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  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:21 PM
    ANNOUNCEMENT: DONALD TRUMP is no longer the president of the United States.
    Oh sure, he has the title and he has the bully pulpit, from which he’s bullying everyone from NBA players to people protesting white supremacists to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals children.
    But he’s not actively governing the United States. That work is happening elsewhere: in Congress, the courts, the Federal Reserve System, the states. Or it’s not happening at all.
    It’s not just that Trump
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:20 AM
    NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL Director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that only morons pay the estate tax.
    I’m reminded of Donald Trump’s comment that he didn’t pay federal income taxes because he was smart. And billionaire Leona Helmsley’s comment that only the little people pay taxes.
    What Cohn was getting at is how easy it is nowadays for the wealthy to pass their fortunes to their children tax-free. And therefore why no one should worry about getting rid of the estate tax, as Trump and Cohn plan to do.
    Actually, there’s good reason to
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:00 AM
    GOOGLE’S SEARCH ENGINE runs about two-thirds of all searches in the United States and 90% in Europe. “Platform monopolies” like this can squelch innovation. Google could favor its own services, such as Google Maps and Google Shopping, for example.
    This is one reason that the European Commission hit Google with a fine of 2.42 billion euros in June.
    Why hasn’t Google run into similar problems with antitrust authorities in the United States?
    It almost did in 2012. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Competition recommended that the FTC sue Google for conduct that “has resulted — and will result — in real harm to 
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:17 PM
    WE HAVE ENDURED Donald Trump for seven months. In that brief time, he has almost single-handedly destroyed the moral authority of the presidency of the United States at home and abroad, brought us to the brink of a nuclear war without consulting anyone, and sown division and hatred across the land.
    How can 
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 10:48 AM
    THE DEMISE OF the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is hardly the end of the story. Donald Trump will not let this loss stand.
    Since its inception in 2010, Republicans have made the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a symbol of Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton overreach, part of a supposed plot by liberal elites to expand government, burden the white working class, and transfer benefits to poor blacks and Latinos.
    Ever the political opportunist, Trump 
  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 10:49 AM
    YOU HAD YOUR reasons for voting for Donald Trump. For some of you, he seemed the lesser of two evils, because you hated Hillary Clinton. Some of you just wanted to shake up the Washington establishment and end politics as usual.
    But many of you
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:08 AM
    MITCH MCCONNELL IS stymied. He can’t round up enough votes for a Senate Republican version of Trumpcare.
    Some Senate Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act entirely. Others don’t want to cause 22 million Americans to lose their coverage, as the Congressional Budget Office predicts will happen if the Senate version goes into effect.
    What should be the Democrats’ response? Over the coming weeks or months, Democrats must continue to 
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 11:09 AM
    THE SENATE’S BILL to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a health-care bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in health-care funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled and working middle-class Americans.
    America’s wealthiest taxpayers (earning more than $200,000 a year, $250,000 for couples) would get a tax cut totaling $346 billion over 10 years, representing what they save from no longer financing health care for lower-income Americans.
    That’s not all. The bill would save an additional 
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:04 AM
    AT A ROUND-TABLE discussion with state transportation officials last Friday, Donald Trump said America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and water systems were being scoffed at and laughed at. He vowed that they will once again be the envy of the world.
    This seems to be a core theme for Trump: America’s greatness depends on others envying us rather than scoffing and laughing at us.
    He said much the same thing when he
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 11:50 AM
    ON THE EVE of his recent election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the British newspaper “The Guardian.”
    What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office report showing that the House Republican substitute for the Affordable Care Act would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance.
    Then, according to a Fox News team who witnessed the brutal attack “Gianforte grabbed 
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:28 AM
    THE QUESTION IS no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The question is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party.
    Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI Director James Comey provide 
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:44 AM
    MORE THAN 100 days into his presidency, it seems fair to ask: What is Donald Trump’s governing philosophy?
    He isn’t really a Republican (he didn’t join the Republican Party until 2012). He’s hardly a free-market conservative (he’s eager to block trade and immigration). No one would mistake him for a
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:16 AM
    WHAT’S THE DONALD “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary and devoid of principle.
    A few weeks ago, even before the airstrike on Syria, White House Communications Director Mike Dubke told Trump’s assembled aides that international affairs presented a messaging challenge because the Trump administration lacks a coherent foreign policy. “There is no Trump doctrine,” reportedly declared 
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:29 AM
    DONALD TRUMP’S TECHNIQUE for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog.
    Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history: that the FBI has commenced an investigation of Trump aides to find out if they colluded with Russian agents to throw the election to Trump.
    Nothing remotely as serious has ever occurred in 
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:14 AM
    THE THEME THAT unites Donald Trump’s major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.
    His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor, imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for 
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:02 AM
    LAST SATURDAY MORNING, Donald Trump alleged in a series of tweets that former President Barack Obama orchestrated a Nixon-Watergate plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a “Bad (or sick) guy!”
    Sunday morning, Trump’s White House called 
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:29 AM
    WITH CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to the three remaining centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press and a few state governments.
    Which is why Trump is escalating attacks on all three, seeking to 
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:46 AM
    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has reorganized the National Security Council (NSC) — elevating his chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon, and demoting the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top interagency group advising the
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:11 AM
    TYRANTS DON’T ALLOW open questioning and they hate the free press. They want total control.
    That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Donald Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them


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