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President Trump’s Real-World Syria Lesson


Thomas Friedman, New York TimesWith each passing day our new president is discovering that every big problem he faces is like Obamacare — if there were a good, easy solution it would have been found already, and even the less good solutions are more than his own party is ready to pay for or the country is ready to tolerate….

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Can Trump Match Xi Jinping’s Game?


Evan Osnos, The New YorkerThe General Secretary does not golf. When Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, assumed control of the Communist Party, in 2012, golf was a popular pastime for wealthy dealmakers. But in an effort to restore the image of public servants, which had been damaged by reports of corruption, Xi closed hundreds of courses and barred members of the Party from playing the game using public money. So,…

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Mulvaney: Restarting Health Care Key to GOP Agenda


Rebecca Berg, RealClearPoliticsWhen House Republicans failed to reach an agreement on health-care reform last month, President Trump said he would concede the effort and “let Obamacare explode,” while Speaker Paul Ryan announced that his conference would “move on with the rest of the agenda,” including tax reform — leaving health care in the rearview mirror.But, not two weeks later, the administration has now changed tack, attempting to restart the stalled…

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What We Can Learn From the Rhode Island Miracle


Stephen Moore, Washington TimesYou’d be hard-pressed to find a more poorly designed program in the federal budget than Medicaid â?? the federal health insurance program for the poor. The costs are shared between the states and the feds, which means that the more money a state wastes under Medicaid, the bigger the check that Washington writes to the state. No wonder the program costs keep spiraling out of control….

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Democrats Can Save the Senate or Ruin It


Ross Baker, USA TodayI have studied the U.S. Senate my entire professional life. All of my academic leaves since 1975 have been spent in the offices of senators — Democrats and Republicans. All of my research is based on interviews with senators. I wrote a modestly successful book that compared the Senate with the House and found the former to be a superior institution because of its historic responsibility to…

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The Real Reasons Trump Can’t Work With Democrats


Matthew Yglesias, VoxDonald Trump says he is looking for ways to work with Democrats these days. His team has floated the notion of working with the Congressional Black Caucus on infrastructure matters, and told the Financial Times that if the Freedom Caucus remains aloof “we will make a deal with the Democrats” on health care….

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Susan Rice’s White House Unmasking: An Explosive Scandal


Andrew McCarthy, NROThe thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations. Not criminal investigations, not intelligence investigations.Remember that.Why is that so important in the context of explosive revelations that Susan Rice, President Obama’s national-security adviser, confidant, and chief dissembler, called for the unmasking of Trump campaign and transition officials whose identities and communications were captured in the collection of U.S. intelligence on foreign targets?Because…

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Don’t Let Trump Get Away With His Latest Deception


Brian Beutler, The New RepublicThe president’s impulsiveness, his indifference to facts, his unwillingness to admit error, his White House’s hostility to truth, and the broader Republican Party’s cynical permissiveness of his antics—all of these tendencies were well known before Trump reached for his Android phone one month ago and started typing. What was less obvious, given the allegation’s unique synthesis of gravity and absurdity, was how to treat it as…

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