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Trump's virtual reality presidency

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One of the hardest things about reporting on President Trump is his tendency to propose wild ideas out loud and then repeat them before coming to his senses or getting talked off the ledge.

The big picture: The media, us very much included, break news on controversial ideas that never happen, leaving all of us to wonder: Was this a real idea killed by exposing it or a POTUS brain blip? It’s the virtual reality dimension of this presidency.

Trump blasts California-based judges as "complete & total disaster"

Donald Trump in front of a podium
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President Trump continued to criticize the Ninth Circuit as a "complete & total disaster" on Thursday morning, saying in a tweet the California appeals court is "out of control, has a horrible reputation."

The background: On Tuesday, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked an executive order that would have changed U.S. asylum policy. Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts have since thrown statements back and forth on whether judges are partisan based on which president appoints them.

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