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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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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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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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News Analysis: Trump’s Losing Streak in Courts Traceable to Conservative Judges

Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, made a similar point from the opposite direction about Tuesday’s decision blocking efforts to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities. Continue reading the main story “Some conservative Republicans may not like the outcome of this specific case,” he wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy, a legal blog. “But they will have reason to celebrate it the next time a liberal Democratic president tries a similar move.” In Tuesday’s decision, Judge William H. Orrick of Federal District Court in San Francisco relied on…

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Michael Flynn Under Defense Dept. Investigation Over Foreign Payment

Photo Michael T. Flynn, center, President Trump’s first national security adviser, with Mr. Trump and Reince Priebus, chief of staff, in December. Mr. Flynn was warned in 2014 not to accept payment from a foreign country without prior approval. Credit Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, is under investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general to determine whether he failed to get permission to receive payment from a foreign government, according to a letter released on Thursday…

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Republicans Propose Short-Term Funding Plan to Avert Shutdown

Photo Flags outside the Capitol on Wednesday. Lawmakers are working on a spending package that would fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans introduced a measure late Wednesday to keep the government open past Friday’s deadline, giving themselves more time to finalize a spending bill. The stopgap legislation would continue government funding through May 5, averting a shutdown this weekend. The measure still needs to be approved by the House…

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