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Unresolved: Trump's First 100 Days

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The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been filled with a whirlwind of new policies and challenges to Washington orthodoxies, and the country is sharply divided.  But if we are open to it, we might find that there are reasonable arguments being made by both sides on many issues.  And those conversations can start by considering: President Trump’s “America First” policy, and what it means to different people; the administration’s impact on the health of the stock market and our economy; the team that the president has assembled; and whether it’s the media, or the president, that’s under attack. In one night we will ask five debaters, from across the political spectrum, for their views on four key issues under the new Trump presidency.

  • Jamelle Bouie

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    • Columnist, New York Times 
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  • Ian Bremmer

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    • Founder and President, Eurasia Group
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  • Kris Kobach

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    • Fmr. Secretary of State, Kansas
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  • Rich Lowry

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    • Editor, National Review
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  • Jennifer Rubin

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    • Author, The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” Blog
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Debater: Jamelle Bouie

Even if you agree with his decision to attack Syrian government assets, there’s still no evidence that his temperament has changed, or that he’s gained any wisdom or insight.

Friday, April 7, 2017

“America First” has a specific history, as a nativist and isolationist slogan, popular among Americans who resisted entry into World War II and were associated with the demagoguery and anti-Semitism of Charles Lindbergh. And it’s a fitting slogan for Trump.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Both job and stock-market growth have been on upward trajectories for the last year, and manufacturing decisions from automakers and other firms reflect long-standing plans. Trump is taking credit for events and trends that precede him and his election.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It’s the antimatter Cabinet—an ungovernment brought forth by reactionary hostility to the idea of the public, a throwback to the industrial oligarchy that eventually brought American democracy to its knees.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

As for Bannon, he’s not just an informal spokesperson for President Trump; he is the president’s chief ideologist, and along with Sessions and Stephen Miller, has had a huge hand in crafting the administration’s agenda.

Monday, February 6, 2017

His total lack of expertise about the issues HUD confronts was on full display at Thursday’s confirmation hearing.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

If the question is a commitment to civil rights, Jeff Sessions falls far short.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

If Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” feels like a con, that’s because it is.

Monday, January 9, 2017
Debater: Ian Bremmer

This in no way is going to help to resolve the most challenging war in the Middle East today.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The shift is greatest on values: independent America renounces exceptionalism, the notion that the US actively promotes democracy, civil rights, and rule of law. Trump's approach toward alliances, and multilateral institutions more broadly, is transactional.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ian Bremmer, founder of the risk-assessment firm Eurasia Group, explains which Trump White House controversies you should focus on--and which ones are just for show.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The United States is still home to the world's largest consumer market, and Donald Trump is likely to stimulate growth. But that won't solve the U.S. economy's underlying issues, and that's a problem for the entire global economy.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Debater: Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach is only 50, but he’s the closest thing the fractured Republican Party has to an ideological godfather on the two most galvanizing issues in the conservative arsenal: immigration and voting rights.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kobach and Katyal debate whether the new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim majority countries will hold up in court.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talked about the Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump.

Trump’s immigration plan will protect the wages of American workers.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach comments on Trump’s first news conference.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Debater: Rich Lowry

I’m not a fan of pinprick military strikes, but I welcome what appears to be the Trump administration’s more clear-eyed view of Russia and the nature of the Syrian conflict. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Conservatives should embrace a sensible and moderate form of nationalism.

Monday, February 6, 2017

In the course of a couple of tweets, Donald Trump may have ended the image of the GOP as the party of corporate America.

Friday, December 9, 2016

All of us should agree that Trump pulling a semi-Schwarzenegger and giving the non-ideological New Yorkers the upper hand would be an enormous problem.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

He is hugely impressive–brilliant, independent-minded, brave, and a natural leader. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

The intense union opposition to her should redound to her credit.

Monday, January 30, 2017

On Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council.

