“When incumbents get to draw their own districts, the result is a Congress that ignores that will of the people with impunity, because they know that the map has been rigged in their favor. Gerrymandering means that unpopular legislation like Obamacare repeal gets pushed through the House, while publicly supported ideas like universal gun purchase background checks languish because Republican incumbents don’t have to answer to the American people.” MORE
“Does Trump think that taking us deeper into a 16-year-old disastrous war is going to convince us that he’s a real leader?”
“While corporate CEOs flee the taint of association with a neo-Nazi sympathizer in the White House, the obviously unconvinced commander in chief is sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan without a visible goal or plausible timetable.
The president, his family and associates are under criminal investigation for colluding with a foreign power and obstructing justice, while the U.S. government and its allies wage five wars (Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen) against forces that pose about the same threat to Americans as domestic terrorists.
The ability of the president and the Republican Party to keep the government from defaulting, much less passing significant legislation, is openly doubted in Washington while Trump’s intention to renege on the 2015 nuclear non-proliferation deal with Iran in October is sure to outlive the departure of Steve Bannon.
In short, as Trump’s presidency grows less stable, the national security state grows stronger.” MORE
“Since Republicans took the House majority in 2010, the debt ceiling has been lifted eight times. It’s a bit easier in the Senate than the House, so let’s focus on the House. Most of the time, the majority of House Republicans don’t vote to lift the cap.” MORE