Former defense secretary Cohen: Trump’s transgender policy tweet might have made me quit

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen said Friday that a Twitter announcement of the type President Donald Trump made this week banning transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military would have been enough for him to consider resigning.

"I would have called the president, asked for a meeting with the president, and [said] ‘Mr. President, before you ever make a tweet or send a tweet or make a decision without consulting me, then you’ll find a new secretary of defense,’” Cohen, a former Republican senator who served as defense secretary under former President Bill Clinton, said on SiriusXM’s “Joe Madison Show." “You get to do it once, but you try it again and I’ll be out of here."

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Republicans are totalitarians, and they’re being more honest about it every day

We’ve long known that Republicans have little respect for traditional democratic norms and ideals. We’ve seen it in their hostility toward voting rights, their decimation of traditional norms in the House and Senate, their refusal to give D.C. residents a voice in Congress, their obstruction of the Obama agenda despite being in the deep minority, and their worship of big daddy strongmen (like Putin, even before Putin installed a puppet regime in our White House). 

But conservatives used to at least pay lip service to the idea of democracy. Yet the last few weeks have been rough on that facade, as more of the truth comes out every day. Witness:

Democrats strategize path to relevance with working-class whites

Democrats’ leading House super PAC assembled party strategists in Washington Thursday to deliver a sobering message and a call to arms: Working-class white voters, once a key piece of the party’s base, no longer trust them to improve the economy, and Democrats have to start addressing specific concerns about jobs and wages now in order to win some of them back in 2018.

The briefing, delivered by House Majority PAC executive director Charlie Kelly and Democratic pollsters Pete Brodnitz and Jill Normington in a basement conference room at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers headquarters, was equal parts reality check and hopeful look forward for Democrats.

President Donald Trump may be struggling in national polls, but that has not given congressional Democrats a boost among whites without college degrees, the presenters warned.

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Anthony Scaramucci’s vulgarity is one thing. The bigger story is his deception.

On a number of issues, Scaramucci doesn’t look like the “straight shooter” he claims to be.

McCain winks, gives thumbs-down to Murkowski

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) a wink and a thumbs-down after she voted no on the “skinny repeal” bill early on July 28. He later voted no as well.

Here’s who the free market thinks is next out the door at the White House

A real-time look at who bettors think is likely to bolt the administration.

There are three branches of government, and two are in distress

The breakdowns at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue highlight the disruption Trump has brought to Washington.