Machiavellians in Washington may have unwittingly reignited the Huntsman-Romney feud

 Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate,  and his distant cousin Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, have been going at each other for nearly two decades. Nixing Romney for Secretary of State and appointing Huntsman ambassador to Russia, a likely heir to Foggy Bottom should the already embattled Rex Tillerson depart, are subtle if highly inflammable maneuvers that would make Nicolo Machiavelli smile.

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Will a wagging dog bite Trump?

Who's running the country: the president elected by the electoral college or his un-elected and un-vetted Steve Bannon?  For now the scene at the White House resembles a foundering if frightening reality TV show. The serious question is this: will these apprentices and their boss soon be shown the door?

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The authoritarian president stumbles bigly

A drama-a-minute week leaves an unsettled nation wondering what comes next and worrying that its commander-in-chief may not be up to the challenges that lie ahead.  Does the nation's CEO take delight in offending nearly everyone he encounters, except Russia's Vladimir Putin? And what about his anarchist sidekick Steve Bannon, whose avowed goal is to upend the entire American political system?  Are the courts ready to bring them firmly to heel?

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