For GOP, No Trump Coattails in November

A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics
Rick Saccone is a “special person” who is campaigning in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District to replace Rep. Tim Murphy, a pro-life Republican who resigned in disgrace after asking a mistress to have an abortion. Saccone got the “special” seal of approval from President Trump, who leans on the adjective when making a hard sell -- for anything from a candidate to the latest Obamacare repeal plan to Derek Jeter to women of the #MeToo movement.

A Year of Donald Trump in the White House

Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
Living as we do, on what is—as hard as it may be to believe—the first anniversary of Trump in power, we find ourselves caught in a quarrel between Trump optimists and Trump pessimists, and one proof of how right the Trump pessimists have been is that the kind of thing that the Trump optimists are now saying ought to make you optimistic. Basically, their argument amounts to the claim that the stock market remains up, the government isn’t suspended, and the President’s critics aren’t in internment camps. In the pages of The Economist, as in the columns of the...

Bombshell House Intel Report Exposes Massive FISA Abuses

Sara Carter
A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.

Ron DeSantis wants memo on dossier to be made public

Rep. Ron DeSantis said Friday that he agrees the memo about government surveillance regarding the Trump campaign should be released.

"Let's get that out there so the American people can see how this whole collusion thing was going on during the campaign," Mr. DeSantis, Florida Republican, said on Fox News.

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Trump’s inauguration speech, one year later

One year ago, President Trump's inauguration speech painted his picture of America and made promises for his presidency. White House correspondents Jenna Johnson and Josh Dawsey listen back and discuss what’s happened since.

Is Amazon Heading for the Swamp?

Jonathan Fischer, Slate
Prediction for 2018: Local reporter for the Washington Post will become a very awkward job.On Thursday, Amazon released the 20-city shortlist in its continental game show to name its second headquarters, and the picks largely consist of the major North American cities you’d expect to have a shot, thanks to their large, educated workforces and abundant infrastructure, including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Raleigh, Miami, Pittsburgh, and New York City. While some of the picks are pleasant surprises considering the economic gift Amazon and its anticipated 50,000 jobs...

Trump Checkup Proves the Media Is Mentally Ill

Michael Walsh, American Greatness
This week's press conference featuring the White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, ostensibly was about President Trump's health. In reality, it was a physical and mental check-up on the White House press corps, whose jejunity, mental impairment, and

The Media Normalizes the Unruly Left

George Neumayr, The American Spectator
Normally so censorious of shutdowns, the media seemed eager for one on Thursday. Pundits offered up preemptive excuses for Senate Democrats who seek to torpedo a deal. The more that Democratic senators behave like hack liberal activists, the more the media cheers them on. The media is in a disruptive mood and sees a shutdown as a win for Trump’s enemies. Even as the House passed a bill to fund the government on Thursday evening, MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman was babbling about the GOP as the party of shutdowns.

Trump’s Palm Beach Trip Depends on Budget Deal

President Donald Trump will not leave for a weekend at his Palm Beach estate unless a government shutdown is averted. The White House said Friday that Trump will not head to Florida unless a funding bill passes. Trump was set to leave Friday afternoon and planned to celebrate...

Conway: Americans Don’t Want Shutdown Over DACA

Kellyanne Conway says national polls show that most Americans favor a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but they do not want the government to shut down over it. . .

Bipartisan Consensus on Abortion Could Be Midterm Factor

Carl Anderson, RCP
For years Americans have been told that abortion is an intractable, politically unsolvable issue. But polling numbers tell a different story. Far from being either a thorny political issue or a partisan one, a clear way forward now exists. Four-and-a-half decades after Roe v. Wade and its sister case, Doe v. Bolton, were decided, more than three-quarters of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, not the nearly unrestricted abortion regime that these cases allowed.