The outgoing 112th session has passed the fewest number of bills in decades.
That has to mean they are messing with us less. Hopefully, they can keep this trend over the next four years. It seems to be one of the advantages of divided government. There should be no more wasteful stimulus bills, and no more healthcare monstrosities. There should also be no more gun control legislation. They do need to stop the massive appropriation bills. The House should pass separate spending bills for each category. That will allow them to defend much of Obamacare without getting it caught up in more important legislation.
Russian forces blew up bridges on the Euphrates river held by Iranian militias several days ago, according to a report. This is the first time the Russians attacked Iranian targets in Syria.
The information came from a senior Syrian official who refused to be identified, and was reported in Bas News, a Kurdish news website.
This would certainly put the Iranian operations in Syria at risk. The story does not indicate what prompted the attack. Israel has been making it clear to Syria and to Russia that it would not tolerate Iranian forces in Syria it deemed a threat to its security.
After the report of the hush money payments, Trump's popularity did not drop at all and was already higher than when he was elected. By reimbursing Cohen the money came out of Trump's own pocket and did not come from any campaign funds. It was much more legitimate than the government paying hush money to Congressional staffers who alleged sexual harassment. The John Edwards case also shows the weakness of the charge since his payments actually came out of campaign funds and the jury acquitted him of the charge.
The only voters who care about this are Democrats who didn't vote for him anyway. They care about because it is an excuse f…
Political and legal danger for President Trump may be sharpening by the day, but the case that his campaign might have conspired with the Russian attack on the 2016 election is still unproven despite two years of investigations, court filings and even numerous convictions and guilty pleas.
Trump has been implicated in ordering a scheme to silence two women ahead of Election Day in 2016 about the alleged sexual relationships they had with him years before.
That is a serious matter, or it might have been in other times, but this scheme is decidedly not a global conspiracy with a foreign power to steal the election.
More broadly, the president and his supporters say, the payments to the women in 2016 are penny ante stuff: Breaking campaign finance law, if that did take place, isn't like committing murder, said one lawyer for the president.
The "biased" Justice Department is just grasping at straws to use something against Trump because it hasn't been able…