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When President Trump told AP's Julie Pace yesterday that he'd announce a "massive" tax cut for both individuals and corporations next week ("bigger, I believe, than any tax cut ever"), he "surprised Capitol Hill" and left his own Treasury officials "speechless," as the N.Y. Times put it.
Trump's vow to unveil the plan "Wednesday or shortly thereafter" puts the announcement just after Congress returns from the two-week Easter recess — and just ahead of Friday's deadline for avoiding a government shutdown, and Saturday's 100-day mark for his presidency.
Sources quickly told Axios' Jonathan Swan that it would be kind of principles, plus: a 100,000-foot document, with no real path for how to get there — just targets.
Despite breathless reporting about House action on health reform next week, a Republican lobbyist told me there's zero chance to pull that off at the same time you're negotiating a continuing resolution to avoid a shutdown: "You'd have a better chance of repealing the laws of physics."
P.S. In case you wonder how closely the president tracks timelines, he told Julie Pace: "I've only been here now 93 days, 92 days. President Obama took 17 months to do 'Obamacare.' I've been here 92 days, but I've only been working on the health care, you know, I had to get like a little bit of grounding, right? Health care started after 30 day(s), so I've been working on health care for 60 days. ... we're very close. And it's a great plan ... we have to get it approved."
A flurry in The Wilderness is triggering a new wave of angst for Dems. This week, we had: the announcement of the first public event by former President Obama (speaking to students Monday at University of Chicago) ... the publication of "Shattered," the juicy autopsy of Hillary's campaign ... the launch of Elizabeth Warren's book tour ... Bernie's road show ... and more GOP weakness in special elections.
All this has done is highlight Democratic rifts, and the prayers for a new The One. Or even the old One: Dreams of Obama returning frequently to the public stage are unlikely to be satisfied. A speed read:
A secret to life is having a sane, calm, big-hearted person in mind whose behavior you'll model when you're inclined to flip out in an everyday situation.
The Rental-Counter Rule is: When things get slow or dumb, what kind of behavior are you going to model for your significant other, your kids or the people around you?
So think of someone with composure, and be them. Mine is Josh Deckard, a Bush 43 guy I go to church with. When I'm inclined to lose it, I just think, "What would Josh do?" and simmer down.
Whether you're raising kids or managing people, you'll get some worthy tips from a fun and illuminating read that's the cover of tomorrow's N.Y. Times Business section, "How Airline Workers Learn to Deal With You."
The article — by Ron Lieber, the paper's "Your Money" columnist — is written off of a class in "verbal judo" that "offers a window on how flight crews are taught to defuse situations." The takeaways:
Based on the pace of store-closings so far this year, the brokerage Credit Suisse estimates that U.S. retailers will close more than 8,600 locations this year, which would eclipse the number of closings during the 2008 recession.
That's the takeaway from the lead story of the Wall Street Journal's second section, by Suzanne Kapner:
The WashPost Outlook section has an annual "Spring Cleaning" feature, in which a variety of writers nominate something we'd be better off without. The highlights of tomorrow's edition:
Other entries ... "Healthy substitutes" by Nina Teicholz ... "Cropped pants" by Tim Gunn ... "Playoffs" by Dan Sternberg ... "Self-care" by Amanda Ericsson ... "Tweet storms" by Jeff MacGregor ... "Wedding registries" by Caitlin Flanagan ... "College football" by Patrick Hruby.