Heads of former Soviet states must be scared out of their wits. “Top Republicans Don’t Know Where Trump Will Be on Ukraine.” Change the last word to “anything” and you’d have it right.

These leaders should be just as worried about corruption. “Few afflictions are as serious for a developing democracy as runaway corruption. Russia’s attempt at democracy died in the 1990s in no small part because of the perception that oligarchs were robbing the nation blind. Now something similar is happening in Ukraine. Yes, Ukraine is threatened by Russian invasion; but the even bigger threat confronting its future is the selfishness of so many public officials.”

Right-wingers will be unnerved to find out (were they not paying attention?) President-elect Donald Trump is a big-government guy.  “A top economic adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that the new administration was exploring the creation of an infrastructure bank, an idea that has received mixed support from Republicans in the past.”

His thin-skinned temperament disturbed many during the campaign. It’s only going to get worse: “On Wednesday, Trump arose to fire off a string of disgruntled tweets about coverage of his new administration being in disarray.” The disarray is also disturbing, to be sure.

Pro-life groups should be rattled; they have a indifferent president and an energized opposition: “20,000 people have donated to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name since the election.”

Imagine how frightened Democrats would be if Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had scrapped the filibuster entirely. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.): “Because of the role of a Senate minority, you know, we have the ability to cast a very clear spotlight on things. We have the ability in some instances to slow things down that should have been slowed down and even the ability to stop things. So, my motto coming back is advance everywhere we can and defend everywhere we must.”

Why we should be distressed if anti-immigration activists get their way: “15 of the top 25 U.S. technology companies were founded by first or second generation Americans, according to a 2013 report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. We’re talking Apple, Google, eBay, among others. Moreover, immigrants have started more than half of the fast-growth tech startups, or ‘unicorns.’ Research from the National Foundation for American Policy notes these 44 companies are worth nearly $200 billion and have created an average of roughly 760 jobs per company in the U.S.”