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Trump on Being President: ‘I Thought It Would Be Easier’

Photo President Trump in Washington on Thursday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times As he closes in on completing his first 100 days in office, Donald J. Trump reflected on how his life has changed since he became president and the challenges he faces. In an interview on Thursday with Reuters, the president offered these assessments: On the difficulties of the job “I loved my previous life,” Mr. Trump told Reuters. “I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would…

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Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

_____ • Peter Van Buren in The American Conservative: “While public institutions do have an obligation to public safety, that obligation must be balanced against the public’s greater right to engage with free speech.” Continue reading the main story Peter Van Buren charts a history of free speech cases that involve the “Heckler’s Veto,” a term in First Amendment law for government suppression of speech in anticipation of violence. Mr. Van Buren points out that courts have routinely rejected the so-called veto and advised that it is the government’s responsibility…

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Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

Carlos Barria | Reuters President Donald Trump looks out a window of the Oval Office following an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, April 27, 2017. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” A wealthy businessman from New York, Trump assumed public office for the first time when he entered the White House on Jan. 20 after he defeated former Secretary of…

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Trump to sign executive order that could expand offshore energy development

President Donald Trump on Friday will instruct his cabinet officials to take actions that will potentially open new areas of federally administered waters to energy development. The actions, to be spelled out in a new executive order, mark Trump’s latest effort to lift limits on oil and gas drilling and coal mining put in place by his predecessor. The move sets in motion a potential reversal of President Barack Obama’s last-minute attempts to withdraw vast swaths of U.S. waters from lease sales to fossil fuel companies. The America First Offshore…

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Public Health: The G.O.P. Health Bill Is Alive Again. Here’s a Quick Way to Catch Up.

■ Obamacare’s “age rating” rule lowers premiums for older Americans, who tend to use more health care services — though it raises prices for younger customers. By discouraging older people from buying insurance, the plan would lower the average sticker price of care. But that doesn’t mean prices would get lower for everyone. ■ States that pursue waivers of these three rules would be required to set up special programs for high-cost patients. States have tried high-risk pools before, with mixed results. Many states had to turn applicants away —…

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Revisiting Nafta: The Stakes for Key Industries

The sector is a major employer in all three member nations — Canada, Mexico and the United States. Hundreds of thousands of workers in the United States are tied to the industry, while Mexico and Canada each rely on automaking for tens of thousands of jobs. Continue reading the main story The countries’ automotive sectors are also tightly linked, exporting and importing billions of dollars’ worth of auto parts from one another. Last year, the United States imported 1.6 million vehicles — mainly small cars — from Mexico. But about…

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EPA chief pulls out of GOP event appearance that could have violated law

F. Carter Smith | Bloomberg | Getty Images Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks during the 2017 CERAWeek by IHS Markit conference in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will not attend an Oklahoma Republican Party fundraising event over concerns the appearance would run afoul of a federal law. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, had been slated to keynote the annual Oklahoma Republican Party Gala. The organizers billed the appearance as “a once in a lifetime event” to…

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A.M.T., With Few Defenders, Is Newly Targeted in Trump Tax Plan

About 30 percent of households earning $200,000 to $500,000 in 2016 are being hit by the minimum tax, as are 63 percent of those earning $500,000 to $1 million, according to calculations from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington. But only a fifth of the total earn more than $1 million and face the minimum tax. Who Pays the A.M.T.? An earlier version of the alternative minimum tax was introduced in 1969 to prevent well-to-do households from paying no tax. Currently, it mostly affects those earning $500,000 to $1…

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