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Despite his many legislative difficulties, President Trump has fulfilled his end of the bargain on several key campaign promises, reports the AP:

Where he's missed:

  • His corporate tax cut is significant (the corporate rate was brought down to 21%), but not as sizable as he promised (15%)
  • Trump has yes to withdraw from NAFTA, and Axios' Jonathan Swan is reporting that his attitude may be softening
  • No tariff or tough action on China — yet
  • No wall or immigration overhaul, though border crossings have dropped significantly
  • The coal industry is still dying
  • No ACA repeal or replacement health care plan
  • No infrastructure plan

Why it matters: Trump claims he has signed more legislation in his first year than any other president. The reality is that he ranks dead last among the 10 post-war presidents who began their terms on a regular four-year cycle, according to PolitiFact. Nonetheless, it would be erroneous to say Trump achieved nothing in his first year.

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Court rejects Trump campaign's appeal in Pennsylvania case

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A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously rejected the Trump campaign's emergency appeal seeking to file a new lawsuit against Pennsylvania's election results, writing in a blistering ruling that the campaign's "claims have no merit."

Why it matters: It's another devastating blow to President Trump's sinking efforts to overturn the results of the election. Pennsylvania, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, certified its results last week and is expected to award 20 electoral votes to Biden on Dec. 12.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Belarus dictator Lukashenko says he'll leave post after new constitution

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Longtime Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has said he will step down after a new constitution comes into force, according to Belarusian state media.

Why it matters: Lukashenko has faced three months of protests following a rigged election in August. He has promised to reform the constitution to reduce the near-absolute powers of the president, but has insisted that his strong hand is needed to see that process through.

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Iran confirms assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadhe

The Iranian ministry of defense issued a statement on Friday confirming the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadhe, an Iranian scientist and the architect behind the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program.

Why it matters: Fakhrizadhe was the head of the Amad project in the Iranian ministry of defense, which focused on developing a nuclear bomb until 2003.