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West Wing Reads for 7/6/17

West Wing Reads

"Trump commits to NATO defense, slams Russian aggression"

- Dave Boyer, The Washington Times

The Washington Times reports, “President Trump voiced a clear commitment Thursday to NATO’s 'Article 5' principle of common defense” while “speaking to a huge crowd in Poland.” He also “delivered one of his most direct warnings to date to Russia” and “supported Poland’s efforts to install defensive missile systems, a move that is angering Russia.” The Times reports the President was interrupted several times by the crowd chanting his name, and that he “also drew cheers as he recounted the movement inspired by Pope John II in the 1980s to throw off communist Soviet oppression and embrace the message, ‘We want God.’”
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In the Wall Street Journal, Polish Ambassador to the United States Piotr Wilczek writes about the “unbreakable Polish-American bond” saying President Trump’s visit “indicates that the new U.S. administration is taking the challenges of our region and their global ramifications seriously, and is steadfastly committed to strengthening NATO’s collective defense.”

Also in the Journal, Casey B. Mulligan surveyed managers at small businesses around the county and estimates that Obamacare has killed about 250,000 American jobs. "Thanks to the ACA, hiring the 50th full-time employee effectively costs another $70,000 a year on top of the normal salary and benefits," with "many business owners" describing how this penalty "prevents them from hiring and has caused them to reduce work hours to below the full-time threshold."

Promises made, promises kept. The Washington Free Beacon reports that President Trump donated his first presidential paycheck of $78,000 to preserve the Antietam Battlefield in Maryland. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced $185,000 in funds to match the President’s salary which will restore a historic house on the battlefield and help replace fencing at the national park, which preserves and commemorates the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War, the Beacon wrote.

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard wrote on a new study from the American Action Forum showing “Congressional lawmakers have gone all in on President Trump's bid to slash Obama-era regulations.” The cuts, which have been proposed by the House Appropriations Committee, amounts “to a year's worth of regulations under the Obama administration” and would save “more than $19 billion in total regulatory costs and eliminating 10.4 million hours of paperwork.”

The Washington Post editorial board praises FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai for taking actions to “counteract the scourge” of robocallers.


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