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About a year ago, Donald Trump Jr. met with a mysterious Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. was purportedly eager to receive information that could damage Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Veselnitskaya denies that she was working for the Kremlin to lobby for favorable Russian treatment. But in the past, Veselnitskaya has been connected with a number of Russian-related lobbying groups. Trump Jr., for his part, proved naive and foolish to gobble such possible setup bait. The Russians proved eager to confuse, confound and embarrass everyone involved in the 2016... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/20/putins_playthings_134509.html 200134509 Victor Davis HansonVictor Davis Hanson2017/07 07/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:18:39 -0500 420215 During President Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign for re-election, several individuals allegedly worked on behalf of the Chinese government to influence the presidential election in favor of Clinton. "Chinagate" began when the Los Angeles Times reported, a couple months before the '96 election, the following: "The Democratic National Committee has returned a $250,000 contribution from a recently established subsidiary of a South Korean electronics company because it violated a ban on donations from foreign nationals in U.S. elections, a party spokesman said Friday. ... "David Eichenbaum, DNC... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/20/collusion_what_about_chinagate_and_ted_kennedys_outreach_to_the_ussr_134515.html 200134515 Larry ElderLarry Elder2017/07 07/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:12:29 -0500 418215 When President Ronald Reagan was asked why he settled for a 5 percent tax cut in 1981, half what he had proposed, he answered that "half a loaf is better than none." That's good advice right now. This week's news that the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare is a bitter disappointment to the 18 million people in the individual market struggling with unaffordable premiums and deductibles. It's also bad news for another 8 million who are opting to pay hefty penalties rather than buy those unaffordable plans. And things are only getting worse. Health insurers are asking for giant rate increases... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/20/a_winning_strategy_to_repeal_obamacare_134516.html 200134516 Betsy McCaugheyBetsy McCaughey2017/07 07/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:05:58 -0500 418877 A tweet by President Trump launched a nationwide search for something widely viewed as so fictional – a U.S. election swayed by fraudulently cast ballots – that the first meeting Wednesday of the president’s new voter fraud commission attracted mostly skepticism from experts not in the room. From the panel’s mission, to the team Trump appointed, to the group’s research tools and resources, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has been dismissed as an elaborate cover for Trump’s favorite myth: his assertion that the popular vote last... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/20/trump_election_panel_hunts_for_voter_fraud_evidence_134521.html 200134521 Alexis SimendingerAlexis Simendinger2017/07 07/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:50:20 -0500 422135 On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong famously took "one small step for a man" and "one giant leap for mankind." He and Buzz Aldrin stepped into the history books that day as the living embodiment of an amazing technological achievement. We'll hear a lot more about that trip in the coming years as we approach the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. The story will be told of the U.S. responding to the Sputnik satellite and the fear that gripped many when Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth. Our nation caught up when John Glenn took three trips around the earth in Freedom... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/20/remembering_apollo_1_134520.html 200134520 Scott RasmussenScott Rasmussen2017/07 07/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:57:45 -0500 418211 WASHINGTON -- Has America reached the point where, once Washington has expanded a program, not even the new spending's most vociferous critics dare to cut it back? President Donald Trump's efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act shout that the answer is yes. Before Trump won in November, the GOP House had voted repeatedly to terminate Obamacare; the Senate passed a repeal measure in 2015. When President Barack Obama was around to veto their handiwork, Republicans saw little downside in voting to repeal Obama's signature legislation. 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Dionne2017/07 07/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:17:58 -0500 419829 WASHINGTON -- I have recently been reminded of one of my earliest conclusions about the American left. I arrived at that conclusion when it was relatively civilized. In those days, we called it American liberalism, but even then it was fla fla. My conclusion was that when any entity falls under the dominance of liberalism, it loses all sense of its fundamental purpose. A city loses all sense of its purpose, which is governance. A university loses all sense of its purpose, which is education. You name the entity -- if it falls under the dominance of liberalism, it becomes utterly confused as... