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The GOP That Failed. As the carnage of World War I widened, Barbara Tuchman recounts in “The Guns of August,” a German leader asked a colleague, “How did it all happen?”

The GOP That Failed

“Ah,” replied the other, “if only one knew.” Story Continued Below A century later, there is no mystery to the carnage that President Donald Trump has wrought. Everything we have seen in these first 140 days—the splintering of the Western alliance, the grifter’s ethics he and his family embody, the breathtaking ignorance of history, geopolitics and government, the jaw-dropping egomania, the sheer incompetence and contempt for democratic norms—was on full display from the moment his campaign began. And that’s not just what Democrats think—it’s what many prominent Republicans have said all along. Once Trump was elected, his foes began to indulge in a series of fantasies about how to prevent his ascendancy or how to remove him from power.

Another rule may well have stayed the hand of Republicans who saw in Trump an unacceptable nominee. The Five Lines of Defense Against Comey—and Why They Failed - The Atlantic. Thursday was a bad, bad day for Team Trump.

The Five Lines of Defense Against Comey—and Why They Failed - The Atlantic

Things looked even worse at the end of the day than they did when the Senate Intelligence Committee adjourned midday. The first line of defense—revealed by the president’s own team yesterday—is that Comey somehow vindicated Trump by confirming that he told Trump in January that Trump was not personally a target of an investigation. But if that assurance had been enough for the president, Trump would not have added the demand that Comey end the investigation of Michael Flynn. Trump evidently felt strongly motivated to protect Flynn—more strongly motivated than he had been to protect any of his other associates. Voter Demographics Could Be Destiny for Republicans and Democrats in 2020 - The Atlantic. Despite President Trump’s magnetic appeal for working-class whites, those fiercely contested voters continued their long-term decline as a share of the national electorate in 2016, a new analysis of recent Census Bureau data shows.

Voter Demographics Could Be Destiny for Republicans and Democrats in 2020 - The Atlantic

That continued erosion underscores the gamble Trump is taking by aligning the GOP ever more closely with the hopes and fears of a volatile constituency that, while still large, has been irreversibly shrinking for decades as a share of the total vote. The data analysis on 2016 voting, conducted for The Atlantic by Robert Griffin and Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress’s States of Change project, found that non-college-educated whites declined as a share of the electorate even in the key Midwestern states that tipped the election to Trump.

“This is a good example of just how hard it is to reverse an ongoing trend like this,” said Teixeira, a co-founder of the project, which studies how demographic change affects politics and policy. The Death Knell for America's Global Leadership - The Atlantic. H.R.

The Death Knell for America's Global Leadership - The Atlantic

McMaster and Gary Cohn may not be the most influential people in the Trump White House. But the national-security adviser and the director of the National Economic Council are surely the White House’s most presentable faces. When they sign their names to a statement of Trumpism at its most dangerous, we are warned: The so-called adults in the room are shirking their responsibilities. Ross Douthat’s Argument Falls Short.

Less than four months into his term, members of Congress and commentators are openly speculating about whether President Donald Trump ought to be removed from office, and about how to do so.

Ross Douthat’s Argument Falls Short

There are two constitutional mechanisms available: impeachment, as provided by Article II of the Constitution; or by a majority vote of the cabinet (and, if necessary, the approval of two-thirds of both Houses of Congress), as outlined in the 25th Amendment. In the New York Times on Wednesday, conservative columnist (and National Review contributing editor) Ross Douthat makes a case for the latter. Douthat rejects the idea of impeachment on the following grounds: There will be more talk of impeachment now, more talk of a special prosecutor for the Russia business; well and good. Douthat’s column is bracing reading: an urgent, forceful case for taking decisive action against a president whose conduct is deeply troubling, indeed potentially threatening to American security. Maybe that changes. Bloomberg. Donald Trump promised he’d be a different kind of president, and he’s certainly delivered.

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He’s not one of those politicians who campaigns as one sort of person and then governs as quite another. While voters were weighing him as a possible president, he made it clear that he saw the norms of American politics and government as contemptible. He showed himself to have excellent instincts—or at least an eye for the main chance—but not to be interested in the details of public policy or inclined to listen to those who are. A small circle of family and close friends were the only people whose counsel he took to heart. He had no guiding political principles but placed immense value on personal loyalty to him. The Autocrat's Language. I had visitors from Moscow the other day, and the conversation, naturally, turned to what all of Moscow seems to be talking about these days: a vast urban renewal project that aims to raze all the five-story apartment buildings constructed during the residential construction push of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The Autocrat's Language

The thing is, though, that virtually all of those buildings have long since been demolished. The Moscow project of razing five-story buildings from the 1950s and 1960s will bring down four- and seven-story modernist buildings constructed in the early twentieth century—really, anything that occupies land that may be redeveloped. These buildings are not five-story apartment blocks from the 1950s and 1960s, but they will be classified as such. This is a problem of language. A Russian poet named Sergei Gandlevsky once said that in the late Soviet period he became obsessed with hardware-store nomenclature. How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. - The Atlantic. 点击这里阅读中文版本 It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term.

