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Fresh update on "potomac" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Troopers for the Maryland state Police. Rockville Barrack did a joint operation on street racing, which is a dangerous problem. They're trying to stop. On Tuesday, police were tipped off about a large gathering of cars near to 70 and route 1 24 cops checked it out, made 28 traffic stops and slapped the drivers with 28 citations and 16 warnings. Among other things. Over Labor Day weekend, a group of state and local police handed out hundreds of tickets, warnings and repair orders. 1 21, Fairfax counties elite. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is considering changes to its admission policy. While the goal is increasing diversity, one current student thinks the new plan is flawed. Call it a marriage lottery system, but it's essentially becoming just a simple lotteries is fixing your bash Wish arrested a junior at the elite magnet school. He says Fairfax County Public School Superintendent Scott Bray brands plan to go from an entry test to a lottery system for admission is a bad idea because he believes it Won't assure that all students at the same level when learning begins. I don't think that anyone is barred from reaching that level, but we definitely need to have something to assess that. Ray Brand believes the plan will lead to a more diverse student bodies arrest thinks the focus should be on preparing students for the test. Instead, some rigidity some structure in the preparation. He began a website to do that path to TJ dot com. Suresh says he does those support a plan to drop the $100 application fee. Mike Murillo. W T. O P News the parents of a local teen who drowned in the Potomac a few months ago, do not want his death to be in vain. So the Loudon County.
Fresh update on "potomac" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Want people to know that they're the potential reason why there could be an outbreak in their small social circle, also on the metrics of community spread being presented differently to focus on policy. Of cases critical need tohave. People understand We can't move in terms of being able to control this air turning Longmore activity if our positive cases are not engaged Christi King w T O P News coupled Ethiopia 306 heads up If you plan to visit the Triadelphia Reservoir love, the Proton, said River in Montgomery and Howard County's ur herds this morning to avoid contact with water because wssc water Has apparently found high concentrations of blue blue green algae in the water. Avoid all recreational water contact. They say. Don't allow pets to swim in or drink that water and don't The fish livers or digestive organs from fish caught in the reservoir, Wssc says. It's drinking water, though, is not affected, but it is still closely monitoring water. The equality there had his faults. Hank's a water filtration plant. To be sure, really, for the people who use the reservoir for recreational activities, and this is not uncommon. Tio see these blue green algae bloom in this time of year. The the water contact health advisory is really directed at the People who enjoy Wssc waters. Recreational areas along the Triadelphia Reservoir. Lyn Riggins speaks for Wssc. It was confusion and miscommunication that led to a delayed response when a teen drowned in the Potomac River earlier this summer, nearly 40 minutes passed from the time 16 year old Fritz Thomas went underwater to the time and ambulance actually arrived on scene Now Montgomery County Emergency Department to have legal jurisdiction on river rescues. Have outlined recommendations to improve communications between Loudon and Montgomery County First responders Montgomery County Assistant fire Chief Ed Radcliffe Longer it takes to get the call conference just the longer it takes to dispatch units, so we want to make sure that the conferencing of the known one calls happens in the shortest amount of time. I'm do the recommendations from Loudon and Montgomery County. First responders from Virginia will be sent to all Potomac River Calls and current policy will be reviewed by the fire chief's committee at the Metropolitan Washington Counsel of governments. Kate Ryan. W T O P. News. It's Friday, September 18th welcome in this early morning, double GOP where the time is three await a drain cleaning for only $99. Michael Traffic.
Fresh update on "potomac" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"That's going to be up to the CPS, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Figure out what they have, um, proposed and if it works in house and they can bring it back, Bowser says the school system now is reviewing at least a dozen proposals from principles and schools for hybrid learning, and I think they're spending some time kind of kicking the tires on them, and then they will have something. Christy came. W T O Penis heads up If you plan to visit the Triadelphia Reservoir on the tongue since River in Montgomery and Howard County's Your urge to avoid contact with the water because the wssc water has found high concentrations, apparently of blue green algae in the water itself. Avoid all recreational water contact, it says. Do not allow your pets to swim in, or drink that water and don't eat fish livers or digestive organs from fish caught in the rain. Aurore Wssc Water says it's drinking water is not affected by this, but it is closely monitoring all water quality at the Patuxent Water filtration plant. Right now, this is really for the people who enjoy The reservoir for the people who go out and go kayaking or canoeing or fishing or walking along the water's edge of the recreational areas that the Triadelphia reservoir so The drinking water is not impacted. So the 1.8 million customers that wssc water serves in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. They don't need to think twice, just like any other day. Their drinking water is going to be delivered to the tap, and it's going to be safe, clean and reliable. That's WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins this morning 12 07 Friday morning about in every county council's Public Safety committee, getting its first look this week and revised plans for handling emergencies along the Potomac River. These plans Come after the June drowning of a 16 year old and I delayed 900 response when 16 year old Fitz Thomas disappeared under the waters of Goose Creek on the Virginia side of the Potomac River in June, Friends called 911. The call was routed from Loudon County to Montgomery County because the river is Montgomery County's jurisdiction. Thomas didn't survive and now new 9 11 procedures have been recommended, Montgomery County Assistant Chief Ed Radcliffe explained. If a cell phone things to allowing county they're going Conference in US so we can get our resource is started this quick as possible. The revised plans were presented to the Montgomery County Council's Public Safety Committee. Kate Ryan. W T o P News still ahead this early Friday morning, September 18th right here on Double D Field before your campaign to get out the vote in local underserved communities. This is Kyle Cooper. Friday morning. Welcome in W T cleaning for only $99. Together on the age and when it breaks, let's check in now, with rich under the double GOP traffic.
Fresh update on "potomac" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Don't let your pets swim in or drink that water and don't eat fish livers or digestive organs from fish that are caught in the reservoir. Wssc says it's drinking water is not affected, but it is closely monitoring water quality at its Patuxent water filtration plant. This is really for the people who used the reservoir for recreational activities, and this is not uncommon. Tio see these blue green algae bloom in this time of year. The the water contact health Advisory is really directed at the people who enjoy Wssc waters. Recreational areas along the Triadelphia Reservoir. That's Lyn Riggins with WSSC. The Montgomery County Council's Public Safety Committee got its first look a revised plans for handling emergencies along the Potomac River. Thes plans come after the June drowning of a 16 year old and a delayed 911 response when 16 year old Fitz Thomas disappeared under the waters of Goose Creek on the Virginia side of the Potomac River in June. Friends called 900 won. The call was routed from Loudon County to Montgomery County. Because the river is Montgomery County's jurisdiction. Thomas didn't survive and now new 9 11 procedures have been recommended. Montgomery County Assistant Chief Ed Ratcliffe explained. If a cell phone things to allowed in county they're going Conference in US so we can get our resource is started as quick as possible. The revised plans were presented to the Montgomery County Council's Public Safety Committee. Kate Ryan. W T. O P. News, traffic and weather are next..
Fresh "Potomac" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"18 traffic and weather on the eighth. The Steve Dresner in the W. T o p traffic center in Maryland on the capital Beltway and are Luke Bryan after room one for a college park. Do be careful. We have reported debris in the number one into travel lanes. You do come up on it at speed, and also the slick road surfaces to be careful. Of course, headlights on white person may wanna back down your speed's just have been otherwise good. Right. Throw Montgomery counting on the Capitol Bill way no issues to report on 95 between the two Bill ways but volume delays on the North bound side of the B W Parkway. They do begin just at the 50 split through the bell Wayne all the way up past 1 97 what you did to the area. 30 Tomb does thin out nicely. No problems coming down on that south bound side in the Annapolis area. Westbound 50 before the Severn River Bridge. We've cleared up crash activity. All the travelling Zare open, then even better news approaching route to the riches highway. That crash also Heard from the roadway Montgomery County Gaithersburg area on the South bound cider to 70 Caller tells me right before route 1, 24 4 Montgomery Village Avenue, We do have AH, large box or a large item in the middle of the roadway stayed to the right to get by. Over in Virginia, Arlington area eastbound 66. Caller tells me approaching Washington Boulevard Work Zone Set up currently blocks a right lane staying in Virginia Quiet on the capital Beltway. No issues to report on 3 95 or 95. Also a some patchy fog moving in along the Potomac. Do be careful if you're traveling along the G W Parkway, as we do have support Shinzo the parkway with foggy conditions. Plane are crossing the Bay Bridge. Get current traffic abate bridge dot com or one Eat 77 base Ban Elektronik tolling is now live Get easy passed today. Steve Dresner. W GOP traffic Mike's tent offered with the forecast the outer rain bands of what is now post tropical depression. Sally will affect the region tonight with him often on rain showers. Most the ran across the northern suburbs will be on the light side could be some modern.
Trump says he'll use his own cash to fund his campaign if needed
"Finally, there's some talk of. A cash crunch. Now for the trump campaign incumbents generally have a financial advantage but there's reporting that that the trump campaign has raised one point one billion dollars since the beginning of twenty, eight nineteen and has spent more than eight hundred million of that already, and some questioning of why the trump campaign for example, spent money at a super ad long before average voters are tuned. In and meanwhile Jason the Biden campaign raised three, hundred, sixty, five, million dollars in August alone, which is a new one month record for fundraising like that and I. Mean obviously money is not everything trump was outspent in in two thousand sixteen but it's it's interesting to wonder whether the management of these campaigns could play play a role in the dynamic in these last few weeks to. Share and I think you know the Biden people. They have a lot of support in among wealthy people. I think Kamala Harris has been probably a good fundraiser among California's well to do, and so I think you know a lot of a lot of people have decided. that you people who run companies and so on. Have decided that you know they don't want any more of the trump show and I do think that they're going to give Biden a fundraising advantage I saw that the president is thinking about spending. Hundred million dollars of his own money by. You know I think I think that that's that that's a red flag for him. If he doesn't have enough if they don't have enough, for example, the contest in Michigan Nafta books on other states and that's also. Going back to what Kim said about the Senate not just going to hurt the president but hurt Republican chances in the Senate if the trump campaign has to pull back in be more selective about where they're spending.
