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• April 30, 2017

Confab: Gala 100-Day Confabulation

Hosted by Eric Felten.
8:00 AM, Apr 30, 2017
In this episode of THE WEEKLY STANDARD Confab, Fred Barnes talks with host Eric Felten about President Trump's big new tax reform plan, and then senior writer Michael Warren comes by to assess the style and strategy of the Trump presidency, 100 days in. Read more

100 Down . . .

From the May 8, 2017 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
1:53 PM, Apr 29, 2017

He should’ve stuck with "ridiculous." That was the word President Trump used in late April to describe the "first 100 days" standard by which new commanders in chief are judged for their productivity. Trump himself cited the timeline before the election in his Contract with the American Voter, a "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again"—as realistic as a one-day push to build Rome. He's learned since that legislating is a slog and externalities like foreign affairs and Congress's Russia probe don't politely yield to a domestic policy wish list. Acknowledging as much—"No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days .  .  .

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Trump's First Step On The Long Road to Tax Cuts

12:08 PM, Apr 29, 2017
Barack Obama thought a 28 percent corporate tax rate is about right. House Republicans think 20 percent would make America competitive again. Donald Trump thinks a 15 percent rate would Make America Great Again. And for comparison, Britain's prime minister Theresa May thinks 17 percent would make a Brexited UK both competitive and great again. Ireland prefers 12.5 percent, to the consternation of its high-taxing fellow-members of the EU. Read more

Prufrock: In Defense of Billy Joel's White Fans, the Politics of Food, and Solitude

10:24 AM, Apr 29, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Harvey Mansfield on the Gorsuch hearings, Rob Koons on humanism, Robert Rauschenberg’s con, and more. Read more

John Kasich Calls the Latest GOP Health Care Efforts 'Window Dressing'

The Ohio governor is unimpressed with the plan to let states waive certain requirements of the ACA.
5:35 PM, Apr 28, 2017
Ohio governor John Kasich dismissed changes to the American Health Care Act designed to give states flexibility under Obamacare’s insurance regulations on Friday, telling reporters that the House amendment process is a "bouncing ball" he hasn't been interested in following. Read more

Kristol: It's Not Easy Being Trump

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:18 PM, Apr 28, 2017
Today on the Daily Standard podcast, editor-at-large Bill Kristol discusses President Trump's recent revelations that being president isn't as easy as he thought, why Paul Ryan might be thinking the same about being Speaker of the House, and how opportunistic progressives created—then lost control of—the anti-free-speech movement on college campuses. Read more

Trump Needs a Booming Economy to Succeed. He Doesn't Have One.

A growth rate of 0.7 percent is too sluggish to help his agenda.
11:09 AM, Apr 28, 2017
If the economy can grow faster, that means more people working, factories humming, and a whole lot more tax revenue. Ask Bill Clinton how that kind of an economic boom can boost your legacy. Read more

Substandard Show Notes--Episode 1.25

Guardians of the Galaxy. Baywatch. Dunkirk. Prana. It's a Very Special Summer movie preview.
10:30 AM, Apr 28, 2017

Endnotes and digressions from the latest show:

* Let's go backwards first. Late in the show, Vic asked what movie we thought was going to be the biggest hit this summer. I said that I wasn't sure about that, but that I was pretty sure that Baywatch was going to be the biggest surprise. Let me walk you through my reasoning:

In order for a movie to find traction at the box office during the summer, it has to be able to find room to breath on opening weekend. That's not easy when you have $200 million tent-pole flicks being released every seven days. So how does a mid-budget action-comedy such as Baywatch break through? Well, it's being released on the same weekend as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—the

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Purdue Seeks to 'Disrupt' Higher Ed by Acquiring Kaplan University

President Mitch Daniels sees the move as a way to expand his school's reach.
10:05 AM, Apr 28, 2017

In a digital-age fulfillment of its mission as a land-grant college, Purdue University has acquired the for-profit, mainly online Kaplan University. Purdue’s board of trustees voted Thursday on a deal that would make Kaplan a public university, affiliated with Purdue and dedicated to extending educational options to non-traditional adult students.

"Certainly this is a first," Purdue president Mitch Daniels, former Republican governor of Indiana and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Thursday.

