President Trump Lashes Out at Oprah and Russia Investigation in Tweet Storm as Nation Mourns

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack.

From the privacy of Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about the investigation in a marathon series of tweets over the weekend. He said Sunday “they are laughing their asses off in Moscow’” at the lingering fallout from the Kremlin’s election interference and that the Obama administration bears some blame for the meddling.

Trump was last seen publicly Friday night when he visited the Florida community reeling from a school shooting that left 17 dead and gave rise to a student-led push for more gun control. White House aides advised the president against golfing so soon after the tragedy, so Trump spent much of the holiday weekend watching cable television news and grousing to club members and advisers.

Trump met Sunday afternoon with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, discussing immigration, taxes, infrastructure and the Florida shooting, the White House said.

Amid a growing call for action on guns, the White House said Sunday the president will host a “listening session” with students and teachers this week, but offered no details on who would attend or what would be discussed.

On Monday, 17 Washington students plan a “lie-in” by the White House to advocate for tougher gun laws. Students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are planning a march on Washington next month to pressure politicians to take action on gun violence.

Some lawmakers said it would take a powerful movement to motivate Congress.

“I am not optimistic that until there is real action by the American public to demand change in Congress that we’re going to see real action to confront gun violence out of this Congress,” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Throughout the weekend, the president’s mind remained on Russia after an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russians with a plot to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

Trump viewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s declaration that the indictment doesn’t show that any American knowingly participated as proof of his innocence and is deeply frustrated that the media are still suggesting that his campaign may have colluded with Russian officials, according to …read more

Source:: Time – Politics


The kids are all Democrats

Will the former reality TV star currently working part-time in the White House do incalculable long-term damage to the Republican brand? It sure seems like it! After all, President Trump’s horror-show of a first year in office has already diminished the number of Americans who self-identify as Republican, endangered GOP congressional majorities, and led prominent conservative intellectuals to abandon the party. Despite the recent uptick in the president’s approval numbers, it is fair to wonder whether the Trump administration is indeed losing the future.

Still, Michigan State political scientist Matt Grossman recently tried to throw some cold water on the “Republicans are doomed” theory. Grossman argued that, contrary to Democratic hopes, President Trump is unlikely to do permanent damage to the Republican cause all by himself. He says that the president’s ugly, never-ending political carnival merely “accelerated the normal partisan pendulum and the nation’s polarizing trends without fundamentally transforming or undermining the Republican Party.” Pointing to past Republican nadirs like the post-Watergate era and the end of George W. Bush’s tenure, he reminds us that the GOP has recovered from worse fiascos before and that it will likely do so again.

While Grossman’s piece is a useful corrective to teleological arguments about how Democrats will inherit the Earth simply by virtue of Trumpian incompetence, it does neglect one critical component of what is happening in the United States today: For over a decade, young people have been voting overwhelmingly for progressives and, more importantly, telling pollsters that they identify with or lean towards supporting the Democratic Party.

If you think that’s always been the case, you’re wrong — despite the unpopular war in Vietnam and the swirling cultural revolution, Richard Nixon won under-30 voters in 1972. Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter split young voters evenly in 1980, while Reagan and George H.W. Bush crushed it with the young in ’84 and ’88. Bill Clinton carried the youth vote in 1992 and 1996, but then George W. Bush tied Al Gore in 2000 with 18- to 24-year-olds and only barely lost the 25-29 bracket.

Something remarkable began happening in 2004, though. That’s the year John Kerry carried the under-30 vote by 9 points. And the next three presidential elections saw Democrats demolishing their opponents with young people by 34, 23, and 19 points. While the GOP’s position with young voters has …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


The battle over ‘chain migration’

President Trump wants to limit family-based immigration as part of an overall reform of the system. Why? Here’s everything you need to know:

What is ‘chain migration’?
The term itself remains a point of heated contention. Formally known as “family reunification,” it’s the process by which U.S. citizens and green-card holders can sponsor their relatives to come and live here, too. In 2016, 805,000 of the 1.1 million people who legally entered the U.S. came in via a family member — with Mexico, the Philippines, and China leading the list of feeder countries. For advocates, family-based immigration has been a cornerstone of the U.S. entry system for decades, and part and parcel of the American Dream. President Trump and other immigration restrictionists contend that “chain migration” — as they prefer to call it — is responsible for a flood of distant relations and dependents entering the country, regardless of their qualifications. “Chain migration is a total disaster,” said Trump in January, calling for a move to a merit-based system. “It threatens our security and our economy, and provides a gateway for terrorism.”

Which relatives can come in?
Trump has contended that “a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.” But that’s not really true. Under the 1965 Immigration Act, immigrants who have gone through the five-year process of becoming a U.S. citizen can petition for spouses, parents, siblings, and children to join them, while green-card holders can sponsor only spouses and unmarried children. Cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents can’t be sponsored. In addition, sponsorships of people who aren’t parents, children, or spouses are subject to strict numerical caps, including a limit of 25,620 per country each year — which is why Mexicans and Filipinos now have an average wait of about 25 years for a visa. For many other countries, the wait is longer than 10 years. Under the current system, says immigration attorney David Leopold, “it’s easier for that person to go get a degree in higher education and come in on an employment-based visa.” Applicants also have to pass various standards for entry.

What are the standards?
Sponsors have to prove that their annual household income is 125 percent of the poverty line — at least $20,300 for a two-person household — and show that they can support their family member without government aid. Every visa applicant also has to go through a criminal and terrorism background check. Trump …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics