In a major setback for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a lawsuit over the future of an Obama-era program that protects so-called Dreamers from deportation. The decision all but ensures that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will remain in effect for recipients after the March 5 deadline originally set by the White House. It also takes some of the pressure off Congress to act to pass its own legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, something lawmakers have repeatedly failed to do. Several lawsuits filed in the Northern District of California were consolidated into one and resulted in the first nationwide, preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from ending the DACA program while the lawsuit proceeds.
At a "listening session" with victims of gun violence on Wednesday, President Donald Trump needed a reminder to listen. We know this because Trump -- or one of his advisers -- helpfully wrote it down on a cheat sheet he carried into the meeting. Cameras captured the list of five pointers while Trump held it in his hands during the session. Point No. 5 on the list reads, simply, "I hear you." In the president's defense, it's not unusual to bring notes to a meeting. But to need a reminder to let gun violence survivors know you're listening to them, while at a "listening session" organized for that explicit purpose is ... well, very on-brand for Trump. The guest list for Wednesday's session included students and families affected by last week's shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. It was an emotional affair, as survivors of gun violence recalled lost siblings, frequently struggling to hold back tears.
Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Georgia) has joined a growing far-right smear campaign against the students who survived last week's massacre in a Parkland, Florida high school. Since the shooting, which killed 17 people, the students have become outspoken advocates for gun control to prevent future acts of violence. Kingston attacked the students as mere stooges for "left-wing groups who have an agenda" during an appearance on CNN Tuesday morning. Kingston added he believed George Soros was actually orchestrating the students' activism. Kingston's claims were met with disbelief by Alisyn Camerota. "Jack, I'm sorry. I have to correct you. I was down there. I talked to these kids. These kids were wildly motivated," Camerota said. Kingston's comments follow multiple articles smearing the students on Gateway Pundit, a Trump-supporting website that has White House press credentials. read more
Steve Benen: Just a day after the special counsel leading the investigation indicted 13 Russians and three Russian organizations, the White House deputy press secretary said it's the media and Democrats who have "created chaos more than the Russians" for their coverage of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "There are two groups that have created chaos more than the Russians, and that's the Democrats and the mainstream media," said Hogan Gidley in a Saturday Fox & Friends interview. So, on Friday, the Justice Department brought criminal charges against Russian operatives who attacked our democracy. And on Saturday, Trump's deputy press secretary effectively defended the Russians, saying it's Democrats and American journalists who are actually responsible for creating "chaos." Not surprisingly a Russian propaganda network seized on Gidley's on-air comments and promoted them to Russia Today's audience. read more
Where does Donald Trump rank on the list of American presidents? We surveyed presidential politics experts to sketch out a first draft of Trump's place in presidential history. Since our previous survey in 2014, some presidential legacies have soared (Barack Obama's stock has climbed into the Top 10), while others have fallen (Andrew Jackson toppled to 15, out of the Top 10). And President Trump? Let's say that, according to the 170 members of the American Political Science Association's Presidents and Executive Politics section who filled out our survey, he has at least three years to improve on an ignominious debut. James Buchanan, who was at the helm as the United States careened into civil war, was dislodged from his position as our nation's worst president by our current president, Trump. His Oval Office predecessor, Barack Obama, shot into the Top 10, up from 18th in the previous survey. read more