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  • Turkey’s misguided Middle East policy: From Syria, Iraq to the Gulf

    11/14/2017 10:26:44 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | November 13, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar
    Turkey’s misguided foreign policy has increasingly become apparent in three main spheres: Syria, Iraq and the Gulf region. During an hourlong, live TV interview on Nov. 7 at — an independent, web-based, Turkish news platform — on the latest developments in the Middle East, I was asked what their impact could be on Turkish foreign policy in the region. The question referred to the recent dramatic steps taken by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the unexpected resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. In my response, I characterized Turkey’s recent political moves in the region as a...
  • Career State Department Bureaucrats Triggered By Audacity of Trump and Tillerson Executing Foreign P

    10/26/2017 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 26, 2017 | sundance
    The U.S. State Department consists of the most entrenched group of life-long professional political bureaucrats in any sector of the government.  The scope of the mindset really comes to the surface within leaks from inside the Deep State machine that became the basis for a Politico article today.   You really have to read it to fathom the scope of elitism.The article, and the sentiment carried from within the bureaucracy which frames the construct, highlights the level of indignation within the agency toward President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as they carry out foreign policy objectives. The article contains...
  • Is Trump the Heir to Reagan?

    10/13/2017 5:56:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 13, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. Among his first questions to President Reagan was to ask him to assess the political importance of Barry Goldwater. Said Reagan, "I guess you could call him the John the Baptist of our movement." I resisted the temptation to lean in and ask, "Sir, if Barry Goldwater is John the Baptist, who would that make you?" What brings the moment back is Laura Ingraham's new book: "Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump." Thesis:...
  • NFL Owners to Discuss Policy on Standing for Anthem

    10/10/2017 11:54:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/10/17 | Matthew Futterman and Andrew Beaton
    A league spokesman said owners will consider player input on the issue, but suggested that a rule change would not require player approval. The National Football League’s owners will discuss next week whether to unilaterally change league policy and require players to stand during the national anthem. The decision to consider the change came after weeks of persistent criticism from President Donald Trump about players protesting during the anthem, including his call for fans to boycott games if the demonstrations continue. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game after members of the San Francisco 49ers took...
  • Fundamentally Wrong About Fundamental Rights

    09/18/2017 5:35:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 18, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    Did you realize you have a right to not be offended? That you have a right to other people’s property and their labor? Were you unaware that you, as a citizen, have the same rights in the United States of America as an illegal alien? These are among the newly declared “rights” Democrats have bestowed on people through the power of simply saying they exist. The problem is this concept is fundamentally un-American. Our rights as Americans are not granted to us by the government. Our government is empowered by us on the condition it does not infringe upon the...
  • Defense Secy Mattis Freezes Transgender Policy Pending Study

    08/30/2017 7:24:27 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    OANN ^ | 08/30/17
    Defense Secretary James Mattis says transgender troops will be allowed to continue serving in the military while the Pentagon studies the issue. This comes after President Trump reversed an Obama-era policy that would allow trans-soldiers to serve. In a statement the Defense Secretary said once the panel reports its recommendations and he meets with the Homeland Security Secretary, he wll provide his advice to the president. This will allow the Trump administration to decide how to respond to the president’s executive order. He says in the meantime, the policy will remain law.
  • DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I would stay in Afghanistan

    Now for the top story tonight. Donald Trump giving a big foreign policy address yesterday in Washington. He joins us now from Evansville, Indiana. First of all, you did not mention Afghanistan in the address. We have got about 10,000 troops there right now. The place is still in chaos after 13 years. What exactly will you do about Afghanistan? DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I would stay in Afghanistan. It's probably the one place we should have gone in the Middle East because it's adjacent and right next to Pakistan which has nuclear weapons. So I think you have...
  • Letter from Pennsylvania: Taxed by the Mile, Not by the Gallon of Gas?