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Prufrock: A Prophetic 'Mariner', Bog Bodies, and Scalia's Speeches

9:44 AM, Apr 28, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Wikipedia’s definition of happiness, an intimate portrait of Harper Lee, Andrew Ferguson visits the new Museum of the American Revolution, Jean Rhys's short stories, and more. Read more

Red Trump

Who said it—the U.S president or China Daily?
9:23 AM, Apr 28, 2017
It’s almost as if Donald Trump "looked into Xi Jinping's soul" when the Chinese president visited Mar-a-Lago a few weeks ago. What else can explain the U.S. president's bizarre affinity for the repressive Chinese dictator, which he laid out in a disturbing interview with Reuters on Thursday? Read more

Lawmaker: We're Betting Trump Will Announce Embassy Move During Israel Trip

Florida Republican Ron DeSantis traveled to the country in March to scout out potential locations.
8:18 AM, Apr 28, 2017
Trump is reportedly considering visiting Israel on May 22, right before the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem Day, which marks the reunification of Jerusalem. Read more

The Ad Hoc Presidency

What Trump's first 100 days in office tell us about the next 1,361.
5:00 AM, Apr 28, 2017
“With this president, you never know."

That's a sentence I've heard several times as I've covered Donald Trump's first 100 days in the Oval Office—not from pundits or journalists or members of Congress, but from a high-ranking White House aide. That feeling of uncertainty permeates the West Wing and the entire administration, on everything from policy to personnel. Decisions are often made at the last minute, and the results are sloppy or half-finished. Aides find themselves scrambling to respond coherently to presidential tweets or promises he makes in interviews with the media. With several unfilled positions in the White House and departments and agencies, staff feel stretched thin. Lawmakers remain unsure about administration policies.

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President Trump, It's The Next 1,361 Days You Need To Worry About

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:57 PM, Apr 27, 2017
Today's Daily Standard podcast is with deputy online editor Chris Deaton, who explains why President Trump should be focused on the days beyond the first 100, and what his presidency will look like when voters return to the polls in 2020. Read more

Kate O'Beirne: Whip Smart, Worldly, and Full of Grace

Remembering the legendary National Review editor.
4:35 PM, Apr 27, 2017
The list of people who called her on the regular for advice might as well have been the phonebook. Everyone wanted to talk to Kate because, aside from being socially adroit and whip smart, she was worldly in the best sense. Read more

The First Step Is Admitting You've Got a Problem

The Newseum CEO—a former college president—addresses the anti-speech generation.
3:44 PM, Apr 27, 2017
To restore free expression and the unfettered exchange of ideas to censorious college campuses, the nation’s liberal thought leaders will have to admit we have a problem on our hands. Events of this week presented some encouraging signs that they're getting closer. While restless campuses erupted in sadly predictable episodes of students demanding administrators acquiesce to their demands, institutions of the center-left establishment showed a growing willingness to confront the demons now endemic to the bright college years. Read more

The California Senate Considers (Yet Another) Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Questions remain over how the government would fund the program.
3:24 PM, Apr 27, 2017
California politicians aren’t sitting around waiting to see what becomes of Obamacare reform on Capitol Hill; the state Senate Health Committee voted 5-2 in favor of a single-payer bill for Californians on Wednesday. Read more

How to Push Deregulation in California

Make it a social justice thing.
11:47 AM, Apr 27, 2017
How to persuade liberal, regulation-crazed California to ease up? Market your libertarian pet project as the ultimate in political correctitude. Also, find some Democrats to sponsor the legislation you need to ditch those irksome regulations and get your project off the ground. Read more

The Substandard Summer Blockbuster Preview

10:00 AM, Apr 27, 2017
In this week’s episode, the Substandard tackles the summer movie lineup—what we're most looking forward to and what we're not. JVL has a very special surprise in store for the guys, and a very special guest comes by the studio—not many people know that! All on this week's episode of the Substandard! Read more

Prufrock: A History of the Cross as Art, Shakespeare in Modern English, and Things Famous Writers Didn't Write

9:30 AM, Apr 27, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Find your ancient sculptural doppelgänger, ebook sales drop, the accomplishment of Les Misérables rightly understood, the usefulness of useless knowledge, and more. Read more