Surprisingly, Breitbart’s characterization of the House Immigration bill (“President Trump Backs House Immigration Reform Bill”) is much more accurate than the New York Times‘. The Times editorializes with strong verbs and adjectives beginning with the headline. Breitbart has the grace to save its hard-right editorializing until the end of its coverage.
The online edition of the Washington Post, as of midday, had no visible coverage at all. The bill must have been very distasteful to the Post‘s editors to merit such treatment. Perhaps the staff was at the cinema basking in the imagined past glory of the newspaper portrayed in Spielberg’s film “The Post.”
On the other hand, Tucker Carlson seems to be vying at Fox News for the title of Times-Post polar opposite. Meanwhile, facing off against Mr. Carlson and Breitbart, are Democratic senators and congressmen, nervously eyeing the Party’s powerful left wing base.
Never Trump’s changing coalition
Conrad Black has a jolly time at the expense of the Never Trump movement in the wake of the widespread discrediting of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury.
Although beset by defections, the Never Trump movement has meanwhile found a prominent new recruit, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Many Republicans in the House would like to see strong checks on the surveillance of US citizens. So does The Federalist. The misuse of surveillance by Obama officials in the Justice Department and FBI provides ample backing for these concerns. The President and House leadership are nevertheless reported to be against additional safeguards.
Good vs bad public-private partnerships
Some policy matters never get much debate or publicity. Cato usefully addresses one of these: public-private partnerships. The issue will become important in the infrastructure bills that are expected.
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