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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says the plan will result in tax cuts for both individuals and businesses. He would not provide details of the plan, saying only that the tax cuts will be "bigger I believe than any tax cut ever." The president says the package will be released on "Wednesday or shortly thereafter" - just before his 100 day mark in office. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin initially set a goal of... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/22/trump_says_he_will_release_tax_reform_package_next_week_133683.html 200133683 Julie PaceJulie Pace2017/04 04/22/2017/00/00/00 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:47:21 -0500 411098 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump says, telling the "dreamers" they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in an interview Friday with The Associated Press, said his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals." The president, who took a hard line on immigration as a candidate, vowed anew to fulfill his promise to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But he stopped short of demanding that funding for the project be... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/22/trump_tells_dreamers_to_rest_easy_targets_criminals_133684.html 200133684 Julie PaceJulie Pace2017/04 04/22/2017/00/00/00 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:46:44 -0500 411102Commentary Moderation—the tendency to avoid the extremes and strike sensible balances—does not appear to be President Trump’s strong suit. That so much of the opposition to him is bereft of this much-disparaged but essential virtue poses an even more alarming threat to the long-term public interest. Trump’s decades-long up-and-down career as a real estate mogul, reality TV star, and brander of all manner of merchandise and property; his outlandish but victorious 2016 presidential campaign; and his rocky first 100 days in the White House are of a piece. He has consistently lived... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/22/moderation_is_in_short_supply_--_and_much_needed_133680.html 200133680 Peter BerkowitzPeter Berkowitz2017/04 04/22/2017/00/00/00 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:10:38 -0500 On Wednesday, officials of the University of California Berkeley announced that they were canceling a speech to be given by conservative writer Ann Coulter scheduled for April 27. Then on Thursday, facing the prospect of a lawsuit, caught between the First Amendment and the fear of violence, university officials proposed that Coulter's speech be moved to May 2 -- a move she and her supporters quickly rejected, pointing out that there would be no students on campus, as it coincided with a reading period before final exams. This was a low point for the birthplace of the free-speech... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/is_the_first_amendment_dead_133678.html 200133678 Susan EstrichSusan Estrich2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:02:40 -0500 401236 Good morning, it’s Friday, April 21, 2017. On this date 179 years ago, a boy was born in the coastal Scottish city of Dunbar. His name was John Muir, and from the beginning he loved the countryside more than the town. The opening paragraph of Muir’s autobiography predicts much of what was to come in his momentous life. “When I was a boy in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I've been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures,” he wrote. “Fortunately around my native town of Dunbar, by the stormy North Sea, there... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/juggling_act_budget_deal_obstacles_hillary_go_home_muirs_wondrous_eye_133674.html 200133674 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:45:38 -0500 Before Hillary Clinton puts more miles on her comeback tour, Democrats should let her know she’s done enough damage and it’s time to pack it in. That won’t stop her, since even after losing to Donald Trump she fancies herself some misunderstood martyr, but it might slow her down a bit. While they crawl out of the wilderness that both Clinton and President Obama left them in, any moments Democrats spend amusing their failed 2016 nominee as she tries to find a way back to some sort of relevance is more than wasted energy -- it’s self-sabotage. Last week Clinton sat in... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/dems_tell_hillary_to_go_back_to_the_woods_133672.html 200133672 A.B. StoddardA.B. Stoddard2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:21:19 -0500 410939 President Trump was a study in contrasts Thursday: cheered to commend China for working to thwart North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, but concerned that Tehran is violating the “spirit” of the Iran nuclear deal; eager to say Europe’s strength and unity remain “very, very important” to the United States, but firm that tackling political instability in Libya is not America’s “role.” Trump told reporters that defeating terrorism in “Iraq or Libya or anywhere else” is a “primary role” for his administration, and he... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/trump_juggles_global_hot_spots_pressures_at_home_133671.html 200133671 Alexis SimendingerAlexis Simendinger2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:09:09 -0500 410923 For the first time in years, congressional Republicans seem to be largely on the same page in advance of a crucial government spending deadline, wishing to avoid a politically bruising shutdown fight. But that doesn’t mean a deal will come easy. With funding for the government set to run out at midnight next Friday, concurrent with President Trump’s 100th day in office, lawmakers and the administration are confronting a potential deal-breaker: The White House is requesting money for a wall on the border with Mexico and increased security there, one of Trump’s most... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/congress_has_shutdown_aversion_but_deal-breakers_loom_133673.html 200133673 Rebecca Berg & James ArkinRebecca Berg & James Arkin2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:50:29 -0500 410980 WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are apparently ready for yet another attempt to snatch health insurance away from constituents who need it. Someone should remind Speaker Paul Ryan of a saying often attributed to his legendary predecessor, Sam Rayburn: "There's no education in the second kick of the mule." Having failed miserably to win passage of an abomination of a bill -- the American Health Care Act -- Ryan and his minions are back with something even worse. A draft framework being circulated this week would pretend to keep the parts of Obamacare that people like, but allow the states to... