Bill Weld 2020?

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has rejoined the Republican Party, leading many to wonder if he’s considering a challenge to President Trump in 2020.

Lindsey Graham Warns Republicans To Back Trump On Emergency Declaration

Lindsey Graham is telling his fellow Republicans that they better back the President if he decides to declare a national emergency to get funding for his border wall.

Majority Oppose Use Of National Emergency To Build Border Wall

Most Americans oppose the idea of the President using a “national emergency” to get funding for his border wall. Will that matter to him?

A Question of Confidence

The Northam situation shows the rigidity of separation of powers systems.

Majority Oppose Trump’s Border Wall, Favor More Liberal Immigration Laws

A new poll shows most Americans oppose President Trump’s border wall and support more liberal immigration laws.

Working Hard? Or Hardly Working?

President Trump’s detailed schedules reveal a man who doesn’t seem to spend a lot of time actually working.

Ralph Northam’s Forgivable Sin

Virgnia’s governor has to resign. But not because of some 35-year-old photos.

The History of Blackface

A reading recommendation.

Why Democrats Want Northam Out As Soon As Possible

There’s a good reason why Democrats want Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to get out of the way sooner rather than later.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Ignorance

More than any recent President, Donald Trump displays a tremendous amount ignorance about the world. Even worse is the fact that he seems proud of it.

A Question about Northam

Eugene Volokh asks, I provide my answer.

Streaming Killed the Video Star

AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV and TimeWarner is forcing price hikes that are driving customers away at a rapid clip.

Proving You’re Not a Robot is Really Hard

They’ve gotten better at solving CAPTCHAs than we are.

Northam Refuses To Resign, Denies Racist Photos Are Of Him

Despite overwhelming calls for his resignation, Ralph Northam is refusing to step down as Governor of Virginia.

Twitter Poll

“You Know Nothing” Edition.

Trump’s Withdrawal From The I.N.F. Treaty Is Exactly What Putin Wants

The American withdrawal from the I.N.F. Treaty gives Vladimir Putin exactly what he wants.

Today in Terrible Columns

Bret Stephens on Howard Schultz

If Howard Schultz wants to be President…

…there is only one plausible pathway to get there.

Virginia Governor Faces Pressure To Resign Over Racist Yearbook Photos

National and Virginia Democratic officials are calling on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign over racist photos in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

McConnell Warns Trump Against Declaring National Emergency Over Wall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has warned the President against using a national emergency to fund his border wall.

Virginia Governor Faces Questions About Racist Photos In Medical School Yearbook

There’s not really a good explanation for this, Governor Northam.

Trump Withdraws United States From INF Treaty

As threatened late last year, the Trump Administration has withdrawn from the Intermediate=Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This is a mistake.

Cory Booker Enters Democratic Presidential Field

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is the latest entrant into the race for the 2020 Democratic Nomination.

January Jobs Report Is Positive Despite Government Shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, employment growth in January was far above expectations.

A Photo for Friday: “Holding up the Sky”

Welcome to Friday!

Trump’s Tax Cuts Haven’t Resulted In The Economic Benefits He Promised

A new study reveals that the Republican tax cut package passed at the end of 2017 has not had the economic impact the GOP claimed it would.

The Closing Of The Conservative Media Mind

Two more defections from the stable of writers at RedState provide further proof of the extent to which conservative media has become a pro-Trump echo chamber.

Scaling Down Inequality

Gender bias in student evaluations of college professors diminishes considerably by changing the scale.

McConnell Opposes National Holiday for Voting

His critique is rather telling.

Most Americans Oppose A New Shutdown

A new poll shows that most Americans would oppose a second government shutdown over the border wall.

The Argument For a Centrist Democrat In 2020

While much of the attention in the race for the Democratic nomination to date has been on the left, there is a path forward for a more centrist candidate.

No, Trump is Not ‘Authoritarian’

The President is an ignoramus and a blowhard and a petulant child but he’s operating within the Constitutional limits of his office.

Are Female Politicians’ Sex Lives Off Limits?

Is benefitting politically from romantic liaisons different than other relationships?

The Constitution Makes A Successful Third-Party Presidential Run Unlikely

The way we elect Presidents make it unlikely that a third-party candidate like Howard Schultz could ever actually win the the Presidency.

Jeff Flake Rules Out Primary Challenge Against Trump In 2020

Jeff Flake says he won’t be running against President Trump in 2020, but there may be others.

New York Democrats Looking At Potential Challengers To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has managed to become a media star, but she has a lot to learn about politics.

Retirement is Killing Our Infrastructure

Pensions and health care costs for the elderly are crowding out other vital spending.

Another Shutdown? White House Says Maybe, Senate Republicans Aren’t So Sure

The White House isn’t ruling out the idea of a second government shutdown, but Senate Republicans have other ideas.

Is ‘Electability’ Measurable?

A WaPo data analyst gives it a shot.

As Trump’s Numbers Sink, He Panders Even More To His Base

As public opinion of the President continues to slide his pandering to his far-right base increases.

C.B.O. Estimates Shutdown Cost Economy $11 Billion Over Five Weeks

The economic impact from the just-concluded government shutdown was apparently quite substantial.

Starbucks Founder Howard Schultz Considering Independent Run For President

Starbucks Founder Howard Schultz is considering an independent run for the Presidency. This would likely be good news for President Trump.

Let’s Talk about Venezuela

Having two presidents sounds like a terrible sitcom idea. In reality, the situation is just plain terrible.

Shutdown Cost Economy $6 Billion

The economy took quite a hit from the President’s pointless shutdown over a border wall that will never be built.

Bernie is Doomed

Bernie Sanders is likely to run for the Democratic nomination, but it won’t be like 2016.

Congress Looking At Ways To Make Government Shutdowns Impossible

After an essentially pointless 35 day shutdown, some members of the House and Senate are proposing bills that would make government shutdowns impossible.

Bernie Sanders Set To Enter Presidential Race

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is preparing a second run at the White House, but this race won’t be anything like 2016.

Trump’s Latest Political And Legal Setbacks Don’t Bode Well For 2020

Looking ahead, the political landscape does not look well for the President.

Another Shutdown In Three Weeks?

Is the settlement of the government shutdown just delaying the inevitable?

Shutdown A Huge Political Loss For Trump

Regardless of whether or not you think Nancy Pelosi won the government shutdown, Donald Trump clearly lost.