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Trump’s Best Option for Avoiding Impeachment: An Apology

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)The longer the president defends a lie, the more Americans will resent being lied to.

In l’affaire Ukraine, the president is guilty as charged. And the best strategy for him to avoid impeachment by the House and perhaps even removal by the Senate is to admit it, apologize, and let voters make their own judgment. It’s also the best way to fend off a disaster for Senate Republicans.

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The Crazy CrowdStrike Conspiracy Theory

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with President Donald Trump during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 25, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The suggestion that ‘the server’ is being hidden in some Ukrainian warehouse is straight-up bonkers.

The impeachment drama is already a three-ring circus, with a full complement of clowns to the left and the right.

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GOP Pressure on Trump Was Long Overdue

President Donald Trump listens during a Cabinet meeting in Washington, D.C., January 2, 2019. (Jim Young/Reuters)If the GOP had worked harder at constraining Trump from the beginning, they might not be looking at the implosion of their party.

Upon hearing the news that President Trump bowed to pressure from congressional Republicans and reversed his decision to hold next year’s G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami, my immediate response was, “Ah, what might have been.

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In Syria Withdrawal, Trump Wings It — as Usual

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The president continues to make up his foreign policy as he goes along.

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander-in-chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame.

Even if you think the Iraq War was a catastrophic blunder, it wasn’t immediately and universally recognizable as such.

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On the Whistleblower Kerfuffle, Imagine a Different Scenario

Then president-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama arrive for Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters)

Imagine . . .

If in early 2015, some White House staffers transcribing confidential presidential calls were disturbed about one conversation that President Obama had with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. The two allegedly had confidentially discussed the staggered release of some $1.7 billion in withheld U.S.

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Trump’s Defenders Have Adopted a Doctrine of Infallibility

President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives at Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla., October 3, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Just this week, the same people who insisted that Trump would never collude with a foreign nation for his political interest are now defending collusion with a foreign nation for his political interest.

There’s a reason people think President Trump has a cult of personality, but it may not be the reason you think.

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The Telling Taciturnity of Trump Staffers

President Donald Trump at the White House, September 30, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters)Those surrounding Trump have taken to subterfuge but they do not protest loudly.

We’re all familiar by now with the reasons advanced for why elected Republicans shrivel like dry houseplants whenever they are asked to distance themselves from the president. They fear primary challengers. They dread his Twitter wrath. They like the judges. All true as far as it goes.

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Trump Did It, but Should He Be Impeached?

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, September 16, 2019. (Al Drago/Reuters)I’m not sure Democrats are right to pursue impeachment. I’m sure Republicans are wrong to pretend that what Trump did was totally fine.

Here’s a take no one will like: I’m confident he did it. I’m confident it’s impeachable. I’m just not so sure he should be impeached for it.

Let’s start at the top.

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Why the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump

President Trump talks to reporters at the White House, November 29, 2018. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama.

The whistleblower admits to hearsay (“I was not a direct witness to most of the events described”). His term-paper report is laden with anonymously sourced rumors, e.g.

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