According to a New Year’s Day New York Times story, business has become energized and optimistic: to the point of backing its hopes and ambitions with investment capital. Is all this about tax cuts? Not quite all, say Times writers Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley.

It is disheartening to see the ongoing rift between those conservatives supporting President Donald Trump and those opposing him -- a rift that began before Trump and may survive his presidency.

Republicans should not be disheartened by Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama, because the election had little to do with Doug Jones -- and probably even less with Donald Trump or the Republican agenda. Don’t get me wrong.

China Celebrates Xi Jinping With Fervor Not Seen Since Mao” -- The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 10, 2017 And oh, what zeal!: Street-side banners and billboards; a Communist Party publicity tour to celebrate “General Secretary Xi’s words”; official choral performances and song-anddance routines.

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