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West Wing Reads for 9/20/17

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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

"WHY TRUMP’S UN SPEECH WAS A TRIUMPH"

- Roger Kimball, American Greatness

Roger Kimball writes in American Greatness why President Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly was a triumph, stating the President articulated the signal lesson of successful international relations: that “freedom within nations, and comity among them, is best served not by the effacement or attenuation of national sovereignty but its frank and manly embrace.” Kimball further comments on the “refreshing” honesty President Trump spoke with as he celebrated American achievements, something that Kimball says he does “not recall hearing” from the White House in recent years. The President’s criticism of the rogue regimes of Iran, North Korea, and the failed socialist state of Venezuela also received praise from Kimball as he concludes by saying “the world will soon recognize the great service Donald Trump has done for the forces of civilization through his eloquent and impassioned defense of national sovereignty.”
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In news on the United Nations General Assembly, Reuters reports that the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in praised President Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea at the UN as “firm and specific,” and Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has stated that Japan “greatly appreciate[s] President Trump’s approach to changing North Korea’s policy stance.”

On tax reform, Jay Timmons, the president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, writes in RealClear Politics that “we should think big and go bold” with regard to creating a competitive tax code, saying the corporate tax rate “should be no higher than 15 percent—just as the president has argued.”

The Daily Signal reports on the effect that tax reform could have on fourth-generation cattle rancher Julie Ellingson, with her saying that “action by Congress and President Donald Trump on tax reform, and specifically eliminating the death tax, is essential for her to be able to pass on the family business to her children.”

Regarding the Graham-Cassidy bill, The Wall Street Journal’s Kristina Peterson and Louise Radnofsky report President Trump’s encouragement for Senate Republicans to support the proposed Affordable Care Act repeal, saying he hoped the Senators would “fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare” by voting for the bill.

The Washington Times’ Sally Persons reports Senator Deb Fischer likes the idea of giving states more authority in building health insurance models in their states: “I think it’s a great model that the senators have come up with.” Sen. Fischer has not announced whether she will support the bill, but has said she is taking time to read through the legislation, Parsons concludes.