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Trump Isolation Grows as CEOs, Republicans Pull Away425889

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:27:39 -0500

In the wake of a combative and controversial press conference, Donald Trump Wednesday found himself much the way he began his White House campaign: isolated from rank and file Republicans, business and community leaders, and former presidents. GOP officials dismissed White House-circulated talking points defending the president's response to racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., and instead sought distance by denouncing white supremacist groups in unambiguous terms. The main council of corporate chief executives aligned with the Trump administration disbanded, and the president dissolved...


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Will There Ever Be a Breaking Point for Trump?425852

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:56:53 -0500

WASHINGTON -- We are past the time when mournful comments about President Trump's disgraceful behavior are sufficient. It is no longer defensible for his lieutenants or Republicans in Congress to tell themselves that they're staying close to Trump to contain the damage he could cause our country. If their actual goal was to prevent damage, they have failed. True, we have not had a nuclear war and Trump hasn't shut down our democracy. But if this is the standard, if these are genuine fears, then Trump should have been gone long ago. A man this unstable, self-involved, uninformed, divisive and...


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To Move Our Nation Forward, Lift Up America's Founding Ideals420429

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:53:27 -0500

In the decade leading up to America's War for Independence, much of the drama took place in and around Boston. Sam Adams was the ringleader on the colonial side and public enemy number one to the British. He had been thinking about liberty and independence since he attended Harvard decades before. He was motivated partly because what we would now call the Regulatory State targeted his family because of their political views. Eventually, British troops were sent to occupy Boston and keep things from getting out of hand. Naturally, the occupying force was hated and the tension between colonists...


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Controversy on a Pious Cable News Outlet425224

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:51:28 -0500

WASHINGTON -- Last week, CNN fired Jeff Lord, its famously pro-Trump contributor, for mocking an activist whom The Daily Caller has reported is a racist and an anti-Semite. Lord addressed him by saying, "Sieg Heil!" What is wrong with that? Is CNN covering for racists and anti-Semites? CNN is the pious cable news network whose servile on-air performers, if they are to stay in the network's good graces, must seek regular counseling on what topics are politically correct, what words must not be uttered on air and how to part one's hair on the set -- in the event one still has hair. I think...


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Charlottesville: David Duke Still Matters -- Who Knew?425833

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:02:39 -0500

Who knew David Duke mattered? Cable news made the former wizard of the KKK quite visible in Charlottesville, at what planners billed as the largest gathering of the "alt-right community." The "Unite the Right" rally encouraged the like-minded to go to and demonstrate in Charlottesville, Virginia. Counter-protesters, of course, showed up, and many violent clashes ensued. When the dust settled, a woman had been killed and 19 injured when a suspect apparently intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people, although the matter remains under investigation. Two police officers died when their...


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Charlottesville, Trump and the Resurgence of White Nationalism425480

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:58:13 -0500

The birth of a child is a happy occasion that inspires joy and celebration. So momentous is the day that the person born and those around him or her will commemorate it annually for a lifetime. But birth itself is an arduous, bloody and sometimes fatal event. No new life comes into being without terror, pain and struggle. The United States was born of such struggles on a mass scale. When Americans formed a nation and claimed their independence, they met with ferocious opposition from their rulers, who were willing to kill thousands of people to foil the change. The British king and Parliament...


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Trump No Longer Shocks. Helpers Who Know Better Do424674

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:56:07 -0500

An insane woman was madly swinging her pocketbook at strangers on the street. No one tried to shame or reason with her. They knew she was unwell and needed to be removed by responsible parties. In a similar vein, I've stopped expressing shock at things Donald Trump says, tweets and does. His is a cracked personality and fragile mind. And because he's in a position of awesome power, questions of what to do about him have moved well beyond politics and policy. National security demands that this president be replaced in an orderly manner. The concerned public must now direct its attention to...


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Silicon Valley Billionaires Are the New Robber Barons413384

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:31:04 -0500

Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers. During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal "outsourcer in chief" for investing in companies that went overseas in search of cheap labor. Yet most of the computers and smartphones sold by Silicon Valley companies are still being built abroad -- to mostly silence from progressive watchdogs. In the case of the cobalt mining that is necessary for the production of lithium-ion...


