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Despite his biggest mistakes – the media are not the “enemy of the people” and should not be labelled thus; his indifference to staffing the government is sometimes maddening and a few of his appointees were simply not qualified – Trump has generally kept the promises he made during the campaign.
Klobuchar, who will be 59 in May, is the daughter of a newspaper columnist. Surmounting this handicap, she went to Yale, then to the University of Chicago Law School, then to a law firm.
Hawley can be part of the GOP’s intelligent future, if it chooses to have one.
America needs more skilled immigrants to grow rapidly and compete internationally.
A Fletcher victory might be an early tremor of a political earthquake.
The odds are somewhat, but only somewhat, against Espy, so the possibility of victory is not an illusion.
The 1978 Bakke case involving racial preferences in admissions said that race can be a “plus” factor for certain government-preferred minorities. Are there constitutional principles controlling decisions about which groups are to be preferred and about tailoring preferences?
Trump appeals to Americans who were never invited onto the red carpet, a snub that was due in part to their lack of formal training in political theater.
In the European Union, Brussels experts impose regulations and make antitrust, civil rights and international trade policies with little or only distant political accountability.
The Russians are not stupid. They were preparing for the prospect of a Clinton presidency, and they played both sides.
For decades, while the Soviet Union sowed tyranny across the globe, sent millions to rot in the Gulag, and threatened America with nuclear annihilation, Democrats were for detente and peaceful coexistence.
The Republicans’ most recent presidential victory in New Jersey was in 1988. In the subsequent seven elections, the Democratic presidential candidates’ average margin of victory was almost 13 points. This state last elected a Republican senator (Clifford Case) in 1972. This 46-year drought might end in November.
It is shocking that one of its own leaders just gave the left-wing base license to demand that these senators vote in such a way that will virtually guarantee the loss of their seats. Don’t expect these senators to forget it if they are still in office for the next leadership election.
There is no sugarcoating today’s reality. Public sector unions are conveyor belts that move a portion of government employees’ salaries – some of the amount paid in union dues – into political campaigns, almost always Democrats’, to elect the people with whom the unions “negotiate” for taxpayers’ money.
We still do not know the full extent of the damage Clinton caused, because the inspector general reports that the FBI intentionally chose not to follow every potential lead of compromised classified information.
If hard times hit, you are out of a job and over-extended, credit card balances can be more easily renegotiated than mortgage debt. Student loans, unlike most other debt, are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Nonpartisan research predating the Trump candidacy indicates the 15 percent cut in taxes on business profits enabled by corporate reforms should increase investment between 7.5 percent and 15 percent.
The current election scandal is motivated by many of the same impulses that drove the Watergate lawbreakers.
Illegal sports betting was estimated to involve only $25 billion annually when PASPA was passed. Its subsequent burgeoning is redundant evidence that restraining a popular appetite with a statute is akin to lassoing a locomotive with a cobweb, which should chasten busybody governments.
Kerry has no one to blame but himself for Trump’s decision to withdraw. And he certainly has no business colluding with America’s enemies against America’s president.
It is a law of arms control: Significant agreements are impossible until they are unimportant, which means until they are not significant.
Any determined person can legally get around the campaign finance restrictions with the aid of a smart lawyer.
As a member of three key committees (Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, and Intelligence), Gowdy has been at the – sometimes he has been the – epicenter of controversies.
The Castro family will probably continue to play a big role behind the scenes. But the packaging matters, because it provides the cover for Trump to change course.
Economists mostly sort into two camps – those who believe the post-World War II period was exceptional and those at the White House and a few others (count me in) who believe the best is yet to come.
South Dakota’s impertinent law reflects this fact: Governments often are reflexively reactionary when new technologies discomfort established interests with which the political class has comfortable relations of mutual support.
A capital gains tax, in effect, raises the risk and price of the investment, resulting in lower investment and slower growth and job creation.
What compelling government interest is served by felon disenfranchisement? Enhanced public safety? How? Is it to fine-tune the quality of the electorate?
Taking into account their positions as economic powers, both countries have to do their utmost to avert a game of tit for tat.
Law enforcement agencies get to keep the profits from forfeited property, which gives them an incentive to do what too many of them do – abuse the process.
Beijing and local governments, with the collaboration of its technology giants, are funneling hundreds of billions of dollars into startups and big company projects that enjoy notably more freedom than Western companies.
Bolton’s belief in the U.S. power to make the world behave and eat its broccoli reflects what has been called “narcissistic policy disorder” – the belief that whatever happens in the world happens because of something the United States did or did not do.
China has targeted one U.S. industry after another – metals, solar panels, computer chips, artificial intelligence and supercomputers – many having significant economic and national security consequences.
More alarming than the Middle Kingdom’s breakneck growth, challenges to Western leadership in electric cars, artificial intelligence and other emerging industries, our youth is losing confidence in the American way.
