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    Who's to Blame for Trump's Failures? Must Be Ryan

    Who's to Blame for Trump's Failures? Must Be Ryan


    Jonah Goldberg, LA TimesThat’s the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill last week....

    Jonah Goldberg, LA Times
    That’s the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill last week. President Trump should walk across a Havana ballroom like Michael Corleone in “The Godfather Part II,” kiss Ryan on the mouth and say, “I know it was you, Paul. You broke my heart.
    The Ugly History Behind Trump's Attacks on Civil Servants

    The Ugly History Behind Trump's Attacks on Civil Servants


    Landon Storrs, PoliticoLast week, as the House Intelligence Committee questioned FBI Director James Comey, it was as if two parallel hearings were taking place: one on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and one on the torrent of leaks emanating from...

    Landon Storrs, Politico
    Last week, as the House Intelligence Committee questioned FBI Director James Comey, it was as if two parallel hearings were taking place: one on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and one on the torrent of leaks emanating from sources throughout the federal government—what President Donald Trump’s allies are calling the “deep state.”
    James Burnham's Managerial Elite

    James Burnham's Managerial Elite


    Julius Krein, American AffairsConservative polemicists have long presented a caricature of a decadent liberal elite, and liberals have offered a competing caricature of a conservative plutocracy. But few have attempted to understand how these ostensible...

    Julius Krein, American Affairs
    Conservative polemicists have long presented a caricature of a decadent liberal elite, and liberals have offered a competing caricature of a conservative plutocracy. But few have attempted to understand how these ostensible opponents function as elements of the same elite, or how they have participated in maintaining the broader intellectual, political, and economic status quo. Today, with the old partisan categories in disarray, many pundits have begun to acknowledge the existence of a transpartisan elite with its own interests, if only as the antithesis of so-called populists. Yet although...
    The Latest Snake-Oil Fix for Minority Education

    The Latest Snake-Oil Fix for Minority Education


    Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York PostIn front of a packed room at South by Southwest this month, Emdin, a professor at Columbia Teachers College, explains how the Dinka tribe in South Sudan once suffered an outbreak of tetanus, which created lockjaw in...

    Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York Post
    In front of a packed room at South by Southwest this month, Emdin, a professor at Columbia Teachers College, explains how the Dinka tribe in South Sudan once suffered an outbreak of tetanus, which created lockjaw in their population. The elders removed young people’s teeth in order to force them to eat.
    Trump's Morally Repugnant Budget Must Be Defeated

    Trump's Morally Repugnant Budget Must Be Defeated


    Sen. Bernie Sanders, USA TodayMick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s budget director, recently made a truly remarkable and cynical statement. He claimed the draconian cuts in the president’s budget were “one of the most compassionate things we can do” for...

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, USA Today
    Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s budget director, recently made a truly remarkable and cynical statement. He claimed the draconian cuts in the president’s budget were “one of the most compassionate things we can do” for a single mother living in Detroit.
    The False Compassion of Liberalism

    The False Compassion of Liberalism


    Stephen Moore, Investor's Business DailyLast week on CNN I debated a liberal commentator who complained that the problem with President Donald Trump's budget blueprint is that it lacks "compassion" for the poor, for children and for the disabled. This...

    Stephen Moore, Investor's Business Daily
    Last week on CNN I debated a liberal commentator who complained that the problem with President Donald Trump's budget blueprint is that it lacks "compassion" for the poor, for children and for the disabled. This woman went on to ask me how I could defend a budget that would cut Meals on Wheels, after-school programs and special-education funding, because without the federal dollars, these vital services would go away.
    Ryan's Catastrophic Lack of Political Skill and Judgment

    Ryan's Catastrophic Lack of Political Skill and Judgment


    John Ellis, American ThinkerEveryone knows that a competent lawyer never asks a question in court to which he doesn’t already know the answer. And likewise, a competent political leader never puts a piece of legislation up for a vote without having a...

    John Ellis, American Thinker
    Everyone knows that a competent lawyer never asks a question in court to which he doesn’t already know the answer. And likewise, a competent political leader never puts a piece of legislation up for a vote without having a good idea of what the vote will be. But when Paul Ryan released his American Health Care Act he evidently had no idea what its reception would be. Whole sections of his own party were angered, and it was obvious that his bill had no chance of passage without truly major changes.
    Clinton Camp Warned You on Russia. But Nobody Listened

    Clinton Camp Warned You on Russia. But Nobody Listened


    Jennifer Palmieri, WPAt the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last summer, Jake Sullivan and I took to our golf carts one afternoon to make the rounds of the television networks’ tents in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center. It is standard...

    Jennifer Palmieri, WP
    At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last summer, Jake Sullivan and I took to our golf carts one afternoon to make the rounds of the television networks’ tents in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center. It is standard for presidential campaign staffers to brief networks on what to expect during that night’s session. But on this day, we were on a mission to get the press to focus on something even we found difficult to process: the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, but that it had done so to help Donald...
    The Russian Farce

    The Russian Farce


    Victor Davis Hanson, National ReviewThe American Left used to lecture the nation about its supposedly paranoid suspicions of Russia. The World War II alliance with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union had led many leftists to envision a continuing post-war...

    Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
    The American Left used to lecture the nation about its supposedly paranoid suspicions of Russia. The World War II alliance with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union had led many leftists to envision a continuing post-war friendship with Russia.During the subsequent Cold War, American liberals felt that the Right had unnecessarily become paranoid about Soviet Russia, logically culminating in the career of the demagogic Senator Joe McCarthy.
    How to Engineer a Trump Boom

    How to Engineer a Trump Boom


    Robert Barro, Wall Street JournalCut taxes, deregulate, build roads, bridges and airports—and don't start a 1930-style trade...

    Robert Barro, Wall Street Journal
    Cut taxes, deregulate, build roads, bridges and airports—and don't start a 1930-style trade war.
    Think Tax Reform Will Be Easy for Trump? Ha, Ha.

    Think Tax Reform Will Be Easy for Trump? Ha, Ha.


    Catherine Rampell, Washington PostYou thought tax reform would be an easy win for Republicans? Oh, it feels good to laugh again. After the Obamacare-repeal disaster, President Trump has decided to move on to tax reform. He’s hoping to quickly restore...

    Catherine Rampell, Washington Post
    You thought tax reform would be an easy win for Republicans? Oh, it feels good to laugh again. After the Obamacare-repeal disaster, President Trump has decided to move on to tax reform. He’s hoping to quickly restore public faith in his leadership, which has so far been stymied by federal judges, the House Freedom Caucus and basic math.
    Why Aren't Bills Lined Up Like Planes on a Runway?

    Why Aren't Bills Lined Up Like Planes on a Runway?


    Glenn Reynolds, USA TodayThe plan to replace Obamacare with a new bill crafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan has failed, and embarrassingly so. And that failure is part and parcel of a larger failure of the Republican-led Congress to push an agenda in the...

    Glenn Reynolds, USA Today
    The plan to replace Obamacare with a new bill crafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan has failed, and embarrassingly so. And that failure is part and parcel of a larger failure of the Republican-led Congress to push an agenda in the new administration. Talking to a friend at lunch not long ago, he expressed his amazement that the House and Senate leadership didn’t have bills “lined up like airplanes on a runway” ready to take off in the new year. I was surprised, too.
    With Health Bill Failure, Ryan May Be on Pelosi's Midterm Path

    With Health Bill Failure, Ryan May Be on Pelosi's Midterm Path


    Emily Goodin, RCPDemocratic Leader Nancy Pelosi bet the House in March 2010 when she oversaw the vote to pass President Obama’s health-care law. She lost. Did Speaker Paul Ryan just make a similar wager with last week’s failed vote to repeal and...

    Emily Goodin, RCP
    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi bet the House in March 2010 when she oversaw the vote to pass President Obama’s health-care law. She lost. Did Speaker Paul Ryan just make a similar wager with last week’s failed vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? “Republicans need to have a long conversation about what they want to be because they’re going to be a minority party if they can’t do better than this pretty quick,” said former Republican Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia.
    Conservative Groups Won't Be Sidelined, Health Vote Shows

    Conservative Groups Won't Be Sidelined, Health Vote Shows


    Rebecca Berg, RCPIn the Oval Office earlier this month, President Trump met to discuss health care reform legislation with some of the conservative group leaders who would scheme to derail it. Seated around the Resolute Desk on March 8 were Jim DeMint,...

    Rebecca Berg, RCP
    In the Oval Office earlier this month, President Trump met to discuss health care reform legislation with some of the conservative group leaders who would scheme to derail it. Seated around the Resolute Desk on March 8 were Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation; Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots; Club for Growth President David McIntosh; Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action; Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks; and Tim Phillips, president of the Koch brothers’ advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity.
    Republicans Play Obscure Deregulation Card, But Clock Is Ticking

    Republicans Play Obscure Deregulation Card, But Clock Is Ticking


    Bill Murray, RCPRepublicans have utilized a little-known law to overturn 11 major regulations enacted in the last days of the Obama administration. After languishing unused for more than 15 years, the Congressional Review Act has become GOP’s weapon of...

    Bill Murray, RCP
    Republicans have utilized a little-known law to overturn 11 major regulations enacted in the last days of the Obama administration. After languishing unused for more than 15 years, the Congressional Review Act has become GOP’s weapon of choice when it comes to governing. Observers expect another dozen regulations – many of them dealing with environmental protection -- to be targeted in the next two months in a historic attack on federal regulatory authority.
    Dems See Little Upside in Working With Trump

    Dems See Little Upside in Working With Trump


    Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPoliticsThe Trump administration, burned by its own party on its first major piece of legislation, has started to make a pitch for bipartisanship, suggesting the president is now interested in working across the aisle to...

    Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
    The Trump administration, burned by its own party on its first major piece of legislation, has started to make a pitch for bipartisanship, suggesting the president is now interested in working across the aisle to secure votes on top agenda items such as tax reform. But the interest is not mutual. And for now, at least, congressional Democrats see little incentive in working with President Trump, whose approval rating has declined further in recent days.