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‘We set a low bar — he rammed his head on it’: Liberal economist says Trump worse than expected

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Liberal economist Austan Goolsbee says he didn’t expect much from President Donald Trump — and the president so far hasn’t even met those measly expectations.

Appearing on CNN Monday during a panel discussion on tax reform, Goolsbee said last week’s health care debacle showed Trump to be stunningly inept as a negotiator, as he didn’t even grasp the basics of health care policy or politics.

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“We set a low bar for the president, and he rammed his head on it,” explained Goolsbee, an economics professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama. “You knew that somebody who campaigns without specifics, without any trade offs… just telling people they’re going to have their wildest dreams fulfilled, and he’s going to replace Obamacare with something fabulous, you knew he was going to have problems when it actually came time to pass a policy.”

Goolsbee then argued that Trump’s lack of policy knowledge would similarly hinder any effort to reform the American tax system.

“The same thing is about to happen on tax reform,” he said. “He has not set the stage for a sober discussion… that’s going to involve trade offs… That’s a mature discussion, and it’s not one that Donald Trump is going to have. They’re going to go out and find that every bit of reform they want to do has an enemy.”

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‘Sit this one out’: Ivanka Trump’s complaint about ‘elites’ hilariously backfires

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Ivanka Trump complained about coastal elites to defend her father -- and was swiftly met with furious mockery.

The White House adviser and eldest daughter of President Donald Trump shared a video clip of former Republican strategist Rick Wilson ridiculing the president's "credulous boomer rube" supporters, and complained the attack was derogatory and unfair.

"You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided," Ivanka Trump tweeted. "The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting."

You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided.

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Republicans are being ‘torn and squeezed’ after Bolton’s book disrupts their anti-impeachment efforts: columnist

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On Tuesday, conservative columnist Matt Lewis wrote for The Daily Beast that former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book is a "game changer" that "puts the squeeze" on Senate Republicans who were hoping to dispose of the impeachment trial quickly.

"If you don’t think the bombshell revelation that John Bolton’s book will say Donald Trump wanted to withhold Ukraine aid until their government agreed to investigate Democrats has the potential to move the needle, consider the developments that ensued in its wake," wrote Lewis. "Susan Collins suggested she would vote for witnesses, and Mitt Romney said it’s 'increasingly likely' other Republicans would join them. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham abruptly canceled a press conference (later, he left open the possibility that he would subpoena Bolton’s manuscript, even as he remained opposed to having Bolton testify), and Pat Toomey proposed a 'one-for-one' witness swap. By the end of the day Monday, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine told NPR that he expects as many as 10 Republicans to vote for witnesses."

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GOP senators furious at White House counsel Cipollone for not alerting them about Bolton manuscript: report

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John Bolton's book manuscript have blown up Republican hopes for a speedy impeachment trial, and President Donald Trump's defense team conceded it was "a complication."

The former national security adviser claims Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden, and Senate Republicans are furious the White House apparently knew about the allegations but didn't prepare for the possibility they would leak before the trial ended, reported Axios.

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