How President Trump Can Avoid President Obama’s Biggest Mistake
Punting health care legislation to Congress defined Obama’s time in office

Donald Trump greets President Barack Obama moments before his swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump’s critics believe the new president is clueless (or worse), but he might be on track to avoid repeating former President Barack Obama’s biggest political mistake. 

Trump’s pre-inaugural press conference was widely panned, but his comments on the future of health care legislation were instructive.

Giuliani Makes Good on Long-held Grudge Against Crist
Giuliani claims former governor hurt his 2008 presidential campaign

Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, left, talks to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, before testifying on Capitol Hill in 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rudy Giuliani never forgets.

The onetime mafia prosecutor told a newspaper columnist Monday that he still blames former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for his dashed presidential ambitions in 2008 — because, Giuliani maintains, Crist didn't keep a promise to endorse him.

From Palin to Trump, Larson’s Steady Hand Leads Another Convention
2008 convention veteran takes reins as CEO in Cleveland

Republican National Convention CEO Jeff Larson. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The last time Jeff Larson agreed to help with the Republican National Convention, he inherited a bankruptcy and ended up paying for Sarah Palin’s new wardrobe. He must have thought that was as hard as it gets in convention planning.

This year, Larson is back. He's the convention’s CEO and is forced to deal with some frustrated Republicans and donors inside the party who don’t want Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee and protesters outside the security perimeter who want to burn the whole thing to the ground.