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Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

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Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Town Hall Protests Continue, But Will It Translate Into Election Results?

Members of Congress and the Senate are once again facing down angry constituents, but it’s unclear whether it will translate into anything substantial in 2018.

Trump Selects Lt. General H.R. McMaster To Be National Security Adviser

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President Trump has actually made a good pick for National Security Adviser. As with the rest of his foreign policy team, though, the question is if he’ll listen to him.

Explaining Sweden: Trump’s TV Habits (Updated)

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This (via TPM) may explaing Trump’s Sweden rant: turns out “what happened last night in Sweden” actually just means “last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden” pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017 This does not, in my opinion, change the basic thesis of my post on this topic. Worst case […]

Trump: Fear-mongering in Florida

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The President gathered supporters around him, and blatantly lied to them, so as to increase support for his policies.

There’s Only One Right Side In Trump’s Unjustified War On The News Media

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There are two sides in this war between Trump and the media, but only one of them is the right side.

Trump’s First Choice To Replace Mike Flynn Turned Him Down Due To Chaos In Administration

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Chaos inside the Trump Administration is causing people to turn down lucrative positions.

Trump’s Press Conference Performance Confirmed Everything Bad We Thought About Him

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For seventy-seven minutes yesterday, President Trump held forth in a press conference that confirmed the most dire predictions about what he’d be like as President.

Chaos Continues As Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Withdraws

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The President’s choice for Labor Secretary withdrew his name from consideration yesterday, but this is just the latest example of what has been a transition that has largely consisted of fumble after fumble by the Trump team.

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

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The story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia didn’t start with Michael Flynn, and it isn’t going to end with his resignation.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

Michael Flynn Out As National Security Adviser

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An unsurprising ‘resignation’ from the shortest-serving National Security Adviser in history.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Under Fire For Lying About Contacts With Russia

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Could National Security Adviser Michael Flynn be the first to go under Trump?

Donald Trump Continues To Feed Material To Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live is certainly getting a ton of material out of the Trump Presidency. Last night alone, there were three skits that involved some part of the Trump Presidency, including host Alec Baldwin reprising his performance as the President from several months ago. First up, Donald Trump heads to The People’s Court to get […]

Trump and the Permanent Campaign

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If anything, Trump’s Twitter feed has been a good illustration of the fact that the President has not made a transition from campaign to government.  This is hardly a surprise, as it would seem that he understands the former, but not the latter.  Such antics, of course, have been evident in public pronouncements and, it […]

Rhetoric Matters: Trump and Iran

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Trump’s combination amateur hour/tough guy approach is not going to make the world a safer place, nor will it advance US national interest.

Signs Of An Anti-Trump ‘Tea Party’ At Congressional Town Halls

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At Congressional town halls across the country, there are signs of what could turn into a movement that would cause real headaches for the GOP in future elections.

Appeals Court Upholds Restraining Order Barring Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Another judicial slap at the Trump Administration.

Judge Gorsuch Parts With Trump On Attacks On Judiciary

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Judge Gorsuch isn’t much of a fan of Donald Trump’s comments about the judiciary.

Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

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After a highly contentious nomination process, Jeff Sessions was confirmed last night as the new Attorney General of the United States.

Yet Another Poll Shows Majority Disapproval Of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Another poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose President Trump’s Executive Order barring most travel to and from the United States from seven majority Muslim countries: A majority of U.S. voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s recent actions on immigration, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The Quinnipiac University survey shows 51 percent […]

Jake Tapper Grills Kellyanne Conway on Trump Administration Lies

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Yesterday afternoon, Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s senior advisers, appeared for an extended interview on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, and the results were, well let’s just call them interesting: Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has apologized for citing a fake “massacre” in support of Donald Trump’s travel ban, in an interview on CNN […]

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Secretary Of Education After Tie-Breaking Vote By Mike Pence

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Despite two Republican defections, Betsy DeVos was confirmed today as Secretary of Education.

The Narcissistic, Hypersensitive Presidency Of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is turning out to be a man uniquely obsessed with appearances, and it’s impacting his entire Administration.

Republicans Against Legal Immigration

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Two Republican Senators are introducing legislation that would result in drastic reductions in the number of people allowed into the country legally.

Democrats United In Opposition To Virtually All Remaining Trump Cabinet Nominees

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Senate Democrats are set to almost unanimously oppose virtually all of the Trump Cabinet nominees yet to be voted on.

