During his long campaign, President Trump promised the biggest tax cut of all time, but he was short of specifics. Today, White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn proposed "the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986 and one of the biggest tax cuts in American history."
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America's H-1B program allows US companies to hire foreign workers skilled in "specialty occupations," including science, technology, medicine and the law. Last week in Wisconsin, President Trump signed an Executive Order called "Buy American, Hire American." Trump says "America First" means it should only apply to the highest paid applicants, so US workers aren't being replaced by cheap foreign labor. His latest immigration order, along with his travel ban, may be responsible for a decline in immigration. Applications from foreign students are down by 40%. Such programs help spread Western values among foreign elites. Will changes risk diluting America's "soft power?"
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Cedar Mesa Citadel Ruins at Bears Ears National Monument
Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management
The 1906 Antiquities Act allows presidents to protect public lands and create national monuments. Presidents Clinton and Obama used that power to enrich their legacies by designating hundreds of thousands of acres. Now President Trump wants to go in the other direction. Kirk Siegler, who covers the West for National Public Radio, says the change is more about opposition to the federal government making decisions for states about use and management of public lands.
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