Petitions, Tantrums and Management Failures

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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1. Ann Wainscott at the Monkey Cage on what governments use antiterrorism policy for.

2. Also at the Monkey Cage: Daniel Carpenter on the point of gathering signatures on petitions

3. Dan Drezner on how Donald Trump's tantrums weaken the U.S. in foreign policy. 

4. Natalie Jackson on participating in public opinion polls.

5. Jonathan Cohn has the latest on the disappearing Republican action on Obamacare

6. And James B. Stewart reports that (business) management experts give Trump failing grades so far. And that was before even more revelations over the weekend of even more chaos and disorder in the White House. Two weeks in, the Trump White House is already circling the wagons, cutting even more people out of decision making. They're leaking nonstop along factional lines, including numerous stories about the president's weaknesses. The president himself seems barely engaged. All I can do is to repeat myself: They desperately need to install a real professional as a strong chief of staff, to clean house and get the new administration up to speed before a real political and substantive calamity hits. Hill Republicans have the leverage to make it happen, but it's not even clear that they understand how dangerous this situation is for their party and for the nation. 

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