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WASHINGTON -- The tax bill the GOP is trying to foist on the country is not only an unfair and deficit-bloating hodgepodge written on the fly. It is also deeply corrupt. Every Republican who votes for this bill will be joining a festival of venality. Corruption is not a word to be used lightly, so let's be disciplined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary's definitions: "dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people" and "inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means." We can stipulate that the tax bill is not illegal. But it is a dishonest power and money grab by -- and on... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/18/the_tax_bill_not_just_bad_but_corrupt_135813.html 200135813 E.J. DionneE.J. Dionne2017/12 12/18/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:44:27 -0600 437504 WASHINGTON -- One of Washington's permanent parlor games is how much credit or blame a president deserves for the state of the economy. Inevitably, then, the question being asked now is whether Donald Trump or Barack Obama created today's strong economy. The correct answer is: neither. To the extent that personal responsibility can be assigned, the worthy recipient is Janet Yellen. In practice, presidents' influence over the economy is limited. If it were otherwise, we'd live in an economic paradise. Unemployment would always be low, wages would always rise, and recessions would never occur.... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/18/yellens_legacy_135808.html 200135808 Robert SamuelsonRobert Samuelson2017/12 12/18/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:33:46 -0600 437628COMMENTARY If you take the time to dig through President Trump’s Twitter profile, you’ll discover a person who puts a lot of stock in television ratings. That’s no surprise. Donald Trump has lived a very public life; his fame driven upward over the decades by a cultivated image of wealth and luxury, by mentions in New York gossip columns and movie cameos. His brand as a no-nonsense real estate dealmaker was set in stone by years of prime-time exposure on NBC’s “The Apprentice.” This president, as America knows him, was created by the medium of television – and... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/17/remember_those_carrier_jobs_trump_saved_neither_does_he__135809.html 200135809 Scott PaulScott Paul2017/12 12/17/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:26:44 -0600 423450 In “The Giver,” Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel about a post-apocalyptic future, a regimented social order has been created to protect citizens from suffering and strife. The “elders” in this utopian community assign everyone roles that fit their gifts. If that was the extent of it, this could be your local Presbyterian Church. But that’s not all there is, as 12-year-old Jonas learns at the dinner table one night when he asks if his father loves him. “Jonas. You of all people,” the dad replies. “Precision of language, please!” Jonas realizes... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/17/trump_and_the_imprecision_of_language_135818.html 200135818 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/12 12/17/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:25:52 -0600 437886 WASHINGTON -- Of the deluge of sexual harassment stories gushing forth in recent weeks, one of the most disturbing -- one of the creepiest, really -- has also been one of the least noted: the allegations involving federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski. There are, certainly, more egregious fact patterns. But of the powerful and prominent men who have been accused of preying on powerless women, Kozinski occupies a uniquely troubling role: There are few jobs whose occupants are more insulated from scrutiny than that of federal judge. That insulation is appropriate; indeed, it is... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/17/this_accused_federal_judge_has_no_business_sitting_in_judgment_of_others_135812.html 200135812 Ruth MarcusRuth Marcus2017/12 12/17/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:01:03 -0600 423124 WASHINGTON -- Michael Morell, former acting head of the CIA, became a political animal in August 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This month, he came to grips with the consequences of that decision -- that it might have played into President Donald Trump's distrust of the intelligence community. It is possible, he told the Review Journal, "I played a role in that." Back to last year. In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Morell not only endorsed Clinton, he also warned that, to the eyes of an intelligence analyst, candidate Trump could be considered "an unwitting... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/17/top_spook_looks_back_to_2016_135814.html 200135814 Debra SaundersDebra Saunders2017/12 12/17/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:19:26 -0600 437841 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans didn’t get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance. Politically, the move is a winner for Republicans, who otherwise would have little to show for all their rhetoric about “Obamacare.” But if estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are right, it will lead to more people being uninsured and higher premiums for those buying... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/16/tax_bill_guts_unpopular_obamacare_insurance_mandate_135817.html 200135817 Ricardo Alonso-ZaldivarRicardo Alonso-Zaldivar2017/12 12/16/2017/00/00/00 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:43:44 -0600 437863 BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — In North Dakota, where Donald Trump won in a landslide last year, Republicans’ lone Senate candidate is a little-known state lawmaker — and potato farmer — from a remote town closer to the Canadian border than the state capital. While established Republicans and business leaders in other states Trump carried are running to topple Democratic senators, the GOP is struggling to land a big name in North Dakota to run against Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in 2018. The slow start has raised some worries that the GOP is ceding the early... