Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington
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- Justice Neil M. Gorsuch is pushing the Supreme Court to the right on guns, gays and religion
President Trump employed all the trappings traditionally reserved for signing major bills into law as he kicked off “infrastructure week” at the White House on Monday: the stately East Room full of dignitaries, a four-piece military band to serenade, celebratory handshakes and souvenir presidential pens for lawmakers, promises of “a great new era” and a “revolution” in technology.
Yet the documents Trump signed amid all the pomp were not new laws or even executive orders. They were routine letters to Congress, relaying support for a minimally detailed plan in Trump’s budget to transfer control of the nation’s air traffic control system to a private nonprofit group.
This was the ceremonial opening to Trump’s full week of infrastructure promotion, which is scheduled to include a speech along the Ohio River on Wednesday and a White House meeting with mayors and governors on Thursday.
But it was also the latest example of a pattern of the administration claiming to have sent Congress fully constructed policies when it has provided only facades — creating the appearance of substantive heft and legislative action even in cases where there is next to none.