If “The Post” were faithful to the truth, the movie’s title would be “The Times,” and it would portray a different set of dogged reporters, crusty editors and gutsy publishers. That would be the staff of the New York Times.
If American politics were an Aaron Sorkin teleplay, one could imagine the Democrats nominating a unifier in 2020. "Let America Be America Again." Republican voters might disagree with him on health care and immigration, but not on U.S. leadership in the world. That Democratic candidate – call him or her "Senator Leadership" – defeats President Collusion. End Scene.
Now that Democrats have agreed to end the government shutdown, have they now proved they will cave the next time around? That's a popular theory among political pundits right now, but it sounds upside down.
To hear the White House tell it, Apple's big announcement last week that it would increase jobs and make billions in new investments in the United States is proof positive that the big tax cut President Trump signed in December is working.
There are few – if any – members of Congress who started out like Rep. Pat Meehan of the Philadelphia suburbs, who got trained as a hockey ref by the NHL and spent three years punishing slashers and trippers in minor-league backwater arenas before he went back to school and earned his law degree. Since then, the Cheltenham native has forged a big-league political career for himself through his own brand of hockey-ref tough justice – and his specialty was handing down the game-misconduct penalty.
Republicans called it the "Schumer shutdown," citing the Senate Democratic leader's role in blocking the bill to prevent a government shutdown. The Democrats labeled it the "Trump shutdown," blaming lack of Republican urgency and the president's shifting positions on the key immigration issue.
The Democrats' crusade to force a government shutdown in order to win permanent protections for "Dreamers" went down in flames Monday. The price extracted by Democrats was meager compared to what they wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) merely agreed to allow a floor debate on immigration (which McConnell said he'd have done anyway). But this compromise does guarantee that we will now get a "clean" immigration debate, and therein lies an opportunity for a big win – though President Trump may not like it.
Enough is enough already the clowns in Washington on both sides are still playing their stupid games. Trump was right Washington is a swamp, but he did not realize how deep it is now they shut the government down. They are still getting their pay check what a joke.
As we all know the government was shutdown and the various politicians are blaming each other for this happening. All you are hearing is, how the government employees are not being paid and our troops not being paid, etc. Nowhere do I hear that the senators and congressmen are getting paid while the government is shutdown.
Impact fees should not be capped at 90 percent. The developers are charged impact fees for infrastructure which is required only because of new development. That includes new or improved roads, new parks, increased law enforcement, public safety, etc. These are not taxes.
The Miami Gardens Representative addressed the issue while attending at a hearing she organized to get expert opinions on what needs to change to protect frail and dependent people in the future. Mental health, emergency operations, fire rescue and nursing home personnel lined a table opposite Wilson and other elected officials.
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