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    Trump's First 3 Months Point Way to 3% Growth

    Trump's First 3 Months Point Way to 3% Growth


    Roger Kimball, American GreatnessThe great nineteenth-century man of letters William Dean Howells once made a remark that I have long cherished as a sort of personal motto: “The problem for a critic,” Howells said, “is not making enemies, but...

    Roger Kimball, American Greatness
    The great nineteenth-century man of letters William Dean Howells once made a remark that I have long cherished as a sort of personal motto: “The problem for a critic,” Howells said, “is not making enemies, but keeping them.” A critic who does not make enemies is unlikely to be doing his job, inasmuch as criticism is the application of discrimination to human activities and such activities, by definition, will fall short of the ideal. A critic who does not make and keep enemies is likely to be a critic who fails to speak the truth.
    Zombies of Voodoo Economics

    Zombies of Voodoo Economics


    Paul Krugman, New York TimesAccording to many reports, Donald Trump is getting frantic as his administration nears the 100-day mark. It’s an arbitrary line in the sand, but one he himself touted in many pre-inauguration boasts. And it will be an...

    Paul Krugman, New York Times
    According to many reports, Donald Trump is getting frantic as his administration nears the 100-day mark. It’s an arbitrary line in the sand, but one he himself touted in many pre-inauguration boasts. And it will be an occasion for numerous articles detailing how little of substance he has actually accomplished.
    I Support All Schools That Put Students First

    I Support All Schools That Put Students First


    Betsy DeVos, Cleveland Plain DealerSchool choice is pro-parent and pro-student. It isn't anti-public school. Many students attend great public schools, writes U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who is visiting the Van Wert City schools in northwest...

    Betsy DeVos, Cleveland Plain Dealer
    School choice is pro-parent and pro-student. It isn't anti-public school. Many students attend great public schools, writes U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who is visiting the Van Wert City schools in northwest Ohio today.
    How Trump Could Make Your Drugs Cheaper...If He Dares

    How Trump Could Make Your Drugs Cheaper...If He Dares


    Daniel Malloy, OzyFor the more than 3 million Americans infected with potentially deadly hepatitis C, a relatively new cocktail of drugs is considered a miracle cure. The problem: Gilead Sciences’ list price is $84,000 for a 12-week treatment. From...

    Daniel Malloy, Ozy
    For the more than 3 million Americans infected with potentially deadly hepatitis C, a relatively new cocktail of drugs is considered a miracle cure. The problem: Gilead Sciences’ list price is $84,000 for a 12-week treatment. From Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals jacking up the AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 in a single day to Mylan’s allergy-fighting EpiPens rising from $100 to $600 in just a few years, Americans are getting sick of astonishing drug prices. It’s why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders both used their presidential campaigns to roast...
    Trump Probably Won't Defy Midterm Gravity

    Trump Probably Won't Defy Midterm Gravity


    Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEightThe midterms will probably be rough for Donald Trump and Republicans next year. Here’s the main reason we know that: They’re almost always rough on the president’s party. It’s one of the most consistent regularities in...

    Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
    The midterms will probably be rough for Donald Trump and Republicans next year. Here’s the main reason we know that: They’re almost always rough on the president’s party. It’s one of the most consistent regularities in American politics. Usually it’s a question of whether the damage is pretty bad, really bad or catastrophic.
    Democrats Double Down on Losing Left-Wing Path

    Democrats Double Down on Losing Left-Wing Path


    Kurt Schlichter, TownhallLook Democrats, speaking sincerely as your friend, understand that everyone who says you need to take a deep look at yourselves is a racist, sexist, homophobe who wont even ask about your preferred pronoun. Whatever you do, dont...

