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Trump’s Platform Doesn’t Bother With the Details

The president’s new agenda sounds ambitious but contains nearly no actual policies.

Specifics TBD.

Specifics TBD.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Once upon a time, American political parties had relatively detailed platforms. Then Jared Kushner came along, and decided he could replace the Republican Party’s traditional document with a one-page placard, small enough to fit into people’s pockets. A month later, that project was scrapped in favor of just using the party’s 2016 platform. Verbatim. Great! Except that document was filled with all sorts of harsh criticisms of the “current” administration (that is, Barack Obama’s). Even so, that was the official-ish position for a couple of months. Until …