Author: By Jennifer Rubin

The walls are closing in on the scandal-plagued president

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), right, sitting next to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in March during a hearing on Russian intelligence activities. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press) A slew of GOP officials, including Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), broke with President Trump in openly challenging his firing of FBI director James Comey. They wondered about the timing of the decision, implicitly questioning the bizarre justification that Comey was only now fired...

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Why the GOP health-care bill looks like a loser – again

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Pence, center, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), in January in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) The Hill reports: Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) said Monday that he opposes the revised GOP ObamaCare replacement bill because it weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Long’s announcement was unexpected, and a bad sign for GOP leaders looking to round up enough votes to be able to pass the measure as soon as this week. Long was not on the radar as a possible no vote. This confirms a few observations, none of...

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This is not a normal president

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump waves as he walks across the south lawn of the White House late Saturday night on his return from a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. (J. David Ake/Associated Press) Republican consultant Ana Navarro on CNN’s State of the Union aptly summarized events on Saturday: “You had Trump, President Trump in Pennsylvania, speaking to his base, feeding red meat to the base and being divisive. You had the press celebrating the press standing up for journalism and you had the resistance marching in sweltering heat in Washington for climate change and against Trump.” It’s normal...

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Why it’s dangerous to have so many generals in the Trump Cabinet

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly speaks at George Washington University in Washington on Tuesday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press) Don’t get me wrong: Some of the better appointments President Trump has made are generals or lieutenant generals (e.g. H.R. McMaster). In part, that’s because other picks suffer from egregious inexperience and ideological extremism. The lesson here should not be that generals make good civilian leaders. To the contrary, we are already seeing that a record number of generals in Cabinet-level ranks has its downsides. Generals are accustomed to barking commands and seeing subordinates salute and...

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Cotton needs to stop carrying Trump’s water

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press) The New York Times notes: More than a dozen Republicans — from recognizable names like Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina to backbenchers like Representatives David Young of Iowa, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, Ted Yoho of Florida, Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey and Justin Amash of Michigan — have agreed that Mr. Trump should release his returns. That list grows almost daily. On Monday, former Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois,...

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Why Trump cannot brush off demands for his taxes

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press) The Post reports: President Trump lashed out Sunday at the protesters who took part in marches across the country Saturday to demand that he release his tax returns, declaring on Twitter that “The election is over!” Trump’s comments followed a nationwide Tax March that drew thousands of people in dozens of cities on the country’s traditionally recognized deadline to file taxes, April 15. He bizarrely argued: “I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” The...

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Trump launches cruise missile strike, eradicates ‘America First’

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press) President Trump — who ran a presidential campaign excoriating interventionism, ridiculed the idea of action in Syria, voiced confidence we could leave Bashar al-Assad in place and reintroduced the noxious 1930s “America First” rhetoric — when confronted with the real world threw away all that refuse and launched a retaliatory missile strike on the airfield from which planes carrying sarin gas took off earlier in the week. The Post reported,...

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The health-care fiasco was not inevitable

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Stephen K. Bannon during a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) Today President Trump, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), moderate House Republicans and Freedom Caucus Republicans risk their jobs, their credibility and their agenda. How could this have gone differently, without the potential for political self-immolation? Consider some alternative scenarios. In the first, Trump could have stuck to his campaign populist themes. Rather than defer to Ryan and to Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price (whose plan was essentially what Ryan had in mind...

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