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/20/when_institutions_go_left_134517.html 200134517 Emmett TyrrellEmmett Tyrrell2017/07 07/20/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:33:52 -0500 417556 Last weekend, in the wee hours of the night, Chicago police stopped a car carrying four people. 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She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. I thought: "This can't be fun. Why doesn't she take better care of herself?" Later in mid-air, I'm reading about a life-threatening condition that has been sending fitness fanatics to the hospital. Rhabdomyolysis causes horrible pain, turns the urine brown and threatens the kidneys. 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If it’s not one thing causing GOP senators and governors to equivocate on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, it’s something else: Medicaid expansion vs. Medicaid contraction; cheaper vs. costlier insurance policies; eligibility for coverage of... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/and_all_for_the_want_of_a_spine_134513.html 200134513 William MurchisonWilliam Murchison2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:37:19 -0500 It's "Made in America" week in Washington, D.C. You'd think this would be cause for bipartisan celebration. Who could be against highlighting the ingenuity, self-reliance and success of our nation's homegrown entrepreneurs and manufacturers? Enter Bill Kristol. The entrenched Beltway pundit ridiculed a festive kickoff event on Monday at the White House, where President Donald Trump hosted companies from all 50 states to showcase their American-made products. "Maybe it's just me," killjoy Kristol tweeted, "but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/manufacturing_hate_for_made_in_america_134507.html 200134507 Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:36:10 -0500 422082 WASHINGTON -- House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government's 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they've refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they'll pay for with taxes. Anyone who thinks otherwise should consult new figures from the Congressional Budget... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/deficits_forever_134510.html 200134510 Robert SamuelsonRobert Samuelson2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:44:49 -0500 420875 So it doesn't matter, you see, according to realdonaldtrump (aka the president of the United States), that his son, son-in-law and campaign manager were looking for Russian help to turn the election, specifically for trash the Kremlin might contribute about Hillary Clinton; it doesn't matter that Vladimir Putin himself might have been in the room, given the connections of those who were. "That's politics," Donald Trump tweeted, echoing the sarcasm of his love-lost son, Donald Trump Jr. That is not politics. That is absolutely not politics. These people have no idea what politics is, and no... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/thats_politics_134506.html 200134506 Susan EstrichSusan Estrich2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:35:55 -0500 420662 Good morning, it’s Wednesday, July 19, 2017. When a 20-year-old blonde showed up at the studios of 20th Century Fox for a screen test on this date in 1946, the odds were stacked against her. The young woman had no previous acting experience, a hard-to-pronounce surname, and little clue of the culture she was attempting to join. For starters, dying her hair blonde for the audition was a miscalculation: Studio head Darryl F. Zanuck preferred brunettes. She also told studio makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder to paint her face heavily, as though she were going onstage, causing... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/health_bill_collapse_joint_military_exercises_revisiting_dunkirk_hello_norma_jeane.html 200134505 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:03:25 -0500 WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the banner Republican effort to scuttle and rewrite President Barack Obama's health care law crumbled this week, the falling debris popped a hefty dent into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's image as a dauntless legislative tactician three chess moves ahead of everyone else. His two attempts to craft legislation replacing Obama's law have collapsed for lack of GOP support. Republican opposition seems likely to doom a vote next week on his Plan C, a bill simply repealing much of Obama's statute. Along the way, conservative Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., accused... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/crumbling_health_bill_dents_mcconnell_image_as_top_tactician_134504.html 200134504 Alan FramAlan Fram2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:30:00 -0500 421969 President Trump sounded perplexed in the wake of the Senate GOP’s health care debacle this week, and unclear about what exactly his divided party should do next. There was a time when he promised supporters that ridding the country of President Obama’s signature legislative creation would be “so easy.” But on Tuesday, that certainty gave way to indecision, finger pointing and ample evidence that Trump is perceived, including by Republicans in Washington, as so out of his legislative depth as to be a liability. “It is a terrible environment on so many levels when... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/trump_surprised_by_senate_gop_revolt_on_health_bill.html 200134503 Alexis SimendingerAlexis Simendinger2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:12:05 -0500 421975 We need to sell more rhino horns, quickly. That may be the only way to save rhinos from extinction. Today, rhinos vanish because poachers kill them for their horns. Businesses turn their horns into ornaments or quack health potions. Some horns sell for $300,000. No wonder poachers risk their lives for one. How do you fight an incentive that strong? Flood the market! That's a solution suggested by Matthew Markus. Markus's biotech company can make artificial rhino horn in a laboratory that's virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Put enough of that lab-grown horn on the market... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/loving_animals_to_death_134502.html 200134502 John StosselJohn Stossel2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:33:04 -0500 WASHINGTON -- The Chinese government, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the internet: The best strategy may not be to confront critics directly, but to lull or distract them with a tide of good news. This intriguing argument is suggested by a recent article in the American Political Science Review titled "How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, Not Engaged Argument." With complex data, it supports a simple thesis about life in the internet age: Arguing the facts often doesn't work;... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/19/is_quiet_persuasion_more_effective_than_shouting_134501.html 200134501 David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2017/07 07/19/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:28:56 -0500 414098 Enough Senate Republicans rejected plans Tuesday to simply repeal the Affordable Care Act, thus dooming their party’s health care bill and any chance to undo the law that they have campaigned against for the better part of a decade. The insufficient support for repeal alone comes after months of negotiations, false starts and intra-party fighting over legislation that has left Republicans frustrated and, in some cases, questioning their ability to govern. When it became clear Monday night that their replacement plan couldn’t pass, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/18/senate_gops_obamacare_repeal_fails_to_muster_support.html 200134500 James ArkinJames Arkin2017/07 07/18/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:22:04 -0500 421949 Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the publication date of “ON THIS DATE: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time.” This week, I’m excerpting essays from the book, which grew out of this Morning Note. But today is also the official pub date of “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” by Joshua Green. Josh is a terrific political writer, so RCP will have more on his book at a future date. On this date in 1968, however, the brilliant Robert Noyce bolted from Fairchild... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/18/spy_plane_push_endangered_species_holy_cow_silicon_supremacy_134498.html 200134498 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/07 07/18/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:37:13 -0500 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The implosion of the Senate Republican health care bill leaves a divided GOP with its flagship legislative priority in tatters. Now, a wounded President Donald Trump and congressional leaders face dicey decisions about addressing their perhaps unattainable seven-year-old promise of repealing President Barack Obama's law. Two GOP senators - Utah's Mike Lee and Jerry Moran of Kansas - sealed the measure's doom late Monday when each announced he would vote "no" in an initial, critical vote that had been expected as soon as next week. Their startling, tandem announcement meant... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/18/health_care_bill_collapse_leaves_divided_republicans_at_crossroads_134497.html 200134497 Alan Fram & Erica WernerAlan Fram & Erica Werner2017/07 07/18/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:33:49 -0500 421878 WASHINGTON -- It's exhausting, I know, but don't let outrage fatigue numb you to the moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Trump administration. This ugly departure from American norms and values must be opposed with sustained passion -- and with the knowledge that things will probably get worse before they get better. Heaven help us, look where we are. We have a president -- commander in chief of the armed forces, ostensibly the leader of the free world -- whose every word is suspect. President Trump is an inveterate liar. He dismisses provable facts as "fake news" and invents faux... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/18/the_country_deserves_better_--_much_better_134496.html 200134496 Eugene RobinsonEugene Robinson2017/07 07/18/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:16:50 -0500 421366 Beyond question, ObamaCare has failed and is leaving millions of Americans in economic distress. Republicans in Congress are striving to find solutions that will decrease health insurance costs and increase accessibility for all Americans, particularly for the 7 percent with non-group coverage (83 percent of Americans have government funded or employer sponsored insurance). Their efforts to date demonstrate that even failed entitlement programs are harder to repeal and replace than to expand and perpetuate. Progressive Democrats want to create a government run--enormously expensive--single... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/07/18/how_to_repeal_and_replace_obamacare_134493.html 200134493 Andy PuzderAndy Puzder2017/07 07/18/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:53:42 -0500 421344
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