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A Clash of Police Policies

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:35
Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee's Chief of Police Edward Flynn. 2016-08-23T00:01:00-04:00 2016-08-24T03:35:04Z Thomas Sowell

What the Patti Hearst Pardon Is Not

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:35
Patricia Hearst is the first person in American history to receive a commutation from one president and a pardon from another, author Jeffrey Toobin writes in his book, "American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst." 2016-08-23T00:01:00-04:00 2016-08-24T03:35:04Z Debra J. Saunders

Sympathy for Victims Can Be Misdirected -- and Backfire

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:35
Victims aren't always virtuous. That's a sad lesson that people learn from life. Human beings have a benign instinct to help those who are hurt through no cause of their own. But those they help don't always turn out to be very grateful. 2016-08-23T00:01:00-04:00 2016-08-24T03:35:04Z Michael Barone

De Pasquale’s Dozen with DC and Marvel Writer Chuck Dixon

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:35
Last week a group of Marvel and DC collaborators and artists accomplished a pretty powerful feat. 2016-08-23T00:01:00-04:00 2016-08-24T03:35:04Z Lisa De Pasquale

The Republican Turncoats

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:35
I asked a successful businessman the other day what he thought about Donald Trump. He turned his thumb down. Wow. 2016-08-23T00:01:00-04:00 2016-08-24T03:35:04Z Stephen Moore

To ID or not to ID?

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:35
Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different. 2016-08-23T00:01:00-04:00 2016-08-24T03:35:04Z Cal Thomas

Who, Whom?

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:35
A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday disallowed the Obama administration's attempt to change the nation's mind on the latest liberal social cause: sex-alteration. 2016-08-23T00:01:00-04:00 2016-08-24T03:35:04Z Bill Murchison

Of course: Louisiana floods give Bill Nye opportunity to extend predictability streak

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 21:18

**Written by Doug Powers

This guy’s determined to be the loudest hee-hawing jackass in Al Gore’s AGW jackass sales force, and he’s definitely way in the lead:

As Louisiana tries to dry out and start rebuilding after last week’s catastrophic flooding, Bill Nye has an ominous message: It’s going to happen again.

“This is a result of climate change,” Nye told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” Tuesday. “It’s only going to get worse.”

The unprecedented floods damaged more than 60,000 homes and killed 13 people. But because the flooding was caused by smaller individual storms, it didn’t attract the attention and response that larger storms — such as hurricanes Sandy, Katrina or Rita — garnered.

Nye said due to the effects of climate change, the region will be hit again by these smaller storms and suffer more catastrophic floods.
“As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands,” he explained. “And then as the sea surface is warmer, more water evaporates. And so it’s very reasonable that these storms are connected to these big effects.”

The next time there’s a drought Nye will blame the same thing, and then later blame those inconsistencies on climate change. If anybody notices, Nye might then wonder if things would be better if doubters were in jail.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Trump says he's open to 'softening' immigration laws in 'Hannity' town hall

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:00
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday he is open to “softening” laws dealing with illegal immigrants in a “Hannity” town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Rosen: Evidence in Hillary's email scandal

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 18:54
Fox News' Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen discussed Hillary Clinton’s email scandal Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” saying the FBI “made very clear that their investigation was limited to the handling of the classified information and not even the content of the emails," and in regards to the Clinton Foundation, “the FBI demurred on that point.”

Soldier used unauthorized pic of Clinton for seminar on handling classified info

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:25
An Army soldier used a slide of Hillary Clinton in a power point presentation on handling classified information and under a heading about American “insiders” who pose a “threat” to national security.

Multiple donors to Clinton Foundation met with her while at State Department

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 16:45
More than half of the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was serving as secretary of state gave money to the Clinton Foundation, either personally or through or companies or groups, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to the Associated Press.

Rice reportedly has no recollection of Powell advising Clinton to use private email server

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 16:13
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has no recollection of Gen. Colin Powell, another former secretary of state, purportedly advising Hillary Clinton at a 2009 dinner party to use a personal email account, according to a Rice staffer at Stanford University.

The Cold War's Lesson for Immigration Policy

Cato Recent Op Eds - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 15:54

David Bier

Last week, Donald Trump made headlines when he detailed his latest immigration proposal: an “ideological test” for immigrants. But while he was right to look to the Cold War for insights on today’s ideological struggle, his focus on the exclusion of communists misses the point. Instead, he would have done better to focus on a more effective pillar of the Cold War: accepting vast numbers of refugees from areas controlled by our enemies.

Communists were first added to the list of “subversives” who are ineligible to enter the United States in 1952. The idea was to prevent the entry of communist spies and head off any potential revolution here. But it was essentially a dud. In the 40 years of the Cold War that followed, an average of just 32 people each year — mostly socialist intellectuals — received the subversive label and were barred. Almost all were in the early 1950s. From 1961 to 1991, just seven subversives were denied entry annually.

