Two stories from Liberty Headlines.

How Trump and old GOP influence each other:

(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) It appears that Donald Trump and the Republican Party are getting more accustomed to each other – and changing aspects of each other, too.

That’s the main takeaway from a sudden slew of articles and columns from across the journalistic spectrum.

What the articles disagree on is whether the Republicans’ “normalizing” of Trump is good or bad, or whether it will prove politically effective or politically disastrous.

The articles assume the rather incontrovertible premise that when Trump announced for the presidency in 2015, he was a “different kind of Republican” who deliberately upset GOP apple carts, not to mention prominent Republican cart-pushers.

The most direct take on how the situation appears to be changing comes from Jonathan Martin in the New York Times, who writes about how even some of Trump’s formerly fiercest enemies within the Republican Party are now publicly solicitous of them – and he of them…. [Full article, here.]

Cruz, Grassley battle over biofuels:

(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) Two generally conservative U.S. senators, Republicans Ted Cruz and Chuck Grassley, are at odds over a big-government program requiring motor fuel to be mixed with increasing percentages of “biofuels” such as ethanol.

Cruz, of oil-producing Texas, is a critic of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), but the veteran Grassley of Iowa, the nation’s leading corn-producing state, is a big supporter of it.

Corn is by far the most-used source for ethanol in the United States.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires that biofuels be increasingly mixed into the overall fuel supply in such a way that its national consumption rise from its then-level of less than 5 billion gallons all the way to 36 billion gallons by 2022. [The full article is here at this link.]

 

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