Author: By Jennifer Rubin

Trump can be managed – but only by a party with a spine

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS A woman holds a sign encouraging voters during a Women’s March rally in Las Vegas on Jan. 21. (Steve Marcus/Reuters) The assertion that President Trump never backs down or is a “tough negotiator” is belied by his nearly 18 months in office. He caved to Kim Jong Un — throwing in the cessation of military exercises with South Korea as a sort of parting gift. He has backed down on a slew of things: agreeing to a continuing resolution that didn’t fund the wall he wants; signing a budget he said he wouldn’t sign; not following through...

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Trump caves, embarrassing sycophants again

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Guards stand outside a site that houses child immigrants in Homestead, Fla., on Monday. It is not known if the children crossed the border as unaccompanied minors or were separated from family members. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press) The Post reports: President Trump abruptly reversed course Wednesday, saying he would sign an executive order ending family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border after a public uproar over the impact of his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The plan would keep families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings, potentially violating a 1997 court settlement...

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McConnell is making Democrats’ midterm strategy much easier

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS From left, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the Capitol in January. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) A bill to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 14-to-7 vote. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won’t bring it to the floor since he has been assured that President Trump won’t fire Mueller. And we all know Trump’s word is his bond. (Yeah, right.) Some Republicans have been fretting about a trade war....

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Why Trump failed with North Korea and China

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, speaks before his meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo, right, in Seoul on Feb. 3, 2017. (Kim Min-Hee/AFP/Getty Images) Figuring out why President Trump failed in diplomacy with China and North Korea is important if only to extract lessons for subsequent presidents who will be more teachable and less emotionally needy than the current president. The first step is acknowledging that Trump and his negotiators have screwed up — badly. North Korea summitry did not go awry because national security adviser John Bolton said impolitic things betraying his contempt for...

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A sorry end to Paul Ryan’s speakership

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) meets with reporters during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on May 10. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s last year in office is proving disastrous, a fitting end to the speakership of a man once considered a principled conservative reformer. His refusal to fulfill his constitutional role as leader of the House but rather play the role of presidential poodle and Republican attack dog for his increasingly unhinged caucus has had dire consequences for the GOP House majority, the intelligence oversight process and the broader conservative movement. Among...

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They have to make deals and stick with them to ‘win’

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS National security adviser John Bolton speaks from the grounds of the White House on May 9 in Washington. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) National security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conceded in their respective Sunday interviews that the administration does not harbor a policy of regime change in Iran or North Korea. That’s a change for them, which makes it acceptable for President Barack Obama’s harshest critics on the right to accept that position without blinking an eye. Such is tribal politics these days. In fact, a more nuanced position is essentially the...

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Lindsey Graham is exactly right – and the Senate should back him up

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) speaks to reporters. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Appearing on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)  had this exchange with moderator Margaret Brennan: BRENNAN: If President Trump can pull off a diplomatic agreement with North Korea, does he need congressional consent for a treaty? GRAHAM: I would urge the president if he can negotiate an agreement with Kim Jong Un that he takes that agreement and sends it to the Senate. I think that would be a good thing to do. This is a historic opportunity. But if the past...

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It is time to call Republicans’ bluff on Mueller protection

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in Washington in 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP) Republicans deserve the avalanche of criticism they have gotten for refusing to check the executive branch, whether it be on foreign emoluments, the Russia probe or on the confirmations of unfit nominees. When members do their job — as did a group of Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who voted to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — they deserve to be singled out for praise. Take note, then, and relay your appreciation (by emails, phone calls or in-person meetings) to...

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