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/16/on_trump_turf_republicans_still_seek_north_dakota_senate_candidate_135816.html 200135816 Thomas Beaumont & James MacPhersonThomas Beaumont & James MacPherson2017/12 12/16/2017/00/00/00 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:41:48 -0600 437862 T’is the season of giving and Americans sure know how. The average American plans to spend $660 on Christmas gifts this year. An estimated $1 trillion will be spent by January 1st—for the first time in the history of U.S. business. And it’s not just direct spending. Retailers will spend billions in advertising dollars to get us in the store or shopping online. But if Christmas toy commercials and snow-filled movie trailers were replaced with political ads, then gleeful carolers would be replaced by shrill outrage. Anti-speech liberals would lament the rise of “money in... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/16/dont_be_a_grinch_about_money_in_politics_135815.html 200135815 Dan BackerDan Backer2017/12 12/16/2017/00/00/00 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:22:52 -0600 Imagine living in a country where the federal government decides whether you're exonerated from criminal wrongdoing or hauled off in handcuffs based on how you vote. Welcome to the U.S. Justice Department, a politicized agency that has become a weaponized arm of the Democratic National Committee. First it was corrupt agents at the IRS who abused its authority during the Obama years, targeting conservative groups. Now we're witnessing corruption at the highest echelons of the FBI and DOJ, where high-ranking officials have become transparently politicized, causing corrosive distrust in our... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/a_tale_of_doj_corruption_135790.html 200135790 Adriana CohenAdriana Cohen2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:50:06 -0600 437843 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans finalized the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws in three decades Friday, sweetening the child tax credit to placate a reluctant GOP senator as they pushed to muscle the bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had been holding out for a bigger child tax credit for low-income families. After he got it, Rubio tweeted that the change is “a solid step toward broader reforms which are both Pro-Growth and Pro-Worker.” Rubio spokeswoman Olivia... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/with_rubio_onboard_republican_leaders_finalize_huge_tax_package_135811.html 200135811 Stephen Ohlemacher & Marcy GordonStephen Ohlemacher & Marcy Gordon2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:18:20 -0600 437816 On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is not likely to repeat itself. First, the underlying crime in Watergate, a break-in to wiretap offices of the DNC, had been traced, within 48 hours, to the Committee to Re-Elect the President. In Russiagate, the underlying crime -- the "collusion" of Trump's campaign with the Kremlin to hack into the emails of the DNC -- has, after 18 months of... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/unlike_nixon_trump_will_not_go_quietly_135795.html 200135795 Patrick BuchananPatrick Buchanan2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:24:05 -0600 415016COMMENTARY Rahm Emanuel appeared Tuesday on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” and wowed the host and audience with his rabid anti-Trump rhetoric. Perhaps jealous of his famous Hollywood power-agent brother, Ari Emanuel, Rahm giddily joined the cacophony of late-night TV anti-Trump snark and, unknowingly, provided Chicagoans a Nero-like vision of a failed leader playing his fiddle as his city smolders, beset by rampant violence, failing schools, and a fleeing population. It’s a time-honored tactic. Failed autocrats divert attention from internal problems by blaming outside influences.... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/hey_rahm_--_lay_off_trump_and_start_fixing_chicago_135807.html 200135807 Steve CortesSteve Cortes2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:45:11 -0600 437799 Good morning, it’s Friday, December 15, 2017. On this date in 1909, San Francisco’s most luxurious public building, The Palace Hotel, reopened its doors. The original Palace had debuted in 1875, the pride and joy of an owner with high pretensions who had flown too close to the sun. William Chapman Ralston had hired a prominent New York architect and then dispatched him to Europe to eyeball the finest hotels on the continent with a mind to outdo them all. And the temple of excess that opened at Market and Montgomery Streets boasted 755 spacious rooms, each with its own fireplace... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/young_voter_surge_blue_wave_in_2018_net_neutrality_a_grand_hotel_135806.html 200135806 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:31:00 -0600 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s next senator, Tina Smith, could face a clear path to next year’s special election, with support pouring in from nearly every corner of the state’s Democratic party and a top potential primary challenger announcing he won’t run against her. Within minutes of Smith’s appointment Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken, her selection was lauded by Democratic allies in labor, the state party’s African-American caucus and every Democratic member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation. That included Rep. Keith Ellison,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/minnesota_democrats_aim_to_clear_smiths_path_for_2018_bid_135805.html 200135805 Kyle PotterKyle Potter2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:58:15 -0600 437791 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trumpeting the rolling back of federal rules and regulations in his administration’s first year even as critics say he has tried to dismantle important protections for the environment, consumers and others, and that his claims are overblown. “For many decades, an ever-growing maze of regulations, rules, restrictions has cost our country trillions and trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, countless American factories, and devastated many industries,” Trump said Thursday, flanked by giant stacks of paper he said represented... