Can the Anti-Trump Coalition Hold?
Plus: Donald Trump Wants Me to Join His Inner Circle
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A.B. STODDARD: Can the Anti-Trump Coalition Hold?
AS PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN CONTINUES to lose support, former President Donald Trump has never had more. This isn’t only because prices, and Biden’s age, are too high. Many disillusioned Biden voters say they will not vote next year, but Trump is also winning converts.
A lot can change in a year but the electorate is shifting, and the anti-MAGA coalition is splintering.
DAVID J. KRAMER, JOHN HERBST, AND WILLIAM TAYLOR: In Ukraine, Peace Now Means War Later.
BEFORE VLADIMIR PUTIN LAUNCHED his full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, many analysts, including in the U.S. intelligence community, predicted that the war would be over in a matter of days, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky toppled. Some even argued that there was no point in providing Ukraine with military assistance, since it wouldn’t make a difference. Those misjudgments were wide of the mark, and to the degree they influenced the Biden administration’s willingness to provide Ukraine with the weapons its needed to defend itself, they were also dangerous.
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BILL LUEDERS: Donald Trump Wants Me to Join His Inner Circle.
THE OTHER DAY, DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN sent me an urgent email. It said the president needed my help. What I needed to do was join something called “THE PRESIDENT’S TRUST.” The email spelled it all out…
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Pope Francis cracks the whip… On American Cardinal Burke. (Good!)
President-elect Milei converts… To Judaism.
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