Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, Michael Warren and Jonathan V. Last discuss Kellyanne Conway's CNN audition to be White House communications director, the funeral of Barbara Bush, Kevin Williamson's post-Atlantic exit op-ed, and the state of play with Trump's nominations.
Last week, the Trump administration got a pointed lecture about the separation of powers and a reminder of what conservative jurisprudence actually looks like. Apparently, the president is none too happy about it, which suggests he understands neither the constitutional principle nor the role of conservative judges.
On Saturday, Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee and current senatorial candidate in Utah, came in second place at the Utah State Republican Convention. Republican state legislator Mike Kennedy bested him by 1.8 percentage points.
For the last year and a half, many American liberals and progressives have been fretting the rise of fascism in America. Left-of-center commentators from Michael Kinsley to Paul Krugman have openly called Donald Trump a fascist, the gifted and accomplished Harvard historian Timothy Snyder has written not one but two books on the reemergence of fascism in the United States and Europe, and of course Sinclair Lewis's satirical It Can't Happen Here has had an enormous boost in sales.
With the proposed diplomatic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in the works, the North Korean regime announced on Saturday it would cease missile testing and close a nuclear test site. "Under the proven condition of complete nuclear weapons, we no longer need any nuclear tests, mid-range and intercontinental ballistic rocket tests," Kim said in a statement announced by state news agency KCNA. "The nuclear test site in northern area has also completed its mission." North Korea did not say it would agree to give up its weapons, but said they will not use them "unless there is a nuclear threat or nuclear provocation to our country."