    08/14/2017 5:45:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | August 14, 2017 | Colin McNickle
    Whether it is a public policy idea whose time has come remains to be seen. But it is, in the least, worthy of serious study. But would Western Pennsylvanians embrace such a concept? We refer to word out of Eastern Pennsylvania that researchers will begin a federally funded $1.2 million study to investigate the viability of a mileage-based highway tax system to pay for highway infrastructure. What’s prompting such a study in the Keystone State, and what led to previous studies elsewhere, is two-fold. First, modern vehicles with better fuel mileage use less gasoline and diesel. Which means less money...
  • Protecting US Security Personnel: Where the Benghazi and Plame Scandals Connect

    05/07/2014 12:43:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 7, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Partisan political advantage, gained at the real or potential life-threatening expense of American personnel undertaking high-risk assignments, was the deep moral issue driving prosecutors in the 2005 Valerie Plame name exposure scandal. An even more disturbing and exploitative example of high-level Washington political operatives exposing low-level American field personnel to greater physical risk is the moral issue at the core of the on-going Benghazi scandal. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said national security concerns drove his pursuit of Bush Administration officials involved in exposing Plame's status as a covert CIA agent. For Fitzgerald, Plame's precise operational status at the time her...
  • McCain Blasts Tillerson For Saying Policy Overrides Values On Foreign Policy

    05/09/2017 8:09:32 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 60 replies
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a frequent critic of the Trump administration, blasted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for suggesting that America’s foreign policy must stray from its core values at times. Tillerson said it was important to “understand the difference between policy and values,” in an address to State Department employees Wednesday. He said that that “America First” means that U.S. national security and economic interests will sometimes override the demand for other countries to adhere to American values. “If we condition too heavily that others must adopt this value that we’ve come to over a long history of our...
  • Trump's policy on Judea and Samaria

    03/25/2017 3:55:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/3/17 | Nitsan Keidar
    US President Donald Trump is expected to recognize thousands of new housing units in Judea and Samaria, and to approve the erection of a new town for Amona's expellees, reported Israel's Channel 2. According to the reports, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will later agree to limit building in Judea and Samaria, while advancing building in the existing "settlement blocs." However, Netanyahu's aides have said the report is inaccurate, and it is not clear how the Likud and Jewish Home parties will react to the final policy. On Sunday, the White House and Israel published a joint readout announcing four...
  • Investors Love Trump, Pushing Dow Over 21,000 Points for First Time

    03/01/2017 2:20:07 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/01/17 | Breitbart News
    Investors reacted positively from President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address to Congress, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 21,000 points Wednesday for the first time in its history. Banks, financial institutions, companies in the energy and materials sector saw huge gains as Trump reaffirmed during his speech his plans to cut taxes and push for other business-friendly policies. The Dow jumped 242 points, or 1.2 percent, to 21,055 as of 10:07 a.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 24 points, or 1 percent, to 2,387. The Nasdaq composite index added 59 points, or 1 percent, to...
  • Bill And Melinda Gates Worried That "America First" Policy Will Stop Aid To Foreign Countries!

    02/28/2017 2:19:50 PM PST · by davikkm · 56 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    Trump’s global gag rule is seen as an attack to health care for women across the globe. It basically blocks U.S. funds to organizations involved in abortion advice and care in other countries. I hate to be critical of helping other countries, but we have to help ourselves for a change. We are suffering here, too! We have those who cannot help themselves here, too, and it is getting worse all the time.
  • Donald Trump slams Angela Merkel's refugee policy

    01/15/2017 10:36:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.15.2017 | aw/kl (dpa, AFP, Reuters)
    US President-elect Donald Trump labeled German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on refugees a “catastrophic mistake.” He said the policy would lead to even more countries leaving the European Union after Britain. President-elect Trump heavily criticized Chancellor Merkel’s open-door policy on refugees in a joint interview published on Sunday with German tabloid newspaper Bild and British newspaper The Times of London.“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from,” he said. “And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think...
  • Larry Kudlow Would Bring Reason To An Economics Profession That's Become Ridiculous

