Of all the Democrats riding high after last week's election, perhaps nobody got more of a boost than former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who seemed to do everything just right. He campaigned for successful gubernatorial tickets in Virginia and New Jersey, cut an ad for a Democrat who went on to become the first female to get elected mayor in New Hampshire's biggest city and drew national headlines after the election with his phone call to congratulate the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature. The timing couldn't be better as he prepares to ... Read More
President Donald Trump and his advisers are developing "the ultimate deal" to end the intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict - one based on a two-state solution that'll go beyond previous frameworks offered by the U.S. government, The New York Times reported. According to the Times, Trump's team of Middle East peacemaking neophytes has studied the issue for the last 10 months and is ready to address the status of Jerusalem and settlements in the occupied West Bank. "We have spent a lot of time listening to and engaging with the Israelis, Palestinians and key regional leaders over the past few months to ... Read More
Last week, the House GOP released the first concrete details on how Republicans plan to update the federal tax code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides tax relief to many Americans and has the potential to facilitate real economic growth through important business-tax reforms. While the House proposal as a whole is certainly a step in the right direction, there are important ways to improve the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to better meet the goals of pro-growth tax reform. The recently released Senate bill improves on the House bill in many places and misses important opportunities elsewhere. ... Read More
The liberal governors of California, Washington and Oregon took the place of President Trump Read Moreat an international climate change conference in Germany, and told world leaders that the White House's refusal to combat global warming means nothing to them. "Donald Trump cannot stop us," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said during a speech at the high-profile event that the Trump administration did not attend. "He cannot stop us from having limitations on carbon emissions. He cannot stop us from incentive programs to incentivize solar panels. He cannot stop me from having a clean energy research fund at our universities." Mr. Inslee, California Gov. Jerry Brown and ...
Washington White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders found a clever way to combine two passions - tweaking reporters and supporting big tax cuts - during a recent press briefing. She laid out a scenario in which 10 reporters had a beer together every day and paid the $100 tab under a mechanism akin to the federal income tax system. Four reporters paid nothing, while the highest-paid journalist kicked in $59. When the bar proprietor decided to cut prices and the scribes calculated how to spread the savings, the highest-paid reporter enjoyed a $10 windfall, the other five journos enjoyed ... Read More