May 08, 2017
Vol. 22, No. 33
Books & Arts
He should’ve stuck with "ridiculous." That was the word President Trump used in late April to describe the "first 100 days" standard by which new commanders in chief are judged for their productivity. Trump himself cited the timeline before the election in his Contract with the American Voter, a "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again"—as realistic as a one-day push to build Rome. He's learned since that legislating is a slog and externalities like foreign affairs and Congress's Russia probe don't politely yield to a domestic policy wish list. Acknowledging as much—"No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days . . .Read more
Endnotes and digressions from the latest show:
* Let's go backwards first. Late in the show, Vic asked what movie we thought was going to be the biggest hit this summer. I said that I wasn't sure about that, but that I was pretty sure that Baywatch was going to be the biggest surprise. Let me walk you through my reasoning:
In order for a movie to find traction at the box office during the summer, it has to be able to find room to breath on opening weekend. That's not easy when you have $200 million tent-pole flicks being released every seven days. So how does a mid-budget action-comedy such as Baywatch break through? Well, it's being released on the same weekend as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—theRead more
In a digital-age fulfillment of its mission as a land-grant college, Purdue University has acquired the for-profit, mainly online Kaplan University. Purdue’s board of trustees voted Thursday on a deal that would make Kaplan a public university, affiliated with Purdue and dedicated to extending educational options to non-traditional adult students.
"Certainly this is a first," Purdue president Mitch Daniels, former Republican governor of Indiana and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Thursday.Read more
That's a sentence I've heard several times as I've covered Donald Trump's first 100 days in the Oval Office—not from pundits or journalists or members of Congress, but from a high-ranking White House aide. That feeling of uncertainty permeates the West Wing and the entire administration, on everything from policy to personnel. Decisions are often made at the last minute, and the results are sloppy or half-finished. Aides find themselves scrambling to respond coherently to presidential tweets or promises he makes in interviews with the media. With several unfilled positions in the White House and departments and agencies, staff feel stretched thin. Lawmakers remain unsure about administration policies.Read more
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