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Saturday, October 20, 2018

America Vs. The World Is A Losing Game

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

The Trump administration is full of people who think that if you’re making the rest of the world mad, you’re doing something right. “It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day,” said Nikki Haley after announcing she will leave her post as America’s representative to the international body. Foreign disagreement is taken as vindication.

This is not a new phenomenon. President Bill Clinton defended American unilateralism at the U.N. in 1993 and refused to sign the international treaty banning land mines. His secretary of state Madeleine Albright once bragged, “We are the indispensable nation.”

George W.…

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Trump Endorses Republicans Assaulting Journalists

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

In June, five staffers in the newsroom of the Annapolis, MD, Capital Gazette were murdered by a man with no apparent political motive who had a personal grudge against the paper. In brief remarks from the White House following the attack, President Donald Trump commented, “Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.”

On Thursday night, the president added a caveat to that noble sentiment: Unless the person violently attacking journalists is a Republican.

At a rally in Montana, Trump explicitly praised GOP Rep.…

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Why Blue-State Republicans Are Turning Away From GOP

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

You’d think that with stocks still up for the year and the new tax law smiling on big earners, the financial community would be gung-ho for Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. But it’s not. For the first time in a good while, Wall Street is giving more in direct donations to Democrats than Republicans.

And here’s a big reason: The new tax law purposely punishes people in the expensive-to-live-in blue states, which is where Wall Street people live. To them, this is not just about money. It’s personal.

At issue is the $10,000 cap on what taxpayers may deduct for state and local taxes.…

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