Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s second full week comes after a chaotic weekend sparked by the executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. Protesters and lawyers jammed US airports to protest the order and help those who were detained. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday any US diplomats who don’t agree with the order can “either get with the program or they can go.”
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ECONOMY — He signed an executive action designed to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses. Trump said: “There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control where you can open your business and expand your business very easily.”
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Former President Barack Obama was moved to put out his first post-presidency statement. The statement praised protesters and said Obama “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
ENVIRONMENT/ENERGY — The Washington Post highlights new Republican efforts to roll back Obama’s environmental regulations. The rules target methane emissions from oil and gas drilling and water pollution resulting from coal mining activities.
Washington (CNN)A handful of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees’ confirmation votes were postponed Monday, including Treasury Department nominee Steven Mnuchin, Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price and Small Business Administration nominee Linda McMahon.
The Senate Finance Committee will now vote on Mnuchin and Price for their Cabinet nominations at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. Mnuchin’s vote was supposed to take place Monday night, but Democrats delayed the action.
McMahon’s hearing was postponed until “further notice,” according to a Monday night press release.
Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have publicized their opposition to several of Trump’s Cabinet picks.
The New York Democrat, citing the Trump’s controversial travel ban order, announced earlier Monday that he would oppose Mick Mulvaney for Office of Management and Budget, Scott Pruitt for the Environmental Protection Agency, Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Betsy DeVos for the Department of Education and Andrew Puzder for the Department of Labor.
Meanwhile, the Senate voted 56-43 on Monday to end a Democratic filibuster of Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, allowing a final confirmation vote for the former ExxonMobil CEO to take place this week.
Despite widespread Democratic opposition, Trump’s picks are expected to be confirmed. But the hold up has triggered one awkward situation for the Trump administration: Obama appointee Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, has told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.
Cabinet approves an IMF-backed value-added tax to be imposed across the Gulf in bid to cut budget deficit
Tax-free living will soon be a thing of the past for Saudis after its cabinet on Monday approved an IMF-backed value-added tax to be imposed across the Gulf following an oil slump.
A 5% levy will apply to certain goods following an agreement with the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council in June last year.
Residents of the energy-rich region had long enjoyed a tax-free and heavily subsidised existence but the collapse in crude prices since 2014 sparked cutbacks and a search for new revenue.
Saudi Arabia is the worlds biggest oil exporter and the largest economy in the Arab region. It froze major building projects, cut cabinet ministers salaries and imposed a wage freeze on civil servants to cope with last years record budget deficit of $97bn. It also made unprecedented cuts to fuel and utilities subsidies.
The kingdom is broadening its investment base and boosting other non-oil income as part of economic diversification efforts and aims to balance its budget by 2020.
The cabinet decided to approve the unified agreement for value-added tax to be implemented throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the official Saudi Press Agency said. A royal decree has been prepared, it said.
The move is in line with an International Monetary Fund recommendation for Gulf states to impose revenue-raising measures including excise and value-added taxes to help their adjustment to lower crude prices which have slowed regional growth.
The GCC countries have already agreed to implement selective taxes on tobacco, and soft and energy drinks this year.
WASHINGTON President Donald Trumps snap firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night has observers recalling President Richard Nixons Saturday Night Massacre of 1973, when White House attacks on an independent investigation caused the resignation of the then-attorney general and his deputy.
Decades later, the incident is remembered as a pivotal moment because it exposed how petty, vindictive and unethical Nixon was willing to be.
Experts who closely watch the law say Trumps move against Yates is different but still important. Although not an immediate crisis, it is historic and a reminder that the Trump administration seems set for ever-greater conflicts with U.S. legal tradition, analysts told The Huffington Post.
Nixons action was different and considerably more serious, said Robert Gordon, a Stanford law professor and past president of the American Society for Legal History.
Nixon was clearly retaliating against a special prosecutor appointed by Congress, ordering Justice Department officials to fire him without consulting lawmakers. Trump was replacing an acting attorney general who would have soon been replaced with one of his appointees anyway.
This just seems to me another example of the impetuous thoughtlessness of this administration, Gordon continued.
