Jan 4, 2017

The one thing: House plans to kill the ethics office again …


… but will be smarter about it next time. A top House Republican aide says the "ridiculous, tone-deaf unforced error" over the Office of Congressional Ethics was caused mainly by haste. Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus also hate the OCE, seen by members as a "black hole" and "star chamber.""We needed to build bridges to the other side," the aide said. The GOP will now quietly do precisely that — and revisit the issue later, with Trump and Democrats onboard. Trump's tweet lambasting the original vote made it clear to members that they had handed the president-elect a club he could use any time they tried to buck him. But members recognize that folding in the face of the tweet makes them look weaker and him stronger as they begin their messy marriage.

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