Flood Warnings, Tornado Watch in Washington DC Area
"And we have some extremely strong storms. Right now. In Montgomery County, where it appears there is a radar indicated tornadoes located near North Potomac heading towards Rockville and Aspen Hill. A tornado warning is in effect. Right now for Howard Montgomery and Prince George's counties until 5 15. The entire D C metro area remains under a tornado watch until 10 and the National Weather Service now has just issued or a severe thunderstorm warning for the district, and they've added that one actually do the one for Howard Montgomery, Prince George's County, Fairfax County, also on the severe thunderstorm, warning that is in effect until 5 30 as the conditions continue to change. And the National Weather Service continues to issue these advisories will keep you posted will also check the complete W E Mail, ABC seven Storm Watch forecast Coming up
First night of Democratic National Convention Round-Up
"Democratic Party opened its quadrennial convention Monday night with two hours of virtual programming. was, a mix of speeches by high profile political figures, messages from ordinary Americans interview segments, news ICAL interludes. Kim Any any general impression that hit you from the first night. Well to General Impressions. The first is that we have now gone a completely to the point where conventions are what everyone feared they are, which is that they are giant infomercials you know, and that's been pretty obvious for a number of cycles that the business of conventions has become almost an afterthought and it's really about. Presenting these people in pitching for the party out there with the nation and that you're not having anything in per a person all you had was this long stream of folks talking that was very much like an extended again campaign commercials. So that was noticeable. I think that the other major impression is that Democrats are not going to be running. All on an agenda, this year anything to do with their policies for me. What I saw in this range of speakers talked they they spanned the entire Party spectrum but they all had the same themes which is at Donald. Trump is horrible. He has mismanaged the Cova crisis and his character is terrible and therefore this is a referendum on him. Starting with the first of those points, I? Mean it's been a long time since the last contested convention the last convention where delegates went in truly not knowing who the nominee was going to be though every four years it seems like political fanatics think this year could be the year but I agree with Kim bill that it was particularly obvious this year because of the format that there's really nothing going on except commercials here I mean, what do you make of the format? It was more of A. A A variety show in the typical convention, a short speech, and then you had a a soccer star interviewing health workers. There were quicker quicker cuts between segments. So maybe that's more engaging in a an attention span challenged age, but you sort of lose the energy of having a stadium full of people cheering their brains out. Yeah. Absolutely. Cut Look in fairness to them. This is something very new. You know they've had to improvise no one's done it before. So it's easy to make fun of them, but I think the problem is. It was pretty boring I felt as though I was watching a PBS telethon over some issue where various people would come on to lecture me about something and that's partly due to the format. You know when you go to a convention like you said, there's nothing like a room it's usually a stadium or a basketball arena full of cheering people you know gives you a lot of energy in all the it's all about fun and access you have people dressed up and crazy outfits, and so forth you know all completely partisan. Convention everyone's on the same side and the purposes to generate some enthusiasm I thought this was really odd. I without without Joe Biden, you know it's not. it's not typical to hear from the presidential nominee until the end, right. So that's but usually you see pictures of sitting in his seat with his family watching you know watching the proceedings cheering along at different people I thought of all the speakers. you know Muslim seem pretty angry I get that you know the campaign strategy is to blame Donald Trump for all the cova deaths and and that's the way they think their ticket is but I I don't think they have to be quite as angry because anger to me doesn't denote confidence and I think Joe Biden would be better to be a little more cheerful and the the people like that around and to be the Joe Biden that debated Paul Ryan. For example and I think did very well I'm not sure we saw that last night even Michelle. Obama you know she talked about going high but then sort of implied that people who disagreed with their did. So because she were as she was African, American I didn't really think that was a high note whereas Amy Klobuchar who got no attention I thought she gave a good convention speech was witty. It was cheerful and it was confident. But of course, no one. Really spoke of her contribution Kim. What else is missing this year if you've been to these conventions, many listeners probably haven't. They used to experiencing is just the big speeches on TV with lots of applause of lots of canned jokes can lines what what's the experience like being there that that's missing this year. A couple of things you know the real merit of a of a convention for both parties is that it's a great big party in the biggest sense of the word is the one time. Every four years were every political figure up ballot in down ballot in the party is all present in one place and so it's is a great opportunity. Especially, if you're a member of the media you would traditionally go out and you just bump into these folks and they have some interesting idea or something and you you end up writing about it, getting it, and so it's a place where. You get really get your hands on the mood within the Party and the issues and the ideas that are driving the party and the Internet rivalries. If there are any just not getting that this year and as a result it, I think the entire media coverage of the convention is is pretty hand because it's essentially about this lineup of speakers and you've missed any of the impromptu aspects of a convention that come from people being together. I think the other thing is that it also allows the party and this is a a detriment in my mind to the American public. It is allowed the party at least Democrats to to squelch any dissent or at least any public displays of stent. Usually when you go to these events, there are dissenters within the party they go down on the floor during the the discussions about the platform and they they disagree that this was in there that was in there Democrats went to A. Lot of effort to make sure that wasn't a theme that nothing like that could happen at this event and it would be hard to anyway because of the way of the format but Tom Perez, for instance, had the entire platform button-down and so for instance, nobody saw the fact that representative Rashida Labe who's one of the squad? She's a Democrat from Michigan. Voted no on the democratic platform on Saturday. As she was casting her vote from the DNC ballot because it didn't include a plan for single payer healthcare and if that kind of fight had happened in person at a convention, there might have been some legs to it. You might have had more of the progressives revolting but because all of this is being managed over zoom and and they know that there isn't much an opportunity to to to really get a movement going most people have just you know saluted and voted for the things that the party told him to vote for. So you're not seeing the traditional floor fights.
History of the US Income Tax
"But our country has this really conflicted history with the income tax. It was not designed by our founding fathers for most of American history there was no income tax at all in the years are brand new government needed some way to raise money, but there was no need to mess around with an income tax. The government had a much simpler way just. Tax The stuff that comes into the ports for a long time really the only way that they raised money was using tariff duties duties on imported goods. This is tax historian Joe, thorndike and tariffs are simple. Right? You send out a tax collector told the major ports ship pulls import us go through the manifests, check the cargo and you add up whatever you WANNA tax sugar guns, books simple. But there's one big problem with tariffs they fail you the one time you really really really need revenue tariff duties are great way to raise money as long as you're not fighting a war yet because someone's blocking airport right or sinking your ships on the way. News Yeah. And that that does tend to depress a little bit. So when in the United States do people start to think and talk about an income tax will you know the earliest? In American history that I know of comes during the war of eighteen twelve when the treasury secretary throws it out there it's it's really kind of a throw away in a report that he sends to Congress. You know, hey, we could consider taxing incomes but this suggestion during the war of eighteen twelve, it goes nowhere an income tax is actually a very complicated thing to pull off successfully there are three big obstacles to getting it. Right. The first obstacle is logistics like how do you make sure people pay a percentage of their income? Oh, it's enormously complicated because it really does come down to. The individual, who's filing this return, and that person we're going to expect them to begin with just to keep track of how much they're earning. Then expect a lot of honesty from them about reporting those records to the government and to make sure that they're actually doing the job you didn't have to create this huge administrative apparatus to go in and enforce it, and you have to give these people the power to dig through the personal financial records of every taxpayer, and that's usually pretty unappealing to tax payers and the government is not going to radically reform the tax code unless it has to. Unless, there's something incredibly expensive it needs to fund. This is how a lot of taxes come out. There's a war, and in fact, fifty years after the idea of the income taxes I floated such a war comes to pass the civil war. This is a very, very, very expensive warm Congress needs money to feed its soldiers by guns, cannon ships. So this time, it's not just one guy. Bringing up the income taxes a suggestion this time. Congress makes it law and even more importantly they come up with a way to enforce it Congress provides for the creation of the Bureau of internal. Revenue this is the first real income tax in the United States, but it doesn't look quite like the one we have today during the civil war only the wealthy had to pay income tax. And the government does this really very clever thing to get rich people to pay it. It makes tax returns public during the civil war anyone could go in and look up your income tax return or at least your report of how much you earn and the idea was that this would help improve compliance because your neighbor would see you driving around on your brand new plow and he'd. Say Wait a minute I that guy get all that money I'm going to see how much he reported on his income tax and they'd go in and they check it out and they could report to the agency and say, Hey, you know I. Don't think that this is the right number. This guy looks like he's living too large for this sort of an income they sort of conscripted. And made the tax collector. So who is living large in? Let's say Washington DC in eighteen, sixty four. Well, we pulled up a copy of the tax assessor sheets for DC, during the civil war and there happens to be a guy here Abraham. Lincoln. Address White House at the White House. Everyone knows where it is it's senator and and the taxes he paid I'm sure people were very interested in this one, thousand, two, hundred, ninety dollars. They're also entries here for restaurant owners for liquor dealers some guy lived on longboat may be in the Potomac River. It's clear from this list that people were paying taxes, the plan worked. Well, some people are paying taxes the north part of the country. Remember this is the civil war, the south. Also attempted an income tax attempted they had a much less effective, a tax system and their income tax was much less effective than the North's version. Is there a case to be made? The civil war was sort of an economic battle in the in the north was better at at that and raising money and and that's one reason at one. Oh, absolutely I mean taxes do have a lot to do with the. North. Winning the war. Not just taxes, but the North's ability to borrow money it. It just had a better economic foundation for fighting a big warlike that you know the income tax worked. So well during the war, you would think that the US government would want