    Kurt Schlichter, Townhall
    Look Democrats, speaking sincerely as your friend, understand that everyone who says you need to take a deep look at yourselves is a racist, sexist, homophobe who wont even ask about your preferred pronoun. Whatever you do, dont you ever change.
    Obama From the Rearview Mirror

    Obama From the Rearview Mirror


    Robert Borosage, The NationBarack Obama's stature will grow ever more impressive in the rearview mirror. We already miss his dignity, his grace, and his intelligence. His presidency was largely a competent, no-drama, scandal-free administration, and it...

    Robert Borosage, The Nation
    Barack Obama's stature will grow ever more impressive in the rearview mirror. We already miss his dignity, his grace, and his intelligence. His presidency was largely a competent, no-drama, scandal-free administration, and it will only gain in esteem as we gag on a presidency rotting, like a fish,...
    How Trump Can Help the Cops

    How Trump Can Help the Cops


    Heather Mac Donald, City JournalDonald Trump vigorously defended law enforcement during his presidential campaign. He pledged to restore order to the nation’s cities—where violent crime is surging—and to reinvigorate the rule of law. His...

    Heather Mac Donald, City Journal
    Donald Trump vigorously defended law enforcement during his presidential campaign. He pledged to restore order to the nation’s cities—where violent crime is surging—and to reinvigorate the rule of law. His appointment of conservative Republican senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general was a strong signal that Trump’s words were more than campaign rhetoric. Now that the Trump administration and the Sessions-led Justice Department are up and running, where should they focus their efforts?
    Parties Unify Against Le Pen: 'This Is Deadly Serious Now'

    Parties Unify Against Le Pen: 'This Is Deadly Serious Now'


    Adam Nossiter, NY TimesBut that remarkable accomplishment is so alarming to so many in France that as soon as the preliminary results were announced at 8:01 p.m., virtually all of her major opponents in the 11-person race called for her defeat in the...

    Adam Nossiter, NY Times
    But that remarkable accomplishment is so alarming to so many in France that as soon as the preliminary results were announced at 8:01 p.m., virtually all of her major opponents in the 11-person race called for her defeat in the second-round runoff on May 7. They implored their supporters to vote for the candidate projected to come out on top on Sunday, the centrist, pro-European Union former economy minister Emmanuel Macron, a political novice and outsider.
    France's Presidential Election Goes Populist

    France's Presidential Election Goes Populist


    Jacob Heilbrunn, The National InterestSo much for Donald Trump’s prediction, in a tweet, that a terrorist attack on the Champs-Elysees would have a “big effect” on the outcome of the election. Trump’s last-minute intervention may well have...

    Jacob Heilbrunn, The National Interest
    So much for Donald Trump’s prediction, in a tweet, that a terrorist attack on the Champs-Elysees would have a “big effect” on the outcome of the election. Trump’s last-minute intervention may well have backfired given the fear and loathing that he inspires in much of Europe. One Macron supporter told ABC News tonight, “Trump gave us the energy we needed.”
    What 'Snowflakes' Get Right About Free Speech

    What 'Snowflakes' Get Right About Free Speech


    Ulrich Baer, New York TimesAt one of the premieres of his landmark Holocaust documentary, “Shoah” (1985), the filmmaker Claude Lanzmann was challenged by a member of the audience, a woman who identified herself as a Holocaust survivor. Lanzmann...

    Ulrich Baer, New York Times
    At one of the premieres of his landmark Holocaust documentary, “Shoah” (1985), the filmmaker Claude Lanzmann was challenged by a member of the audience, a woman who identified herself as a Holocaust survivor. Lanzmann listened politely as the woman recounted her harrowing personal account of the Holocaust to make the point that the film failed to fully represent the recollections of survivors. When she finished, Lanzmann waited a bit, and then said, “Madame, you are an experience, but not an argument.”
    Sorry, College Kids, There's No Such Thing as Hate Speech

    Sorry, College Kids, There's No Such Thing as Hate Speech


    John Davidson, FederalistFor the sake of campus protestors and their professors across the country, it’s time to make something clear: there’s no such thing as hate speech. That should go without saying, since freedom of speech and free inquiry is...

