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West Wing Reads for 8/17/17

“Coal Makes a Comeback”

– Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes under President Trump’s leadership, “coal is showing signs of a revival and breathing economic life into West Virginia and other coal states.” Weekly coal production has increased by 14.5 percent nationwide over last year with even bigger bumps in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, the Journal writes, concluding “apparently coal can be marketable if regulators let it be.”
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Seth Lipsky at the New York Post writes that the leftist-outrage industry moves fast, with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeting yesterday the city will take a 90-day review of all symbols of hate. Lipsky warns the “monument” wars have a very Orwellian feel about them, and President Trump’s slippery slope argument is completely valid.

In immigration news, University of Maryland Professor Peter Morici writes in the The Washington Times the RAISE Act’s emphasis on skilled immigration would “boost the size and quality of the labor force, accelerate economic growth and ease social tensions.” And at the The Daily Caller, Rep. Mark Meadows praises the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement and border security policies, writing that Congress now has “a partner in the White House who is committed to closing down illegal pathways to our country and restoring the rule of law.”

In regards to North Korea, Fox News syndicated columnist Cal Thomas writes “North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy,” saying “President Trump deserves credit for standing up for the country and confronting one of the world’s most unpredictable dictators.”

In The Hill, the Heritage Foundation’s Bryan Riley and Riley Walters write that after the President’s action Monday to investigate Chinese intellectual property theft, China should “voluntarily reform its treatment of intellectual property, bringing its practices into conformity with international norm,” given its “long and very well documented rap sheet” of IP theft.

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