Early Returns

Walls, Good Speeches, Turmoil and Television

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Kate H. Tennis at the Monkey Cage on U.S.-Mexico border cooperation, and how Donald Trump's wall fits in.

2. Also at the Monkey Cage, Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel on Congress and the Federal Reserve.

3. Seth Masket at Pacific Standard looks back at Barack Obama's oratory and why we can't really tell what difference it makes. Yes -- exactly the right way to look at it.

4. Good to see a little momentum on the push for Trump to find a real chief of staff: Jennifer Rubin makes the analogy I've made about Bill Clinton's early White House. 

5. Eliot Cohen at the Atlantic on the Trump administration's turmoil. He's even more pessimistic than I am about the possibility of stabilizing any of this. He could be correct.

6. Fred Kaplan at Slate on foreign and defense policy after Michael Flynn.

7. See also Spencer Ackerman at the Guardian on the national security community's views of Trump.

8. Jack Goldsmith at Lawfare on the role of the White House counsel in the current state of the Trump administration.

9. And Matt Yglesias on Trump's true skills. I always referred to Trump as a reality TV star during the campaign -- not as an insult, but as what I thought was the best description of his skill set. 

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