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Required Reading – July 16

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Thiessen: Trump isn’t attacking NATO. He’s strengthening it.

“As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany’s defense. ‘President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is

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American Greatness @ 2: The Bigger Fight

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I prefer a scalpel over a guillotine. I prefer precision over gore, and would take an editorial guillotine to any laws written by Al or Tipper Gore, which is a separate matter altogether, as one is as cold as ice while the other is a scold who sought to put freedom of expression on ice, as both wielded a tool more destructive to democracy than any instrument with a razor’s edge: the red pencil of censorship, which deletes art or defaces it with warning labels. But I digress, because we were

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Required Reading – July 14 Afternoon Edition

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York: Mueller Reveals Tenuous Link Between Manafort Charges And Trump

“. . . Mueller has revealed why he believes the Manafort prosecution is related to the 2016 Trump campaign. It’s a small part, a very small part, of the overall charges against Manafort. And it has nothing to do with any actions by the candidate — now the president — himself. Mueller’s revelation came in an

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Required Reading – July 14

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La Fetra: Public-Sector Unions and Gifts of Public Funds

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME prohibits states from allowing public employee unions to dock non-union members’ wages to support collective bargaining and other political activities. The ink had barely dried on that decision before experts began proposing workarounds. For example, First Amendment

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The Confusion of Jonah Goldberg, Pt. X

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After my last couple of posts on Jonah Goldberg, I thought I would be done discussing the cosmopolitan conservative commentator for the time being. Well, I was wrong. Check out what he had to say about abortion and the conservative movement on Wednesday:

Um,

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Required Reading – July 13 Evening Edition

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FRC: Maine Turns LePage on Radical Counseling Ban

“Imagine being stuck in a cycle of depression or an unhealthy relationship and not being able to get help. Well, people in 13 states don’t have to imagine it. Thanks to a string of bad laws, something as simple as sitting down and talking to a counselor of your choice about your struggles with sexuality isn’t allowed. And if the

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Required Reading – July 13 Afternoon Edition

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A LASTING COMMITMENT: “President Trump is continuing the legacy of transatlantic unity and is working with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg toward a successful July 11-12, 2018, NATO Summit. SHARING THE BURDEN: President Trump has prioritized working with NATO Allies to ensure they make progress in meeting their agreed-upon NATO

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More Indictments for Obama-Era Russian Election Interference

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In conjunction with the Office of the Special Counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today announced federal charges against 12 Russian intelligence operatives for attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The 11-count criminal indictment accuses several officials with a Russian military intelligence agency of conducting “large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” The computer systems for the Democratic National

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Required Reading – July 13

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Bastasch: Trump Issues Full Pardons To Oregon Ranchers Forced Back Into Prison Under Anti-Terror Law

“‘The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,’ the White House said in a statement. ‘The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire

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Required Reading – July 12 Evening Update

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Why Family Separation Is The Only Humane Border Policy Possible Right Now

“Those on the Left and in the media are advocating for a policy that would hurt the very kids they claim to care about. This is disgusting, and needs to be called out.”

Read more at The Federalist.

 

Krause: In Defense of the Humanities

“There is a major revolution occurring in our society, and it has been

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Required Reading – July 12 Afternoon Update

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Pullmann: 6 Big Changes Coming To Public Schools And Politics Thanks To The Supreme Court’s Union Smashdown

“Every state is now essentially a right to work state. It’s not an overstatement to say this ruling is a death knell for unions as we know them, and will dramatically change Democratic politics. […]  The Janus ruling will put a hole in the tire of this car speeding the

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Required Reading – July 12

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Caroline Glick: NATO Is the Author of Its Own Demise

“As for President Trump, despite the bloviations of his critics, he bears no responsibility for NATO’s irrelevance. Trump did not cause NATO to have little role to play in fighting the key threats to American and global security. NATO has had nearly three decades to figure out how to do that. But it failed. All that Trump has

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Required Reading – July 11 Evening Update

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Cashill: Is It Time to Revive the Epithet ‘Baby-Killer’?