It is conceivable, and conceivably desirable, that U.S. forces will be in Afghanistan, lending intelligence, logistical and even lethal support to that nation’s military and security forces for another 1,000, perhaps 6,000, days.
If Lamb wins, Democrats will have found a template for many districts in 2018: candidates who seem ideologically unlike the national party and temperamentally unlike the president.
Uncle Sam’s incessant borrowing – just like irresponsible home mortgages in the 2000s – could again send financial institutions barreling over a cliff.
Why does Virginia import oranges from Florida rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import almost all of its coffee and cocoa beans from countries in tropical climates rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import most of its primary aluminum rather than produce its own?
Today more than ever, with freedom of expression increasingly threatened, an American’s default position regarding restrictions should be: Don’t tread on me.
Many voters are going to be pleasantly surprised when they discover their taxes are being reduced thanks to President Trump and Republican lawmakers.
The only way to restore that trust is full transparency.
Douglass opposed radical Republicans’ proposals to confiscate plantations and distribute the land to former slaves. Sandefur surmises that “Douglass was too well versed in the history and theory of freedom not to know” the importance of property rights.
Fomenting spurious anxieties about national security is the first refuge of rent-seeking scoundrels who tart up their protectionism as patriotism when they inveigle government into lining their pockets with money extracted from their fellow citizens.
Overall, the Trump administration and Republican Congress – much like President Bush and his Republican Congress before them – are hardly addressing the genuine concerns of the great mass of voters who put them in power. Yet, the clients and executive class of the liberal state see the GOP as an existential threat to their systems of privileges and persecution so carefully erected during the Clinton and Obama years.
Has no liberal noticed that no government is ever neutral in society’s allocation of wealth and opportunity?
Without some reasonable controls on the nation’s borders, the US will always be overrun with more people than can be easily absorbed.
Still, 2018 will be the year of living dangerously in the state that was settled by people who trekked there on the Oregon Trail, through the territory of Native Americans hostile to Manifest Destiny.
If the president is the dealmaker he offers himself to be, infrastructure offers his time to shine.
No one knows at what percentage the debt’s deleterious effect on economic growth becomes severe; no sensible person doubts that there is such a point.
There is no reason to think that North Korea’s regime will relinquish weapons it deems essential to its single priority: survival.
They should have made the case for large reforms that annoy democratically – almost everyone, simultaneously – but for a large purpose.
Cayman Islands officials acted wisely when they hired Baker Botts law firm partner Jeff Munk to represent our country’s interests in Washington, D.C.
Even good-faith policy prescriptions suffer from the same flaw, which is that productivity remains one of the least understood and, indeed, least precisely measured concepts in all of economics.
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North Korea, which has been run opaquely for the Kim family’s benefit since 1953, is approaching a red line.
Cozying up to Russia, questioning the “one-China policy,” disputing CIA intelligence and naming several generals and billionaires to his Cabinet, Donald Trump has set aghast many foreign policy analysts, economists, security experts and mainstream journalists who are accustomed to orderly thinking and a pretense of what they view as principled decision-making from Washington’s political leaders.
In July, Republican James Comey was the toast of the Democratic Party. Now, many of Hillary Clinton’s supporters argue, as Republicans did over the summer, that Comey has terrible judgment and is playing politics.
Four years from now, will you regret having voted for the person you chose this year for president? In decision theory, there is a concept called “regret,” which is the emotion experienced when realizing that an alternative course of action would have likely resulted in a more favorable outcome.
Even before the Affordable Care Act, federal and state governments were paying nearly half of the nation’s healthcare bills.
Back in 1978, when a big cut in the capital gains tax rate was being debated, CBO projected huge revenue losses. The tax cut actually resulted in big revenue gains, because it was a discretionary tax, and unlocked much frozen capital and changed the incentive structure.
If you think the president’s policy will “empower” the fledgling Cuban private sector, as opposed to the overbearing state, think again.
If on Oct. 20 the focus of the race is on Trump, he’s a goner; the same is probably true of Clinton.
As a congressman allied with Grover Cleveland once said to a fellow legislator who considered one of his initiatives unconstitutional, “What’s the Constitution between friends?”
The foundation is a massive family enterprise disguised as a charity, an opaque and elaborate mechanism for sucking money from the rich and the tyrannous to be channeled to Clinton Inc.
You read it here first, folks. There will be about 10 minutes of outrage, and then everyone will shrug and move on.
Which presidential candidate’s policies are likely to cause higher growth?
Judges are only human, just like the rest of us. Some are great; many are good; and some have considerable room for improvement.
In any single place, there should be only one set of laws — applied to everyone, fairly and equally.
In my view, FBI director James Comey didn’t want to be remembered as the man who irreversibly altered the course of American political history.
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