Why America should envy Brexit

Brexit is breakneck, chaotic, and full of potential. I'm jealous.

Brexit envy.
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In a White House briefing to conservative media members this week, I listened to President Trump respond to a question about Congress by saying that he has to get everything done without a single Democrat's vote. "They're obstructionists," he said, for emphasis.

That word, "obstructionists," settled over the room like a cloud, reminding us of how resistant Washington, D.C., is to change. The public wanted or feared that Trump's election would work like a putsch. He would "deconstruct the administrative state," as his aide, Stephen Bannon, once put it. But Congress and the courts are an effective bulwark against him. And within 100 days he's already adopted the pained rhetoric of his predecessor.

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