There is plenty for them to address. Preet Bharara [the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York] and Christine Todd Whitman [a former EPA administrator and one-time governor of New Jersey] are “launching an independent democracy task force at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law to holistically review these informal rules, which ones should remain guidelines, and perhaps which ones should be enshrined into law. We’ll examine norms surrounding financial conflicts, political interference with law enforcement, the use of government data and science, the appointment of public officials and any other issues that may arise in the coming months. We will be joined by experts and former officials from both parties. The goal is to issue a set of recommendations, policies that can be enacted that mend the gaps in our system and ensure we have a government that functions ably, competently and with the trust of the American people.”
Provided the rules have sufficient exemptions, this might address both sides’ concerns. “Republican lawmakers in a half-dozen states are launching fresh efforts to expand Medicaid, the nation’s health insurance program for the poor, as party holdouts who had blocked the expansion say they’re now open to it because of Trump administration guidelines allowing states to impose new requirements that program recipients work to get benefits.”
The chairman whom Trump appointed addresses Trump’s idea to take over the 5G network. “Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is opposing a reported White House proposal to nationalize a 5G network currently being developed by the private sector. . . . ‘The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades — including American leadership in 4G — is that the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment.’ ” Ouch.
The GOP will need to address the damage Trump is doing to the long-term prospects for the party. “Sixty-three percent of millennials, aged 18-34, said they disapprove of Trump, with 46 percent of respondents saying they strongly disapprove, according to an NBC/GenForward poll, published Monday. Just 19 percent of young people gave Trump a positive approval rating, down from 22 percent in the same poll at the start of January.”
Americans have addressed the threat posed by Trump with grit and courage. “America’s civil servants, soldiers, diplomats, and intelligence officials, in their overwhelming majority, take seriously their oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, ‘foreign and domestic.’ They did not snap-to when the president decided to toss transgender personnel out of the military, they did not begin torturing terrorists, they did not suspend their relentless investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election in support of Donald Trump. He lashed out at most of them—from the FBI to the judges. They gritted their teeth and continued to work in accordance with the law.” Read the whole thing.
Jeffrey Toobin admirably addresses his own role in the 2016 race. “I think there was a lot of false equivalence in the 2016 campaign. That every time we said something, pointed out something about Donald Trump — whether it was his business interests, or grab ’em by the p—y, we felt like, ‘Oh, we gotta, like, talk about — we gotta say something bad about Hillary.’ And I think it led to a sense of false equivalence that was misleading, and I regret my role in doing that.” Bravo.
This seems to address the collusion issue. Perhaps there is more evidence than it widely known. “Congress late last year received ‘extraordinarily important new documents’ in its investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign’s possible collusion with the 2016 Russian election hacking, opening up significant new lines of inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of the president, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says.”