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Senate and House GOP Strike “Agreement in Principle” on Tax Bill to Move Forward

House and Senate GOP leadership have reached a preliminary deal on the tax bill. While the deal harmonizes provisions that have passed both the Senate and House, it is possible that it will raise the ire of some legislators who advocated a different direction for reform. The new bill would ...

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Andrew Sullivan Sounds Off — On Everything

My podcast interview with Andrew Sullivan is now up, and it’s a doozy. We get into just about everything, from why he thinks Donald Trump should be removed from office, to his criticism of the #MeToo movement, to a rather heated conversation about his view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  No ...

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Jerusalem, Palestinians & “Men of Violence”

Last week, when President Trump announced that the U.S. would no longer participate in the pretense that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel, dire predictions came forth. There were warnings of immediate violence, global blowback, and even of a third intifada. All of the traditional Middle East photo-ops occurred. ...

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What Donald Trump Said about Kirsten Gillibrand

Impromptus today brings you the usual mélange, to the extent there is a “usual”: Al Franken, Donald Trump, the opioid crisis, Russia, Syria, middle names, “Merry Christmas,” and more. But I would like to make a further point here in the Corner. In my column, I quote one of the ...

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The Math in Alabama Doesn’t Add Up to a State-Funded Recount

From the Wednesday morning edition of the Morning Jolt: The Math in Alabama Doesn’t Add Up to a State-Funded Recount Roy Moore did not give a concession speech last night. He’s not convinced he lost, and seems to think a state-funded automatic recount is still a possibility. That does not ...

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Corporate Tax Rates at 21 Percent?

The House and Senate versions of the tax bills lower the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. Two weeks ago, most Senate Republicans opposed an amendment to change the rate to 20.94 percent in order to provide payroll-tax relief to parents. Moving away from 20 percent was supposedly an ...

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What Happens If Alabama Voters Decide in Favor of Roy Moore?

If Roy Moore wins tonight, will he get expelled? Probably not: 1. Republican senators, even ones hostile to Moore, have said for weeks now that it’s up to the voters of Alabama to decide. If Moore wins, he will immediately turn this argument around, “Hey, fellas, the voters of Alabama decided and ...

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Donald Trump Do Anything Tweet: What He Meant

As the old saying goes, the middle of the road is where you get run over. But what the heck, I have a take on the “Do Anything” controversy. The mainstream media and the Democrats overwhelmingly believe that Donald Trump was trafficking in a cheap sexual innuendo when he tweeted ...

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Roy Moore Defeat: Good Riddance

So what have Steve Bannon and the rest of the half-bright moneyed dilettantes — and their talk-radio and cable-news cheerleaders — accomplished? With Roy Moore, Republicans gave up any plausible claim to being “constitutional conservatives” and to being the party of the rule of law, to say nothing of any ...

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Steve Bannon Loses Alabama | National Review

Steve Bannon didn’t draft Roy Moore as a candidate, nor was he the proximate cause of Moore’s win in the Republican primary. But Moore’s defeat tonight is nonetheless a signature loss for Bannon’s political project, the goal of which is to replace incumbent Republicans with insurgents just like Moore. It is important ...

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