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Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and splashed the details on its front page, alerting the world, and ISIS, to what we knew. President Trump has the authority to declassify security secrets. And in sharing that intel with the Russians, who have had airliners taken down by bombs, he was trying to restore a relationship. On fighting Islamist... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/a_special_prosecutor_for_criminal_leaks__133970.html 200133970 Patrick BuchananPatrick Buchanan2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 04:21:55 -0500 414977 Several things are amiss with the impeachment machine that's starting to shake and smoke as progressives put their hands to the crank. The first thing is the calendar date. Donald Trump has been president since Jan. 20. That makes his regime -- which does have the aura of a regime -- four months old. Roman emperors occasionally wore out that fast. Nero had three successors before things settled down for a while under Vespasian. Americans, by contrast, are more patient; they prefer waiting to see how things work out. Talk of leveraging Trump from power at this early hour looks a little... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/the_impeachment_delusion_133969.html 200133969 William MurchisonWilliam Murchison2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:13:10 -0500 392471 DETROIT -- If you are a person of a certain age, it's odd to drive down a major artery of a large metropolitan American city and strain to find a newspaper box at any of the crossroads. That's especially true in a city such as Detroit that has a storied history of competitive journalism that dug deep into holding power in check, whether it was city hall, the unions or large corporations. It's not that those papers are gone. The lack of boxes is partly because of contractual delivery systems and partly because of vandalism. But it's mostly because we consume our news differently. That... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/the_crisis_in_american_journalism_benefits_no_one_133968.html 200133968 Salena ZitoSalena Zito2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:06:48 -0500 190754 Washington can hardly keep up with the unprecedented pace at which Donald Trump’s presidency is cascading out of control. Ironically, the appointment last week of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election may slow White House hemorrhaging, taking pressure off GOP congressional leaders and their weak investigations and temporarily shoring up support for Trump on Capitol Hill. For Democrats and independents concerned about the safety and well-being of the country, however, the priority must be getting Trump out of the... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/how_democrats_can_hasten_trumps_departure.html 200133966 Paul BledsoePaul Bledsoe2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 21:37:58 -0500 414936 Back in 1951, Herman Wouk published the definitive book about the Trump administration. He set it in 1943, during the war in the Pacific, aboard a destroyer-minesweeper skippered by a paranoid man with a compulsion to blame others for his mistakes. The captain was named Philip Francis Queeg, his ship was called the USS Caine and the novel was "The Caine Mutiny." It won the Pulitzer Prize. It's a dead certainty Donald Trump never read it. But maybe he saw the movie in which Humphrey Bogart plays Queeg, a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination, or the Broadway play, "The Caine Munity... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/can_captain_trump_keep_control_of_his_ship_133961.html 200133961 Richard CohenRichard Cohen2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 14:12:02 -0500 414543Commentary Should Republicans be worried that they will lose control of the House in 2018 because they adopted legislation that repeals Obamacare? Don’t bet on it. We have seen this movie before. The last time, it was called Occupy Wall Street. A little band of dissidents camped out in a park near the New York City’s financial center to protest inequality of income and other wrongs of American society. The media celebrated it as the progressive answer to the Tea Party movement, but it soon disappeared. This time the outrage is sparked by the Republicans giving states more control over their... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/losing_the_house_is_not_a_pre-existing_condition_for_gop_133955.html 200133955 Peter Wallison & Joseph AntosPeter Wallison & Joseph Antos2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 14:03:49 -0500 414859Analysis Why Bernie Sanders? Why in 2016 (and beyond)? For the past two years, virtually everyone who’s interested in Democratic politics has asked some variation of those two questions. Sanders is atypical -- he’s consistently to the left of almost all of his Senate colleagues, his rhetoric is populist and he’s not actually a Democrat -- yet he was able to win about 43 percent of the vote in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. And since Donald Trump won the White House, the Vermont senator has remained active in progressive politics, giving his stamp of approval to candidates... