Required Reading – August 24

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Blistering U.S. economy still surging at midsummer, leading index shows

“The numbers: The ebullient U.S. economy flexed its muscles at midsummer and is likely to expand steadily in the months ahead, according to an index that measures the nation’s economic health. The leading economic index rose 0.6% in July after a 0.5% gain in June, the Conference Board said Friday.”

Read more at Market Watch.

Wong: Outgoing U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson Says Trump’s Strategy Is Working

“Army Gen. John ‘Mick’ Nicholson said Wednesday in his last briefing as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan that President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy was working, citing progress in the peace process, or reconciliation, with the Taliban.

‘Ultimately, wars end with a political settlement. So the progress towards reconciliation is key. And the fact that we had been able to make this kind of progress [is] significant,’ Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon.”

Read more at Breitbart.

Neumayr: Ignore the Noise, Mueller Still Has Nothing

“Let him keep indicting and convicting ham sandwiches. Most Americans won’t care. It just underscores the superfluous and abusive character of his probe. He is not compiling an air-tight legal case for impeachment; he is simply using abusive prosecutorial tactics to foment an anti-Trump political firestorm.”

Read more at Spectator.

Dickens: FLASHBACK: When the Media Didn’t Care About a President’s Criminal Friends

“It’s always big news when a former associate of a President goes on trial, right? Well actually no. When Bill Clinton’s Whitewater business partners Jim and Susan McDougal and the former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker were tried (and convicted) for conspiracy and fraud charges the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening news programs devoted (on average) just 36 seconds per night (March 3, 1996 – May 29, 1996) to the trial. This despite the fact that the then-sitting President offered video testimony during the court proceedings.”

Read more at News Busters.

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