January 31, 2017

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Do Republicans Remember When They Promised They'd Be A Check On Trump?

The Gist: When then-candidate Donald Trump was stirring controversy after controversy from the stump, GOP lawmakers, wary of his proposals, vowed that they would be a check on Trump's most troubling ideas. Less than two weeks into his presidency, Republicans are facing a major test of that vow.

WSJ: DHS Chief Pushed Back Against WH Attempts To Name Kobach His Deputy

The Gist: In one of several recent clashes with President Donald Trump's administration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly refused attempts by the White House to name Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as Kelly's deputy, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday night.

Trump Replaces Acting Immigration Enforcement Chief

The Gist: President Donald Trump replaced the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday with another director from within the organization.

From The Reporter's Notebook

A convoy of military vehicles flying a "Trump" flag was caught on video driving through Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday, TPM's Esme Cribb reported. In the recording, four vehicles—the first flying a blue flag with "TRUMP" and "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" emblazoned in white—drive down Interstate 65, according to a report by the Courier-Journal.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: "If your employee or subordinate does something behind your back that ends up embarrassing you or catching you off guard, that is a major breach. If you agree to do work for someone else and promise that someone else not to tell your boss, your boss is not going to be happy. Now, you may say there are plenty of more important things going on right now than a members of Congress getting insulted or having his feelings hurt. And you'd be right. But if there's one thing members of Congress excel at it's guarding their institutional and official privileges. How does Goodlatte trust these staffers again knowing they went behind his back?"

Say What?!

"I think it's a shame that people were inconvenienced, obviously. But at the end of the day, we're talking about a couple hours. I'm sorry that some folks may have had to wait a little while."

- White House press secretary Sean Spicer dismissed criticism of President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries on Monday, saying that those affected were just "inconvenienced a little."

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "Marching makes you feel better, but we're not sure it does anything, as a march. However, as an organizational and resistance networking event the gatherings were fruitful. Don't march, organize. Or, organize at marches if you go and keep organizing. The donations, and organization list looks good. In the organizing, start looking for what you have in common with other voters. The right has been fantastic at finding the differences and magnifying them. To counter that you need to find the similarities. The economy is usually a big one, health care, jobs, child care, elder care. More people share these worries than care about .. say trans in the bathroom. Also, in the strong, religious-based anti-abortion camp, I'm seeing more people questioning if it is a good idea to be a one-issue voter on that issue. You can't tell someone to minimize their religious views. You can, though, convince them that government needs to perform some other tasks for them on a higher priority. There seems to be a new openness to that message right now."

Related: Gallup: Trump Net Approval Rating Drops 8 Points In First Week In Office

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What We're Reading

Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump (FiveThirtyEight)

Inside The Trial Of Dylann Roof (The New Yorker)