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Long shots and easy money: Handicapping Trump’s State of the Union agenda

Long shots and easy money: Handicapping Trump’s State of the Union agenda

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State of the Union

From immigration to infrastructure, midterm elections cast a shadow over the president’s proposals.

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union agenda has two things working against it: Congress and time. Already this year, Congress has locked horns on a budget deal–twice–and could face a second all-consuming government shutdown in February. And with one eye trained on November elections, Republicans will be reluctant to take tough votes and Democrats won’t be in a mood to compromise.

That threatens every piece of the president’s ambitious pitch Tuesday night. Trump’s agenda isn’t necessarily dead on arrival, but will require some serious triage to keep breathing. Even then, everything could blow up in the flash of a tweet or a turn in the investigation by Robert Mueller. Before making any bets, check out POLITICO’s handicapping.

Don’t Bet on It

Infrastructure

Trade

Immigration

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Deregulation

Defense spending

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Iran

Break out the Bubbly

Guantanamo Bay

Judges

Sarah Karlin-Smith, Nahal Toosi, Connor O’Brien, Ted Hesson, and Adam Behsudi contributed to this story. Produced by Jeremy C.F. Lin.



Source: POLITICO – TOP Stories

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