So much for Trump’s ‘team of rivals’

It wasn’t news that President Donald Trump and his now former national security adviser John R. Bolton often disagreed. The difference of opinion now extends to whether Trump accepted Bolton’s offer to resign (Bolton’s story) or Trump “asked John for his resignation” (as Trump tweeted).

Trump decides not to do something stupid on taxes

You’d think as a baseline, we would expect the president of the United States not to do clearly stupid things. And yet when President Donald Trump decides not to follow atrocious advice from Senate Republicans and refrains from doing something fiscally reckless and divisive, I feel like tweeting a big “Job well done!” gif to @realDonaldTrump. I guess you celebrate whatever wins you can get.

‘Impeachment lite’ (and late) unlikely to end Trump’s presidency

A powerful case can be made that President Trump’s egregious actions in office _ particularly his efforts to derail the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III _ justify a vote by the House of Representatives on whether he has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” and should be impeached. But because of divisions among Democrats about whether impeachment would make it harder to defeat Trump next year (and more difficult to reelect Democratic members in Trump-friendly districts), the majority party in the House is pursuing what might be called “impeachment lite.”

Going native: The scent of racism

In late August, the chic French luxury brand Christian Dior debuted an ad campaign for its fragrance referencing Native Americans. A number of American Indians immediately decried the advertisement as racist.

Through Mark Sanford’s looking glass

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Once upon a time, Mark Sanford might have been a contender, but there’s too much water under the bridges that stretch from this city of steeples to his erstwhile home on Sullivan’s Island.