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TROY, Mich. -- Episodes of congressional disarray feed an ideologically loaded narrative that government is hopelessly incompetent and can never be counted on to do much that is useful. Even if President Trump and the Republicans ultimately come to bear the burden for Washington's disarray, episodes of this sort bolster the standard conservative view of government as a lumbering beast whose "meddling" only fouls things up. The private sector is cast as virtuously efficient and best left alone. The power of this anti-government bias is enhanced by our failure to revisit government's successes.... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/22/remembering_that_government_can_work_136054.html 200136054 E.J. DionneE.J. Dionne2018/01 01/22/2018/00/00/00 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:40:42 -0600 411655 WASHINGTON -- The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial "Science & Engineering Indicators," a voluminous document describing the state of American technology. There are facts and figures on research and development, innovation and engineers. But the report's main conclusion lies elsewhere: China has become -- or is on the verge of becoming -- a scientific and technical superpower. We should have expected nothing less. After all, science and technology constitute the knowledge base for economically advanced societies and military powers,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/22/china_and_the_global_race_for_knowledge_136051.html 200136051 Robert SamuelsonRobert Samuelson2018/01 01/22/2018/00/00/00 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:25:16 -0600 439189COMMENTARY Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he believes Dick Durbin, the Illinois senator who emerged from a White House meeting on immigration and ran to the media complaining that President Trump used coarse language to describe Haiti, El Salvador, and various unnamed African countries. Although that sounds like Trump, there are reasons for skepticism. For starters, as some Republicans present pointed out, Durbin has a record of unreliability when snitching on White House meetings. Five years ago, he claimed in a Facebook post that during tense negotiations over a looming budget shutdown,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/21/durbin_and_trump_men_of_their_words.html 200136058 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2018/01 01/21/2018/00/00/00 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:03:05 -0600 439355COMMENTARY Closing 2017, Republicans were breathing a sigh of relief: Tax reform had been signed, the federal government remained open, and the stock market was soaring. That’s not an impressive list. Washington is a one-party town and while tax reform is essential, alone it won’t uncork the American economy. In 2018, Congress must resolve to boost infrastructure spending, advance immigration reform, create an education system that fits our new world, and pass a visionary jobs bill. Poor infrastructure harms U.S. competitiveness—the United States ranks ninth in the World Economic... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/21/four_resolutions_for_2018__136057.html 200136057 Todd HittTodd Hitt2018/01 01/21/2018/00/00/00 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:07:25 -0600 440067 WASHINGTON -- Even for those of us who braced for catastrophe, the first year of Donald Trump's presidency was worse than expected -- more divisive, mean-spirited, erratic, unhinged, incompetent and egomaniacal than could have been imagined. Any glimmer of hope for a better Trump after the election, any speck of it once he took his oath of office, all that is now extinguished. Sure, there are glimpses of the seemingly reasonable guy beloved by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the one who on Tuesday says he'll "take all the heat" on immigration, who wants to sign a "bill of love." Do not be... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/21/trump_does_not_believe_in_america_136053.html 200136053 Ruth MarcusRuth Marcus2018/01 01/21/2018/00/00/00 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:07:19 -0600 440022 WASHINGTON -- In 2013, House Republicans shut down the federal government in a doomed effort to defund then President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. It lasted 17 days and accomplished nothing. Amazingly, Democrats have decided to follow the same lame playbook. Back in 2013, Obama called it the "Republican shutdown" -- and he was right, even if his party controlled the White House and Senate. Top aide Dan Pfeiffer likened the shutdown caucus to terrorists with a "bomb strapped to their chest." Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had a similar view. The solidly conservative congressman called... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/21/democrats_using_same_strategy_republicans_tried_in_2013_136059.html 200136059 Debra SaundersDebra Saunders2018/01 01/21/2018/00/00/00 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:07:03 -0600 430306 WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, and the finger-pointing came quickly. Trump tweeted that Democrats “wanted to give me a nice present” to mark the start of his second year in office. The Republican-controlled Congress scheduled an unusual weekend session to begin considering a three-week... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/20/government_shutdown_begins_and_so_does_the_finger-pointing_136056.html 200136056 Andrew Taylor & Alan Fram & Zeke MillerAndrew Taylor & Alan Fram & Zeke Miller2018/01 01/20/2018/00/00/00 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:34:08 -0600 440064 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, “We are with you all the way.” In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he’s committed to building “a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished.” The moment marked the president personally stepping to the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States as the anniversary of his inauguration approaches. Last... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/20/trump_tells_march_for_life_we_are_with_you_all_the_way_136055.html 200136055 Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Laurie KellmanRicardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Laurie Kellman2018/01 01/20/2018/00/00/00 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:31:35 -0600 440063COMMENTARY A sense of impending doom is in the air. The left’s best and brightest proclaim that President Trump is racist, mentally ill, lawless, and should be removed from office at the first opportunity. Many in the rank-and-file right believe that the media elites, entrenched government bureaucrats, and political establishments of both parties -- whom they elected Trump to rein in -- are demonstrating their determination to overturn the 2016 presidential election. Significant segments of both camps are convinced that their partisan opponents have plunged the country into a crisis from which it... