What Exactly Is Scandalous about Trump’s ‘Russia Scandal’?
A recent report in Spain’s El País touts “the Spanish connection with Trump’s Russia scandal”:
On February 1, Alexander Porfirievich Torshin, 63, a Russian politician and banker who is close to Vladimir Putin and whom the Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor …
It’s Time for Conservatives to Celebrate This President
Do conservatives — or, for that matter, non-leftists — appreciate just how terrific Donald Trump has been as president? And how lucky we are that he won the presidency?
I don’t know the answer.
What I do know is …
Eyes (Sleepy?) on Midland (Mich.)
In Impromptus today, I begin with a reflection on President Trump (a natural thing for a political journalist to do). On Saturday, he tweeted about “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd.” (This was a reference to the host of Meet the Press.)
Throw Away the New Playbook
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Trump/Russia Controversy
The controversy over Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, suspicions of the Trump campaign’s involvement in that interference, and concerns about illegitimate and illegal “deep state” attacks on the Trump administration has become so complicated and saturated with twists …
Trump’s Latest Act of Self-Damage
Donald Trump’s latest antagonistic tweet — the product of a compulsive habit that somehow seems to become more unpresidential with each passing day — was perhaps his biggest misfire yet, as it has put him at loggerheads with the …
Trumpism is in crisis.
This isn’t a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to understand President Donald Trump’s populism or have a cogent theory …
Robert Draper reports that Donald Trump wants to “prime the pump”:
Trump seemed much less animated by the subject of budget cuts than the subject of spending increases. “We’re also going to prime the pump,” he said. “You know …
It’s the End of the World (Again)
How many times can one presidential administration end life as we know it? Buckle up, friends, because we’re about to find out.
Well, scratch that. Unless you’re professionally required to follow the crazed and breathless ins and outs …
Paul Ryan Is a Convenient Scapegoat
Paul Ryan did it.
That’s the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP’s failure to pass an Obamacare …
Election Day Jitters Worldwide
The world is afflicted by an international crisis of ineffectual government, even in most of the principal democracies. The three principal Western continental European countries are close to election day, and none of them can be called today a stable …
The Susan Rice ‘Unmasking’ Scoop: We Don’t Know Enough To Be Outraged (Yet)
This morning Eli Lake rocked political Twitter with a Bloomberg report that began like this:
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports …
Impromptus: Our president and ‘Sleepy Eyes’ Todd, &c.
Talk to many conservatives, and they’ll tell you that this is the way you ought to respond to Donald Trump: Praise him for the good things he does; criticize him for the bad things he does. So, a conservative’…
Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud
‘Horrifying!” inveighed an indignant Hillary Clinton at the last presidential debate, less than three weeks before Election Day. What so horrified her? Donald Trump’s refusal to pledge that he would accept the legitimacy of the election.
Trump speculated that …
If you want to pinpoint the precise moment when Donald Trump started selling out conservatives, there is a good case to be made for November 20, 2016, at 8:05 a.m.
That is the moment when Trump began his embarrassing if short-lived public …
In Defense of the Freedom Caucus
The demise of the American Health Care Act, House speaker Paul Ryan and the White House’s ill-fated effort to reform Obamacare, has prompted a cascade of finger-pointing as Republicans try to assign blame for their recent embarrassment. The White …
Thinking Through the New News About Nunes
This latest report, from the New York Times (if true), isn’t good for Nunes, nor is it good for Trump:
A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, a Republican and the …
I wrote for Politico today about how no officeholder in Washington apparently has any idea how Trump’s populism should be reflected in a legislative agenda:
House Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t a populist and doesn’t want to be a …
Religious Trumpians Suffer from Stockholm Syndrome
One of the great lies of the last election cycle didn’t come from Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. It came from conservatives.
Specifically, the lie came from conservatives who suggested that after Trump was elected — after the Hildebeast …
In the Nunes Affair, Don’t Lose Sight of the Unanswered Questions
Let us stipulate that it would be difficult for House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) and the Trump White House to have handled a critical intelligence matter any worse.
Still, the questions Nunes has raised are more important …