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This Is What Real Change Was Always Going To Look Like

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
2017-01-20T00:01:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z Mark Davis

The Science of Intellectual Tribalism

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
2017-01-20T00:01:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z Jonah Goldberg

Incapable of Shame?

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
Two dates that will live in infamyand what about this month? 2017-01-20T00:01:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z Marvin Olasky

Obama's Inexcusable Commutation

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
I highly doubt that President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence out of compassion -- and suspect it was just one more slap in America's face on his way out the door. 2017-01-20T00:01:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z David Limbaugh

Snoozing at Teachers Who Abuse Children

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
2017-01-20T00:01:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z Brent Bozell

The Better Angels Under Siege

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
One circus closes, another comes to town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth," has struck the big top for good and sent its elephants to an assisted-living home for pachyderms. But the elephant lives on T-shirts, hats, caps and banners decorating the nation's capital this week. 2017-01-20T00:01:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z Suzanne Fields

Even Heroes Should Be Held Accountable

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
Given enough time, even icons can become tedious. And, sadly, Congressman John Lewis has. 2017-01-19T16:10:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z Bernard Goldberg

The Anti-Business Businessman

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:35
We've been instructed not to take our new president literally but instead seriously (in the felicitous phrasing of Salena Zito). As I write, there are hints that the inaugural address will focus on the theme of "America First." President-elect Trump may or may not be familiar with the historical taint of that phrase, but in any case the meaning he attaches to it has been clear enough. 2017-01-19T16:00:00-05:00 2017-01-21T04:35:06Z Mona Charen

Chris Matthews’ leg thrill withdrawal symptoms have him seeing visions of Hitler after Trump’s ‘America first’ speech

Michelle Malkin - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 23:11

**Written by Doug Powers

Now that his “tingle” is gone for good, delirium tremens sparked by rapid withdrawal of Hope & Change elixir caused MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to have visions of Hitler during Trump’s inaugural address and to wonder what other world leaders must think:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: And that would be — but I’m thinking, when [President Trump] said today, America first, it was not just the racial, I mean I shouldn’t say racial, the Hitlerian background to it, but it was the message I kept thinking. What does [U.K. Prime Minister] Theresa May think of this when she picks up the papers? What did he just say? He said America first. What happened to special relationship?

Matthews earned his doctorate degree in Godwin’s Law long ago.

“What must Teresa May be thinking?” Well, considering Trump put the Churchill bust back in the Oval Office and May is now working to implement Brexit (which Obama lectured the UK about avoiding), I’ll let MSNBC’s elder statesman dingbat figure that one out on his own over time — not that he ever will.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Text of President Trump's ObamaCare executive order

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 20:43
Below is the full text of President Donald Trump's executive order directing federal agencies to "ease the burden" of ObamaCare: MINIMIZING THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENDING REPEAL By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.

Gen. James Mattis, Gen. John Kelly confirmed for Trump Cabinet spots

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 19:16
As President Trump’s limousine drove the Washington, D.C. parade route on Friday, the Senate was busy at work stocking Trump’s Cabinet – though not fully.

In first executive order, Trump tells agencies to ease ObamaCare burden

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:45
In his first hours as president Friday, Donald Trump ordered federal agencies to "ease the burden" of ObamaCare while his chief of staff directed an immediate regulatory freeze.

Trump pursues 'new vision' on first day as president

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:40
Vowing to “get the job done,” President Trump took office Friday outlining a drastically different agenda than that of his predecessor and installing key members of his national security team – as he began the work of turning his bold, and often brash, campaign promises into action.

Trump supporters from across country cheer 'outsider' taking charge

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:32
For thousands of spectators who came to Washington from across the country, Friday was the culmination of a hard-fought battle against the political establishment.

Jason Chaffetz: 'The investigation continues'

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:56
The election is over. Hillary Clinton’s email investigation apparently is not.

Trump's Protectionism Isolates US on Global Stage, Emboldens China

Cato Recent Op Eds - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:28

Christine Guluzian

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday may have sent the strongest signal yet that China is more willing than the United States to champion free trade and globalization, thanks to President Donald Trump’s protectionist and anti-trade leanings.  