to keep it around I. Mean it's Nice to have extra money when you're actually rebuilding from the carnage and such but once the conflict ended, there was this big argument about whether to keep the. Income tax round or not, and now the income tax hits its second obstacle a legal obstacle. Remember how he said the income tax only hits the rich. Well, the rich did not like it and the rich have lawyers in eighteen ninety, five legal challenge to the income tax reaches the US Supreme Court here's economic historian John Steele Gordon. My great great uncle was one of the lead lawyers in that case and guess which side he was on. The trying to shoot down the income then you've got. Cable. He was a Morgan partner at five years later. The argument John Steele Gordon great great uncle made in court was that the income tax violated little document that we'd like to call the US Constitution here Ariba line to you. It says quote direct taxes shall be apportioned among the states according to their respective numbers. I will translate that for you if the federal government wants to raise money directly from people or property, then it has to divide the tax burden up equally Among the states according to their population. So if a state had ten percent of America's population, it should only have to pay about ten percent of the tax and the income tax wasn't taxing according to population it was taxing according to income. So the question before the Supreme Court is and as is often the case it's something kind of knowingly subtle and hard to follow. The question is, is the income tax eight direct tax. I stayed up late last night reading court documents. This is a huge rabbit hole of complicated things, but it comes down to this if any part of this income tax law passed by Congress, if any of the many taxes embedded inside considered a direct tax, then Congress did it wrong? The law is unconstitutional. That is the question that justices had to decide a very interesting thing happened in the Supreme Court. One justice was ill evacuate dying Justice Jackson from Tennessee who was argued before eight justices and they split four four as to whether or not the income tax was a direct tax and therefore unconstitutional. That's why we have an odd number of justices. He can't have a tire. Exactly. was. A four four time. The court decided that the case was simply too important to be tied, and so they haul justice Jackson out of his deathbed. Now odd number of justices and everybody knew that he was in favor of the income tax because he'd said. So publicly, Z. Really Dying Jesse really died two months later. So the lawyers re argue the case Justice Robert Jackson is. In the final days of his life is a pro income tax guy. So he's going to break the tie in favor of the income tax and the tie was broken case was decided five four. But the crazy thing is it was five four the other way it was a five four decision against the income tax. One of the other justices we don't know who switched his vote. and. So the tax was unconstitutional. No income tax. How do people reacted the time to this little intrigue Oh they've there would be a there was a lot of. In the papers about it, but the Supreme Court was silent as it so often is to what the internal workings we really don't know who who, really don't know who it but somebody's which their vote we just don't know. So there's this weird stretch in the middle of American history where the income tax has been ruled unconstitutional but this didn't in anyway settled the argument I mean, if anything the debate over income tax in America grew more heated. This is the time when a lot of big industrialists are getting filthy rich JP Morgan, Rockefeller Carnegie, and at this exact time, the nation has no income tax, the people who are not JP Morgan or Rockefeller Carnegie in the country. A lot of them feel those guys the rich need to bear more of the burden. So nearly twenty years after the income tax is ruled unconstitutional, we get an amendment to the Constitution the sixteen, th amendment ratified in nineteen thirteen a single sentence which begins the Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes just in time for another war World War One. So the income tax has cleared to hurdles so far logistics check legality check. The income tax needs one more thing to bring it into the modern age. One More L. Word Love the income tax of to this point has been a tax on the rich right everyone else was exempt in fact when they bring the income tax back after the constitutional amendment, less than two percent of the population has to pay. All this changes though with World War Two, the government needs more money and now ordinary folks are asked to pay again Joe Thorndike this is a is a real revolution because for most Americans, they've never had this kind of direct tax paying relationship with the federal government. You know they're paying excise taxes on alcohol tobacco or consumer goods but those things are are usually levied somewhere other than like on the consumer you know they're levied at the manufacturer level for the first time. Americans are sort of confronting the federal government as a tax collector and the middle. Class has never paid this tax before they not sure what to do a whole in nineteen forty-three show that one third to one half of people were unclear what
Isaias causes bacteria levels to soar in some Washington DC area rivers and creeks
"In bacteria combined sewer levels have overflowed in D. C following Isa yes causing E. Coli levels to Spike Anacostia River keeper testing. Schultz show some unsafe E. Coli levels in the Anacostia River near the National Arboretum, Vicky Run Yards Park in Acosta Park and buzzer point in the Potomac River. Testing showed six areas to be high, including the Washington Canoe Club, Fletcher's Cove and Columbia Island. In Rock Creek. Seven testing sites came back is high, including the areas of Pinehurst Branch, Broad Branch and P Street Beach in Maryland. Four of six areas in the upper Anacostia Watershed came back is over the maximum detection level Valerie Bonked w T o p
Isaias causes bacteria levels to soar in some Washington, DC area rivers and creeks
"And creeks are seeing an increase in bacteria after Isa Yes, swept through the region earlier this week, combined sewer levels have overflowed in D. C following Isa Yes causing E. Coli levels to Spike Anacostia River keeper testing results show some unsafe E. Coli levels in the Anacostia River near the National Arboretum, Vicky Run Yards Park in Acosta Park and buzzer point in the Potomac River. Testing showed six areas to be high, including the Washington Canoe Club, Fletcher's Cove and Columbia Island. In Rock Creek. Seven testing sites came back is high, including the areas of Pinehurst Branch, Broad Branch and P Street Beach in Maryland. Four of six areas in the upper Anacostia Watershed came back is over the maximum detection level Valerie Bonds W T O be news Coming
Italian Wine Windows Open During Pandemic, Bringing Back Bubonic Plague Tradition
"Say that Fast is a prologue. We can learn a lot from the way we used to do things back in the day, even back in medieval times, Toby and chilly in the morning, 97.1 Washington Here's what Here's What we mean. Wine windows were a thing in Italy back in the day in the Tuscan region Now you went to Italy for a wedding a couple of years ago. Do you remember seeing these wine windows on buildings? Yes, we took a tour of the walled city of Sienna, right, And that was one of the things that the Tour guide first pointed out to us as we were walking down. Stan medieval streets because this city is like a city frozen in time within its city walls. I mean, it's exactly the way it was during the time of the bubonic plague, I believe right, and so they have these little cutouts in houses. We're like, what are those, and she's like, Well, that is where you would knock and the residents would serve the wine. That was a thing. Wine was a universal human rights in Italy back in the day when they were trying to get through that playing well. Now these wine windows air, actually making a comeback. A lot of restaurants and bars are using them again because of Corona virus, and it's a great way to Show up with an empty bottle. Have someone's hand pop out of the wine window and Philip your bottle with Savino. They're also doing gelato this way and coffee this way, and the pictures are fantastic. I wish we had some around here. We do need to get some around here. So how can we make this a thing? Say in Potomac or Great falls, or perhaps maybe out in Lorton? How could we make this a thing? Now? What could argue Toby that in medieval times they were the ones who originated the drive thru because it is like a medieval drive thru window except you're walking by. I just love the fact that back in medieval times to get through a plague. Everybody came together and served wine to anyone who needed it. All you had to do was knock. See even back then fermented grape juice helped people get through a pandemic, just like it is right now. And so if there's anybody who's had any feelings of guilt, because maybe they've over, indulged a bit too much while in the middle of a zoom meeting, and maybe they've had friends call you out on your consumption of said wine remind them that generations ago in the Tuscan region of Italy People used wine to get through these unprecedented times. A past is indeed a prologue
Flying Circus Airshow - Not Cancelled
"In the twenty twenty pandemic cancellation of the week. We have the The Flying Circus as I think it's canceled right David. You put this on the list. Yeah. They cancelled it. Why is you put this on the list because they were doing their fiftieth season starting says there they were to reopen last Saturday the twelfth. Yeah. Okay. Okay. So it's not a canceled See we're coming out the far side of this. You gotta read the fine print do I don't This is Virginia which is not. I don't like. So for starters here. So let's go back a couple of steps here. What is the Flying Circus here? Show I. Don't know if I've ever heard of this never heard flying circus. It built in. Virginia. It's been going on forever. Charlie fifty years or something like that. They were supposed to start their fiftieth season this past weekend It's a Sunday. Afternoon tradition. Their. Suburban D. and it's a real barnstorming show. Circa the nineteen thirties. With by planes and wing walkers and aerobatics and. Drunk drunken farmer. act. In. Shirt. It all that stuff. That's an act. Drunken farmers and act. Man All right. All Right Santa, Claus will will straighten out later on in the year. This sounds very reminiscent of the What's the one in upstate new? York rhinebeck writing rhinebeck sounds. Now. You know I lived in DC area thirty years and I knew Bilton was out there i. knew the show was there. I never went and I I know I know it's just it's crazy. We'll have to put it on our post covid activities list to. Go and failed to record an episode while we're there last time we did. Okay. Yeah that was a city. In seven years that I was working out, of DC, area only went twice. And both times that was with fringe of mind from the FAA. who were like man? We're going to built in this week and then we're going to go to this party. It did so and so's place man to come out for this and it's like. On a Sunday with a nothing better to do it was an automatic Ohio yeah. Yeah. So I mean it sounds like now now let's see. So wh- and I miss took this when I started out by saying it was canceled it Sir surely according to this has not been canceled. Is Literally what they say on their home pages. We are currently putting in place additional safety and social distancing. To help ensure the health and safety of guests staff like so many things are adjusting how they. How they space the crowd out how space parking and all this stuff and You know it's just. Common sense like. Wearing a mask when you go out in public. Yup. Yup So. what was it like David? Went some time ago. But what was it like? A just like the the description says I mean we got treated to an afternoon of of flying clowns and wing walkers and A. Drunken farmer routine as some really Nice era. So typically in the older airplanes and. And it was. Fortunately, one of those Nice Sunny Days It wasn't oppressively hot for the Potomac Basin and we just. We just had a great time we drug out the folding chairs and set a long flight line and You know in whooped and cheered and oh my gosh. Did you see that with the rest of the crowd and it was a it was a good crowd that
Washington DC - 3 Missing After Falling Off Boat in Potomac River
"People are missing after falling off a boat in the Potomac River near southwest DC Rescue crews in D C. Are trying to find three men who did not resurface after falling off the boat. According to our news partners at NBC for multiple agencies in the D. C. Police Harbor Patrol responded to the area about 5 40 PM as off 8 p.m. D C. Fire, and E. M s say that they're now treating the incident as a recovery operation.