The attorney general position requires sensitive treatment because of its importance to the rule of law, experts said.
While the person in that role does serve at the pleasure of the president, his or her ultimate obligation is elsewhere.
The attorney general has an independent obligation to the law as well as to her boss in the White House, Gordon said. Its not a clear hierarchy.
The official is ideally meant to ensure that the executive branch does not violate the law. Yates believed there was a possible violation, according to her Monday statement.
The attorney general job is difficult if the executive branch does not want to listen. The George W. Bush White House, for instance, sought the opinions of junior attorney John Yoo rather than those of the attorney general or more senior staff at the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) a decision that is still condemned today.
Sujit Choudhry, the former dean of the law school at the University of California, Berkeley, said the public dispute could have been avoided if Trumps team had sought opinions from Yates before issuing the executive order on immigration that she said she could not defend.
These sorts of debates happen within the executive branch all the time, Choudhry said. I think it happened differently in the sense that the standard policy process in terms of issuing an executive order would be to consult and engage the agencies.
Trumps White House did not seek legal guidance from the OLC before issuing the order, CNN reported. It also neglected to make a similar request to the Department of Homeland Security or seek advice from the Pentagon, according to The New York Times.
White House officials later claimed they had OLC approval, and Trumps replacement for Yates made the same assertion Monday night.
The relevant agencies were brought in at the end of the day, and there wasnt consultation with important members of the houses [of Congress], and thats the process by which our government works. Its how we make policy and it helps to ensure better policy, and its one way to think about what a system of checks and balances is, Choudhry said. Thats whats a departure from how we normally run things … thats truly unprecedented.
He noted that this appears to be the first instance of an attorney generals being made to leave by a president without having shown any inclination to depart.
Trump could have avoided the public drama of the firing and worries about presidential overreach by allowing the Justice Department to do its analysis and appointing a special defense counsel in the meanwhile, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Tribe said on MSNBC.
By choosing this path, Tribe continued, the president was rapidly boosting the risk of fights with the courts.
Those worried about Trumps actions should note that federal courts are already aggressively examining them and have faith in U.S. institutions, Choudhry said.
Yates was already winning high-profile applause Monday night while criticism of Trump grew harsher and congressional battles over his attorney general pick and anticipated Supreme Court nomination seemed to become more likely.
People are right to be worried, Choudhry said. Lets just take it one step at a time and not leap to conclusions about the system coming down.
(CNN)The resistance to President Trump’s controversial ban on refugees is growing. What started at the grassroots level with spontaneous protests at airports and on city streets is now reaching into higher levels of government.
Frustrated with a President who seems to be running roughshod over American policy, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama appointee, announced she would not defend the order. Yates said she would refuse to put the power of the Department of Justice behind this measure in the courts. Human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties supporters were bolstered by her defiance.
Then Trump fired her by a hand-delivered letter, revealing the fragility of the opposition to this administration. Even with this blowup, it still does not seem that the Republican Senate, eager to secure this moment of unified government, will do anything to jeopardize Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General. And from everything we know, Sessions will be much more than merely willing to enforce this order and anything else that comes from the Trump White House involving immigration and refugees in the coming years.
For the baby boom generation, the string of events brings back painful memories of the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973 when Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus refused to carry out President Richard Nixon’s orders to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox who was investigating the Watergate scandal that ultimately forced Nixon from office. “Nixon discharges Cox for Defiance; Abolishes Watergate Task Force; Richardson and Ruckelshaus Out,” read the headlines of The New York Times.
The flareup at the Justice Department reveals the high stakes for Democrats in the confirmation hearings. Until now, the Democrats have been remarkably passive as the Trump administration threw red meat to conservatives in Congress with appointees who promise to move forward with what is shaping up to be a radical agenda on domestic and national security policy.
Without a filibuster to protect them, Democrats have been resigned to asking a few tough questions but doing remarkably little to generate grassroots opposition that could scare a few Republicans away from voting yes. Some liberals have been stunned to watch Democrats give Sessions, of all the nominees, the kid glove treatment despite his controversial record on civil rights, immigration and national security.
