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Trump Re-Draws Obama’s Red Line in Syria

This past week brought gruesome images of children convulsing and dying in the streets of a rebel-held province in Syria, the result of a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. But this wasn’t the first time. Almost five years ago then-President Barack Obama became concerned that the Assad regime was moving around its stockpile of chemical weapons. Obama immediately ratcheted up his dialogue to meet the threat. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line of us is we start seeing a…

Did Susan Rice Turn the Intelligence Apparatus Into a Political Weapon?

Former national security adviser Susan Rice may have inappropriately spied on President Trump and his transition team according to explosive new reports. If true, it suggests that Rice may have been more concerned with securing a Clinton victory that protecting our nation from external threats. The issue began with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes claim that he received dozens of intelligence reports suggesting that President Trump and his transition team were incidentally surveilled, and their identities improperly unmasked, by the Obama Administration.  “First, I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens…

Democrats Grow a Spine, Lose Their Minds on Gorsuch

The liberal base seems to be elated that Democrats have finally “grown a spine,” to wage an all out war against President Donald Trump. The problem appears to be that they’ve lost their brains in the process. It comes as little surprise that Democrats would quickly morph into the new “Party of No,” after all, it’s much easier than actually getting down to business and passing legislation. As, Megan McArdle writes for Bloomberg, Democrats are “discovering the sweet, toddler-like joys of just saying ‘no’ to everything.” “Help Republicans repeal Obamacare? Heck no,” she mockingly writes. “Quietly stand by while Republicans…

CBO Report Raises the Alarm About Growing Deficits

Federal deficits, once a hot topic that dominated policy conversations and election year advertisements, has receded to its traditional place as a bottom-shelf issue. For shame. But a new Congressional Budget Office report highlighting the potentially disastrous consequences of our long-term debt trajectory could be enough to shake the cobwebs off of one of the largest moral issues of our time. The issue hit its peak immediately following the recession, when more than a trillion dollars was thrown into supposedly “shovel ready” projects. And it was sustained by the collapse of several European welfare states, Greece among them, which seemed…

Chuck Schumer’s Playing a Losing Hand in Gorsuch Filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is playing a losing brand of poker in promising to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Schumer knows he has a losing hand, he knows he’s all-in on his bluff, and he knows that to come away a winner Republicans are going to have to fold. The problem is that Schumer completely misplayed his hand. Here are some successful tips for bluffing in poker, courtesy of poker website Gripsed, which Schumer would be wise to abide before he attempts to bluff his way into filibustering Gorsuch: 1. Recognize an option, not…

Democrats’ Gorsuch Filibuster Puts Them on the Wrong Side of History

When New York Sen. Chuck Schumer announced his intention to filibuster Obamacare, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, he’d long ago telegraphed that his decision on President Trump’s nominees would be based in politics, not qualifications. “If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support.” “We are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice,” he continued….

Trump Testing Democrats Commitment to Bipartisanship

Democrats have attempted to paint President Donald Trump as a hard-right conservative, an uber partisan whose forays outside of Republican orthodoxy are best explained by a lack of resolve rather than a streak of independence. In so doing, they not only sell the president short, they risk hamstringing their ability to make any progress over the next four years. There is no doubt that President Trump’s style—the result of a long-life outside of the hermetically sealed world of politicking—is different than his White House predecessors. But his willingness to work across the aisle is not at all unique. “I think…

Democrats’ Single-Payer Plans Come Into Focus

The fight over the federal government’s role in health care is far from over. Republicans’ failure to pass a repeal and replace plan did nothing to change the fact that Obamacare is failing. What it did was raise the political stakes for when the inevitable crash happens. First off, let’s put to bed any notion that Obamacare as it’s currently constituted can be fixed. Megan McCardle explains in Bloomberg View: The only possible way to shore up Obamacare’s flawed design is through a big increase in subsidies for individual plans and bigger tax penalties for those who don’t participate. Democrats…

Democrats Will Come to Regret Their Refusal to Work on Repeal and Replace

Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare is an enormous setback. Neither Speaker Paul Ryan nor President Donald Trump attempted to sugar coat their inability to collect enough votes on their endorsed plan. “You’ve all heard me say this before,” Speaker Ryan said. “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains. And well, we’re feeling those growing pains today.” Even with those growing pains, and with no support from Democrats—who made the political calculation to refuse to work with Republicans on a plan—Republicans came close to passing a bill. “We were very close, and…

Chuck Schumer’s Filibuster Folly

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed today that Democrats would filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This is foolhardy on any number of levels. By any measure Judge Gorsuch is an imminently qualified judge with a sterling track record and a deep respect from his peers. Even President Obama’s solicitor general has supported Gorsuch’s nomination, calling him an “extraordinary judge and man” who would “help restore confidence in the rule of law.” But Democrats don’t care about any of that. Instead, frustrated by the fact that Senate Republicans exercised their prerogative to not hold hearings…