World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva
"Jon Wertheim here. Sports illustrated tennis podcast. Let us start by pausing for a second of silence to acknowledge that this ought to be the second week of Wimbledon one of the great pinnacles of the tennis calendar. We'll have to wait till next year, but meanwhile we have a good podcast this week. Our guest is Carlos, Silva Carlos as the CEO of World Team Tennis, which has perhaps you know we'll have a twenty twenty season a little bit different, but there will be a series of sixty three matches from July twelfth to August first at the greenbrier. The resort in West Virginia where all the players and all the teams will effectively be bubbled This is tennis's version of. Of what we're seeing, the NBA and this is a a prelude of sorts to the twenty twenty us open but world team. Tennis persists Carlos. Talks about where how and when you can see the matches, but they will be televised on a variety of networks and platforms, and World Team tennis stalwart in the sports since the early seventies will persist, so we talk with Carl's about world team tennis about staging an event amid corona where his league fits into this crazy mosaic, we call tennis and his experience with the sport as well as a former player so good conversation with a guy I've known for for a while. Here's Carlos Silva. Doing Oria I'm good I'm good. Things are good. Where are you? Where are we getting you? I'm in I live in Potomac outside of DC our. Okay so you're you're not far from. The greenbrier of these things go yet now I've been. I've been a few times over the last of the last few weeks, so yeah, it's like it's like three and a half hours from Dallas. All right, so you can, you can You can drive that. So! Yeah, let's start there I feel like. Talking about TV shows like a succession or Ozark but tell us about season forty five. What are we expecting a year? So. I mean as you know we. We have nine teams in season forty five. We had a new expansion team in Chicago there. Unfortunately, not comply in Chicago. Sloan Stevens is anchoring that team along with her coach out Murray. and. And so yeah, we're bringing everybody. We looked at a lot of different states John in Texas Florida. Nevada California, but But West? Virginia felt good It still feels good in the grand scheme of things was based on everything. That's happening, so we're out. We're bringing all night teams the Greenbrier, but we're GONNA. Play a complete season, and so the season will still be fourteen regular season, seven home and seven away. If you will, which will really only consists of. You, know whatever jersey, they're wearing that day home or away. On one court right at the writing a great low stadium that the Greenbrier Scott. I was GONNA. Say I. Commend You on a not picking Florida California. Texas Arizona, you. you picked well. I guess I think other sports are going to be looking at this as a real sort of. Canary in the coalmine to use the West Virginia and. Nobody I think whether it's dope, it or whether it's the Orlando in this NBA bubble. Do you feel pressured to sort of do this? Right for world team, but also I. Suspect a lot of other sports. Outlets are going to be looking at this. Yes we feel pressure? I mean in an I. Think you're right I. Don't think it's just tennis. I think it's sport. You know all of us. I mean the one thing you may have found it to John. I've found that over the last three months. Everyone's been very collegial in. In a weather we're on white. House calls whether we were all together. I mean I talked to Jay Monahan you know about a month ago before before their season started because they were GonNa go to tech says, and he gave me some great feedback on what they were doing with testing, and so yeah, we do we. We're We're trying to be very diligent and we're also trying every day to make sure that what we're doing. We're still analyzing it every. Every day, no as I told my team and we've told the players you know until August second when someone raises the King Trophy we gotta be diligent every day, so we've. We've even made a few adjustments as you know we're. We're going to have five up to five hundred fans in the stadium right halls, twenty, five hundred, and originally those fans were only required to have a temperature check, but about five days ago before everything a little bit. A little crazy over last five days we decided that we would add masks in for the fans as well and so all all. All the fans will also have mass in the stadium. And you know with the way we thought about that as you can always take the masks down at feel better, but better to be a little safer so Yeah, there's there's definitely a low pressure. I think we're up forward and I think we're going to show everyone how how we can be safe and be. Operationally smart every day. It's a five hundred fans as of today is the number you're working with. It is yeah. Yeah, and what? We got I don't know if you've ever been to that stadium, but it's a great little Horseshoe Horseshoe stadium around the court with a lower bowl at an upper bowl, and so the you'll either by a lower bowl, general admission, ticket or bowl, general admission ticket, and then every other rose blocked, and then the Oscars will social distance. Distance when you come into the stadium, so if you came John with your family, you'd be able to sit with your family. But if I came with my family, we'd sit together but I wouldn't be able to sit next to your family. We'd be six feet away and so and so that that works and we'd. We'd all at mass in the in the stance.
Presidents Cup delayed until 2022 at Charlotte's Quail Hollow; Wells Fargo Championship to return in 2021
"To 2 covert 19 pandemic concerns. This means that the president's Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be moved to 2022 meaning they'll still hold the Wells Fargo Championship next year. And thus TPC Potomac will host the Wells Fargo in 2022 instead of next year as originally planned. NFL USATODAY reports that the Washington Redskins original Americans Foundation started
House Vote On Washington, DC Statehood Was Years In The Making
"Being two hundred and thirty two votes in the affirmative one hundred and eighty vote in the negative. Last Friday the House of Representatives passed legislation that would increase the number of stars on the American flag from fifty to fifty one for the first time members approved a bill that would make the capital of the United States Washington DC its own state right now. It's a federal district basically. Within a country that typically houses the national government and is directly controlled by it. The bill says that while federal buildings like the White House would still be federal property. Everything else would be part of this new state, and instead of the District of Columbia. It would be called the Washington Douglas Commonwealth named after abolitionist. Frederick Douglass in theory. It doesn't take that much to create a new state, basically the house Senate and the president. All have to be on board, but DC's history is a federal district is complicated. To explain. We have to go back to the seventeen hundreds. During the American Revolution, the Continental. Congress didn't have a permanent home. The continental capital bounced around from New York to Philly, and then as the result of a compromise between southern and northern states they met in the middle literally in seventeen. Ninety President George. Washington picked spot for the nation's capital along the Potomac River, and it was named the district of. Columbia And the founding fathers wanted the receipts they wrote into the Constitution that DC should be federal city article, one section eight clause seventeen to be exact. They said otherwise Congress in the White House could be too influenced by the state government in which it lived. Tradeoff, though was that DC? Residents lost their representatives in Congress and in the Electoral College. This wasn't something people just let slide. In fact, someone in Congress has fought for DC to become a state every year since nineteen sixty five. Remember no taxation without representation from history class. That's when Americans under British rule demanded representatives across the pond in exchange for their tax dollars in the seventeen hundreds. And you can still find that slogan on DC license plates in twenty twenty, because district residents pay federal taxes, but they don't get to elect representatives with power to represent their interests in the federal government. Instead they have a local government, but even that is still subject to federal control through something called. Rule by invoking home rule Congress can actually block any law. Local officials or residents support. Some things have changed since seventeen ninety, though in its to thirty years of taxation without representation, the D. C. Population has grown to over seven hundred thousand people that's larger than the populations of some states, including Vermont and Wyoming and thanks to the twenty-third amendment district residents now at least gets vote for president and have their vote counted. DC has three votes in the electoral college, but advocates argue three electoral votes is not enough, and they've faced opposition in large part from Republicans in Congress. That's because Washington. DC residents have voted overwhelmingly for Democratic presidential candidates, so the concern is if you make it, state dens will get more of an upper hand in Congress moving forward. Mike we said this is a fight that's come up pretty much every year for decades, but this year the fight for DC to become a state has stayed in the spotlight. That's partly because of the recent protests over racial injustice. In DC. The trump administration has sent federal officers to clear protesters from the streets. Here was DC mayor Muriel bowser on PBS last month, where the capital city were federal district where seven hundred thousand tax paying Americans and I'm the Mayor Governor County executive all at once, but because we are not a state the federal government can encroach on our atonomy. Those recent clashes between protesters and federal officers have raised more questions about whether it's fair for the federal government to have so much. Say in how the city operates. Advocates also argue that the fight for DC to become a state is a civil rights issue. The majority of the district residents are people of color which means Washington. DC is one clear example of a place in which black Americans are being denied representation. So. DC statehood passing in the house last week was historic, but to be clear. It's not likely to pass the Republican controlled Senate. And president trump is also said he opposes the idea which means this bill will probably go nowhere, but if the balance of power changes in Washington and November it could be back on the table again and other US territories buying for statehood like Puerto Rico home to more than three million Americans could also have a shot at finally becoming part of the Union. Happy for the July.
