Is Trump crazy like a fox?

President Trump is taking an enormous amount of flak. The news is filled with stories questioning his policies and his judgment. Saturday Night Live is hilariously skewering the president and his spokesman Sean Spicer. And the Boston Globe, via its sister publication STAT, asked 10 psychiatrists and psychologists on Monday whether Trump has a mental disorder. (The answer was no, but the unscientific analysis concluded the president does have anger issues and suffers from narcissism and a compulsive need to tweet.)

Even as Trump takes hits from all sides, some of his political opponents fear the president may be laying a trap for the Democratic Party. The president’s actions have energized the party’s liberal wing, but some Democrats, led by Rep. Tim Ryan from Youngstown, Ohio, worry that the focus on Trump is overshadowing the party’s need to address the needs of working class voters, many of whom deserted the party in the last election.

“The question is, can we present ourselves in a way that we’re not just anti-Trump?” Ryan asked. “What’s our vision for the country? How are we going to put people back to work?”

Rep. Brendan Boyle, who represents parts of Philadelphia and helped launch the House’s Blue Collar Caucus, said the Democratic Party must fight back hard against Trump. But he said the party must also “truly address the anxieties of those sort of voters who were so hopeless that they said, ‘You know what? Even with all Trump’s craziness we’re going to give him a shot.'”

Evan Falchuk, who ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2014 on the United Independent Party ticket, said on Sunday that he is giving up his third-party ambitions and joining the Democratic Party. But he, too, said the party must change.

“The fight today cannot be about restoring the status quo before Trump,” Falchuk said in an opinion piece for CommonWealth’s Sunday Upload. “Democrats must convince voters they’re the voice of working class America – that they have concrete plans for our financial futures, and that they care about every worker and worker’s family from coast to coast,” he wrote.

–BRUCE MOHL


 

BEACON HILL

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s pronouncement that it’s too soon to say whether the state can afford to restore some of Gov. Charlie Baker’s mid-year budget cuts only underscores what a bad idea the Legislature’s self-serving pay raise was at this time, says a Herald editorial.

Sen. Cynthia Creem of Newton has filed a bill to increase taxes on gun sales, tighten restrictions on personal sales, and ban .50-caliber guns. (Wicked Local)

Inspectors from the Division of Standards will conduct about 500 spot checks of home oil deliveries around the state to ensure meters on trucks are operating correctly and customers are getting the fuel they pay for. (GateHouse News Service)

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

A 67-year-old Quincy woman and her teenaged grandson were killed in a fire in the city’s Hough’s Neck neighborhood on Sunday, the first fire fatalities in the city in years. (Patriot Ledger)

An analysis by The Enterprise finds the number of gun permits in the Brockton and South Shore regions has increased steadily since 2010 despite population levels remaining fairly constant.

WASHINGTON/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

A New York Times story, produced by no less than 10 reporters, details what insiders say is unprecedented chaos and dysfunction at the National Security Council and the fate of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.

President Trump was against presidential golf outings before he was for them. (New York Times)

Democratic Sen. Al Franken says even “a few” of his Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about President Trump’s mental health — mostly because of the unavoidable conclusion that “he lies a lot.” (Associated Press) STAT talked to 10 psychiatrists and psychologists — some Trump supporters and some not — about his mental state. They agreed he is a narcissist, but say he is not mentally ill. “He’s crazy like a fox,” says one.

Raids around the country by immigration enforcement officials in the last week that resulted in the detaining of 600 illegal immigrants are stoking fear the actions signal an increase in deportation to fulfill Trump’s campaign promises, though ICE officials say the sweeps are routine. (New York Times)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren sets her sights on labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, releasing a letter she sent to him in advance of confirmation hearings later this week in which she writes, as a fast-food chain CEO “you’ve made for fortune by squeezing the very workers you’d be charged with protecting.” (Boston Globe)

Warren may be fearless in her willingness to take on Wall Street, President Trump, and his cabinet nominees, but she’s “a scaredy cat when it comes to media,” says Hillary Chabot, sounding a complaint about Warren’s arms-length treatment of the press that will have many reporters nodding their heads in full agreement. (Boston Herald)

The New Republic’s Jeet Heer says one of the most popular axioms to explain Trump — that “the press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally” — looks increasingly wrong, as the new president proceeds to do exactly what he promised on many fronts.

ELECTIONS

Republican State Rep. Geoff Diehl, a major Massachusetts backer of President Trump, says he’s “seriously considering” a 2018 run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Boston Herald)

Local and national election officials are demanding that President Trump produce evidence to support his groundless claim that thousands of Massachusetts residents crossed the border and cast votes in New Hampshire that delivered the state to Hillary Clinton and cost Kelly Ayotte her US Senate seat. (Boston Herald)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Evan Horowitz explains why high-paying manufacturing jobs are probably not coming back to the US in big numbers, despite President Trump’s vows to the contrary. (Boston Globe)

Permits for multifamily housing construction in Greater Boston were down last year. (Boston Globe)

EDUCATION

Worcester schools superintendent Maureen Binienda is aggressively pursuing financial help from the private sector for the city’s schools. (Telegram & Gazette)

Haverhill is cracking down on outsiders attending the city’s schools without paying tuition fees. One official said the crackdown should net the city’s schools a six-figure sum. (Eagle-Tribune)

A survey of college admissions officers finds 35 percent check social media sites to see what applicants write on their pages, and more than one-quarter say they check social media “often.” (U.S. News & World Report)

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

A Baker administration plan to cut Medicaid funding for home health services could leave many people without needed services and lead to more nursing home admissions, say leaders of home health agencies. (Boston Globe)

TRANSPORTATION

Outsourcing proposals at the MBTA could save as much as $65 million while affecting hundreds of current employees. (Boston Herald)

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

Some environmental advocates and energy industry officials say a Baker administration plan to cut carbon emissions in the state could end up increasing greenhouse gas levels across the rest of New England. (Boston Globe)

CASINOS

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell was reelected over his former top aide who became a vocal critic calling for more transparency in conducting tribe business, especially around the planned casino. (Cape Cod Times)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

Jury selection in the double-murder trial of former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez has been postponed because of the weather. (Boston Globe)

MEDIA

A pair of struggling 137-year-old newspapers north of Boston, the Malden Evening News and the Medford Daily Mercury, have ceased publication. (Media Nation)

  • Mhmjjj2012

    If CommonWealth’s readers have time to check out only one of today’s Daily Downloads then the Telegram & Gazette’s article on Worcester schools superintendent aggressively pursuing financial help from the private sector for the city’s schools is a must read.