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In case you missed it: Trump on West Virginia and Joe Manchin

An excerpt from yesterday's Times' interview

Yesterday, President Trump gave an impromptu interview to reporter Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times at Trump's West Palm Beach golf club. In the rambling interview, Trump briefly discussed Senator Manchin and West Virginia:

SCHMIDT: Tell me about what you were saying that the Democrats. . . . [Inaudible.] . . . Tell me about the . . .

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December 29, 2017

Trump vacations

One more hypocrisy for our local "newspapers"

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The Wheeling papers have certainly adapted well to the first year of the Trump presidency especially on subjects for which they routinely criticized the Obama administration. For the year, the "newspapers" have yet to criticize Trump for his use of executive orders -- something that was a regular feature of editorials and Mike Myer . . .

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December 27, 2017

Another fox may not make it to the hen house

Kathleen Hartnett-White has denied climate change, misrepresented data, and plagiarized for starters

From Huffington Post earlier today:

Kathleen Hartnett-White, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, was just one Senate vote away from becoming the White House’s top environmental adviser.

But late Thursday night, the controversial former Texas regulator returned to square one.

The Senate sent her . . .

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December 22, 2017

Latest CHIP update

The Republican tax package passes but the children will need to wait until next year

A few hours ago Axios reported:

The Senate is unlikely to address outstanding health care issues in the government spending bill that must pass by Friday, according to three senior GOP aides and a Democratic leadership aide. That means that a long-term CHIP funding bill, delays of the Affordable Care Act taxes and individual market . . .

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December 20, 2017

Henhouse update

One fox out, another nominated

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Dourson out

Last week, one of the worst of a bad lot of industry-friendly Trump appointments withdrew his name from consideration as head of the EPA’s chemical safety office. Michael Dourson (I first wrote about him here) was apparently so bad that even Republicans were not going to support him. As the Washington Post wrote:

Critics said . . .

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December 20, 2017

The straw men are back

The locals defend the Republican tax plan

A majority of Americans disapprove of the Republican tax plan. Polling on the various plans has been relatively consistent and today's Monmouth Poll is yet another example:

Americans disapprove of the tax reform plan currently making its way through Congress by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Half the public believe their own taxes would go up . . .

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December 18, 2017

Today's AP article on the Republican tax plan must have been insufficiently pro-Trump

And so the Wheeling News-Register rewrote it

Here are the first two paragraphs of the Associated Press' story on the Republican tax package with the wording that was changed or dropped by the News-Register in bold:

Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class . . .

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December 17, 2017

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