Trump will leave a legacy of selfishness and dishonesty | Joseph Stiglitz

The presidents attack on every pillar of society jeopardises the USs continued prosperity and ability to function as a democracy Kirstjen Nielsens withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the Nuclear Forces treaty? And, of course, there is his war on the environment, on healthcare, and on the rules-based international system. This morbid game never ends, of course, because new contenders for the title emerge almost daily. Trump is a disrupting personality, and after hes gone, we may well reflect on how such a deranged and morally challenged person could have been elected president of the worlds most powerful country in the first place. But what concerns me most is Trumps disruption of the institutions that are necessary for the functioning …

Mitch McConnell is destroying the Senate and American government | Robert Reich

The majority leader cares only for winning, not rules or democracy itself. He is doing more damage than Trump No person has done more in living memory to undermine the functioning of the US government than the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Yes, Donald Trump has debased and defiled the presidency. He has launched blistering attacks on Democrats, on judges he disagrees with, journalists who criticize him and the intelligence community. But McConnell is actively and willfully destroying the Senate. Last Wednesday he used his Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trumps court appointees to be a one-term president. change the rules on some presidential nominees (but not the supreme court), to require simple majorities. In response, McConnell …

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

As all of Washington—and the country—await the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe, which could come at any moment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put words last week to the as-yet-unspoken consensus on Capitol Hill: Impeaching the president will be a high bar. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it,” Pelosi told The Washington Post last week. The comment, like so much of the Trump era, hit Washington as shocking but not surprising. It was in many ways a classic “Kinsley gaffe,” as columnist Michael Kinsley once labeled any gaffe …