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Boris Johnson Meets with Elizabeth, Is New UK Prime Minister


From The Independent:

Boris Johnson has entered Downing Street as prime minister, replacing Theresa May after an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The new Tory leader was asked to form a new government after Ms May ended her embattled three-year premiership with a speech outside Number 10. After addressing the nation on the steps of Downing Street, Mr Johnson will now begin the process of assembling his cabinet, with prominent Brexiteers lined up for promotions. Three pro-EU ministers, Philip Hammond, Rory Stewart and David Gauke, all resigned before he took office.

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Britain is all atwitter about their Ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, and his leaked diplomatic reports back to London on his take on Donald Trump. The take was none too flattering, basically cut and paste from the Washington Post and New York Times. Among the more common comments are along the lines of whoever leaked this […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the recent charges brought against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and dismiss his claim of being a journalist. They also cross the pond to the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May is resigning over the Brexit debacle and size up the race to replace her. Finally, they collectively cringe at what may be the most embarrassing book interview of all time, as a British host politely points out feminist Naomi Wolf based a major portion of her book on an incorrect assumption about historical records.

It’s a very busy day on the Three Martini Lunch.  We begin by thanking Townhall.com for highlighting our podcast and close by discussing the sentencing of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and the most popular Christmas movies in various states (three states get it right and Nevada, of course, is very wrong).  In between, we tackle three big martinis.  We applaud President Trump for keeping the cameras rolling in Tuesday’s border wall discussions with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and plead for more transparency in our government.  We groan as a no confidence vote for British Prime Minister Theresa May unfolds after her failure to get a Brexit plan approved.  And we shake our heads as a judge orders Stormy Daniels to reimburse President Trump nearly $300,000 in legal fees, but attorney Michael Avenatti says it’s not a win for Trump because he’s really sure he’ll win his other case against Trump.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America commend House Republicans for planning a vote on “Abolish ICE” legislation that Democrats have already begun to step away from. They also criticize tactics of some House Republicans during the Peter Strzok testimony, in which members seemed more interested in scoring a dazzling soundbite than effectively questioning the witness. And they question President Trump’s negative remarks about British Prime Minister Theresa May, noting the alternative to her government could be far worse.

This week on Banter, Dr. Desmond Lachman discussed the UK’s June election and its implications for Brexit negotiations. Dr. Lachman is a resident fellow at AEI where he studies the global economy. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department. This week, Dr. Lachman hosted a seminar at AEI on the likely outcome of Brexit negotiations and Brexit’s effect on the UK and European economies. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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As Donald Trump’s presidency passes the five-month mark, Hoover senior fellows Dave Brady and Doug Rivers share their polling on Trump’s support from Republicans and independents, plus his policy strengths and weaknesses. We also take a further look at the significance of the United Kingdom’s “snap” election, which Doug Rivers correctly forecasted (words not often said about pollsters these days!).

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The drama in Washington? A pittance compared to the upheaval across the pond: British prime minister Theresa May’s disastrous snap election. Hoover Institution senior fellow Niall Ferguson, a native Scot, assesses May’s future and that of Brexit, plus where the Trump presidency stands as it approaches the five-month mark.

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If They Outlaw the Internet, Only Terrorists Will Have the Internet


@fredcole’s Daily Shot Monday morning struck a chord with me. He notes that, in the wake of another sickening and horrific terrorist attack in the UK over the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May is quoted as saying “we need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.” Other British leaders are understandably, but I believe wrong-headedly, calling for the same.

Let me start by saying that I yield to no one in wishing the atrocities being perpetrated across the globe by violent, fanatical islamists would stop. My own first reaction to this latest assault was to wonder if perhaps loosening our western scruples about cruel and unusual punishment in cases of terrorism might be the best move. We are, after all, dealing with barbarians, and barbarians who don’t fear death, so perhaps treating them barbarically is what is needed to deter them. If a couple of them publicly got the William Wallace treatment in Trafalgar Square, maybe it would cause the next monster to think twice about the cost he was going to pay for his 72 virgins.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud British Prime Minister Theresa May for a much tougher statement following the London Bridge terrorism attack, while acknowledging the difficult free speech debate that is sure to follow. They also contemplate terror suspect profiling after one attacker appeared in the documentary “The Jihadis Next Door” and attempted to radicalize children in a local park, yet police let him go after questioning. And they express frustration over President’s Trump’s latest Twitter tirade over his travel ban.

Theresa May Officially Announces Snap Elections


First, the big news: Parliament is happily dissolved! Less than a year after the amazing Brexit vote, snap elections have officially been scheduled for June 8. That’s within a year of a new government: and within two years of the previous general election.