“For too long, the right has been playing defense.  In 2012, on one specific occasion, Mitt Romney’s failure to take the offense cost the GOP and the nation dearly.  In August of that year, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin made an awkward but innocuous comment about rape and abortion.  The major media did what they

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Required Reading – July 11 Afternoon Update

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Vadum: Former BLM Activist Exposes Left’s Exploitation of the Movement

“The Left is using blacks and the compromised Black Lives Matter movement to launch a violent civil war in the United States, according to a popular viral video by a former Black Lives Matter activist. The video has been receiving a great deal of attention from conservatives because it gives voice to concerns

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Required Reading – July 11

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Ferrechio: Six senators to watch in the battle over Trump’s Supreme Court pick

“In a Senate with 50 voting Republicans and 49 who vote as Democrats, Kavanaugh can be scuttled if just one Republican votes ‘no,’ but can be saved if every ‘no’ from a Republican is met with at least one ‘yes’ by a Democrat. That means every vote matters, especially among a handful of Republicans and

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The Confusion of Jonah Goldberg, Pt. IX

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Answering Jonah Goldberg’s blind attacks, Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute meditates on what has become of Goldberg and the sorry state of the class of which he is a part: the “cosmopolitan conservative.” The members of this “small clan” have degrees from elite schools, live in and around the DC swamp, spend their days touting the glory days of Ronald Reagan from lecterns in wood paneled rooms, and are currently being used as patsies for the liberal media. Doran notes that Goldberg has

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Required Reading – July 10 Evening Update

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Showalter: What was Strzok doing investigating for the FBI without a security clearance?

In the intelligence world, a security clearance, especially a really high one, is not only the job requirement, it’s the ultimate status object. It shields one from having to answer questions from curious outsiders, and it gives a wide berth for actions that other people are not allowed to do,

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Boos for Boola Boola: The Poisonous Ivy League

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Perhaps John F. Kennedy was right when, in the course of his commencement address at Yale, he said he now had the best of both worlds: a Harvard education and a Yale degree. It would be a better world if the majority of Kennedy’s successors, including President Trump, had nominated Supreme Court justices who were neither graduates of Harvard Law School nor Yale Law School.

That Judge Brett Kavanaugh may soon replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, a fellow in name but not blood to JFK; that

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Slurping Reaganism from the Can

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Cosmopolitan conservatives who think they can slurp Reaganism from the can don’t understand America, don’t understand politics, and don’t really like Americans. So why should anybody listen to them? Turns out few do. But perhaps the Left may still come around to thanking them for their service.

This is an excellent piece by Mike Doran at The Federalist.

When I look back on the build up to the 2016 election and my initial distaste for Trump (because, after all, he was Trump . . . the reality

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Required Reading – July 10 Afternoon Update

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Hinderaker: “HURRY THE F UP PRESSURE” TO STOP TRUMP

The FBI has slowly been producing documents to the DOJ Inspector General and various Congressional committees. As the process continues, more information comes out about the FBI’s attempt to cement the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton. This piece by John Solomon in The Hill is two days old, but I don’t think

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Required Reading – July 10 Brett Kavanaugh Edition

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Here’s what you need to know about President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee to replace Justice Kennedy, Brett Kavanaugh:

Lucas: 8 Things to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a prime-time announcement Monday night. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to give the court a likely solid 5-4 conservative majority.

Read more at The Daily

Here’s what you need to know about President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee to replace Justice Kennedy, Brett Kavanaugh:

Lucas: 8 Things to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a prime-time announcement Monday night. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to give the court a likely solid 5-4 conservative majority.

Read more at The Daily Signal.

 

Hinderaker: BRETT KAVANAUGH: AN EXCELLENT BEGINNING

President Trump announced his appointment of D. C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court a few minutes ago. Trump was joined at the podium by Kavanaugh and his wife and two daughters. The event was, I think, superbly staged. Some observations:

1) President Trump’s introduction of Kavanaugh was beautifully conceived and delivered. Was there a teleprompter that I missed? Trump’s announcement seemed to be extemporaneous, and it was done flawlessly. Barack Obama was never able to talk off the cuff like this.

