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GOP slams down huge win in Montana.
Washington Post

Republican businessman Greg Gianforte won Montana’s sole House district in a special election Thursday, keeping a seat in Republican hands despite facing assault charges for allegedly attacking a reporter who’d asked him about the GOP’s health-care bill. In his victory speech, Gianforte admitted to the attack and apologized for it. “I shouldn’t have treated that reporter that way,” he told supporters at his rally here. The victory, called by the Associated Press, offered some relief for Republicans, who have struggled to sell their Obamacare overhaul, the American Health Care Act. But it was a closer call than the party had expected when it tapped the multimillionaire to run in a state President Trump carried by 20 points — and when Democrats nominated folk singer Rob Quist instead of an experienced politician. With 83 percent of the vote counted, Gianforte led Quist 51 percent to 44 percent, according to preliminary returns. Some in the crowd laughed at the mention of the incident. “I made a mistake,” said Gianforte.

Clues from Montana for Georgia’s 6th District.
Atlanta Constitution Journal

Ossoff’s near-outright win during the first round of voting in Georgia-6 has clearly fueled more outside interest in the Montana race over the last five weeks, and Thursday’s results could shift the dynamics in the northern Atlanta suburbs during the final stretch of campaigning. But there are major differences when it comes to the voters in the two districts and the prevailing political cultures. Many of the issues at the forefront of debate here are much more localized than in Georgia: public lands and the management of natural resources are hot topics, as is whether to institute a sales tax in Montana. And the voters here are whiter, more populist and politically independent. Ballot-splitting is commonplace – while 56 percent of Montana voters selected Trump for president in November, they reelected their Democratic governor, Steve Bullock. Georgia, on the other hand, has not elected a Democratic official to statewide office in years. Despite that, there has been much more hesitancy on the part of the national Democratic party to shovel as many resources into Montana as they have in Georgia’s 6th District. While the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has devoted nearly $5 million to the Peach State race, it’s given only a fraction of that to aid Quist.

2018 could be rough for both parties in Washington.

The 2018 midterms are a story of two chambers. Democrats are in the best position they’ve been in since 2010 to win a majority of seats in the House of Representatives. The Senate map, on the other hand, is so tilted toward the GOP that most political analysts have all but dismissed Democrats’ chances of winning the chamber before 2020. It has even been suggested that Republicans could gain enough Senate seats (eight) in 2018 to amass a filibuster-proof majority (60 seats). This is normally the part of the article where I push back on the conventional wisdom and argue something like, actually, the 2018 Senate map isn’t that bad for Democrats. But no, it’s pretty bad: Democrats are a long shot to take back the Senate. What I will argue, however, is that it’ll also be difficult for the GOP to pick up a bunch of seats. Republicans would need to oust incumbent Democrats, and it’s extremely difficult to beat an incumbent senator in a midterm when his or her party doesn’t control the White House.

GOP goes to battle over pre-existing conditions.
The Hill

Senate Republicans are talking about including some of the same controversial waivers from a House bill repealing ObamaCare that critics say could hurt people with pre-existing conditions. Sen. John Thune (S.D.) said he thinks a Senate bill will allow states to waive some requirements for insurers. “I think there will be some authorities for states because, like the House, we want to give the states as much flexibility as possible,” said Thune, the No. 3 Republican in Senate leadership. A highly-anticipated Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday found the state waivers in the House bill could lead to skyrocketing premium costs for people with pre-existing conditions. In states that waived certain coverage regulations for insurers, people could pay more than $1,000 per month for maternity coverage, the CBO found. It also determined that many people with pre-existing conditions would be unable to afford coverage if they live in states that use the waivers.

Christians killed on a bus in Egypt.

The incident occurred in Minya province, about 220km (140 miles) south of the capital Cairo, as the bus headed to the Monastery of St Samuel. There have been a number of attacks on Copts in recent months claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants. Two suicide bombings targeting churches on 9 April left 46 people dead. The attacks prompted President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to declare a nationwide state of emergency and promise to do whatever was necessary to confront jihadists. The Coptic Orthodox Church is the main Christian Church in Egypt. While most Copts live in Egypt, the Church has about a million members outside the country. Copts believe that their Church dates back to around 50 AD, when the Apostle Mark is said to have visited Egypt. The head of the Church is called the Pope and is considered to be the successor of St Mark. This makes it one of the earliest Christian groups outside the Holy Land. The Church separated from other Christian denominations at the Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) in a dispute over the human and divine nature of Jesus Christ. The early Church suffered persecution under the Roman Empire, and there were intermittent persecutions after Egypt became a Muslim country. Many believe that continues to this day..

