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Why the Budget Doesn't Balance

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Almost everyone has a simple cure for America’s stubborn budget deficits: faster economic growth. The Trump administration is particularly keen on this. It argues that its proposed tax reductions and regulatory cuts will accelerate economic growth and shrink the deficits. No doubt faster growth would help. But a Read More…

Sizing Up the 2018 Gubernatorial Map

X Story Stream recent articles Over the past few weeks, we’ve established that the 2018 Senate map is worrisome for Democrats, but what about the gubernatorial map? An enormous number of the country’s laws are made at the state level and, perhaps more significantly, many of the governors elected in 2018 will have a say Read More…

Leakers Have Done Far More Damage Than Trump

AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File President Trump has landed in Israel amid controversy over the disclosure that Israel was the source of highly classified intelligence on details of an Islamic State plot he reportedly shared with Russian diplomats — evidence, his critics say, that Trump cannot be trusted with U.S. secrets. Read Full Article »

Can the Pope Save Trump?

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — If anyone ever needed a conversion experience — and fast — it is President Trump. The issue here is not switching religions. What he could use is an honest examination of his conscience, his attitude toward himself and others, and his approach to what it means to be Read More…

America's Internet Delusion

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — The United States may have escaped most digital damage from the global “ransomware” virus, though cyber experts fear more attacks. One possible explanation is that the malicious software (“malware”) harms older versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which most Americans have replaced. Perhaps many users in other countries Read More…

President Trump Turns Politically Correct

Donald Trump appears to have envisioned his speech on Sunday in Riyadh as an answer to Barack Obama’s 2009 address in Cairo. And reading the two side by side is illuminating. The speeches differ in many ways, but none more striking than this: Trump’s speech was far more politically correct. Read Full Article »

The One Thing Democrats Like About Trump

Albert Hunt, Bloomberg May 22, 2017 The president is drawing an explosion of newcomers to challenge GOP incumbents in 2018 Congressional races. Read Full Article » Related Topics: Democrats, Donald Trump, Election 2018 Comment Show commentsHide Comments RCP Log In | Register Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Related Articles

John Podesta Unloads on Trump

Susan Glasser, Politico May 22, 2017 The former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign says the president is Read Full Article » Related Topics: John Podesta, Donald Trump Comment Show commentsHide Comments RCP Log In | Register Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Related Articles

Don't Rush to Impeachment

X Story Stream recent articles To everything there is a season, the Bible and Pete Seeger told us. The season to impeach Donald Trump may come, or it may not. Trying to do it now would be like harvesting sweet corn before it’s ripe, yielding something stunted and indigestible. Plenty of critics don’t want to Read More…

When Comey and Mueller Bungled the Anthrax Case

X Story Stream recent articles In the wake of Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department named Robert S. Mueller III as a special prosecutor to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. It was a decision greeted with a chorus of supportive croaking from inside official Washington, aka The Read More…

Trump's Road to Riyadh

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — In the long list of things that few would have anticipated last year, consider this scenario: President Donald Trump starting his first foreign trip in Saudi Arabia, where he expects a strong welcome from Muslim leaders. Critics at least would not be surprised at the circumstances, Trump skipping town leaving Read More…

An Unsustainable Presidency

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — So much for the notion that the second 100 days would be calmer or more reassuring. As April drew to a close, and with it the artificial marker of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, it was possible to conjure a relatively comforting scenario: It could Read More…

Putting Country Above Party Works Both Ways

X Story Stream recent articles Throughout Donald Trump’s short but eventful presidency, Democrats have been imploring Republicans to show loyalty for country over party. If you believe our bumbling president’s hiring of the likes of Paul Manafort or Mike Flynn — who was apparently under investigation when he joined the administration — reflects abysmal judgment, Read More…

Rosenstein Joins the Posse

X Story Stream recent articles “With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation,” writes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. What had Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein done to be welcomed home by the Post like the prodigal son? Without consulting the White House, he sandbagged President Trump, naming a special counsel to Read More…

Anger Games

X Story Stream recent articles “Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to some degree an artifice — Read More…

A Commander in Chief Without Command of Self

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Donald Trump offered America a deal: He may cut ethical corners and trash democratic norms, but he would fix the country. After all, the argument went, things could hardly get worse. They could. They did. There are serious arguments to be made about the moral bankruptcy of Trumpism, Read More…