Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Catastrophe in Houston, political state of play in DC

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Philip Bump/WaPo:

Trump has lost more than a fifth of his support since inauguration

A lot of attention has been paid to the core, fervent base of support that Trump enjoyed from the primaries through the general election. But he won because more-moderate Republicans who were iffy about him ended up voting the party line. They, like a number of independents, didn’t really like him, but they liked Hillary Clinton even less.

That’s a problem because Trump has seen a big drop in support from precisely those groups. Republicans overall have shed 11 points of support for Trump — but moderate Republicans have dropped 17 points since January.

Sarah Ellison/Vanity Fair:

EXILES ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE: HOW JARED AND IVANKA WERE REPELLED BY WASHINGTON’S ELITE

“What is off-putting about them,” one political veteran told me, “is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.”