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Progress Pond · 17h ago

September Will Be a Meat-Grinder

Lindsey McPherson at Roll Call does a nice job of laying things out for you so you can begin to get a sense of the challenges Donald Trump and congressional Republicans will be facing when t...
Progress Pond · 20h ago

Charlottesville Did Not Impact Tax Reform’s Prospects

On the surface, Stan Collender of Forbes is on solid ground when he argues that the Republicans will not succeed in enacting a comprehensive tax reform because the president is too weak. Col...
Progress Pond · 1d ago

Will Charlottesville Matter in Six Months?

I’ve mentioned many times that I really respect Dan Balz as a bigfoot political print reporter. I think he does his job about as well as anyone can within the strictures of the genre. I beli...
Progress Pond · 2d ago

Back to the Fear and Loathing

I’m back home at my log cabin in the woods. Having been locked up for ten days, it smells like some combination of a gym locker room, a swamp, and a pine forest. Hopefully, we can get it air...
Progress Pond · 2W ago

Trump Will Rally His Supporters. So What?

Greg Sargent poses a hypothetical that isn’t really hypothetical at all: Because Trump is undermining our democratic norms and processes in so many ways, it is often easy to focus on each of...
Progress Pond · 2W ago

The Dems Need to Take a Hard Line on the Debt Ceiling

As early as last December, I was raising the alarm bells about the debt ceiling. In a piece called Will Trump’s OMB Director Blow Up the World?, I noted that Mick Mulvaney is a debt-ceiling ...
Progress Pond · 2W ago

The Silver Spoons White House

All I really hope to get out of John Kelly is a little insurance against the president inadvertently causing an international incident, or worse, a nuclear exchange on the Korean Peninsula. ...
Progress Pond · 2W ago

The Big Picture

Today is a good day to go back and look at the piece I wrote on December 9th, 2015 called: Trump and the Missing White Voters. Compare it to the Monkey Cage piece currently running in the Wa...
Progress Pond · 2W ago

If Only We Could Sue the GOP for Fraud

So, this 70 year-old guy named Bob Heghmann filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court yesterday against “the Republican National Committe and Virginia’s two national GOP committee members, Mort...
Progress Pond · 2W ago

Parsing the Statement of Manafort’s Lawyer

It’s a slow August news day, so let’s do a little parsing. Yesterday, CNN published a piece on the state of play in the Trump/Russia investigation that included the following passage: In the...