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Historians rank Obama 12th best president in new survey

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:31
C-SPAN released a survey Friday that asked historians to rank past presidents and former-President Obama was voted the country's 12th best, right behind Woodrow Wilson and in front of James Monroe.

US Marshals guard DeVos after tense nomination process

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 00:09
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being guarded by the U.S. Marshals Service, Politico reported.

The White House Bubble

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:35
2017-02-17T00:01:00-05:00 2017-02-18T04:35:05Z Linda Chavez

We Need a Special Prosecutor

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:35
2017-02-17T00:01:00-05:00 2017-02-18T04:35:05Z Erick Erickson

Liberals Want to Repeal and Replace Obamacare too… With Free Care

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:35
I recently watched Sen. Ted Cruz debate Bernie Sanders on the Future of the Affordable Care Act. Cruz was in top form, while Sanders was congenial but still deluded that we can all have free health care paid for with other peoples money. 2017-02-16T13:27:00-05:00 2017-02-18T04:35:05Z Devon Herrick

Fed Illusions or Economic Reality

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:35
Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen has been speaking this week to the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee, with everyone hanging on her every word. 2017-02-16T13:00:00-05:00 2017-02-18T04:35:05Z Dan Celia

Trump hints at 'big order' of F/A-18 Super Hornets instead of some F-35s

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 23:29
President Trump on Friday said that the U.S. is looking into a “big order” of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornets that may have stealth capabilities.

Hayes on the Trump presidency: 'The sideshows are distracting from the agenda'

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:51
The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that President Trump’s visit to a Boeing assembly plant in North Charleston, SC was a successful stop that highlighted the president’s jobs agenda…unlike the press conference that Trump used to assail the media a day earlier.

Fox News Poll: Voters divided over trusting Trump or the media

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:00
Slightly more voters find the White House more truthful than the media, according to the latest Fox News Poll.

Tensions over Trump deepen fractures among American Jews

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:19
The early weeks of the Trump administration have widened divides between liberal and conservative Jews, setting off quarrels over anti-Semitism, Israel and the Holocaust.

Trump's 1st Month: Rapid-fire executive actions, Donald diplomacy – and controversy

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:47
President Trump claimed at his marathon press conference that his administration is running like a “fine-tuned machine” and has made “incredible progress” since the inauguration. That's a matter of debate -- but if nothing else, it's been an eventful first month.

Staffers from congressman's office play hide-and-seek with constituents

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:45
When the constituents for a Congressman in New Mexico showed up at his office to demand a town hall meeting, the door was practically slammed in their faces by his staff.

Awwwk-ward: EPA employees who called Senators to lobby against this nominee, meet your new boss!

Michelle Malkin - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:40

**Written by Doug Powers

Employees at the EPA have reportedly been working the phones in order to convince the Senate to stop the nomination of Scott Pruitt:

In an unusual show of opposition for federal employees, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers have been calling their senators to urge them to reject President Trump’s pick to lead their agency, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, has sued the EPA more than a dozen times in his current post, alarming many of the agency’s employees, who fear that, if confirmed, he will work to dismantle its progress.

EPA bureaucrats, meet the new boss, not the same as the old boss:

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Republicans desperately want to rein in after what they charge was eight years of dangerous activism under the Obama administration that hurt businesses, jobs and the economy.

Pruitt maybe just the person to do it. As Oklahoma attorney general he sued the agency many times in that pursuit and has vowed to curb the EPA’s regulatory reach once in office.

The largely party line vote was 52-46.

Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who both represent energy producing states, voted for Pruitt. Moderate Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted against him.

There’s no better way to impress the new boss than by having him find out you were working the phones to try and stop him from getting the job. Hopefully somebody’s about to be “promoted” to the Animas River cleanup crew.

If the EPA keeps the whole planet from being destroyed, as the panicked reaction from many progressives certainly indicates, how did humanity survive prior to 1970? Maybe the guardians of Richard Nixon’s legacy could explain that one.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Shark Attack

TownHall Latest columns - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:35
It is no secret that have not been Donald Trump's strongest supporter. I do not think this keeps the President up at night. 2017-02-16T12:51:00-05:00 2017-02-17T20:35:05Z Rich Galen

Dear reporters (again): This is not about you

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:35
The media is making Trump about them...again.

A New Handbook for Both Sides of the Aisle

Cato Recent Op Eds - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:10

David Boaz

Americans seem starkly split today on a wide range of issues. That’s in large measure because the federal government has grown so much in size, scope, cost, and intrusiveness that we battle fiercely over who will exercise that power. Conservatives spent eight years deploring the Obama administration’s use and abuse of executive power through executive orders, regulations, and even guidance letters from the depths of the bureaucracy. Now liberals are aghast at those awesome powers falling into the hands of the Trump administration.

