The Book That Ate Washington

Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard
Like any dutiful Washington swamp creature, I've spent the last few days holed up with Fire and Fury. Which is not, if you've been in news-cycle hibernation, the new fragrance from Ivanka. Rather, it is a book by Michael Wolff about life inside Mar-a-Lago North, aka the Trump White House.Or scratch thatâ??it is not a book. It is the book. If there is only one book Washington political reporters will read this yearâ??and for many, one book a year is their outer limit, as reading gets in the way of more vital swamp-creature pursuits like pretending expertise, being gossipy hens, and...

Trump Horrifies Snowflake Intellectuals by Speaking the Truth

Scott McKay, TAS
Thursday saw a media firestorm erupt over a Washington Post report that amid a White House meeting with several members of Congress working on a compromise having to do with the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, President Trump asked why America should have to take in so many immigrants from “s***hole countries” rather than people from places like Norway.

There’s Nothing ‘Professional’ About Trump

Joe Scarborough, Washington Post
The past seven days have matched some of the Trump era’s most frantic and maniacal weeks. Washington headlines have been driven by Michael Wolff’s Swampland confessional, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, ” and the slew of revelations that emerged in its turbulent wake.

Trump’s First Year: Historically Good for America

Harold Hamm, RealClearPolitics
President Trump’s stature is only growing in the eyes of the people responsible for American job creation and wage growth.No matter what spin the media put on the first year of the new administration, the numbers don’t lie. What began as a Trump rally in November 2016 has turned into the Great American Economic Renaissance.

Sorehead Losers of 2016 Suggest a Familiar Solution

Wesley Pruden, Wash Times
President Trump goes in for his annual physical Friday, and the doctors will only look at things like his blood pressure, listen to his heart, bang on his knees with a little rubber mallet and turn him around for the ever-popular prostate exam.

Dear Democrats: Shut It Down

Elizabeth Bruenig, Washington Post
If Congress cannot agree on a budget plan by Jan. 19, the government will shut down. This isn’t the outcome anyone wants. But Democrats ought to start steeling themselves now: If the Republican majority’s budget plan leaves the “dreamers” in limbo, fails to supply desperately needed aid to Puerto Rico and coastal states battered by natural disaster, or allows the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to wither away, Democrats need to be ready to shut the whole thing down.

The Takeaway: Trump’s Very Bad/Very Good Year One

Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics
Master of Disaster: A Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday asked voters to choose one word that best described President Trump’s first year in office. The top three responses were “disaster” (69 percent), “chaotic” (62 percent) and “successful” (44 percent).

Can Democrats Turn Arizona Blue?

James Arkin, RealClearPolitics
Arizona may be ground zero for the battle within the Republican Party this year, with a three-way GOP primary to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake pitting controversial hard-liners against establishment forces aiming to halt the momentum of party outsiders.

McSally Launches Senate Campaign in Heated Arizona Contest

Arizona Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally called on the national GOP to "grow a pair of ovaries" as she launched her bid for the U.S. Senate on Friday, joining the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake by embracing President Donald Trump and his outsider...