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Freedom for the Speech We Hate425770

2017/08Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:52:53 -0500

Last weekend, serious violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a group of white supremacist demonstrators was confronted by a group of folks who were there to condemn the message the demonstrators had come to advance. The message was critical of the government for removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public place. For some, Lee is associated with the military defense of slavery. For others, he is associated with the military defense of the right of states to leave the union -- a union they voluntarily joined. For the organizers of the Charlottesville rally, the removal...


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Defiant Trump; Presidential Precedents; Mo. Senate Race; 'Mr. San Diego'

2017/08Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:45:41 -0500

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, August 16, 2017. On this date in 1978, a distinguished-looking old man, tall and proud with a full head of silver hair, ambled to his seat at the defendant’s table in Courtroom 12 of the San Diego County Courthouse. Three blocks east of the sterile government building on Broadway was the city’s most ornate hotel, the Westgate, which in its halcyon days had been owned by the 79-year-old defendant. His name was C. Arnholt Smith and on this date 39 years ago he was standing trial for bank fraud and other felony charges. According to local lore, the...



A Defiant Trump's Combative Homecoming425715

2017/08Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:09:58 -0500

NEW YORK—Donald Trump returned to his famed Fifth Avenue home this week, outwardly unchanged by the past seven months at the White House or the weight of the presidency. Appearing at Trump Tower for the first time since taking the oath of office, the president rejected calls from within his own party and administration to reset his tone in the wake of a violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., and instead dug in his heels in vintage fashion. During an impromptu press conference in the marbled lobby of his Manhattan property, flanked by members of his Cabinet, Trump...


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Workers Benefit From Business Tax Cuts423860

2017/08Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:30:14 -0500

Left-wing political groups are staging street protests and running television ads to defeat President Trump's proposed corporate tax cut. If they succeed, the big losers will be anyone hoping for a raise or looking for a better job. Top Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are haranguing about tax cuts for wealthy corporations. MoveOn.org and the Working Families Party are paying for ads opposing even "one penny" of tax breaks to corporations. Don't be bamboozled. You don't have to be a business owner to benefit from business tax cuts. If your goal is more take-home pay, these...


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U.S. Ponders Path to Permanent Treaty With North Korea425740

2017/08Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:29:14 -0500

WASHINGTON -- After weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday. But where is the mercurial Kim Jong Un headed next? U.S. officials are debating whether he may want direct talks with Washington about a formal treaty to replace the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean War. The U.S. has been pursuing a dual path, threatening military conflict (semi-believably because of President Trump's verbal thunderbolts) while also urging stabilization of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. The diplomatic trick here is simultaneously reassuring North Korea, China, South Korea and...


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Where Is the Corporate Disavowal of Black Lives Matter?414518

2017/08Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:15:46 -0500

Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump's manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance. These silly string-spined CEOs have sided with social justice agitators, Beltway media enablers and Democratic resistance knuckleheads who believe Trump was wrong to condemn violence and hatred on all sides of the political spectrum. Never mind that of the four people arrested after the violent outbreak in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, two were identified with the white nationalist movement and the other two were left-wing "antifa"...


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Google Women Protesting Help Prove Damore's Poin424877

2017/08Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:35:36 -0500

Why aren't there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too. This isn't fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no real differences between genders. After all, Google fired engineer James Damore for daring to suggest that there is a biological reason men dominate tech leadership. Google's CEO said: "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive." Then the media lied...


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Sometimes the Good Guys Win425742

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:34:48 -0500

I am writing this column to inform readers of some good news. The sustained efforts of individuals, organizations and the media who oppose everything people like me stand for -- America as an exceptional nation among the nations of the world; the unique contribution of the Judeo-Christian value system in shaping America and the best of Western civilization; sustaining Western civilization as a moral imperative; preserving the American Trinity of liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus unum; promulgating the American and Judeo-Christian belief that race is insignificant; and an openness to all...


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'Is It George Washington Next?'

