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  • Conservative icon David Koch leaving business, politics

    06/05/2018 7:41:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 05, 2018 | Steve Peoples
    Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers’ network of business and political activities. The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning. Charles Koch wrote that he is “deeply saddened” by his brother’s retirement. “David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way,” he wrote. […] Democrats have demonized the Koch brothers for their outsized influence in conservative politics over the last decade. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regularly attacked Republicans...
  • U.S. Has Leverage in Dealings with Iran and North Korea

    05/25/2018 10:09:20 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | May 24, 2018 | Vicdtor Hanson Davis
    There has been a lot of misinformation about both getting out of the so-called Iran deal and getting into a new North Korean agreement. The two situations may be connected, but not in the way we are usually told. Getting out of the Iran deal did not destroy trust in the U.S. government. Our departure from the deal does not mean that North Korea cannot reliably negotiate with America. [snip] Obama got the deal approved by the Iranians in part by paying them ransom for hostages through huge nighttime cash transfers.
  • Trump and Pompeo's plan for Iran: It's risky, but it has a chance of succeeding

    05/21/2018 7:52:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 21, 2018 | 10:31 AM | Mark Dubowitz and Richard Goldberg
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Monday outlining President Trump's new strategy to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran: Intensify the Iranian regime's ongoing liquidity and political crisis to induce fundamental changes in behavior across a range of malign activities. In short, maximum diplomacy backed by maximum pressure. Pompeo's speech today was a reply to the critics of the administration's Iran policy who have argued that Trump had no "Plan B" for the day after his May 8 decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. That deal gave the Islamic Republic patient pathways to...
  • John McCain: Obama thanked me for my vote killing Obamacare repeal

    05/10/2018 8:06:19 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 10, 2018 | Caitlin Yilek
    Republican Sen. John McCain says former President Obama called to thank him after his dramatic vote against his party’s Obamacare repeal bill last year. In a copy of his forthcoming book, “The Restless Wave,” obtained by the Daily Beast, McCain said he appreciated the call from Obama. The two ran against each other in the 2008 presidential election. “Among the people who called to thank me was President Obama,” McCain writes. “I appreciated the call, but, as I said, my purpose hadn’t been to preserve his signature accomplishment but to insist on a better alternative, and to give the Senate...
  • The Day the Iran Deal Died

    05/08/2018 10:48:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2018 | Ben Shapiro
    Team Obama lives in a world of fiction. As President Trump announced to the world that he would finally put a stake through the heart of the Iran deal -- the signal foreign policy "achievement" of the Obama administration -- Obama's former staffers lamented, rending their sackcloth and smearing their ashes. "I will never forget the dark cloud that hung over the White House in the years Iran was advancing nuclear program & Obama was briefed on all the risks of using military force," former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted. "Trump has demolished America's credibility & paved the...
  • Trump 'Committed' to Iran Regime Change, Giuliani Says Days Before Nuclear Deadline

    05/06/2018 11:02:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 06, 2018 | Amir Tibon
    Trump 'Committed' to Iran Regime Change, Giuliani Says Days Before Nuclear Deadline President's lawyer and confidant calls regime change 'only way to achieve Mideast peace and 'more important than an Israeli-Palestinian deal' ■ Rohani warns of 'historic' mistake Amir Tibon (Washington) May 06, 2018 8:31 AM WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump is "committed" to regime change in Iran, Trump's lawyer and confidant Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday. The unusual statement comes just days before Trump will have to make a dramatic decision on the fate of the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. Giuliani, the former New York City...
  • Haley 'taking names': Report reveals which nations have America's back at UN – and which ones don't

    05/02/2018 12:18:13 PM PDT · by caww · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/1/2018 | Ben Evansky
    The report found that U.N. member states only voted with the United States 31 percent of the time last year on resolutions at the U.N. General Assembly – down 10 percent from the prior year. Reacting to the new report, Haley said in a statement that it was not an “acceptable return” on the United States’ investment and suggested this could factor into aid decisions. Haley emphasized that U.S. taxpayers pay for 22 percent of the U.N. budget – more, she said, than the next three highest donor nations combined. Haley noted that the U.S. cares more about “being right...
  • Pompeo Gives 'Thumbs Up' for Israel to Counter Russian-Backed Iranian Drive in Syria

    04/29/2018 3:43:16 PM PDT · by ethom · 9 replies
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sat down on Sunday, April 29 in Tel Aviv to discuss the Iranian threat, a Russian-backed Syrian force struck across the Euphrates to capture a string of US-backed fortified Kurdish SDF villages. This incursion of a key US area of influence region in eastern Syria, if confirmed, would rip up a key element of the US-Russian de-confliction zones accord and provide Iran with a springboard for a leap up to the Iraqi border. Pompeo, on his first Middle East Trip as Secretary of State, reiterated in Tel Aviv –...
  • Bestselling author says he will challenge Trump in 2020

    04/28/2018 9:25:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 97 replies
    MSN ^ | Apr. 28, 2017 | Brooke Seipel
    Brad Thor, a bestselling author, said last week that he plans to challenge President Trump in 2020, "if no conservative steps up." Thor, a conservative who has voiced criticism of Trump, made the announcement in a series of Tweets. According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, however, Thor has not filed to run for president.
  • Pompeo: A Proven Leader for the State Department

    04/22/2018 9:45:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2018 | Ken Blackwell
    When the news broke on Tuesday night that CIA Director Mike Pompeo had met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, I was not surprised. Pompeo had long ago established his importance to this administration and his understanding of geopolitics. Pompeo’s skills are precisely why the president nominated him to be the next Secretary of State—and why it’s so absurd that Democrats are reluctant to confirm him.Considering the increasing gridlock in the Senate over President Donald Trump’s nominees, this is a good time to remind our Democratic friends of Pompeo’s many qualifications—qualifications that have only increased since he earned Democratic support to become CIA...
  • Marc Thiessen: Pompeo is close to confirmation and 11 senators are close to making a colossal...