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/20/a_summons_to_save_democracy_136052.html 200136052 Peter BerkowitzPeter Berkowitz2018/01 01/20/2018/00/00/00 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:25:14 -0600 With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office. It has been delivered with his own brand of bombast and occasional threats. Contentious issues have always existed, especially in conflict-ridden or volatile countries, but has he improved or worsened matters? Twelve months into his presidency, Associated Press correspondents take stock: RUSSIA Trump repeatedly declared in his campaign that he would improve relations with Russia but was never specific. A year into his... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/thorny_global_issues_abound_a_year_into_trump_presidency_136050.html 200136050 Associated PressAssociated Press2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:42:10 -0600 440005 WASHINGTON (AP) — He once called himself “pro-choice.” But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration’s efforts to roll back abortion rights. And though his record is mixed and a midterm election looms, abortion opponents say they have not felt so optimistic in at least a decade. “I don’t think anybody thinks that the White House is a perfectly regimented and orderly family ... but that doesn’t change their commitment to the issue,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/trump_steps_to_forefront_of_anti-abortion_movement_136048.html 200136048 Laurie KellmanLaurie Kellman2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:40:21 -0600 440001 As we reach, gingerly, the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression. The executive branch has obeyed court orders. No military disaster has occurred. Fears that seemed plausible to many have proved unjustified. In some important respects, Trump and the congressional Republican majorities have made important changes in public policy -- in appointing judges, dismantling regulations, cutting tax rates and changing the tax system. You don't have... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/tough_road_ahead_for_trump_in_year_2_136036.html 200136036 Michael BaroneMichael Barone2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:04:15 -0600 410081COMMENTARY Rick Saccone is a “special person” who is campaigning in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District to replace Rep. Tim Murphy, a pro-life Republican who resigned in disgrace after asking a mistress to have an abortion. Saccone got the “special” seal of approval from President Trump, who leans on the adjective when making a hard sell -- for anything from a candidate to the latest Obamacare repeal plan to Derek Jeter to women of the #MeToo movement. Trump’s trip to tout the GOP tax reform law Thursday coincided with some politicking for... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/for_gop_no_trump_juice_or_coattails_in_november_136047.html 200136047 A.B. StoddardA.B. Stoddard2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:01:31 -0600 439998 The House passed legislation Thursday to temporarily keep the government open, but it appears doomed in the Senate ahead of a potential vote Friday. Hours after the House voted, debate in the upper chamber devolved into a partisan blame-game, with Democratic and Republican leaders digging in their heels, convinced that the other party would suffer the political consequences of a government funding lapse. Republicans argued that they successfully funded the government in the House, and their legislation provided time to continue negotiating bipartisan agreements on immigration and long-term... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/blame_game_ramps_up_as_shutdown_draws_near__136046.html 200136046 James ArkinJames Arkin2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:01:38 -0600 439802 It is actually remarkable that one of the things conservatism has preserved the best in the United States is a culture of life. Just as secular liberals have had to rebrand again as progressives since people stopped liking liberals, they also have to rebrand the idea of "choice" as "women's health." But the underlying issue is still the same. They want to murder children legally. And support for that proposition continues to be a minority proposition in the United States. Make no mistake about it. Abortion is the willful killing of children. As society has grown more selfish, the arguments... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/twenty-first_century_slavery_136045.html 200136045 Erick EricksonErick Erickson2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:38:10 -0600 439971 FORT POLK, La. -- In training exercises in a mock Afghan village constructed here on a base amid swampland, the U.S. Army is applying the military lesson of the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: Help your partners beat the enemy, but don't try to do the fighting yourself. Letting others fight the battle hasn't been the American way in modern times, to our immense national frustration. The U.S. military became bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, much as it had a generation earlier in Vietnam, by trying to reshape societies with American firepower. For the military, the lesson... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/preparing_our_middle_east_partners_to_fight_their_own_battles_136044.html 200136044 David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:54:49 -0600 439806 Every morning, it seems, President Donald Trump's most determined opponents awake to find out what sort of obnoxious, fact-challenged, puerile, norm breaking thing he has offered that day and say to themselves: "Oh, that's nothing. We can do something dumber than that!" So the nation wades from one bizarre and nonsensical controversy to another. As I write this, I can't even recall what topic we were debating last week, but I'm certain it was idiotic. Part of the problem is that those who drive coverage of Trump are obsessed with the president in unhealthy ways, ways that have absolutely... