Trump’s Right About the Need to Pick Immigrants for Skills

Rich Lowry, NY Post
The media has treated Trump’s remarks, made in a heated exchange with senators over a proposed immigration deal, as an explicit confession of racism. Why else would he scorn immigrants from places like Haiti and Somalia, while yearning for those from lily-white Scandinavia?

The Media Are What They Accuse Trump of Being… Totally Unfit

Rush Limbaugh
"They believe that because he eats big macs and quarter pounders with cheese, and maybe even double quarter pounders with cheese, with a double order of fries, they believe that he is going to die tomorrow, next week, hopefully, tonight, maybe next month. They believe that anybody who eats cheeseburgers and fries is going to die -- in addition to the fake that they are polluting the planet and destroying the climate. They believe their sick fantasies.

High Stakes for Trump at the World Economic Forum

Ed Rogers, Washington Post
President Trump has had a ragged couple of weeks. Without reliving every sour note, let’s just say he hasn’t started the year with an inspirational vibe. His unforced, bizarre errors have overshadowed soaring consumer confidence, the potential benefits of tax cuts and the dismantling of Obama-era regulations. But could everything soon change? Is Trump about to take a break from his acidic public presence?

The Patriarchy Strikes Back

Sarah Jones, The New Republic
The backlash to the #MeToo movement is in full chorus. The takes have emerged like cicadas from the uneasy earth: inevitable, predictable, the same droning noise about misandry and sex panics and feminism going too far for its own good. They were incipient as soon as #MeToo went mainstream, waiting for some catalyst to fully emerge, whether it was the resignation of Senator Al Franken, the outrage over Katie Roiphe’s forthcoming Harper’s essay, or, most recently, a woman’s account of a sexual encounter gone wrong with comedian Aziz Ansari. The backlash is dressed up as...

Why Conservatives Are Proposing a DACA Deal

Michael Needham, RealClearPolitics
With President Trump’s blessing, various factions within the Republican Party are cracking the door open to an amnesty deal for illegal immigrants currently enrolled in the unlawful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Last week, Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Michael McCaul, Raul Labrador and Martha McSally introduced a relatively narrow and targeted amnesty for current DACA recipients that would come alongside increased border security, robust internal enforcement, and 21st-century reforms to our nation’s legal immigration system called the Securing America’s Future Act.

Cotton, Perdue and the Trap of Lying for Trump

Amy Sorkin, The New Yorker
On Monday, the Washington Post shed some light on how Senators Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, and David Perdue, of Georgia, felt able to assert that President Donald Trump had not referred to Africa as a collection of “shithole” countries—a comment that the White House itself did not, at first, bother to protest—and thus that those who said he did, including their fellow-senators, were liars. According to the Post, “Three White House officials said Perdue and Cotton told the White House that they heard ‘shithouse’ rather than ‘shithole,’...

The Toughest Job in Washington: Paul Ryan in a Bind

Elliott & Jenkins, Time
It’s not an easy time to be House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Republican Party is fractured over immigration, and its nominal leader, President Donald Trump, is sending mixed signals with offhand comments and unscheduled tweetstorms. Hyper-partisan voices like Breitbart News only make compromise more difficult on the right.

Virginia Republican activist resigns over Trump comments

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) - A Republican activist from Virginia has resigned from the party, citing President Donald Trump's "appalling comments" about Haiti and African countries as the catalyst.

News outlets report Kyle McDaniel sent a letter of resignation to state GOP officials Tuesday, saying the Republicans have embraced nativism.

The ...

Schools, groups plan for ways to help young immigrants

SEATTLE (AP) - Amid uncertainty over protections for young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, a scholarship group that recently collected its biggest donation yet from Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said it is exploring ways to help students if they are deported.

The Dream.US foundation, which received $33 million from ...

Bernie Sanders Warns GOP to Play Ball on Spending Bill

Issuing a not-so-veiled threat Wednesday to Republicans about how to go about getting Democratic support for the fast-approaching deadline to pass a spending deal, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called on Republicans to negotiate in a "bipartisan manner."

Casualties of the Trump administration

President Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year. Here's an ongoing list of White House staff, Cabinet members, and federal appointees who quit or were fired under Trump.