How bad are things in Trumpworld these days? According to a deeply reported Washington Post piece, it might even be worse than you think. Insiders tell the Post that an angry, volatile, fuming, cable-TV-news-obsessed Donald Trump has turned the White House into a place that one Trump ally describes as “pure madness.”
It could be worse. You could be staying at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Panama, where thugs, leeches, shouting and shoving rule the day (and the night). Via The New York Times.
From The National Review, Kevin Williamson says if you think of Trump as “Donny from Queens, you’re on the air,” then you’ll have a better insight into whether Trump says astoundingly stupid things as part of a grand strategy or he says astoundingly stupid things because, well, you know.
Who’s winning the post-Parkland gun debate? It depends on how you do the scoring, writes Peter Bienart in The Atlantic. Conservatives will almost certainly block any new legislation in Congress, just as they always do. But maybe more important than legislative battles is the culture war, and by almost any measure, conservatives are losing that one.
Two Parkland teenagers have their own idea on how to effect change in Florida gun laws — getting their parents and grandparents and every other interested kid’s parents and grandparents to sign a contract, saying they would vote for legislators who support children’s safety over guns. Via The New Yorker.
Hank Stuever: It was a boring Oscars telecast (as usual), but maybe a mostly forgettable show was just what Hollywood needed. Via The Washington Post.
But it wasn’t just talk at the Oscars. In accepting the best actress Oscar for her role in Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances McDormand told all of Hollywood that it takes more than words to change things. It takes action. In this case, she said, action means something called “inclusion riders,” which force movie makers to actually be, yes, inclusive. Via Vox.
Foreign allies don’t like it. Republican lawmakers don’t like it. Most U.S. manufacturers don’t like it. Many in Trump’s White House don’t like it. But it looks as if Trump is going ahead with his tariffs on steel and aluminum, dismissing all predictions of a trade war. Via The Los Angeles Times.
Paul Krugman on Trump’s proposed tariffs: Trade war, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. (Say it again.) Via The New York Times.
Is there a way for public-sector unions to survive if the Supreme Court rules against them on so-called “fair share” laws? There just might be if unions and their allies change the rules. Via Bloomberg View.