Our nation is about to get a whopping lesson in tariffs, an economic trade initiative that has sharply divided the United States since the republic’s earliest days. President Trump’s decision to impose largely indiscriminate and significant tariffs on imported steel and aluminum as a way to revive the domestic steel industry has fellow Republicans in Congress worried that it could undermine benefits of the recently passed tax law.
The international spotlight may fall on tariffs and North Korea this month, but equally compelling questions arise about an upcoming visit to the United States by Saudi Arabia’s controversial young crown prince. Answers to these questions may go to the heart of U.S.-Saudi relations.
Losing is hard, particularly when you think you’re going to win. Democrats are viscerally aware of this in the wake of the 2016 election. Since then, though, Republicans have had to cope with that disappointment. Sure, they eked out a few narrow wins in places that usually vote Republican (like Georgia’s 6th Congressional District last year), but they’ve now also suffered two defeats in places that usually vote Republican by a lot.