In an effort to show he was not the unfit leader portrayed in “Fire and Fury,” Donald Trump let the world watch his sort-of negotiation with legislators who had come to the White House to discuss the vexing issue of the 700,000 Dreamers in the United States. As Russell Berman writes in The Atlantic, while the cameras rolled, Trump said yes to everyone without resolving anything. He said yes to a clean bill. He said yes to a wall. He said yes to a comprehensive bill, saying he would take the heat for Republicans and Democrats alike. And, finally, he said he would sign whatever bill Congress sent to him.
Meanwhile, a federal judge in California has ruled that the Trump administration must put the DACA program back in place again. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is the Obama program that allowed Dreamers to work legally in the United States and that Trump ended last year. Via The New York Times.
Dana Milbank: Frustrated and impatient Dreamers need to get out of their own way if they want to get favorable legislation passed. Via The Washington Post.
What the 200,000 Salvadorans whom Trump is kicking out of the country face when they go home. Let’s just say it’s not good. Via The New Yorker.
Now we know why Republicans didn’t want anyone to see the testimony from GPS-Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson on the infamous Steele Dossier. Before Sen. Dianne Feinstein released the transcript over Republican objections, some had been actively pushing the theory that the dossier — funded, in part, by the Clinton campaign —had put the FBI onto a fake Trump story that had eventually turned into Robert Mueller’s Russian probe. One problem, Simpson told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties before it ever heard of the dossier. Via Vox.
A panel of federal judges ruled that North Carolina’s gerrymandered congressional districts were unconstitutional. That’s nothing new. But what is new is that the basis for the ruling is that the districts were drawn to favor Republicans. Via The New York Times.
David Von Drehle on the rise and incredibly rapid fall of Steve Bannon. You can blame it on the jamokes, unless it was the jumos. Via The Washington Post.
Oprah should run, writes Eric Levitz in New York magazine — say, for governor of Wisconsin. From The National Review, Ben Shapiro writes that as long as Trump is president, President Oprah makes perfect sense.
Edward Luttwak writes in Foreign Policy that it’s time to bomb North Korea and its nuclear installations — before it’s too late. The danger posed to South Korea should not stop the United States, he adds, saying that South Korea’s defensive weaknesses are the fault of its own deliberate inaction.