After overpromising the benefits and underestimating the costs, reality is starting to puncture the White House's messaging on trade.
That's a potentially dangerous combination.
Donald Trump's restrictionist immigration policies are making U.S. universities less exceptional.
A new report finds the tariffs raised $82 million for the U.S. Treasury but ended up increasing costs for consumers by about $1.2 billion.
And they'll cost more to buy
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In Latest Trade Negotiating Gambit, Trump Essentially Asks China To Put Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing
But wasn't the whole point of the trade war to boost U.S. manufacturing?
They made 50 arrests, but almost all were for immigration offenses.
The Supreme Court allowed the policy to move forward, but the fight is far from over.
Does the Trump administration think it can wage war in Iran without congressional approval? Mike Pompeo won't say.
Administration appears to value hardline Cuba stance over ballplayer safety.
Nothing in the ruling prohibits the U.S. from detaining would-be asylum-seekers until they can be granted a court hearing.
And Iran looks to reciprocate.
Fed governors like Herman Cain or Stephen Moore are likely to want to goose short term apparent prosperity to help the president politically. That's a bad idea.
Closing the border would be a "profit-making operation," says Trump. That's not how any of this works.
Covering stories is too important to abandon for brazen partisan pandering-or wishful thinking.
The education secretary is wrongly getting dragged for zeroing out a gratuitous budget item.
The feds are $234 billion in the red. Looking for hope? Sen. Mike Enzi has some ideas.
That should be enough to end this silly debate. But what the president says and what the president does are not always the same.
The president signed an executive order supporting free speech on college campuses.
Trump Will Sign Executive Order Requiring Colleges To Promote 'Free Inquiry' If They Want Federal Research Funds
"It is the policy of the federal government to encourage institutions to foster environments that promote open, intellectually engaging, and diverse debate."
The president's stance on immigration goes well beyond fighting illegal entry.
Trump's budget projects 10 straight years of 3 percent growth. If this forecast fails to materialize, it will make the budget deficits worse than projected.
The passengers of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed March 10 had not even been buried before some commentators had identified the cause: deregulation.
"Bilateral tariffs result in lower GDP, employment, investment, and trade for the U.S.," a new report concludes.
Once you get past the rosy economic expectations, it's clear that Trump's budget is not a serious effort at fiscal restraint.
"The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern," Trump said.
U.S. intervention quietly escalates in Somalia.
And the real outcome is likely to be worse, since the budget relies on overly rosy assumptions about future economic growth.
White House Budget Calls for Domestic Spending Cuts, Military Spending Hikes, $8 Billion for Border Wall, Extension of Tax Cuts
The budget will take 15 years to balance and envisions trillion-dollar deficits through 2022, even with rosy economic assumptions.
White House's New Budget Gimmick: Include Immigration Enforcement Spending in the Uncapped Budget for Foreign Wars
Incredibly, the White House is trying to pitch this chicanery as an exercise in fiscal responsibility. Congress shouldn't buy it.
That's just fine, unless you happen to be a president who promised to reduce it.
New study shows U.S. consumers pay every dollar of the tariffs, which have also damaged supply chains and the availability of goods.
Any deal will be better than the current mess, which is largely of Trump's own making.
Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash joined with Democrats to oppose the president's power grab.
"Exactly what sources and what individuals this money comes from is obscure, and it's obscure because that's the way the federal government wants it."