U.S. President Donald Trump attends a lunch meeting with members of Congress at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Last week’s tussle with James Comey is just the latest round.
It is easy to forget that the credibility battle between President Trump and James Comey is just the latest round in Donald Trump’s long struggle to overwhelm, single-handedly at first, the entire national political power structure. No one who followed closely really believed that the war was over on election night. The Democrats contested some local results, very unsuccessfully, and then, in their stark disbelief, took out television advertisements reaching tens of millions of people to ask some of the 538 people elevated to the electoral college to break their pledges and vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. It was an absurd fiasco. Democratic Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin made prodigious efforts to block virtually every nominee of the incoming administration to high office. Apart from knocking down Trump’s first candidate for labor secretary, their only achievement was delay and harassment.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 13, 2017
Trump is making America more hostile and mentally ill: New England Journal of Medicine study -- Bobby Azarian, Raw Story
Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war -- Maryam Maruf and Kanishk Tharoor, BBC
Mosul's Library Without Books -- Robin Wright, New Yorker
America is treating Iran disgracefully -- Ryan Cooper, The Week
Why Turkey is standing behind Qatar in the Gulf crisis -- Cagri Özdemir, DW
‘Cyber’ death sentence shows Pakistan’s extremists winning -- F.M. Shakil, Asia Times
Pressure builds on China to punish firms trading with North Korea -- Asia Times/Reuters
Outflank China in the South China Sea -- Brett Wessley, RCD
Nationalism wins in Kosovo elections -- Adelheid Feilcke, DW
Italy's Got a Crush on Berlusconi (Again) -- Ferdinando Giugliano, Bloomberg
Prospects for Russia’s nascent protests unclear after rally -- Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP
From Russia With Chaos -- David Satter, WSJ
NATO’s Essential Minnows and the Russian Threat -- Joseph Rollwagen & Justin McCauley, RCD
Is the Old NATO Dead? -- Salvatore Babones, National Interest
This is how Big Oil will die -- Seth Miller, Medium