At the commencement of the WEF’s annual summit, Xi — the first Chinese head of state to participate in Davos — spoke of the importance of globalization for global economic growth, whereas President Trump’s representative at Davos, Anthony Scaramucci, spoke of America’s centrality as indispensable for globalization.

Specifically, China’s president outlined a push for greater international cooperation in the name of economic globalization, telling his Davos audience: “We should pursue a well-coordinated and interconnected approach to develop a model of open and win-win cooperation.”

In contrast, Scaramucci insisted, “The path to globalism for the world is through the American worker and the American middle class.”

Scaramucci’s words indicated a strict adherence to Trump’s “America First” policy.

However, the folly of Scaramucci’s perspective is evident if we look back to the recent gathering of heads of state at the APEC summit in Peru.

In a very telling indication, world leaders plainly stated their eagerness to go ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, even without the participation of the United States, or to strongly consider joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade bloc instead.

This willingness to carry on with global trade deals, regardless of the involvement, or lack thereof, of the United States, contradicts Scaramucci’s assertion that all paths to globalization are paved through the United States.

Countries will go ahead with trade deals in any case, eager to connect with opportunities abroad. Trade protectionism would only isolate the United States. 

After all, trade is not only about commerce; it is an invaluable tool of international diplomacy. The political repercussions from a potential trade war are inseparable from the economic effects of one.

Yet, Trump has already gotten off on the wrong foot, even before assuming office. He claims he wants to “re-negotiate” more symmetric trade terms with China.

All Trump has accomplished, however, with provocative tweets and bellicose statements on matters of core concern to China — such as the “One China” policy — is to rile up a party less willing to favorably negotiate with Trump’s team when the time comes.

Trade agreements are, as a matter of fact, a two-way street. For his part, President Xi seemed to chart a new course for China’s economy within his Davos speech.

He stated his intention to “expand market access for foreign investors, build high-standard pilot free trade zones, strengthen protection of property rights, and level the playing field to make China’s market more transparent and better regulated.”

If Beijing indeed incorporates such free market-leaning rhetoric into its economic reform agenda and meets it with action, it would bode well for China’s long-term relations with other countries, including the United States.

In fact, President Xi’s Harvard-educated top economic advisor, Liu He, is a strong advocate for economic liberalization.

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Eswar Prasad describes him as “committed to reform”, and he is widely expected to become the Director of the National Development and Reform Commission, an influential position boosted by its proximity to President Xi.

Unfortunately, the incoming administration seems undeterred about the possibility of a trade war with China in the name of economic nationalism. Such a scenario would only make China’s task of undertaking necessary economic reforms more challenging, if not unlikely.

In essence, maintaining Trump’s current trajectory of adversarial relations toward China would only undermine the very issues his administration seems to want addressed.  

Xi’s remark during his Davos keynote speech that “there would be no winners in a trade war” serves as a timely reminder as Trump takes office today. Diplomacy and cooperation would serve both countries’ long-term interests better than a trade war would.

Christine Guluzian is a post-doctoral visiting research fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute.

Texas court hearing case to limit gay marriage legalization

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:42
The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a Houston case that top conservatives hope will provide an opening to challenge the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

D.C. officials gear up for weekend of protests as Friday rallies turn violent

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:26
While the protests on Inauguration Day turned violent – police in riot gear were called out to disperse angry crowds that were smashing the window of downtown businesses – the number of people on the streets protesting the Trump administration on Friday is far smaller than what is expected on Saturday.

Trump administration takes aim at climate regs, sets agenda on WhiteHouse.gov

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:47
While new President Donald Trump was laying out a short version of his agenda in an inaugural speech, his communications team was busy rewriting the White House website with a slew of new objectives including scrapping environmental regulations it claims kill jobs.

Trump signs bill allowing Mattis to lead Pentagon

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:29
President Trump, in his first significant official act as president, signed legislation Friday allowing retired Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon as defense secretary.

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