Bewildered by That Rarest of Sightings in Washington — Bipartisanship

Bipartisanship can be disorienting. That’s why Washington has seemed so perplexed over the past 10 days. An unexpected outbreak of cooperation between President Trump and the two top congressional Democrats has upended the established order and left lawmakers grasping to divine the significance, especially Republicans who saw themselves as a strong ruling majority. “You’ve got an unconventional president who is […]

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Establishment gears up for Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP leadership

If “war” against the Republican establishment is what former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon wants, then war is what he will get. Deep-pocketed supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other GOP leaders have resolved to fight a protracted battle over the next year for the soul of the party in congressional primaries. “It’s shaping up to […]

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Trump and Democrats strike DACA deal. Yes? No?

At 6:11 Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted that despite news reports to the contrary, he and Democratic congressional leaders had reached “no deal” on protections for young undocumented immigrants brought here as children. At 6:20 a.m., after a night of fretting by his supporters, he tweeted that the big, beautiful border wall he had long promised “will continue to be built.” Then, […]

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‘Medicare for All’: Is It Popular? And Is It the Same as Britain’s System?

As leading Democrats embrace Senator Bernie Sanders’s proposal to vastly expand Medicare to cover all Americans, Republicans are fighting back with familiar critiques of such a single-payer system. Mr. Sanders argued for his “Medicare for all” legislation in an Op-Ed published in The New York Times on Wednesday, while his Republican colleagues dismissed the idea in a news conference. Here’s an assessment of their […]

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House backs $1.2T spending bill with more money for military

The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump. The vote was 211-198 for the massive measure that wrapped the 12 annual spending bills into one in advance of the end of […]

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Why Democrats are more than happy to negotiate with Trump

For much of 2017, Donald Trump’s principal complaint about Democrats was simple: they were “obstructionists” who refused to even consider working with him. “The Democrats have become nothing but obstructionists, they have no policies or ideas,” the president tweeted in June. “All they do is delay and complain.” In Trump’s mind, congressional Dems were, for all intents and purposes, acting like […]

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Here’s more, real evidence that Trump is slowly rupturing the Republican Party

President Trump’s ability to fracture and even destroy the Republican Party has been chewed over plenty in recent days, as he — for the moment, at least — flirts with working with Democrats. The New York Times’s Peter Baker wrote that Trump is, “in many ways, the first independent to hold the presidency” since the Civil War. I’ve looked at […]

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Hillary Clinton’s warning to Democrats: Don’t be like Bernie

We knew from an excerpt of her book leaked last week that Hillary Clinton wasn’t particularly thrilled with the campaign Bernie Sanders ran against her. But in an interview released Tuesday, she really picked Sanders apart — at length. Talking to the former Obama aides who now run the popular “Pod Save America” podcast, Clinton roundly denounced and dismissed not just Sanders’s campaign but […]

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