The media is totally trolling Trump over Russia.
New York Post

If President Trump has acted as his own worst enemy in the Russia controversy, as everyone says, he’s been baited into it. Rush Limbaugh a couple of weeks ago said he was laughing over Trump’s “epic troll” of the Democrats by firing FBI Director James Comey (and meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the next day). It was really the other way around. Trump wasn’t the troller; he was the trollee. An Internet troll lobs bombshells to get a rise out of the other side, for his own enjoyment, or to get attention, or to make a point. Limbaugh isn’t wrong to identify Trump with this species of provocation. In fact, it’s possible to see Trump’s entire campaign in 2016 as one long troll of respectable opinion. He routinely stoked the outrage and disgust of the media and the establishment in a way that boosted him in the eyes of his supporters. It’s no accident that among his most ardent admirers were fellow practitioners, like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos.

Trump meets the Pope at the Vatican.
New York Times

Pope Francis welcomed President Trump to the Vatican on Wednesday, shaking his hand before ushering him into his study for the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders, who symbolize starkly different views of the world. Around 8:20 a.m., under a crystalline blue sky, the president’s motorcade rolled into the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, where ostrich-feather-plumed Swiss Guards saluted as Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, stepped out of an armored limousine. A few minutes before Mr. Trump’s visit, the pope arrived at the palace in a blue Ford Focus. He stepped out of the car and walked into a side entrance. For Mr. Trump, who landed in Rome after stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, the audience in the Vatican caps a tour of the ancestral homes of three of the world’s great monotheistic religions. For Francis, who recently made his own landmark visit to Egypt last month, it was a chance to welcome a second American leader, after President Barack Obama paid his respects in 2014.

Republicans: Special election closer than it should be.

Republican Greg Gianforte’s closing motivational speech to voters ahead of Thursday’s special House election in Montana is the same thing GOP strategists are whispering in private: “This race is closer than it should be.” It’s a recurring nightmare of a pattern for Republicans around the country, as traditional GOP strongholds prove more difficult and expensive for the party to hold than it ever anticipated when President Donald Trump plucked House members like Ryan Zinke, the former Montana Republican now running the Interior Department, for his Cabinet. Gianforte is still favored to keep the seat red, but a state Trump carried by 20 percentage points last year became a battleground in the past few months. Democrat Rob Quist, a folk singer and first-time candidate, has raised more than $6 million for his campaign, including $1 million in the past week alone as energized Democratic donors pour online cash into political causes this year. Quist hopes that enthusiasm also contributes to an outsize turnout — as it did in special elections in Kansas and Georgia earlier this year — for the oddly scheduled Thursday election, happening just before a holiday weekend.

Poll: Ossaff leads Handel by seven in Georgia.
Roll Call

A new poll shows Democrat Jon Ossoff with a 7-point lead against Republican Karen Handel ahead of the runoff election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Of the 700 voters interviewed in the SurveyUSA poll conducted for Atlanta TV station WXIA, Ossoff leads with 51 percent compared to Handel’s 44 percent. Six percent of respondents were undecided and the margin of error was 4.3 percent. Voters in the district were surveyed as evenly split on the Republican proposal to replace the 2010 health care law signed by former President Barack Obama, with 47 percent supporting and an equal number opposing. Handel might also be hurt by President Donald Trump, who has a 51 percent disapproval rating in the district. A majority of voters polled also said it was not an issue that Ossoff did not live in the district or that Handel did not have a college degree. The runoff election to replace Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price will take place on June 20th. The poll interviewed 700 registered voters, 549 of whom either already voted in the runoff or were certain to vote before June 12. Both cell phone and landline numbers were used.

The 66 programs listed for elimination in Trump budget.
The Hill

President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion. Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan. Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block. Agriculture Department — $855 million · McGovern-Dole International Food for Education · Rural Business-Cooperative Service · Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account · Single Family Housing Direct Loans Commerce Department — $633 million · Economic Development Administration · Manufacturing Extension Partnership · Minority Business Development Agency · National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education Education Department — $4.976 billion · 21st Century Community Learning Centers · Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants · Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants ...

Manchester bomber likely didn’t act alone.

The man who carried out a suicide attack in Manchester was "likely" to have not acted alone, Home Secretary Amber Rudd says. Salman Abedi killed 22 and injured 64 when he blew himself up at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. Police arrested three men in Manchester on Wednesday. Abedi's 23-year-old brother was arrested on Tuesday. The UK terror threat level is now up to its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent. It means military personnel are being deployed to protect key sites. The Palace of Westminster has been closed to the public following police advice, and will not re-open until further notice, a statement on its website said. And the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled on Wednesday to redeploy police officers, the Ministry of Defence said. Mrs Rudd said: "It was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we've seen before, and it seems likely - possible - that he wasn't doing this on his own." BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said that the bomber is thought to have been a "mule", using a device built by someone else.

