Category: Catherine Rampell

How Trump’s failure to learn from history is making your whiskey a lot more expensive

We learned this lesson in the 1930s, after the United States passed the now-infamous Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Then, Congress caved to business groups demanding greater protection and jacked up average import duties by about 20 percent. Other countries responded with counter-tariffs, and global trade plummeted.

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This latest trick from the Trump administration is one of the most despicable yet

Even so, for several months after her assault, she still agonized about whether to apply, which would requiring turning over information not just to local police but to the Trump administration. But lawyers said she had a slam-dunk case.

Then, unexpectedly, the feds rejected her application. Why? Because … her youngest son doesn’t have a middle name.

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Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda isn’t about rule of law or economics at all

The policy could designate nearly half of the U.S. noncitizen population as a future economic burden (or “public charge,” to use the term of art), according to an estimate from the Migration Policy Institute. Which makes this rule look an awful lot like a backdoor attempt to slash legal immigration levels without consent from Congress.

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Why are we counting on four GOP senators? They all should do their jobs.

That juicy prediction has every pundit asking who else might join these three martyrs. Maybe Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) or some other dark horse? Who could that elusive fourth Republican senator possibly be?

To be honest, I don’t know the answer to that question. But I know what the answer should be: All of them.

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