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Good morning, it’s Friday, November 17, 2017. On this date at the turn of the 19th century, members of Congress met for the first time in the partially completed U.S. Capitol. If you think inclement weather in Washington, D.C. snarls traffic today, you should have been there in 1800 when snow blanketed the East Coast. After meeting for 10 years in Philadelphia, which was beset by a cholera epidemic, most members of Congress were eager to see their new capital. But not all of them could get there in time due to the autumn storm. A planned parade was cancelled and only 15 senators... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/17/moore_problems_groping_for_answers_waitress_blues_capitol_comity_135572.html 200135572 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/11 11/17/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:10:50 -0600 WASHINGTON -- Nearly two weeks after the double political explosion that rocked Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to be doing damage control in ways that may help stabilize Saudi Arabia and the region. The first bombshell was the Nov. 4 arrest on corruption charges of 201 prominent Saudis, including princes and government ministers. Now MBS, as the 32-year-old crown prince is known, is beginning a resolution process that may settle many of these cases out of court. A senior Saudi official told me Thursday that the kingdom's anti-corruption commission would follow the standard... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/17/saudi_political_explosions_risk_collateral_damage_135567.html 200135567 David IgnatiusDavid Ignatius2017/11 11/17/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:49:07 -0600 418676 The inexorable workings of the political marketplace seem to be enforcing some discipline over hitherto fissiparous Republican politicians. The question is whether this is happening too late to save the party's declining prospects in the 2018 midterm elections. You can see this in Republicans' reactions to the tax bills Congress is currently considering. Last spring, when the party's congressional leadership teed up its health care bills, purportedly repealing and replacing Obamacare, they faced rebellions from practically every corner of their party's caucuses. In the House, the Freedom... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/17/will_political_setbacks_unite_the_republican_party_135571.html 200135571 Michael BaroneMichael Barone2017/11 11/17/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:48:40 -0600 435500 "Quid est veritas?" Pontius Pilate asked Jesus of Nazareth. What is truth? It is in short supply in the 21st century. Western civilization is not really in decline, as many fret. It is reverting to its Greco-Roman pre-Christian norms. In the Roman Empire, the vast majority of the wealth was held by the top two percent. Gnosticism was on the rise with a logically incoherent world view that echoed Christianity and promoted androgyny. "Science said" became all the rage even then. People gave lip service to the gods, but it was mostly for show. We are going full circle. Nowadays every... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/17/quid_est_veritas_135570.html 200135570 Erick EricksonErick Erickson2017/11 11/17/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:47:50 -0600 418215 After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping's vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries will have become hated but ancient history. America will have been pushed out of Asia and the western Pacific back beyond the second chain of islands. Taiwan will have been returned to the motherland, South Korea and the Philippines neutralized,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/17/is_america_up_for_a_second_cold_war_135569.html 200135569 Patrick BuchananPatrick Buchanan2017/11 11/17/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:46:54 -0600 420810 Intriguing tidbits from the week in election surveys and public opinion polls. That Sinking Feeling Down South: Even taking into account that the National Republican Senatorial Committee wants Roy Moore out of the December 12 special election in Alabama, the NRSC poll showing the GOP nominee trailing Democrat Doug Jones by 12 points hit with a loud thud Wednesday. Previous polls taken last week had shown Moore maintaining a small, if shrinking, lead. But with more accusers continuing to come forward and the unrelenting negative media coverage, many prominent Republicans now believe Moore is... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/17/the_takeaway_moore_problems_for_gop_in_alabama_135568.html 200135568 Tom BevanTom Bevan2017/11 11/17/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:51:36 -0600 435552 WASHINGTON -- I spent part of my convalescence from a recent illness reading some of the comprehensive timelines of the Russia investigation (which indicates, I suppose, a sickness of another sort). One, compiled by Politico, runs to nearly 12,000 words -- an almost book-length account of stupidity, cynicism, hubris and corruption at the highest levels of American politics. The cumulative effect on the reader is a kind of nausea no pill can cure. Most recently, we learned about Donald Trump Jr.'s direct communications with WikiLeaks -- which CIA Director Mike Pompeo has called a "hostile... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/17/russia_investigation_includes_spectacular_level_of_lies_135566.html 200135566 Michael GersonMichael Gerson2017/11 11/17/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:44:59 -0600 420810 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, edging President Donald Trump and the GOP toward their first big legislative triumph in a year in which they and their voters expected much more. The near party-line 227-205 vote came as Democrats on the other side of the Capitol pointed to new estimates showing the Senate version of the plan would boost future taxes on lower and middle-income Americans. Those projections, coupled with complaints by some GOP senators about their chamber’s... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/house_passes_tax_bill_in_first_step_toward_major_overhaul_135565.html 200135565 Alan Fram & Marcy GordonAlan Fram & Marcy Gordon2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:44:41 -0600 435549 Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into accusations that Sen. Al Franken groped and kissed a model and television host without consent during a USO tour in 2006. "As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter," McConnell said Thursday. "I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable -- in the workplace or anywhere else." Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, agreed. In a statement, he... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/mcconnell_wants_ethics_probe_of_franken_in_groping_case_135564.html 200135564 James ArkinJames Arkin2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:59:43 -0600 435523 WASHINGTON -- The GOP bill that should be called the Cut Taxes on President Trump and Other Very Rich People Act of 2017 always had a secondary purpose: to jack up the deficit so Republicans could later cry out in horror, "Look at that awful debt!" They'd then use the pools of red ink they created to justify deep cuts in social programs. But people who call themselves conservative are shovelling out so much money so fast to corporations and the privileged that they needed some health care cuts upfront -- at the expense of coverage for millions of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. And... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/who_will_stand_up_to_unforgivable_recklessness_135555.html 200135555 E.J. DionneE.J. Dionne2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:59:38 -0600 435435 This week, a group of wealthy individuals will send a letter to Congress opposing the Republican tax package. These men and women are patriots—they want to give back to the country that gave them so much opportunity. They are right about the problem. Our economy is undergoing a major shift. Inequality is a growing problem, and middle class stagnation breeds hopelessness, economic isolationism, and social fragmentation. We must do something. The tax increases these individuals propose, however, aren’t the solution. They aren’t the best way to give back, and they won’t... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/a_patriots_pledge_135560.html 200135560 Todd HittTodd Hitt2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:59:34 -0600 422265 Until recently, it looked like Republicans were almost certain to retain control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 mid-term elections. Many commentators noted that Nancy Pelosi's team might have a shot at winning control of the House. But the Senate was different. Only a third of the Senators stand for election each cycle and the GOP was protected by a very favorable electoral map. Only one GOP Senator (Nevada's Dean Heller) is running for re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton. The only other soft spot in the GOP lineup is Arizona, where Senator Jeff Flake's fights with President... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/democrats_have_a_clear_path_to_senate_majority_in_2018_135557.html 200135557 Scott RasmussenScott Rasmussen2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:59:28 -0600 417653 The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications and travel. Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya that were not able to translate superiority on the battlefield into lasting peace. But amid the frustrations of American foreign policy, it is forgotten that the United States also plays a critical but more silent role in ensuring the survival of small, at-risk nations. The majority of them are democratic and pro-Western. But they all share the... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/americas_indispensable_friends_135550.html 200135550 Victor Davis HansonVictor Davis Hanson2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:59:24 -0600 434756 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. and China agree that North Korea cannot just freeze its nuclear weapons program in exchange for concessions and that it must eliminate its arsenal. Trump was restating a long-standing U.S. position but suggested that China now concurred with Washington that a “freeze-for-freeze” agreement was unacceptable. China and Russia have proposed that as a way to restart long-stalled negotiations: that the North could freeze its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for the U.S. and its close ally South Korea... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/trump_china_agrees_nkorea_nuclear_weapon_freeze_not_enough_135563.html 200135563 Matthew PenningtonMatthew Pennington2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:48:35 -0600 435462 WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party’s tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders. Passage of a similar package seemed certain Thursday in the House, where a handful of dissidents conceded they expected to be steamrolled by a GOP frantic to claim its first major legislative victory of the year. Eager to act before opposition groups could sow doubts among the rank-and-file, Republican leaders were anxious to hand Donald Trump the first crowning bill of his presidency by Christmas.... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/first_republican_senator_opposes_tax_bill_in_early_sign_of_problems_135562.html 200135562 Alan Fram & Marcy GordonAlan Fram & Marcy Gordon2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:44:48 -0600 435498 Good morning, it’s Thursday, November 16, 2017. On this date 110 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation designating Oklahoma as the 46th state in the Union. As a mid-20th century Californian, my earliest familiarity with that state came in the form of its emigrants, courtesy of John Steinbeck, the sage of Salinas. “The Grapes of Wrath” was required reading for students of a certain generation, and the word “Okies,” which probably wouldn’t pass muster today, was part of our lexicon. For many Americans, however, their frame of reference... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/impeachment_call_nafta_support_oklahoma_ok.html 200135561 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:05:24 -0600 GQ magazine named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2017 "Citizen of the Year." In doing so, GQ overlooked NFL Houston Texans' J.J. Watt, who raised some $37 million for hurricane relief. Many of Kaepernick's supporters liken his protest to that of boxer Muhammad Ali, who refused to be inducted into the military. The comparison is not well-taken. For whatever reason, Kaepernick chose not to give the magazine an interview, passing up an opportunity to clearly explain the purpose of his protest. At first, Kaepernick insisted his protest was about the alleged epidemic of police... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/no_colin_kaepernick_is_no_muhammad_ali_135556.html 200135556 Larry ElderLarry Elder2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:17:32 -0600 431436 Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general's call to "evaluate certain issues" regarding the sale of a majority stake in Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation. Yes, that again. There was absolutely zero wrong with or troubling about the Uranium One transaction. Even Fox News viewers who heard Shep Smith dismiss the wild charges as nonsense know that. And that's why Democrats should resist the urge to chase... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/16/go_ahead_republicans_investigate_hillary_again_135554.html 200135554 Froma HarropFroma Harrop2017/11 11/16/2017/00/00/00 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:10:01 -0600 434891 WASHINGTON -- The supposed price tag for the Republican tax bill is $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Republicans would have you believe that the measure would sprinkle enough magical growth dust throughout the economy to wipe out that cost. Don't believe them, but also: Don't believe for a moment that the bill would cost a mere -- mere! -- $1.5 trillion. Peel away the budget tricks and it becomes clear that the real price tag would be hundreds of billions of dollars higher. Which is where "Fiddler on the Roof" comes in -- specifically "Sunrise, Sunset." What once was schmaltzy ballad is now the... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/15/how_fiddler_on_the_roof_explains_the_gop_tax_bill_135559.html 200135559 Ruth MarcusRuth Marcus2017/11 11/15/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:30:26 -0600 434998 In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House. Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages. The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district. His constituents sent him packing the following year, despite his apology and request for forgiveness. The Democrat was Gerry Studds, who represented a liberal Massachusetts district. His relationship had been with a young man. He admitted to a "very serious error in judgment," but seemed to imply that he was owed more latitude because he was gay. "It is not a... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/15/the_uses_of_disgrace_135558.html 200135558 Mona CharenMona Charen2017/11 11/15/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:17:33 -0600 418215 Six House Democrats released articles of impeachment against President Trump Wednesday morning, but party leaders in the chamber do not support that effort. The disparate messages reflect a broader disagreement within the party about whether investigations into Trump and potential impeachment of the president should be highlighted before the 2018 midterms, or whether Democrats should focus on kitchen-table economic issues as they aim to retake majorities in Congress. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said there are six sponsors for the five articles of impeachment they released Tuesday. The... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/15/house_democrats_split_on_impeachment_135552.html 200135552 James ArkinJames Arkin2017/11 11/15/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:51:57 -0600 435415COMMENTARY As the presidents of two border-state chambers of commerce, we know firsthand of the power of the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA is an indispensable component of our states’ economic prosperity. Not surprisingly, our states’ international neighbors represent our largest trading partners. And for each of us, the other NAFTA partner country is our second-largest export market. For Arizona and Michigan, and for so many states, NAFTA means jobs. Nationally, 14 million jobs are tied to trade with Mexico and Canada. In Arizona, the total is more than 200,000; in Michigan,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/15/for_border_states_michigan_and_arizona_nafta_is_essential_135551.html 200135551 Richard K. Studley & Glenn HamerRichard K. Studley & Glenn Hamer2017/11 11/15/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:36:12 -0600 435404 WASHINGTON (AP) — In asking senior federal prosecutors to examine a number of Republican grievances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to strike a balance. He appears to be attempting to placate a boss who has repeatedly suggested that Sessions’ own job might be in jeopardy for failing to investigate his Democratic rivals. At the same time, Sessions is taking a step toward defending the Justice Department’s credibility by leaving the actual work to senior officials whose findings, while unlikely to please everyone, would have more credibility. In a letter this week,... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/15/sessions_seeks_balance_in_pondering_clinton_uranium_one_special_counsel_135549.html 200135549 Eric Tucker & Sadie GurmanEric Tucker & Sadie Gurman2017/11 11/15/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:51:32 -0600 435397 Good morning, it’s Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Twenty-three years ago today, in a series of meetings in Washington and halfway around the world in Indonesia, American public officials provided a glimpse into a dystopian political future epitomized by hyper-partisan gridlock. It didn’t start out that way. The initial signal emanating from the White House was to find areas of compromise between the Clinton administration and the incoming Republican majority that had just conquered Capitol Hill in the 1994 midterm elections. At first blush, it seemed these efforts were... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/15/mandate_repeal_curbing_drug_costs_swamp_drainage_seeds_of_partisanship__135548.html 200135548 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/11 11/15/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:34:07 -0600 The verdict is in. I pronounce Democrat leaders, left-wing feminists and Beltway journalists guilty of gross negligence and hypocrisy over a dirty rotten sleazeball in their midst. For the past 11 weeks, Bob Menendez has been on trial for 18 counts of bribery, fraud and corruption involving nearly $1 million in gifts and donations. The jury remained deadlocked as of Tuesday. A new Media Research Center analysis reported that ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 40 times more of their morning and evening TV newscast coverage this past week to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's alleged sexual assault... https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/15/silence_on_sleaze-bob_menendez_135547.html 200135547 Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin2017/11 11/15/2017/00/00/00 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:27:00 -0600 433057
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