The Checks & Balances on President Trump

The Checks & Balances on President Trump
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Donald Trump wanted to start his presidency with the shock and awe of rapid change. Instead, almost everywhere he looks, he's stuck in the mud of grinding trench warfare.

Trump's tumultuous first month has been an extended lesson in the limits of a president's power—as well as the limits of Trump's own intellectual and emotional ability to operate within those constraints. Whether he can regroup will depend on whether he can find a more effective response to those limits than the rage, bluster, and disdain he's exhibited so far.

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