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A big cultural win for Donald Trump today as NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, sends a letter to NFL teams saying everyone should stand for the National Anthem…

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game,” he said. “We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

You can read the whole letter here.  This undoubtedly is a win for the Trump administration.  However, it might not be a win that Trump really wanted.  This issue had been fizzling out recently and then this weekend Vice President Mike Pence attended a Colts game and walked out.  It was obviously a PR stunt that worked to get everyone talking about protests again.  Trump likes this issue because it rallies his base and the solution doesn’t require legislation or Congress.  However, now that this controversy is settled Trump has to go back to reality which is tax reform and that doesn’t look so good.

It was always assumed that tax reform would be easier than healthcare reform however nowadays easier doesn’t mean easy.  Earlier today, I highlighted the concerns that the GOP leadership had over whether or not Senator Rand Paul would be a yes or no vote on this latest tax reform plan.  This, however, is not the only problem for the GOP.  POLITICO also reported that the GOP is very concerned about the current feud between Trump & Corker…

Senate Republicans are imploring President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker to end their increasingly ugly feud, fretting that it’s threatening to further hobble the party’s flagging agenda.

But the public tit-for-tat has shown no sign of abating.

The GOP definitely did not need any more evidence of the dysfunction inside the party.  What makes this particular fight worse is the fact that Corker was already concerned about tax reform.  Senator Corker was one of the few Republicans who voiced concerned about adding to the deficit.  Meaning he already had a legitimate reason to oppose this legislation.  Therefore, he could, out of spite, vote no on the bill while still making it seem he did so because of his conservative principles.  Of all the people to get into a fight with Corker was probably the worst.  Given a choice, I have a feeling the President would rather spend all day talking about the NFL protests.  However, now that this controversy has ended it’s back to tax reform.  Which makes you wonder if it is really a victory at all…

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