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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo for pointing out that nuclear threats from North Korea are no big news for the tiny island, and that Americans there should go about their business as they would on any other day. However, Jim and Greg still have some reservations about the idea of North Korea firing missiles designed to land just 20 miles off Guam’s shores. And they throw up their hands in reaction to a new survey showing that more than half of Republicans would support postponing the 2020 elections if President Trump wanted to assure that only eligible voters took part. They are exasperated both at the response and for pollsters asking a worthless hypothetical question in the first place.

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I saw a link on Facebook to a story claiming that President Trump cursed to a crowd of 45,000 boy scouts. Instantly suspicious, I googled and discovered that he said, “…who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts? Right?” Color me unimpressed: I’m pretty sure that most […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Impatience

 

I saw a comment at Ricochet. I thought it was illustrative, and typical of a frustration I have seen many times in the past month.

I would be more optimistic if more major policies had been implemented (repeal Obamacare, tax reform, big military budget, etc.) and if more appointments had been made to the administration and the judiciary. Many substantial things still need done.

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a person whose opinions I value very much. I consider her one the best Secretary Of States that the USA has ever had and look for interviews with her, so I was shocked when I saw this story and had not seen it before. It happened a couple […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss rapidly dropping rates in illegal immigration across the southern border. They also reproach Illinois state representatives – especially Republicans – for agreeing to tax hikes instead of dealing with major fiscal problems. And they question CNN’s decision to intimidate an anonymous Reddit user over the controversial GIF President Trump re-tweeted on Sunday. To finish off the day, they criticize the History Channel for concluding what happened to Amelia Earhart based largely on one photograph.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Liu Xiaobo’s Two Prisons

 

China’s 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been imprisoned by authorities since 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power.” (At the Nobel awards ceremony, he was represented by an empty chair.) His wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since his prison sentence began, in spite of not being charged with a crime.

Mr. Liu has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and refused permission to leave China to seek treatment. My understanding is that the Chinese authorities will allow him to have acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicines but say it is too late for surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy treatments.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 3 Things to Like About President Trump; 3 Things Not to Like

 

We’re six months into the Trump Era, and there’s no sign of the gay concentration camps Rachel Maddow said were forthcoming. But surely we must be developing some opinions on how he’s doing so far. So here’s my list(icle) of three things I like about PDT so far, and three things I really don’t care for. First, what I likes:

  1. I like that he doesn’t let himself be a punching bag for the Democrat Media Complex. The last two Republican presidents seemed to think that defending their administration’s policies from Democrat attacks was ungentlemanly. Trump has also identified the weak point of the media establishment — their egos. Most of the media operatives, especially on television, are dumb, vain, and egomaniacal. Trump knows that if he pokes them, they will go into paroxysms of “How Dare He Criticize Us” vituperation. He provokes the very media temper tantrums that discredit the media.
  2. I like that some of Obama’s executive overreach has been repealed, and that some of Obama’s worst policy decisions are being revoked. We’re out of the Paris “Redistribution of Wealth to the Third World” Accords. Criminal aliens are being deported once again. Israel isn’t being treated as a pariah state. More of this, please.
  3. Neil Gorsuch was an outstanding Supreme Court appointment. Good Lord, can you imagine the horrible people Hillary would be putting on the court? Sotomayor and Kagan were bad enough. Try Justice Kamala Harris on for size. (Not that it would be her, but it would be someone just as hard left, just as hyperpartisan, and just as corrupt). Democrat presidents never nominate swing votes.

Now, three things that I don’t like about Trump’s presidency so far:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Protesting That Leaves a Better Result Than the Left’s Protests

 

I really like this story. I’m sure the comments will be mixed: Pay, don’t pay, block the counter, set up a coffee stand outside, whatever.

