The GOP’s attempts at reform have failed, and the President’s account of his own views on the topic seems to vary all the time.
Indeed, the next shutdown might come before very long. And there’s no sign that Trump or his opponents are in a compromising mood.
It can be hard to look past the President’s excesses – but the realities of government and the economy tell a more mixed story than you might assume.
The circumstances may be exceptional, but the populist hurricane that bore him into the White House is clearly on the wane.
With an alarmingly few legislative days before Christmas, a looming shutdown is the last thing Congress and the White House needs on their plates right now.
The Republicans are so determined to rid themselves of their candidate the leadership is thinking of running a write-in challenger.
Regional allies will be reassured by the President’s presence as White House watchers try to see what ‘America First’ means overseas.
His high-risk legislative strategy seems to be based on writing off 2017-18, and relying on the midterm elections returning a much more supportive caucus.
A president who is quick to attack friends and allies needs to bring other world leaders into his coalition.
This could be a rare area where the President and Republican legislators are united in pursuit of a common goal.
No president should be an island. Indeed, no president can afford to be.
The administration has seen an extraordinary turnover of key personnel. Can a new Chief of Staff steady the ship?
The President finally looked as if he were spending a little time on policy and wooing American allies in Eastern Europe. Then…
From tax and healthcare to foreign affairs, the administration is finally getting down to the business of government.
Our relationships with other countries are built and maintained by institutions on a generational basis, rather than presidential whim.