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Congressional Republicans Should Be Afraid of Steve Bannon
Senior White House adviser has no love for the GOP

Steve Bannon, right, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, could pose a threat to some GOP lawmakers, Nathan L. Gonzales writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s no secret that Steve Bannon wants to oversee the demise of the mainstream media, but President Donald Trump’s senior adviser probably wouldn’t mind incapacitating the Republican Party in order to remake it into his own image as well. 

Bannon (and Trump, for that matter) recently referred to the media, as “the opposition party.” That’s a cause congressional Republicans could get behind, but a series of emails last year could foreshadow a big problem for GOP incumbents, particularly those who disagree with the president or his administration.

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Will Big Lies Insinuate Themselves Into Trump Policies?
Troubling times, as the line between fact and fiction blurs

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for United Nations ambassador, should remind those in his inner circle that fake news has serious consequences, writes Mary C. Curtis. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There is the big lie, the ‘Elvis is alive and kidnapped my baby and they were all sucked up into a spaceship’ kind of lie so beloved by supermarket tabloids and fringe websites. “Pizzagate” falls into that category. When you hear a conspiracy theory about underground tunnels and a child-abuse ring involving government officials and a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C., all you can do is shake your head — that is, unless you’re a guy with a rifle who decides to “self-investigate,” and ends up terrorizing a neighborhood.

Then there’s another kind of statement that sounds a little more reasonable than Elvis and aliens, but has a similar relation to the truth — the tales of millions of illegal and fraudulent voters who usurped my popular vote win or cost me that governorship, or of inner cities as unrelieved cauldrons of criminals, minorities and hopelessness. These stories are whispered by those who should know better, then repeated by more and more people in power. Uttered with a straight face, furrowed brow and a wheelbarrow full of fake concern, they insinuate themselves into policy that can change the character of our country.

Democrats Should Pick Their Senate Confirmation Fights Wisely
Will be lucky to find enough GOP support to block even 1 or 2 Trump nominees

Donald Trump's nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general should be bitterly opposed, writes Walter Shapiro. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Maybe Donald Trump should be known as the Civics Book President — since every day he offers another lesson about the norms of democracy.

Even by Trumped-up standards, the president-elect’s weekend Twitter attack on the honesty of an election he won was certifiably weird. Without offering a shred of evidence, Trump laughably claimed, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Liberal Lawmakers Try to Shame Wall Street to Denounce Bannon
Warren, Brown, Waters and Ellison pen letter to financial services groups

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown was one of four Democrats to send a letter to financial services industry leaders asking them to denounce Stephen Bannon’s appointment to the Trump administration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Some influential liberal lawmakers are calling on Wall Street to denounce the appointment of Stephen Bannon to President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, and Reps. Maxine Waters of California and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, all Democrats, sent a letter to the leaders of various financial services industry groups, calling on them to “speak out.”

Bannon Mum on Breitbart Ties but Experts See Conflicts Aplenty
Will Trump try to ‘thread the needle’ with ethics waivers for top aides?

Steve Bannon is set to be President-elect Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist. (Don Irvine/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Stephen Bannon, set to become a top White House aide to President-elect Donald Trump, is mum on whether he will sever ties with the conservative news organization he oversaw. But experts say statutes and traditions should lead him to do just that.

Trump’s transition office on Sunday announced that Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, will be chief White House strategist and senior counselor to the president. Bannon took a leave of absence from Breitbart when he joined Trump’s campaign in August.