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West Wing Reads for 8/24/17

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Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

West Wing Reads

"VA reform laws are rare legislative bright spot in 2017 for Trump, Congress"

- Jamie Dupree in Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jamie Dupree in the Atlanta Journal Constitution outlines all of the efforts the Trump administration and Congress have made in advancing and improving the care of our Nation’s veterans. Legislation to upgrade the Department of Veterans Affairs is “one of the biggest legislative success stories” President Trump has had in his first seven months in office, Dupree writes. The bill President Trump signed into law on Wednesday will reduce the time it takes for veterans to get a decision on appeals claims they file, and thereby will increase access to their earned benefits. Bipartisan work to pass these bills is “almost totally devoid of any partisan sniping,” demonstrating, “bipartisanship is still possible between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress,” Dupree pens.
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At Breitbart, retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg praises and defends President Trump’s speech on his strategy in Afghanistan, writing “our President’s decision reflects an understanding that the promise to Make America Great Again must include cleaning up the mess left behind in Afghanistan from the fits and starts of the past 15 years.”

The Washington Times editorial board criticizes Democratic obstruction of President Trump’s border wall for political purposes, writing that “Mr. Trump’s border wall was one of his most popular campaign promises, and he is determined to make it a promise kept.”

In The Wall Street Journal, Eva Moskowitz writes “Test scores don’t lie: Charter Schools are transformative,” citing how black and Hispanic students in Central Harlem who attend charter schools outperform the city’s white pupils by double digits.

In positive economic news, Bloomberg reports “consumer confidence, including views about the U.S. economy, advanced again last week to a 16-year high, indicating spending will remain solid.”