Category: Administration

Sen. Tom Cotton’s Double Standard on Nominees

On inauguration day, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas released an intemperate statement to the press: “Hundreds of thousands of Americans are in Washington this weekend at a designated special national-security event, yet the Democrats are obstructing the nomination of Mike…

Trump Cannot Do This Job

I don’t understand how Trumpism is supposed to work. I certainly see the appeal of a populist movement that leans heavily to the right while still being heavily critical of orthodox conservatism. I can envision a strategy that eschews governing…

The Pussy Hat Revolution is Hitting Philly

Here’s what the Malvern, Pennsylvania train station looked like shortly before 9:00am this morning, as an estrogen-fueled army prepared to descend on Philadelphia and rage against the Trump presidency. Reports are that the train was jam-packed by the Berwyn stop,…

Empty Trump Cabinet is a Good Thing

There’s obviously a risk that the understaffed Trump administration will drop the ball on something. We all remember how the Bush administration resisted taking the threat of al-Qaeda seriously, and also (though they had plenty of time to prepare for…

That’s Not Draining the Swamp

The way the Trump administration is selling access to the incoming cabinet may not be illegal or unprecedented, but this appears to be the best defense you can make of it: “The way that I think about about is that…

Trump Is Off to Historically Bad Start

Dana Milbank collected a (still incomplete) list of all the people Trump has insulted and gloated over since we won his surprising election in early November. As I read it, I kept having the same experience: “Oh yeah, I forgot…

Obama is Still At Work

Someone is still at work: And: FACT SHEET: President Obama Designates National Monuments Honoring Civil Rights History   In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today, President Obama is designating three new national monuments honoring our country’s civil rights…

Donald Trump, Not the CIA, Is the Bad Guy Here

Steve M. makes a good point about Glenn Greenwald’s logic. The intelligence agencies? Greenwald writes, FOR MONTHS, the CIA, with unprecedented clarity, overtly threw its weight behind Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and sought to defeat Donald Trump. And that’s a sign…