Senate Democrats need to use their time on the floor to make much tougher statements about what they believe to be wrong with Sessions, the kind of attacks that Senator Ted Kennedy unleashed against Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork in 1987.
Behind the scenes they also need to make clear to fellow Republicans in the upper chamber that unless there are better lower level appointees and unless the Department of Justice backs away from certain kinds of measures, they will use their power as a minority on the Supreme Court nomination and on key legislation to stifle the administration.
As Adam Jentleson, former Chief of Staff for Harry Reid wrote in the Washington Post, Senate Democrats have the power to withhold their consent on any order of business which would bring the chamber to a halt.
The Democrats just need to be willing to engage in hardball tactics. Even if they can’t stop the Sessions confirmation, they should put as much pressure on every Republican before they cast that vote, and they need to make clearer at the end of this process that they will exercise their political muscle as a minority when it comes to other business.
The quick firing of Yates, as Trump brings his “Apprentice” skills to the White House with the most serious of matters, offers a powerful reminder to Democrats of why these appointments matter so much and the dangers that come from the passive approach we have seen thus far.
If the White House continues to move forward with its policies in this hyper-aggressive fashion, which by all indications seems likely, Trump’s opponents will be depending on smart or defiant agency officials to push back against this aggressive rightward push — at least until Democrats can regain majorities in the House and Senate. There are not many other checks and balances left.
Some observers were heartened when the Senate confirmed James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense, not because he was a dove but simply because he was one of the few people in Trump’s inner circle who seemed willing to stand up to him on anything of significance. The departure of several lifetime senior civil servants in the State Department was another clear example that voices who might slow down this White House seem to be vanishing.
In his nominations, Trump has put forth people who likely will be mostly yes men and who will interact with a sympathetic and protective Republican Congress. Perhaps, Senate Democrats will see Monday night’s events at the Justice Department as a wake-up call to slow down the confirmation of Senator Sessions before there is no one left around to place some restraints on the Trump presidency.
The Long Read: Florian Philippot is the strategist behind the rebranding of the extreme right Front National as a populist, anti-elite movement. But dont mistake him for a moderate
On the night of the US election, Florian Philippot, the closest adviser to the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, was watching the results from his apartment on the Left Bank in Paris. Before dawn, when Donald Trumps victory was not yet official but the liberal establishment was beginning to panic, he tweeted: Their world is crumbling. Ours is being built.
Around 8am, Philippot phoned Le Pen to discuss the good news. She was in a jubilant mood at the headquarters of her party the nationalist, anti-immigration Front National preparing to deliver a speech congratulating Trump. His victory, on promises of trade protectionism and the closing of borders, looked like a major boost to her presidential campaign. Meanwhile, a car arrived to take Philippot, the partys vice-president, to the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, 250km from Paris, to lay a wreath at the tomb of Frances great postwar leader, General Charles de Gaulle.
Trumps victory happened to coincide with the anniversary of the death of de Gaulle, who led the French resistance against Nazi Germany. Philippot idolises de Gaulle: his office, which adjoins Le Pens, is plastered with de Gaulle memorabilia one of many things that sets him apart as an oddity in a party that has long regarded de Gaulle as a traitor for allowing the former French colony of Algeria its independence.
Philippots elite credentials should have been another strike against him within a party that proclaims its loathing of the establishment. A graduate of the exclusive Ecole Nationale dAdministration, which produces presidents and prime ministers, Philippot didnt start out in the Front National in the traditional way driving around the countryside sticking election posters to fences. Philippot is also gay, in a party whose co-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen once called homosexuality a biological and social anomaly. And yet, at 35, he has become the voice of the party, its media star, and the first to claim Trumps victory as a sign of a new world order.
After the wreath-laying at de Gaulles tomb, Philippot hosted a dinner for 100 party workers and supporters in a nearby restaurant. At the end of the meal, with crumpled paper napkins strewn across the table, he told his guests that Trumps win proved that the people were throwing off their chains. France would be next, he said, promising that Marine Le Pen would win the French presidential election in May.
