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Senate Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ As Gorsuch Nomination Heads To Final Vote

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As expected, Senate Republicans invoked the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to move the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch forward to a final vote on Friday.

Nunes Recuses Himself From Russia Investigation

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Devin Nunes, the California Republican who heads the House Intelligence Committee has removed himself from the committee’s investigation into the Russian interference in the Presidential election and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia during the campaign: WASHINGTON — Representative Devin Nunes, the embattled California Republican who is chairman of the Intelligence Committee, announced on Thursday […]

Donald Trump And The Inevitable Foreign Policy Crisis

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Donald Trump is historically unpopular for a new President. What does that mean when his first foreign policy crisis comes, as it inevitably will?

Bannon out at NSC

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So reports Bloomberg:  Bannon Removed From National Security Council Role in Shakeup President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing. National Security Adviser H.R. […]

Seventh Circuit Rules Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Barred By 1964 Law

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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, but its reasoning is questionable at best.

Trump Hits Another Job Approval Low As Presidency Marks 75th Day In Office

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Two new polls show Donald Trump hitting new lows in the polls as we get closer to his 100th day in office.

Senate Committee Advances Gorsuch Nomination As ‘Nuclear Option’ Becomes Inevitable

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch even as it became inevitable that Republicans would be forced to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

The Politics of Gorsuch

Scalia Seat SCOTUS

The ordinary and the extraordinary with the latest SCOTUS nomination.

Former Trump National Security Adviser Failed To Disclose Payments From Russian Sources

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More trouble for Lt. General Michael Flynn.

More Flynn-Russia Connections

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Via the NYT:  Michael Flynn Failed to Disclose Income From Russia-Linked Entities. Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser who was forced out of the job in February, failed to list payments from Russia-linked entities on the first of two financial disclosure forms released Saturday by the Trump administration. […] Mr. Flynn has faced fierce criticism […]

Headline Reaction: No Kidding (SCOTUS Politics Edition)

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Via ABC News:  Political fights over Supreme Court seats nothing new

Majority Of Americans Want Independent Investigations Of Russian Election Meddling

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A new poll shows a majority of Americans supporting an independent investigation of the allegations surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the campaign: A majority of voters wants an independent investigation into any connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, according to a new […]

Court Approves Trump University Settlement

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Via CNN Money:  Trump University $25 million settlement approved Thousands of former Trump University students will get most of their money back, with a judge on Friday approving a $25 million settlement. “The settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable,” Judge Gonzalo Curiel said in his decision.  Nearly 4,000 former students submitted claims and those who […]

Drezner on Trump Admin: Harsh, but Fair

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Read the whole thing:  The beclowning of the executive branch. The run-down of major about the administration over a 24 hour period is pretty astounding. Also, I have to concur about the following observation about Jared Kushner: Again, let’s just stop for a second and consider the fact that the person described by himself as […]

Trump’s Former National Security Adviser Seeks Immunity Deal

US Army Lt General Flynn testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Washington

Lt. General Michael Flynn wants immunity before he agrees to testify before Congress. This could be significant, or it could mean nothing at all.

Trump Declares War On House Freedom Caucus

Trump And GOP Elephant

Donald Trump has basically declared war on the people who blocked the AHCA from passing last week.

George W. Bush On Trump: “That Was Some Weird Shit”

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Today’s quote of the day comes from our nation’s 43rd President: The inauguration of Donald Trump was a surreal experience for pretty much everyone who witnessed it, whether or not they were at the event and regardless of who they supported in the election. On the dais, the stoic presence of Hillary Clinton — whom […]

So Far, There’s No Sign Of A ‘Trump Bump’ In The Economy

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So far, there’s no sign that Donald Trump is having much of an impact on the economy.

Interior Secretary: Let’s Build Trump’s Wall In Mexico

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suggests building Trump’s Wall on Mexican territory.

Republicans Claim That Obamacare Repeal Is Still On The Table, Don’t Believe Them

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Republicans are saying that repealing the PPACA isn’t off the table, but practically speaking it probably is.

Senate Headed For ‘Nuclear Option’ Showdown Over Gorsuch Nomination

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Next week’s big news is likely to be the Senate’s vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which could mean invocation of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ by Senate Republicans.

The Republicans’ Governance Problem

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Speaker Ryan’s statement about the GOP being “a 10-year opposition party” is problematic.

Republicans Just Can’t Quit Donald Trump

Trump And GOP Elephant

Republicans are going to find it difficult to distance themselves from Donald Trump.

