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West Wing Reads for 11/7/17

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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

“TRUMP SHOWS AMERICA IS THROUGH BEING A CHUMP IN ASIA”

- Christian Whiton, Fox News

Senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy at the Center for the National Interest, Christian Whiton writes for Fox News that President Trump’s trip to Asia sends the clear message that “America and its allies are through being chumps.” The President’s interactions in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines all reflect his efforts to restore America’s traditional foreign policy; a foreign policy that “advocates our key security and economic interests” while still working to remain diplomatic. Whiton comments President Trump “has also restored our key alliances with countries that matter most,” and is now able to encourage those in friendly countries to be “good allies” and act in unison with American interests. With President Trump’s work to reverse negative trends disadvantaging the United States in Asia and the increased American military presence in the Pacific, Whiton concludes, “[t]he free world is coming back in the Pacific with restored confidence and capability.”
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In The Post-Standard, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry comments President Trump’s tax and regulatory reform initiatives are needed as the partnership of low taxes and smart regulations “will generate prosperity, strengthen national security, secure energy independence, and further the President’s goal of energy dominance.”

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The Washington Post's Heather Long writes the Tax Policy Center retracted its assessment on the GOP tax reform bill after “discovering an error made in its model” that falsely concluded the majority of the bill’s benefits would go the wealthy rather than assist the middle-class.

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In immigration news, Stephen Montemayor of the Star Tribune reports on the efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice to revoke the citizenships of four Minnesotans from Somalia who used false identities when applying for visas, ultimately “defrauding the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program more than a decade ago.”

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And Rich Lowry of the New York Post remarks the two by-standers, Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff, who chased down and confronted the shooter, show that in many parts of the country, “a gun isn’t an optional extra layer of self-protection, but a necessary first defense.” Ultimately it was the sharp shooting of Willeford and the selfless act of risking life and limb of both men that stopped the killer before he could do more harm.