Rick Perry Suggests Trump’s ICE Threat Is Negotiating Tactic

Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggests President Donald Trump's Thursday threat to remove immigration officers from California is merely a negotiating tactic. "The President is a first-rate negotiator," he tells Fox & Friends, "and I will suggest to you that that is what is...

American Populism: A User’s Guide

Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
I've been thinking of my friend Jeffrey Bell. Jeff, who died suddenly two weeks ago at age 74, was a Vietnam veteran who shocked the political class when he won the Republican Senate nomination in New Jersey in 1978 and again in 2014. He lost both races, but those setbacks freed him for other pursuits. He was a longtime conservative who worked on the campaigns of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Kemp, and who co-founded successful economic and political consulting firms as well as the nonprofit American Principles Project.

The New Working Class

Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic
More than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, political commentators continue, despite all evidence to the contrary, to depict his political base as the “white working class.” Articles on his supporters seem almost entirely devoted to baseball-capped Middle Americans in declining industrial towns who believed the president’s campaign-trail promises to bring back coal, or steel, or keep the Carrier plant jobs in the country.

Homer Simpson Is a Republican. He’s Also an Idiot

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian
To listen to Ted Cruz discuss The Simpsons at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference is to witness a man who does not deserve The Simpsons. In what may well be the least accurate analogy of all time, Cruz said: “I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and the Republicans are, happily, the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.”Where to start? First, Maggie is a baby who communicates exclusively in non-verbal cues, so assigning any political affiliation to her seems presumptuous. Second, the episode The Way We Was contains a flashback of Marge...

John Shuster and His Ragtag Team of Curling Rejects

Justin Peters, Slate
There’s a great, crowd-pleasing movie to be made about the 2018 U.S. men’s Olympics curling team. Their story conforms to every slobs-vs.-snobs cinematic underdog narrative you’ve ever seen. The unheralded group of USA Curling castoffs, led by skip John Shuster, had to struggle against long odds to even make it to the Olympics. In Pyeongchang, they’ve dispatched one more-heralded team after another. After beating the fearsome Canadian squad on Thursday, the Americans have made it to the gold medal match for the first time ever. They are the Bad News Bears with brooms.

The Law That Could Take Down Trump

Margaret Carlson, The Daily Beast
It’s all well and good for Paul Manafort to spend 15 years in prison for money laundering, and Rick Gates to plead guilty to cut a deal, and Alex Van Der Zwaan to miss the birth of his first child because he lied to the FBI.

Russian Bots Are on the March. Take Cover, Quick!

Thomas Frank, The Guardian
The grand total for all political ad spending in the 2016 election cycle, according to Advertising Age, was $9.8bn. The ads allegedly produced by inmates of a Russian troll farm, which have made up this week’s ration of horror and panic in the halls of the American punditburo, cost about $100,000 to place on Facebook.A few months ago, when I first described those Russian ads in this space, I invited readers to laugh at them. They were “low-budget stuff, ugly, loud and stupid”, I wrote. They interested me because they cast the paranoid right, instead of the left, as dupes of...

A Children’s Crusade Jesus Would Be Proud Of

Van Jones, CNN
(CNN)Gun violence is rocking our world again -- and our politics. But even as political rancor runs high, Americans' views are dramatically shifting.A poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac shows that 66%, or two-thirds of Americans, now want stricter gun control laws -- the highest recorded by Quinnipiac University since it started polling the issue after Sandy Hook. According to the poll, support for tougher gun laws has jumped almost 20 points since December 2015. It also found a ban on assault weapons was backed by 67% of those surveyed.

Cities Need Solutions to Solve Homicide Epidemic

Stacy Washington, RealClearPolitics
While Baltimore and Chicago grab headlines, St. Louis counts its dead quietly.For the fourth year in a row, St. Louis reigns supreme as the per capita murder capital of America. The 2017 murder rate was 66 per 100,000 people – three times as high as that of Chicago. If St. Louis were as populous as the Windy City (the Gateway City has 311,000 residents, while Chicago has in excess of 2.7 million residents), the tally of murder victims would exceed 1,780 a year.

DC Metro rejects Amnesty ads showing Trump, Putin, others

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amnesty International has criticized the Washington Metro's rejection of an ad campaign featuring depictions of U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A spokeswoman for the human rights group, Kharunya Paramaguru, tells The Washington Post the intended four-week, $35,000 ...

The Takeaway: The Most Hated Man in Washington

Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics
Out of Favor: A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Americans hold unfavorable views of all the major party leaders in Washington D.C. Forty-six percent of voters hold an unfavorable view of Vice President Mike Pence, compared with only 36 percent who view him favorably. Yet Pence’s net favorable rating of -10 (subtracting his favorable rating from his unfavorable rating) is the best of the six political leaders identified by Quinnipiac. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is second with a net favorable rating of -11, followed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic House...

Graham Showed What Evangelical Christianity Could Be

Randall Balmer, NBC News
For anyone who has read Sinclair Lewis’s “Elmer Gantry” or lived through the televangelist scandals of the 1980s — Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Oral Roberts — it is not difficult to identify Billy Graham’s most remarkable accomplishment. Over the course of a public career that lasted more than half a century, no one has credibly charged Graham with scandal.

Gun Control Activists Need to Learn a Little Sympathy

John Podhoretz, New York Post
Some facts.There are 126 million households in the United States. In 35 percent of those households — some 44 million — there is a gun. There is an average of 2.8 people per household, according to the Census Bureau. This means that something like 120 million people in this country live with at least one gun in their homes.

Gun Politics, Twitterized

Heather Wilhelm, National Review
If you watched CNN’s emotionally charged town-hall presentation on gun violence Wednesday night — entitled “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” — I’m sorry.

Trump & GOP Won’t Act on Gun Control. So We Must.

Eugene Robinson, Wash Post
WASHINGTON -- They won't do anything meaningful about guns until you force them to with your votes.This time, following the Parkland massacre, does feel different from all the other times. But I fear the outcome will always be the same -- thoughts, prayers, furrowed brows and no real action -- until the Republicans who control Congress and so many state legislatures start losing elections because of their obstinacy on gun control.

Donald Trump pushes for a wall, help from Mexico to address border issue

President Trump tweeted the need for a wall on Friday, saying gang members are entering through Mexico.

"MS-13 gang members are being removed by our Great ICE and Border Patrol Agents by the thousands, but these killers come back in from El Salvador, and through Mexico, like water. El Salvador ...

Donald Trump Jr.’s foreign policy speech in India boosts concerns

NEW DELHI (AP) — Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the U.S. president, will be pushing another ethics boundary on his whirlwind trip to India where he has been promoting Trump-brand real estate.

On Friday evening he is to make a foreign policy speech at a New Delhi business ...