The last time the British electorate voted twice within four years was 1974: Labour beat the Tories twice that year. That, of course, led to the ouster of the Tory loser and the rise of the Great Lady to Tory leadership. If you believe statesmanship is called forth in such troubled times, you might see Theresa May as the confident warrior this time around. At any rate, three important elections in two years add up to a good show of both British moderation in politics and the seriousness of the political changes. It is hard to disagree with the PM: This is the most important election in her lifetime.

Britain’s Election Nightmare


“Everyday is like Christmas Day.” So said Ann Coulter in reference to President Trump’s election, but I have been feeling like this since June 23, 2016. Since then we have had a return of grown-up government with proper Cabinet accountability, despite only adequate ability, while a slim majority has ensured they had to respect public opinion. Consequently in key areas such as Brexit or tax policy, the government has been making — or has been forced to make — all the right moves. In the larger world, Mr. Trump’s election means we would not be caught between the Scylla of Hillary Clinton and the Charybdis of the European Union. So why do I now feel like Coulter after she learned 59 Tomahawks had just hit Sharyat airbase?

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election in the expectation of winning an electoral landslide. All the ministers and backbench MPs I respect are fully committed. The British Labour Party, by some estimates, is facing its worst showing since before the War. Some commentators have speculated the Tory majority could be 140 seats, Conservative HQ has more modestly suggested 50, while informed opinion has plumped for around 80. As a Conservative who has been making similar predictions for about a year, I should be jumping for joy; logging on to donate and rearranging my diary for the next six weeks campaigning. But those predictions were for an election in 2020, once the referendum was a distant memory and we had actually completed Brexit, and after five years of Jeremy Corbyn remaking Labour in his own Trotskyite image.

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Listening to the most recent Newshour program from the BBC World Service, I was bombarded by shellshocked reporters and Eurocrats tearing their hair and beating their breasts about what to do about – you guessed it – the Trumpian Menace. Given the newsreaders’ and reporters’ open sympathies with the EU, one would think “BBC” stands […]

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The British PM speaks on the Special Relationship


Mrs. Theresa May, Great Britain’s new Tory Prime Minister, whose self-appointed task is making a new future for her country by leaving the European Union, is now visiting America to meet the majority party and the new president. I have recently given you a summary with reflections on her important Brexit speech of last week, and will offer something similar on her speech of January 26, addressed to the Congressional Republican Retreat in Philadelphia, in advance of her meeting with your president.

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The British PM, Mrs. Theresa May, has given a long speech on Brexit (full text of the 40min+ speech here). Her object is to show the relation between Brexit & Britain’s future, why Brexit is necessary for the preservation of Britain’s political character & economic thriving, & how it should be achieved. The means necessary […]

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Donald Trump is often assailed for implying that he will use the power of the state to fix the problems of the working class. This is seen as fundamentally un-conservative. The leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, doesn’t just imply this. She said it explicitly in her Wednesday speech to close the Tory party […]

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Last Brexit Before the Poll?


ac_theresamay_compFrom the start of her tenure as Prime Minister, Theresa May ruled out the prospect of an early general election, and recently ruled it out again. She holds that the Conservative party won a mandate in May 2015, and that she has inherited it. This is a traditional view, and it’s a sensible one in light of an obvious need to calm the markets, give the electorate a respite from drama, and project an image of stability abroad.

It’s true that an election at this point is unnecessary: The Tories have a majority although not a massive one, and Labour, having re-elected the lunatic (and severely unpopular) Jeremy Corbyn to its leadership, could only lose more seats. What’s more, it’s not even clear she could call a new election. A new law, the 2011 Fixed-term Parliaments Act, takes away the prime minister’s power to call a general election on his or her own initiative. To comply with the law, May would need the support of two-thirds of the parliament. So even if all 330 Conservatives agreed, she would still need Labour votes. Labour MPs have no incentive to support her because they’re sure to lose even more of the few seats they have. (Here’s a good explainer about the new law and what it means for May.)

This hasn’t stilled the speculation, though, nor has it quieted the tabloids who are calling for her to earn her own mandate at the polls. A number of Tory backbenchers also think it would be to their advantage to hold an election sooner; after all, an opponent as weak as Jeremy Corbyn comes around but rarely. That’s too tempting an opportunity to pass up. Polls show that May could quadruple her majority if an election were held today. Many fear that by 2020, when she is obliged to go to the polls, the effects of Brexit will have soured voters on the party

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As Ricochet seems to want a break from the election cycle today, I offer up Britain’s favourite Conservative speaker: Boris Johnson. Speaking at the opening of the Tory party conference today, ‘BoJo’ was his usual ebullient self, but there was a serious message underlying the jovial tone. For speed readers the text can be found […]

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The Iron Lady Redux


New Prime Minister Theresa May had an early test of her leadership abilities yesterday when handling her first Prime Minister’s Questions before British Parliament. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attempted to knock her down with leading several leading queries, the most notable of which focused on job insecurity and terrible bosses who lack self-awareness.

Madam Prime Minister turned it around on the embattled leftist leader with a withering response: