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Charlottesville and the Bigotocracy


Michael Eric Dyson, New York TimesThe late, great Gore Vidal said that we live in “The United States of Amnesia.” Our fatal forgetfulness flares when white bigots come out of their closets, emboldened by the tacit cover they’re given by our president. We cannot pretend that the ugly bigotry unleashed in the streets of Charlottesville, Va., this weekend has nothing to do with the election of Donald Trump….

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Index Capital Gains for Inflation, Mr. President


Kudlow & Carter, Investor’s Biz DailyPresident Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again” requires nothing less than reigniting economic growth and prosperity. Wealth creation is essential. As Congress pivots to tax reform — which is crucial to the wealth creation — the president could take matters into his own hands by issuing an executive order to index capital gains for inflation….

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A Conservative View of Trump vs. Amazon


Dan Holler, RealClearPoliticsAmazon’s successful business model is “destroying department stores and retailing all over the country,” President Donald Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt last year. How should free market conservatives interpret the president’s continued critique of Amazon? That question becomes particularly important as congressional Republicans embark on a once in a generation effort to reform our nation’s tax code this fall….

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On North Korea, Trump Needs Allies–Not Bombast


David Ignatius, Washington PostNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un has defiance in his blood. It’s said his grandfather once asked what would happen if America defeated North Korea in war, to which his father answered: “If we lose, I will be sure to destroy the Earth. What good is the Earth without North Korea?” President Trump has decided to confront what’s probably the most reckless, risk-taking regime on the planet….

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Let Trump Be Trump, Except on Foreign Policy


Ruth Marcus, Washington PostWhite House chief of staff John Kelly needs to draw a red line. Not with North Korea, but with President Trump. For the sake of Kelly’s own reputation but even more for the sake of the country, there can be no more presidential improv on the subject of North Korea or military threats in general. This red line should be both invisible and impregnable. Only Kelly and…

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FBI’s Manafort Raid Means Bob Mueller Means Business


Chris Cillizza, CNNPresident Donald Trump has a lot to say about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 campaign. He’s called it a “phony Russian Witch Hunt” and the “Russia hoax” story. Trump’s lawyers have been building what amounts to an opposition research file on Robert Mueller, the head of the special counsel investigation, and the rest of his team…

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Loretta Lynch, Clinton and the Media’s Lost Credibility


Mollie Hemingway, FederalistIn the middle of the Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information during the 2016 campaign, Phoenix ABC morning anchor Christopher Sign broke the bombshell news that Attorney General Loretta Lynch held a clandestine meeting with former President Bill Clinton….

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Be Strategic, Not Impulsive, on North Korea


Thomas Friedman, New York TimesSecretary of State Rex Tillerson says Americans who are concerned about the situation in North Korea “should sleep well at night.” Of course! Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un — neither of whom has any aides who can stand up to them — are trading fire and brimstone threats with their fingers cocked on nuclear weapons. What could possibly keep a person up…

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Trump: Maybe “Fire and Fury” Threat Wasn’t Tough Enough


Alexis Simendinger, RCPPresident Trump rejected criticism that his threat of “fire and fury” against North Korea this week baited an enemy closer to war, describing his statements as “maybe not tough enough.” Speaking to reporters outside his New Jersey golf club Thursday, and again after concluding a national security briefing, the president said the United States was willing to “consider negotiations” with North Korea, but was fed up with Pyongyang’s…

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