Ben Sasse wants to make adulting great again.
National Review

Ben Sasse’s The Vanishing American Adult is ostensibly a parenting guide, and indeed, it serves as an excellent one. “Our kids are not ready for the world they are soon going to inherit,” the Nebraska senator writes, offering practical ideas for cultivating children’s grit, work ethic, and independence. But at heart, the book tackles a much deeper question: Why do you do what you do? If you’re a standard overachieving American quasi-helicopter parent, you likely asked yourself this very question at 7:15 a.m. last Saturday. Remember? You were standing, eyes slightly glazed, hair mussed, on the sideline of a soggy, misty soccer field. You wore flip-flops, which you immediately regretted. You would be on that squidgy sideline for six hours, you see, for it was a tournament — a very serious tournament — for a team of seven-year-olds who regularly reap their most consistent soccer-related amusements from picking dandelions, pantsing their teammates, or contentedly watching one of their fellow future Olympians blithely scoring a goal for the other team.

Trump seeks historic cuts to government.
The Hill

The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose the deepest cuts to government programs in a generation, delivering the opening salvo in a new round of budget battles in Washington. The proposal, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” and set for release at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, sets out a 10-year plan to balance the budget. It relies on a mix of cuts to anti-poverty programs, optimistic economic forecasting and deep cuts to nondefense discretionary funding to meet its targets. It would not touch Social Security and Medicare, which President Trump promised to leave alone during his campaign. The budget would dramatically shift spending to the Pentagon from domestic programs. In 2018, it would shift $54 billion from nondefense discretionary spending to defense by enacting major cuts to the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies. It would eliminate or phase out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and theNational Endowment for the Arts.

Senate Recruitment: Approaching 2018.
Roll Call

In 2018, 12 Senate races are rated as not solid wins for either party. There is also the added factor that no senators have announced yet that they are retiring, so all of the races involve challenging incumbent lawmakers. Democrats have their own recruitment tasks. They are looking to field candidates against the two more vulnerable GOP senators: Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona. “We’re in discussions with lots of good candidates,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The Maryland Democrat said it did appear that Republicans were having trouble recruiting contenders. “Clearly, they’ve been struggling in a lot of places, but it is early,” Van Hollen said. Republicans have seen some of their higher-profile prospects decline to challenge Democratic senators. GOP House members in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin have passed on Senate runs. Other House lawmakers in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and North Dakota are still weighing bids, and have yet to announce their campaigns.

Beyond Montana: What’s after Thursday’s special election.

Upcoming special elections to watch after Montana’s race, here are the next special elections to watch: California’s 34th U.S. House district special election -- June 6. Rep. Xavier Becerra resigned to become California Attorney General. Hillary Clinton won this Los Angeles district 84-11 percent in November. Democrats have held the seat since 1983. Georgia’s 6th U.S. House district special election runoff -- June 20. Rep. Tom Price resigned to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. Trump won this northern Atlanta district by only 2 percentage points. Republicans have held this seat, for two decades under Newt Gingrich, since 1979. South Carolina’s 5th U.S. House district special election -- June 20. Rep. Mick Mulvaney resigned to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Trump won this rural northern South Carolina district 56 percent to 35 percent. Mulvaney was the first GOP representative here since 1883.

Trump looks to speed infrastructure pace.
The Hill

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are eyeing changes to how environmental laws are enforced as part of major infrastructure legislation. President Trump and his aides have been promising since before the inauguration that a $1 trillion infrastructure package would be coming. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told senators recently that the proposal is “several weeks” away. While funding has long been a top focus of the legislation, Chao, the GOP and lobbyists say that changing or streamlining the environmental permitting process is likely to be a prominent feature of the bill. Cutting down on the years it takes state and local governments to obtain permits under laws like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act is essential to accomplishing Trump’s goal of expanding and fixing the nation’s roads, bridges and airports, Republicans say. Overhauling the rules would reduce the time it takes to build projects, cut costs and ultimately bring the country more and better infrastructure, they argue

At least 22 confirmed dead in Manchester bombing.

22 people have been confirmed dead and around 50 others are injured following reports of multiple explosions after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in the North of England on Monday Evening. Greater Manchester Police originally said there had been a “number of fatalities and others injured” at the Manchester Arena, where Grammy-nominated pop singer Ariana Grande was performing. Nineteen people were confirmed dead as of 8pm EST. Eyewitness accounts posted to social media show convoys of ambulances moving to the centre of Manchester as thousands of music fans fled the Manchester Evening News Arena. [From Bethlehem,] United States President Donald Trump has condemend the “evil losers” who perpetrated the Manchester attack while speaking in Bethlehem. Get the full story from Breitbart Jerusalem.