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:40:34 -0500

I could not make this up. Who would want to? Having behaved like a normal president might on Monday, condemning racism by the Klan and white nationalists, Donald Trump could not restrain himself. In an angry exchange with reporters on Tuesday, he refused to acknowledge the gross insensitivity of his remarks Saturday and in fact returned to weekend form: blaming "both sides" for the violence and the murder of an innocent woman during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee," our...



Combative Trump Presser: Blame Both Sides for Violence425678

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:26:32 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) -- Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday "there is blame on both sides" for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. The president's comments effectively wiped away the more conventional statement he delivered at the White House a day earlier when he branded members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as "criminals and thugs." Trump's advisers had hoped those remarks might quell a crush of...


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Schmitt Clears Way for Hawley in Mo. Senate Race425590

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:50:19 -0500

Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt will not enter the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, he plans to announce Tuesday — a decision that likely clears a path for state Attorney General Josh Hawley to pursue his party’s nomination in the race. “I believe it is time for all of us to unite behind one candidate to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, which is why I am supporting Attorney General Josh Hawley,” Schmitt will say in a statement, obtained by RealClearPolitics. “I am encouraging Josh to run for the U.S. Senate and have...


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GOP Boxed In; Melania's Emergence; About-Face on ABMs; Good Will Rogers

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:10:11 -0500

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Eighty-two years ago today, beloved American sage Will Rogers and internationally famous test pilot Wiley Post died in a plane crash after taking off from Barrow, Alaska. We could certainly use Rogers now. When word reached the mainland, there was an outpouring of national -- and bipartisan --grief. On Capitol Hill, both the Senate and the House suspended deliberations, notwithstanding that Congress itself was a frequent target of Rogers’ celebrated wit. I’ll have a further word on this wonderful American original in a moment....



Graham Says Republicans in Trouble If Obama's Health Law Stands425581

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:58:55 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A GOP senator says all Republicans are in trouble politically if they're unable to scrap former President Barack Obama's health care law and replace it with a better one. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he doesn't mind that President Donald Trump is upset with Republicans for failing to fulfill their seven-year-old pledge on a health overhaul. Graham tells "Fox News Sunday" that if Republicans can't deliver, "We're all going to be in trouble, including the president." Graham's also defending Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He says the Kentucky lawmaker is...


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Melania Trump Inching Toward Spotlight425496

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:12:14 -0500

Melania Trump’s public profile is expected to increase this fall with Barron Trump settled in a Washington-area school and the first family living together in the White House. The first lady has been low-key in her official role, compared to recent predecessors. She did not move to Washington until this summer and, while she has participated in various events, she has yet to indicate a cause she will champion. Her office said Monday an announcement about her agenda will be made “in the coming weeks.” “The First Lady continues to be thoughtful about her initiatives, and...


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Trump's Charlottesville Response Tries GOP Lawmakers425539

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:02:20 -0500

President Trump offered his bipartisan critics something of an alternate universe on Monday when he condemned bigotry and hatred and singled out the white-supremacist organizers of a weekend rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned deadly. "Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in a prepared statement at the White House. Delivered 24 or 48 hours earlier, the statement might have produced a unifying...


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Trump's America Is Not Mine425567

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:42:28 -0500

Last month, Simon Kuper wrote in his Financial Times column that he was applying for French citizenship. His wife and children, Americans all, had already done so. They live in Paris, so they are not leaving one country for another, but the column made me wonder if I could ever do anything similar. The quick answer is no, but Donald Trump has put my relationship with my own country on the rocks. Some days I think I don't know it anymore. Trump's reaction Saturday to the Charlottesville hate-fest is an example of what I find so troubling. I never thought a president of the United States would...


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Violence to the Right and Left of Us425549

2017/08Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:08:54 -0500

The jury is in, and from the glowering looks on all faces, the verdict appears unanimous: The president blew it. What did he mean, the infamy in Charlottesville, Virginia, could be ascribed to "many sides"? His accompanying condemnation of "hatred, bigotry and violence" fell flat. Where was his specific and grounded condemnation of the "alt-right," whose riffraff came to town looking for a fight and quickly found one? It is hard even at the best of times to know what goes on in the singularly individual mind of Donald Trump. At present, I'd like to move past the inadequacies of the Trump...


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