Trump’s National Security Strategy: The Path to Principled Realism

Every administration is required to submit an outline of its national security strategy. The requirement is baked into the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, and the subsequent periodic strategy blueprints have been almost as mundane as the initial bill that required them. Traditionally, they have been boilerplate-filled exercises in box checking. Administrations…
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Media Isn’t “Facts First” They’re Anti-Trump First

CNN recently debuted a new advertising campaign called “Facts First.” The debut video shows an apple on a white background accompanied by captions arguing that many would try to mislead people into thinking it is a banana when it is, in fact, an apple. “This is an apple,” the captions read. “Some people might try…
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The Debate Over Tax Reform’s “Winners and Losers” Masks Its Real Value

Sometimes it’s not about picking your battles, it’s about picking your battlefields. Democrats exercised this principle to perfection in the debate over tax reform. What should have been a debate on the Republican-friendly territory of economic growth instead got turned by Democrats and complicit media into a zero-sum discussion about winners and losers. “Winners and…
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Russians Sought to Use Our Political Polarization Against Us

In his farewell address George Washington expressed his hopes for the new nation, one of which was the wish that factions would not rip apart what so much blood and treasure was spent to establish. “That party disputes among all the friends and lovers of their country may subside, or, as the wisdom of Providence…
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A Tax Reform Plan Purpose-Built for Economic Growth

House Republicans have unveiled their long-anticipated tax reform and reduction bill, and it was worth the wait. The bill is stuffed with commonsense changes designed to lower income tax rates by sweeping out economy-distorting deductions, credits and loopholes that has slowly eroded the tax code over the last decades. Overall, the 429-page bill, dubbed the…
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Asymmetric Polarization? No. Try, Democrat Extremism

There is a comforting story that liberals like to tell themselves in order to reinforce their own perceptions of moral superiority. They pretend as if they are a force of reason and sensibility in otherwise insane political times, the anchor that is barely keeping Washington grounded to the concerns of average Americans. And worse, they…
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President Bush Calls for Rebuilding America’s Democratic Institutions

Former President George W. Bush delivered an impassioned speech in which he warned of the threats to democracy and civility. It was a powerful message from someone who has lived through the trials and travails of sitting behind the Resolute desk, but also experienced, from his unique perspective, the erosion of the moral, civil and…
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Democrats’ Making All the Same Mistakes in Virginia Governor’s Race

Although most of the attention was focused on Donald Trump’s stunning Election Night victory, the real story of Republican resurgence has happened at the state level. In November, Democrats lost control of state legislatures in Iowa, Minnesota and Kentucky. The state senate in deep-blue Connecticut was split down the middle. And Republicans ousted Democrat governors…
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Republicans Making Steady Gains in Places You’d Least Expect

“The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.” That keen insight from a little-known Pittsburgh-based reporter named Salena Zito became the defining observation of the 2016 election cycle. While the rest of the media, mostly located in enormous urban jungles like Washington and New York, uniformly downplayed…
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GOP’s Tax Framework An Across-the-Board Win for America

President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have released their plan for the most sweeping tax reform in decades. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” President Trump said in a speech after the tax reform framework was released. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’re going to cut taxes for the middle class, make…
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