Read more at Powerline Blog.

 

Morton: Women’s March mocked for pre-written press release opposing Supreme Court nominee ‘XX’

The Women’s March opposes XX.

A pre-written — and poorly edited — statement from the Women’s March on President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination became the subject of mockery on Twitter on Monday night, including from Mr. Trump’s former press secretary.

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Required Reading – July 9 Evening Update

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VIDEO: CAMPUS LIBERALS DENOUNCE TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT PICK

“You may not know whom President Trump will appoint to the Supreme Court, but liberal students do. Or think they do, anyway. Campus Reform–an excellent organization, by the way–asked a number of college students what they thought of the nominee whose selection Trump had announced.”

Watch at Powerline

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VIDEO: CAMPUS LIBERALS DENOUNCE TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT PICK

“You may not know whom President Trump will appoint to the Supreme Court, but liberal students do. Or think they do, anyway. Campus Reform–an excellent organization, by the way–asked a number of college students what they thought of the nominee whose selection Trump had announced.”

Watch at Powerline Blog.

 

York: What really happened when GOP senators visited Moscow

“There’s talk going around Resistance circles that when seven U.S. lawmakers, all Republicans, met with top Russian officials in Moscow over the Fourth of July recess, they didn’t even bring up Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They also, according to the story, steered clear of other touchy issues like Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine.”

Read/Watch more at the Washington Examiner.

 

Miele: TRUMP GOES TROLLING FOR EAST COAST LIBERALS IN MONTANA!

“Two weeks ago, Donald Trump Jr. went fly-fishing in Montana. Last week, his father went fishing on Montana, too, but with a different target in mind.

President Trump’s stemwinder of a speech at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls was all the bait he needed as he went trolling for East Coast liberals and he hauled in a larger than usual catch with a masterful performance in front of 6,600 Montanans.”

Read more at Daily Inter Lake.

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Required Reading – July 9 Afternoon Update

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Husock: A Looming Census Fight

“The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing for its 2020 decennial ‘enumeration’ of the population, as the Constitution mandates. At the same time, two lawsuits—including one filed in New York by 17 Democratic attorneys general, the District of Columbia, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors—are challenging the method of the count, seeking to

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Required Reading – July 9

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VIDEO: Trump Weekly Address: Supreme Court Justices Supposed To Interpret Constitution, Not Reinvent It

July 7, 2018 – “PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: One of the most important decisions a President will ever make is the decision to nominate a Justice to the United States Supreme Court.”

Watch at Real Clear Politics.

 

Gertz: China Electronic Spying Threat

“Defense Secretary Jim

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VIDEO: Trump Weekly Address: Supreme Court Justices Supposed To Interpret Constitution, Not Reinvent It

July 7, 2018 – “PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: One of the most important decisions a President will ever make is the decision to nominate a Justice to the United States Supreme Court.”

Watch at Real Clear Politics.

 

Gertz: China Electronic Spying Threat

“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis‘ recent visit to China highlighted the security dangers posed by sophisticated Chinese electronic spying in the capital of Beijing. […]  The concerns were magnified because the E-4B is one of the more sensitive aircraft in the military’s inventory. The jets — four are currently deployed — are critical elements of nuclear command and control systems used by commanders to communicate with their forces during a nuclear crisis or conflict. […] One novel electronic spying tactic is to secretly plant listening devices inside electronic key cards used to open hotel room doors.”

Read more at Washington Times.

 

Scarry: Media’s anti-Trumpers aren’t ‘leaving’ the GOP. They’ve been fired

“When an anti-Trump voice in the media announces he’s leaving the Republican Party but no one’s there to read about it, does it make a sound?

Max Boot — who?! — was the latest conservative writer to make the inconsequential declaration that he wants Democrats to take Congress in this year’s midterm elections.

‘The current GOP still has a few resemblances to the party of old — it still cuts taxes and supports conservative judges,’ Boot wrote Wednesday in the Washington Post.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

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