* In outlining the harm Trump has already accomplished to our democracy, Adam Gopnick writes that “we’re three months past dignity.”
Perhaps essentially the most tragic sins towards democracy, to which we now have already turn into accustomed, are Trump’s lies. When you may have a President who lies as he breathes, for whom mendacity is just the traditional manner of coping with any issue, democratic governance turns into near unimaginable. We all forgive fantasy, storytelling, self-justification, defective reminiscence, mythological insistence. America has survived all of them. But telling malicious and scurrilous lies with out regret or remorse is a venom that paralyzes your complete political system, for the straightforward cause that democratic politics are actually only a proceduralized type of argument—my proof right here, yours there; our facet’s declare like this, yours like that—and when lies are the primary premise, the back-and-forth of rational competition turns into unimaginable. No sane response is feasible to an egregious lie besides silence, and silence lets the lie win. Trump accuses Barack Obama of wiretapping him, an apparent lie, however the lie turns into a part of the material of the occasion, to be adjudicated reasonably than exploded. He blithely says that he thinks Susan Rice, Obama’s national-security adviser, might have dedicated a criminal offense, and Rice, taking part in by guidelines that had been suspended three months in the past, says that she “won’t dignify” the comment with a counter-remark. The attraction to dignity is the basic attraction of those that dwell in an honor society the place conduct and credibility are assumed to be inseparable. We are three months previous dignity now. That’s the tragedy, and it has already occurred.
* Even although Sec. of State Rex Tillerson truly stated that it was as much as Russia to deal with Russian election interference (somebody goes to must fill me in on how that works), apparently that wasn’t solicitous sufficient for Putin.
The Kremlin stated on Monday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not going to meet President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Wednesday, a transfer that would level to tensions over a U.S. missile assault on a Syrian air base final week.
John Kerry, Tillerson’s predecessor, usually met Putin in addition to the Russian overseas minister when he visited Moscow, and Putin granted a number of audiences to the Texan when he ran oil main Exxon Mobil earlier than taking his present job.
Putin even personally awarded Tillerson a prime Russian state award — the Order of Friendship — in 2013, and it was broadly anticipated that the previous oilman would meet Putin on what's his first journey to Russia as secretary of state.
But Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, advised reporters on Monday that no such assembly was deliberate, suggesting Tillerson will observe strict diplomatic protocol and solely meet his direct counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
* S&P has come out with one other analysis of the Obamacare exchanges. Here are the highlights:
1. The U.S. ACA particular person market exhibits indicators of enchancment, as most insurers’ 2016 outcomes had been higher than 2015 outcomes.
2. But the market continues to be growing and can want a pair extra years to achieve goal profitability.
three. 2016 outcomes and the market enrollment up to now in 2017 present that the ACA particular person market just isn't in a “death spiral.”
four. However, each time one thing new (and probably disruptive) is thrown into the works, it impedes the person market’s path to stability.
* The divide between pink and blue states continues to widen.
Gov. Jerry Brown…signed laws Monday elevating California’s necessary minimal to $15 an hour by 2022, performing inside hours of an analogous invoice signing in New York…
In adopting the measure, California joined New York as the primary states within the nation to enact a plan to boost their statewide minimums to $15. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his state’s laws and was cheered by labor unions at a rally moments earlier than Brown spoke in California.
* Josh Marshall has an attention-grabbing tackle the Nationalists v (((Globalists))) in TrumpLand.
We have the close-to-feral blood and soil nationalist champing on the bit to take down the globalist elites sucking the blood out of Trump’s actual American supporters having to make widespread trigger with maybe equally caricatured doyens of the world of New York cash, who sure are Jews. And actual property barons. And Goldman Sachs bankers. Everything in Trumpland is turned as much as 11. Nationalists might hate (((Globalists))) however they’re all blood enemies of nuance, subtlety, something low drama or something that will be half-plausible in a Hollywood script.
None of this can finish nicely.
* On a lighter observe, Terry Heyman writes “The Kushner Family Passover Haggadah.” Here’s only a style of the story about how Moses led his folks out of Egypt:
Eventually Moses discovered of his true household’s id and tried to assist the Jews. (Family should at all times stay loyal—via felony convictions, product boycotts or impeachment.) Moses began @RoguePALACEfamily to unfold hope, however didn't get Pharaoh to pivot on the Jewish labor concern. That’s when God needed to step in and visited ten horrible plagues upon Egypt. They had been:
Gender Neutral Bathrooms
Tuition-Free Public College
Paid Family Leave
Sensible Gun Control
$15.00 Federal Minimum Wage
Campaign Finance Reform
Universal Health Care
Egyptians suffered significantly throughout these plagues. Everyone was getting the identical alternatives. Pharaoh couldn’t deal with it. After every plague, Pharaoh agreed to let the Jews go. But as soon as the plague disappeared he’d tweet:
“FAKE NEWS got it wrong again — Jews know they r better off w/me than Moses. LOSER!!”
Curiously the tweets at all times occurred on Shabbat. But amid nice sorrow over the ultimate plague of common well being care, Pharaoh relented.