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Trump can’t handle Pelosi

(From NY Daily News) On rare occasion, Trump would encounter a woman who challenged him, like a banker or a lawyer, or even someone in government. But he knew two things: one, that he was “better” than they were, and...

Who’s Afraid of Bernie Sanders? A Lot of Democrats, Apparently.

(From The New Republic) He was an undecorated independent senator from an extremely liberal state who only identified as a Democrat to run for president, and moreover described himself as a democratic socialist. Yet he forced the prematurely anointed Clinton,...

Checks and balances: Who leads in a government shutdown?

(From The Hill) Surely, our Constitution which has stood the test of time for more than 200 years, through wars and depressions and disasters and failed leadership, will not abandon us now. And it won’t, but only if leadership is willing to rise to the occasion...

What ‘Lanes’ Will the 2020 Democratic Candidates Run In?

(From New York Magazine) Ideological lanes: Bernie Sanders will anchor the progressive lane, with potential competition from Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown. If there’s a moderate lane, Joe Biden will be the pace-setter, with dark-horse House...

Pompeo Gives Arabs a Dose of Trump Cynicism

(From Bloomberg) Still, there is virtue in knowing the Trump administration’s worldview, and Pompeo certainly provided that. Any Arab listeners who listened through to the end will reasonably have concluded that the speech was less about what the administration stands...

Make no mistake — this is a GOP shutdown

(From CNN) The Democratic leaders struck on a great slogan when they started talking about the “Trump Shutdown” during the famous televised Oval Office meeting with President Trump last month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer...

Welcome to Act III of the Trump Tragedy

(From New York Magazine) Emergency powers do exist in the event of a national security crisis — but, as David French has noted, they only apply in an actual national emergency that “may require” the use of the military and...

2020 contenders use shutdown fight to raise cash, talk to base

(From Politico) “They’re not trying to persuade middle-of-the-road voters with this, they’re trying to get Democratic activists — not only from early primary, caucus states, but the small-donor community across the country — excited,” said Ian Russell, a strategist at...

The Key to Nancy Pelosi’s Legislative Agenda

(From Bloomberg) Pelosi must find a way to hold her fractious coalition together while positioning Democrats to recapture the Senate and the White House in 2020. Adding to her challenge, there are now cameras and smartphones in the proverbial...

Kamala Harris to preview 2020 message in new book

(From CNN) Already the early stages of a Kamala Harris presidential campaign are taking shape. The former California attorney general has a seasoned team of political tacticians in California, including Sean Clegg and Ace Smith, who helped elect Jerry Brown,...