President Trump

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    The need for certainty

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains how temporary federal fixes can generate long-term negative consequences. The Trump administration, and Republicans in Congress, very much want to pass a tax cut right now. Some Democrats want to cut taxes, too, though usually different taxes for different taxpayers. So…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
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    Cato Expert: We’re Misdiagnosing the Opioid Crisis

    Gov. Roy Cooper is one of just three governors that are serving on the Trump Administration’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The president believes the situation is so dire that he’s declared a health emergency in our country. But Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a Senior…
    Donna Martinez, November 16, 2017
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    The State and Local Tax Deduction makes no sense

    Tax policy is as much about regulation as it is the efficiency and simplicity of raising revenues to pay for government activity. The regulatory aspect is clear in Ronald Reagan’s famous adage: “If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 15, 2017
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    Year one of Trump

    Matthew Continetti offers a status report for the Washington Free Beacon. The year since Donald Trump was elected president has not been without accomplishment. The investiture of Justice Neil Gorsuch and several lower-court judges, the successful campaign against ISIS, the rollback of intrusive government regulations, the approval of…
    Mitch Kokai, November 13, 2017
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    When ‘winning’ doesn’t win

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online examines President Trump’s impact on the Virginia governor’s race and other elections this week. So, here’s the math: Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, won nine out of ten votes among Virginians who approve of President Donald Trump. He…
    Mitch Kokai, November 10, 2017
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    Trump style versus Trump substance

    Byron York of the Washington Examiner contrasts what President Trump says with what his administration has done during its first year. In late August, the veteran Democratic pollster, Peter Hart, held a focus group in Pittsburgh. He invited 12 local people, six of whom had voted for Hillary…
    Mitch Kokai, November 8, 2017
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    Democrats’ response to Brazile

    Jonathan Tobin explains at National Review Online why no one should expect the revelations in Donna Brazile’s new book to cause massive disintegration within the Democratic Party. By revealing how the Democratic National Committee sought to steer the nomination toward Hillary Clinton at Bernie Sanders’s expense, Brazile set…
    Mitch Kokai, November 8, 2017
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    Trump’s judicial appointments rolling along

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller offers a progress report on President Trump’s federal judicial appointments. The Senate is processing President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees at an impressive clip. This week is perhaps the high-water mark of the GOP’s judicial confirmation operation, an aggressive effort to pack the…
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2017