July 19, 2016


John Kasich Pre-Buts Trump's Worldview : The Ohio governor takes apart The Donald's positions without mentioning his name. (David Catanese, July 19, 2016, US News)

"When I look at immigration, I look at a new level of energy," he continued.

Risking America's trade deals wouldn't only have economic impact, he argued, "it's also an issue of global security."

Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" drips with nationalism. The presumptive GOP nominee has advocated forcefully for constructing a wall along the Mexican border, promising that the Mexican government would pay for it. He's called for the end of free trade agreements in order to negotiate better deals to reboot U.S. manufacturing. He would impose sizable tariffs on imports and punish domestic companies that take their business offshore.

Kasich never mentioned Trump's name, but it was clear who he was talking about in pinpointing these issues.

"I'm very worried about it, I'm very, very concerned about it," he said.

Additionally, Kasich critiqued the view that NATO is no longer relevant -- another opinion espoused by Trump, who has complained that its member countries haven't put enough financial skin in the game.

A Bipartisan Bashing for the Big Banks (Andrew Soergel, July 19, 2016, US News)

Though he has repeatedly labeled them "goofy" and "crazy," presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump appears ready to join ranks with progressives like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in calls for the return of a Depression-era banking bill designed to handcuff America's largest financial institutions. [...]

[I]n a bizarre twist of fate, Trump and members of the GOP appear ready to rally behind Warren's and Sanders' efforts in bringing about a Glass-Steagall renaissance. Some have suggested that the reference is an attempt by the Trump campaign to win over Sanders supporters who haven't gotten on board with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump hadn't previously taken a firm public stance on Glass-Steagall's revitalization, and analysts generally met its inclusion with surprise.

The reference itself even appears to be buried in the contents of the mission statement. Glass-Steagall is referenced only once in the text and is tacked onto the end of a paragraph that attacks the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Federal Communications Commission, among other targets.

And although Glass-Steagall was repealed in the late 1990s under Clinton's Democratic administration - potentially making it an attractive target for members of the GOP as they prepare for a general election against the former First Lady - further burdening banks with new regulation is not typically a stance Republicans would embrace. This is especially true given the GOP's vehement opposition to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which Trump has previously called "terrible" and which the GOP's new platform describes as "Democrats' legislative Godzilla."

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