I like what they did, myself.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the “tough guy” stance that President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis are taking in deterring further chemical attacks in Syria. They dive into the complications surrounding the healthcare debate, as Mitch McConnell scraps the vote on the most recent GOP bill and many of the Republicans opposed believe the government should be doing more. Finally, they discuss the PC complaints that the new Dunkirk film — a historical World War II drama — is “too white,” even though the vast majority of soldiers involved were white.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi feeling the heat from members of her own party after Tuesday’s loss in Georgia, but they are excited to see her determined to keep her job despite being a drag on the party. They also express concern over the new Senate Republican health care bill, which Democrats were already protesting and has some Republicans on edge as well. And they speculate on President Trump admitting he knows of no tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Rod Rosenstein – A Young Man in a Hurry?

 

What happened the other day? What could have possessed Deputy AG Rosenstein to sic a special prosecutor on President Trump? This was an act of betrayal. Why is no one characterizing it as such? Like thunder it struck us all. What just happened?

Would anyone working for Eric Holder or Obama have done something like this?

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Marc Kasowitz (the president’s lawyer), after the Comey confessions: ​In sum, it is now established that the President was not being investigated for colluding with the or attempting to obstruct any investigation. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not been […]

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If you want to picture the relationship between the 60 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump and the Deep State seeking to unseat him; DON’T picture a Venn diagram. There is no overlap between the two solitudes. Rather, picture a giant amorphous amoeba, geared toward survival. This single-celled organism will galvanize all systems within […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. In Defense of Dangerous Art

 

For almost two years, I have submitted occasional opinion pieces to Ricochet. However, for over eight years, under what is obviously a pseudonym, I have blogged a fair amount of political satire. It is not satire that one would describe as light-hearted and jocular. Rather, it is satire that is Juvenalian in mood: a more apt description would be “spitting.”

Before I would post them, quite a few of my satires caused me substantial anxiety: would this be the piece that finally prompts some sort of retaliation? As ridiculous as that anxiety might sound to some, for me it was very real. However, despite that anxiety, I reasoned that “God hates a coward” and posted each one. As far as I know, no retaliation ever came. However, that is probably not because the Democrats are not shockingly petty, vindictive, and intolerant, but rather it is probably because my satires are either too obtuse or too stylistically out of the mainstream to garner anything more than a handful of readers.

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The Associated Press has an article headlined “Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns.” I have three simple questions about this.

  1. Considering that the transcripts of his conversations with world leaders routinely get maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press, does the President really need to use a secure phone?
  2. Is anyone else deeply concerned that the President cannot have a phone conversation with a foreign leader without the transcript being maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press?
  3. Does anyone really think the same media which breathlessly reports every possible piece of maliciously and anonymously leaked information gives one whit about the security of the President’s phone calls?

And a bonus question: How hard can it possibly be to figure out who is leaking transcripts of presidential phone calls? The pool of people with access to those transcripts can’t be that big.

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Is Trump the “non-traditional” president who can break through the logjam of the Israel/Palestinian peace process? Foreign Affairs Reporter Joel Gehrke updates the latest from Trump’s Mideast trip, including Trump’s tough talk about terror in the capitol of Wahhabism.

Investigative Reporter Todd Shepherd on Gen. Michael Flynn’s decision to plead the 5th: Good lawyering, or a bad sign for the Trump White House?

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Like many, I have always looked at North Korea as a closed off country run by a dictator that controls every aspect of life for his people. Someone last week on radio described it as the world’s biggest open air concentration camp. Every so often, the leader throws a parade to show off their weapons, and launches test […]

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There’s the Truth. Now the MSM can say whatever they want. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Breaking: US Navy Fires More Than 50 Tomahawk Missiles into Syria

 
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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Trump Donates First 3 Months Salary to National Park Service

 
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg accept Trump’s donation check from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

During the campaign, candidate Trump promised, “If I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary.” Today, President Trump began to fulfill that commitment. He has donated his first three months of salary to the National Park Service.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced the move at his Monday briefing, presenting a check for $78,333.32 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “The President has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,” Spicer said.

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