Last week, a council of top regulators quietly met to discuss the future of the Volcker rule -- the most important structural change [President] Obama established for the financial system. A few days later, a freshly installed Trump official went further, threatening to defang the rule "unilaterally" by "reinterpreting" its entire purpose. The rule is basically dead, Keefe Bruyette & Woods analyst Brian Gardner wrote in a note to clients last Monday: "Examiners can start giving banks the benefit of the doubt regarding compliance with Volcker almost immediately." read more
Trump is taking a nosedive in the polls. Rasmussen dropped ten points in as many days.
Chris Cillizza, CNN: Answering a question about Russia's potential complicity in the Syrian chemical attack last week, [White House press secretary Sean] Spicer stretched for a Nazi Germany comparison. "You had someone who was as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," he said. "So you have to, if you are Russia, ask yourself is this a country that you and a regime that you want to align yourself with." Er, what? Hitler, of course, used lots and lots of chemical weapons -- in the sense that he ordered the executions of millions of Jews in gas chambers during World War II. read more
That's right. Christians are the most discriminated against group in America according to Republicans. Transgender follow closely behind. Whites beat out all other minorities for being discriminated against as well. This is the America that Republicans see.