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LaGuardia Airport in New York was so bad for Larry Kudlow this week that he missed his own book party, hosted in D.C. by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his wife, Hilary Geary.

  • The party was celebrating "JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity," which he wrote with Brian Domitrovic.
  • Larry tells us: "Missing Hilary & Wilbur's book party for me was one of the most frustrating & distressing things that I can remember. Saintly wife (Judy) and I ready for 2pm departure. Waited 4 hours before they finally closed LGA down. I was in constant touch w/ Hilary. But we were powerless.They are good friends. I'm still distressed."
  • Larry's smart brevity on the book: "JFK [was] actually [the] first tax-cutting supply-sider. Reagan duplicated it & always gave JFK credit. Both led to prosperity."
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Why it matters: Many of Biden's day one actions immediately reverse key Trump administration policies, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, launching a racial equity initiative and reversing the Muslim travel ban.

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President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

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Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

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