Trump Needed It, but What About the GOP?

The AHCA has helped two people so far.

The passage of the House version of the American Health Care Act was a vital necessity for Trump and his White House. Without it, the president’s first six months would have been written off as a meandering farce in which the paralysis that had characterized Washington over the past six years would have been extended ludicrously to a Washington in which Republicans hold both chambers of Congress and the White House. If we learned anything from the Jimmy Carter years, or from the Bush presidency from the fall of 2005 through the election of 2006, it is that the nation comes to feel contempt for a president who appears incompetent. And perhaps that would have been the case with Donald Trump most of all, since his entire candidacy was premised upon his ability to cut through the crap and get things done in a billionaire-businessman kind of way. So what happened yesterday was a big deal, even if the bill is only a third of the way through passage. It must now go to the Senate, which will amend it before it can pass there—and if it does, the House and Senate versions will have to be reconciled and then voted on again by both bodies before going to the president for signature.

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Trump Needed It, but What About the GOP?

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The False Backlash Over Anonymous Sources

Rational skepticism or partisan angst?

To hear Donald Trump’s supporters tell it, the story these days isn’t the story, but how the story is sourced.

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The Next Lebanon War Will be Different

Iran and Hezbollah are calling the shots.

It’s now been more than a decade since Hezbollah launched a cross-border attack on Israel and precipitated a war that devastated south Lebanon and parts of Beirut. That war ended with the acceptance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the “disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon,” including Lebanese Hezbollah and the assertion of full control over Lebanese territory by the government of Lebanon.

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Theatrics, Outrage, and Normalcy

The Trump budget: "Hateful," "immoral," and an "attack" on Americans.

Five months into the Trump presidency, it does feel as though life has been moving along at a record pace. Following the breakneck speed with which scandals and controversies involving the Trump administration are revealed, examined, and subsumed into a broader narrative has been a struggle. It’s a welcome break, then, that the release of Donald Trump’s proposed budget has ushered in a familiar dynamic in Washington. Democrats have shifted from expressing grave and honest concerns about the president’s conduct to feigning outsize indignation over the president’s priorities. It’s a happy return to normalcy.

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A ‘Diversity’ Power Play

A Marxian interpretation of "diversity."

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a middling Midwestern state university, is not a hotbed of radicalism. Yet it recently joined a handful of other colleges and universities that consider a demonstrated commitment to “equity, diversity, and inclusion” a criterion for earning tenure.

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The Shame of Defaming Seth Rich

The conspiracy theorizing has to stop.

Seth Rich was 27 when he was killed on a dark street in a sketchy neighborhood in the nation’s capital last July. He has become world-famous in the past month because his corpse is being used as a proxy in the war over the reputation of Donald J. Trump. Enraged media figures on the Right who believe Trump is being unjustly accused of colluding with Russia have turned to the Rich story to offer their audiences an alternate potential crime to chew on—one in which they can hint at the possibility that Democrats had one of their own killed.