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By BERRY CRAIG

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Matt Bevin keeps using the word "promise," but we don’t think he knows what it means.

Experts say the poll suggests Americans are gradually recognizing the importance of the press.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans are increasingly confident in the news media and less so in President Donald Trump’s administration after a tumultuous year in U.S. politics that tested the public’s trust in both institutions, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Their plan simplifies the tax code partly by taking away some benefits.

By ARTHUR DELANEY

WASHINGTON ― Republicans say their tax plan is designed to help the middle class, but they also won’t guarantee that it will.

PRESIDENT TRUMP probably was untruthful when he insisted last week that his tax plan “is not good for me.” We can’t be certain, because Mr. Trump is asking us to take his word on the matter; he won’t release his tax returns. He is the first president in modern times, in fact, to so refuse. Before last week, questions centered on what his tax records might show about his connections, if any, to Russia.

By EGBERTO WILLIES

Donald Trump played the media for fools during the Republican primaries, throughout the general election, and even before he decided to run for anything. We cannot forget that the birther movement was given legs by a media incapable of policing itself against the fallacies emanating from celebrities.

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By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Steve Schmidt flat called Donald Trump a racist on TV and challenged Republican bigwigs to tell the president “enough’s enough” with his bigoted rants. 

They won’t, of course.

What Republicans renamed the ‘death tax,’ is really the millionaire’s inheritance tax, affecting only 0.2% of the population. Yet they’ve convinced working-class voters to cut it.

By JAY MICHAELSON

Here’s a contradiction for you: The estate tax affects only 0.2 percent of American families—the wealthiest one-fifth of 1 percent of the population, yet 54 percent of Americans want to repeal it.