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/how_hillary_clintons_party_produced_bernie_sanders_133963.html 200133963 David BylerDavid Byler2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 14:02:19 -0500 414907 Last year, during the presidential campaign, I told Bill O'Reilly, then of Fox News, that things would not end well for Donald Trump, that even if he somehow won the election, given his erratic behavior, his would be a tumultuous presidency. I didn't need a crystal ball to figure that out. He acted more like a nasty kid in middle school than a man running for president. Marco Rubio was "little Marco." Ted Cruz was "lyin' Ted." Jeb Bush was "low-energy Jeb," Hillary Clinton was "crooked Hillary," and Carly Fiorina had a face that didn't belong in the White House. Enough Americans didn't care.... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/donald_trump_is_good_for_business_--_the_trump-bashing_business_133960.html 200133960 Bernard GoldbergBernard Goldberg2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 11:36:03 -0500 399641 WASHINGTON -- It is another stomach-turning development in the vast, unfolding scandal that is the Trump administration: President Trump's denigration of former FBI Director James Comey to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office. In a New York Times story, Trump is quoted as saying, "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job." Aside from the irony of the statement itself, it is appalling that an American president should be caught boasting about obstructing justice to the representative of a power that is so expert on the topic. Such is the mindset of... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/trumps_house_of_betrayal_133959.html 200133959 Michael GersonMichael Gerson2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 11:09:39 -0500 413673 "Rising to the bait" is a fishing term. Anglers lure fish hiding in the deep by positioning bait on or near the surface. Fish that rise to the bait usually end up on someone's dinner plate. Conservative groups routinely try this technique on college liberals. Their lure is an inflammatory right-wing speaker. The catch comes in duping liberals to act badly as censors of free speech or, even better, violently. The protesters provide free entertainment on Fox News Channel. And the broader public sees them as spoiled college kids. It's painful to watch. Why else would Berkeley College Republicans... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/23/campus_liberals_are_too_easy_to_bait_133958.html 200133958 Froma HarropFroma Harrop2017/05 05/23/2017/00/00/00 Tue, 23 May 2017 10:46:55 -0500 413801 WASHINGTON -- Almost everyone has a simple cure for America's stubborn budget deficits: faster economic growth. The Trump administration is particularly keen on this. It argues that its proposed tax reductions and regulatory cuts will accelerate economic growth and shrink the deficits. No doubt faster growth would help. But a more realistic appraisal is that, even with accelerated growth, huge gaps would remain between government spending and taxes. As the White House presents its first full budget (segments were released earlier), this is worth emphasizing. It suggests that only unpopular... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/22/why_the_budget_doesnt_balance_133964.html 200133964 Robert SamuelsonRobert Samuelson2017/05 05/22/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 22 May 2017 14:10:18 -0500 386811 Good morning, it’s Monday, May 22, 2017. Fourteen years ago today, John S. Carroll, the editor of the Los Angeles Times, sent a memo to the section editors of his newspaper. The son of a venerated journalist Wallace Carroll, John had covered the Vietnam War for the Baltimore Sun and the White House for the New York Times before becoming an editor. At a succession of newspapers -- the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Baltimore Sun and, finally, in Los Angeles -- he became the most respected and acclaimed editor of his generation. Carroll was a reporter’s editor, too.... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/22/comey_mueller_and_anthrax_gubernatorial_map_trump__nafta_john_carrolls_memo_133957.html 200133957 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/05 05/22/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 22 May 2017 08:18:04 -0500 JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Donald Trump opened his first visit to Israel Monday, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a "common cause" with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran. Arriving directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among U.S. allies in the Middle East. His second stop on the nine-day tour aimed to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Trump, who had previously suggested that it would be easier than anticipated to solve the conflict that has... