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Twitter has been debating whether it’s okay to punch Nazis for months, and while Samantha Bee seems to fall on the “no” side of the argument, she does have a plan of action that she prefers.

Punching Nazis doesn't help.

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The Trump administration is considering a plan to tax aluminum foil imports from China after finding that the country is heavily subsidizing aluminum foil.

The investigation into aluminum foil producer subsidies is not part of a broader investigation into China’s aluminum trade that President Donald Trump initiated by executive order in March.

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Running through the final heartbeats of the Obama years, a nasty presidential election and the dawn of the Trump administration, Season 42 of NBC's Saturday Night Live earned the show its highest ratings in 24 years on the shoulders of our nation's mounting political dysfunction.

Having gone silent during a nearly three-month summer hiatus that spanned the ouster of several high-ranking Trump administration staffers--including chief of staff Reince Preibus, press secretary Sean Spicer and communications director Anthony Scaramucci--"Weekend Update" co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che were eager to address the changes in their first of four Thursday episodes.

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Running through the final heartbeats of the Obama years, a nasty presidential election and the dawn of the Trump administration, Season 42 of NBC's Saturday Night Live earned the show its highest ratings in 24 years on the shoulders of our nation's mounting political dysfunction.

Having gone silent during a nearly three-month summer hiatus that spanned the ouster of several high-ranking Trump administration staffers--including chief of staff Reince Preibus, press secretary Sean Spicer and communications director Anthony Scaramucci--"Weekend Update" co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che were eager to address the changes in their first of four Thursday episodes.

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Publications (including Politico) are reporting on the paranoia that is now flowing through the Trump administration.

See more cartoons: Here's That 'Hillary Clinton Dirt' Donald Trump Jr.

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The U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue, held Wednesday, ended in silence, with almost no effort by the American side to lipstick the pig. That’s significant progress in American thinking about China.

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Team Trump Defeated By 'China First' [0.08]

Posted on July 22, 2017, 4:22 a.m. by Forbes Real Time @ [source]

This week, a trade dialogue between the United States and China failed.

Yet it may have contributed to this week’s disappointment.

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Compared to the fanfare surrounding the removal of sanctions against Iran, Myanmar or Cuba, the approaching end of US economic sanctions against Sudan has received scant attention.

President Trump has so far failed to give a clear indication on whether he will approve the removal of sanctions.

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Trump administration officials have drafted a presidential executive order intended to address the cost of and access to prescription drugs.

The draft of President Trump’s executive order—and to reiterate, it is only a draft and not necessarily the final version—takes a much different approach.

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What happens after a CEO visits the White House?

What happens after a CEO visits the White House?

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Given President Trump's recent tweet of a faked body slam of a journalist, I need to make it clear from the start that I'm talking about the political rather than the physical pain the Trump administration and the GOP majorities in the House and Senate will experience over the next three weeks. For the Trump administration and the House and Senate Republican leadership, not adopting a 2018 congressional budget resolution will be a political disaster.

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The story is that President Donald Trump wants to slap 20% tariffs upon steel and a number of other products, presumably as a manner of pleasing his base--the result of this would be significant jobs losses and at least a slowdown in, if not a disappearance of, economic growth.

President Donald Trump is considering a 20% tariff on imports of steel and possibly a number of other goods, Axios says.

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It's entirely true that national security is a useful and valid exception to the usual merits of entirely free trade--just as it is also true that people often enough claim national security as a reason to restrict free trade when it's not entirely appropriate. It's entirely true that there's only one plant in the US making the high purity aluminium needed by parts of the military procurement system.

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This is an interesting little observation about Trump's tax and spending plans--in the absence of them the International Monetary Fund is assuming that GDP growth in the US won't tick up.

The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending to spur growth.

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I've been saying since early 2017 (see here, here, here, here and here for example) that the Trump White House and congressional Republicans are not going to let budget laws, precedents, past rulings, officials, basic mathematics, the laws of economics or a big increase in the federal deficit and national debt stop them from enacting their agenda. The fiscal 2017 congressional budget resolution they adopted that allowed repeal and replace to move forward under reconciliation made no attempt whatsoever to deal with the deficit even though the GOP heavily criticized the Obama administration for it the entire eight years it was in office.

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China Weaponized N. Korea. Will It Now Disarm It? [0.18]

Posted on June 25, 2017, 4:01 a.m. by Forbes Real Time @ [source]

Beijing has always maintained it supported North Korea’s “denuclearization,” but the statement, echoing the position of the administration of George W. Bush, is nonetheless surprisingly strong.

What motivated Beijing to join in announcing such a strong position?

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Today I want to take a look back at my March 7th Pro Perspectives piece. Today, when you hear a startup founder talk about the success benchmarks, it rarely has anything to do with with revenue or profit.

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Five months into President Donald Trump's administration, the General Services Administration, the federal agency in charge of the government's real estate and procurement, is still awaiting a permanent administrator and public buildings commissioner.

Two of the more than 400 executive branch positions Trump has yet to appoint a nominee for, the top GSA roles are responsible for making the federal government's real estate decisions.

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In a dramatic first, the Food and Drug Administration is requesting that Endo Pharmaceuticals remove the opioid Opana ER from the market because of its potential for causing abuse.

The American Medical Association will consider whether to lobby for regulation that requires drug makers to include prices in their direct-to-consumer advertisements.

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We live in a crazy world: Contacts with Russia by a new administration are represented as possible treason, not as normal diplomacy. Administration officials with Russian associations are subject to McCarthy-like witch hunts.

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