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Suddenly, Trump is forced to play defense

During the primaries, Donald Trump rarely has been forced to defend himself on the merits of criticisms and scandals. If Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) lit into him about Trump’s erratic policy views, Trump would swat Cruz away with an insult (“Lyin’ Ted”). If the media ran a story about a failed business, he’d call the offending […]

Without Obama or Trump, we can have sensible, bipartisan foreign policy

Judging from President Obama’s determination to turn his back on the Middle East and Donald Trump’s ranting about pulling back from NATO, one might get the impression that there is little hope for constructive, bipartisan foreign policy based on the fundamental principle that U.S. leadership in the world is necessary and beneficial. However, that is […]

Tricks and gimmickry in the military budget

Military Times reports: House appropriators advanced their $575.7 billion defense spending plan for fiscal 2017 just hours after the White House threatened to veto a similar budget bill and accused lawmakers of “gambling with warfighting funds.” The spending plan stays under totals set in a congressional budget agreement last fall but does so by reassigning […]

Morning Bits

An ex-felon with Mafia connections was closer to Donald Trump than previously admitted. “Trump and his lawyers have said that he was not aware of Sater’s criminal past when he first signed on to do business with Sater’s firm, Bayrock Group. Sater’s involvement in the stock fraud was kept secret for years by federal prosecutors because […]

The Rhodes ‘echo chamber’ should lead to National Security Council reform

In testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on accusations that national security aide Ben Rhodes created an “echo” chamber to deceive Congress and the American people, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...Show More Summary

Pols need to be brave on trade

With the possible exception of immigration, there is more misinformation and disinformation about trade than any other domestic issue. Even worse, the know-nothingism has become bipartisan. As demagogues have seized the opportunity to blame China or others for our economic woes, pols in both parties have capitulated, echoing arguments they know are phony. Robert Zoellick, […]

Clinton is right about Trump’s dangerous foreign policy

Priorities USA will open the general-election ad wars with two attacks on Donald Trump’s language about women. Since he is doing a fine job making himself thoroughly objectionable to an overwhelming percent of women voters, the super PAC and the Clinton campaign might focus on a target-rich environment: national security. The most effective Trump takedown […]

The ‘peace process’ did not fail — the Palestinian Authority did

In a scholarly article for the Institute of National Security Studies journal Strategic Assessment, Kobi Michael and Yoel Guzansky write: After 20 years of generous support for the PA (the highest per capita funding ever given to a state or a population), the PA failed to construct the infrastructures required to establish a functional, sustainable […]

Sasse could be the top pick, Romney the backup

Reports suggesting that the search for a third candidate has stalled, lacks money or faces insurmountable hurdles to qualifying for ballots in 50 states are inaccurate. Bill Kristol, editor of Weekly Standard and one of several Republicans driving the search, recently told Right Turn: “Our research and groundwork show an independent bid is doable. I […]

Trump keeps giving Clinton easy targets

Hillary Clinton has plenty of liabilities — her untrustworthiness, unlikability, insiderness and association with the status quo. However, at this point her vulnerabilities are generally known, and her campaign can devise defenses, some effective and some less so. Donald Trump, however, seems to specialize in creating new issues and new examples of his vulnerability each […]

Morning Bits

All is not sweetness and light between tea partyers and Trumpkins.”The tea-party movement is suspicious of a powerful president, and Mr. Trump talks about using the presidency to force a variety of changes, on immigration policy, corporate decision-making and even libel law.... Tea partiers also tend to be fierce deficit hawks, and Mr. […]

Republicans should listen to Robert Gates

Republicans who are climbing aboard the Donald Trump train with no other reason than the “R” after his name (and belief that Hillary Clinton is the devil incarnate) should listen to former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert Gates. He makes clear that in the single most important role — commander in chief — […]

Trumpkins and the Jews

Breitbart, the rightwing Web site that has served as a cheering section for Donald Trump’s campaign (even going so far as to smear its own reporter Michele Fields who accused Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of manhandling her), created a firestorm in social media this morning with this headline: “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew.” […]

Dear GOP: I’m just not that into you

Dear GOP, I think we need some time apart. Yes, yes, I know we’ve been together since the 1980s. We used to have so much in common — winning the Cold War, free enterprise and most of all a can-do attitude about America. Our closest friends – the Reagans, the Bushes and later the Romneys […]

RNC bullies do Clinton’s work for her

In their support of a bully with few, if any, redeeming features, Donald Trump’s minions in GOP officialdom are themselves becoming obnoxious bullies. Trump has that effect on people. A third-party candidate, a necessity only because the nominee (who won a plurality of the popular vote) lacks affinity for conservatism (not to mention a mature […]

Ups and downs

UP: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) refusing to get on the Donald Trump train DOWN: “John Miller” UP:  Frequency with which Trump has called opponents “liars.” DOWN: “Oh please, this ‘words matter’ stuff, I mean, this is ridiculous.” UP: Need for a new conservative party DOWN: Reince Priebus UP: Democratic majorities in the House and Senate DOWN: […]

Morning Bits

The challenge for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.): “You cannot be the national leader of the conservative movement and only have two or three colleagues endorse you. He’s got to figure out how to maintain his brand while broadening his appeal.” Don’t underestimate the difficulty of operating under executive edict as a national school board. “School leaders nationwide […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I have no idea what his policy would be in terms of dealing with ISIS. I worry a little bit about his admiration for Vladimir Putin.” 2. “In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.” 3.  “It is a little bit odd....” 4. “So this has […]

Trump’s followers are on a losing mission

“John Miller” and “John Barron” — the phony publicist names Donald Trump used in the 1980s and 1990s to brag about women and other matters — remind us just how bizarrely needy and dishonest Trump can be. He may not be a world-class businessman (refusing to turn over his tax returns suggests he may have […]

Distinguished pol of the week

Certainly many Republicans — the same who attacked GOP House and Senate leadership for not fighting for principles — have fallen in line behind Donald Trump. Well, at least no one can accuse “values voters” of controlling the GOP. Still, there are Republicans who refuse to join the parade for the most vulgar, least knowledgeable […]

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