Gillibrand’s ambition-driven metamorphosis and other comments

Media critic: Now Knives Are Out For Gen. Kelly

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have been “buoyed by a wave of positive press when he first took the job,” but the news media have turned on him “with a vengeance,” says Fox News’ Howard Kurtz. Part of it is the way he “mishandled the Rob Porter mess,” but it “goes deeper than that.” They saw him as President Trump’s “beacon of discipline” and apparently believe he’s failing. Some pundits now are even “faulting him for sharing Trump’s hard-line views on issues — as if that would be a surprise in a chief of staff.” Then again, “in our build-’em-up/tear-’em-down political culture, it was probably inevitable that the press would stop saluting the general.”

Conservative: Behind Gillibrand’s About-Face

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “is sharking her way up the Democratic bench” for the 2020 presidential race, becoming “the point of the lance in the #MeToo movement,” notes Matt Vespa at Townhall. She’s also done “a politically convenient 180-degree turn” on several issues, including guns and immigration. As an Albany-area congresswoman, CBS’ “60 Minutes” observed last Sunday, her stance on immigration actually “was closer to Donald Trump’s” — a position she now labels “racist.” Her excuse: “I came from a district that was 98 percent white” and didn’t know better. A more accurate explanation, suggests Vespa: “You have your eyes set on the White House, your party has moved far left on the issues of guns and immigration and you need to make yourself look palatable to the base.”

Numbers-cruncher: Cuomo’s Watered-Down SALT

Gov. Cuomo has released more details on his plan for an optional payroll tax as a way to preserve some of the state and local tax deductions eliminated under federal tax reform. But the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon says this “sounds like a solution in search of a problem.” Fact is, “most New…

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