What We’re Following
North Korea: China has ordered North Korean companies operating within its borders to close in its toughest move against the Kim regime since its weapons tests prompted the harshest-ever UN sanctions. Thus far, China has been slow to satisfy U.S. demands to put pressure on North Korea. As former CIA Director David Petraeus hypothesizes, China may be the real audience President Trump is thinking of when he makes threats to North Korea—though that’s not to say such threats won’t inflame Pyongyang and alarm Americans. Amid the escalating rhetoric, here’s how to tell how close the U.S. really is to war with the North.
Party Plans: Lawmakers’ latest proposal for tax reform, which is focused mostly on slashing rates, marks a significant change from progressive attempts at tax reform of the 20th century—and the gap stems from how both conservatives and liberals reinvented their goals in the 1980s and ’90s. Today, Republicans are struggling to balance the interests of the working- and business-class voters that make up their coalition. Meanwhile, their signature effort to undo the Affordable Care Act is succeeding behind the scenes in spite of its failures in Congress.
Equity Issues: SNAP, the government’s food assistance program created 40 years ago by the bipartisan Food Stamp Act, is on the verge of significant cuts in the GOP’s next budget proposal. And kids from poor households are increasingly left out of participating in sports—which can lead them to miss out on long-term health and learning benefits too.