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/its_time_to_pull_the_plug_on_repeal-and-replace_133666.html 200133666 Eugene RobinsonEugene Robinson2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:54:40 -0500 410085 "We don't have a level playing field for our workers," President Donald Trump told a group of workers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. Truth is, if we were to ever level the playing field with countries like Mexico and China, the average American worker would be making $3 an hour and spending their pittance on third-world health care and decrepit housing. Please, don't level the playing field. When few things are going your way in politics, though, it's customary to return to rhetoric that made you successful. So, as Republicans have been unable to push forward on health care reform or tax... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/trumps_buy_american_hire_american_policy_is_dangerous_nonsense_133669.html 200133669 David HarsanyiDavid Harsanyi2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:48:36 -0500 410593 As American society becomes more tribal, society also becomes increasingly unstable and unmoored from civility. Americans are expected to take up for their tribe and defend it at all costs. The unfortunate outcome is that it can lead to not doing the right thing. There are people in the United States who really would cheer on President Trump should he go out to Fifth Avenue in New York City and murder someone publicly. They would find some excuse to blame the victim, which might include insufficient loyalty. The truth is there are Democrats who would do the same for Barack Obama. In fact, we... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/do_the_right_thing_133667.html 200133667 Erick EricksonErick Erickson2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:52:30 -0500 410875 Do you have march fatigue yet? The left, apparently, does not, so we're in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science. It's hard to think of a better way to undermine the public's faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and around the country modeled on the Women's March on Washington that took place in January. The Women's March was an anti-Donald Trump festival. Fine. I found it vulgar and demeaning to women, but it's a free country. Science, however, to be respected, must be purely the search for truth. The organizers of... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/march_for_science_133665.html 200133665 Mona CharenMona Charen2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:05:11 -0500 375905 "You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's any better. ... "People say, 'If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be better.' I say Congress is too damn representative. It's just as stupid as the people are, just as uneducated, just as dumb, just as selfish." This dismissal of democracy, cited by historian H. W. Brands in "The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War," is attributed to that... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/is_democracy_in_a_death_spiral__133664.html 200133664 Patrick BuchananPatrick Buchanan2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:00:52 -0500 387800 WASHINGTON -- For those of us convinced that Donald Trump's defects of character, lack of knowledge, encouragement of social division and disregard for democratic norms outweigh any good he may do -- the rough definition of being #NeverTrump -- these are confusing and challenging times. Trump's solid basis of support is relatively homogeneous. It is fed up with foreigners, with foreign entanglements and with the political class as a whole. Its worst temptation is dehumanization -- reducing migrants, refugees and Muslims to threatening types. Trump opponents, in contrast, could hardly be more... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/trumps_critics_are_playing_into_his_hand_133663.html 200133663 Michael GersonMichael Gerson2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:11:24 -0500 409141 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Two years into his campaign as change agent in this conservative oil kingdom, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to be gaining confidence and political clout to push his agenda of economic and social reform. The young prince outlined his plans in a nearly 90-minute conversation Tuesday night at his office here. Aides said it was his first lengthy on-the-record interview in months. He offered detailed explanations about foreign policy, plans to privatize oil giant Saudi Aramco, strategy for investment in domestic industry, and liberalization of the... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/can_this_young_prince_refashion_saudi_arabia_133662.html 200133662 David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:26:48 -0500 360599 What to make of the results of the first two of this spring's special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has become scrambled by Donald Trump. Those of us who can remember the 1964-84 years have seen much greater partisan churning. Almost half of the congressional districts that voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 elected Democratic congressmen. Some 191 districts split tickets. In 2012, that number was down to 26,... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/21/reading_the_kansas_4_and_georgia_6_tea_leaves_133661.html 200133661 Michael BaroneMichael Barone2017/04 04/21/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:25:31 -0500 408594 WASHINGTON -- The Bill O'Reilly saga has three villains: the revolting former anchor himself; the network that ignored accusations of serial abuse; and a broader system that punishes confrontation and enables silence and complicity. Each deserves flaying -- along with President Trump, so eager to vouch for O'Reilly and dismiss suggestions of wrongdoing. O'Reilly's behavior -- allegedly pressuring women to have sexual relationships, retaliating against them if they refused, and warning them about coming forward -- doesn't require much more in the way of condemnation. Let's focus, instead, on... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/the_dispiriting_tale_of_bill_oreilly_133670.html 200133670 Ruth MarcusRuth Marcus2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:49:26 -0500 340977 Good morning, it’s Thursday, April 20, 2017. Ninety-four years ago today, a baby boy was born at Harlem Hospital to parents who’d recently arrived in New York City from Puerto Rico. His christened name was Ernesto Antonio Puente, although everyone called him Tito. But this is America, and from such modest beginnings came a king: the “Mambo King” or “El Rey del Timbal.” You could say it was his mother who got him started. Or you could say that the music was inside Tito from the start, just trying to get out. Neighbors kept complaining to Mrs. Puente about... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/senate_recruits_va_governor_race_first_100_days_the_king_of_mambo_133660.html 200133660 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:28:49 -0500 What if our belief in self-government is a belief in a myth? What if the election of one political party over the other to control Congress changes only appearances? What if taxes stay high and regulations stay pervasive and the government stays oppressive and presidents fight wars no matter what the politicians promise and no matter who wins elections? What if the true goal of those whom we elect to Congress is not to be our agents of self-government or even to preserve our personal liberties but to remain in power by getting re-elected? What if they use government to aid their own... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/what_if_we_dont_really_govern_ourselves_133647.html 200133647 Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Napolitano2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:10:17 -0500 400994 WASHINGTON -- There is hope! I am speaking of the envisioned memorial of Dwight D. Eisenhower here in Washington, D.C. Admittedly, its design by the crank architect, Frank Gehry, has been pretty much accepted by the memorial commission, and the chairman of the House committee that has control of the funding, Ken Calvert, seems to be going along. What's more, the Congressionally approved waiver calling for the memorial to have all of its funding in place before groundbreaking has been approved. So work on the memorial could begin as early as September. Yet there is hope. Donald Trump is... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/donald_trump_save_the_eisenhower_memorial_133659.html 200133659 Emmett TyrrellEmmett Tyrrell2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:48:06 -0500 168860 Senate Republicans are bullish about the 2018 midterms as they target Democrats running for re-election in states carried by President Trump. But facing a turbulent political environment and seasoned Democrats who have won tough races before, some Republicans are growing concerned about their recruitment progress, anxious that potential GOP challengers aren’t stepping up to run in top-tier races. Most Republicans caution patience, arguing it’s still early in the cycle and pointing out they have potential candidates in most of the races expected to be focal points next year. But... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/slow_pace_of_2018_senate_bids_a_growing_gop_concern.html 200133658 James ArkinJames Arkin2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:09:52 -0500 410783 I'm not dumb enough to believe that all the reviews you read on various sites are authentic. I know that if a product no one has ever heard of has thousands of five-star reviews, something is amiss. Real customers aren't claiming a skin cream "takes years away in just minutes!" The only thing that does that is plastic surgery. I know that companies pay not only to have good reviews posted but also to have bad ones removed. And I know that these "reviews" are not done by Consumer Reports (which seems like a careful and legitimate business). I could only laugh when one site contacted me to... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/the_amazon_1-star_system_133657.html 200133657 Susan EstrichSusan Estrich2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:14:24 -0500 407831 If you want some insight into what really happened in Georgia’s inconclusive CD-6 special election, just keep an eye on Mike Coffman, Colorado’s own CD-6 representative. I guarantee Coffman understands it perfectly. Coffman has proven that Democrats, even when running capable challengers, have been unable to unseat him in a bluish-purple district despite spending millions in the effort. But surviving Democrats is one thing. In 2018, Coffman has to survive Donald Trump, which could be another thing altogether. In the most predictable result Tuesday night, Trump went on twitter to... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/heres_betting_that_coffman_has_georgia_on_his_mind_133656.html 200133656 Mike LittwinMike Littwin2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:39:36 -0500 373885 As Rep. Mark Meadows returned from Washington to his North Carolina district for Congress’ Easter recess, his recent high-profile clash with President Trump was still top of mind. Meadows, chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, stood firm last month as one of the key holdouts against health-care reform legislation endorsed by Republican leaders and the president. In the aftermath, Trump saddled Meadows and some of his conservative colleagues with the blame. “Sometimes you take the blame,” Meadows acknowledged during a radio interview back home last week,... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/how_serious_is_trumps_threat_to_back_conservatives_foes_133649.html 200133649 Rebecca BergRebecca Berg2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:15:28 -0500 408136Analysis People often complain about how frequently the U.S. holds elections. That’s understandable. Only six months after a national election in which 60 percent of eligible adults cast their ballots, voters in Kansas, Georgia and California have had to vote to fill congressional seats. And in the coming months, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia and Montana will fill major positions -- either by sending new members to Congress or new governors to state capitals. But there are benefits to the never-ending stream of races. Frequent elections (along with polls) help politicians figure... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/20/what_the_virginia_governor_race_may_portend_for_2018_133655.html 200133655 David BylerDavid Byler2017/04 04/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:15:07 -0500 410739
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