Monday, February 6, 2017

If they genuinely want to be public-spirited checks on Trump, they shouldn’t be more bitterly adversarial, but more responsible and fair.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Debater: Jennifer Rubin

Unless Trump is bent on doubling down on a failed policy, he had better come up with something more coherent than what he has.

Monday, April 10, 2017

With a strong, internationalist approach grounded in U.S. values — not a mean-spirited, peevish “America First” stance — Trump can make our national security policy great again.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

President Trump — who ran a presidential campaign excoriating interventionism, ridiculed the idea of action in Syria, voiced confidence we could leave Bashar al-Assad in place and reintroduced the noxious 1930s “America First” rhetoric — when confronted with the real world threw away all that refuse and launched a retaliatory missile strike on the airfield from which planes carrying sarin gas took off earlier in the week.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Perhaps it took Trump to discredit the whole grab bag of ideas and remind us that putting “America first” means maintaining leadership in the world, keeping markets open and staying true to our values.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

One cringes to hear the president use the phrase of the Charles Lindbergh, fascist-sympathizing set of the 1930s. He puts forth a demonstrably false narrative that we benefited other countries at the expense of our own.

Friday, January 20, 2017

One is struck by how little the Trump team seems to know about the operation of the U.S. economy. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We can’t turn back the clock, pull up the drawbridge and tell the world to get lost without severely damaging our economy.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

President Trump has little relevant experience, zero curiosity in policy and a rotten temperament that suggests he is divorced from reality. His staff is a mix of ideological extremists and party hacks, none with White House experience. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jennifer Rubin explained why Donald Trump's cabinet picks are mostly "ignoramuses."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ivanka Trump is not the only non-employee/employee with a questionable classification.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In sum, Trump is not convincing non-loyalists when he bashes the press.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
America First

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.  From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.  Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

Friday, January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump

The Trump Administration foreign policy plan is focused on American interests and American national security, including the negotiation of tougher trade deals.

The Trump Administration is working toward energy policies that lower costs and maximize the use of American resources, with the aim to free us from dependence on foreign oil.

The America First Committee (AFC), which was founded in 1940, opposed any U.S. involvement in World War II, and was harshly critical of the Roosevelt administration, which it accused of pressing the U.S. toward war.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Krishnadev Calamur

Trump should remember that America First means something and isn’t an empty slogan for him to drape whatever policy he chooses to embark on.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Stock Market

Dow Jones, S&P, NASDAQ

What’s really behind the so-called “Trump Bump”, and how much can presidents affect what happens on Wall Street?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Bourree Lam

Mnuchin said he "absolutely" believes the market is a good indicator of economic progress.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Jeff Cox

But my bottom line is that the high pricing of the market — and the public perception that the market is indeed highly priced — are the most important factors for the current market outlook. And those factors are negative.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Robert Shiller

Nobody expects him to get his entire program enacted, but his economic efforts will be viewed as a success if even half is put in place and growth increases 1% with only modest inflation and a minor increase in the budget deficit,. That’s what the stock market is telling us is going to happen, and let’s hope the stock market is right.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Byron Wien
Trump's Team

Established in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Cabinet's role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member's respective office.

A list of appointees and nominees for top posts in the new administration.

Monday, March 20, 2017
Trump and The Press

The danger for the established press, then, is the same danger facing other institutions in our republic: that while believing themselves to be nobly resisting Trump, they end up imitating him.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Ross Douthat

It’s impossible to track all the ways in which the media are leaning into their bias, their unnecessary hostility, and their abandonment of journalistic principles.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Washington Examiner is keeping a database of media misfires as they occur.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
T. Becket Adams

“Even in normal times, even with an everyday president, it’s an extraordinary challenge to try to keep on top of so many issues and to try to understand the nuances and complexities of all these different things going on at once,” the Times’s Baker says. “And this is not a normal circumstance.”

Thursday, January 19, 2017
David Uberti and Pete Vernon

President Donald Trump’s war on the news media violates the spirit of the free press.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Noah Feldman

Media Matters is tracking the Trump administration’s “unprecedented war on the press.”

Media Matters Staff