Speaker Of British House Of Commons Says No Address By Trump

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When she came to visit President Trump during his first week in office, British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the United Kingdom. It has since been reported that such a visit, which apparently has not been scheduled, would be a formal state visit that would include an audience with Queen Elizabeth II […]

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Two new polls show that most Americans oppose President Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority Muslim countries, but that most Republicans support it.

Saturday Night Live Roasts White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

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Donald Trump has been providing comedians in general, and Saturday Night Live in particular, with material for decades. Now, his Administration is helping comedians worldwide on a daily basis. Last night, it was Press Secretary Sean Spicer who came into focus for grilling, with Melissa McCarthy portraying him: Nicely played SNL. Nicely played.

Appeals Court Denies Federal Government’s Request For Stay Of Travel Ban Order

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An initial setback for the Federal Government in its appeal of the ruling putting President Trump’s Muslim travel ban on hold.

Trump’s Job Approval At Historic Low For Incoming Presidents

Donald Trump’s initial job approval numbers are lower than any President since the EIsenhower Administration.

Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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A legal victory, at least for now, for opponents of Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim nations.

Repealing Obamacare Proving To Be Harder Than GOP Thought

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Repeal and replace is likely to take longer than many Republicans thought it would, but that shouldn’t be surprising.

How Should Democrats Respond To The Gorsuch Nomination?

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In the end, an effort by Democrats to block Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court does not seem like a good use of their rather limited options.

Top Trump Adviser Justifies Travel Ban By Citing ‘Massacre’ That Never Happened

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Today in “Alternative Facts.”

A Strong January Jobs Report, But Signs Of Possible Weakness Ahead

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The first Jobs Report of 2017 saw healthy jobs growth in January, but there are signs we may be reaching a point where hiring could slow down.

Betsy DeVos Nomination At 50-50 After Two GOP Defections

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The nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education appears to be somewhat imperiled, and would appear to require a tie-breaking vote from Vice-President Pence to make it through the Senate: Betsy DeVos has no votes to spare heading into a looming confirmation vote next week. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said […]

Rex Tillerson Confirmed As Secretary Of State

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In a closer than normal vote for the position, Rex Tillerson has been confirmed as Secretary of State.

Trump Deludes Himself Into Believing He Did Well Among African-American Voters

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During the same Black History Month event I referenced earlier, Donald Trump claimed that he did “substantially better” among African-American voters than previous Republican candidates: “If you remember, I wasn’t going to do well with the African American community, and after they heard me speaking and talking about the inner city and lots of other […]

Trump Invokes The Name Of Frederick Douglass, Ignores What Douglass Said About Immigration

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During a meeting today at the White House kicking off Black History Month, President Trump invoked the name of Frederick Douglass, the former slave who became a leading abolitionist before the Civil War and an advocate for liberty and equality thereafter. It leads one to wonder if he was aware of what Douglass had to […]

Trump Names Judge Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court

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With a relatively smooth announcement, Donald Trump has named a solid and qualified conservative who will likely be confirmed to the nation’s highest court.

Firing Sally Yates Was Not A “Monday Night Massacre”

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The Acting Attorney General was fired last night after announcing that she would refuse to defend President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. As a result she was fired. Contrary to some arguments, this was not improper.

Trump Hits Negative Job Approval In Record Time

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After just over a week in office, Donald Trump already has a negative job approval number. That’s a modern record.

Trump To Name Supreme Court Nominee Tomorrow Evening

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President Trump will name his first Supreme Court pick on his 11th day in office.

Donald Trump’s Plan to Increase the Trade Deficit

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Yet another example of why Trump and his views on Trade and the economy are contradictory and even incoherent. Not only should Trump be building his Great Trump Wall™ in Mexico he should be furiously working against any and all foreign investment in the U.S.

Protests And Court Orders Push Back Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

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The first day of implementation of President Trump’s order barring immigration from certain Muslim nations did not go smoothly for the Administration.

“It’s working out very nicely”

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“You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”-President Donald J. Trump. Here’s the thing:  either he doesn’t understand the […]

Elections have Consequences, Part 2

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Via the BBC:  MP Zahawi says Trump order banning him from US is ‘demeaning and sad’ Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has said the executive order from President Trump bans him from the US and makes him feel discriminated against for the first time since he was a child. A British citizen born in Iraq, and […]

Elections have Consequences

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Via AFP: An Iraqi family was barred from flying from Cairo to New York on Saturday after US President Donald Trump signed an order restricting arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries. […] Fuad Sharef, 51, and his wife and three children were instead forced to board a flight back to Erbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, […]

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