Category: Potpourri

Hard Hard Right Will Trump Be?

I’m trying to decide if David Weigel is correct to frame the politics we are about to see unfold in the following way: When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate,…

Our Discourse on Israel is Stupid

There are plenty of American politicians who have an incentive to demonstrate strong support for Israel, but only a small handful who have much, if any, incentive to support the settler movement there. So, it doesn’t surprise me that some…

This Is Not Woodstock

The guy would be named Boris. Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is having no problems finding celebrities to attend his inauguration because that’s not who the committee is looking for, Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn said Tuesday. “Not at all,” Epshteyn, the…

We Can Leave This Place an Empty Stone

We should probably debate this more as a society. >The United States again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar, and far ahead…

The Left Needs to Cultivate Their Talent

The following isn’t necessarily the main point of Michael Tomasky’s piece, but it’s what stuck out to me. …there are four Democratic senators from deep-red states who are up for reelection in 2018. The pressure on those four—Claire McCaskill, Joe…

How to Approach Trump’s Infrastructure Bill

Ronald Klain, who “oversaw the team implementing the American Recovery and Renewal Act,” is warning Democrats not to get behind Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan. This is particularly true if the plan resembles the one Trump floated during the campaign. Obviously,…

The Freedom Caucus’s Conundrum

Is Jennifer Rubin correct that Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan will “clip the wings of the Freedom Caucus”? In some ways, it appears unavoidable. Trump wants to immediately do away with the Defense sequester, which the American Enterprise…