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SARAH LONGWELL: It’s Time for Former Trump Officials to Come Out Against Him.
TAKE YOURSELF BACK TO THE LATE FALL OF 2016. Donald Trump has just won the election. The nation is reeling. How are we supposed to run a superpower with a game-show host at the helm?
There was an understandable line of thinking at the time: We need to have adults in the room.
If we’re really going to hand over the nuclear codes to this guy, the thinking went, it’s better for serious people to have at least some input—people with experience, good judgment, and a baseline interest in the country’s well-being. Even if that means serving someone manifestly unfit for the job.
MATT STOKES: Nick Saban Was Right.
THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL WAS ROCKED last week by the news that three legendary coaches—Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick, and Nick Saban—were leaving their positions. Carroll was let go by the Seattle Seahawks, Belichick agreed to part ways with the New England Patriots, and Nick Saban announced his retirement from the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, my beloved alma mater. While Carroll and Belichick have indicated a desire to remain in coaching and are likely to find new jobs soon, Saban’s retirement seems permanent.
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ON WEDNESDAY, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT heard oral argument in a case that may seem boring and wonky, but in fact strikes at the heart of one of the most hotly debated political fights of the last century: whether federal agencies should have the power to regulate.
The case involves a 2020 rule passed by the National Marine Fisheries Service, which requires herring fishermen to pay the daily cost of having federal monitors on boats on the waters of the North Atlantic. The agency, a division of the Department of Commerce, has since suspended the program, reimbursing the fishermen for the fees in the interim—a remedy that makes it glaringly evident that case before the Court, Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, has nothing to do with the plight of the fishermen. But it has everything to do with the longstanding partisan debate over regulatory policy and who gets to make it.
CATHY YOUNG: Russia’s Winds of Winter.
AS UKRAINIAN DRONE ATTACKS remind Russians that they are not exempt from the costs of the war that Vladimir Putin unleashed—most recently in Voronezh, where a state of emergency was declared on Tuesday after strikes targeting an air base resulted in collateral damage to several apartment buildings and injuries to two children—numerous Russian cities and suburbs face a different kind of emergency, one not directly related to the war in Ukraine but emblematic of a general slide into chaos. As winter temperatures have plunged far below freezing, Russia seems to be plagued by an epidemic of heat and power outages that have forced people to wear winter coats indoors. These scenes have a grimly ironic twist, prompting many to remember that only a year ago, Russian propagandists and officials gloated about Europeans and Ukrainians shivering in their unheated apartments—the former due to losing Russian energy sources, the latter due to Russian bombardments taking out the heating infrastructure.
Greetings from the Golden City! As I type this, I’m getting ready for tonight’s event, which is going to be a blast. I look forward to seeing our readers!
Flying here through the wee hours, I was on one of United’s 30 remaining Boeing 757-300s, which came out when Eastern Airlines and Continental (RIP) still existed. It’s a cool old plane. I picked the last row because a.) I hate paying extra for seats, and b.) nobody wants to sit there, because the plane is so damn long, even though there’s no bathroom behind you, and I had it all to myself. Karma works out sometimes (I saved a few weary travelers from losing items during boarding.)
Just a reminder: Tomorrow’s Overtime might not go out at the normal time, as I’ll be heading back to the swamp. If my plane can land! D.C. can’t handle snow.
Upon arriving today, I spent some time in Chinatown, Market Square, and found a lovely little museum that is both the smallest and biggest museum in San Francisco: The San Francisco Railway Museum & Gift Shop. As I took a streetcar-style rapid transit to and from school in Cleveland, I loved this place and bought some Cleveland-themed merch: Because San Francisco honors other cities with their street car paint schemes. Cool, huh? If you’re ever in town, check it out.
Can politics be fun? Chris Cillizza on humor in serious times.
Maybe Ron DeSantis could have been an insightful critic? But then he couldn’t have done his poor Trump impression, writes John Stoehr.
If you respect the Constitution… you must respect enforcement of the 14th Amendment, argues Chris Truax in The Hill.
Another government shutdown is nearly here.. Here’s what you should know.
Meanwhile, in Ohio… Bernie Moreno, a far right candidate for Senate from Cleveland hoping to unseat Sherrod Brown (good luck!) was happy about an endorsement from a county GOP that doesn’t exist. Because it’s a city. Whoops!
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