04.26.2017 - 9:04 AM EDT

This is really quite astounding. In this morning’s edition of Mike Allen’s not-Playbook from Axios he introduces what seems to be Ivanka Trump setting up something that sounds a lot like the Clinton Foundation, only in this case run from within the White House by a top presidential aide who is also the President’s daughter, who also runs her own large international company and who also has two brothers who are currently running the President/Father’s company and trying to rake in as much money as possible on the fame and power of the presidency. Also, let’s be honest, the Trumps are a notoriously corrupt family, especially when it comes to running foundations.

No less astounding is that Allen never mentions that there’s anything problematic about this or that it doesn’t mimic in a wildly more corrupt way what President Trump nominally ran most of the 2016 campaign against. 

04.26.2017 - 8:33 AM EDT

Coming down off a hard to demand from less than a week ago (that Obamacare would get it if Dems didn’t fund his border wall) OMB Director Mulvaney says Trump will sign a funding bill without any money for a border wall.

04.25.2017 - 3:51 PM EDT

Rush says Trump is caving on his border wall.

04.25.2017 - 3:04 PM EDT

If I’m not mistaken, Sean Spicer, presumably speaking for the administration, is making a series of distinct and perhaps contradictory arguments about why it doesn’t need to, can’t or just shouldn’t turn over documents tied to former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.

04.24.2017 - 10:09 PM EDT

I noted over the weekend just how weak a hand President Trump was playing in his effort to force Democrats to vote for border wall money with a threat of taking away people’s health care coverage. I said this afternoon that it looked like he was getting ready to cave. But I could scarcely have imagined that Trump would preemptively cave as quickly, objectively and ridiculousness as he appears to have done. This is turning into the Dog Day Afternoon of legislative hostage dramas.

04.24.2017 - 9:00 PM EDT

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04.24.2017 - 7:29 PM EDT

Senate Republicans returning to the Capitol this evening from recess don’t sound like they’re spoiling for a government shutdown over funding Trump’s border wall.

Not even close.

04.24.2017 - 5:37 PM EDT

I want to go back to the point I made this weekend, which is that President Trump’s threat to shut the government down and kick people off insurance (by pulling subsidies) if Democrats didn’t agree to fund the wall is just a big time political loser.

I stick to that point. But let’s see what now seems to be happening. President Trump’s advisors are now signaling that Trump plans to back down because he knows he’ll lose. In other words, Mr Winning, Dominating, Make the Best Deals is about to go Low Energy and walk away from a sure loss while trying to pretend it never happened.

04.24.2017 - 4:31 PM EDT

I just listened to the reliable party man Hugh Hewitt on MSNBC confidently predicting that voters would not stand for a “Schumer shutdown” of the federal government over President Trump’s demand for funding over his border wall. I’ve seldom seen a man so slavishly bend all his ideas to whatever Republican happens to be in power. In any case, here’s why that “Schumer shutdown” prediction is almost certainly wrong.

04.23.2017 - 11:17 PM EDT

France’s results on Sunday are certainly welcome. In the December 2015 regional elections, Marine Le Pen’s Front National came in first in the first round with 28 percent. As late as this March, she was nudging 30 percent in presidential polls. If you figured that in the run-off, she would get some of the votes that might have gone to the conservative candidate Francois Fillon, Le Pen looked like she could get 45 percent of the vote. And who knows – a big terrorist attack, a scandalous revelation about her likely opponent, Emmanuel Macron, and she could be France’s next president.

04.23.2017 - 9:05 PM EDT

Over recent months, I’ve several times noted that President Trump thought that once he won the election, everybody would love him. I base this on various comments he’s made and just my general sense of his personality. But nowhere to date has he said it more clearly, more openly.

It comes in this AP interview and it turns on his press coverage (emphasis added) …

04.23.2017 - 7:45 PM EDT

The AP has now released the full transcript of its Friday interview with President Trump and it is completely amazing.

Full transcript after the jump …

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) told high school students last week that a man who...
Sen. Tex Cruz (R-TX) has a new plan to pay for President Donald Trump’s...
Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, on Tuesday night...
House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Tuesday agreed that President Donald Trump’s...
A federal judge has halted part of an executive order threatening so-called “sanctuary cities”...

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