When Barack Obama departed the White House a year ago, his legacy appeared to face mortal peril. Liberals, with their tendency toward hysteria, and conservatives, with their tendency toward gloating, united behind this belief. “Donald Trump has the power to rip Barack Obama’s legacy out by its roots,” asserted a story in Vox. “Brick by brick, President Trump is trying to tear down what Mr. Obama built,” reported the New York Times. “The trade deal? Canceled. The climate pact? Forget it. Cuba? Partially reversed. Health care? Unresolved, but to be repealed if he can navigate congressional crosscurrents.” … [Read more...] about Trump Hasn’t Destroyed Obama’s Legacy. He’s Revealed How Impressive It Was.
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More recently, when four economists who advised Trump during the campaign — Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore — wrote in a New York Times op-ed that “now is the time to move it forward with urgency,” someone in the White House flagged the piece for the president … The op-ed came out on a Wednesday. By Friday, Trump was telling the Associated Press, “I shouldn’t tell you this, but we’re going to be announcing, probably on Wednesday, tax reform,” startling his own aides who had not yet prepared such a plan. Like a small child, the president’s day-to-day behavior is deeply influenced by the media he’s exposed to. At times, this fact may yield better outcomes than we’d get from a right-wing leader with a coherent and consistent worldview; at others, it may yield much, much worse ones. … [Read more...] about Trump Consults Fake-News Memes When Contemplating Climate-Change Policy
So the Trump administration has little to gain by withdrawing from the Paris agreement. It does, however, have much to lose — including America’s credibility as a world leader and an upholder of its international commitments. What’s more, once the rest of the world no longer has to worry about the Republican Party it could, theoretically, give the agreement more teeth — including rules aimed at punishing nations that refuse to participate in the deal. … [Read more...] about Trump Reportedly Leaning Toward Exiting Paris Climate Deal
In a speech announcing his plans to withdraw from the international climate agreement, President Trump highlighted the city in which the pact was made as a central argument against it. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he said. “It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — along with many, many other locations within our great country — before Paris, France.” The administration deems this rhetorical sally against France so successful it is following up with a “Pittsburgh, not Paris” rally. … [Read more...] about Trump Chooses Most Ironic Location in the Entire World for Anti-France Rally
As I relate in my forthcoming book, America is now approaching the culmination of the radical right's decades-long quest to dominate the judicial branch of government. Packing our courts with judges willing to disregard settled precedent to push their agenda has always been critical to their strategy. Since most Americans don't support that agenda, it doesn't play well in the more democratic legislative and electoral spheres. But if they can change our laws under the cover of fancy-sounding legal doctrines, the reasoning goes, they just might get away with it. … [Read more...] about Court’s contraception ruling spotlights Trump administration’s end goal