    John Davidson, Federalist
    For the sake of campus protestors and their professors across the country, it’s time to make something clear: there’s no such thing as hate speech. That should go without saying, since freedom of speech and free inquiry is supposed to be what college is all about. But the recent spate of violent student protests, from the University of California at Berkeley to Middlebury College in Vermont, have been met with a collective shrug from an alarming number of college students, professors, and administrators who seem to be under the impression that violence is okay so long as its...
    How Financial Collapse Steeled Gary Cohn for White House

    How Financial Collapse Steeled Gary Cohn for White House


    William Cohan, PoliticoAnyone who has ever worked for a Wall Street investment bank knows what it takes to get to the top of one: cunning, smarts, an ability to produce revenue and Machiavellian political skills. And that’s why it’s really no...

    William Cohan, Politico
    Anyone who has ever worked for a Wall Street investment bank knows what it takes to get to the top of one: cunning, smarts, an ability to produce revenue and Machiavellian political skills. And that’s why it’s really no surprise, if you think about it, that two longtime former Goldman Sachs executives—Gary Cohn and Dina Powell—are finding their influence, and access, rising inside Donald Trump’s increasingly polarized White House.
    Donald Trump Isn't Learning From His Mistakes

    Donald Trump Isn't Learning From His Mistakes


    David Gergen, CNNAs they brace for harsh media attacks on their first 100 days, President Donald Trump's team points out with justification that other presidents have stumbled, too. John Kennedy had a disaster with the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Bill...

    David Gergen, CNN
    As they brace for harsh media attacks on their first 100 days, President Donald Trump's team points out with justification that other presidents have stumbled, too. John Kennedy had a disaster with the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Bill Clinton slipped and fell in a controversy over gay people in the military. The George W. Bush team failed to pay sufficient attention to intelligence warning of terrorists hijacking airplanes.
    Trump's 100 Days: An Executive Success

    Trump's 100 Days: An Executive Success


    Byron York, Washington ExaminerOf course Donald Trump over-promised for his first 100 days. What presidential candidate hasn't? During last year's campaign, Trump spoke frequently of all the things he would do almost immediately upon entering the Oval...

    Byron York, Washington Examiner
    Of course Donald Trump over-promised for his first 100 days. What presidential candidate hasn't? During last year's campaign, Trump spoke frequently of all the things he would do almost immediately upon entering the Oval Office. He'd repeal Obamacare, reform the tax code, destroy ISIS, build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, fix the nation's roads and bridges, take care of veterans, deport criminal illegal immigrants, and much, much more.
    The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red

    The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red


    Kotkin & Cox, RealClearPoliticsDemocratic “blue” state attitudes may dominate the national media, but they can’t yet tell people where to live. Despite all the hype about a massive “back to the city” movement and the supposed superiority of...

    Kotkin & Cox, RealClearPolitics
    Democratic “blue” state attitudes may dominate the national media, but they can’t yet tell people where to live. Despite all the hype about a massive “back to the city” movement and the supposed superiority of ultra-expensive liberal regions, people are increasingly moving to red states and regions, as well as to suburbs and exurbs.
    Why Are Democrats Fighting Each Other Over Abortion?

    Why Are Democrats Fighting Each Other Over Abortion?


    Bill Scher, RealClearPoliticsSen. Bernie Sanders does not consider himself a Democrat, so it’s not surprising that his headliner role in a Democratic Party “unity tour” did not generate much unity. But it is surprising that he managed to create a...

    Bill Scher, RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Bernie Sanders does not consider himself a Democrat, so it’s not surprising that his headliner role in a Democratic Party “unity tour” did not generate much unity. But it is surprising that he managed to create a rift over abortion rights, since the issue has not divided Democrats for years. Abortion did not separate Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries. Abortion was not the reason Clinton came up short against Donald Trump. Intra-party debate over reproductive health policy particulars and messages was largely resolved by 2012, when Democrats embraced an...