• Larry Kudlow Is a Big Upgrade for the White House

    Larry Kudlow Is a Big Upgrade for the White House

    President Donald Trump will reportedly name Larry Kudlow head of the White House National Economic Council. For fans of pro-growth policies—deregulation, low taxation, and open trade—it’s great news for obvious reasons.

    Kudlow has been a decadeslong champion of these ideas, and those with coherent philosophies tend to offer some stability and continuity. This administration could use more of those things, not less.

    Kudlow is also a noticeable upgrade over the outgoing Gary Cohn, not only because he has been a far more consistent voice for free markets—Cohn’s support of carbon tax and a value added tax, and rumored moderating disposition on tax reform were all worrisome clues—but also because the syndicated columnist and former TV host is better equipped to sell those ideas to the public and lawmakers. READ MORE...

  • CNN's Shameful Town Hall Is A Clarifying Moment On Guns

    CNN’s Shameful Town Hall Is A Clarifying Moment On Guns

    CNN hosted an anti-gun rally “townhall” yesterday featuring freshly grieving children and parents from Parkland High who aimed their ire at the NRA, politicians who are peripherally associated with the NRA and anyone who didn’t say exactly what they wanted to hear. It was an event where a Parkland student could compare Marco Rubio to a mass murderer and question whether NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch truly cares about her children without ever being challenged.

    I hope CNN got the rating it was looking for, because it’s almost guaranteed that NRA membership and gun sales are about to spike. READ MORE...

  • On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History

    On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History

    This week, CNN fact checked Donald Trump’s recent claim that he had been tougher on Russia than Barack Obama. “(No he wasn’t)” maintained the cheeky chyron. Though the network fancies itself the arbiter of truth in the Era of Trump — apples and bananas and all that — this particular contention is, at the very least, debatable. In fact, there’s a good case to be made that in nearly every way, save rhetoric, the president has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor.

    This isn’t necessarily a heavy lift when we consider Obama spent most of his eight years placating Vladimir Putin and his allies in the Middle East. Much of the trouble we find ourselves in now can be directly traced to Obama’s feckless policies. READ MORE...

  • We Can't Have A Debate About Guns If Liberals Keep Lying About Them

    We Can’t Have A Debate About Guns If Liberals Keep Lying About Them

    There’s always a lot of emotion after a horrific school shooting, and that’s completely understandable. There is also an immediate push for vague “do-something” gun-control legislation often wholly untethered from the incidents it is purporting to stop, which is less understandable. Worse, most of these efforts are bolstered by falsehoods and half-truths that make it virtually impossible to have a genuine discussion about the problem.

    It’s an endless task, but let’s just take Joe Scarborough’s Washington Post column on the Parkland shooting as an example, since he uses a couple of the most fraudulent talking points about modern gun ownership. READ MORE...

  • The Left's Soft Spot For Communist Propaganda Is Nothing New

    The Left’s Soft Spot For Communist Propaganda Is Nothing New

    No, not every Western journalist fell for North Korean propaganda efforts at the Pyeongchang Olympics, though there were more than plenty. Some of it, no doubt, is driven by animosity for Donald Trump. Many people live a reactive existence that demands they show admiration for anyone perceived as standing in opposition to the president. The number of liberals asking “are we any better?” than North Korea on social media is horrifying, but, at this point, predictable.

    But we also shouldn’t act as if embrace of Communism deception is something new or rare. The Left, and really we have no choice but to treat most big media outlets as functionaries of the Left, has a long tradition of falling (or worse) for this kind of propaganda — from Stalin to the Vietcong to Castro to Sandinistas to Hugo Chavez to fetching DPRK henchwomen. READ MORE...

  • The FISA Memo Fiasco Is Filled With Hypocrites On Both Sides

    The FISA Memo Fiasco Is Filled With Hypocrites On Both Sides

    At some point in the middle of 2019, as the presidential race comes into clearer focus, the Republican National Committee’s lawyers approach James O’Keefe of Project Veritas and hire him to pull together opposition research on Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden. O’Keefe, unable to track down some of the scandalous rumors he’s heard about Biden’s behavior on his visits to Russia, so decides to subcontract a former Mossad agent to help gather that information.

    When the Mossad agent’s investigation ends, Project Veritas takes the raw opposition research they’ve amassed, which they surely know is largely fictitious and concocted in hopes of generating confusion in the United States, and attempts to sell it to the media. That’s their job. Journalists investigate the allegations, hoping to verify the only bits that matter. That’s their job. They can’t. Later, Breitbart, ignoring basic standards of journalism, drops the entire file on the public to fuel rumors about Biden. READ MORE...

  • Be Cautious, But Take the Devin Nunes Memo Seriously

    Be Cautious, But Take the Devin Nunes Memo Seriously

    There is no legal or ethical reason for the American people not to see it.

    For more than a year now, Democrats have been driven into hysterics on a weekly basis by highly selective, often partisan leaks fed to them in 900-word increments by the political media. Whether these sensationalist stories were debunked or not, no Democrat demanded that every scrap of information related to their leaks be declassified immediately to ensure that the nation see the appropriate context. It’s a process, we were told. READ MORE...

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