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/donald_trumps_greatest_gift_is_his_enemies_136043.html 200136043 David HarsanyiDavid Harsanyi2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:18:36 -0600 438022 The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria -- with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria's border enclave of Afrin, occupied by Kurds, to drive them out, and then drive the Syrian Kurds out of Manbij further south as well. Says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "We will destroy all terror nests, one by one, in Syria, starting from Afrin and Manbij." For Erdogan, the Kurdish YPG, the major U.S. ally in Syria, is an arm of the Kurdish PKK in Turkey, which we and the... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/a_us-turkish_clash_in_syria_136042.html 200136042 Patrick BuchananPatrick Buchanan2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:17:52 -0600 412064 WASHINGTON -- The rude, petulant man-child in the Oval Office is reeling ever more wildly out of control, and those who cynically or slavishly pretend otherwise are doing a grave disservice to the nation -- and to themselves. How do you like him now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? President Trump convened a made-for-television summit at the White House and said he'd sign any immigration bill Congress passes. "I'll take the heat," he boasted. So a bipartisan group of senators came up with a deal -- and he rejected it out of hand, launching into an unhinged rant about "shithole... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/an_administration_with_no_credibility_cannot_lead_136040.html 200136040 Eugene RobinsonEugene Robinson2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:06:26 -0600 439833COMMENTARY For years Americans have been told that abortion is an intractable, politically unsolvable issue. But polling numbers tell a different story. Far from being either a thorny political issue or a partisan one, a clear way forward now exists. Four-and-a-half decades after Roe v. Wade and its sister case, Doe v. Bolton, were decided, more than three-quarters of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, not the nearly unrestricted abortion regime that these cases allowed. The numbers come from the latest KofC-Marist poll done earlier this month, and for the 10th year in a row, about... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/bipartisan_abortion_consensus_could_be_midterm_factor.html 200136041 Carl AndersonCarl Anderson2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:58:01 -0600 440004 WASHINGTON -- Forty-five years after Roe v. Wade was decided, the right to abortion that the Supreme Court discerned remains controversial and disputed. The expectation of legal abortion is deeply embedded in American law and practice. Many states were lifting restrictions on the procedure even before Roe. Justice Harry Blackmun's landmark decision seized upon an existing social trend. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 79 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in some or all circumstances. A constitutional amendment against abortion -- favored by many social conservatives -- is a... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/autonomy_inclusion_and_the_abortion_debate_136039.html 200136039 Michael GersonMichael Gerson2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:05:48 -0600 439928 Democrats are out of touch. They made that abundantly clear when every liberal lawmaker rejected the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and did everything possible to obstruct its historic passage. Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to help grow the U.S. economy and restore the American dream for all, liberal politicians -- including Democratic Party leadership -- told voters the GOP tax bill would be bad for them, bad for the economy and a gift to the rich. Then millions of Americans got a raise -- faster than liberals could knit another pussy hat. Just ask the multitude of blue- and white-collar... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/the_out-of-touch_party_136038.html 200136038 Adriana CohenAdriana Cohen2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:48:08 -0600 437012COMMENTARY President Trump has been in office for a year now, but Americans are still waiting on the $1 trillion infrastructure plan he promised so often as a candidate for the Oval Office. The administration’s infrastructure policy over the past year has been characterized by good intentions and false starts. If the president still wants to deliver on his campaign promise, his administration must deliver the highly anticipated introduction of an infrastructure bill sometime in the very near future. The administration has so far produced talking points and fact sheets that define the contours of... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/trump_needs_to_act_soon_on_infrastructure_promises_136037.html 200136037 Dennis SlaterDennis Slater2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:57:02 -0600 439917 Good morning, it’s Friday, January 19, 2018. It’s the eve of Donald Trump’s one-year anniversary as the 45th U.S. president, and Washington is on the precipice of yet another partial government shutdown. On this date in 2010, a Republican challenger stunned the Democratic Party establishment by winning an open Senate seat long held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Can it really be only eight years ago that Barack Obama’s nascent presidency was stung by the election of a Massachusetts moderate named Scott Brown? Think of everything that’s happened in American politics... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/19/blame_game_tattered_coattails_abortion_consensus_scott_browns_uprising_136049.html 200136049 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2018/01 01/19/2018/00/00/00 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:02:05 -0600 Good morning, it’s Thursday, January 18, 2018. On this date 107 years ago, a slender young Iowan with a mechanical bent and a derring-do that belied his quiet Midwestern upbringing landed a flimsy airplane on the deck of a Navy cruiser in San Francisco Bay. The sailors aboard the ship cheered lustily, while other boats in the harbor tooted their horns and whistles. The pilot, Eugene B. Ely, calmly stepped out of the cockpit, kissed his wife, Mabel, who was waiting on deck, then repaired to the captain’s cabin for a leisurely lunch. Forgotten today, Gene Ely was in January of 1911... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/01/18/pa_special_election_romney_as_gop_outlier_shutdown_primer_high_flyer_136035.html 200136035 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2018/01 01/18/2018/00/00/00 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:03:00 -0600
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