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  • The Real Case of Collusion (Obama administration colluded to help elect Hillary Clinton.)

    04/20/2018 6:11:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | April 20, 2018 | Michael Barone
    As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia-collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Donald Trump’s dealings in Russia and candidate Trump’s off-putting praise of Vladimir Putin. It was fueled by breathless media coverage of such trivial events as Jeff Sessions’s conversation with the Russian ambassador at a Washington reception — and, of course, by the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel. But Mueller’s prosecutions of Trump campaign operatives were for...
  • Appeals Court Decrees That A War Memorial Must Go Because It 'Endorses Religion'

    04/18/2018 9:59:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 18, 2018 | George Leef
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” So begins the First Amendment to our Constitution. Those words have been turned into a “law” that allows courts to demand an impenetrable wall of separation between religion and government. A recent case shows how amazingly far they will go to ensure that. In 1925, a group of citizens in Bladensburg, Maryland wanted to honor 49 men from Prince George’s County who had lost their lives during the First World War. The local chapter of the American Legion and families funded a memorial usually...
  • The Collapse of Public Pension Funds Is No Longer a Distant Prospect

    04/18/2018 5:52:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    Bloomberg | April 18, 2018 | Aaaron Brown
    No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg, story here
  • Tariffs First, Farm Subsidies Later?

    04/16/2018 6:52:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 13, 2018
    The Obama Administration tried to put the coal industry out of business, and in the 2016 presidential campaign Hillary Clinton proposed subsidies to ease the financial pain government had created. The question is why President Trump would adopt this economic method with an idea to increase subsidies to farmers hurt by the Trump tariffs. Mr. Trump has been getting an earful about the damage that his tariffs-first trade policy might do to U.S. farmers if countries like China retaliate. But instead of dropping the tariffs, Mr. Trump and some of his advisers are floating the idea of increasing farm subsidies...
  • The Government Shouldn’t Value Bears Over People

    04/15/2018 8:45:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 13, 2018 | Della Trumble
    King Cove, Alaska I watched my daughter nearly die in a plane crash—because of a misguided view of how best to protect nesting swans and foraging bears. She was in a single-engine plane with four others in 2010, when it was forced to the ground by a sudden downdraft while approaching our town’s little airstrip. Imagine standing by helplessly as your child’s plane collides with the runway. Thankfully, the pilot was able to pull the nose up at the last moment, which prevented a catastrophe and saved all on board. Almost every family here has a similar tale of a...
  • Prominent Lawyer in Fight for Gay Rights Dies After Setting Himself on Fire in Prospect Park

    04/15/2018 5:55:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 14, 2018 | JEFFERY C. MAYS
    A lawyer nationally known for being a champion of gay rights died after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn early Saturday morning and leaving a note exhorting people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet, the police said. The remains of the lawyer, David S. Buckel, 60, were found near Prospect Park West in a field near baseball diamonds and the main loop used by joggers and bikers. Mr. Buckel left a note in a shopping cart not far from his body and also emailed it to several news media outlets, including...
  • Trump Asks Advisers to Study Rejoining Pacific Trade Pact Talks

    04/12/2018 11:29:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 12, 2018 | Michael C. Bender
    WASHINGTON—A little over a year after withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Donald Trump has asked his top economic advisers to study the possibility of re-entering the trade pact negotiations. Mr. Trump has deputized Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, and Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, to study the possibility of re-entering the TPP if the terms were favorable, the president told a group of lawmakers on Thursday. The president’s new openness toward the TPP, which he had said during his campaign was a deal “pushed by special interests who want to rape our...
  • U.S. Looks to Protect Domestic Car Makers From Foreign Competition

    04/06/2018 11:37:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2018 | Timothy Puko
    The Trump administration is pursuing ways to protect domestic vehicle manufacturing by forcing imported cars to meet stricter environmental rules when entering the country, according to senior administration and industry officials, a move that would make imports more expensive. The cost of meeting the stiffer import standards would, at least in part, be passed along to U.S. consumers. This style of “nontariff barrier”—a protectionist stratagem the U.S. has long condemned in other countries—is designed to reduce the relative cost of cars manufactured in the U.S., by American workers, the officials said. Mr. Trump has asked the Environmental Protection Agency and...
  • How U.S.-China Trade Spat Could Threaten Manufacturing

    04/05/2018 6:41:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 4, 2018 | NATALIE KITROEFF and BEN CASSELMAN
    In the escalating economic showdown between the United States and China, President Trump is trying to put American shoppers first. The administration did not place tariffs on necessities like shoes and clothes, and mostly spared smartphones from the 25 percent levy on Chinese goods announced this week. But by shielding consumers, Mr. Trump has put American manufacturers — a group he has championed — in the cross hairs of a potential global trade war. If the measures stand, along with China’s retaliatory tariffs, they could snuff out a manufacturing recovery just beginning to gain steam. “If you want to spare...
  • Amazon Has Lots of Company as Trump Slams ‘Stupid’ Businesses

    04/04/2018 12:09:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2018 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and CECILIA KANG
    WASHINGTON — Amazon, you’re not alone. President Trump once accused Verizon of making “a STUPID deal” for AOL. He ridiculed Coca-Cola as “garbage” — but said he would keep drinking it. He called both H&R Block and Nordstrom “terrible.” He said Sony had “really stupid leadership” and described executives at S&P Global, a financial firm, as “losers.” Before and after he became president, Mr. Trump attacked tech firms, military contractors, carmakers, cellphone companies, financial firms, drug companies, air-conditioner makers, sports leagues, Wall Street giants — and many, many media companies, which he has labeled “shameful,” “dishonest,” “true garbage,” “really dumb,”...
  • California: A ‘Sanctuary’ for Criminals

