On Feb. 9, 1950, at a speech before the Ohio County Women's Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joe McCarthy brandished a piece of paper.
That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate given to him by those who elected him.
Now that the campaign is over, Donald Trump is no longer willing to fake it.
Government failures come in two basic forms.
There is much to cheer about President Trump's first decisions as president.
"He was so tough, I thought he was a hipster."
All political leaders, presidents in particular, dream of using technology to avoid the media filter and speak directly to the American people.
This president lies. Granted, every president tells the occasional politically expedient untruth.
This is probably as close as we'll get to a mea culpa in Trump World.
"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves" is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs.
It was, arguably, the most telling moment of Donald Trump's inauguration speech.
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