Unnatural Russian confidence in Trump victory quickly turned to fear of impeachment

The Russian government — which laid plans for a Trump presidency when almost no one else seriously considered the possibility – started worrying about impeachment the minute he was elected. That’s one of the findings in a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election. … Read more

Not ready for impeachment proceedings? Then set up a select committee.

House Democrats who aren’t politically ready to begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump quite yet — but worry that none of the various oversight committees have the means or the clout to build the strongest public case – have a third alternative. They could follow the Watergate model, and establish a select committee. The Select … Read more

When Congress creates, authorizes and funds an agency, should a president be able to sabotage it from within?

Donald Trump has appointed manifestly unqualified hacks to gut agencies whose missions they oppose – bringing new urgency to efforts to reform the political-appointment process. The fact is that congressional legislation creates these agencies, authorizes them to engage in certain activities and programs, and funds them. So it should be more of an issue when … Read more

Trump appointees are kneecapping federal workers who protect consumers, workers, students and the environment

While Donald Trump makes big headlines with bluster and lies, his political appointees are quietly sabotaging the government by making it difficult for career employees to do their jobs – especially in agencies focused on protecting consumers, workers, students and the environment. And you can actually measure it. The annual Best Places to Work in … Read more

Impeachment watch: A possibility turns into a probability

The impeachment of Donald Trump is all of a sudden looking more like a probability – or maybe even an inevitability — rather than a possibility. A new, specific, credible accusation of Trump’s involvement in a specific, criminal act is allowing Democrats and some media figures to go where they previously hesitated to go, despite … Read more