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  1. about 6 hours ago on Tom Toles

    Conservative pundit David Brooks: "A crucial question of the Trump years has always been: Will our institutions hold? Will the legal, political and social institutions of American life be able to withstand the norm-destroying corruption of King Chaos?

    The U.S. Congress has not fared well. Many Republicans have been supine while Donald Trump has shriveled congressional authority and shredded the rules of basic democratic behavior.

    The American legal system, however, seems to be holding up pretty well. Even under the intense Trumpian pressure my Times colleagues described earlier in the week.

    Robert Mueller is a solid rock in the face of waves of calumny. If anything, the investigators at the Southern District of New York seem to be picking up the pace. These investigations are being led, it should be noted, by Republicans. The S.D.N.Y. investigation seems to be zeroing in on the $107 million Trump inauguration extravaganza. From the hints dropped by the subpoenas, one gets the impression that the inauguration was a shambolic grabfest in which people with money tried to turn it into power and people who suddenly had power tried to turn it into money.

    Some legal experts believe the inauguration is being aggressively probed as a racketeering operation — a continuing criminal enterprise, complete with mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and the rest.

    So why aren’t the legal authorities wilting? One explanation: institutions and character. The legal institutions instill codes of excellence that are strong enough to take the heat. The people in authority have enough character to live up to those codes.

  2. about 9 hours ago on Matt Wuerker

    Checking my pockets for matches…….

  3. about 9 hours ago on Matt Wuerker

    Ann Coulter is basically a performance artist. True, a dishonest cowardly bigoted reactionary performance artist. But still.

  4. about 9 hours ago on Matt Wuerker

    Bill DOES smoke an enormous amount of pot, you know…..

  5. about 9 hours ago on Tom Toles

    A bit off-topic, but too good to resist: [aside to george harmon: let me know if you need help with the big words, which is to say, three letters and up]

    Conservative pundit George Will, on Larry Hogan,the Republican governor of Maryland, a noted despiser of the despicable Donald Trump: “Opposing any incumbent president is not a day at the beach, and campaigning against today’s uniquely smarmy incumbent would be especially disagreeable. Hogan has, however, undergone, while governor, six rounds of chemotherapy (24 hours a day, five days a week, times six, spanning 18 weeks) to defeat an advanced and aggressive cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), so has endured something almost as unpleasant as Donald Trump…….a majority of congressional Republicans seem poised to support Trump’s evisceration of the Constitution’s architecture of checks and balances. By opposing a binding resolution disapproving the president’s declaration of an emergency, they would approve Congress’s acquiescence in the loss of its core power, that of controlling spending. These Republicans raise two questions: Why is there a Congress? And why are such Republicans receiving salaries? Every Republican who supports the president in this trashing of the Constitution whose creation began here thereby violates his or her sworn oath to defend it and to “bear true faith and allegiance” to it. Voters should expel all of them from public life.”

  6. about 9 hours ago on Tom Toles

    I’m not sure why we suddenly think the Mueller Report will be released soon—we’ve heard it plenty of times before. (Most recently from career con artist Matthew Whitaker.) When you’re investigating an organized crime outfit, and you do it correctly, it takes TIME. As for Barr, if he cares the tiniest bit about his reputation, he will play at least semi-fair!

  7. about 9 hours ago on Andy Capp

    Or any conceivable soccer team!

  8. about 9 hours ago on Jeff Danziger

    Traitor Trump pulls Traitor Kushner’s strings exactly as much as Putin pulls HIS!

  9. about 9 hours ago on Jeff Danziger

    NAME ONE THING that Obama did that, as a matter of objective realty, compares to any of the above. No, you’re not allowed to quote liars like Sean Hannity or lunatics like Alex Jones. That whole “objective reality” thing.

  10. about 9 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    A bit off-topic, but too good to resist:

    Conservative pundit George Will, on Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, a noted despiser of the despicable Donald Trump: “Opposing any incumbent president is not a day at the beach, and campaigning against today’s uniquely smarmy incumbent would be especially disagreeable. Hogan has, however, undergone, while governor, six rounds of chemotherapy (24 hours a day, five days a week, times six, spanning 18 weeks) to defeat an advanced and aggressive cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), so has endured something almost as unpleasant as Donald Trump…….a majority of congressional Republicans seem poised to support Trump’s evisceration of the Constitution’s architecture of checks and balances. By opposing a binding resolution disapproving the president’s declaration of an emergency, they would approve Congress’s acquiescence in the loss of its core power, that of controlling spending. These Republicans raise two questions: Why is there a Congress? And why are such Republicans receiving salaries? Every Republican who supports the president in this trashing of the Constitution whose creation began here thereby violates his or her sworn oath to defend it and to “bear true faith and allegiance” to it. Voters should expel all of them from public life.”