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While You Obsessed Over Trump's Scandals, He's Fundamentally Changed The Country
This is a defining feature of the Trump administration: While scandal and squabble, palace intrigue and provocative tweets suck much of the oxygen out of the room ― and leave the impression of mass government disfunction ― a wide array of fundamentally Trump-minded reform is taking place.

"All of this smoke is missing the steady progress that the modern Republican Party is achieving," said Grover Norquist, the longtime anti-tax advocate. "The idea that Trump isn't getting anywhere is wrong. Those free market guys are picking up maybe not all the marbles in the world, but a large quantity of them. And we haven't thrown away any marbles" [...]

On regulatory policy, Trump's impact has far outpaced the coverage it's often received. He's made it harder for workers to set up retirement accounts and has delayed the implementation of workplace safety rules. He repealed a regulation protecting workers from wage theft and allowed employers with spotty labor records to get government contracts. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has hit the brakes on a rule that would require firms to report worker injury data online. Trump has given coal companies permission to dump debris into local streams and canceled requirements for reporting methane emissions. Both the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines have been allowed to proceed, and coal companies have been allowed to again lease on public lands.

by das monde on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 02:23:36 AM EST
Yes, I'm sure that's true, but it's not part of some cunning strategy; it's happened because they had the opportunity to do it in the midst of the general chaos and took advantage. The Trump administration would be far more dangeous if it knew what it was doing, but it doesn't so all of this feels temporary.

Mind you, the DCCC and DNC seem to be doing all they can to squander opportunities to take electoral advantage of the chaos in return.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 01:35:24 PM EST
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The focus of the Trump House is narrow, but they know what they are doing in that direction. They seem to be cunningly aware of surrounding perceptions, and ready to play with that.
by das monde on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 03:43:34 AM EST
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the DCCC and DNC seem to be doing all they can to squander opportunities

They are masters in that since 1999, if not the 1980s.

by das monde on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 03:45:20 AM EST
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The DLC/DNC has been busily destroying the Democratic Party since 1986, the midterm election after Mondale's defeat "proved" that "progressives" were unelectable.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:29:28 AM EST
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Der Drumpfenfuehrer's fellow travelers knew exactly what they wanted to do when they hit the ground, and they've used his three-ring circus as a smoke screen.  Since the US news media have a history of reporting only on the nearest twigs and ignoring the tree, this is a highly effective strategy.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:32:47 AM EST
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I learned from many small group meetings with big name journos at Harvard and MIT that sometimes the press can't see the forest for the trees and sometimes it can't see the trees for the leaves.  Seems like you've learned that lesson too.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 07:08:14 PM EST
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I was in journalism long before I was in law.
by rifek on Sat Jun 17th, 2017 at 01:09:14 AM EST
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"The Congressional Review Act (CRA)is a law that was enacted by the United States Congress under House Speaker Newt Gingrich as Section 251 of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104-121) and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on March 29, 1996....

"Prior to 2017, the CRA had only been successfully invoked once to overturn a rule (in 2001..).  In January 2017, however, with a new Republican president, the Republican-controlled 115th Congress began passing a series of disapproval resolutions to overturn a variety of rules issued under the Obama administration. Ultimately, fourteen of these resolutions were passed and signed into law; a fifteenth resolution was passed by the House but failed in the Senate. Because of the shortness of legislative sessions during the 114th Congress, the 115th Congress was able to target rules passed by the Obama administration as far back as May 2016."

"On May 16, 2017, Senators Cory Booker and Tom Udall introduced S. 1140, a bill to repeal the Congressional Review Act."

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 06:14:47 PM EST
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