Run for cover
Democrats were ready to take full credit for the House Republicans’ embarrassing decision to reverse their gutting of the Office of Congressional Ethics. But a pair of Trump tweets stole the headlines. The Washington Post puts it this way: Trump aims fire at House Republicans and they run for cover.
Assuming that Trump’s interest in congressional ethics or congressional ethics committees is very high, what was he doing weighing in on the House GOP’s big misstep? Amy Davidson guesses in the New Yorker that he was showing them not to step — or misstep — on his time.
No secret plan
Of course Trump isn’t taking on only House Republicans. His battle with the intelligence agencies continues unabated — with no secret plan, as far as we know, to end hostilities. Via the New York Times.
In need of defectors
Two takes on the beginning of the GOP’s effort to repeal Obamacare. At Vox, they note that the effort can’t be stopped by Democrats alone; they need some Republicans to defect. At MSNBC, they are saying that Republicans are making promises they can’t keep on replacing Obamacare.
The truth about WikiLeaks
The Economist weighs in on the upcoming Trump administration, predicting it will mark the beginning of a “new and darker world order.” At minimum, it could mark the beginning of an anti-British tweetstorm.
Foreign Policy magazine seems to take a similar view, saying Trump may be the first president in the modern era unconcerned with spreading democracy around the world, in a piece headlined, “Making the World Safe for Dictators.”
Jack Shafer has his doubts that Megyn Kelly’s star will transfer successfully from Fox to NBC. But he’s pretty sure that the big winners in the deal will be CNN and MSNBC. Via Politico.