    12/30/2016 2:29:06 AM PST · by expat_panama · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 29, 2016 @ 09:30 PM | John Tamny
    ...Kudlow is being eyed by the incoming Donald Trump administration as the next Council of Economic Advisers Chairman. Kudlow is not afraid of good ideas, nor does he dismiss good policies solely because they come from the Democratic Party... ...Kudlow understands this well, and will bring this common sense to a CEA that has too often embraced what is senseless. Sadly, it’s not just on the subject of inflation that credentialed economists have lost their way. To see why this is true, ask most any economist what ended the Great Depression. Almost to a man and woman the reply will...
  • Social Security Benefit Cuts In 2017 May Curb Trump's Plans

    12/30/2016 2:28:55 AM PST · by expat_panama · 78 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 11:53 AM ET | JED GRAHAM
    Social Security benefits will be cut at the start of 2017 for everyone who has yet to turn 62. Those cuts will grow in each year to 2022, reaching 7% for everyone now 56 and under, as the official retirement age rises two months per year to 67. Those benefit cuts are part of the daunting math for Social Security and the federal budget that could cause speed bumps for, or perhaps even curb, President-elect Donald Trump's big fiscal plans. 1) Once the retirement age rises to 67, Social Security's early retirement penalty will cut annual benefits by 30%... 2)...
  • It’s not a wonderful economy But with some policy corrections...

    12/27/2016 4:35:36 AM PST · by expat_panama · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, December 25, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    Since the election, the stock market has soared, consumer confidence has climbed to its highest level in 20 years, and several companies have committed to multi-billion dollar new investments in the United States. To say that America has a new spring it its step — at least for now — would be an understatement. It feels like the last joyous scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when George Bailey stumbles home on Christmas Eve to a house full of friends and family. The burst of optimism has President Obama and supporters of his policies proclaiming that Obamanomics was a grand...
  • The Fed’s Impending Inflation Disaster?

    12/27/2016 4:32:31 AM PST · by expat_panama · 7 replies
    Thornton Economics ^ | 12/23/16 10:53 AM EST | Dr. Daniel Thornton
    The Fed engaged in a massive bond-buying spree following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy announcement on September 15, 2008. The bond-buying program, commonly referred to as quantitative easing (QE), ended October 2014. However, the Fed pledged to maintain its balance sheet at the $4.5 trillion level indefinitely. QE was intended to reduce yields on long-dated Treasuries, mortgage-backed securities, and agency debt. The effect on these yields would spread to other long-term yields through arbitrage, or what chairman Bernanke called the portfolio balance effect. There is considerable debate whether or to what extent QE reduced long-term yields. But there is another effect...
  • Trump won't repeat Obama's foreign-policy flops

    11/25/2016 6:13:33 AM PST · by luke1825 · 8 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 11-24 | peter lucas
    It is interesting to note that outgoing President Barack Obama wants Donald Trump to stand up to Vladimir Putin the way he never did. But Obama being Obama, the president really believes that he did stand up to the Russian strongman, despite all evidence to the contrary. In the real world, that is called delusional. Obama, on his last foreign tour before being leaving office, urged President-elect Donald Trump to be more like him when it comes to dealing with Putin.
  • Blueprint For Prosperity: End Keynesian Policies

    11/22/2016 2:55:02 AM PST · by expat_panama · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/18/2016 | VANCE GINN
    Voters chose a different direction this election. The new administration and lawmakers nationwide must determine how to get the economy on track. The historical evidence is clear that free market capitalism best provides prosperity. Economic growth continues to muddle along at the slowest pace since World War II. The labor force suffers from 40-year lows in major indicators. The national debt is $20 trillion and exceeds economic output. More of the same failed Keynesian policies, named after the economist John Maynard Keynes, that assume spending drives economic growth aren't an option. Data show better economic outcomes in places with less...