The Russia House (Investigation)

Commentary podcast: Congress investigates the Trump campaign's Russia ties.

The matter of the Donald Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia have dogged this administration since its very first days. For the first time in public hearings, Congress is digging into the matter. Today, FBI Director Comey revealed that the Trump campaign is under investigation for its Russia ties. Will Democrats “overplay their hand?” Further, President Trump’s chilly meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and some awful job approval polls for the president suggest the White House is having a bad week. John Podhoretz is out today, so Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman dissect the day’s developments. Give a listen.

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Canada’s Misguided ‘Islamophobia’ Fixation

Canada's officials exploit extremism toward a political end.

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So Many Ways to Say ‘Debacle’

Commentary Podcast: The GOP's health care mess.

audio: https://soundcloud.com/commentarymagazine/commentary-podcast-so-many-ways-to-say-debacle

On a special week-ending podcast, the COMMENTARY crew considers the collapse of the American Health Care Act and the fallout therefrom. Our conclusion: A lot of fallout. A lot of it on Donald Trump’s head. And some on Paul Ryan. And some on House Republicans. And oy. Give a listen.

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Trump Fans: You’re the ‘Establishment’ Now

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are on the same team, whether Trump fans like it or not.

The 2016 elections created an irreconcilable contradiction that now threatens to paralyze the GOP. The Republican Party in Congress is dominated by conservative lawmakers, many of whom won their seats in the tea party-led wave midterm elections of 2010 and 2014. Donald Trump, however, ran for and won the White House by campaigning against ideology. He marketed himself as a fixer married only to what works and suspicious of the rigid partisan divides that had crippled Washington. When Trump was elected to the White House, he was also selected to lead the Republican Party—a party that remains a congeries of committed conservatives. This contradiction was bound to lead to conflict someday. That day is today.

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Terror, Not Donald Trump Jr., Is the Problem

Donald Trump Jr.'s insensitive tweet nevertheless contained a sound critique of the left.

On Wednesday, London was attacked. Just before 3 p.m. in the British capital, a terrorist drove a vehicle at high speed down the Westminster Bridge toward Parliament, running over pedestrians along the way. In an attempt to gain entry to Parliament, the man stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot to death. Forty people were injured in the assault. Three died. The attack occurred on the one-year anniversary of a deadly ISIS-linked incident in Brussels. It happened as an anti-ISIS coalition of Middle Eastern leaders met in Washington D.C. and as militias prepare for the siege of the Islamic State capital, Raqqa. Hours later, ISIS took credit for the attack.

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