The instant-gratification president reaps what he sows as markets sink

“Everyone saw this coming. Stock markets don’t go up forever. Markets often go down, occasionally spectacularly. Trump’s constant insistence on the strength of the markets being a positive reflection of his presidency meant that, inevitably, it would be noted when the markets dropped significantly. His political opponents easily teed up.”

This is the week that the GOP truly became the party of Trump

“Until this past week, the steady march toward mutual embrace between the president and the party establishment mostly had to do with GOP lawmakers’ happiness at having a president champion a conventionally conservative agenda, from tax cuts to regulatory rollbacks to the nomination of conservative judges. This is the heart of the bargain Republicans made with Trump. But it is not a benign bargain.”

Bannon: Comey firing was worst mistake in ‘modern political history’

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel, yes,” he said. “We would not have the Mueller investigation. We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going for.”

Opinions: The norms of government are collapsing before our eyes

The news is being reported on split screen as if the one big story in Washington is disconnected from the other. But President Trump’s lawless threats against Attorney General Jeff Sessions have a lot in common with the Senate’s reckless approach to the health coverage of tens of millions of Americans.

On both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, we are witnessing a collapse of the norms of governing, constant violations of our legitimate expectations of political leaders, and the mutation of the normal conflicts of democracy into a form of warfare that demands the opposition’s unconditional surrender.