– Matthew Continetti in The Washington Free Beacon

Donald Trump addresses the 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference at the Verizon Center March 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Matthew Continetti, editor in chief of The Washington Free Beacon, writes that President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his decision to move the U.S. embassy is “a common sense appraisal of the world.” But it is also “one of the boldest moves any U.S. president has made since the beginning of the Oslo ‘peace process’ in 1993.”

Continetti explains that “the warnings from Trump critics that his decision may wreck the peace process ring hollow,” as there is currently “no peace process to wreck.” Applauding President Trump’s acknowledgment of Israel’s “right to determine its own capital city,” Continetti concludes that the President’s decision is “something to be proud of.”

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Alice Stewart writes in CNN that President Trump is “following through with his commitment” to the American people by fulfilling a major campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The President’s announcement affirms “the need for the peace process to move ahead” and makes it clear that this is the “right time and the right step to take,” Stewart writes.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts


On tax reform, Adam Michel of the Heritage Foundation argues in The National Interest that “American families could finally get a real raise” from the pro-growth policies in both the House and Senate tax reform bills. Third-party analyses project these reforms could lead to an economy “almost 3 percent larger at the end of ten years . . . [translating] to more than $4,000 dollars per household, per year.”


In economic news, Berkeley Lovelace, Jr., at CNBC reports that “hiring across the U.S. was 26 percent higher last month than a year earlier,” according to a LinkedIn Workforce Report. Year to date, the hiring rate in the U.S. has been “10.4 percent higher in 2017 than in 2016.” Reports from ADP and Moody’s Analytics also show that private payrolls increased by 190,000 in November.


Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) praised President Trump in the Deseret News for remedying “one of the largest abuses of power foisted upon Utah.” Bishop thanked the President for revoking past misuse of the Antiquities Act, explaining that “we now have an administration that understands the importance of allowing local people to have a say.”


In national security news, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) writes in NBC News that the visa lottery program “is tainted by fraud and abuse.” Following this past year’s Halloween terror attack perpetrated by a lottery visa recipient, “there is no doubt that it should be eliminated.”


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