The Hundred Daze

“The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the president, so the order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.” A US judged has blocked Trump’s order threatening funds for ‘sanctuary’ cities. In addition to a series of (slightly erroneous) angry tweets, the response from the White House was pretty extreme, even by today’s standards: “San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.”

+ The New Yorker: How Trump Gave Up On His Border Wall.

+ “Traveling with Mattis last week in the Middle East, I had a chance to watch the delicate balancing act between a media-obsessed White House and a national-security leadership that mostly would be happy to stay out of the news.” David Ignatius on Mattis and Trump: The odd couple that works.

+ The Guardian: Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office in four minutes. The news cycle has been so relentless that I doubt one could cover the first hundred days of the Trump presidency in two hundred days.

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