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More Norms Violated in D.C.

 

Now we know that every time Donald Trump breaks one of the inviolable norms of The High Court of Washington, a thousand disabled, multi-ethnic, transgender children, wearing non-gender-specific, fair-trade, organic cotton onesies, are murdered to death. Orange Man Bad More

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Trump, Don’t Listen to Pelosi: Give the State of the Union to the People

 

Newly-gaveled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to postpone the State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown ends, or at least submit it in writing. I strongly disagree with Pelosi.

Pelosi’s stated reason is that the Secret Service can’t protect the president from his mortal enemies in the Congress due to the partial government shutdown. This is baloney. Pelosi’s real fear is that Trump will use the State of the Union to blast the intransigent Democrats for their refusal to protect American citizens and that Trump will do so effectively.

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Trump, Listen to Pelosi: End the State of the Union

 

On Wednesday, the new House Speaker asked President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address until the government shutdown is resolved — or simply to submit it in writing. For once, I agree with Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi’s stated concern is that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security isn’t currently being funded. Understaffed security means that they can’t protect the President. (From House Democrats, presumably.) Anti-Trump hysteria already killed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; if it also kills the pretentious pageantry of the SOTU, all the better.

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Trump Buries Pocahontas at Wounded Knee

 

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Jim Acosta Proves Walls Work!

 

CNN’s Jim “Look at Me, I’m Jim Acosta” Acosta is in McAllen, TX, today to cover President Donald Trump’s visit to the southern border. Although Jim holds himself in high self-regard, Jim has little self-awareness. He is a committed Leftist, sworn to oppose all things Trump, so he posted a video to Twitter that he thinks proves there’s no crisis at the border:

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Is Ocasio-Cortez Right Even Though She’s Wrong?

 

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In his first Oval Office address to the nation, President Donald Trump spoke about border security. You can also watch the address (and the response from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer) at https://ricochet.com/586720/trump-oval-office-address/.

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Trump Oval Office Address (With Response from Chuck & Nancy)

 

Here is Donald Trump’s address to the nation from the Oval Office:

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Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Known Russian, Charged With Obstruction (Not Collusion™)

 

In a developing news story, Fox News reported that Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is (gasp!) Russian, has been charged in absentia this morning in federal court in the Southern District of New York with obstruction of justice “in connection to a civil money laundering and forfeiture case involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme, first uncovered by the late Sergei Magnitsky.”

I have no idea what that means but it’s clear it has nothing to do with Donald Trump. This is despite the fact that the only reason this is a news item anyone will pay attention to is that Veselnitskaya was one of several people connected to the Democrat opposition research firm Fusion GPS that met with Donald Trump, Jr; Paul Manafort; and Jared Kushner in Trump Tower, June 2016. This was the meeting that, when it was first reported on by the very fake news, we were promised proved collusion™, except that it didn’t.

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Ruth Ginsburg’s Going to Die (or Resign) — Can the Left Handle It?

 

Ruth Bader Ginsberg was missing from the bench on Monday as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for several cases. This absence raises speculation about her health. It’s the first time she’s missed oral arguments in 25 years. That seems impressive, but on the other hand it also seems like a basic requirement of the job. In any case, the 85-year-old far-left justice is recovering from surgery she underwent last month to remove two cancerous tumors from her lungs. Ginsburg’s tumors were found after she fell in her office in November and broke two ribs, an ironically fortunate event, as it turned out.

We all wish her well health-wise. At least I do. My mother died from cancer that was present in her lungs. But let’s not fool ourselves: Ginsburg’s 85. Even without the cancer she’s at the end of her time on the court. There’s a very high probability (not certainty) that she will either resign due to health reasons or go join her friend the great Antonin Scalia in the hereafter within the next six years. And that means that President Trump is going to nominate her replacement. And when that happens Democrats are going to lose their everlasting skeet balls.

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Bibi Was Trump Before Trump

 

Populist winds took down the Clintons and are now taking down Merkel, Macron, and May. Bibi, who is cruising to reelection (assuming he can stay out of jail) doesn’t have to worry about being taken down by nationalist populist insurgents because he is the nationalist populist insurgent who took down the establishment. He just did it earlier. Bibi was Trump before Trump.

Bibi and Trump have some similarities in style and character.

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On Being Too Nice in Politics

 

Mitt Romney’s declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating – more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it’s the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his denials notwithstanding) or mere virtue signaling?