How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. - The Atlantic

The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests heavily on his daughter Ivanka’s arm during his infrequent public appearances. Fortunately for him, he did not need to campaign hard for reelection. On 'sanctuary cities,' Trumpian hyperbole runs up against legal precision. NEW YORK—When attorneys for the Trump administration defended the president’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities this month, they urged a federal judge not to take its wide-ranging threats too seriously.

On 'sanctuary cities,' Trumpian hyperbole runs up against legal precision

The order was merely an example of the president’s use of the “bully pulpit, serving the purpose of highlighting President Trump’s focus on immigration enforcement,” the administration’s council told US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco. That argument failed to persuade. On Tuesday, Judge Orrick put a temporary halt to Mr. Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that limit local cooperation with immigration officials. Eliot A. Cohen Responds to Donald Trump's First Week - The Atlantic. I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week.

Eliot A. Cohen Responds to Donald Trump's First Week - The Atlantic

Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he would force Mexico to pay for, even as the Mexican foreign minister held talks with American officials in Washington. Not by the quiet, but no less dangerous bureaucratic orders, such as kicking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of meetings of the Principals’ Committee, the senior foreign-policy decision-making group below the president, while inserting his chief ideologist, Steve Bannon, into them. Many conservative foreign-policy and national-security experts saw the dangers last spring and summer, which is why we signed letters denouncing not Trump’s policies but his temperament; not his program but his character. We were right. Precisely because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better.

The question is, what should Americans do about it? Rifts are opening up among friends that will not be healed. A Hundred Days of Trump. On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this. His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite. The hundred-day marker is never an entirely reliable indicator of a four-year term, but it’s worth remembering that Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama were among those who came to office at a moment of national crisis and had the discipline, the preparation, and the rigor to set an entirely new course.

Impulsive, egocentric, and mendacious, Trump has, in the same span, set fire to the integrity of his office. There is frustration all around. How to get Trump to change his mind on just about anything. By Jennifer Rubin By Jennifer Rubin Right Turn Opinion Opinion Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events April 6. Republicans are so hopeless, Trump may have to work with Democrats. Will anyone be left standing when the Republican circular firing squad runs out of ammunition? Or will everybody just reload and keep blasting away, leaving Democrats to clean up the bloody mess? The political moment we’re living through is truly remarkable, but not in a good way. Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress, so we’re basically in their hands. But they have nothing approaching consensus on what they should be doing — and they have failed to show basic competence at doing much of anything.

Workshop on "Public Diplomacy in a Post-Truth Society" (As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you very much for that kind introduction. Nearly six decades ago Herbert Hoover said he wanted the Hoover Institution “to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life,” so it is fitting that we have gathered here today to debate a pressing challenge for both our nation and the world community – the idea of a “Post-Truth Society.”

I am grateful to the Hoover Institution and to the U.S. Advisory Commission for Public Diplomacy for bringing us together for this important discussion. “Post-truth” society. Obamacare: The Republican Waterloo - The Atlantic. Seven years and three days ago, the House of Representatives grumblingly voted to approve the Senate’s version of the Affordable Care Act. What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen? - Ellen Schrecker. Donald Trump is not having fun. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters. Workshop on "Public Diplomacy in a Post-Truth Society" How Trump Became an Accidental Totalitarian. Like everyone else, I’ve been thinking a lot of late about Donald Trump and his infamous Twitter meltdowns—trying to deduce exactly what he’s up to regarding his constant, and seemingly never-ending, attacks on the press.

Comparing the alt-right to Nazism may be hyperbolic — but it's not ridiculous. Donald Trump Has Put America in Legal Hell. ATTN: - Our Congress is less popular than herpes. Gerrymandering Clip. How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. - The Atlantic. How to stop an autocracy. This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see. Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more. Suppose we have a very tiny state of fifty people. Thirty of them belong to the Blue Party, and 20 belong to the Red Party. And just our luck, they all live in a nice even grid with the Blues on one side of the state and the Reds on the other.

