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Trump's Finest Moment (So Far)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:18:37 -0500

Kimberly Strassel, Wall Street Journal
His tax-reform plan is smart policy, but even better politics: It's a challenge to Congress.

"Disarray" Is Preface to Power for Democrats

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:18:50 -0500

Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg
"The Democrats are in disarray." That was the first line of a classic Hendrik Hertzberg column in March 2006 in the New Yorker. Hertzberg didn't actually believe his own sentence; he made it clear that he was just parroting what many of the in-the-know political reporters and pundits were then saying.

The Angry Radicalism of Conspiracy-Addled Democrats

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:18:40 -0500

Evan Siegfried, NY Post
You would think that after losing over 1,000 elected positions at the federal, state and local levels since 2010, Democratic Party leaders â?? now out of power in the White House and both houses of Câ?¦

The Global Effort to Flatter Ivanka

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:18:48 -0500

Amy Davidson, The New Yorker
The First Daughter wanted voters to know that her father ought to be President, and now she wants the world to understand his greatness, too.

Why America Should Envy Brexit

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:18:43 -0500

Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week
Brexit is breakneck, chaotic, and full of potential. I'm jealous.

Are We Having Too Much Fun?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:18:46 -0500

Megan Garber, The Atlantic

Democrats Are Repeating Hillary Clinton's MistakesDemocrats Are Repeating Hillary Clinton's Mistakes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:51:28 -0500

Michael Medved, USA Today
Republicans face media derision if they follow the unconventional, outrageous strategies of their successful presidential candidate. But what about the desperate Democrats who seem oddly eager to mimic the major mistakes of their defeated standard-bearer? President Trump has earned his share of sour reviews for his first hundred days in office, but no one can defend the flailing, failing liberal leadership in its mad rush to replicate the disastrous decisions that doomed Hillary Clinton’s once promising presidential prospects.

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Trump's Can't-Do RecordTrump's Can't-Do Record

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:54:30 -0500

Gail Collins, New York Times
Well, heck, who said Donald Trump isn’t going to accomplish anything in his first 100 days? All of a sudden there’s a one-page tax plan and a raft of deal-making, while the Senate was bused over to the White House grounds for a briefing on North Korea. Maybe the president believes that when you can make an entire chamber of Congress ride around like so many tour groups, the world will understand that you’re a can-do kind of guy.

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President Trump's Tax Plan Is AwesomePresident Trump's Tax Plan Is Awesome

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:55:37 -0500

Brian Darling, New York Observer
President Donald J. Trump’s tax plan is awesome. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan to pass President Trump’s tax plan is the opposite of awesome. First, the details of the plan are great. If you are a liberty minded conservative, you love this plan. It follows through on a Trump campaign promise—lower tax rates for average Americans and business and eliminating some of the tax breaks for special interests.

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Unadulterated Trickle-Down FundamentalismUnadulterated Trickle-Down Fundamentalism

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:56:13 -0500

Justin Miller, American Prospect
Donald Trump has been in office nearly 100 days with little to show for it, save for signing a bunch of fancy parchment that orders the roll back of several environmental and worker protections. His fragile ego is driving his need to do something big. And so he’s doing what Republicans generally do when all else fails: propose steep tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.

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1-Sided Entertainment at WHCD Flatlines Its Appeal1-Sided Entertainment at WHCD Flatlines Its Appeal

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:56:30 -0500

Gingrich & Domenech, Federalist
The media elite will gather at a much-diminished White House Correspondents’ Dinner this week. The dinner grew to feature a glitzy parade of celebrities under President Obama, and has become an increasingly controversial event. This is in large part due to the entertainment. Over the past decade, comedians Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Larry Wilmore have all delivered highly politicized remarks, with Meyers’ comments having the added distinction of directly targeting Donald Trump, who happened to be in the room at the time.

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How Trump Could Save Obamacare, and Help HimselfHow Trump Could Save Obamacare, and Help Himself

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:11:01 -0500

DeParle & Schiliro, NY Times
Imagine waking up to this headline: “Trump Saves the Affordable Care Act.” It sounds far-fetched — and would certainly be an audacious move — but President Trump could pull it off. He has already changed course when presented with new information: After all, China is no longer a “currency manipulator,” and NATO is no longer “obsolete.”

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Trump's Biggest Achievement? Stopping the LeftTrump's Biggest Achievement? Stopping the Left

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:11:37 -0500

Larry Elder, Investor's Business Daily
Measure Trump's first 100 days not just by looking at what he has or has not accomplished. Look at what America would have experienced under the alternative: Hillary Clinton. Under Clinton, the debate would not be on how to replace Obamacare, but how quickly can the left realize its ultimate ambition, a Canadian-style, single-payer system. Under Clinton, the issue would not be how steep the tax cuts, but how many "rich" people, also known as job creators, would experience yet another growth-restricting tax hike.

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Are Trump Voters Ruining America for All of Us?Are Trump Voters Ruining America for All of Us?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:56:57 -0500

Tom Nichols, USA Today
President Trump’s record in his first 100 days, by any standard of presidential first terms, is one of failure. Aside from the successful nomination of the eminently qualified Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, there are almost no accomplishments — and a fair number of mistakes.

