Trump’s first 100 days: an executive success
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April 24, 2017


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Trump’s first 100 days: an executive success

What makes special elections so special

The left’s war on science

The media's eager push for Ossoff


Trump’s first 100 days: an executive success: President Trump’s first 100 days in office have been a success in terms of exercising the executive powers of the presidency. On the legislative front, however, Trump hasn’t fared nearly as well, writes Byron York.

Trump climbs the learning curve: Today’s editorial argues that inexperience and novelty have been the defining characteristics of President Trump’s first three months in office. “He has made rookie mistakes and proven malleable, even credulous to bad arguments. But, to good effect, his flexibility has dragged him away from some bad ideas, and there are signs that his could be a sharply pragmatic administration.”

What makes special elections so special: In 2010, there were six special elections, all of which were won by Democrats. But the Democrats got shellacked a few months later in the midterm elections. So what happened? Special elections are typically driven by local issues and rarely understood by national political reporters who parachute into a district and cover the race from a national perspective, writes Salena Zito. That’s something for journalists analyzing recent special elections in Kansas and Georgia to consider.

The left’s war on science: Thousands of scientists and activists marched on Washington on Saturday with the goal of reminding the country that science still has a role to play in American political discussions. Of course, nobody has suggested otherwise, our editorial noted. Everyone believes fact-based, evidence-backed decision-making is a good thing. Liberals often claim that conservatives, and the Trump administration in particular, are engaging in a war on science. But on issues from abortion, to genetically modified foods to transgenderism, it’s the left that takes up the anti-science position.

 

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Steel protectionism would hurt the working man: President Trump has announced that he will open an investigation into “dumping” of market-priced steel in the US. The end results of Trump’s probe may be tariffs that make steel more expensive. That may be good for US steelmakers but not for consumers.When government meddles in the economy to help one player, it always hurts another,” Sunday’s editorial explained. “The most relevant victim of steel protection is not Chinese steel, but other American manufacturers.” They will have to pay more for their steel inputs. Steel tariffs will not “Make America Great Again.”

The media's eager push for Ossoff: The liberal media really wanted Democrat Jon Ossoff to triumph in his quest to win an open Georgia congressional seat last week. But he came up just shy. Even after losing, reporters saw romance in what almost was. If Ossoff loses the runoff election set for June, “it will disprove what Democrats and Republicans with a chip on their shoulder have been saying about media coverage. More isn’t necessarily good, even when it’s meant to be.”

‘Alternative energy’ is now mainstream: Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, was once a protest; now it’s mainstream. Likewise, pro-environment policies have also become mainstream, writes David Hart in an Examiner oped, particularly energy policies. The key, says Hart, is diversity. Diversity will make the energy system of the future at least as affordable and reliable as today’s, and much, much cleaner.”

President Trump Should Blacklist Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to Reduce the Risk of War: Trump should break the cycle of Iran-backed violence in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, writes Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in a Washington Examiner op-ed. He can do so by undermining the wealth and power of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

French election: What happened, why it happened, and what will happen next: With Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron heading to a runoff, blog contributor Tom Rogan breaks down everything you need to know about Sunday’s election results.

France teetering on the brink of an institutional crisis: Op-ed contributor Jean de Nicolay writes in from France, where he says neither Le Pen nor Macron are likely to get a majority in the Assemblee Nationale. That could mean chaos in France. Here’s why.

Why Democrats don’t have to change anything to win back power in 2018 and 2020: “What have Democrats done or plan to do in any kind of self-examination after 2016? The answer has seemed to be: nothing. Come the next big round of national elections, it seems unlikely that there are going to be major changes to the Democratic party platform, and they still may sweep into Congress anyway,” writes blog contributor Kevin Glass. “This is exactly how parties have regained power in the past.

Conservatives don’t care about Trump’s golf trips because of politics, not racism: While conservatives mostly don’t care about Trump’s frequent golf trips, they seemed to be up in arms every time Obama hit the links. One writer at the New York Daily News noticed that Obama is black, and claimed racism is cause for the GOP’s hypocrisy. Op-ed contributor Jerrod Laber noticed something else: Obama is a Democrat.

Florida is disproving one of the most common criticisms against school choice: School choice opponents often claim public charter schools don’t perform as well as, or better than, traditional public schools. Blog contributor Jeanne Allen says Florida is proving otherwise.

Howard Dean has no idea what he's talking about on the First Amendment: In discussing Ann Coulter’s thwarted Berkeley lecture, the former Governor made a telling error on the First Amendment.

GOP shouldn't rush a health care vote just to hit 100-day benchmark: If recent reports are correct, the White House is hoping new healthcare legislation will get enough traction to pass a House vote this week. But if productive inter-party negotiations are happening, there is no reason to rush.

Millennials aren't rejecting marriage and children — they're just delaying it: A new Census Bureau report found millennials are getting married and having children at the same rates as older generations, just later in life.


Sharp takes:

How to trick people into saving money

How to build resilient kids

Why political polarization has grown most among the old

4 rules for making a protest work

 

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