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/trump_relishes_progress_on_rolling_back_federal_rules_135804.html 200135804 Zeke Miller & Jill ColvinZeke Miller & Jill Colvin2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:56:33 -0600 437790 WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft statement former FBI Director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the “tone and substance” of the remarks, a Republican senator said Thursday. Some of the edits proposed to the May 2016 draft, obtained by The Associated Press, appear to soften the gravity of the bureau’s findings. Comey, for instance, initially wrote that the FBI believed that Clinton and her aides were “grossly negligent” in their handling of classified information,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/senator_comeys_remarks_on_clinton_probe_heavily_edited_135803.html 200135803 Eric TuckerEric Tucker2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:54:17 -0600 437789 WASHINGTON (AP) — Ailing Republican senators John McCain and Thad Cochran missed votes this week, but their presence will be crucial early next week as the GOP tries to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package in the Senate with a razor-thin majority and all Democrats opposed to the legislation. McCain, 81, of Arizona, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment. Cochran, 80, of Mississippi, had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. Adding to the uncertainty on Thursday was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/return_of_2_ill_republican_senators_crucial_next_week_for_tax_bill_135802.html 200135802 Matthew Daly & Richard LardnerMatthew Daly & Richard Lardner2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:42:38 -0600 437788 WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said Thursday he would not seek re-election to a fifth term, apologizing for his angry outbursts but denying sexual harassment allegations. In a five-minute video on his campaign’s Facebook page, Farenthold denied a former aide’s 3-year-old accusations that he’d subjected her to sexually suggestive comments and behavior and then fired her after she complained. But he apologized for an office atmosphere he said included “destructive gossip, offhand comments, off-color jokes... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/gops_farenthold_bowing_to_pressure_wont_seek_re-election_135801.html 200135801 Julie PaceJulie Pace2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:39:10 -0600 437787 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Marco Rubio’s potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents put a speed bump into GOP leaders’ drive to push their big tax package through the Senate, but it’s a complication that’s likely to be resolved. The Florida senator declared Thursday that he’ll vote against the $1.5 trillion bill unless House and Senate negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children. That puts the Republicans’ razor-thin margin in the Senate closer to the edge. The GOP leaders are straining... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/rubio_threat_on_child_tax_credit_puts_bump_in_republican_tax_path_135800.html 200135800 Stephen Ohlemacher & Marcy GordonStephen Ohlemacher & Marcy Gordon2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:34:24 -0600 437785 WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and The Huffington Post published reports speculating that Ryan would make this two-year Congress his last or even resign after lawmakers approve the $1.5 trillion tax bill, which is expected next week. Ryan took the job hesitantly in 2015 after former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, abruptly stepped aside under pressure from party conservatives, who remain a... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/house_speaker_paul_ryan_says_hes_not_leaving_congress_soon_135799.html 200135799 Andrew Taylor & Alan FramAndrew Taylor & Alan Fram2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:58:07 -0600 437780 Democrats credited turnout and engagement from diverse coalitions for statewide election wins this year, but chief among these reasons was the increased participation and a large shift in support from a demographic that bedeviled the party last year: millennials. Though Hillary Clinton won more young voters than President Trump, she underperformed with the group compared to President Obama’s elections, including lower-than-expected support in key swing states that helped Trump win. A year later, in a large part in response to Trump’s victory, surging youth turnout helped Democrats... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/democrats_see_young-voter_surge_growing_in_2018_135798.html 200135798 James ArkinJames Arkin2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:58:08 -0600 437750 Intriguing tidbits from the week in election surveys and public opinion polls. Dems Seeing Blue Wave: Democrats are absolutely giddy in the wake of Doug Jones’ surprise upset of Roy Moore in Tuesday’s Senate special election in Alabama, now believing they have a real shot to take back one or both chambers of Congress in 2018. Bolstering their hope that a blue wave is building ahead of next year’s midterms is a spate of new polls showing Democrats extending their lead over Republicans in the generic congressional ballot. According to the latest RealClearPolitics Average,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/the_takeaway_blue_wave_coming_135797.html 200135797 Tom BevanTom Bevan2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:01:09 -0600 437747 "Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good," legendary reporter Carl Bernstein recently claimed. Pretty good? If there's a major news story over the past 70 years that the American media has botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I'd love to hear about it. Four big scoops recently run by major news organizations -- written by top reporters and, presumably, churned through layers of scrupulous editing -- turned out to be completely wrong. Reuters, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and others reported that special counsel... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/political_journalists_have_themselves_to_blame_for_sinking_credibility_135796.html 200135796 David HarsanyiDavid Harsanyi2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:28:07 -0600 437746 WASHINGTON -- President Trump's recent denunciations of the Russia investigation recall the famous legal advice: "If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell." Trump shouted out his defense earlier this month: "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion!" he told reporters over the whir of his helicopter on the White House lawn. Since then, Trump's supporters have been waging a bitter counterattack against special counsel Robert Mueller, alleging bias and demanding:... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/12/15/trump_may_decry_the_russia_investigation_but_the_trail_of_evidence_is_long_135791.html 200135791 David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2017/12 12/15/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:18 -0600 417950
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