Trump’s Headless Government

When the crisis hits.

Irrespective of the realities on the ground, Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico was declared a political disaster for Donald Trump well before it warranted that status. Among a diverse set of invested political commentators, “Trump’s Katrina” amounted to a perverse wish fathering an ugly thought. That was last week. The president now deserves the criticism he is receiving. For amid a humanitarian crisis and an increasingly frantic scramble to distribute resources to the Island, the president occupies himself by attacking his critics, calling his political opposition in Puerto Rico “ingrates,” and luxuriating at his New Jersey clubhouse. On Sunday, Trump dedicated a golf trophy to the storm-ravaged and displaced.

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No, the FBI Isn’t the KGB

Don't be crazy.

Over the course of a decade in which Republicans acquired elected office after elected office, winning more political power today than at any point since before Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency, a funny thing happened to conservative partisans: They became convinced of their utter powerlessness and persecution.

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The Definition of Leadership

Seeing the world as it is.

To a self-righteous set of foreign-policy observers, Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is the height of irresponsibility. From real American allies like Britain’s Theresa May to fake ones, like Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump’s move has been met with trepidation. Once again, we are told, an American president is sacrificing the credibility of the United States by going it alone, thereby abandoning the country’s singular role as global leader.This is, of course, a load of nonsense.

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If I Forget Thee, O Al Franken…

Podcast: Recognition and resignation.

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Trump Has a Capital Idea on Jerusalem

The journalistic class is apoplectic over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But conservatives, including those skeptical of this president, should add it to the list of Trump-administration foreign policies that deserve praise. The case for recognizing Jerusalem, and relocating the U.S. Embassy there, is formidable. Talk of the move throwing the region into chaos is overwrought and out of touch with Mideast reality.

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Democrats Prepare to Brand the GOP the Party of Abusers

A new day for Democrats.

If Senator Al Franken has not resigned by the time you read this, it shouldn’t be long now. On Wednesday, a seventh woman publicly alleged that Franken had tried to force himself on her. That woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, claimed that the future senator justified his actions by contending, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”

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