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  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Arms for dirt? Donald Trump did it, so get over it, says Mick Mulvaney

    William McRaven/NY Times, icymi: Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President If President Trump doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office. As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, “I don’t like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!” Those words echoed with me throughout the week. It is easy to destroy an organization if you have no...
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The consequences of enabling Trump are on display

    [Meteor Blades will return next week] Richard North Patterson/Bulwark: A Betrayal Too Far Trump’s abrupt and stunning act of dereliction startled everyone he should have consulted beforehand: our State Department, Pentagon, intelligence community, allies, key members of Congress—and the Kurds themselves. He discussed this only with the Turkey’s authoritarian, who is determined to quash a fighting force tied to Kurdish insurgents inside Turkey. In acceding to Turkish aggression on the basis...
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Trump voters 'want to see what comes out of the woodwork’

    The round-up title today comes from this piece about Staten Island Trump voters in the WaPo: There is confusion about the details, especially as those details become ever more intricate. There is also an evolving sense of what is at stake — not so much among Democrats, whose reactions have changed little, moving from “that mofo needs to go” in the first week to “they should nail his ass” in the fourth, but among Trump supporters, whose opinions matter to Republican lawmakers who could...
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Trump's a dysfunctional mobster facing a looming endgame

    x Just asked HR McMaster at an @FDD event whether it’s appropriate for President to invite foreign interference in a US election. ‘Of course it’s not,’ he said. — Susan Glasser (@sbg1) October 10, 2019 Jonathan Bernstein/Bloomberg: What’s the Endgame for Impeachment? By far the most likely endgame is that Trump is impeached by the House and then acquitted in the Senate
  • Donald Trump delays next round of China tariffs amid talks on limited trade deal

    Donald Trump claims he is close to a short-term trade deal with China, but says details still have to be put to paper.

  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: El-Doral-done

    Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced that after an exhaustive search, an expert team of experts had determined that the only suitable place to hold next year’s G-7 summit was
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: A boy named sue.

    Things were not well in the Kingdom of Donnie this week. Despite a pair of extended length rallies—at one of which Donald Trump gave a genuinely disturbing imitation of Meg Ryan in that diner scene—all the sneers, snarling, and fake-O face in the world could not make up for what happened out in the real world. On Friday alone, Trump lost cases in five different courts. He lost on hiding his taxes. He lost on appropriating money for his border fence. He lost on setting arbitrary standards for...