a Super Bowl commercial, but they’re not the only party who may have some questions to answer.

Encouraging Signs For Democrats In New Poll, But There Are Caveats

A newly released poll has encouraging signs for Democrats in 2018, but there are several caveats.

The Law and Order President

Via the NYT:  Trump’s Unparalleled War on a Pillar of Society: Law Enforcement. The war between the president and the nation’s law enforcement apparatus is unlike anything America has seen in modern times. With a special counsel investigating whether his campaign collaborated with Russia in 2016 and whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice in 2017, the president has engaged in […]

The Nunes Memo’s Big Lies

The two most important allegations in the Nunes memo appear to be complete lies.

Is Joe Arpaio The Next Roy Moore?

Will Joe Arpaio cause the GOP to lose an otherwise winnable Senate race?

Trump and the Memo

Some very interesting reporting from WaPo as to when Trump really knew what was in the memo: ‘Never any hesitation’: Trump was quickly persuaded to support memo’s release The president did not actually see the memo — written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Nunes’s staff — until Wednesday afternoon, following the committee’s Monday vote […]

About Carter Page

Since the Nunes memo puts him back in the foreground of public discourse, here is an NYT profile of Carter Page from this week:  Carter Page, Ex-Trump Aide Once Shunned by Right, Is Back at the Center of the Russia Case. Two things about this piece that are worth noting. First, Page had been of interest to federal […]

What the Nunes Memo Tells us

Mostly it just tells us that Nunes and his allies are hacks.

Trump Claims The Nunes Memo “Totally Vindicates” Him. It Doesn’t.

President Trump is claiming that the Nunes memo vindicates him. He’s wrong.

Mitt Romney Drops A Big Hint About Senate Bid

He’s tan. He’s rested. He’s ready. And, yes, he’s running.

McCain Says Republicans ‘Doing Putin’s Job for Him’

The 2008 Republican nominee for president condemned his party and its president for the release of a controversial memo attacking the FBI.

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