Seattle Mayor Cancels 'Summer of Love' After Slew of Violence
"Autonomous zone? Is? That was formerly called in Seattle. Protesters have have redubbed it. the Capitol Hill occupied protests now or the chop as they are calling it but it's this. About six blocks in Seattle where protesters have been camping out and police really don't have a presence a couple of weeks ago. The police left they. They're east precinct there and protesters activists hangers on have pretty much had the run of the place. Kim and the results are not always pretty. Well it is certainly not turning out to be what Seattle Mayor Jenny. Durkan called the summer of love We know that. We had a young man who actually was shot and killed in the zone this weekend. two other people who had to be taken to the hospital in all of those cases. One thing that really concerned. The police was that an an emergency services was that they could not get in there, and these people ended up being delivered to the hospital in private cars. which may or may not have affected their health or the outcome of that situation? And so we are seeing what happens when you have a zone in which there is no government provided policing or emergency services so much, so that Ms Durkan. Since to have finally got the message there was. Following the weekend, a lot of business owners and individuals in that area who began to speak out? Loudly saying. Hey, you have abandoned us here. Something needs to be done. She has now said that they will clear out that area although interestingly says that they will not initially do it with the aid of the police that in fact they will leave it to community organizers to try to encourage people to go. There is no word on when that begins or no word on what happens when people decide that they will not leave She has suggested or said that the police will also soon be reoccupying that east precinct. They abandoned before and. It looks as though that the summer of love has quickly ended
Who Killed the President
"Today. We take a look back in history couple hundred years and asked the question who killed the president. It wasn't the bullet July. Second eighteen eighty one chaim say Garfield arrived at the Baltimore and Potomac train station for a much-needed holiday. Just four months had passed since the former union general in Ohio. Congressman had been sworn in as the nation's. Nation's twentieth president as Garfield Carriage pulled up outside the Baltimore and Potomac Charles Gucci Paste the waiting room inside ready to fulfil what he believed was a mission from God at around nine twenty am. Garfield entered the station. Longside Secretary Blaine, who had offered to escort him to his train, as strode through the waiting room Gutierrez, snuck up behind them drew his pistol. He fired two shots at the. The should from point blank range. The first bullet only grazed Garfield right arm. The second struck Garfield in the lower back, and knocked him to the floor. He was immediately carried to the train and laid on the floor. They're bleeding profusely from his back wound within minutes, ten different doctors had arrived to examine him an try. Locate the second bullet though no one knew at the time, the slug. Slug had missed the president's arteries and vital organs and embedded itself near his pancreas time it was very survivable injury, but the army of well-meaning physicians only worsened the damage by using their unsterilized fingers and wants to probe the wound, introducing germs, and potentially causing an infection Thomas Lister a name. You might recognize from listerine. A big promoter of the danger of germs protested, but the doctors would have. Have none of it after an hour of excruciating prodding, the president was carried for the train station to the bedroom at the White House. Is Doctors feared? He would not survive the night. Forty nine year old president had rallied the first few days after the shooting, but his condition worsened after Dr d Willard Bliss administered heavy doses of Quinine Morphine and alcohol, which brought on doubts vomiting that left. Left him, weak and emaciated bliss also conducted repeated medical probes in a futile attempts to locate the second bullet. In August, he even enlisted the help of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell who used a crude metal detector, called an induction balance to search for the slug, the machine at work perfectly in test, but the screening failed due to interference from the springs and the president's bed to make matters. Matters worse bell was only permitted to search the right side of Garfield, body, where bliss, incorrectly believed the bullet was lodged by September a massive infection, most likely caused by medical treatment have left Garfield with persistent fever and obsesses over entire body. He was taken to a cottage on Jersey. Shore in the hope that the cool sea air would revive him, but died in the night of September nineteenth. Nineteenth eighteen eighty one. He had been president for just two hundred days. Kill by doctors knocked by the
White supremacists pose as Antifa online, call for violence
"Brand as protests rage across the country over the police killing of George Floyd white nationalist groups have been using the unrest to their advantage not a new tactic remember Charlottesville in twenty seventeen you from Charlottesville Virginia white nationalist rally that descended into deadly violence it is impossible beyond words you also had people that were very fine people on both sides some of those very fine people included neo **** Klansmen protesters from other alt right groups trump blamed antifa a collection of people who protest fascism and he's blaming that group for today's unrest it turns out that some of the people involved in Charlottesville are also behind the violence in today's protests and joining us now to talk about that is Amy's Potomac she's executive director of integrity first for America and that's a nonprofit group suing the organizers of the Charlottesville unite the right rally for conspiring to commit violence thanks for joining us thanks so much for having me well where do you see some of the same people popping up now so it's really important to understand how these groups operate and some are incredibly organized with military style higher keys and others are a little bit more amorphous but the same trends we see throughout the board whether it's in Charlotte's veil or now or the many other white supremacist accident happened in between most notably just last night and number of news outlets reported that a white supremacist group called identity Evropa which is one of the defendants in our Charlotte's lawsuit in fact they're the group that quoine that phrase you will not replace us that we heard chanted a few moments ago I'm they were posing as antifa on Twitter to urge violence including during the protests Twitter suspended the account the other day but that tweet had gone viral minute set people off understandably so who are concerned about violence in their communities and allow people including the president to then say that they were going to target antifa deploy the military and so on and so the ways in which we see these extremist groups trying to call walked a moment like this and use it to spread not just is this information but also he an actual violence is a sad trend that has been happening over and over again over the last few years our our so I just wanna unpack that a little bit more about the role of identity Europa first of all what is this organization so there are a number of neo **** and white supremacist groups that are focused around this idea of identity the idea of a white identity and identity Europa believes that there should be a white homeland they believe in the white identity being superior to all there are white supremacist group in that sense and they're big claim to fame if you L. was helping to organize the Charlottesville violence what happened in Charlottesville was not an accident it was not Spontini yes this violence rather the violence is planned for months in advance on social media by number of neo **** and white supremacists including identity Europa where they talked about everything in advance from what to wear what to bring for lunch with weapons to carry and whether they could hit protesters with cars and then claim self defense which is of course ultimately what they did identity Evropa and over played a role in which they organized white supremacists from around the country to descend on Charlottesville and helped us bird this weekend of violence of course as you might expect since they were sued by my organization and since they started seeing additional fallout he will bad PR from their role in Charlotte's well they've tried to rebrand the now go by American identity movement but at the end of the day if they're the same white supremacist organization that has been working to sow disinformation fear violence and of course we are going to ensure that they remain liable for the violence that they cost insurance now sadly there role spreading disinformation and hate and violence right now during the George Floyd protest only underscores the importance of holding them accountable so aside from posting fake tweets posing as antifa do you think that they are actually posing as demonstrators on the streets or that other alt right groups are doing that too posing as as demonstrators and and causing havoc so we don't know for sure exactly who is posing as who at this point but what we do now is that there are a number of extremists including a number far right extremists were trying to take advantage of this moment and exploit it for their own game we also know that they're armed extremists were showing up at these protests in trying to start riots or urge what they call a Google which is their code for a second civil war you might know these guys by their automatic weapons and Hawaiian shirts which are the hallmarks of their identity and some might claim that they're there to protect the protesters but I wouldn't let that fool you they are part of this loose coalition of far right militia extremists who believe in urging a second civil war or some sort of revolution they're generally support of anti government violent resistance and they think that these protests can serve as a catalyst for the violent upheaval that they've long wanted we've only seen a number of incidents over the last few days in which these will extremists have been showing up at protests with their automatic weapons in some cases we've had folks arrested including one who was arrested for firing shots at a black lives matter rally the other day we had the department of homeland security warned lawn for or spend that white supremacists including some of these Google extremists are encouraging their supporters to shoot protesters one of these extremists that on telegram which is a social media site frequented by extremists that they are encouraging them to quote frame the crowd around you for the violence and so we've seen over and over again a number of these extremists go to these protests with their heavy weaponry with our automatic weapons and then either bring violence against the protesters themselves or try to frame the protesters for violence there's so many details that are still on the phone but these anecdotes definitely illustrated construct a concerning pattern and where are they most active these extremists have been everywhere we saw a report of police using automatic weapons and other tactical gear from local extremist in Denver they've truly been all over the place I believe one of the arrest of a protester a rather of an armed extremist who was firing shots at the rally was in North Carolina until they're all over the country and typically these extremists are finding each other online on social media platforms like the very one which the Charlottesville violence was planned and they're inspiring each other with their means and with these other calls to violence so that when an individual goes to one of these protests armed with their automatic weapons wearing their you know their meetings on their desks and on their shirt wearing those Hawaiian shirts it's part of this larger effort to call walk these protests and spread their extremist ideology use these protests exploit them to further their really stick a vision for a second civil war and by second civil war you man like a race war exactly you know and and I would say a race war in certain cases within the balloon movement there are various ideologies as well some are straight up white supremacists who believe that we need to whites rather a race work to spur the rise of a truly white society others are more focused on taking down the government itself they're worried about the government quote you know stealing their guns their quote unquote individual liberty and so within the movement it's important understand that there are factions but there are certainly white supremacists within the global movement and ones who as you said it are doing so are sort of trying to use these protesters burn race war on and bring about this collapse of society that they so crave and so these guys as you say and I assume most of our guys are pretty identifiable because they have their Hawaiian shirts are carrying weapons but I assume there are other groups that are more under the radar a hundred percent I think over the next few weeks we're certainly gonna learn a lot more about who might be coming to these protests are just coming and and looting inciting violence trying to take advantage of a very legitimate protests and distract from it in order to spread their own hate and violence and I think that's really what this is all about at the end of the day these are extremists who are trying to coop these protests in order to sow fear so he and his distract from the actual issues at hand which are racial justice and police brutality and so as they continue to do this it only serves to undermine the very legitimate protesters were out on the streets rightfully sharing their grievances and standing up for the justice thank George for and so many others
Washington DC - Swimmer presumed drowned in Potomac, authorities say
"A search of the Potomac River has been following the disappearance of a swimmer Montgomery County fire and rescue and U. S. park police were searching the river near the Billy goat trail in sandy landing EMS spokesperson Pete Piringer says it will is presumed to drowning and U. S. park police are investigating the circumstances a young adult I was ever on the Virginia shoreline south of the Great Falls but near the sandy landing area and jumped into the water several of his friends all went in to assist him on fortunately there were unable to do that he went under the water and just never repaired the search is set to resume later
Washington: Virginia budget plans include teacher, state worker raises
"For teachers changes for transportation among pieces of the state budgets just to prove this week by Virginia lawmakers and set for final negotiations over the next two weeks this is for employees and teachers of up to four percent in the Senate budget led by Fairfax senator Janet how the house would give teachers raises two percent each year other state and some local government workers including state law enforcement and sheriff's would get bonuses are races prince William delegate look Tory and let the house budget work today I stand as a proud virgin the budgets clear the way for online sports betting in lottery sales in casinos increased cigarette taxes and call for better transit between Quantico Potomac mills fort Belvoir in Franconia Springfield northern Virginia schools could get more money a free community college programs advancing and Alexandria could get more state money in the future to help offset sewage outfall cleanup costs
Massive fire destroys Fairfax Co. building under construction, smoke seen for miles
"A massive fire destroyed Fairfax county building today this is in the fair haven area off north kings highway twenty eight hundred block of Polk street the building was under construction before went up in flames and smoke could be seen for miles it was visible from the capitol beltway across the Potomac River in Maryland the National Weather Service confirms smoke from the fire grew so thick and high it appeared on doppler radar
"potomac" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch
"But I think you can see this court moving in that direction. And I think it's very, very healthy for American pluralism because you're not going to get all these people suing at the drop of a hat and claiming offense so easily now the bigger fight to calm is the. Free exercise of religion. And that gets going to get into the fight over. Can you do you have to? Are you obliged to bake a cake for a gay marriage ceremony? For example, those are the fights to come. But this court is, I think making real progress on the first amendment, then I think it's very encouraging for American pluralism. Yeah. And again, to mention Justice Gorsuch, an indeed Justice cavenaugh the to Trump appointees, a generalized point that they keep raising is one we've talked about, for a long time, is that if you have particular grievances of one sort, or another should your recourse be to run to the courts, all the time or should some of these matters be subjected to the legislative process, work out your problems and the political process legislatively. And I think you know, Justice Gorsuch in. Particular has been trying to push the idea that, that especially liberals today should not be resorting to either using administrative bureaucracies or indeed the courts, to achieve goals, and ends that they cannot get through say the, the, the congress of the United States, still some, some opinions left to co- on in, in the next week from the supreme court, including big cleaning big ones. Kyle on on the census and on the politic partisan. Gerrymandering. Right. And that may be why we're getting some of these strange seven two opinions with, with seven different seven different breakdowns, this week because the, the big five fours are probably coming next. Is that what you would predict? That's what I would predict. Yes. Okay. All right. Well, we'll watch that. And and we're here to talk about it next week. Thank you all for listening. And we'll be back next week with another addition of Potomac watch..
