2.) Putin and other top Russian government officials have public expressed gratification at the turnout the US presidential election. In fact, check this out:
But I think we can see that such pronouncements need to be interpreted as coming through the filter of an official Russian worldview. Putin makes clear that he intends to stand firm on how he sees the roots of the current juncture:
And Volodin starts the hard-nosed negotiating right off the bat:
So there is no room for the first subatomic particle of naiveté as we proceed on that front.
3.) The best minds of both houses of Congress need to get busy from day one crafting legislation on these four areas: health care, tax rates, energy and the Iran "agreement." Shall I spell out what LITD wants to see in each? Repeal the "A"CA, have vigorous discussions about the multiple market-based replacement plans put forth over the last several years, distill the best features of each, and write a bill. Reduce corporate and individual tax rates to the levels Squirrel-Hair outlined in his speech to the Economics Club of Detroit. Immediately stop all subsidies to "companies" in the "business" of producing play-like energy forms. Unleash the Keystone XL pipeline, allow no dithering over the Dakota pipeline, and discuss any other oil pipelines that might be an economic boost.
And, of course, scrap the Iran "deal." Aggressively pursue channels of communication with European countries that are encouraging economic ties with Iran and serve notice that the US has a new policy that frowns upon such activity.
Speaking of channels of communication, Congress will of course have to keep the White House apprised of what it's doing. Squirrel-Hair's ego will insist that his name - his brand - be associated with these initiatives. Fine. His advisors will tell him that they are good things to go with, and he'll sign what you send him.