Israel’s ambassador breathes a sigh of relief

Israel’s ambassador breathes a sigh of relief

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Israel's ambassador breathes a sigh of relief

Sunday began the first national policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) since President Obama left office. It would be an understatement to say that the past eight years were a tension-filled and often acrimonious period in U.S.-Israel relations, between the administration’s hectoring over Israel’s building (inside or outside Jerusalem), a fundamental […]

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Jared Kushner’s project is doomed

Jared Kushner’s project is doomed

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Jared Kushner’s project is doomed

The Post reports: President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions. The White […]

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Why Trump and the GOP could fail on tax reform, too

Why Trump and the GOP could fail on tax reform, too

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Why Trump and the GOP could fail on tax reform, too

There are many lessons to be learned from the failure of the GOP health care effort. An important one is that being a businessman, even a successful one, does not prepare you for the complexities of governing, any more than being a successful software engineer means you could easily become a great carpenter. But Donald […]

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Why does Sean Hannity care what Ted Koppel thinks?

Why does Sean Hannity care what Ted Koppel thinks?

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Veteran network newsman Ted Koppel didn’t say “Sean Hannity is bad for America,” though you might have gathered as much from reading various summaries of the segment from “CBS Sunday Morning” in which Koppel interviewed the Fox News host, among several others, about the country’s partisan divide. The sequence went like this: HANNITY: We have […]

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Republicans’ Russia crackup

Republicans’ Russia crackup

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Republicans' Russia crackup

The Post reports: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee was on his way to an event in Washington late Tuesday when the evening’s plans abruptly changed. After taking a brief phone call, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) swapped cars and slipped away from his staff, congressional officials said. He appears to have used that unaccounted-for […]

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Why Trump won’t ‘let Obamacare explode’

Why Trump won’t ‘let Obamacare explode’

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Why Trump won't 'let Obamacare explode'

As President Trump licked his wounded ego Friday, he told The Post in an interview, “The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode.” His Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney, echoed that sentiment on “Meet the Press”: MICK MULVANEY: When it breaks. ‘Cause it’s going to break. And I think that’s the one […]

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After health care fiasco, Trump’s next move may be even more disastrous

After health care fiasco, Trump’s next move may be even more disastrous

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After health care fiasco, Trump’s next move may be even more disastrous

THE MORNING PLUM: Now that the GOP plan to wipe out Obamacare lies in smoking ruins, President Trump is mulling a new and fiendishly clever scheme: allow the law to collapse, or even further undermine it through executive action, and pin the blame for the resulting human toll on Democrats. As it happens, Trump does […]

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Ups and downs

Ups and downs

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Ups and downs

UP: Taking 13 months to pass Obamacare DOWN: Spending just 17 days to undo Obamacare UP: White House incompetence DOWN: President Trump as “a great closer” UP: FBI Director James B. Comey DOWN: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) UP: Doubts about House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s (R-Wis.) leadership DOWN: Ryan’s reputation as a policy […]

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The State Department speaks up against Russia

The State Department speaks up against Russia

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The State Department speaks up against Russia

The Post reports on scores of protests in Russia on Sunday over endemic government corruption, followed by mass arrests: Too angry to be cowed, they poured into the street, fed up with their country’s wide-reaching corruption and a government unwilling, or unable, to stop it. Police responded with barricades, tear gas and mass arrests in cities across […]

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