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"He's supposed to have a kind of kinship with them. And that was the expectation if he got in he isn't gonna run, and I've just to me it's fascinating that he's taking a look at the rest of these candidates and said, there's not a space for me there. Well, I think you you didn't talk about that, particularly, but you alluded to that in your column this week about the jobs, and, you know, one of the things we talk about the Democrats moving to identity politics, and to being a party of sort of Hollywood celebrities and minorities in the young and so forth. But one of the bigger shifts has been the move away from the private sector right being a blue collar workers right to knowledge economy or people in the government. And I think that they no longer speak that language. Of work. Trump doesn't always do it perfectly. But it's not just the money that you get from work. It's I mean, we know that the most debilitating thing for a lot of houses on households on public assistance. There might be no one connected to the private sector. No one with a job. And if you change that would just one person you you show a path upward for people. Plus, there's I mean, there's the dignity of work and providing for yourself. There is the satisfaction that comes from work. And I think the Democrats that used to be their bread and butter what they used to talk about it. And it's gone. I mean, the our needs it's more likely to come from Donald Trump than from a Democratic Party for whom these people used to be the whole raise on debt for the party. Yeah. It's like a friend of mine emailed me earlier this week. It's gotten to the point where the greatest enemy of your job as a democrat. Gotta worry. They're going to get to the point where that's going to start sinking in the people. Well, that's about all the time. We have for today might thanks to Bill mcgurn and Kim strassel for being with me. Thank you all for listening. We will be back next week with another addition of Potomac watch..
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"And and he explained that he has hired some consultants. We mentioned Steve Schmidt to help McCain. Bill Burton democrat or worked on the Obama campaign one side. And then the other side Republican democrat consultants working with them. They're going to do lot of polling and and a lot of investigation. And then also he made the promise unless he felt he could do the job. Well, we'll of course, you wouldn't even start the entire process of saying you're gonna run for president. Let's you think you'd be the best in the world. So I think we can assume that he will satisfy himself on that point. But yet they'll do education. The probably also watched to see who else gets in a little bit of a waiting game. At the moment. People are are seeing where things fall out is. You said the democratic side is going to be a scrum, but he could wait a little bit. Look, this is still were still a little bit early in the in the time frame for when you normally go out in announcer, at least the way it used to be. But people often don't get in until closer to summer. So he's. Also got some time to sit back look at the field count, his pennies and see how much something like this would cost too. That's the other side. And then decide whether to go ahead as the final note. Bill Mike Bloomberg's criticism of weary pointed criticism of our chills billionaire to billionaire little some not in a position to make. The it's it's a little self serving Rysley because he may run in his own, right? And he doesn't want any once that democratic nomination. If he goes forward and spent two billion dollars to get it to be worth as much as possible. But I do know from my own reporting in the last two election cycles presidential cycles that he looked very very closely at at running and did decide in the end that he thought he could not win. And that's why into it. Right. Well, I think that was a wise decision. I'm not sure how well Michael Bloomberg travels outside New York. But that said he's using his money on guns and so forth advances, and I think gun control gun control reasonably successfully. I mean, that's that's one thing. You can do. I don't know what Howard Schultz really cares about. If that's any of his aim. If is aim is just winning or if his aim is to say, these are things I want to talk about or I wanna see any can push the agenda that way, and he can have a big affect on the democratic. Thirty you know in the debate between sort of the Biden wing and the Bernie wing. All right Bill. Thanks, kim. Thanks. Thank you all for listening. We'll be back tomorrow with another addition Potomac watch..
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"Yeah. From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac watch Mansi Pelosi becomes speaker of the house of representatives for the second time rare and remarkable political achievement bringing in the new democratic majority. What should we expect from the Pelosi congress, and how it deals with Donald Trump President Trump, plus the first task for the new speaker is the partial government shutdown that continues now pushing towards all beginning of its third week. How long is it going to last meeting at the White House on Friday said the both sides had the stalemate continues. Welcome. I'm Paul zhigo with Wall Street Journal here with my colleague, Bill mcgurn hill. Bill Hypo, Kim strassel Hake him Hypo. So let's let's before we get to the shutdown melodrama. Let's get to speaker Pelosi. I. I think that when you think about it. She was it's very rare. I think Sam Rayburn was the last speaker in the sixties he was speaker the sixties to have regained power in fifties. And sixties regain power as speaker the house after losing it. The waste Nancy Pelosi did this week. And she was of course, speaker for four years from two thousand six to two thousand excuse me, two thousand six what's. Yeah. Two thousand six to two thousand ten and now she will have another two years after routing any critics, and and and competition after you recruit it, I think Cam for just being such a formidable political figuring consolidating support. She is a stair no question. When obviously they won back. Over there were a number of Democrats who had outright campaigned said that they would never vote for her for speaker that was a an electoral promise, they made to their voters many of them reneged on that. And in fact, did vote for her and she managed to get that support with minimal having to trade much away at all a kind of a nothing burger promised that she would only serve four years, but the truth is we don't know where things will stand even two years from now and four years for someone that has been around as long as MRs Pelosi is probably more than enough time because people have been talking about how she was, you know, needed to step aside. Anyway, so she didn't pay much there were fifteen members in the end who voted no, they were probably given a pass because some of them did come from districts where they had made that promise, but she came out on top you do. So you're saying that the they will not be found in their car somewhere. Or or their arms will not. But they will not be their bodies will not turn up the Potomac river somewhere down the the line. It's interesting though, that I mean, she did have the leeway to to say that the the fifteen to give the fifteen a pass. But I'll bet you. She remembers that Bill. I don't think she's going to forget those names, and they could be mired in the banking committee lower reaches for many many years. Yeah. I mean, you, and I thought and Kim I think belief from the beginning from the election that she would win speaker do what she needed to do to get elected. And that said, it is interesting to me which won by three votes. I think right. She had the margin. She knew she knew what she needed. And so she let the other people off the hook one of them with my represented, Mikey, Cheryl, you know, who would running in a formerly renew jersey and there so some of the people, However, I do wonder if. That's a problem for you know, when she was speaker last time, it was clear she was going to be around for a long time. When people think of boss is not going to be there for a long time. It it might make for a little more difficulty in the ranks. Well, but later on when it comes to certain thing. It's interesting though, she had the first challenge she received part from the votes to get speaker were for the rules package that the Democrats together every time you have a new congress house and Senate create their own rules for how to govern the body. And in this case, they created the gonna restore something called pays Yoho budgeting, which is says that if you Adnew spending you have to find cutlass else. It's almost always honored in the breach. Right. It almost never followed. But Democrats say that though, you were pay as fiscal conservatives, but some on the left some of the fr..
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"And I mean, clearly they've been thinking about it for a long time. So I don't know why they went to that said, I think the O L C memo is pretty comprehensive pretty persuasive. It's not just statute it's practice. They go back to Jefferson. I think they found was at one hundred sixty instances where presidents have appointed inferior officers two acting positions at it. It was pretty thorough and unspectacular I think in its in its reasoning. Yeah. No, I I'm I'm with you on that Bill. I just I just think that if you're you you knew that you're going to replace Jeff Sessions. So why don't you have somebody you can nominate right away who you then you could have the. Senate confirm consider and confirm even as early as the lame duck, right rather? Now, it's likely that the nominate somebody you'll have I don't even know if they can get to it in the lame duck, depending on how long the Senate stays there. Now talking about leaving December seventh which means this would be kicked into January after the new congress comes in, and and that would be a potential difficult. They would get a cedar two extra for Republicans in the Senate. But on the other hand, you you you you have a longer period where Whitaker is in the job. And wouldn't it? Would it really made such a huge difference? If Jeff Sessions stayed for the next month or two on I'm I'm just not sure it would have. All right. Thanks bill. Thanks, kim. I think bottom line is Donald Trump needs to figure out needs to get off the man after the election defeat, and and decide what kind of governor wants to run. Thank you all for listening. I'm Paul zhigo. We back later in the week with another edition of Potomac watch..
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"Opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac watch. Welcome back on Paul zhigo with Kim strassel and Bill mcgurn. I do we talked about some of the more centrist candidates Democrats running to in red states in the Senate and to an in Republican-leaning districts in the house, but I do want to talk about a couple of prominent progressives who are getting most of the attention and the Democratic Left because I think if either or both of them win that will be the will immediately emerge as potential candidates for the presidency as early as twenty twenty. I'm talking about Andrew gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who is running for the democratic governorship in Florida. He has is in the lead in most polls three four or five points ahead of Rhonda Santa. Republican congressman former congressman who is has basically has wrapped himself around Trump to win the nomination against Adam Putnam Amore Jeb Bush, kind of Republican candidate if Gillam wins that race he will immediately be heralded as the next Barack Obama, and he will be heralded by the party's left as somebody who can win on a progressive message because he's for Medicare for all for example. I think he's for limiting ice the immigration enforcement agency. He is I think by any measure to the left in the left wing of the Democratic Party of he can win in Florida. The progressives who nominate people in in in twenty twenty in the Democratic Party are going to say Kim, you know, what the shows you can win on that kind of. Message. Well, of course, they'll say that. You'll get a Berge at that. Even if he loses look how close he came that will be the argument. It's not I don't think necessarily very accurate. First of all everything you say is correct. They will say that. And he will be poised. And you know, who knows even though he would have only at that point put in two years of governorship. He he could position himself to be on the ballot. So look out all of those other fellow progressives. Like Kamala, Harris, you might have some more competition. But I'm not necessarily sure that the argument that it was his progressivism is what is actually winning him that race down there or keeping him competitive. He's a very personable candidate, very good speaker. He tends to really get people to gravitate around him. And he's running against a the opposite of that in that descent is not run the greatest race in. He he's tends to be a little gaffe-prone. He is also as you said wrapped himself around Trump, which is proven to be an anchor to a certain degree around his neck, especially among a lot of water at Republican voters and all those suburbanites we keep talking about. And so again, not sure that that's a clear message on progressivism so much as it is on the character of candidates, and and nonetheless, I think that he will immediately be a star if he wins. Let's talk about another race, which I think has national implications. If and that's better o Rourke in Texas. Running against Ted Cruz giving Ted Cruz more than he ever bargained for. And if somehow I mean Beto Aurora is phys behind in the polls in Texas. And so it would be an enormous upset if he won. But if he did win Bill, then I think you have another immediate Beddoe mania. It's they call it is going to he's going to run. I think in twenty twenty as well if he would manage to win.
