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Sean Spicer Out As White House Press Secretary

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A big but not unexpected personnel change at the White House.

Trump Administration Seeking To Undermine Robert Mueller’s Investigation

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Robert Mueller seems to be getting closer to the President, and the Administration is responding by seeking to undermine his investigation.

Jon Huntsman Nominated To Be Ambassador To Russia

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A good choice for an important position.

Trump And Putin Had Previously Undisclosed Meeting At G-20

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Is there anyone in the Trump Administration or family who hasn’t held undisclosed meetings with Russians?

Donald Trump Fails The Leadership Test Again

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President Trump’s reaction to the failure of health care reform efforts in the Senate demonstrates yet again that he doesn’t know how to be President.

Senate GOP’s Plan C On Health Care Dies In Less Than A Day

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What looks like it will be the Senate GOP’s last effort on the issue of health care reform died less than a day after being put on the table.

Americans Favor Obamacare Over GOP Replacements Two-To-One

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New polling indicates that the Affordable Care Act has gained in popularity with the American public, while Republican reform efforts are viewed overwhelmingly negatively.

Trump Continues To Slump In The Polls

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With the Administration’s six-month point approaching, Donald Trump continues to lag in the polls.

Trump Reportedly Won’t Visit Britain Until He Gets Better Press Coverage

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President Trump is apparently saying that he will delay his expected state visit to the United Kingdom until he gets better coverage from the British press: Donald Trump reportedly told Theresa May he will not make a state visit to the UK until he is guaranteed a “better reception”. The US President asked the Prime Minister to […]

Justice Dept. Fails To Comply With Court Order To Release Details On Sessions Russia Contacts

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NPR is reporting that the Justice Department has failed to comply with a Federal District Court’s Order that it provide a list of the Attorney General’s contacts with Russian officials: In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts […]

White House Under Siege As Russia Revelations Continue

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Six months of revelations about ties to Russia is taking its toll on White House staffers.

Blocked Twitter Users Sue President Trump Alleging First Amendment Violation

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Twitter users who have been blocked on the service by President Trump are suing him, claiming that their First Amendment rights have been violated.

That Donald Trump Jr. Meeting Is Looking More And More Like Collusion

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The revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with someone represented as being a Russian government official just keep getting worse.

Australian Journalist’s Trump Takedown Goes Viral

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An Australian television reporter’s comments about President Trump’s impact on the recently concluded G-20 summit have gone viral: In an Australian news broadcast that seems to have resonated with Americans, a political journalist delivered a scathing evaluation of President Trump’s performance last week at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany. The journalist, Chris Uhlmann, […]

A Solid June Jobs Report Signals Bounce Back From Slump In May

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The June Jobs Report was significantly better than what we saw in May but on the whole not different from what we’ve seen for the last three years or so.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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More provocation from Pyongyang.

Trump Profile from 1997

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Commenter AndrewBW pointed me to a 1997 profile of Donald Trump from the New Yorker (Trump Solo).  It is illuminating insofar as many of the behaviors we see from the President today are quite evident in the piece. There were a number of striking passages, but this anecdote struck me: We hadn’t been airborne long when Trump […]

Anthony Kennedy Drops A Big Hint About Potential Retirement in 2018

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Justice Kennedy is telling prospective law clerks for the term that beings in October 2018 that he is considering retiring at the end of the term that begins this October.

Today in Poor Defenses

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Writing at Mediate, Joe Bielle has a piece entitled:  President Trump Deserves Credit For Taking On Bullies Like Mika Brzezinski Make no mistake, Donald Trump’s supposedly vicious attacks are always in response to vicious attacks against him. He does not retaliate with personal attacks against people who simply question his policy proposals. First, what policy […]

States Resist Giving Data To Trump’s ‘Voter Integrity’ Commission

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More than twenty states are resisting requests for data from a ‘voter integrity’ Commission built on President Trump’s lie that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

Huh? (Well Beyond Infinity Edition)

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From Remarks by the President Signing an Executive Order on the National Space Council THE PRESIDENT: […] So, I just want to tell you that we are now going to sign an executive order, and this is going to launch a whole new chapter for our great country. And people are very excited about it […]

Republican Health Care Chaos

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The Senate left for vacation without a viable path forward on health care reform, and the road ahead seems treacherous and hard to navigate.

