The recently fired national security made little secret of his disagreements with the president.
John Harwood“Bolton spoke to around 60 donors at the exclusive NYC restaurant Le Bernardin. Attendees included noted lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
“Dershowitz told the crowd,
to ‘thunderous applause,’ that it was ‘a national disaster’ Bolton had been booted from the WH”
Accepting the reality about the president’s disordered personality is important—even essential.
John HarwoodPete Wehner, aide to three Republican presidents, on Trump: “if a clinical diagnosis is beyond my expertise, Trump’s psychological impairments are obvious to all who aren’t willfully blind. daily, we see the president’s chaotic, unstable mind on display”
“She Said,” by The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, names some of the people who turned against the influential producer, as well as ones who helped cover up his alleged predation.
John Harwood“ ‘i feel equipped to help you against the Roses of the world, because I have represented so many of them,’ @LisaBloom wrote, before laying out a multistep playbook for how to intimidate Weinstein’s accusers or paint them as liars.”
The financial crisis and the Great Recession bared and exacerbated the consequences that came from embracing market forces in ways that 10 years of recovery have not erased, writes John Harwood.
John Harwood"Capitalism basically is not working for the majority of people," says billionaire hedge fund manager Ray Dalio.
@BCAppelbaum’s new book “The Economists’ Hour” helps explain why - and what political leaders can do about it
At least 21 others were wounded, including three law enforcement officers and a 17-month-old who remained in serious condition Sunday morning.
John Harwood“Gov. Greg Abbott expressed sadness, frustration and exhaustion over recent mass shootings in Texas - five in 37 months.
Ten new laws loosening firearms restrictions took effect on Sunday in Texas, which has among the most liberal gun laws in the nation”
The 2020 Democratic race is over for most candidates, but for the top 5, it's just getting started.
John HarwoodDemocratic voters consider Biden most electable, but some political pros have doubts
In Quinnipiac poll, he trails Sanders/Warren badly among Dems under 35
"capacity to motivate younger voters is enormously important" for Nov 2020, @dianefeldman says
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — When the Des Moines Register deploys its breaking news banner to report the results of a new Iowa Poll, the state’s political operatives hold their collective breath.
John Harwood“Days before the 2008 caucuses, Selzer's final survey showed Obama leaping out to a 7-point advantage over Clinton.
Clinton pollster Mark Penn criticized her survey, arguing it included too many 1st-time caucus-goers.
Days later, Obama won by 7.8 points”
Why did America listen to the people who thought we needed “more millionaires and more bankrupts?”
John Harwood“Life expectancy rose for the wealthiest 20% of Americans between 1980-2010. Over same three decades life expectancy declined for the poorest 20%. Shockingly, the difference in avg life expectancy btwn poor and wealthy women widened from 3.9 years to 13.6”
Action would already be under way to remove him from that role.
John HarwoodJim Fallows: "If Donald Trump were in virtually any other position of responsibility, action would already be under way to remove him. public company board would have arranged shift out of power. Navy/airline/hospital would check his fitness"
John Harwood“Trump was ‘really upset’ to read about Barrack’s role in making it easy for some foreigners to try to spend money to get access to Trump and inner circle, said senior administration official.
‘The president doesn’t get any of that money,’ official said”
Benefits from what President Trump called "the biggest reform of all time" to the tax code have dwindled to a faint breeze just 20 months after its enactment, writes John Harwood.
John Harwoodwhen he signed the big GOP tax cut in Dec 2017, President Trump called it “the biggest reform of all time”
20 months later, as annual deficits soar back toward $1-trillion, its boost for economic growth has almost entirely dissipated
John Harwoodeconomic growth has peaked at 3.5% in two of the ten quarters of Trump’s presidency
3.5% is strong
but when Trump says it’s the best economy ever, remember: 3.5% would rank as Obama’s 7th-best quarter of growth, GWB’s 8th-best, and Clinton’s 18th-best
John Harwoodin Jan 2009, the govt Obama inherited was running $1-T budget deficit
GOP ripped him throughout his term for running up debt
when Obama handed off to Trump, deficit had been cut below $600-B, to 3.2% of GDP
now deficit’s back to $1-T, 5.1% of GDP
No president wants to face voters in an economic downturn. But if that were Trump's only concern, he never would have pursued his haphazard trade policy in the first place, John Harwood writes.
John Harwoodon China trade war, Trump has given cash payouts to farmers w/losses too large to deny
he has pretended other damage to businesses and consumers didn’t exist at all
but by delaying new tariffs to protect Christmas shoppers, he surrendered that pretense
John HarwoodTrump launched his trade war in a strong economy w/buoyant financial markets
now, yield-curve inversion signals he’s not playing with house money anymore
An assault weapons ban and impeachment are popular with the rank and file. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team must weigh more than public sentiment. And those other factors have persuaded them to move cautiously on both fronts.
John Harwoodmost Democrats, in the House and in the country, want to ban assault weapons and impeach President Trump
but given poor odds of success, Speaker Pelosi and other party leaders don’t think either effort is worth it right now
my @CNBC column
America's decades-long political realignment has replaced the dwindling ranks of Democratic conservatives with moderates and liberals eager to act against gun violence, John Harwood writes.
John Harwoodin Nancy Pelosi’s last Speakership, Dems from rural districts made up 1/3 of her caucus - same as the number of suburban seats
now suburban seats are half her caucus and rural ones just one in seven
that makes gun control much safer for Dems to push
After President Trump stopped short of a broad legislative response to the weekend’s massacres, lawmakers in both parties said Mr. McConnell held the key.
John Harwood“One of McConnell’s longtime advisers, J. Scott Jennings, said Monday that McConnell was positioned to lead a process in Congress that could “achieve a solution that, at a minimum, comforts the nation.”
nytimes.com/2019/08/05/us/… via @nytimes