Faced with the likelihood of a "blue tsunami" in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is holding out hope that terrorists will attack the country, reported the Washington Post on Wednesday. "In private conversations," said the Post, "Trump has told advisers that he doesn't think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said." Matthew Yglesias at Vox.com wrote, "[T]his is a frightening line of thought for an incumbent president and his team to be entertaining."
Lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election vowed Tuesday to force answers from Steve Bannon after the former senior strategist to President Donald Trump stonewalled their inquiries -- even after the committee issued a subpoena with bipartisan support. Lawmakers in both parties attributed Bannon's silence to the White House, which they said told him to refuse to discuss his time in the West Wing or on Trump's transition team. Bannon's refusal to speak clearly angered lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee, who vowed to make him speak.
Steve Benen, MSNBC: With policymakers facing a series of pressing deadlines, congressional Democrats have taken several steps to work out an agreement on a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) solution that would protect Dreamers. Just last week, Democratic officials not only briefly persuaded Donald Trump to agree with their position, they also worked out a bipartisan agreement with Senate Republicans. It's against this backdrop that the president spent much of the weekend publishing a series of tweets suggesting the door is effectively closed. "The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!" ... Trump appears to be echoing an emerging line that's popular on the right, especially in conservative media: Dems could agree to a DACA compromise, the argument goes, but they'd rather keep the issue alive in order to exploit the controversy for political gain. The problem with the thesis, which the president seems a little too eager to promote, is that it's ridiculous.
The controversial decision to repeal net neutrality, which opened the door to Internet providers favoring certain online traffic, could still be overturned. A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December, received its 30th co-sponsor Monday, meaning that it will receive a vote, reports The Hill. ... On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted to remove net neutrality protections that had been introduced in 2015. These protections sought to ensure that internet service providers treat web content equally and do not block or prioritize some content over others in return for payment.
A judge has ruled in favor of a member of President Donald Trump's voting commission who sued the panel, handing a preliminary victory to a critic who accused the panel of hiding its activities from view. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democratic member of the panel tasked with investigating voter fraud, sued the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity last month in US District Court. ... Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an opinion Friday night siding largely with Dunlap and saying the panel should provide him with the documents he requested. ... Dunlap argued in a Washington Post op-ed last month that the "commission is cloaking itself in secrecy" and doing so in violation of federal law.