The Rundown-Fri 4/13/18: Trump might rejoin TPP; Morell on Pompeo

On Thursday, responding to a conversation with farm-state senators who explained to President Trump that paying farmers to subsidize losses due to a trade war was a terrible idea, and that the best way to compete with China is to do business with their competitors, the president asked his Trade Representative and his chief economic advisor to research the US re-entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though "on better terms" than those in the agreement at the time Trump withdrew from it.

At 6:10 AM (with likely later replay) we'll talk with Dan Ikenson of the Cato Institute about what this could mean, and about what provisions of the prior version of the TPP the US should most aim to modify.

A bunch of stuff from Cato on TPP:


At 7:06 AM (with likely later replay): Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell had a long war of words with then-Congressman Mike Pompeo about the aftermath of the Benghazi fiasco. Now that Pompeo has run the CIA -- during which time he and Morell got to know each other -- what does Morell have to say about Pompeo as the latter aims to become the next secretary of state? We'll ask him!

At Thursday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Mike Pompeo nomination to be the next Secretary of State, there were some interesting questions and answers:


And then there's the pathetic PC-groveling Cory Booker who is never not running for president and represents nearly everything that's wrong with today's Democratic Party


Speaking of political correctness:


Does anyone other than the chattering classes and left-wing journalists care about this story at all?


The punishment for filing this lawsuit should be a year of eating only Happy Meals:


This is a really interesting story:

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