President Trump and his team abhor institutions they cannot muzzle. “The words ‘so-called judge’ stand out. Those words should never be uttered by an elected official, much less a president, about a sitting judge.”
Conservatives go silent when it is the GOP “picking winners and losers.” A border tax makes one company very rich: “A major airline company currently engaged in business with Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism, stands to receive billions in tax breaks under a new plan being floated by a large coalition of Republican lawmakers. A new tax plan spearheaded by House Republicans includes a provision that would remove government fees on exports, meaning that Boeing—which is locked in a multi-billion dollar deal to sell the Islamic Republic planes—could receive $56.7 billion in tax breaks from the U.S. taxpayer.”
A gag order on the White House might improve its chances in court. Jack Goldsmith: “I’m starting to believe that either Donald Trump wants courts to strike down the Immigration Executive order, or that his White House Counsel is incompetent or ineffectual.” Read the whole thing.
Trump’s bombast hasn’t stifled one critical group of pols. “Over a dozen state attorneys general have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Washington state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s temporary travel ban. The brief outlined the immigration order’s impact on residents, economies and educational and medical institutions across the country.”
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) won’t be muffled. “Inslee suggested multiple ways in which Democratic governors can resist Trump. Governors can amplify the argument that the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act could result in untold numbers of their constituents getting thrown off of Medicaid, if the GOP replacement block-grants the program to the states, making cuts to Medicaid funds over time more likely. Inslee said Dem governors are in the process of forming a ‘subterranean alliance with Republican governors who are now notifying Congress that cutting their funds is unacceptable.'”
Religious Americans shouldn’t remain mute when self-appointed evangelical conservative leaders advocate discrimination against LGBT Americans. “There is near consensus among religious groups on the issue of religiously based service refusals. Roughly six in ten (61 percent) Americans oppose allowing a small business owner in their state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs. That includes not only large majorities of groups who strongly support same-sex marriage, including Unitarian/Universalists (87 percent), Buddhists (76 percent), and Jewish Americans (72 percent), but also majorities of even major religious groups who are divided over or opposed to same-sex marriage.”
One way to snuff out fake news is to refuse to air it. “CNN declined to have [Kellyanne Conway] as a guest on Sunday — in part because the Trump administration offered her in lieu of Vice President Mike Pence, but also because of what the network told me were ‘serious questions about her credibility.’” Good for them. Others should follow suit.