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Tough Trade Talk Fades as Trump and Pence Toe the Koch Line

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Hedging Their Bets

While Trump still indulges in occasional tough talk about trade, his policies have moved dramatically in the Kochs' direction.

As for Pence, he's behaving rather strangely. He's doing everything you might expect a Republican running for president to do: He's forming a PAC, coolly distancing himself from a troubled president of his own party, and trying to disenfranchise as many Democratic-leaning voters as possible.

Is he hedging his bets in case one of Trump's many scandals take him down?

Pence held a private meeting with Charles Koch in June that included "several minutes" without aides or anyone else present.

The Kochs' "multi-million dollar campaign" to promote tax cuts is just getting started. They're running digital ads and held another tax cut event on August 2, featuring far-right "Freedom Caucus" Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

The White House has also announced that it is sending Pence to "Defending the American Dream," an August 19 gathering of tea party types organized by the Kochs' "Americans for Prosperity" group.

Can they really get their agenda passed by November?

Marc Short, Trump's top legislative liaison -- who previously led the Kochs' Freedom Partners operation and also advised Pence -- thinks so:

"'So that, I think, is an aggressive schedule, but that is our timetable,' Short told attendees at Monday's event, adding: 'I think we're in for a long fall, legislative calendar-wise.'"

Americans may be in for a "long fall" health-wise and economy-wise, too.

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