Trump’s Open Meeting Just Proves How Right Wolff Is

Margaret Carlson, Daily Beast
The biggest, the best, the longest White House reality episode took place on Tuesday to dismal ratings. Rather than be the sure-fire, live-cast way to change the subject from Michael Wolff's book in which his staff and others declared his dangerous incompetence and show Trump at his deal-making best, the meeting revealed that on the whole Wolff got it right.

Mr. President, Put Up That Wall

Emmett Tyrrell, The American Spectator
Of all the Judeo-Christian virtues, the one that utterly baffles me is humility. I mean, what is in it for me? In observing our 45th President the past year or so, I believe he too shares my skepticism about humility. Charity? Sure. Kindness? But of course. Yet, humility? I cannot see any benefit for me in practicing humility, and I am pretty sure Donald Trump thinks similarly. In fact, I dare say he has never even tried practicing humility. Certainly I have not. Nor have I tried Chinese cuisine, which, by the way, has no known dessert.

The Digger Behind the Trump Dossier Speaks

John Cassidy, The New Yorker
This week marks the one-year anniversary of BuzzFeed’s publication of the controversial “Russia dossier,” the document compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele that claimed the Russian government had been “cultivating, supporting, and assisting” Donald Trump for years, and that the Kremlin was holding incriminating material about Trump, including a sex tape from a Moscow hotel room.

Trump Accidentally Discovers a Truth About the Dreamers

E.J. Dionne, Wash Post
WASHINGTON -- There is a reason bipartisan government is so hard these days. It's not because "both parties" are intransigent or because "both parties" have moved to the "extremes." It's because what were once widely seen as moderate, commonsense solutions are pushed off the table by a far right that defines compromise as acquiescence to its agenda.

The Republican Civil War Heads to Arizona

David Byler, The Weekly Standard
On Tuesday, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, jumped into the race for Arizona's now-open Senate seat. Arpaio is, to put it mildly, controversial. He was recently pardoned by President Trump for contempt of court (the case related to racial profiling), he's publicly questioned whether President Obama's birth certificate is real and he at one point forced prisoners to wear pink underwear (Jim Swift has more on Arpaio here).

Going Easy on the Mullahs Could Hurt Ordinary Iranians

Lee Smith, RCInvestigations
Is it true that President Trump has little choice but to stick with the Iran nuclear deal or else risk harming poor and middle-class Iranians who would be most hurt by reimposed sanctions? That's the seemingly common-sense view prevailing as a crucial deadline to renew the deal approaches on Friday amid widespread unrest in Iran. But some Iran experts say that conventional wisdom reflects a profound misunderstanding of that rogue nation’s economy.

Goodbye, Boring Candidates — Hello, Boring Hysteria

Heather Wilhelm, Nat'l Review
'It was a ceremony fit for the gods. That was the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, way back in August of 2008, describing Barack Obama's history-making acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination. It seems so long ago, doesn't it? Though somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the description wasn't that far off. If the Beatles, as an insouciant John Lennon once claimed, were more popular than Jesus, Obama could certainly qualify as the Beatles of politics ...

Bring Back Earmarks

James Warren, U.S. News & World Report
In less than five months, the nation has experienced historic rarities: the "Great American Eclipse" of the sun and Wednesday's agreement by CNN, Fox News and MSNBC that President Donald Trump did something smart.

Europe’s High Representative for Appeasement

Eli Lake, Bloomberg
If Federica Mogherini didn't exist, the world's autocrats would be trying to invent her.As the European Union's high representative for foreign affairs, she is a tireless advocate for engaging rogue states. Few diplomats though have pursued this kind of engagement with such moralizing puffery. In Mogherini's world, diplomacy with dictators should not aim to transition these countries to open societies, but rather to prevent conflicts at all costs.

The Trump Dossier’s Credibility Is Collapsing

David Harsanyi, New York Post
No sooner did Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, unilaterally release the testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpsonthan liberals and their advocates in the media were claiming victory. Look, they argued, the Donald Trump investigation was completely justified because the infamous “dossier,” according to Simpson, had been corroborated by the FBI.

Donald Trump calls Russia investigation a ‘mess’

President Trump on Thursday called the investigation into his campaign's alleged collusion with Russia a "mess."

"Disproven and paid for by Democrats 'Dossier used to spy on Trump Campaign. Did FBI use Intel tool to influence the Election?' @foxandfriends Did Dems or Clinton also pay Russians? Where are hidden and ...

Man stripped of citizenship under new

CARTERET, N.J. (AP) - The Justice Department says a New Jersey resident has been stripped of his citizenship after authorities learned he used a false name when he entered the United States more than 25 years ago.

Carteret resident Baljinder Singh's citizenship was revoked Friday after he was accused of ...

EU backs under-fire Iran nuclear pact at Brussels talks

BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union powers on Thursday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to endorse a key nuclear agreement with Iran saying the deal is essential for international security.

The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany threw their weight behind the pact limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions and insisted that ...

Steve Scalise ‘resting comfortably’ after surgery

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is "resting comfortably" Thursday after undergoing a planned procedure as part of his recovery from a gunshot wound last summer.

"The surgery went well and he is listed in Fair condition. He is likely to remain in the hospital for several days and will then ...

Vermont poised to enact legal pot through Legislature

The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting the state on course to become the first in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature rather than through a referendum by voters.

GOP angst over midterms grows

For some Republicans, it's starting to feel like 2006 - a wave election year that swept Democrats back into power in the House and Senate.The retirement of two longtime California Republicans this week - just the l...