Robert Mueller Just Took Away President Trump’s Best Leverage

Donald Trump’s ability to issue presidential pardons has been the ultimate weapon looming over Robert Mueller’s investigation. Trump could potentially pardon himself of any crimes. More importantly, he could dangle a pardon to his former staffers to encourage them not to supply Mueller with any incriminating information on Trump.

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The GOP Health-Care Bill Is an Abdication of Responsibility and a Moral Disgrace

In John Boehner’s angry, rousing 2010 floor speech denouncing the Affordable Care Act – the one in which he famously shouted “hell no!” repeatedly – the Republican House leader ended on a magnanimous note.

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Every Terrifying Thing That Donald Trump Did This Week

It’s been a little over two months since Donald Trump became commander-in-chief. But for the president’s detractors, it’s felt like centuries – long medieval centuries chock-full of plague, illiteracy, and barbarians running roughshod through the ruins of the old republic. But we aren’t actually living in the dark ages (yet).

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Democrat Gaining Ground in Georgia Special Election to Replace Tom Price

The collapse of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare was bad news for Donald Trump’s HHS secretary, Tom Price, who will have to deal with bitter recriminations between his old friends in the House and his new boss in the White House. But you know what would make Price feel a whole lot worse?

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The NYC Clubs That Launched Comedy Legends

HBO’s, by way of Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes, premieres February 19 at 10:30 p.m. The series is in and of the New York stand-up scene; fittingly, it’s filmed primarily in the West Village.

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Andrew Sullivan: The Madness of King Donald

I guess I should start by saying this is not a blog. Nor is it what one might call a column. It’s an experiment of sorts to see if there’s something in between those two. Most Fridays, from now on, I’ll be writing in this space about, among other things, the end of Western civilization, the collapse of the republic, and, yes, my beagles.

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Kellyanne Conway’s Ivanka Product Endorsement Apparently Broke the Law

President Trump has been obliterating existing norms about using his office for personal enrichment. “Norms” is the key word – federal law strictly regulates conflicts of interest of every federal employee except the president, who is assumed (or was assumed, before Trump came along) to refrain from using his office for personal gain.

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Trump Announces Plan to Let Wall Street Scam America Again

One of the revelations that came out in the wake of the financial crisis is that financial firms were dumping on their customers investments they knew to be bad. Among the many changes in the Dodd-Frank law is a “fiduciary rule,” requiring firms to provide investment advice that is in the best interest of their customers.

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White House (Falsely) Declares Trump’s Inauguration Crowd The Largest In History

On its second day in office, the Trump administration debuted its first piece of state propaganda. Early Saturday evening, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer walked into the White House briefing room, berated reporters for their unpatriotic lies, then left without answering a single question. FULL: @seanspicer: “We’re going to hold the press accountable.”

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Trump Picks Wall Street Lawyer to Enforce Laws on Wall Street

Donald Trump won Midwestern swing states in large part by using disaffection with Wall Street as a wedge, both to discredit his opponent as an alleged Wall Street stooge, and to position himself as a populist outsider.

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