Everything that yesterday was said to be impossible or improbable, has today become highly possible and highly probable, he said. The polls showed that even if Le Pen reached the final run-off, she could never win, but that didnt matter. Chants of Marine prsident! rang out around the room. Le Pen would make France great again, Philippot promised, and everyone stood up to sing the Marseillaise.
If Le Pen is now the closest she has ever been to the French presidency, it is in large part down to her working partnership with Philippot, whose judgment she trusts so completely that she rarely takes a decision without consulting him. They have an intellectual bond; they are in complete agreement on basic principles, said Bertrand Dutheil de La Rochre, an adviser to Le Pen who is also close to Philippot.
It is Philippot who is credited with executing Le Pens plan to sanitise the Front Nationals image, tone down its rhetoric and widen its electoral support banishing open expressions of anti-semitism, racism and xenophobia, even if those old obsessions still bubble away under the surface. Philippots single-minded mission to control the party line and root out dissenters has led his rivals inside the party to liken him to Robespierre, the ruthless French revolutionary leader.
So zealous was Philippots drive to transform the partys image that he encouraged Le Pen to expel her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, from the party he co-founded in 1972. If the outspoken, racist, Holocaust-denying 83-year-old Papa Le Pen was a blight on the Front Nationals electoral prospects, Philippot styled himself as its salvation. But as the Front National attempts to take the presidency, the adulation, fear and controversy that Philippot provokes have opened new rifts inside the party.
How do children play in refugee camps, aboriginal reserves and places ravaged by war? Photographer Mark Neville found out
You seldom see a smile in Mark Nevilles photographs of children. Even in glorious circumstances, among the mud and smoke of a well-run adventure playground, children appear stern and serious: deeply focused on whatever business is afoot. In what Neville calls oppressed space at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya or in bomb-damaged east Ukraine they gaze into his camera quizzically, as if briefly awoken from a more absorbing inner world.
Childs Play, an exhibition opening this week at Londons Foundling Museum, brings together images from 15 years of Nevilles photography. From Afghanistan to Pittsburgh, London, Corby, Port Glasgow and the Isle of Bute, he noticed that his big, socially engaged series all featured strong images of children. These are now part of a wider campaign to raise awareness about the importance of play in childrens development.
When you think about it, stylists are much more talented than some of us give them credit for. Without them, many of us wouldn’t see or realize our full potential.
Their knowledge ofhair, makeup, and wardrobe isn’teasily attainable. Because then we’d all be walking around looking perfect all the time, wouldn’t we? Stylists have the power and knowledge to make men and women feel beautiful on the outside. They don’t call it “beauty school” for nothing!
And Christopher Hopkins, “theMakeup Guy,”is one of the best in the business.
Nikki’s husband got her a makeover with Christopher as a gift. Not becausehe wanted her to change, but because he wanted her to have fun and feel good!
When she comes into the salon in the video below, she explains that she doesn’t like her hair short, and she doesn’t want to lose much length. Many people might think this won’t be a big great change, right?
While many people look back on their university days with fondness, the one thing they probably don’t miss is the student accommodation.
If it wasn’t grotty, it was too expensive, or often both.
Recalling their college days, friends Miguel Amaro, Ben Grech and Mariano Kostelec all say that their biggest problem was finding somewhere to live in the first place.
“Our experience was horrible,” says 28-year-old Englishman Ben.
“As an international student from Argentina, Mariano had to pay 12 months’ rent up-front to get his place in London.
“Meanwhile, Miguel [who is from Portugal] booked some random super-expensive residence in Nottingham because he didn’t know any better, and I was looking around the streets of Nottingham knocking on doors trying to find a place.”
While it was irksome at the time, a year after graduating from their respective universities – Miguel and Ben from Nottingham University, and Mariano from King’s College in London – the three men realised that there was a business opportunity.
They came up with a plan to create an online marketplace matching students with accommodation.
Ben says: “It was clear that people were doing more online and that marketplaces such as Airbnb were a great solution for travel, but finding accommodation was such a problem for students around the world.”
So in 2011 the three started work on their business and website Uniplaces.
