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Perfesser Trump’s Ineffective President Course

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Charlie Cook points out that Donald Trump is not just President of the Electoral College, he’s also qualified to teach a course in presidential ineffectiveness:

“If you wanted to offer a graduate-school class in how not to be an effective president of the United States, Donald Trump could write the textbook and teach the course.”

“The first lesson would be to cater myopically to your base, alienating those in your party who are not in your core constituency—particularly the congressional leadership and power players who would be the ones instrumental to actually getting anything done. The second lesson would be to offend independent voters, those not married to either party who are at least theoretically open to the arguments from both sides. Finally, the third lesson would be to do everything possible to eliminate any chance of getting defections from the ranks of the other party while riling up the other party’s base, giving them an intensity that they may have lacked when they lost last year’s election.”

“That’s pretty much how you would do it—and it’s what Trump has done.”

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Is This the End of the Trump Government?

“It doesn’t mean the end of the Trump presidency but it may mean the end of Trump government. It’s going to be impossible for Donald Trump now to attract good people to government.”

— GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, in an ABC News interview.

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Trump Aides Are Saving Our Bacon

“You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill.”

— An unnamed White House staffer to Mike Allen, on why many Trump aides are not resigning despite their disappointment.

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Speechwriter Calls Trump Best Presidential Orator in Generations

“President Trump’s the most gifted politician of our time, and he’s the best orator to hold that office in generations.”

— White House adviser Stephen Miller, on Fox News.

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McConnell: Trump Has ‘Excessive Expectations’

“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before. I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process. … Part of the reason I think people think we’re under-performing is because of too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the legislature which may have not been understood.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), offering “some of his toughest criticism yet for President Donald Trump in a speech Monday,” CNN reports.

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Our Secret Republican Government

“Inch by inch by inch, the Trump administration is rolling back press access, which means less information for the public. And lack of accessibility is only half the problem. Lack of accuracy in official statements is a big issue too. … The president’s anti-media defenders may support the administration’s approach, but it’s hard to justify the rollback in accountability. It’s not just the White House, either: the State Department and the Pentagon have all but stopped holding on-camera briefings, too. … This isn’t exclusive to the executive branch. There are heightened concerns about legislative branch secrecy as well.”

Brian Stelter

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Collins Just Wants a Day Free of ‘D.C. Drama’

“Can we have a crisis-free day? That’s all I’m asking.”

— Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), quoted by CNN.

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McConnell: White House ‘Drama’ Deflecting GOP Agenda

“I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on the agenda.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in an interview with Bloomberg.

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Trump Headed Down Path to Despotism

“A President enabled by a spineless and supine Congress that fails to exercise its oversight powers isn’t a weak executive at all: he is a potential despot. Using his authority to hire and fire federal officials, he can rapidly remake the government to his own design, appointing loyalists to key positions, eliminating potential threats, and undermining alternative repositories of power. … Authoritarian leaders in foreign countries seize and maintain power this way. And, despite his bungling start, this is the project that Donald Trump appears to have embarked upon.”

John Cassidy

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Most Disagree with Trump’s Firing of Comey

51%

A new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll finds 54% of Americans think President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey was not appropriate, while 38% say it was appropriate. In addition, 46% think Trump fired Comey due to his handling of the Russia investigation, another 24% think the dismissal was due to the Clinton email investigation and 22% said it was something else.