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Dear Reader (especially Sean Spicer),
There is a riddle before us. Back in that …
The Coming Trump-Mueller Collision
On his podcast yesterday, National Review editor Rich Lowry asked the percentage chance that President Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Michael Brendan Dougherty put it at 200 percent, Charlie Cooke was 50 percent, and Rich put it at 70 percent or …
The Looming Republican Disgrace
The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn’t: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party.
That Obamacare repeal has one or maybe two …
What Does Trashing Sessions Get Trump?
Today the White House touted the accomplishments of the administration in the first six months, and the list included: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented new charging guidelines to end catch-and-release policies.”
Of course, the president’s not so focused on that …
Reebok Should Stay In Fitness, Out of Politics
Reebok should stay in the fitness business.
After President Trump was heard last week telling the first lady of France, Brigitte Macron, that “you’re in good shape#…#beautiful,” the athletic brand came out with a snarky graphic showcasing when it …
The President Won’t Stop Steering Himself Directly into Controversy
The theme for today’s Jolt: You can’t save everybody.
Donald Trump’s astonishing second meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20.
You can’t save a president from himself.
The White House official said Mr. Trump spoke with many …
Trump Owns the Health-Care Failure
For any president, wading into the health-care debate is a risky proposition. Polling on every possible option confounds all logic. Americans overwhelmingly dislike the individual mandate and prioritize lowering the cost of health care over all other health problems in …
The wars between Trump, the media, the deep state, and the progressive party — replete with charges and counter-charges of scandal, collusion, and corruption — are merely symptoms of a much larger fundamental and growing divide between Americans that is …
Trump Is Winning More Than Ever
Catching up on American affairs after nearly three weeks overseas has been a challenging cultural experience. In Europe, including the United Kingdom, coverage of American political affairs lurches between belligerent ignorance and Late Communist International malice, and Fox News is …
The One Sentence That Explains Washington Dysfunction
The other day Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania explained why Republicans are having such trouble with health care. Speaking at a town hall during the July 4 recess, Toomey said, “I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of …
Breaking: Sean Spicer Resigns
This morning — just hours after news broke that the Trump administration had appointed Anthony Scaramucci to be communications director — White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation.
According to reports, Spicer told President Trump that he strongly …
Why Would You Want Putin as a Friend?
Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent …
Yeah, Trump Is Probably Going to Fire Robert Mueller
The Trump New York Times interview was, as Jim pointed out, a wholly gratuitous slap at Jeff Sessions (that aside, the interview is classic, madcap, highly entertaining Trump, e.g. “Napoleon finished a little bit bad”). The 3-D-chess theory of …
Senator John McCain Faces One More Fight, and Everyone’s in His Corner
Awful, awful news.
Sen. John McCain revealed Wednesday that he has a primary brain tumor. The cancer was discovered during cranial surgery last week to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
In a statement from Mayo Clinic, McCain’s …
More and More Trump Supporters Celebrate His Character Flaws
We like it.
During the campaign, conservatives said they were embracing Donald Trump despite his character. They were willing to overlook his flaws in order to achieve policy victories. Yes, he was a vulgar boor, a charlatan, a comic buffoon …
Krauthammer’s Take: Repeal and Replace was an ‘Epic Fail’
The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has been an “epic fail,” said Charles Krauthammer. “This is seven years of argument gone down the drain.”
Krauthammer explained why the Republicans failed so abysmally:
There are three reasons why this …
Stop Talking about Hillary Clinton and Start Thinking about Jimmy Carter
A few days ago, I was at a conservative gathering talking to a friend about my dismay at the latest turns in the ongoing Russia controversy. A “collusion narrative” that once seemed far-fetched was back — front-and-center — in the …
Ted Lieu’s Conspiracy Theories
In politics, as in physics, certain laws seem to obtain. Exempli gratia: For every stupid thing said or done by someone on the right, an equal and opposite stupid thing is done by someone on the left. This law having …
Trump–GOP Split: Who’s the Bellwether?
Ross Douthat and Chris Hayes have been wondering about what the political scene would look like when the GOP is ready to finally and permanently divorce itself from Trump. Is there a bellwether? It is tough to tell, because for …
Trump’s Handshakes and the Personalization of Politics
The Bastille Day parade is truly something to behold. Even the United States, boasting the largest military in the world, could not have dreamed this up: a long, protracted procession of thousands of soldiers and vehicles of war down one …