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Will The Shutdown Hurt Trump’s Re-election Chances?

(From FiveThirtyEight) While there have been other newsworthy events over the past few weeks, such as turnover among Trump’s senior staffersand a wobbly stock market, the shift is well-timed to the start of the shutdown on Dec. 22. Trump’s approval...

What Happens if Ruth Bader Ginsburg Remains Too Sick to Work?

(From Politico) The severity of Ginsburg’s current health condition pales in comparison with the ailments that have afflicted many of her predecessors on the bench—and unlike them, there is no sign that she has lost any of her intellectual edge....

Nancy Pelosi Is Done Enabling Trump and the GOP

(From The Nation) Whiny GOP leaders accuse Pelosi of “playing politics,” and “bothsiderist” pundits will likely take potshots, but Pelosi is wielding her power carefully and strategically. Let Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell cravenly bow before Trump and surrender his...

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...