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Vikas Dhoot: Back to the future
In his first week in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi abolished all groups of ministers (GoMs). Nearly 100 such groups had been set up by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) during its 10-year tenure as a preferred route for building consensus on a variety of thorny issues or dithering on those that were important but not urgent. While the groups did serve their purpose up to a point, they also became a potent
 
 
Adam N. Michel: Tax reform means a raise for average Americans
When you hear the phrase “tax reform” coming out of Washington, what comes to your mind? Huge tax cuts for the rich and bigger profits for corporations, right? To many Americans, tax reform has become synonymous with corporate fat cats getting away without paying their fair share. This is a shame. It’s standing in the way of Americans getting a raise. In its current form, our tax code kills American jobs and pushes American
   
Noah Smith: Gauging the president’s effect on labour market
I always laugh when I see stories asking how many jobs the president has created. This language is common in the news media, as well as in the boasts of certain presidents. To be fair, most people understand the phrase as shorthand for how much employment growth there was during a president’s time on the job. But many people seem to hold the president personally responsible for the ups and downs of the labour market.
 
 
Andrew Grice: Messy compromises will anger Tory hardliners
“We must work together to get to an outcome we can stand behind and defend to our people,” Theresa May told the EU leaders’ summit. Which, roughly translated, means: “You’ve got to give me something to sell to the hard Brexit brigade among my Cabinet and backbenchers.” The word “defend” was the giveaway; May did not use it in her press conference in Brussels today, speaking only of an agreement “that works for all our people”.
   
Ramesh Ponnuru: 2018 campaign ad leaves out something huge
One of the Democrats’ first political ads of the 2018 campaign attacks “Paul Ryan and the Washington Republicans.” It opens with footage of the House speaker walking with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. But it never mentions President Donald Trump by name. It doesn’t use Trump’s image, either. Democratic strategists tell Amy Walter, the national editor of the Cook Political Report, that this omission is not an accident.
 
 
David Usborne: Unpopular foreign policy
A little over five years ago a spokesman for Enrique Peña Nieto, who was soon to be elected President of Mexico, leaned across a cafe table and told me what his boss had in mind for relations with America: mimicking Europe’s single market and wiping away the border between them entirely to allow unfettered freedom of movement for goods, services, capital and people. If ambitious then, such a notion looks laughable today.
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