Line of the Day: Tweets and Mika Edition

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“He should be a lot more worried about NATO and building a relationship with Angela Merkel than he is with cable news hosts.”–Joe Scarborough. This, in a nutshell, captures one of the major problems (although not the only one) revealed by this current (but not singular) brouhaha over presidential tweets.  Donald J. Trumps is president […]

The New York Post On Trump’s Tweets

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The New York Post has published an editorial on President Trump’s latest Twitter tirade: Stop. Just stop. Really, that’s all that needs to be said. The editorial links to a Post article about Trump’s attacks on Mika Brezinski yesterday and pretty much says all that needs to be said. Incidentally, a report yesterday on MSNBC stated that […]

Some Anemic Defenses of Trump’s Tweets

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In regards to the recent Trump Tweets about Mika Brzenski, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao offers the following pathetic defense: “The president is a citizen as well, and he says what he wants to say,” Chao said at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic. “I think one of […]

Another Deplorable Trump Twitter Tirade

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Once again, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack women, embarrass himself, and embarrass the nation he purports to represent.

Rex Tillerson Clashing With White House Over Personnel And Other Issues

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is apparently chafing under a White House that isn’t letting him do his job.

Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Are Historically Bad And Only Likely To Get Worse

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Donald Trump is the most unpopular incoming President in more than eighty years.

Trump Golf Courses Displaying Fake Time Magazine Cover Featuring Donald Trump

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Donald Trump’s golf courses are displaying something that literally is fake news.

CBO Score Casts Even More Doubt On Senate Health Care Reform Bill

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Once again, a bad CBO score is casting doubt on a Republican health care reform bill.

Supreme Court Partly Upholds, Partly Lifts, Stay On Muslim Travel Ban

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In a decision that hands a victory to both sides, the Supreme Court has partly upheld, and partly lifted, the stay on President Trump’s Executive Order that banned travel from six majority-Muslim nations.

The 140 Character POTUS

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Twitter is, in some way, the most vacuous and simplistic of all social media, and it also appears to be the President’s main intellectual outlet.

Trump Lies, The Truth Dies

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Donald Trump’s Presidency is young, but he’s already on track to become the biggest liar ever to occupy the Oval Office.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke No Longer Being Considered For DHS Position

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David Clarke, the controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff who was apparently up for consideration for a position at the Department of Homeland Security before it was revealed that he had plagiarized his Master’s Thesis, is no longer under consideration for a Federal Government position: WASHINGTON — David A. Clarke Jr., the polarizing Milwaukee County sheriff and a […]

Trump Reverses Parts Of Obama’s Opening To Cuba

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Foolishly, President Trump is rolling back part of President Obama’s opening to Cuba.

Robert Mueller Investigating Jared Kushner’s Finances

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a Trump family member in the cross hairs.

President Trump Thinks The Media Hates His Twitter Habit. He Couldn’t Be More Wrong.

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Donald Trump thinks the media doesn’t like his Twitter habit. In reality, they love it.

Republican Congressman Steve King Blames Obama For Virginia Shooting

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Iowa Congressman Steve King says former President Obama is partly to blame for this week’s shootings at a practice by Republican Members of Congress for this year’s Congressional Baseball Game: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is pointing a finger at former President Barack Obama for the attack on Republican lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, […]

Pence Lawyers Up

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We haven’t seen much of Vice-President Pence in public lately, but behind the scenes, he’s reacting to the growing investigation of the Trump Administration: WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal criminal defense lawyer to guide him through the various investigations encircling the White House, an aide said on Thursday. Mr. Pence […]

Trump Taps Woman Who Planned His Son’s Wedding To Run Federal Housing

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Donald Trump has appointed the woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding for a top No. 2 position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development: She’s arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding. Now President Trump has […]

Democratic Lawmakers Sue President Trump For Violations Of Emoluments Clause

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Nearly 200 Members of Congress and the Senate have filed suit against President Trump alleging that he is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Mueller Expands Investigation To Include Obstruction Of Justice

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation to include the allegation that President Trump may have attempted to obstruct justice

Federal Reserve Raises Rates For Third Time Since December

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For the third time since December,, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates.

Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam Win Primary Battles For Virginia Governor

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Republicans and Democrats have picked their candidates for 2017’s Governor’s race, but the biggest name is likely to be one not on the ballot, Donald Trump.

So, no More Golf for POTUS?

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Forget the imperial presidency. Welcome to the indolent presidency.

Maryland and Washington, D.C. Sue Trump Over Alleged Emoluments Clause Violations

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Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing President Trump based on alleged violations of two provisions of the Constitution that have never been litigated before.

Trump’s Absurdly Obsequious Cabinet Meeting

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Donald Trump’s first Cabinet Meeting looked like something out of a Maoist propaganda video.

Golden State Warriors Reportedly Decline To Visit White House

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Last night, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second NBA Championship in three seasons during which they have dominated the NBA and drawn comparisons to the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan’s era. This morning there are reports that the team has elected not to visit the White House as has […]

Trump Reportedly Considering Firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller

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There are reports that the President is considering firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Are we headed for another Saturday Night Massacre?

Ninth Circuit Upholds Stay On Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Trump Administration’s Muslim Travel Ban suffers another defeat at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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