​A Happy New Year, for real?

A woman wears 2015 glasses during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square, New York December 31, 2014.


I'm not sure I believe this, but I wanted to start the New Year with some good news, and I think I found some!

The Wall Street Journal reports that White House officials are telling Journal reporters they're planning a strategy to work with Congress to pass some significant trade, corporate tax overhaul, and infrastructure legislation.

AND the Journal says Republicans seem to be interested!

After a steady diet of bad news and partisan blather, this spoonful of hope all but upset my digestion, but sure enough, that's what the article said.

So what about all those unilateral actions the president has been taking that have put Republicans in such a snit?

Here's a direct quote from White House Spokesman Eric Schultz: "Those disagreements should not interfere with the many areas of bipartisan interest where we can work together."

As if to herald a new Age of Miracles, the Journal quotes some Republicans who seem ready to talk -- especially on trade.

Well, if that's so, can filling potholes and propping up old bridges be far behind?

I'm still not sure I believe any of it, but it is nice to think about.

And if it does prove true, remember: You heard it here second. The Wall Street Journal got the scoop!

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