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Work, Mr. Macron, WorkWork, Mr. Macron, Work

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:57:20 -0500

Roger Cohen, New York Times
Can a graduate of France’s elite schools, a onetime investment banker and the former economy minister of an unpopular Socialist president prevail at a time of French disgust with politics-as-usual? I ask the question because the greatest danger to Emmanuel Macron, at once the fresh face of French politics and a familiar product of the French system, is the assumption that his first-round electoral victory makes triumph in the second round inevitable.

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A Profound Realignment in the Western WorldA Profound Realignment in the Western World

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:54:48 -0500

Daniel McCarthy, The National Interest
The center-right in France may yet have a future. But for that to be so, it will have to undercut Le Pen’s appeal on nationalist themes and issues, without acquiring a reputation for bigotry. This is not easily done in the face of a hostile intelligentsia. Yet France has discovered the formula for a nationalism that rejects extremism before, and there is nothing to stop the French Right from rediscovering Charles de Gaulle today.

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America's 'Strategic Patience' Runs OutAmerica's 'Strategic Patience' Runs Out

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:47:44 -0500

William Galston, Wall Street Journal
Trump confronts the North Korea problem, his most urgent foreign challenge.

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The Trump Economy at 100 Days: Under ConstructionThe Trump Economy at 100 Days: Under Construction

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:26:56 -0500

Alexis Simendinger, RCP
President Trump’s advisers boasted about a “Trump doctrine” in foreign policy this week, but in the lead-up to his administration’s 100-day benchmark, the president and his lieutenants made no attempt to assert a “Trump economy.” The president’s fiscal checklist -- lower taxes, less regulation, and revamped trade deals – remains aspirational and incomplete, offering few tangible bragging rights.

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Abortion Rift Puts Democratic Militants in ChargeAbortion Rift Puts Democratic Militants in Charge

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:11:44 -0500

Eric Fehrnstrom, Boston Globe
ONE HUNDRED DAYS in, we now know that only 2 percent of Americans who voted for Donald Trump regret their vote, according to the latest ABC/Washington Post poll. That same poll says two-thirds of all those questioned believe the Democratic Party is out of touch with the concerns of Americans, higher than either Trump or the Republicans.

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How Dems Learned to Love Trump's Negotiating StyleHow Dems Learned to Love Trump's Negotiating Style

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:12:43 -0500

Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic
Mock Donald Trump’s legislative ignorance if you will, but for a brief, shining stretch during the past week, he managed to bring about a rare Washington phenomenon: House and Senate Democrats saying nice things about their GOPcounterparts. Publicly. With straight faces. That the president accomplished this entirely by accident makes the feat no less remarkable.

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Good and Bad News About Trump's Massive Tax PlanGood and Bad News About Trump's Massive Tax Plan

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:21 -0500

Charles Gasparino, NY Post
There’s much to like about President Trump’s tax plan, including the fact that he’s going back to his campaign promises to do something big and beautiful — not build a wall, but slash rates Ronald Reagan-style for both individuals and corporations. That will take an economy that even in its best quarters is growing well below average and transform it into something that will create jobs and decent wages — which the American people haven’t seen in about a decade.

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Trump Tax Plan Is a Trail of Broken PromisesTrump Tax Plan Is a Trail of Broken Promises

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:14 -0500

Albert Hunt, Bloomberg
The tax plan outlined by the Trump administration was an opening bid, but a slipshod and deceptive one that won't much resemble anything that might be enacted. Top officials pitched the plan, missing important specifics, as aimed at helping the middle class and creating lots more jobs, accomplished by slashing corporate taxes. It would simplify the code, collapsing seven brackets into three, and doubling the standard deduction mainly helping middle-income taxpayers. It would add trillions -- as much as $7 trillion -- to the deficit.

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How the Obama Precedent Empowers TrumpHow the Obama Precedent Empowers Trump

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:18:33 -0500

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness
Donald Trump was elected president by sizing up the Electoral College, and the voting public, and then campaigning accordingly. A number of the things that explain Trump's election also point to unique opportunities to overturn the Obama legacy. This, in turn, explains why the

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Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Economic ProsperityInnovators, Entrepreneurs and Economic Prosperity

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:22:12 -0500

Andy Puzder, RealClearPolitics
It’s a rare pleasure when a book on economic theory discusses how our economy actually works. Edward Conard’s The Upside of Inequality is one of those rare books. Conard refreshingly places the credit for economic prosperity where it belongs: On the willingness of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to assume risk and on the availability of properly trained talent to turn risk into success.

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Berkeley Is Under Attack From Both SidesBerkeley Is Under Attack From Both Sides

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:22:24 -0500

Nicholas Dirks, New York Times
The University of California, Berkeley, and the community around it have been symbols of free speech for more than 50 years. We still celebrate the legacy of Mario Savio and others who fought in the 1960s to ensure that the First Amendment be honored on campus. But today Berkeley is facing extraordinary challenges to living up to this legacy. The campus has become a magnet for groups who seek to use the site of the birth of the Free Speech Movement as a staging ground for violence and disruption.

