How Am I Doing So Far?

“Enormous foreign-policy failures are like heart attacks: unexpected and dangerous discontinuities following years of neglect and hidden malady. The vertigo and throbbing pulse one feels today augur something much worse tomorrow.” From The Atlantic’s series on the Trump Presidency Damage Report, Eliot Cohen argues that “for all the visible damage the president has done to the nation’s global standing, things are much worse below the surface.”

+ And from the same series: “Norms, not laws, create the expectation that a president will take regular intelligence briefings, pay public respect to our allies, and not fire the FBI director for declining to pledge his loyalty. There is no canonical list of presidential norms. They are rarely noticed until they are violated.” Jack Goldsmith: Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?

+ And this update from WaPo: In 232 days, President Trump has made 1,145 false and misleading claims.

+ “No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted as Chester Alan Arthur, and no one ever retired from the highest civil trust of the world more generally respected, alike by political friend and foe.” From Politico: The Man the Presidency Changed.

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