Few questions may shape the president’s remaining tenure more than how often the chief justice steps in to limit executive powers.
Ronald BrownsteinThe starkest lesson of November, from Congress to Pentagon, is that the last GOP resistance to Trump has collapsed. “There never was that much resistance, but I do think there has been some final capitulation of some of the semi-holdouts" says @BillKristol
Ronald BrownsteinThe #impeachment hearings & Navy Sec firing show Trump has crushed the last vestiges of GOP resistance to him in Congress & exec branch. The sole remaining Republican in a position to restrain Trump is John Roberts at #SCOTUS. But will he?
It seems clear to me that the president of Ukraine was subjected to a shakedown.
Ronald BrownsteinFormer GOP Senator: "My judgment so far...is that there are multiple actions...that warrant a vote of impeachment in the House, based on corroborated testimony that Mr. Trump and Giuliani, pressured leaders of Ukraine to investigate... Biden & his family."
The representative’s claims about stories reporting on the Trump administration are part of a universe of untruth.
Ronald Brownstein"Nunes is not interested in talking with anyone who is interested in checking claims, or verifying statements. He is talking only with people locked into a closed and sealed knowledge system," @DavidFrum. Same is true of Trump. Are there enuf for 2020?
As voters cast ballots on Saturday for Gov. John Bel Edwards or Eddie Rispone, Louisiana’s traditional regional divide is giving way to an urban versus rural political chasm.
Ronald BrownsteinVia @jmartNYT more evidence of the transformation Trump is imposing on GOP: "Rs have brought the president to the state 3x...to energize his voters, but all three visits have been far removed from New Orleans & Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s population hubs."
In this week’s impeachment hearings, expect a lot of G.O.P. conspiracy theorizing.
Ronald BrownsteinFiona Hill: “If we have people running around chasing rabbit holes because Rudy Giuliani or others have been feeding information to The Hill, Politico, we are not going to be prepared as a country to push back on this again”
A new kind of suburbanization is sweeping through politics, from Richmond to Atlanta, Houston, Denver and elsewhere, and Democrats are starting to breach Republicans’ firewalls in elections.
Ronald BrownsteinTuesday showed again that Trump is driving away the diversifying America-w/the complicity of GOP at all levels: “The way he speaks, you get the feeling that you are separate,” Mr. Katkuri said. “This is not what we signed up for in America.” nytimes.com/2019/11/09/us/… via @NYTimes
Donald Trump’s strategy of revving up his rural base may not be worth the cost.
Ronald BrownsteinRepublican losses yesterday suggest that the cost of Donald Trump’s strategy of revving up support from his mostly rural base may not be worth the benefit, writes @ronaldbrownstein.
Ronald BrownsteinSeems like KY/VA/Phillie suburb results all raise the same core question for 2020: if metro AND rural turnout surge-if more of everyone votes-can Trump offset bigger deficits in the growing places w/bigger numbers in the shrinking ones?
Her Medicare for All plan makes big assumptions about how much money she’ll be able to squeeze from the health-care system.
Ronald BrownsteinThe biggest question about @SenWarren #MedicareForAll plan isn't whether she's laid out a plausible plan to raise $20 trillion. It's whether $20 trillion is a plausible estimate for the plan's 10-year cost. Many experts are very dubious.
If the country awakes from its nightmare, the knowledge Americans will have gleaned from these years is harrowing.
Ronald BrownsteinBig, appropriate, question from @Profepps: "When one side of a political struggle has shown itself willing to commit crimes, collaborate w/foreign powers, destroy institutions & lie brazenly..can the other side- pretend [it] did not happen?"
The president is erasing the distinction between his political needs and the nation’s enduring interests, setting the stage for a potential crisis.
Ronald BrownsteinThe notion that a president won’t step aside when the time comes has always been unthinkable. Now it’s a question that’s openly debated—and will take on new urgency in the year ahead, @PeterAtlantic writes
If President Trump doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office.
Ronald BrownsteinMcRaven: "They have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen, preferring their government narrative to our own. They have seen us abandon our allies and have heard the shouts of betrayal from the battlefield."
According to new figures: more than the federal government will spend over the coming decade on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid combined.
Ronald BrownsteinOne big claim of #Medicare4All advocates is that it will reduce total national spending on #healthcare even as it shifts costs to govt. But new @urbaninstitute finds Warren/Sanders style single payer would increase total health spending by $720b annually
Two ways that Democrats in the House can match the White House’s aggressive tactics.
Ronald Brownstein"Neither house of Congress has arrested anyone since 1935, but it was not uncommon before that point (& was blessed by SCOTUS in 1927). Indeed, on at least two occasions, a house of Congress had its sergeant arrest an executive branch official."