    04/04/2018 7:11:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2018 | Michelle Park Steel
    I was born in South Korea and raised in Japan. My family moved to the U.S. when I was a teenager and worked through the legal immigration process. It was difficult and time-consuming, but we achieved our version of the American Dream—like the millions who came before us. Today this system is being threatened as California moves closer to becoming a sanctuary state, with local law enforcement under order to disregard federal law and protect illegal aliens. That’s why, as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, I voted to join a federal lawsuit against Senate Bill 54,...
  • The Fuel-Economy Reality Show

    04/04/2018 7:08:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2018 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    CNN and the Reagan administration were born in the same year. Presidencies have been partly a “reality show” ever since. The Donald Trump reality show this week turns to overhauling the Obama fuel-economy mandate. Let’s recall a few things about how those rules were born. Team Obama’s target of 54.5 miles per gallon, as a congressional investigation later found, was not the product of science and engineering but the White House’s desire for an impressive sounding “headline number.” (The decimal was apparently included to show the White House had a sense of humor.) So full of loopholes, credits (including for...
  • The Fuel Economy Fraud

    04/04/2018 7:06:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2018
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took the Obama fuel economy rules off autopilot. This is good news for consumers, automakers and the U.S. economy, but the Trump Administration’s big test will be negotiating around the political potholes. Corporate average fuel economy (Cafe) standards are a vestige of the 1970s gas shortages. Like the Nixon-era price controls, the fuel standards were intended to reduce gas consumption. But the environmental left long ago hijacked the rules to impose their vision of an electric-car future. In 2012 the Obama EPA turned up the Cafe dial and mandated a fleetwide average of 54.5...
  • Intergenerational Effects of Disability Insurance Receipt

    04/03/2018 10:18:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | April 2018 | Alex Verkhivker
    In 1969, two years after the introduction of disability insurance in the Netherlands, 4 percent of the Dutch working age population was receiving benefits. By the late 1980s, that had risen to 12 percent. Prompted by rising costs, the Dutch took a series of steps to reduce benefits, stiffen eligibility requirements, and transfer responsibility to individual employers. In Intergenerational Spillovers in Disability Insurance (NBER Working Paper No. 24296), Gordon Dahl and Anne Gielen exploit the 1993 disability insurance changes to explore how a parent's loss of some or all disability insurance benefits affected their children's future choices and outcomes. They...
  • A Surprising Victory For Property Rights In Seattle

    04/03/2018 8:07:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 3, 2018 | George Leef
    Early last year, Seattle instituted a new regulation covering rental property, a “first in time” (FIT) rule. Under the law, landlords were compelled to rent an apartment to the first applicant who met their requirements. If a landlord preferred to wait for other qualified applicants and choose among them, he was in violation of the law and subject to fines. The idea behind the law was one that has swept through “progressive” circles over the last decade, namely that most Americans harbor hidden biases against people who are different, particularly those from a different racial background. Back in 1998, two...
  • Report: Trump Looking for Ways to Target Amazon

    04/03/2018 7:14:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | April 3, 2018 | MAIREAD MCARDLE
    President Trump launched a string of Twitter attacks on Inc. over the weekend and is reportedly looking for ways to target the monster e-commerce company. Amazon’s stock sank on Thursday after the president tweeted that “they pay little or or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” Trump’s beef with Amazon is exacerbated by the fact that chief executive Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post, which has provoked Trump by its negative coverage of...
  • California Commits Massive Medicaid Fraud

    04/02/2018 2:45:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 2, 2018 | David Catron
    California is indeed the Golden State where Medicaid is concerned. The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that, by exploiting Obamacare’s expansion of the program, California has enrolled hundreds of thousands of ineligible adults in Medicaid. Consequently, the state has bilked the federal government out of more than $1 billion in funding to which the state was not entitled. Indeed, these figures probably understate the amount of money that California officials have fraudulently extracted from the taxpayers. The OIG sampled a mere six-month period, from October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, to arrive at its damning assessment....
  • Separate Is Not Equal in the Marine Corps (NYT alert)

    04/01/2018 6:34:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 31, 2018 | KATE GERMANO
    ... But when I arrived at Parris Island in June 2014 to command Fourth Battalion — the only training unit for enlisted female recruits in the Marine Corps — I saw something that shocked me. Lined up behind the female formation stood a conspicuous row of chairs. I was told that if any of these women who were about to join the few and the proud felt tired or lightheaded, she was invited to sit. Men had no such luxury. At that moment, I realized new Marines were taught that the corps had lower expectations for women. One of my...
  • Breaking the Schumer Stall: If Democrats insist on 30 hours of debate, then make them stay in D.C

    03/28/2018 5:48:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2018
    One underreported story of the Trump Presidency is how Democrats have abused Senate rules to block political appointees from taking their posts. Senate Republicans have been too slow to press the issue, though they are finally working on a way around Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s obstructionism. Oklahoma Republican James Lankford is reaching out to Democrats to change a rule that allows 30 hours of Senate debate for every presidential nominee. Liberals are abusing that privilege, invoking it even for nominees with broad bipartisan support. The Senate is sitting on 78 nominees who have already been vetted and passed out of...
  • Trump’s New Judicial Litmus Test: Shrinking ‘the Administrative State’

    03/27/2018 7:14:06 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 26, 2018 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — It has been practically a given that anyone nominated for a federal judgeship by a Republican president had to pass an unspoken litmus test — usually on abortion but often on any number of divisive social issues. The Trump administration has a new litmus test: reining in what conservatives call “the administrative state.” With surprising frankness, the White House has laid out a plan to fill the courts with judges devoted to a legal doctrine that challenges the broad power federal agencies have to interpret laws and enforce regulations, often without being subject to judicial oversight. Those not...