    04/20/2018 10:01:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 20, 2018 | Marc Thiessen
    Marc Thiessen: Pompeo is close to confirmation and 11 senators are close to making a colossal mistakeFor the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo's record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee. ~snip~ Last year, all 10 Democrats on the committee voted "no" to Rex Tillerson's nomination, making him the first secretary of state in history to be approved on a...
  • SecState Candidate Mike Pompeo: A World Class Leader for NSA

    04/20/2018 8:09:06 AM PDT · by fwdude · 1 replies
    Barbwire ^ | 20 April 2018 | Tony Perkins
    Mike Pompeo may not be the secretary of state, but he’s already made more history than most people with the title. Earlier this week, the White House made the world’s jaws drop when the president announced that the CIA Director had spent Easter in a secret meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. If Democrats didn’t think the Kansan was capable of diplomacy, they must have second thoughts now. As even the Washington Post admits, it was a groundbreaking moment for the United States. “No CIA director is publicly known to have ever met with North Korea’s leader and...
  • SYRIA: AN “UNBELIEVABLY SMALL, LIMITED” STRIKE?

    04/15/2018 10:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 04/15/2018 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    In 2013, when the Obama administration was trying to convince Congress to authorize an attack on Syria to enforce its “red line’ against Assad using chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry promised that the attack would be an “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.” He often used the word “degrade,” rather than “destroy,” to describe the impact of the contemplated attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program. Kerry received plenty of ridicule for proposing an “unbelievably small, limited” attack. In fairness, though, we should keep two points in mind. First, Kerry used this phrase in response to strong resistance by...
  • U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Reacts to Syria Strike

    04/14/2018 3:06:12 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 53 replies
    ABC Columbia ^ | 4-13-2018 | Crysty Vaughan
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham released the following statement on the U.S. strikes in Syria. “I applaud and admire the bravery of our men and women in uniform. They continue to carry out their duties and responsibilities in a manner which makes all Americans proud. “President Trump deserves credit for working with our allies and ordering this strike against Assad. He is a ruthless butcher who has murdered hundreds of thousands of Syrians and should be considered a war criminal. “But I fear that when the dust settles this strike will be seen as a weak military response and...
  • BREAKING NEWS: @POTUS pardons former Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby.

    04/13/2018 10:46:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    BREAKING NEWS: @POTUS pardons former Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby. #ScooterLibbyhttps://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/984845700155478017  
  • Sources: President Trump poised to pardon Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff

    04/12/2018 6:37:00 PM PDT · by ethom · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 12, 2018, 9:12 PM ET | y JONATHAN KARL, KATHERINE FAULDERS JOHN SANTUCCI
    President Donald Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the president’s thinking. The president has already signed off on the pardon, which is something he has been considering for several months, sources told ABC News. The move would mark another controversial pardon for Trump and could raise questions as an increasing number of the president’s political allies have landed themselves in legal jeopardy. The White House has repeatedly said that no pardons are currently on the table for people caught up in the Russia...
  • Russia To US: Let’s Coordinate Your Punitive Airstrikes On Assad

    04/12/2018 9:15:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 124 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Is Russia negotiating missile strikes as a method of appeasing Donald Trump? The Washington Post reports that Russia has shifted gears from confrontation to mitigation with the US after assisting Bashar al-Assad’s capture of the rebel stronghold Douma. At first, Moscow threatened a military conflict if Trump followed through on his threat to punish Assad for yet another use of chemical weapons that Russia had guaranteed were destroyed: Russian officials on Thursday sought to tamp down public fears of a looming conflict with the United States, even as Syrian government forces took control of the town where they are...
  • Airspace Over Syria Cleared for Attack

    04/11/2018 5:11:06 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 152 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | April 11, 2018
    A HEAVY flight of US-led coalition warplanes have reportedly been seen flying over the Iraqi border as a nerve gas counter attack looms. Flight data shows planes being diverted from Syrian airspace as a 48 hour clearance was reportedly ordered by the US military
  • Keeping Assad and Putin guessing, Trump would make Carl von Clausewitz proud........

    04/10/2018 10:39:51 PM PDT · by caww · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2018 | Tom Rogan
    First off, by waiting to strike, the U.S. keeps Syrian air defense forces in a state of very high readiness and forces Assad to continue guessing whether the U.S. knows where his high-value assets have been relocated. At the tactical level (front line Syrian military units) and strategic level (Assad and his commanders), the U.S. approach here means significant stress and abundant fear. This matters because effective military force and strategy is largely determined by the ability of individuals to operate effectively. But if individuals are fearful and exhausted, their operability will suffer. Even if marginally, this mitigates the threat...
  • Why Putin probably won't retaliate against US strikes on Assad in Syria.........

    04/10/2018 10:26:01 PM PDT · by caww · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2018 | Tom Rogan
    When the U.S. takes military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad for his chemical weapons attack last Saturday, Russia is unlikely to retaliate. Two factors underline why. First off, the Russians do not want to associate themselves with what Assad has done. Putin doesn't like the public relations aftermath he is now suffering. In turn, while Putin is employing his standard distraction-deception-threat strategy in an attempt to shield Assad from blame, his eye is on other agendas. Notably, avoiding new sanctions targeting Moscow and ensuring that the upcoming soccer World Cup — which Putin sees as critical to attract much-needed...