Now, let's say we need to divide this state into five districts. Fortunately, because our citizens live in a neatly ordered grid, it's easy to draw five lengthy districts -- two for the Reds , and three for the Blues. U.S. Downgraded from a 'Full' to 'Flawed Democracy': Report. America-tyranny-donald-trump. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny. Illustration by Zohar Lazar As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic.

Mexico Should Not Pay for It, and Probably Won’t. We Are the Last Defense Against Trump. Terrorism by Muslims makes up one-third of 1 percent of all murders in the US. Bloomberg. On a recent morning in Baton Rouge, a thousand miles from where Senate Democrats were jousting with Donald Trump’s nominee to run the U.S. Peter's Choice. Mike McQuade. Don’t Let Anybody Tell You the Marches Didn’t Matter. Donald Trump's Inaugural Speech: America First. GOP senator torches Obama's response to Russian cyberattacks and warns Trump.

4 Different Ways Democrats Can Save Obamacare. Trump’s presidency is doomed. Still Supporting Donald Trump? This Message Is For You. The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship. America’s democracy has become illiberal. Sandy Hook Parent Fights an ‘Emboldened’ Conspiracy Culture. Understanding What Dylann Roof Shared with Donald Trump. ‘The U.S. Has Fallen Into a State of Political Nihilism’ - The Atlantic. Robert Reich Calls Out Donald Trump for His "Thin-Skinned Vindictiveness" Why misogyny won. Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About. Donald Trump Has Broken the Constitution. Donald Trump’s presidency will be like Donald Trump’s campaign. White riot. Trump and American Political Decay. How Trump Took Hate Groups Mainstream. How Trump Made Hate Intersectional. Restart GOP: New Group Kicks Off Post-Election GOP Conflict.

The only way Trump can win. Megyn Kelly and the Revolt of the Conservative Women. NBC's Steve Schmidt Excoriates GOP's "Intellectual Rot" For Empowering Donald Trump. Trump Republican Dilemma: GOP Must Unite & Fight Progressivism. 2016 Brings Old Challenges in New Forms. In Search of the Never-Trump Ticket-Splitters - Bloomberg Politics. Trump's Performance in the Third Presidential Debate and the Legacy of William F. Buckley. J. D. Vance author of "Hillbilly Elergy" — Charlie Rose. The Definitely Messy, Probably Solvable Reasons Americans Don't Vote. Donald Trump is willing to destroy the Republican Party for a chance to win. Is Trump trying to break the ballot?

Donald Trump Shows Why This Clinton Defense Was Wrong. Reince Priebus Is Destroying the G.O.P. by Trying to Save It. The Undeniable Rape Culture Of Donald Trump. Six Reasons Conservatives Should Not Vote for Donald Trump. The horror is everything the GOP could tolerate about Trump. Second thoughts from conservative talk radio star: Did we create Trump? Donald Trump, Shamer in Chief. Here Are 5 Outrageously Offensive Things That Didn't Cause Republicans to Abandon Trump.

Trump’s Self-Reckoning. President Trump would reconstruct our racist past. Donald Trump: Christian Conservative Voters Shouldn't Support Him. Trump's Post-Debate Shows Flaws in His Crisis Management. 10 Emotional Abuse Tactics That Trump Blatantly Used in the First Debate. Donald Trump trying to play off a silent audience revealed the reality star's biggest weaknesses.

How to beat Trump in a debate. How Will Voters Separate Fact From Fiction at the Debates? Why Debate Moderators Shouldn’t Be Fact-checkers. The Senseless Cruelty of Donald J. Trump. Trump’s week reveals bleak view, dubious statements in ‘alternative universe’ The 'Chaos Syndrome' of American Politics, Explained by Jonathan Rauch - The Atlantic. The Dangerous Acceptance of Donald Trump. 176 Shocking Things Donald Trump Has Done This Election. A Trumpian Candidate on Trump’s Corset. The Time Donald Trump Dismissed Half of America as Losers. In 2006 Interview, Trump Demanded US Troops Leave Iraq—Even if Chaos and ISIS-Like Violence Occurred. Tougher Matt Lauer Moderation Wouldn't Have Stopped Donald Trump. Sadistic pervert Roger Ailes is advising Donald Trump. Why isn’t that a scandal? 'If you fight fire with fire, everyone burns': how to catch a troll like Trump. Donald Trump and Benito Mussolini. Why Republicans Endorse President Who Threatens Democracy.

A Psychologist Analyzes Donald Trump’s Personality. George F. Will: The GOP’s banquet of consequences begins. The unbearable stench of Trump’s B.S. How Should Paul Ryan Handle Trump? We Asked a Poker Pro. It matters that Donald Trump is very vulgar.