The trio invested around 50,000 – a sum whipped up from their savings, student loans and help from parents.
To save on costs, the men stayed at Miguel’s parents’ holiday home in Ponte de Lima in northern Portugal, before participating in start-up competitions to win free office space, first in Porto, the country’s second city, and then in the capital Lisbon.
Later that year they won first round funding of 200,000 euros ($215,000; 172,534) led by the founder of UK property website Zoopla.
From there it was down to business, getting a permanent office in Lisbon, and wooing landlords to join the site and checking properties.
The Uniplaces website was then officially launched in 2013, with an initial 50 properties in the Portuguese capital listed on the site.
Mariano, 28, says: “We picked Lisbon as our first city as it totally made sense to stay [and open headquarters here].
“It is a low cost, good location with access to great talent such as good engineers, and people with excellent language skills, which is great when dealing with so many international students.
“For the first hundred plus properties we actually went round them ourselves with our cameras taking pictures, cleaning the places up and asking people to get out of the room.”
Students using Uniform pay one month’s rent upfront via the website, and the sum goes through to the landlord 24 hours after they move in. Thereafter they pay directly to the landlord.
Uniplaces takes a service fee of 20-25% of the student’s first month’s rent, and then a commission of 5-12% of the total value of the contract from the landlord.
More than half of all properties featured on the site are still verified by Uniplaces staff who visit the property to take pictures and videos, draw up a floor plan and inventory list.
Since its launch, three million nights have been booked through the platform, which currently lists over 40,000 properties.
Revenues grew four-fold in 2016 compared to the previous year, but with the money being reinvested into the business Uniplaces is yet to turn a profit.
The company, which now has 132 employees, has also continued to attract the attention of investors. Last year it received $24m (19) in its fifth round of funding.
The capital has been used to fund expansion, build brand awareness, fine-tune the product, and appoint extra staff.
But it hasn’t been all plain-sailing for the three entrepreneurs. Initially they were too ambitious and tried to expand too quickly.
Miguel, 27, says: “We wanted to be a global start-up so we quickly launched in 70 cities. But then you start compromising.”
With properties spread across so many cities, they were no longer able to verify enough of the properties.
Miguel adds: “Investors want results, but then you realise you need to focus and deliver a good experience for the customer and make sure landlords’ properties are getting filled up.
“That helps grow a more successful company. It’s a balance of ambition. We want to get out to the world but we have to stage it. So in 2016 we went down to six cities and focused on them.”
Today the business has expanded back up to 15 cities – London, Manchester, Nottingham, Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Rome, Bologna, Milan, Paris, Berlin and Munich.
Jack Wallington, community director at student community website, The Student Room, notes that in recent years student accommodation has changed dramatically.
“Dedicated companies have popped up offering purpose-built student flats across the UK and other accommodation services.
“Alongside the standard mix of landlords it can be hard for students to know who to turn to and trust. Uniplaces is fairly innovative because its interest lies more with the student, supporting first-time renters to find good deals.”
While Uniplaces retains global ambitions, Mariano says that for the time being it will focus on Europe.
The ambitious trio also have visions of creating a more wide-ranging university brand.
From next year students will receive a welcome pack including useful materials such as a sim card, and a travel card when they arrive at their new digs.
There’ll also be the launch of an app where Uniplaces brand ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions students might have about their new city.
Further in the pipeline are plans to enable students who might have booked to rent a room in the same property to build a relationship through social media before they move in.
Ben says that the aim of such initiatives is to make renting student accommodation through Uniplaces as “welcoming” as possible.
Trump has been trying to govern by impulse, on whim, for personal retribution, for profit, by decree as if he had been elected dictator. It doesnt work, and the wheels are coming off the bus. After a week!
Impeachment is gaining ground because it is the only way to get him out, and because Republicans are already deserting this president in droves, and because the man is psychiatrically incapable of checking whether something is legal before he does it.
Impeachment is gaining ground because its so horribly clear that Trump is unfit for office. The grownups around Trump, even the most slavishly loyal ones, spend half their time trying to rein him in, but it cant be done.
