Author: By Jennifer Rubin

Is it finally Scott Pruitt’s time to go?

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Even casual political-watchers know that Friday is the customary day for dropping bad news and dumping senior officials. No senior official is more deserving of being dumped than Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. The New York Times reports: The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general plans to investigate whether Scott Pruitt, the agency’s embattled chief, acted improperly when he used an E.P.A. security detail for personal trips to the Rose Bowl, Disneyland and basketball games, among other places. The latest probe brings the number of investigations into...

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They came, they marched, they inspired

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg speaks during the March for Our Lives on Saturday in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) By the hundreds of thousands, they came. They gave impassioned and articulate speeches. The shared their experiences in Chicago, South Los Angeles and Florida. They gave one TV interview after another, displaying remarkable poise and heart-breaking sincerity. Adults decades older watched with awe. These are teenagers. How did these kids learn to do  this?  The sense of amazement among adults, including jaded members of the media, was palpable — both because supposedly sophisticated adults...

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When will the GOP muzzle Nunes?

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump approved the release of a controversial and classified congressional memo on Feb. 2. Here are some of its main claims. (The Washington Post) With his memo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) botched for a second time (remember the unmasking scandal) an attempt to discredit the intelligence community to protect President Trump in the Russia investigation. For a second time he resorted to a specious and factually defective non-scandal, hoping to play to the Trump cultists and their state TV channel, Fox News. Nunes is exceedingly terrible at this game. For example:...

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Republicans risk becoming accomplices in obstruction of justice

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Republicans such as Sen. Ron Johnson are hawking conspiracy theories to sow doubt into the Russia investigation, say Post opinion writers Jonathan Capehart, Christine Emba, Stephen Stromberg and Ruth Marcus in this clip from the weekly roundup, “It’s Only Thursday.” (The Washington Post) As we have noted, President Trump has consistently attempted to interfere with and control the independent investigation into his own possible wrongdoing. He demanded Attorney General Jeff Sessions not recuse himself; Sessions did so anyway. He tried to get then-FBI Director James B. Comey to give a loyalty oath and fired him after...

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Trump provokes widespread anxiety – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS President Trump walks from Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Aug. 23, as he returns from Reno, Nev. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) The George Washington University Battleground Poll released on Thursday reports: There is widespread national concern about President Donald Trump’s public discourse and behavior, according to the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll. The survey, taken August 13-17, found a large majority of voters — 71 percent — agreed his “behavior is not what I expect from a president” (27 percent disagreed), and 68 percent agreed his “words and actions could get...

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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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