Meanwhile, the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s annual reports provide nearly 300 examples of “subversives” who were identified after they entered — Cedric Belfrage, editor of a communist publication called the National Guardian in 1956; Otto Verber, a Soviet espionage agent, in 1960; and Chen Kung Cheng, a suspected intelligence agent for China, in1964, to name just a few.

If the Cold War’s “ideological test” wasn’t terribly effective, why didn’t US anti-communists propose a temporary ban on all immigration from communist-controlled areas (like Trump has done with Muslim countries)? Instead, they accepted 2.6 million refugees, mostly from communist countries.

The broad reason was that the United States saw the benefit of accepting the enemies of our enemies, even if there was a small risk communists could exploit their generosity.

But while he was right to look to the Cold War for insights on today’s ideological struggle, his focus on the exclusion of communists misses the point.

This benefit resulted in part in spreading our ideological message. President Ronald Reagan liked a story about an American sailor on a carrier in the South China Sea who encountered a little boat crammed with refugees. When the refugees saw him on the deck, they shouted, “Hello freedom man!” The President never felt the need to explain that the sailors rescued them. That’s just what Americans do, and that’s why, to those refugees, America meant freedom.

This process is already underway among the Syrian refugees in the United States. Radwan, a Syrian refugee in Ohio, sounded a lot like Reagan’s refugee, explaining: “I came here, to the freedom country.” “I didn’t know anything about Memphis,” Mahmoud Al Hazaz, who escaped Syria to the city, said earlier this year. “The people have been excellent. Their treatment of us has been very good. I’m not just saying this for your sake. When I talk to my family they ask, ‘How is the treatment of Americans,’ and I say ‘it’s wonderful.’”

The flip side of spreading our message in the Cold War was combating theirs. President Reagan always kept the Soviet Union’s refugee quota high to demonstrate that the United States was open to those capable of escaping. When he was negotiating with the Soviet Union over nuclear arms, he held up the entire deal to secure emigration rights for refugees. Refugees embarrassed the Soviet Union, demonstrating the superiority of the US system.

Syrian refugees are doing America’s work on this front as well. “I want to keep painting the image to all of my family and friends about the goodness of the American people,” Marwan Batman told the Indy Star. “I wish other refugees would be able to come and experience the same things we have experienced … to find the same happiness we have found here.”

But refugees turned out to be more than mere tools of propaganda. They were also intelligence assets. “Sometimes we were asking them for the names and numbers of friends and colleagues, family members,” wrote Burton Gerber, a former senior American intelligence officer, of the Cold War strategy. “Then we would use the refugee to … [get] a secure message across to the target to come over here and be interviewed and then possibly recruited.”

Many defectors, including KGB agents, soldiers, generals and scientists, joined the American side of the Cold War and directly provided material aid to us. The same is happening in Syria. As former CIA intelligence officer and current Cato Institute analyst Patrick Eddington explained last year, Syrian refugees are “the single best source of information on life inside ISIS-controlled territory.”

The strategy is probably unnerving the Islamic State’s propagandists, who have taken to regularly denouncing refugees as “apostates” and “traitors” to their caliphate in their publications.

Donald Trump is right that we should look to the Cold War for lessons on immigration. But he inflates the importance of excluding communist sympathizers. Far more important to America’s strategy was our emphasis on accepting those who turned against the “Evil Empire.” That is what we have the most to learn from.

Campaign's rising rent at Trump Tower came as space expanded

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 14:21
Donald Trump's campaign is taking up more space inside Trump Tower in New York -- and paying a lot more in rent.

Where's Hillary? Clinton off campaign trail as Trump seeks comeback

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 14:16
Hillary Clinton is riding a summer wave in the polls – yet the Democratic nominee has left the campaign trail in recent days to fundraise in America’s wealthiest enclaves, potentially giving rival Donald Trump the opening he needs as he works to regain his political footing.

Obama compelled to another August display of compassion

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 13:28
The flooding in La. marks another time Obama is forced to show is compassionate side.

Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:53
A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a judge's order to restore a week of early voting in swing-state Ohio.

Army confirms: Training slide lists Hillary Clinton as insider threat

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:59
An Army training presentation lists the woman who could be the next commander in chief as an insider threat, underneath the sailor who carried out the Navy Yard shooting.

Obama visits flood-damaged Louisiana after criticism he should have come sooner

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:34
President Obama, visiting southern Louisiana 10 days after record floods ravaged the region, said Tuesday the nation was “heartbroken” at the devastation and vowed the country would help rebuild -- while brushing off criticism for not cutting short his Martha's Vineyard vacation to visit earlier.

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