They spend the other half fielding frantic calls from Republican chieftains, business elites and foreign leaders. Trump did what? Poor Reince Priebus has finally attained the pinnacle of power, and it cant be fun.
It is one thing to live in your own reality when you are a candidate and its just words. You can fool enough of the people enough of the time maybe even to get elected. But when you try to govern that way, there is a reality to realityand reality pushes back.
One by one, Trump has decreed impulsive orders, un-vetted by legal, policy, or political staff, much less by serious planning. Almost immediately he is forced to walk them back by a combination of political and legal pressureand by reality.
Unlike in the various dictatorships Trump admires, the complex skein of constitutional legal and political checks on tyranny in the United States are holdingjust barely at times, but they are holding. And the more reckless Trumps behavior, the stronger become the checks.
Only with his lunatic effort to selectively ban refugees (but not from terrorist-sending countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt where Trump has business interests) has Trump discovered that the American system has courts. It has courts. Imagine that.
The more unhinged he becomes, the less will conservative judges be the toadies to ordinary Republican policies that they too often have been. Anybody want to wager that the Supreme Court will be Trumps whore?
In the past week, Republicans from Mitch McConnell on down have tripped over each other rejecting his view of Putin. They have ridiculed his screwball claim of massive voter fraud.
They are running for cover on how to kill ObamaCare without killing patients or Republican re-election hopes. This is actually complicated, and nuance is not Trumps strong suit. Rep Tom McClintock of California spoke for many when he warned:
Wed better be sure that were prepared to live with the market weve created with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock. (R-Calif.)
Thats going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and well be judged in the election less than two years away.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, mocking Trumps own nutty tweeting habits, sent out a tweet calling a trade war with Mexico mucho sad.
Trumps own senior staff has had to pull him back from his ludicrous crusade against Mexico and Mexicans, where Trump forces the Mexican president to cancel an official visit one day, and spends an hour on the phone kissing up the next day.
Trump proposed to reinstate torture, but key Republican leaders killed that idea. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the Senates third ranking Republican said Wednesday that the ban on torture was settled law and the Republicans in Congress would oppose any reinstatement. Trumps own defense secretary holds the same view. After blustering out his new torture policy, Trump meekly agreed to defer to his defense advisers.
All this in just a week! Now capped by federal judges starting to rein him in.
Two weeks ago, in this space, just based on what we witnessed during the transition, I wrote a piece calling for a citizens impeachment panel, as a shadow House Judiciary Committee, to assemble a dossier for a Trump impeachment, and a citizens campaign to create a public impeachment movement.
In the two weeks since then, Free Speech for People has launched a citizens campaign to impeach Trump. About 400,000 people have already signed the impeachment petition.
The bipartisan group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, (CREW) has been conducting a detailed investigation.Senior legal scholars associated with CREW have filed a detailed legal brief in their lawsuit, documenting the several ways Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause, which prohibits a president from profiting from the actions of foreign governments.
There are already plenty of other grounds for impeachment, including Trumps putting his own business interests ahead of the countrys and his weird and opportunistic alliance with Vladimir Putin bordering on treason. A lesser-known law that goes beyond the Emoluments Clause is the STOCK Act of 2012, which explicitly prohibits the president and other officials from profiting from non-public knowledge.
Impeachment, of course, is a political as well as a legal process. The Founders designed it that way deliberately. But after just a week in office, not only has Trump been deserting the Constitution; his partisan allies are deserting him.
Despite his creepy weirdness, Republicans at first thought they could use Trump for Republican ends. But from his embrace of Putin to his sponsorship of a general trade war, this is no Republican. One can only imagine the alarm and horror being expressed by Republicans privately.
In 1984, the psychiatrist Otto Kernberg described a sickness known as Malignant Narcissism. Unlike ordinary narcissism, malignant narcissism was a severe pathology.
It was characterized by an absence of conscience, a pathological grandiosity and quest for power, and a sadistic joy in cruelty.
Given the sheer danger to the Republic as well as to the Republicans, Trumps impeachment will happen. The only question is how grave a catastrophe America faces first.