The unappeasable left has drummed its fingers on the table, demanding to know whether Romney will oppose absolutely everything Trump does. If you are truly appalled at Trump, they insist, you must obstruct every judge, deregulation, and foreign policy move. Anything less taints you as insincere or useless. If Romney doesn’t vote like a liberal Democrat, he could pace up and down Pennsylvania Avenue with an “Impeach Trump” sandwich board and still be dismissed as a wuss.

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Why a Wall?

 

“…and I’ll make Mexico pay for it!”

Who cares if Mexico pays for it? We’re arguing over $5,000,000,000 in the budget; it’s an unimaginably huge amount in terms of my pocket book but the federal government wastes that much money on nothing every day. Yeah, I darn well would prefer if the feds didn’t waste all that money all the time. Border defense constitutes one of the fundamental duties of the government, and I’m willing to pay for it. The question then becomes what’s the best way to go about it?

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Fake News

 

Remarkable, isn’t it, that Donald Trump has made decrying “fake news” his calling card? Is the press hostile to him? Sure. Do they lie about him? For the most part, no. Then again, the truth is not everyone’s friend. As William Randolph Hearst once quipped: “If Mr. Hughes will stop telling lies about me, I’ll stop telling the truth about him.” Or, even better, William F. Buckley said of Gore Vidal: “Anyone who lies about him is doing him a favor.”

On his visit to Iraq, the president lied to the troops. How can you claim to honor people you are lying to? Lying signals contempt. “We are always going to protect you. And you just saw that, ’cause you just got one of the biggest pay raises you’ve ever received. … You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years. More than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one.”

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Kicking Allies

 

President Trump’s behavior is unprecedented, but his decision to withdraw our troops from Syria, while unprecedentedly abrupt, is actually part of a tradition of unforced errors in American foreign policy.

Out of spite, or sometimes as a smokescreen to evade responsibility, Congress and past presidents have managed to lose wars that could have gone the other way. Seeking to make partisan points, we have cost ourselves dearly.

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Collusion Is Possible

 

It has become an article of faith in some quarters on the right – well, most — that the Mueller investigation has found no evidence of collusion with Russia and has accordingly shifted gears to process crimes like lying to the FBI or obstruction of justice. Having decided that this must be true, many have called for Mueller to wrap it up.

But this requires a lot of wishful thinking.

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Trump v. General Motors

 

If President Donald J. Trump is to be believed, General Motors CEO Mary Barra committed a high crime when she announced recently that GM will close up to seven plants in the United States and Canada. One of those plants will be its Lordstown, Ohio plant, which now employs about 1,600 workers, including 1,435 hourly workers, when it ceases production in 2019 of the slow-selling Chevrolet Cruze. In total, GM plans to lay off over 14,000 hourly and salaried workers worldwide, including 25% of the company’s salaried executives. Trump had no patience for Barra’s considered view that the rapid transformation in the automotive market requires, as she put it, “a highly agile, resilient and profitable GM to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success.”

Elsewhere, the responses to Barra’s announcement were more or less as expected. The stock market was pleased, as the price of GM shares soared by as much as 7.9 percent. Market judgments are a solid reflection of the worth of such long-term corporate planning. In contrast, Terry Dittes of the United Auto Worker denounced “this callous decision,” which put “profits before the working families of this country,” a stock union refrain in all collective bargaining negotiations. North of the border, Jerry Dias, the head of the Canadian union, Unifor, promised “one hell of a fight here in Canada” without any clear knowledge of what deal might emerge when GM’s Canadian labor contracts are renegotiated in 2020.

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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, America’s Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel

 

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, America’s Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell occupies one of the most critical positions in American diplomacy, not only because Germany represents the EU’s largest economy and has disproportionate influence on the continent, but because of […]

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One Person can (In)validate the Steele Dossier and No One Seems to Bother

 
Christopher Steele.

Christopher Steele deliberately constructed his Trump dossier to be unverifiable. As long as it remains invalidated, it hangs over the Trump administration, even though the Clinton campaign was identified as its funder and Steele refused to vouch for it under oath. Apparently he did not express such doubts when he was peddling the dossier to a skeptical press.

Steele purports that his “trusted sources” for the dossier are high-level Kremlin officials with intimate knowledge of Putin and his inner circle. I have expressed serious doubts about this claim by asking: Why would someone of such elevated rank disclose the Kremlin’s secrets for a few bucks? In the unlikely case they are what Steele claims, Steele has positioned his sources behind an impenetrable firewall.

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