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January 29, 2019

Democrats for Border Security? By Stephen Moore

The government shutdown is over -- for now -- but the political ramifications are still being sorted out. The media has been chortling that Donald Trump "caved," and he may well have lost this battle with congressional Democrats. Their "victory," such as it is, is to notify American voters that they are so opposed to a wall and a secure border that they were willing to keep the government shut down for four weeks to ensure it doesn't happen.

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January 22, 2019

Now Pelosi Owns the Shutdown By Stephen Moore

On Saturday, Donald Trump shrewdly flipped the table on Nancy Pelosi in the government shutdown standoff. He has now proposed a grand bargain on immigration: legalization of some 1 million so-called Dreamers -- the foreigners who were brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents -- and an immediate end to the shutdown, if she agrees to expand funding to $5.7 billion for the wall.

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January 15, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. JFK By Stephen Moore

Oh how far the Democratic Party has fallen. In recent days, we've seen the new darling of the Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, crusading for a 70 percent income tax rate.

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January 8, 2019

Navigating the Great Divide By Stephen Moore

In the months after the election of Donald Trump, there was a mini-political movement in California to get the Golden State to secede from the Union.

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December 25, 2018

Fire the Fed By Stephen Moore

In one of the most remarkable Abbott and Costello routines in modern times, the economic wizards at the Fed again raised interest rates on Tuesday. Their crackerjack logic for doing so is to steer America on a course toward recession so they have the tools in hand to end the recession that they themselves created. Can anyone tell us who's on first?

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December 18, 2018

Follow the (Climate Change) Money By Stephen Moore

The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains, oh, about 80 percent of what goes on in Washington.   

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December 11, 2018

The Bush Tax Betrayal By Stephen Moore

The eulogies for George H.W. Bush keep rolling in, and a great American hero's life has been given proper tribute.

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December 4, 2018

Regaining Trust on Money Issues By Stephen Moore

Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big-spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets.

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November 27, 2018

The Recession Myth By Stephen Moore

There's an old saying that Wall Street economists have predicted eight of the last two recessions. The bears in the economics profession keep getting paid a lot of money misreading the nation's economic weather vanes -- whether it was the power and durability of the Reagan expansion in the 1980s, the ferocious bull market of the late 1990s, the after-effects of the 9/11 attacks, or most recently the phenomenal revival of growth in President Donald Trump's first years in office.

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November 20, 2018

Charting the Danger of the Modern Left By Stephen Moore

No one understands the dysfunctions and debilitating impact of America's political system in the swamp better than Mark Melcher and Steve Soukup. For decades between them, they followed Washington for Wall Street at one of America's largest brokerage houses. For the last 16 years, the two have run their own, independent research shop, delivering political commentary and forecasting to the investment community, studying the intersection between politics and economics. This pushed them into a relentless pursuit of the new left -- measuring its deleterious impact on everything it touches -- most especially Western civilization.

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November 13, 2018

Fannie Mae and 'Freddie Maxine' By Stephen Moore

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California appears a lock to become the next chairman of the House's powerful Financial Services Committee. Waters is pledging to be a diligent watchdog for mom and pop investors, and recently told a crowd that when it comes to the big banks, investment houses and insurance companies, "We are going to do to them what they did to us." I'm not going to cry too many tears for Wall Street since they poured money behind the Democrats in these midterm elections. You get what you pay for.

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November 6, 2018

Five Midterm Races That Matter Most By Stephen Moore

I've been arguing for months that the ideal outcome in the midterm elections to set up Donald Trump for a landslide re-election in 2020 is for Republicans to hold the Senate and narrowly lose the House.

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October 30, 2018

Why the Left Hates Prosperity By Stephen Moore

Here is Moore's rule of modern-day politics: The better the economy performs under President Donald Trump and the more successes he racks up, the more unhinged the left becomes. It's a near linear relationship. And it goes for media as well.

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October 23, 2018

'Medicare-for-All' By Stephen Moore

It seems like just yesterday that Democrats were telling us that under Obamacare, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."   

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October 16, 2018

Trump's North American Trade Triumph By Stephen Moore

For those on the left and right who were certain that President Donald Trump's presidency meant the end of global free trade ... think again. Though Trump's critics have dismissed the significance of the new Mexico and Canada trade deal, it's hard to deny that it is a welcome advance for the economy of the entire continent.

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October 9, 2018

Ending the Credit Rating Agency Racket By Stephen Moore

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the housing market meltdown that led to the Great Recession. Is another crisis looming around the corner?  

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October 2, 2018

A Trillion-Dollar Blunder By Stephen Moore

I have spent some three decades railing against faulty budgetary scoring of tax bills, but the latest charade from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Tax Committee takes the cake. The story of fiscal phony math is so indefensible when it comes to the Trump tax cut that you may not believe it could be true. Alas, it is.

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September 25, 2018

Saving the Republican Congress By Stephen Moore

Even at this late hour, President Donald Trump can save the Republican Congress in November -- if they want to be saved. To understand how, we need to rewind back to this time last year.

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September 18, 2018

How Solar and Wind Mandates Tax the Poor and Middle Class By Stephen Moore

Liberals love to talk about helping the poor and the middle class, and they are obsessed with reducing income inequality. So why is it that across the country they are pushing one of the most regressive taxes in modern times?

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September 11, 2018

Give Trump the Nobel Prize for Economics By Stephen Moore

This past week I asked a friend at the White House about how the president was holding up against the onslaught of media attacks. "They didn't even deliver a glancing blow," was the response. It wasn't for a lack of trying.