Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day one of the new Congress -- ethics

It appears Donald Trump comes out on top in one battle today, at least from the media point of view. Republicans attempted to make changes to a congressional ethics agency. These changes were characterized as "gutting" by opponents, "needed reform" by supporters of the change. Either way they were sending the wrong message (at least from the media's point of view).

Mr. Trump used Twitter to tell Republicans this is the wrong move and gives the wrong priorities, and Republicans backed down, removing the changes to the ethics agency. This leaves Mr. Trump looking good and implying he can exercise control over Congress.

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