Manchester: The chilling sound of terror.
David French, National Review

That sound you hear is the slowly dawning realization that something horrifying is happening, a swelling of screams of panic. And it’s the panic of hundreds and hundreds of young girls (boys too, but the sound of girls’ screams is unmistakable.) Let that sink in. This attack was the virtual equivalent of walking into a middle school auditorium for the express purpose of maiming and mutilating children. There is no reasoning with this hate. There is no “legitimate grievance” with the West that triggers such violence. It is the product of fanatical devotion to the most evil of all causes, a cause that perversely promises paradise for the slaughter of innocents. There is no way for the West to be “good” enough to appease terrorists. There is no policy short of religious conversion that will cause them to relent. The best deterrent to jihad is the obliteration of jihadists. They thrive on victory, not defeat. Tonight, sadly, they won a victory, and here’s all you need to know to understand the character of our enemies – they relish the sound of young girls’ screams.

President Trump lands in Israel.
The Hill

President Trump landed in Israel on Monday, the second stop of his first foreign trip as president. “Thank you and shalom,” he said at a welcoming ceremony in Tel Aviv. “It is wonderful to be here in Israel.” “On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel,” he said. Trump called Israel “one of the great civilizations,” describing it as a “strong, resilient, determined and prosperous nation.” Trump also said he has “new reasons for hope” after an earlier stop in Saudi Arabia. “We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to the region and its people,” the president said. “But we can only get there working together.”

RNC raises nearly $10 million in April.
Roll Call

The Republican National Committee announced it raised $9.6 million in April, bringing the committee’s haul to $51 million for 2017. The committee also announced it had $41.4 million in cash on hand and has spent $9.5 million this year in disbursements. “These numbers are evidence of the overwhelming enthusiasm for President Trump and the tireless work by Republicans everywhere to ensure we work together to build on our majorities and elect Republicans up and down the ballot headed into 2017, 2018, and beyond,” said committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel in a statement. Last month, the committee announced it had raised $41.5 million in the first quarter, a record for first quarter totals following a presidential election. The numbers come on the heels of news earlier this week that the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $10 million in April for the fourth straight month — the longest streak it has had in its history.

This Thursday: Special election in Montana.
NBC Montana

Connors says she anticipates a 55 percent voter turnout for the special election. That's 20 percent less than the general election in November. She says Missoula County has fewer absentee ballots returned than other Montana counties. She says Yellowstone and Gallatin counties have 60 to 65 percent ballots returned. She says Missoula County has around 55 percent returned. "A special election tends to have a low turnout. People don't always know to vote and so everyone that does vote, their voice will be amplified," Missoula resident Beth Gherlein said. Ericson says regardless of who wins, the public should vote. "It is crucial that you vote. Whether you're progressive or conservative or libertarian or whatever you are, it's crucial to use your voice," she said... Democrat Rob Quist, Republican Greg Gianforte and Libertarian Mark Wicks are fighting to win Montana's special election for the state's lone U.S. House seat. Ballots are due May 25.

Ford CEO ousted as car maker reshuffles.

Ford chief executive Mark Fields is set to depart following a major reshuffle at the car maker, according to reports. His expected departure, first reported by the New York Times, comes as Ford faces weak sales, falling profits and a near-40% decline in its share price since Mr Fields took up his role in 2014. He may be replaced by James Hackett of Ford's autonomous driving unit. A Ford spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports. Last week, the carmaker said it planned to cut around 10% of its global workforce. Ford employs more than 200,000 people globally at the end of 2016, including about 101,000 in North America and 23,000 in Asia. Sales in April were down 7% in the US and 11% lower in Europe compared with the same month last year. The firm has also been hit by costs related to safety recalls.

Reformers dominate Iran’s local elections.

Candidates backing reform of Iran's clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats in the country's capital while moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office, authorities said on Monday. Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have gained total control of Tehran's municipal council since such votes began in the Islamic Republic in 1999. Iranian media also reported similar big gains for reformists in other major cities. While their powers are limited to local affairs, the councils represent direct control of governance by Iran's 80 million people. Having reformists take control signals a groundswell of support for slowly changing the way government works in Iran, while also reflects growing discontent with the country's hard-liners. "They are tired from 40 years of conservatives' management style," said Soroush Farhadian, a Tehran-based political analyst who backs reformists. "People voted for reformists to make their lives happier." Municipal councils govern across Iran's major cities down to its smallest villages, with members serving four-year terms. They choose mayors and decide on budgets and development projects, as well as oversee local cultural and religious activities.