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"From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac watch election day twenty eighteen is here and Democrats believe their poise for a big day while Republicans hoped to hang onto their house majority, however narrowly and gain at least a seat or two in the Senate while we wait for results will tell you some of the important things to look for in the election returns. And with me, welcome on Paul zhigo. And with me to talk about this on my Wall Street Journal colleagues Bill mcgurn. Hey, Bill Haipeng and Kim strassel Hypo Kim, so so let's let's election day, obviously, right of democracy. A great thing. Tanks aren't in the streets, notwithstanding some of our friends on the left Bill telling us they would during the Trump presidency. Looks like democracies working people will vote they voted in my precinct this morning rice. They voted in yours. There were no riots there were no rifles. So that's that. We'll see what happens. I suspect. It's going to be a an eventful day politically. But one hopes not a violent one. And it looks to me just a couple of points. I want to hear your kind of things you're looking for. But I'm the one I'm looking for that'd be I think the big thing here is it's a referendum on Donald Trump above all in this in this election is not on the ballot. But Democrats have tried to make this an election about Donald Trump and his behavior as president and Donald Trump has been happy to oblige. He's been saying he is he's this. He wants to be the center of attention. He's been saying, I'm helping everywhere I go we might lose the house because they can't go to every house district. Of course, he has gone every swings Senate district, although not importantly in some of the some of the some of the key ones. So I think that's what I'm going to be looking for most of all here. What what? What is the size of the democratic surge against Trump, and and Trump ISM? And then that sense, it will be the opposite of what we saw in two thousand ten against Barack Obama Bill. Yeah. I agree. Look on the one hand the history is is not encouraging for the party that controls the White House. Right. And I think typically over the past couple of decades average thirty seat loss in the house a few in the Senate. So in some senses. This is business as usual on the other hand, President Trump, I think apart from the election being referendum on them, which I think it usually is on the president. He's inserted himself more directly than most other presidents in these rallies. And it it it is to a polarized country in the sense. If you look at a rally, you just think this is all Trump country. But then you see the enthusiasm on the democratic side. And and the the poll productions and you realize there's an another. Side to that story. So we'll we'll find out. I mean, it will be not just a matter of who retains which chamber, but also the margin of victory will tell Salat Kim any kind of general thought. Well, I guess my general thought is that none of us know what's going to happen today. And it's been kind of striking to me to watch. So many political prognosticators say that they are pegging the chances to this or that happening at these very precise percentages in the face of what happened in two thousand sixteen and the fact that no one knew what was going on. Then either compounding this if you look in particular at the house races, we have very few polls that have been done in the majority of these districts, many of them to the extent that they were polled at all. It was back in the summer before. For instance, the recent immigration debate before the cavenaugh fight. So none of that has span baked into any of those polls. We know that some of these polls have been very inaccurate or have the potential very inaccurate because they were very small sample sets. And we're seeing a lot of..
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"From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac watch welcome back on Paul zhigo with Kim strassel and Bill mcgurn and Kim, I guess the question is, how does all of this play politically Democrats want to delay the hearings of possible delay the vote if possible, Republicans being in the majority, have the power to move the nomination forward the if as long as they stay United. But I guess the question is Democrats wanna show their voters who are passionately anti-trump and believe the supreme court is is one of one of the main battlegrounds of American politics that they that they're fighting to stop cavenaugh. So are these history onyx at the hearing by the. Senators of the document. Production debate and the the extraordinarily nasty questioning is this really something that they're trying to show the base that they're willing to fight and they're passionate just like them. And in the end, they're going to allow the debate the vote to go forward or will they try to block vote altogether? Because unless you have a Senate democrat showing up at the hearing, you can deny them of haute unless re undercurrent Senate rules. Well, look, I think it's both. I think the goals and the strategy you see here was this initial attempt to complain launch motions and try to postpone this and all the while. As you say with the goal that even if we can't postpone an even if we can't derail it, we will show our base that we are fighting. It looks as though Democrats have not at this point gone so far has decided they will not show. Oh, up or boycott. This one would hope that maybe they have understood that some of these breaking of precedents in norms sometimes can boomerang on you. Of course, one of the reasons that we can have fifty votes to confirm Brett Kavanagh these days, and we no longer have a filibuster is because Harry Reid got rid of that for certain nominees back when he was still in charge and Republicans extended that rule so that they don't seem to have gone that far yet. But the question to me is there can be no doubt that these kind of theatrics will probably gin up their base. They're hoping that they could at least use the hearings for that. But how do they play with the average American that turns this on? Because you know the record is out there. This is a guy served honorably on the DC circuit court of appeals. American Bar Association gives the highest rating he's clearly more than more than qualified to sit on the supreme court. And you see these people level..
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"Just enable the skill and ask Alexa, play Potomac, watch from the Wall Street Journal. From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac. Watch welcome back on Paul zhigo with Bill mcgurn and Kim strassel and the president is one way he's lashing back at the. The Paul Manafort convictions and the Michael Cohen. Plea deal is by attacking his attorney general Jeff Sessions who has recused himself from the from the Russia pro, but not from supervising the colon investigation. For example, which is was separate. That was kit referred to by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, but pick taken up by the US attorney in in New York. The Justice Barbas also indicted recently to Republican congressman within ninety days of an election, which is in my personal view, highly suspect and violates internal Justice policy. Chris Collins of upstate New York and Dunkin hundred junior of California merits aside whether these indictments are are warranted or not. They could have been made before the primaries in both of those states when the par. Could have picked a new candidate. Now, it's very difficult to get e either name off the ballot. Probably impossible giving the Democrats a chance to gain two more seats so Trump. I think this is is as upset Donald Trump, but ultimately, Cam, what do you make of the continuing assault on sessions in public and is a smart? No, it's counterproductive. I think for a couple of reasons, one is just wrong on the merits to call on Jeff Sessions to engage in specific prosecutions. Look. I mean, there are a couple of ways to look at the Justice department. It's not a part of the constitution. It was created by congress, but it the say, and you know, and obviously any attorney general broadly follows the policies that are set out by presidents and their administrations, but it's a line that you cross. You go and you tell direct your turning general specifically target or not target certain people for prosecutions, and so it looks bad. And Donald Trump has, again crossed the line one that he shouldn't have. But Secondly, this is a pure political reality where he to fire Jeff Sessions where he to running him down, doesn't help anyone doesn't help zone administration where he'd fire him. He doesn't have the votes in the Senate right now to reconfirm a new attorney general, and the place would be even more in a state of disarray without without an attorney general. So Ben Sasse the Senator from Nebraska, Susan Collins, a Senator from Maine, have both said that they would be loath devote or would not vote for any person that Donald Trump named his replacement. If he fired Jeff Sessions over issues like this so cases not helping him, but can you have a attorney general who president can Kenna president tolerate. An attorney general who he lows. I mean, is that a healthy state of affairs and shouldn't. I mean we've always believed in executive power here at the journal and the fact that the pre president of left or right should get the people he wants to fill out his cabinet now shouldn't Trump have the same thority at the Justice department. I'll absolutely he does have that authority and and look at a certain point it might be worth while exercising be on the very basis to look whether or not Jeff Sessions should have recused himself. He did, and that has left a vacuum. At the top of the department of Justice on the biggest issue we are dealing with today, which is this Russia question the special counsel and and everything else. And you know, look in my mind, the best thing that would happen is after the midterms when Republicans potentially have an even greater majority in the Senate Jeff Sessions, oughta recognize this issue to and step down. I'm sort of amazed Jeff Sessions stayed in a child. So publicly berated all the time. Look, I think Donald Trump has legitimate beefs about a weakened attorney general at the top, but I don't think he's doing himself any favors the way he's doing and I agree with Kim. The reality is that he's here through the end of the year and through next year for different reasons, whether it's because they couldn't get a new one voted in. So, and the second question is just because someone has a problem I mean in our system just because someone has the power doesn't always mean that it's prudent to exercise it. I mean, the way everything is framed the way the framers put it..
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"That's partly just he had more name recognition the the other three really didn't. Get there. They didn't have the funding, and I think there was the the support among the liberal groups was little split, but Tony ever says, really aligned himself with the teachers unions, which are gonna be spending probably the biggest spenders in this election because they really see overturning Scott Walker's Klug and bargaining reforms as critical, partly because they were so symbolic nationally also because unions have taken a huge financial hit because of them. Yeah, interesting. One other anecdote, Paul Neilan, who is the the kind of crazy challenger Paul Ryan two years ago in in Ryan's district ran. Again, the Ryan, of course, is resigning and again in a multi candidate field in the Republican primary there and got crushed. I am happy to say he remembered Breitbart was rushing him as the as the next speaker of the house. And and he and he's, he went down in flames. So let's also talk about Connecticut. Bob Stefanski, a businessman, former UBS employees. Financier won the Republican primary again, a multi-candidate field, promising total tax reform, right? He's going to get rid of the estate and gift tax right away. He's going to wait two years on the corporate tax phase that out an eight years on the income tax. I think it's fair to say that's a bold proposal, and he's going to be running, but he won and we know Alicia Connecticut needs tax reform, for sure. It's had a horrible economic record under current governor down Malloy. He's he's not running for re election, but the person who is Ned Lamont is running for election that he won the democratic nomination. He's. Is the democrat who remember be Joe Lieberman in the Senate primary some years back running, and then Lieberman ran as an independent and beat Ned Lamont so much well known among Democrats, but he's promising essentially the Malloy agenda more of the same. That's right. And he's trying to distance himself from Woy in part because voice so unpopular. I think he's the least popular governor in the country. So he's running a little bit from Laurie. But when he was asked pointblank well, would you raise taxes? He said, yes. And this is really, I think, Republicans and I think a lot of independent voters are kind of tired of being nickeled and dimed Malloy increase the corporate tax in post surcharge increased the income taxes, and now they're talking about increasing tolls and the part of the net Lamont agenda. It's expressly, let's raise tolls, never popular comedian commuting. St Paul. Look, Connecticut has some of its top businesses leaving the state right every day, Texas, some of the highest tax rates in the country regulations. You know, all over the place, just a dismal place. And yet I am envious as as a resident of of New Jersey because at least there there's a Republican candidate who may have a chance because people are tired of this. They see where this leads this kind of blue state agenda lead states, and I think that Lamont's going to have a hard time. I mean, the Republican, they're both businessmen, right? Lamont Tout's business credential, right? But Stefanski is going to tie him to Malloy in. It's hard to see how how he can avoid that. His agenda is pretty much the same wants higher minimum wage more education spending, but non any structural reform. The economy we're talking about the latest primary election results and morosi versus Donald Trump. You're listening to Potomac watch when we come back. Spend time with Alexa. You can now listen to Potomac. Watch on your Amazon device. Justin able the skill and ask Alexa to plate Potomac, watch from the Wall Street Journal. From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac watch welcome back on polls. You go with Bill mcgurn and at least you Finley, just to finish up on the Connecticut race. You know, there's a, there's a pretty good record of Republican governors who've made it in the even the liberal..
