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President Trump and the Forgotten Men and Women
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:20:27 -0600
, Chicago Tribune
President Donald J. Trump's astonishing inaugural address was a short one, only 16 minutes or so in the rain. It wasn't a symphony. He used the pronoun "I" only three times. And there were no baroque flourishes to send tingles up the legs. This wasn't a smooth-talking politician inviting us to climb aboard his fancy word ship for a voyage beyond the stars. He did not call upon the angels. Instead, he spoke in dark tones to the forgotten man.
Trump's Clenched Fist AddressTrump's Clenched Fist Address
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:20:33 -0600
, Washington Post
This will be the presidency of the raised fist, not the outstretched hand. Inaugural addresses are traditionally occasions of inclusion and healing. In that transformative moment, the new president sheds a partisan identity and assumes the mantle of national leader, president of and for all the people. If any new president should have sounded that soothing note, it was President Trump. If any nation needed to hear it, it was America today.
Trump's Vision Is Constitutional, Not Wilsonian
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:20:30 -0600
, City Journal
No one watching Friday’s Inauguration ceremony could miss the contrast between the gracious civility with which the incoming and outgoing presidents treated each other and the utter repudiation President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address made of Barack Obama’s eight-year reign. You could hear it at the start of the 16-minute speech. Trump thanked the Obamas for their “magnificent” aid throughout the transition. He then pivoted, with a loaded “however,” to how momentous this particular change of chief executives really is. It’s not just a change...
Donald Trump's Dark Inauguration
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:56:26 -0600
, The New Yorker
Politicians, preparing for inaugurals, scurry for their histories. The Republican Senator Roy Blunt, who welcomed the crowd to Donald Trump’s Inauguration, chose to commemorate the peaceful transitions of the late eighteenth century, when partisan tensions were high and the Republic might not have survived. The Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, speaking just before the new President, read at length from a letter that Sullivan Ballou, a Union officer, wrote to his wife: “I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a...
"It Means the Return of Optimism"
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:20:39 -0600
, Washington Examiner
"It was a Trump speech," said Beth Lesser, a Donald Trump supporter from Greenville, S.C., after listening to the president's inaugural address on the Mall. "He hasn't changed at all — and I don't want him to." Lesser was one of the thousands who traveled a long way to come to the inauguration, and who loved what they heard. They didn't come to hear soaring rhetoric from Donald Trump. They didn't come to hear Trump try to sound like Marco Rubio or, God forbid, Barack Obama. They came to hear Trump sound like himself.
Dear Mr. President: We're Going to Fight Back
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:35:31 -0600
President Donald J. Trump, As of 12:01 PM ET today, you are the President of the United States. For the next four years, you will assume the responsibilities of our nation's highest office. But while you won the Electoral College contest in November, you have yet to win the respect of most Americans
The Winners of 2016The Winners of 2016
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:20:48 -0600
Walter Russell Mead
, The American Interest
2016 was all about winning; Donald Trump promised that if the American people put him in the White House, we would win so much we would get tired of winning. Whatever happens next, there is no doubt that the Orange One was the mega-winner of the year. 2016 will always be remembered as the year that Donald Trump, a political novice and reality television show host, cut the legs off America’s two most powerful political dynasties and flabbergasted the establishments of both political parties.
What Worries Ben Rhodes About Trump
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:56:58 -0600
Being the man who explains Barack Obama’s foreign policy wasn’t easy. Even in the good times, like after Obama clinched his hard-fought July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Ben Rhodes was castigated by the deal’s critics for allegedly turning a grave matter of national security into another spinnable public relations issue. But it was also the 39-year-old deputy national security adviser’s job to defend Obama’s response to unwelcome events like the Syrian quagmire and Russian aggression. “What I take issue with is that we were spinning. We believed in...
Trump and the New American Patriotism
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:57:23 -0600
, Washington Free Beacon
Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a stirring call for national unity and a declaration of war against the establishment in Washington, D.C. The speech was vintage Trump: politically incorrect, critical of both parties, amped up, biting, strongly delivered, and wildly ambitious. Anyone who believed Trump would change his beliefs or style when he assumed the office of the presidency was proven wrong. He’s not going to change. And he’s not going to let up.
Obama Sought Strength in Unity. Trump Finds Power in Division
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:21:27 -0600
Barack Obama burst onto the national scene with a speech denying the power — denying even the reality — of the deep divisions that seemed to define American politics. “The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states: red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats,” he said in 2004. “But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.”
10 Ways Obama Violated the Constitution
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:37:32 -0600
, The Federalist
The Obama administration has been the most lawless in U.S. history. I don’t mean that in the Nixonian sense of personal corruption, whereby the president is personally above the law, although the idea that Barack Obama’s tenure has been ethically pure is laughable. No, my accusation rests on the 44th president’s seeing himself as professionally above the law, ignoring the executive branch’s legal limits and disrespecting constitutional bounds like federalism and the separation of powers.
A Long-Overdue Debate on Climate Change
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:37:51 -0600
, New Jersey Star-Ledger
Some times I think this guy's reading my mind - or maybe just my column. I'm talking about Donald Trump. Last week the president-elect had a talk on the issue of climate change with the Princeton physics professor who is my go-to guy on climate questions, William Happer. The Washington Post reported that the 77-year-old Happer didn't respond to reporters' questions after leaving the interview. But he did respond to me when I sent him an email.
Earth to Pruitt: Denialism Stands as Temperatures Rise
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:38:20 -0600
, New Yorker
Either it was a cleverly engineered plan or some kind of cosmic joke: just as the confirmation hearing for Scott Pruitt, the climate denier who is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, was getting under way Wednesday, on Capitol Hill, two federal agencies—the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—announced that 2016 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began, in 1880. It was the third year in a row to smash previous records for warmth, a trend that prompted the Times to...
Our Early Investments Defined Us: Initial U.S. Priorities
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:18:26 -0600
Rep. Francis Rooney
This month, a new government convenes in Washington with a mandate to dismantle the last eight years of unprecedented legal and regulatory expansion that has killed job opportunities for countless Americans. The Obama Administration has inserted the federal government into every corner of our professional and personal lives. Now is the time to peel back the 80,000+ pages of regulations, and billions of accompanying costs, which are stifling job markets and private enterprise and encroaching on our personal and professional freedom.
NYT's Perry Report Another Example of Lapsed Media Ethics
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:20:45 -0600
, The Hill
The New York Times had a story that was custom-made for anyone rooting against Donald Trump and his transition team: A two-term Texas Republican governor accepting a cabinet position as Energy secretary allegedly without knowing what an Energy secretary actually does. Except, of course, for all the thin gruel serving as the foundation for the story that more met the “screw-it-just-publish-it” standards of BuzzFeed than those of the esteemed paper of record.