Bob Schieffer praises Trump’s speech on Islam.

Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” long-time CBS News personality Bob Schieffer reacted to President Donald Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, praising him for sounding “presidential” while calling for Muslim countries to unite in combating terrorism. “He actually sounded presidential,” Schieffer told “Reliable Sources” fill-in host John Berman of Trump. “You may agree or disagree with what he said, but he sounded like a president. He laid out his vision, he called for help from those in the Muslim world — it was a much different kind of presentation.” Later, Schieffer added, “He didn’t sound like the guy at the end of the bar popping off. He sounded like someone who had actually thought he was going to say before he said it.”

Cruz drops sassy caption for Schumer, Sasse, Cotton.
Washington Examiner

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, couldn't resist making a joke about Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., talking with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., earlier this week. The trio of senators were spotted talking together — an odd grouping considering Schumer's role in the Democratic party. In addition, Sasse was sporting red basketball shorts and a white t-shirt while his colleagues were still in suits. In a response to the Free Beacon's caption contest, Cruz tweeted his proposal Thursday evening, "So anyway, it's a romper for guys and it's called the RompHim and I just ordered two." Cruz's office did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

Poll: Dems in close race for Virginia governor nomination.
The Hill

Virginia Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam are neck-and-neck in their party’s gubernatorial primary, according to a new poll. Two points separate the pair in The Washington Post-Schar School survey released Thursday. Forty percent of likely Democratic voters favor Perriello, a former House representative. Thirty-eight percent prefer Northam, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, while 1 percent supports another candidate. Northam has received the endorsement of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who is leaving office due to term limits. Perriello has landed the support of prominent progressives such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman who ran for Senate in 2014, is widely considered the GOP gubernatorial primary’s frontrunner.

Roger Ailes, Fox News founder, has died at 77.
Vice News

Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chief executive, has died, according to a report on the Drudge Report website. A statement from Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth, said: “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise — and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.” He was 77. Ailes, the former CEO and chairman of Fox News, left the corporation under a cloud in July after he had been accused of sexual harassment by former employees. By the time he died, at least six women who worked at Fox had publicly accused Ailes of sexual harassment and abuse.

GOP tries to change spotlight to taxes.
The Hill

Republicans are trying to stay focused on tax reform amid the barrage of developments related to President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the broader investigation into Russian interference in the election. The House Ways and Means Committee held its first tax-reform hearing of the year on Thursday, a milestone that House GOP leaders went out of their way to talk up over the course of the week. Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) started Wednesday’s weekly GOP conference press briefing with comments about the need for tax reform. The press conference came the morning after a report in the New York Times that Trump had asked Comey to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn — an assertion that fanned talk of impeachment on Capitol Hill. Ryan also brought up the tax-reform hearing, along with other accomplishments in the House, during his weekly press briefing on Thursday.

Japan’s government approves abdication bill.

Japan's government has approved a one-off bill which, if passed, will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The 83-year-old emperor said last year that his age and health were making it hard for him to fulfil his official duties. But there is no provision under existing law for him to abdicate and be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito. The bill will now pass to the parliament, where it is widely expected to be passed. Akihito, who has had heart surgery and was treated for prostate cancer, has been on the throne in Japan since the death of his father, Hirohito, in 1989. The emperor is constitutionally barred from making any comments on politics, so he could not say explicitly that he wanted to stand down. But in a rare address to the nation in August, he said he was beginning to feel "various constraints such as in my physical fitness" which caused him to "contemplate on my role and my duties as the Emperor in the days to come". The government has said they will take his wishes seriously and reconsider the abdication laws.

Despite deadly Times Square crash, drunk driving reduction is a success story in the United States.
National Review

Since the beginning of serious DUI-reform efforts in the early 1980s, we have seen the number of drunk-driving deaths and drunk-driving injuries substantially reduced — by half, across the board, and by more than that when it comes to young people. In the 1970s, alcohol was a factor in 60 percent of traffic deaths and nearly 70 percent of traffic deaths involving young people. Today, that share is closer to a third in both groups. And that’s a smaller share of a smaller total group of fatalities: In 1982, 5,244 people age 16 to 20 died in drunk-driving accidents; by 2008, that number had fallen to 1,987. In fact, the campaign against drunk driving is one of the great examples of how policy-driven social changes of the sort imagined by progressives such as Chris Hayes can succeed — and it also demonstrates the shortcomings of that model.