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"From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac watch. Economy grew by four point, one percent in the second quarter of twenty eighteen and has now grown by three point, one percent across the first six months. That's the fastest growth in fast quarter of growth in four years since twenty fourteen and the Donald Trump naturally president states took credit for tried to take credit for it. Does he deserve it here? I'm Paul zhigo of the Wall Street Journal here. Talk about that in the political impact of this GDP number and whether it's a stain -able is Bill mcgurn Hulo Bill Hypo, and James Freeman, I James ball. So let's start with the GDP number. About coming in a little under economists expectations. People had said four point, four percent, the Saint Louis, the skinny. The Atlanta Fed's g GDP tracker had predicted three point eight, but anyway, slice at James four point. One is gangbusters number. Yes, yes. The economy is growing bigly. Certainly in the second quarter, and I think the president deserves a lot of credit. I think he should take a victory lap. This is the power of incentives at work here, the tax cutting and particularly to the corporate income tax rate and restraint on federal regulators has really changed the way business people look at investing in the United States. And if you look at the numbers Bill, it's really kind of interesting. You look at the economic expansion started this current one in the middle of two thousand nine when the post financial panic recession ended and it's been long in the tooth. And if you look at what happened, twenty fourteen was the last really was Obama's best year for growth, and you look at twenty fifteen and twenty sixteen. We were really bumping along almost under two percent, very low bid. Business investment in particular averaging zero point, six percent over two thousand five and twenty fifteen and twenty sixteen. Now you see twenty seventeen that number bumping up and and business investment. Now averaging seven and a half percent increase for the first six months of of this year. So that's the evidence I think that in fact, would James suggests tax reform and deregulation which were aimed precisely at stimulating business confidence and business investment has worked. That's evidence that it has worked. I I, I don't think there's any. I don't think there's any doubt of that because it's reduced the price of capital and you get more I mean through pretty straightforward cause and effect right in so far as they go that that we've had to count myself say, I was wondering ones disappointed because my expectations had been raised that I thought we might have something closer to five percent, but I would rather have the disappoint. I have today than the ones I had two years ago or three years ago. Well, in the numbers suggest grow the in not everything was rosy here. James, you had residential housing actually detracted from kroth, which is stunning to get the four point, one percent number and nothing from housing. That's that's really rare in a way. I think that is encouraging because it shows you the the strength of the productive economy and it's shows you how far we've come where we had a financial crisis, ten years ago that resulted in large part from kind of an unreal economy where we tried to conjure prosperity at of ever rising housing prices. And I think a lot of people began to believe during that period and the two thousands. When we had these rock bottom interest rates and all of these federal programs intended to drive people into housing that that's the source of wealth. Building more homes is how you get rich. And of course, really. A healthy society that's a symptom of a productive economy. It's not the cause of it. So I, there's so much to like in this report you look at. Actually, another thing that's attracted was inventories going down. Those are shelves that are going to need to be restocked in the second half of the year. So people thinking or saying, now this is great, but it's about to get much worse. I think they're going to be proven wrong inventories, took a full percentage point off of the GDP growth. So if you had a normal inventory number would have been five point, one percent, right?.
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"Stories like apple get out in front people are going to see it i mean to dance point if they vote republican it won't be because the republicans have some great messaging or something is because they are going to see a factory going up like the one in michigan it's coming back from mexico or their kids getting out of college um and you know has a job ord they they just feel it tomorrow will be better than today which i don't think people of felt for a long time in this you know two percent growth economy i interviewed john brave enter who's a republican consultant who specializes in pennsylvania and some of these more white uh some of these are white working class districts and he said that there isn't a lotta buyer's remorse among those voters for trump the most of them are sticking with trump piece of the problem though is that trump is an expanding his support it sticking to vat narrow relatively narrow group and he's going to in particular when you get to suburban women uh republican voters around philadelphia around milwaukee jackie other places some of those people just are offended by trump they're offended by his behavior their offended by his narcissism their offended by a lot of the way he insults people and divisive uh tweets and so on and that's what uh there they could end and that's why he hasn't expanded his support yawn i think we'll see in the next six months of the second year hov this will tell the tail because the republicans running will decide either trump is going to be a plus for them or a negative and that fits a negative they'll start separating themselves on the runup to the election the democrats are running trump in off hosts districts right yeah i think the democrats in by the summer going to be saying make it stop uh a check on trump and that's going to be their only message and by the way we might have him uh let's uh thank you all gentlemen thank you offer listening we'll be back next week with more additions of potomac watch.
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"Washington well m a unfortunately it is the case now that no matter what the republicans do in washington uh if they do something that could be sold as a a benefit to the country the country may not know about it because of this president is in a death struggle with the washington media and press corps and they are disinclined to write much of anything good about donald trump or the republicans in washington uh so the word i mean that's kind of how you account for these generic ballot so in people would buy ten or eleven points prefer democrats running congress is kind of an intriguing question on the other hand can you suppress uh the public's knowledge of a strengthening economy on if it results from the tax cut um we the sink signals so far here in january is that the economy is beginning to do very very well and does i think mitch mcconnell himself has said uh boy if we as republicans can't go out there and sell a strong economy to the american people and relate at the tax cuts were in the wrong business well all right dan i think that's a fair summary of uh of where we are here at the start of the twenty eighteen year a big year for congress uh because of the november election and the final chance for republicans to put their stamp on the federal government to at least with this congress so thank you kim thank you dan will back tomorrow with another addition of potomac watch.
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"How can ex reform happened in the united states congress and you're listening to potomac watch from the wall street journal you've heard it a million times location location location well that's because locations important and if the reason this ad targeted at eu is located before podcast about the history of ice dancing if you own a business you know the importance of location which is why you need a realtor a member of the national association of realtors are real estate expert who can help you find the perfect location to grow so get what your business needs get realtor the future of everything from the wall street journal all new episodes on apple podcast spotify tune in google play music iheartradio stitcher and npr one the wall street journal listen ambitiously from the opinion pages of the wall street journal this is the tome and watch welcome back i'm polls you go here with fa kate bachelor and they're kim strauss so we're talking about how tax reform happened though the biggest success so far legislatively for the trump presidency and the republican congress and i wanna make another i think there's one background uh issue here that we should address which explains the success and that is there's still a pretty good rough intellectual political consensus about what constitutes good tax policy that is the tax rates matter within the most republicans agree with that that uh corporations uh uh and businesses need to be have a competitive tax code to compete around the world there is a general supplyside uh uh consensus uh that the democrats don't share where most of their their economists are opposed to to those principles but that consensus behind the scenes made a little easier or may be a lot easier to agree on the ultimate contours of this uh then uh happened on healthcare where there isn't that kind of agreement and then he had to give credit here to three successive ways and means chairman dave camp oostens left congress but put together the first detailed the tax reform out of ways and means remember john banner.
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"Um and and is right the stock market didn't seem to love the senate bill uh but look we've had this huge runoff in a in a couple of days of selloffs profittaking is not a big deal in in in my view kim no and i would point out that not just economists make that point that businesses have been pushing for this expensive probation f from a policy perspective they have cared about that as much as they have cared about the rate set one hundred percent expensive thing a huge priority for them because what the effective it is it's the same again as izzie he would get from a lower rate it allows them to keep more of their money in their pockets or rather in their business copper's tiggy's for expansion higher wages all the different things that come with a lower government tax burden all right we're talking about the uh republican tax reform movement in congress and a judge roy moore's troubles you're listening to potomac watch from the wall street journal the future of everything from the wall street journal all new episodes foul on apple podcast modify union google play music iheartradio stitcher and npr one the wall street journal listen ambitiously from the opinion gauges at the wall street journal coming watch welcome back i'm poetry go with kim's draw soul and james freeman and we're talking just to finish up on the senate uh tax bill prospects we had a senator in the uh today as a matter of fact pat toomey of pennsylvania was one of the chief negotiators of this bill he's from of the senate finance committee.
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"Uh blasts against friends foes uh meteors anybody who he thinks is says might have some day somehow criticized him but the the the uh but the the issue a lot of people are saying is and i think this was on trump's mind on bannon is is he is he was a more it would it could he do trump more harm outside the white house than inside i mean he did a lot of harm inside in not much good kim did he will greek absolutely look m me how much more armed leash imbued wished also be focused a good policy usually leads ticket politics and to the extent that steve bannon was pushing not so great policy and uh a lot of people in the white house it wasn't good politics so yes there is going to be this rearguard action from the breitbart crowd a crowd which by the way is is now has a little bit more a political heft in the in the universe because of st bannon's role at the white house in the attention has been paid to that wing of the party but they still represent a faction of the party and trump is hopefully being advised by the many other conservatives around him that he's got a much better chance of raising his approval level out there with a broader coalition of people if he rejects some of that factional us political uh viewpoint that the bannon team espoused all right thank you kim sake you mary we fake you all for listening we'll be back tomorrow with another addition of potomac watch.