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Trump's week: Important signals masked by huge amounts of noise

Trump's week: Important signals masked by huge amounts of noise

The Trump presidency often plays out as a drama on two levels — a high-decibel reality show coupled with a stumbling, but persistent, effort to achieve conservative policy goals.

This week vividly illustrated both.

President Trump fell into a quarrel with the family of a slain soldier, a public spat with overtones of race and mutual disrespect that both sides relentlessly escalated.

At the same time, the Senate took an important, but preliminary step toward passing a major tax-cut bill, and lawmakers began preparing for a potentially massive year-end clash in which immigration, healthcare and a government shutdown could all be at issue.

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