That makes 2017 a perfect time for thoughtful Republicans and Democrats to come together on measures to restore constitutional balance and rein in executive power. The latest edition of the Cato Handbook for Policymakers, released this week, provides a roadmap that addresses these issues and more.

For example, many policymakers may worry about the danger that President Trump could embroil the U.S. in another war. They could start by reaffirming the constitutional requirement that Congress decides when Americans go to war. They should also debate a new authorization for military force in the Middle East—one that is not a blanket grant of power — and a new War Powers Act with real teeth.

Democrats and Republicans can surely agree that important decisions ought to be made by the people’s branch, not by any president alone.

Domestically, Congress should remind the executive branch of the very first words of the Constitution: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Congress must stop writing grand, vague laws and leaving all the rulemaking to regulatory agencies.  Congress has just rediscovered the Congressional Review Act, under which it can repeal regulations issued by agencies. Now it should consider legislation such as the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require Congress to hold an up-or-down vote on all major regulations before final issuance.

Devolving power from Washington to states and local communities can also help to ease conflicts ranging from gun rights and school locker rooms to environmental protection. While Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may have stated the problem awkwardly, it’s true that the people of Manhattan and Montana have different attitudes and experiences regarding guns. Maybe they should be able to set different rules. In 2016 the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued “guidance” to the 13,500 school districts across the United States on how they should manage access to locker rooms and bathrooms in 99,000 public schools. Instead of a rule issued by faceless bureaucrats in Washington, why not let the people of the 50 states and thousands of communities talk through that issue and come to their own evolving answers?

The issue that may have decided the 2016 election is the widespread sense that our economy is not working as well as it should. Even before the recession, Americans feared that their children might not live as well as they did. This slow growth matters most to those who are not yet well off.

Economic woes can generate misguided policy proposals, from repeated “stimulus” programs that add to the national debt to closing off trade and investment that create jobs. Before blocking imports and creating a backlash that will also block American exports, Congress should take a hard look at the ways current U.S. law may be limiting investment and job creation. As a first order of business, the new Congress should order a comprehensive audit of the regulatory, tax, and policy environments to identify redundancies, inefficiencies, and systemic problems that artificially raise the cost of doing business in the United States.

There ought to be bipartisan agreement on undoing what we might call “regressive regulation”—regulatory barriers to entry and competition that work to redistribute income and wealth upward. Such policies at the state and local level include restrictive zoning that raises the price of housing and occupational licensing laws that restrict entry into professions ranging from teeth-cleaning to cab-driving. At the federal level Congress should take a hard look at the over-extension and abuse of copyright and patent law, and at trade and immigration restrictions that raise costs for consumers and businesses.

Another area where solutions would help is in the healthcare reform debate, which has gone on for years. For 70 years, government has been assuming greater control over consumers’ health care dollars, either by giving workers’ earnings to employers or by spending that money itself. Government decides what kind of health insurance we get, where we get it, and how doctors will practice medicine—and more patients end up falling through the cracks. The Affordable Care Act didn’t do anything to take us off that path. We need to make healthcare higher quality, more affordable, and more secure by putting patients in charge of their health care dollars and decisions.

Sometimes the best thing Congress can do on an issue is nothing. But the 80 chapters and hundreds of recommendations – ranging from corporate taxation reform to surveillance restrictions to a more restrained foreign policy—in the Cato Handbook demonstrate that a determined Congress could significantly improve American governance. And Democrats and Republicans can surely agree that important decisions ought to be made by the people’s branch, not by any president alone.

David Boaz is executive vice president of the Cato Institute.

Hunt is on: Leakers pursued by Team Trump could face hard time

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:15
President Trump has vowed to hunt down whoever is leaking classified information about him and his team, and if he succeeds in unmasking the sources of illegal disclosures, they could face hard time.

Financial nosedive: Airport's businesses say Trump's Florida visits hurt

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 13:21
President Donald Trump wants small businesses to thrive, but his frequent Mar-a-Lago visits have flight schools and other companies at a nearby airport in a financial nosedive.

Lawmakers probe US funding for Soros groups, left-wing causes in Europe

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:47
George Soros' alleged meddling in European politics has caught the attention of Congress.

Pruitt narrowly confirmed to head EPA over Democratic objections

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:15
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was narrowly confirmed Friday afternoon to lead the environmental agency he built a career fighting.

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