President Donald Trump's big actions today: Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (which was never approved by Congress anyhow); reinstituting a federal ban on funding clinics that provide abortions outside the United States; and freezing the hire of new federal employees (with exceptions for "military, public safety, and public health").
- Which day does Trump want to make the National Day of Patriotic Devotion? Guess before clicking here.
- The Supreme Court will not be hear a case over the constitutionality of Texas' voter ID law, but it could later on as it passes through lower courts.
- The Supreme Court also declined to hear a case challenging a Utah law against polygamous cohabitation brought by the stars of reality show Sister Wives.
- The Department of Defense is rejecting a report by Russian-owned media that Russia and the United States had cooperated on a strike against the Islamic State in Syria.
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) will support Trump's pick of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, despite his previously declared reservations.
- An Australian man accused of driving his car into a crowd of people, killing five, apparently did so after stabbing his own brother in the face after the brother came out of the closet as gay.
The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water
At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political "team" or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.
The new president availed himself of Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Partisans who abandon constitutional principles because they prove inconvenient are in for a rude surprise when the other team wins.
The president could form a sizable splinter party if he's serious, but GOP defectors would have major ballot-access issues. Might they take over a smaller party instead?