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Clues to Gorsuch’s Ideology Seen in Pairings With Thomas


Sam Hananel, APTo see where Justice Neil Gorsuch might fit on the Supreme Court, watch the company he keeps. Gorsuch has already paired up four times with Justice Clarence Thomas – the court’s most conservative member – in separate opinions that dissent from or take issue with the court’s majority rulings. While the sample size is small, the results show Gorsuch’s commitment to follow the strict text of the law…

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Just Wait: Nixon, Trump and How a Presidency Ends


Frank Rich, New York Magazine“Let others wallow in Watergate, we are going to do our job,” said Richard Nixon with typical unearned self-righteousness in July 1973. By then, more than a year had passed since a slapstick posse of five had been caught in a bungled burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex. It had been nine months since Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein reported in…

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Schumer’s Deception, and a Timeline of Trump Frustration


Byron York, DC ExaminerRepublican Sen. Charles Grassley’s accusation that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer lied about President Trump and the Russia investigation — that Schumer said the president was under investigation after he, Schumer, had been specifically told by the FBI that Trump was not — is shedding new light on the events that led to the president’s rising frustration over the Russia probe, the FBI, and Democrats who sought to…

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No Easy Wins for Republicans Under Trump


Charlie Cook, Cook Political ReportFor con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans in the new norm of the Trump pres­id­ency, noth­ing is easy, and everything is hard. Rais­ing the debt ceil­ing in or­der to keep the gov­ern­ment from de­fault­ing on its debt is nor­mally easy; now it is hard. Passing an om­ni­bus budget bill to simply keep the gov­ern­ment op­er­at­ing (for­get the idea of passing the full bat­tery of 12 ap­pro­pri­ations bills) is go­ing to…

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Democrats Need to Do Their Own Autopsy


Mary Kate Cary, USA TodayRoughly 80%of us now live in states either partially or totally controlled by Republicans. Two-thirds of our nation’s governors are now Republican — tying a 94-year-old record — and an all-time high 69 of 99 state legislatures now have Republican majorities. In half of our 50 states, both the state legislature and the governorship are controlled by Republicans. And that’s aside from the fact that Republicans…

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Israel, American Jewry and Trump’s Republican Party


Caroline Glick, Jerusalem PostEarlier this month Norway, Denmark and Switzerland did something surprising. Norway announced that it was demanding the return of its money from the Palestinian Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Secretariat, for the latter’s funding of a Palestinian women’s group that built a youth center near Nablus named for PLO mass murderer Dalal Mughrabi. Denmark followed, announcing it was cutting off all funding to the group….

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