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Adam Schiff

Witcover: Offensive president on the defensive

Witcover: Offensive president on the defensive

As a result of his deplorable personal behavior and inept political performance, President Donald Trump has dug himself into an unprecedentedly early hole. His crude, insulting and false assurances, and his demonstrably inept policy initiatives on immigration and health care, have already taken much of the wind out of his sails.

The new president's overblown observations about his persuasive talents as a super salesman, deal maker and fixer have swiftly come crashing down around him. In his striking early setbacks, the advantage of Republican control over all three branches of the federal government has been neutralized by the determined independence of the judiciary and of...