Disturbing Patterns Emerging From The Trump White House

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After just sixty-six days, there are some disturbing patterns emerging from the Trump Administration.

Kushner’s Newest Mission

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He is supposed to help make the government run more like a business.

A PoliSci Perspective on the AHCA’s Demise

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Worth a read at the Monkey Cage:  President Trump couldn’t pass Obamacare repeal. This is why.

Another Remarkable POTUS Utterance

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“We had no Democratic support. They weren’t going to give us a single vote.” — President Donald J. Trump. Indeed:  when one tries to repeal a major piece of Democratic legislation, and one’s party does so without any attempt to negotiate before the vote, one tends not to get Democratic votes. Further, when the Republicans […]

A Remarkable Legislative Debacle

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This was one for the history books.

Trump Fails The Leadership Test

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The failure of the AHCA shows that Donald Trump doesn’t know the slightest thing about leadership or how to be President.

Republican Obamacare Replacement Bill Pulled From House Floor

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A major legislative defeat for Paul Ryan, the House GOP, and President Trump.

Senate Democratic Leader Schumer Vows To Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

Neil Gorsuch

Let the games begin.

ISIS Expanding Its Base In Libya Despite U.S. Attacks

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Despite American air strikes, ISIS is expanding its power amid the chaos in Libya.

Republican Obamacare Replacement Heads To An Apparent Final Showdown

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The Trump Administration has issued an ultimatum, but the fate of the American Health Care Act is still very much up in the air.

House Republicans Struggling To Get Votes To Pass Obamacare Replacement Bill

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With a vote tentatively scheduled for this evening, House Republicans appear to lack the votes to pass the American Health Care Act.

Gorsuch Has Another Good Day In Front Of Senate Judiciary Committee

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More fireworks on the second day of the questioning of Neil Gorsuch, but his confirmation nonetheless seems assured.

Former Trump Campaign Manager Worked To Help Putin

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More evidence of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interests.

Gorsuch Sails Through First Day Of Questioning

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Day One of the questioning of Judge Neil Gorsuch went very well, and it suggests that his path to confirmation is basically clear of serious obstacles.

Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Hit Another Historic Low

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Just about two months into office, Donald Trump’s job approval number are worse than any newly elected President since World War II.

Republicans Stick Their Heads In The Sand On Trump-Russia Allegations

Trump And GOP Elephant

Republicans in Congress are slavishly seeking to divert attention from wrongdoing by Donald Trump, or Russia.

Lying Donald Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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It may well be that the 25th Amendment, not the impeachment clause, will be his undoing.

FBI Director Contradicts Trump On Wiretap Claims, Confirms Investigation Of Campaign

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Two big admissions from the Director of the F.B.I. today are likely to lead to real political headaches for the Trump Administration.

With Gorsuch Hearings Set To Begin, It’s Democrats Who Are In The Hot Seat

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Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings begin Monday morning, but it’s Senate Democrats who are in the hot seat.

No, Donald Trump Isn’t Going To ‘Pivot’

Donald Trump Shrug

Donald Trump isn’t going to change, and that’s bad news for all of us.

The Trump Administration and the G20

Donald Trump Victory

More stepping back from free trade and the established global economic order.

George Costanza Explains The Trump Administration

Donald Trump Shrug

I already mentioned this in a comment to Michael Bailey’s post, but I figured it’s worth noting that one line from George Costanza in a different Seinfeld episode explains everything we need to know about the Trump Administration: I can picture Reince Priebus saying this to Sean Spicer ever day before he goes out to address […]

We’re going to the Hamptons, baby!!!

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So did you ever watch the Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza lies to Susan’s parents, the Rosses, about owning a house in the Hamptons? Wacky hijinks ensue when Susan’s parents, who suspect that George is lying, insist that he show them the house.  Rather than simply owning up to his fib, George takes them […]

Trump’s Revised Muslim Travel Ban Blocked By Two Federal Judges

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Two more losses for the Trump Administration.

Trump Budget Blueprint Would Eliminate 18 Agencies

President Trump's "America First" budget blueprint was released on Thursday.

The president’s skinny budget would eliminate most funding for science and the arts to fund more Defense spending.

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For Third Time In Fifteen Months

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For only the third time since the Great Recession ended, the Federal Reserve Board has raised interest rates.

Rachel Maddow Hypes Trump’s 2005 Tax Return, But There’s No Real News There

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Rachel Maddow hyped the fact that she had obtained a copy of Trump’s 2005 tax return last night. It turned out to be much ado about nothing.

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