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Professor at @FletcherSchool. Contributor to @PostEverything. Author of The Toddler in Chief. Shaker of hands with Mel Brooks.
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17 Jun
I am unsurprised that a coterie of cynics on both the right and left are arguing that there’s nothing new in Bolton’s book, that we’ve heard it all before. So it seems worthwhile to state exactly where “The Room Where It Happened” does proffer sonething new (1/6)...
First, Trump’s abject desperation for a China deal does undercut any campaign effort to paint Biden as weak on this front. Biden sure as hell never would have done this: (2/6)
Second, John Kelly’s explicit quote about Trump’s inability to cope with a crisis sounds pretty new, and 2020 certainly confirms it, (3/6)
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5 Jun
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. washingtonpost.com/politics/with-…

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I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. politico.com/news/2020/06/0…

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I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his corporate hosts stop treating him like a toddler. usatoday.com/story/news/pol…

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4 Jun
Okay, I know everyone is feeling raw and stressed out from what’s happened over the past week, and I know that this is a touchy subject, but I’m gonna just come out and say it:

The proper analogy to the Trump administration is COBRA, not HYDRA and it’s not close. (1/7)
First of all, do we ever find out who runs Hydra? It’s a shadowy network of double agents embedded within SHIELD and other security services. It’s the very definition of a mythical Deep State! That doesn’t fit Trump’s team AT ALL (2/7)
Contrast that with Cobra, a bunch of bickering, hothead loudmouths led by the biggest loudmouth of them all, @CobraCommander.

To put it another way: Hydra would never hire @SebGorka; Cobra would in a heartbeat! (3/7)
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3 Jun
I’ll believe that Jared Kushner is growing into his role as a White House staffer when he stops getting the dumbest assignments.
I’ll believe that Jared Kushner is growing into his role as a White House staffer when he learns to read the room, and by “room” I mean “country.”
I’ll believe that Jared Kushner is growing into his role as a White House staffer when he manages to get anything right about the pandemic. washingtonpost.com/politics/with-…
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1 Jun
A pandemic with no end in sight, 40 million Americans out of work, a breakdown in multilateral cooperation, low trust in institutions, and the largest wave of civil unrest since 1968.

The Trump White House’s response:
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23 May
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. washingtonpost.com/world/national…

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I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/t…

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I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when the First Lady stops treating him like a toddler. vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/t…

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25 Apr
I love this paragraph so much. They’re “taken aback” that the biggest health and economic shock in more than a century has had a negative effect on the incumbent’s political standing. nytimes.com/2020/04/25/us/…
“Wait, you mean if the president bungles an emergency response and makes everything worse with his press conferences.... he’ll suffer politically?”
I’m just gonna re-up this again. The president still has a decent shot at re-election — his odds are better now than they were four years ago — but he’s losing right now and it’s going to be very difficult for him to reverse these trends. washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/0…
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20 Apr
A few thoughts on this section of @maggieNYT’s story today. 1/x nytimes.com/2020/04/20/us/…
First of all, no evidence is offered that the advisor is correct about public attitudes outside the tri-state area. Indeed, Haberman cites polling evidence that suggests the opposite.
Second of all, it is entirely possible that the advisor is correct. If Trump and his campaign get behind the Astroturf protests, one would expect partisan cues to trigger an uptick in support within Trump’s base for re-opening the economy. 3/x
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6 Apr
On behalf of every other social scientist in the country I say to Peter Navarro: please leave us the fuck out of this and never speak on our behalf again.
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9 Mar
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. vanityfair.com/news/2020/03/t…

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I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when GOP governors stop talking about him like a toddler. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…

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I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when His staff stops talking about him like a toddler. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…

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17 Dec 19
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when GOP lawmakers stop talking about him like a toddler. politico.com/news/2019/12/1…

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I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when soon-to-be GOP lawmakers stop talking about him like a toddler. thedailybeast.com/rep-jeff-van-d…

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25 Nov 19
UPDATE: Nope, Esper’s credibility is shot. “A Defense Department official said Chief Gallagher would now keep his Trident pin, the symbol of his membership in the SEALs, at Mr. Esper’s direction...“ nytimes.com/2019/11/24/us/…
Maybe Spencer is full of it, but this resignation letter is even more blunt than Mattis’ letter.
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15 Nov 19
Oh man. Fox News’ @BretBaier acknowledges that Trump’s tweet in real time during Yovanovitch’s testimony could be viewed as witness tampering, adds a possible article of impeachment, and that Republicans will have to deal with that.
And now Chris Wallace says if viewers were not moved during Yovanovitch’s testimony, “you don’t have a pulse.”
Wallace also reaffirms Baier’s point about witness tampering and that overall it was “powerful testimony.”

Some of the other Fox News contributors are trying to deflect the import of Yovanovitch’s testimony but if Trump is watching FNC he’s going to blow a gasket.
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11 Oct 19
I’ll be live-tweeting the @FletcherSchool #WeaponizedInterdependence conference on this thread. You can watch the conference live on WebEx using the following link:
ow.ly/LrCO50wGxOR.
The first panel is on cyberspace, chaired by @NadiyaKostyuk, features Susan Landau, Pasha Sharikov, Martha Finnemore, and @NTusikov. #weaponizedinterdependence
Susan Landau points out that there are chokepoints on the Internet that the United States is not exploiting, because for not it’s not in its interest to do so. Might that change in the future? You betcha. #weaponizedinterdependence
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28 Sep 19
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. trib.al/5n0lZCP
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops treating him like a toddler. wsj.com/articles/embar…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. politico.com/news/2019/09/2…
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31 Aug 19
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. nytimes.com/2019/08/30/us/…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. politico.com/story/2019/09/…
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20 Aug 19
Are you f**king kidding me?! THIS is why Trump scheduled the trip to Denmark?!
Every time I think this president can’t get more inept, he exceeds my expectations.
Based on the time this was tweeted, what are the odds that the Danes got any heads-up about Trump’s cancellation? $100 says they found out via the tweet.
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2 Aug 19
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. nytimes.com/2019/08/02/us/…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
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14 Jul 19
There’s a lot of repellent stuff in these tweets, but it’s interesting that Trump presumes Ayanna Pressley (born in Chicago), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born in NYC), and Rashida Tlaib (born in Detroit) were not born in the USA.
At this point, after those tweets, what is the factual objection to describing the president as a white nationalist?
Gah, fact check: Pressley was born in Cincinnati (raised in Chicago). Apologies for the error.
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4 May 19
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. washingtonpost.com/world/national…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. politico.com/story/2019/05/…
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10 Feb 19
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/t…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. apnews.com/d26b2ce040cb4a…
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. nbcnews.com/politics/natio…
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