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Here's What Gov. Reagan Did When They Rioted at BerkeleyHere's What Gov. Reagan Did When They Rioted at Berkeley

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:22:49 -0500

Donna Voss, Federalist
The University of California at Berkeley, the cradle of the free speech movement, just last week cancelled yet another conservative speaker. The college’s Young Republicans had invited Ann Coulter to speak on April 27. Campus officials cited “security concerns” as their reason for cancelling Coulter’s speech, but Coulter says it was all they had left after “imposing ridiculous demands” that hadn’t scared her away.

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Big Swings, Few Hits in Republican Lawmakers' First 100 DaysBig Swings, Few Hits in Republican Lawmakers' First 100 Days

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:27:30 -0500

James Arkin, RCP
In January, top Republicans on Capitol Hill laid out a 200-day agenda rather than a 100-day one for the year, wary of the many complications and delays that could ensnare their legislative priorities of health care and tax reform in the early months of the Trump administration. Now, as the president hits his 100-day mark and lawmakers hit the halfway point on their legislative timeline, the lack of progress is causing frustration and raising concern about meeting the goals laid out at the beginning of the Trump presidency.

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The Roberts Court, 2017 EditionThe Roberts Court, 2017 Edition

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:24:03 -0500

Linda Greenhouse, New York Times
A Supreme Court quiz: Who offered this paean to judicial restraint: “If it is not necessary to decide more to a case, then in my view it is necessary not to decide more to a case”? Congratulations if you guessed Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. If you find the authorship surprising, perhaps you have been paying attention to what the man actually does, not just what he says. There’s considerable daylight between the two, and it may be growing.

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Trump's Next Supreme Court Pick Will Be the KickerTrump's Next Supreme Court Pick Will Be the Kicker

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:26:08 -0500

Hans von Spakovsky, FOX News
Those who want to preserve our constitutional republic spent a lot of time and energy getting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. There is no doubt that his confirmation was an important step toward achieving that goal. But with rumors swirling that another slot could open as soon as this summer, the public should realize that it is President Trump's next pick that will provide the opportunity to finally solidify a conservative majority that will protect the Bill of Rights and enforce the Constitution’s limits on the power of the federal government.

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Why I'm Trying to Change How FCC Regulates the InternetWhy I'm Trying to Change How FCC Regulates the Internet

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:26:10 -0500

Ajit Pai, LA Times
In 2012, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook — all age 23 or younger — led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals. But that team never got a chance to compete for another title, because the Thunder traded Harden away for fear that having three superstars would, someday, create salary cap concerns. How did that transaction work out? Harden is a perennial MVP contender for the Houston Rockets, Durant left for Golden State and Westbrook has struggled to hold the team together. Many Thunder fans would give anything to undo a trade motivated by speculative fears.

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Don't Hand the Internet to Big CorporationsDon't Hand the Internet to Big Corporations

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:26:59 -0500

WydenFranken & Wheeler, Washington Post
For as long as the Internet has existed, it has been grounded on the principle of net neutrality — that what you read, see or watch online shouldn’t be favored, blocked or slowed down based on where that content is coming from. Net neutrality means that cable companies can’t reserve the fastest Internet speeds for the biggest companies and leave everyone else in the slow lane. That’s what ensures a website for a local pizza place in rural Oregon or Minnesota loads as quickly as the website for Pizza Hut or Domino’s. Or why a social network built in a garage is...

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The Real Story Behind ESPN's Wednesday MassacreThe Real Story Behind ESPN's Wednesday Massacre

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:28:31 -0500

Sean Davis, The Federalist
ESPN, the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports, became the worldwide leader in sports layoffs on Wednesday morning after news leaked that the cable network was in the process of laying off 100 staffers, most of whom are reported to be on-air talent. The layoff reports came as no surprise to those who have followed ESPN and its on- and off-air struggles to profitably provide the kind of content that most sports fans want to watch. Shortly after the mass layoff reports were confirmed, the Internet hot takes began. ESPN is failing because of cord-cutting, because it has too much politics,...

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The President Donald Trump Has to EnvyThe President Donald Trump Has to Envy

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:28:50 -0500

David Gergen, CNN
When FDR took office, the nation was deep into a depression, writes David Gergen. What followed were the most remarkable hundred days since the nation's founding. Franklin Roosevelt built a bridge of hope across the valley, inspiring fresh confidence in the country's future.

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Trump's First 100 Days Were Not a Failure. Far From It.Trump's First 100 Days Were Not a Failure. Far From It.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:11:13 -0500

James Poulos, The Week
In a culture where only panic and outrage can reliably break through the white noise of online blather and round-the-clock pseudo-news, intelligent people caught pants down by Trump's victory and tremendous departure from political business as usual had fair reason to spin out nightmarish warnings as far as they could go. But for now, at least, Trump has not only defied the diatribes; he has distinguished his administration by elevating a truly new — and truly unforeseen — political group to national preeminence: outsider elite liberals.

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C'mon Centrists, Fish or Cut Obamacare

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:52:12 -0500

Let Ann Coulter Speak

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:52:14 -0500