“We are changing Tax Day for Americans across the country,” President Donald J. Trump wrote in an op-ed this week. “This is the last year Americans will fill out outdated, complicated tax forms. In the years ahead, because I signed one of the largest tax cuts in history and the most sweeping tax reform in a generation, many Americans will complete their taxes on a simple, single sheet of paper.”
President Trump assured Americans on Wednesday that he would not reconsider joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership unless other countries offered America irresistible terms. “They’re all calling, wanting to make a deal, but we think that’s much better for us,” the President said.
This week, Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited the “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial near the White House with several members of the U.S. Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps. The Corps often “get mistaken for military officers. But they can rightly accept the praise when strangers say, ‘Thank you for your service’” for their work serving America’s most vulnerable, Jayne O’Donnell writes.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials announced Tuesday that they had arrested 225 immigrants in a “targeted sweep in New York City and the surrounding area,” Stephen Dinan reports. Among those taken into custody were criminals with rape, manslaughter, and firearms-related convictions.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) “will deploy 400 soldiers who will work against drug trafficking and cross-border criminal groups” following negotiations with the Trump Administration, The Washington Post writes. This deal means the President has “the full participation of every border state in his plan to reinforce federal agents with Guard troops” to protect the southern U.S. border.
“The Treasury Department slapped sanctions Wednesday on a Syrian man and his criminal syndicate, blaming them for smuggling ‘hundreds’ of illegal immigrants from Syria and Lebanon into Mexico and then helping them to jump the border into the U.S.,” The Washington Times reports.