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◆ US Economy grew 3% last quarter. Fastest pace in two years
New York Times story here. The pace is particularly noteworthy because the recovery after the 2008 is now long-in-the-tooth.
◆ Federal judge (and former Democratic legislator) temporarily blocks Texas from cutting funds to sanctuary cities (New York Times)
A number of the state’s biggest cities, including Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas, all of which are run by Democrats, joined a lawsuit against Texas seeking to strike down the law, which was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, in May.
In his ruling issued Wednesday evening, the judge, Orlando L. Garcia of United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, granted a preliminary injunction preventing the law from taking effect while the suit continues.
Judge Garcia appeared to block three provisions of the law, including one that stated that local government entities and officials may not “adopt, enforce or endorse” any policy limiting the enforcement of immigration laws. –New York Times
Comment: The case will move to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in NOLA, one of the most conservative.
The word “endorse” might well be a constitutional problem since it seems to block the First Amendment freedoms of local officials.
◆ Pres. Trump begins to promote tax reform but doesn’t provide any specifics (New York Times)
He reiterated his pledge to slash corporate tax rates and simplify individual taxes.
Comment: It’s important to remember that overhauling the tax code is much more difficult and complex than simply cutting taxes. Every one of those “loopholes” is there because a special interest lobbied for it and a Congressman pushed it through. They will not want to see those benefits erased. But erasing them is the only way to reform the overall code. That’s why it hasn’t been accomplished since Reagan.
◆ How much do Californians hate Trump? Well, they boo’d Sen. Feinstein when she said he probably would not be impeached. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)
Democratic leaders across the state went berserk, so, naturally, Sen. Feinstein has “clarified” her remarks.
◆ Jonathan Tobin: “Obama’s Mideast legacy: Iran’s puppets all around Israel with war on the way” (New York Post)
When the United States chose to let Syria slide into chaos while simultaneously seeking to end the isolation of Iran with a nuclear deal, President Barack Obama thought he was avoiding trouble and giving Iran a chance to “get right with the world.”
But it turns out those blunders are still paying dividends for Iran, creating new dangers in the Middle East and threatening the hopes of the Trump administration. That was made clear this week when Yehya al-Sinwar, the leader of Hamas, announced in Gaza that the terror group had reconciled with Iran. –Jonathan Tobin, NY Post
◆ Today in PC lunacy: Private school near Washington bans students from wearing anything with “Washington Redskins” on it (CBS Sports)
You can’t make this up: The school is named “Green Acres.”
Tip of the Redskins helmet to Hollis Taggart for that story.