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john_kohut
January 19, 2017
The new president comes to Washington this week amid shaky poll numbers, mixed messaging about what he really envisions in terms of health care reform, tax policy and a national infrastructure plan, and a Republican Congress that just isn’t sure what to make of it all.  Anxiety is high despite the fact that Trump insiders have appeared in the corridors of New York, Davos, and this city this week...

john_kohut
January 12, 2017
Anyone who thought dumping and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was going to be easy is about to be disappointed, including our new president. And the assortment of conflicting messages that have dropped over just the last 72 hours – from Republican senators and House members pleading to slow things down; from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. Kentucky) and House Speaker Paul Ryan...

john_kohut
January 5, 2017
What hath the populist revolution wrought? That’s what establishment Washington would like to know. So far they assume (based on this week’s events) that the new President’s tweets will trump Republican Congressional chaos every time. But what happens the first time either Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Kentucky) or House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wisconsin) “just say no” and refuse to...

john_kohut
December 15, 2016
There’s a hot new number dominating Washington talk. It’s “3” and it could soon be the fixation of the incoming Trump administration. It’s the number of GOP Senate “no” votes which, when combined with the “no” votes of 48 Senate Democrats (46 Democrats and the two Independents who caucus with them), could derail new cabinet secretaries seeking Senate confirmation. The sudden uproar over Secretary...

john_kohut
December 8, 2016
To hear the people around the GOP Congressional leadership tell it, the 115th Congress, which kicks off on January 3rd, will be the most ambitious in modern history, harkening back more than 70 years to the days when the Capitol operated on a war footing. The fight this time will be a coordinated full-frontal assault on all things Obama, starting with the Affordable Care Act and the last six...

john_kohut
December 1, 2016
As the country gears up for the impossible multitasking December demands, Washington is sharply divided between “goodbye” and “hello.” The Obama administration is wrapping up business and pulling out the shipping boxes, the only question at this point being just what the outgoing 44th president of the United States has in mind for his final official acts. Meanwhile the 114th Congress plans to...

john_kohut
November 23, 2016
Let’s be honest. Washington does not do “multitasking” well. For many years now, Congress has had the luxury of mostly focusing on one big thing over a period of months. Budgets, appropriations bills, and continuing resolutions are the rules of road and each can consume an inordinate amount of time, with the former two usually going nowhere and the latter having become an easy way to buy more...

john_kohut
November 17, 2016
Establishment Washington saw what just happened here. President-elect Donald Trump’s decisions (apparently once again determined by the urgings of his closest confidant, son-in-law Jared Kushner) to select Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House Chief of Staff  and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence as head of his transition team, has set in motion a complex chain of...

john_kohut
November 10, 2016
Tuesday’s election results brought joy to the heartland and delivered a collective gut punch to the Washington establishment. While the implications of the country’s biggest “change” election will take months to play out, here are some of the cold realities that have just splashed on the Capitol’s face. Trump & the GOP: The GOP Civil War is over without a shot being fired. It is now Trump’s...

john_kohut
November 3, 2016
The fallout over last week’s memo to Congress from FBI Director James Comey has impacted the 2016 presidential race in its last days. It has tightened the national head-to-head matchup polls, some of which now show dead heats or one-point margins. On the GOP side, it has galvanized supporters of Donald Trump and energized their voter turnout efforts. There is also evidence that it is a surprise “...

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