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Listening to local talk radio the other day on my way home from work, the host was talking about how spending under President Trump was 13% higher than it was under President Obama at the same point. Setting aside whether this is correct or not – trust no one and verify everything – the host […]

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Back to our usual format with three big stories today! Jim and Greg applaud the Senate for passing legislation designed to sanction anyone found targeting the human rights of people in Hong Kong, but they still wish the demonstrators could get some public support from President Trump. They also react to U.S. Ambassador to the […]

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He also rescinded the slap on the wrist given to Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for posing for a photograph with a corpse, which according to his fellow soldiers was the least of his crimes. If you want your stomach turned, read this Twitter thread and reflect on the suitability of Trump to be Commander in […]

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Some of the witnesses at the ongoing Congressional hearings seem quite disturbed at the use of “irregular channels” for decision-making and implementation, supplementing and bypassing the “regular” channels. (here, for example) Reminds me of a Churchill story…

In February 1940, Churchill was not yet Prime Minister but rather was First Lord of the Admiralty. He received a letter from a father disappointed that his son had been turned down for a commission, despite his qualifications and his record. Churchill suspected class prejudice and wrote to the Second Sea Lord, saying that “Unless some better reasons are given to me, I shall have to ask my Naval Secretary to interview the boy on my behalf.”

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Why do we send money to Ukraine? One thing the current impeachment hearings have made clear. As well as the whole Trump deep state conflict is that Ukraine is a corrupt, dung hole of a state and the Russians can have it. Its only purpose seems to be to take US money and redistribute to […]

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Within the last 48 hours I’ve heard both Sean Hannity and Mark Levin refer on their radio shows to the “transcript” of Trump’s July 25th conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine, the telephone call that might, in theory at least, give us a President Pence (admittedly a prospect not without horrors of its own). The […]

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Thursday’s impeachment inquiry vote went down as expected – the only crack in the partisan divide came on the Democratic side where two representatives, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota voted “no.” The frothing-at-the-mouth opponents of President Trump were downright gleeful. But the anti-Trump forces might be well to heed the immortal words of Sir Humphrey Appleby from Yes, Minister, “If you’re going to do this damn silly thing, don’t do it in this damn silly way.”

The closed door, locked in the basement, no questions allowed from the other side is a bad look. If they wanted to design a procedure to bolster the President’s witch hunt claims they couldn’t have done a better job. Then there’s the Bulwarkian cheerleaders on the Right, awash in the money of Leftist activists such as Pierre Omidyar, cementing the view that his foes within his party hold the ordinary voter in disdain and only cater to the donor class. “They’re coming after me,” Trump said at the recent Values Voter Summit, “because I’m fighting for you.”

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https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/mary-anne-marsh-walls-closing-trump I am curious as to what people are seeing with regards to impeachment. I compile my news information by looking over a variety of websites, including Ricochet, and so I have reached a running perspective on the whole affair. Having read the transcript of the call with Ukraine I personally see NOTHING even close […]

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I know that “integrity” isn’t the word a lot of people think of when our current President is brought up. It isn’t a word that I normally associate with him either. But, as I ponder the very mixed bag that is President Trump, it occurs to me that his peculiar brand of integrity really is, for me, his redeeming feature.

The first and popular meaning of the word “integrity” has to do with moral character, and that is the sense in which the word seems, even to me, ill-suited in its application to Donald Trump. I’ll concede that in a heartbeat, and without argument.

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President Donald Trump announced today that the United States conducted a raid on a compound in Idlib Province, Syria, that resulted in the death of Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. Baghdadi, Trump said, died trapped in a tunnel with U.S. special forces operators, including canines, closing in on him. Trump, who watched […]

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Oh boy, this should be good: The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the “resistance” inside the government, has written a tell-all book to be published next month. More

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I’ve been watching the “impeachment” proceedings with interest, and more so the reaction from the right to the process. Grossly, I break down the reaction on the right into three large groups. First the group that supports President Trump hardcore. Second, the group that opposes President Trump hardcore, and lastly the group that is in […]

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Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials […]

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In a column for Bloomberg titled “What Economists (Including Me) Got Wrong About Globalization,” Krugman admits that the economic consensus for free trade that has prevailed for decades has failed to recognize how globalization has badly hurt America’s working and middle class workers. Krugman writes: More

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I hear that a lot these days, that our democracy and our Constitution are under assault. There’s a grain of truth in it, though neither so much nor of the nature those who use the phrase intend when they say it.

Ours is not really a democracy, of course, but rather a democratic representative constitutional republic: we democratically elect representatives who then create and execute the law on our behalf, themselves bound by a Constitution intended to limit their authority.

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Hey, we finally we have a good martini and it only took us until Thursday! Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate a bipartisan group of lawmakers blasting the NBA for kowtowing to China. They also slam the Biden campaign for whining that the New York Times is making […]

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The search is still on for a good martini this week. Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the Turkish military striking Kurdish targets just two days after the U.S. announced it would move forces out of the area so Turkey could attack one of our closest allies […]

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In case of rhetorical emergency, break glass and use the following:

“Today the whole world witnessed [insert bad thing here], and on behalf of [insert your department/organization/government here] we are here to condemn [insert action here or person] in the strongest terms possible.

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No bad martinis in sight today. Nope, we’ve got all crazy ones for you! Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as outspoken liberal Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr suddenly has no opinion on China throwing a fit over one pro-Hong Kong tweet from a general […]

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