Day: March 24, 2017

The world watches a shrinking presidency

By MICHAEL GERSON    It is difficult to overestimate the geopolitical risks of this moment —or the (both disturbed and eager) global scrutiny now being given to the American president.      Aggression is growing along the westward reach of Russian influence and the southern boundary of Chinese influence. Intercontinental nuclear capacity may soon be in the hands of a mental pubescent in North Korea. In the Middle East, a hostile alliance of Russia and Shiite powers is ascendant; radical Sunnis have a territorial foothold and inspire strikes in Western cities; America’s traditional Sunni friends and allies feel devalued...

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Turning policies into numbers

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress last week. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the rollout, is that “we wrote it using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and...

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Lady Celts open season with 10-0 win

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Batting leadoff, Nadia Witt said she was just trying to get on base. The McNary center fielder did more than that, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Lady Celts shut out Cleveland 10-0 on Thursday, March 16 to open the 2017 softball season. “We played a lot better than I expected,” Witt said. “I wasn’t expecting us to play bad but we played really good and we all communicated well and just played as a team.” McNary sophomore Faith Danner pitched all five innings, recording six strikeouts and...

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