John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, in October. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Opinion writer

We cannot argue with that assertion. “White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Trump’s campaign promises on immigration were ‘uninformed.'”

What happened to his declaration that he’d sign anything Congress sent him? “[Sen. Mitch] McConnell says Senate will consider immigration deal ‘as soon as we figure out’ what Trump supports.”

This alleged statement comparing the porn actress Stormy Daniels to his daughter Ivanka is as disgusting as it is plausible. “Daniels revealed that Trump asked her to sign a DVD copy of her film 3 Wishes and that he called her roughly every 10 days after their first encounter. As for the later encounters, she said: ‘We had really good banter. He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful, smart, just like his daughter.'”

With this pronouncement you’d think he would seek to sanction Russia, right? “President Trump accused Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government of helping North Korean leader Kim Jong Un evade sanctions in a new interview published Wednesday by Reuters.”

Just send GOP a notification then — no more short-term continuing resolutions. “Conservatives and defense hawks are fed up with the succession of stopgap spending measures, and they have pushed the leadership to include at least a full year of defense funding — with the big boost sought by the Trump administration — alongside a temporary extension for domestic agencies.”

If the announcement concerning work requirements for Medicaid made this clear, it might have garnered more support. “First, the work requirements are targeted for able-bodied adults of working age. They do not apply to the elderly, to pregnant women or to the disabled. In addition, ‘work’ is construed broadly to include community service, education, job training, volunteer service and treatment for substance abuse, among other potential forms of community engagement or self-betterment. Furthermore, the administration is not forcing this policy on the states. Instead, states that wish to impose work requirements must seek permission from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” Read the whole thing for some of the pros and cons.

Here’s some confirmation a blue wave is building. “A small-town medical examiner has given Democrats across the country another shot of hope heading into the fall election by upsetting a Republican legislator in a conservative Wisconsin state Senate district. Patty Schachtner’s victory Tuesday over state Rep. Adam Jarchow marks the 34th legislative seat that has flipped from Republican to Democrat nationwide since President Donald Trump took office last year, according to the national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, signaling backlash against Trump could fuel a Democratic wave in November. Republican Gov. Scott Walker sounded a warning bell, firing a flurry of tweets late Tuesday urging Republicans to ‘wake up.'” Good advice.