Trump signs the budget bill. (Getty Images)

Editorial, 11 February 2018: The Republicans Have Never Cared About Government Deficits.

Although the Republicans for years raged against U.S. government deficits while Obama was President, it was always just political theater. The Republicans have never cared about government deficits, as their actions during the Trump administration have proven. They are fine with deficits if the money goes to tax cuts for

Rand Paul, doing what he does best, shutting down the government. (attribution: U.S. Senate)

The Review, 10 February 2018: Victory at the Shutdown Corral; Trump Pushes Authoritarian Trappings

Despite Trump threatening a government shutdown if he didn’t get additional limits on immigration, the Senate calculated the situation correctly, ignored him and passed a long-term spending bill. The House then passed the bill and Trump signed. There was still a brief government shutdown along the way, beginning just after

Trump with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Editorial, February 4, 2018: The Increasing Danger from Donald J. Trump

As Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to close in on Donald Trump, Trump will take increasingly desperate action. He tried to fire Robert Mueller last June and was stopped only because White House counsel refused. Mueller is pressing to interview Trump under oath, and no one believes Trump can do that

Next on the Trump hit list? (attribution: Pete Marovich for The New York Times)

February 3, 2018: The Nunes Memo – Designed to Halt the Russia Investigation – Proves False

  On Friday the memo by House Republican Devin Nunes was made public after Trump declassified it then approved it for release. (Nunes’ hometown newspaper termed him “Trump’s Stooge”.) Trump acted despite FBI Director Christopher Wray telling the White House that the memo was not accurate. The memo allegedly showed

A loaner for Trump, as explained in the article. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Review, January 27, 2018 – Dems Botch the Shutdown, the Battle of the Memos, Trump Already Tried to Fire Mueller

After deciding a week ago to reject the Republican continuing resolution to fund the government through February 15, Senate Democrats quickly caved. They accepted a deal that shortened the time period to February 8 and contained a vague promise from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate would

The sun sets on the U.S. government. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

January 20, 2018 — Presidential Shutdown; Trump Money Laundering; Russian Money Via the NRA

Courtesy of Donald J. Trump, as of Saturday morning at 12:01 a.m. we have a government shutdown due to lack of funding. You might think the first job of any government is to keep the government operating, but apparently that’s not the case. There were bipartisan deals in the Senate

Mueller in action

January 13, 2018 – Mueller Asks for Trial Dates and Trump Interview; Trump Rejects People from “Shithole” Countries

It was a typical Trump week: So many items, so little time. We will begin with Russia because all roads lead to Russia. As part of his investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia regarding the 2016 election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked to interview Trump on the