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Trump trumps Trump

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North Korea’s test last week of what probably was a boosted fission nuclear weapon was recorded as a six on the Richter scale. Donald Trump’s dazzling display of political broken field running, however, scored double figures in the political equivalent of the Richter measurement for earthquakes. With the debt-ceiling as the explosive ingredient, in a single sitting with leaders of Capitol Hill, the president performed the hat trick of turning political adversaries into allies and allies into adversaries.

His alliance with House and Senate Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that will produce a temporary postponement of debate on the debt ceiling until December, shocked, horrified and infuriated Republicans in both Houses. Speaker Paul Ryan earlier that day condemned the idea and along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat stone faced as Trump consorted with the enemy. And this political theatre was surely stage managed by the arrival of first daughter Ivanka Trump to this meeting.

The agreement on temporary debt-ceiling relief with the Democrats provided a short-term victory for the president. But, in its stead, this pact is a longer-term time bomb that almost certainly will explode in the president’s face. Combined with the president’s decision to give Congress six months to deal with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood........

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