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/22/next_stop_for_trump_is_israel_in_pursuit_of_ultimate_deal_133954.html 200133954 Jonathan Lemire & Julie PaceJonathan Lemire & Julie Pace2017/05 05/22/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 22 May 2017 08:16:28 -0500 414873 LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein announced Monday she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying Michigan is ready for another outsider with business experience after its voters favored Donald Trump in the presidential election. Epstein's family owns Vesco Oil Corp., a large distributor of automotive and industrial lubricants based in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. A relative political newcomer who has not held elective office, she was a co-chair of Trump's Michigan campaign last year and said she will "take the fight directly to" Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/22/republican_businesswoman_lena_epstein_to_run_for_senate_in_michigan_133956.html 200133956 David EggertDavid Eggert2017/05 05/22/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 22 May 2017 07:53:08 -0500 WASHINGTON -- If anyone ever needed a conversion experience -- and fast -- it is President Trump. The issue here is not switching religions. What he could use is an honest examination of his conscience, his attitude toward himself and others, and his approach to what it means to be a leader. Even to suggest such a possibility seems absurd, more an inspiration for a "Saturday Night Live" sketch than a serious prospect. Moving an incorrigible narcissist toward self-criticism is as likely as changing the course of a river or the trajectory of the Earth's rotation around the Sun. But some people... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/22/can_the_pope_save_trump_133945.html 200133945 E.J. DionneE.J. Dionne2017/05 05/22/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 22 May 2017 09:32:13 -0500 391992Analysis Over the past few weeks, we’ve established that the 2018 Senate map is worrisome for Democrats, but what about the gubernatorial map? An enormous number of the country’s laws are made at the state level and, perhaps more significantly, many of the governors elected in 2018 will have a say in the next round of congressional redistricting. That gives Democrats, who have a low level of power in the states and sometimes assert that gerrymandering is at the heart of their minority status in the House, a big incentive to invest in these races. And right now, many on the left seem... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/22/sizing_up_the_2018_gubernatorial_map__133944.html 200133944 David BylerDavid Byler2017/05 05/22/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 22 May 2017 14:04:47 -0500 414623 WASHINGTON -- The United States may have escaped most digital damage from the global "ransomware" virus, though cyber experts fear more attacks. One possible explanation is that the malicious software ("malware") harms older versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, which most Americans have replaced. Perhaps many users in other countries haven't. Whatever the explanation, this is not the end of internet threats. The unmistakable lesson of recent years is that the internet is a double-edged sword. Despite enormous benefits -- instant access to huge quantities of information, the... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/22/americas_internet_delusion_133943.html 200133943 Robert SamuelsonRobert Samuelson2017/05 05/22/2017/00/00/00 Mon, 22 May 2017 08:43:18 -0500 351133 In the wake of Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department named Robert S. Mueller III as a special prosecutor to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. It was a decision greeted with a chorus of supportive croaking from inside official Washington, aka The Swamp. “If anyone can stay on course and not be deterred by the whims of politics, it’s Bob Mueller,” said former Missouri senator and U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft. “A great choice,” added John McCain. “Somebody we all trust,”... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/21/when_comey_and_mueller_bungled_the_anthrax_case_133953.html 200133953 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/05 05/21/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 21 May 2017 08:03:07 -0500 414728 WASHINGTON -- So much for the notion that the second 100 days would be calmer or more reassuring. As April drew to a close, and with it the artificial marker of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, it was possible to conjure a relatively comforting scenario: It could have been worse. After all, President Trump launched his administration with the dangerous duo of Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Steve Bannon ascendant. The 100-day period ended with Flynn fired, Bannon diminished, and the new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, joining forces with Defense Secretary... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/21/an_unsustainable_presidency_133946.html 200133946 Ruth MarcusRuth Marcus2017/05 05/21/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 21 May 2017 05:37:01 -0500 414543 WASHINGTON -- In the long list of things that few would have anticipated last year, consider this scenario: President Donald Trump starting his first foreign trip in Saudi Arabia, where he expects a strong welcome from Muslim leaders. Critics at least would not be surprised at the circumstances, Trump skipping town leaving a trail of bad headlines in his wake. As a candidate in 2016, Trump accused the Saudis of blowing up the World Trade Center and vowed to make them pay their fair share of U.S. military costs to stabilize the region. Trump's campaign also promised "a shutdown of Muslims... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/21/trumps_road_to_riyadh_133949.html 200133949 Debra SaundersDebra Saunders2017/05 05/21/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 21 May 2017 05:38:45 -0500 412813 To everything there is a season, the Bible and Pete Seeger told us. The season to impeach Donald Trump may come, or it may not. Trying to do it now would be like harvesting sweet corn before it's ripe, yielding something stunted and indigestible. Plenty of critics don't want to wait. "We're fiddling while Rome is burning," insists Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, agrees. "The mantra should be ITN -- impeach Trump now," he says. The liberal activist group MoveOn.org insists that the president "must be impeached immediately." J.B. Pritzker, a Democratic candidate for... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/21/dont_rush_to_impeachment_133947.html 200133947 Steve ChapmanSteve Chapman2017/05 05/21/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 21 May 2017 16:11:06 -0500 403915 Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics has become one of the nation's top political analysts. Sean and his colleague David Byler have just released a new tool for analyzing the 2018 U.S. Senate elections. Drawing upon recent history, they have identified a few key factors that will determine control of the Senate -- the president's job approval rating, which incumbents are running for re-election, and whether either party has nominated an especially problematic candidate. They let you make your own assumptions, push a button, and a computer program runs 10,000 data-driven simulations to determine... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/21/new_tool_highlights_dems_challenges_in_fight_for_senate_control_133919.html 200133919 Scott RasmussenScott Rasmussen2017/05 05/21/2017/00/00/00 Sun, 21 May 2017 07:58:21 -0500 412691 If the smart money folks on Wall Street think a special counsel to oversee the Russian probes spells defeat for business tax cuts, they're leaning well over their skis. The Dow Jones industrial average sold off over 300 points on Wednesday, but it may have come back to its senses with a 140-point gain on Friday. And while there's never 100 percent probability in forecasting political risk, it seems the likelihood of health care reform by the summer and tax reform by year's end (or early 2018) is quite high. Paradoxically, special counsel Robert Mueller will provide cover for President Trump,... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/20/dont_bet_against_tax_and_health_care_reform_in_2017_133948.html 200133948 Lawrence KudlowLawrence Kudlow2017/05 05/20/2017/00/00/00 Sat, 20 May 2017 05:36:13 -0500 395856 Throughout Donald Trump's short but eventful presidency, Democrats have been imploring Republicans to show loyalty for country over party. If you believe our bumbling president's hiring of the likes of Paul Manafort or Mike Flynn -- who was apparently under investigation when he joined the administration -- reflects abysmal judgment, I'm with you. If you believe those decisions could turn out to be scandals, it's difficult for me to disagree. If you believe Trump's admiration for authoritarians in Russia undermines our standing in the world, I'm there as well. Then again, recklessly throwing... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/19/putting_country_above_party_works_both_ways_133937.html 200133937 David HarsanyiDavid Harsanyi2017/05 05/19/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 19 May 2017 12:15:39 -0500 411239 Good morning, it’s Friday, May 19, 2017. Tomorrow, the aging dowager known as Pimlico Race Course will gussie herself up for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. This year’s odds-on favorite is Always Dreaming, the winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Wiseguy horseplayers will be looking for value elsewhere. As the old saying goes: “Ain’t a man alive, “Who paid the mortgage at eight to five.” I got hooked on horse racing myself 44 years ago today, the date of the 1973 Preakness. The U.S.... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/19/judiciary_panel_trump-clinton_nexus_commencement_podcast_super_secretariat_133942.html 200133942 Carl M. CannonCarl M. Cannon2017/05 05/19/2017/00/00/00 Fri, 19 May 2017 07:59:36 -0500
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