From ProPublica, in one of his first acts, the president put dozens of pending regulations on hold that affect everything from train safety to drone flight paths — his administration is unlikely ever to enact them. What happened to Trump infrastructure push? Bunga-bunga policy, or no policy at all. The sneaky way the Trump administration is chilling government oversight: The inspectors general aren’t often in the news, but they’re a critical part of government oversight. Trump wants to reorganize the executive branch — good luck with that. Trump admits his healthcare plan would benefit rich investors, screw over people who voted for him. Who’s to blame for the Trumpcare debacle, Donald Trump or Paul Ryan?

“Extraordinary that Repub House & Senate Intell Committee leaders have now both said that no evidence supports Trump's surveillance claim”. Republicans are threatening to expose Trump as the emperor with no clothes. “GCHQ is our most important intelligence ally. Trump compromising this relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment harms US security”.

Is Trump trying to fail so he can blame everyone else when things go to hell while he remains a populist hero? Rich Lowry on how the GOP crackup happens.


Elizabeth Keyes (Baltimore): Unconventional Refugees. Emily Ryo (USC): Legal Attitudes of Immigrant Detainees. Kari E. Hong (Boston College): The Absurdity of Crime-Based Deportation. ICE detainees are asking to be put in solitary confinement for their own safety. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez (Denver): Abolishing Immigration Prisons. Who so sanctuary cities protect? Public safety is precisely why sanctuary cities are a good idea. Where Trump gets his fuzzy border math: Meet the Center for Immigration Studies, the far-right "think tank" working to legitimize the immigration crackdown. Hua Hsu on when immigrants are no longer considered Americans.

Is Trump's second immigration ban unconstitutional? Dahlia Lithwick on assessing the legal challenges to the new executive order. Here's how the White House is justifying the new refugee and immigration ban. Blocked immigration ban proves Trump's tweets will haunt his presidency. Ed Kilgore on Trump's hard road ahead to save his travel ban. Do outsiders have legal rights? Stayed or not, Trump's ban highlights the need for strong immigrant rights.


A new issue of Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politics is out. Andrew M. Lindner and Ziggy Schulting (Skidmore): How Movies with a Female Presence Fare With Critics. Large sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef are now dead, scientists find. Europe's extreme right is losing elections but still reshaping politics: Experts say Geert Wilders' ideas are now mainstream in the Netherlands. Stephen Krupin on Rex Tillerson's dangerous silence. Trump's intelligence nominee Dan Coats gets early lesson in managing White House. The serendipiter's journey: Michelle Dean on how Gay Talese's eye for detail turned out to be not only his strength but also his greatest weakness. Now, more than ever, "now more than ever" needs to go.

Steve Bannon in college: Grateful Dead fan, "Jerry Brown liberal", "ladies man". Francis Wilkinson on Steve Bannon's preposterous Rosebud moment: A populist's dramatic tale ends in tears for the little people. Stephen Bannon is a fan of Charles Maurras, a French philosopher who was an anti-Semite and a Nazi supporter. Nazi-allied group claims top Trump aide Sebastian Gorka as sworn member.


Ellie Shechet on how Trump's budget would turn the US into a heavily-guarded shitpile. If you're a poor person in America, Trump's budget is not for you. The "budget" is not a budget: it's just a Trump campaign press release masquerading as a government document. Trump's budget ripped from Bannon's nationalistic playbook. Here are 6 promises that President Trump's budget betrays. One thing is clear from President Donald Trump's budget proposal: He really does think climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to slow America's mighty economy. Trump's budget blueprint is a war on the future of the American economy.

Trump's ploughshares-to-swords "budget" is a close cousin of the Republican health-care plan (and more). Trump's budget shows a GOP trapped between its past and its future. This is the ending conservatives always wanted: You can draw a straight line from Reaganomics to Trump's budget. Erik Loomis on the Trump budget: "We have to remember that the enemy is not Donald Trump. It's the Republican Party".


Follow the money, Donald Trump edition: “There are so many sleazy characters, so many connections to figures in the Russian criminal underworld that I'm sure there are at least a few sub-needles there. But haystack itself is a very, very big story”. Intelligence expert Malcolm Nance on Trump Russia scandal: “As close to Benedict Arnold as we’re ever going to get”. The Trump-Russia story is not a diversion: There are ways to talk about the administration's mysterious connections with Russia without succumbing to xenophobic conspiracy theories. Investigations into Russia’s alleged attempts to influence the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump administration are perfectly defensible substantively and they’re good politics.

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