• Trump's Unwise Travel Ban


    The leaked draft of an executive order to, among other things, bar the entry of travelers from certain Muslim countries for at least thirty days immediately generated intense controversy, mixed with outrage. The final version proved to be even harsher, with a ninety-day ban. A court challenge, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, immediately followed, with a federal judge issuing a stay. In the meantime, though, hundreds of Middle Eastern travelers were stuck at airports in the United States. READ MORE...

  • Why Trump Had to Fire Sally Yates


    Democrats are calling it the Monday Night Massacre. On Monday evening, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates announced that under her leadership, the Justice Department would not defend President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. After acknowledging that the Office of Legal Counsel had reviewed the policy, and noting that the Civil Division could defend it in court, she personally rebuffed the president’s judgment, which she did not find “wise or just.” Yates, a career prosecutor appointed by Barack Obama, is now being hailed for standing up to a supposedly “tyrannical” president, according to a statement blasted out by the Democratic National Committee. READ MORE...

  • ObamaCare: CBO Report Shows Full Repeal Is Better Than Partial Repeal


    After seven years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, Republicans are toying with a dangerous strategy that would repeal the law’s mandates and subsidies but leave intact its the most harmful feature — the regulations it imposes on health insurance. This is despite warnings that a partial repeal would be far more disruptive.

    A new report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows just how much more disruptive.

    Thanks to ObamaCare’s health insurance regulations, avoiding coverage losses and other disruption is not an option. Those regulations have caused premiums in the individual market to double, with the largest increases among women age 55 to 64.They are making coverage increasingly worse for patients with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, infertility, and other expensive conditions. They are threatening to leave many ObamaCare enrollees with no coverage at all: 17 percent of enrollees are one insurer exit away from their Exchange collapsing. Repealing them would cause premiums to fall for tens of millions of Americans, especially women over age 55, freeing them to purchase more secure and sustainable coverage. READ MORE...

  • With Gorsuch, Trump Got His Supreme Court Pick Right


    In naming Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee, President Trump showed that he was serious all along about an issue that secured his election as much as any other. He also picked someone who, perhaps more than anyone on his fabulous list, fits the mold — or robe — of the irreplaceable Antonin Scalia.

    When Justice Scalia died nearly a year ago, the race for the White House turned exceedingly urgent. The Supreme Court’s balance could shift for the first time in two generations. The Senate kept the vacancy open through the election, a risky political gambit that paid off when so many conservatives and other erstwhile NeverTrumpers came out for Trump on Election Day. READ MORE...

  • Walls Won’t Make America Great. Ever.


    It seems clear that Donald Trump is determined to pursue the isolationist policies he promised during the campaign. In his interview with ABC News, President Trump acknowledged that his goal was to erect barriers—both physical and psychological—for those wishing to come to the United States.

    The president reaffirmed in a speech at the Department of Homeland Security that his administration would build a border wall, and that Mexico would pay for it, ultimately. (Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto disagrees.) READ MORE...

  • Fake News Is Troubling — but Censorship Is Far Worse


    We’re in the grip of a fake news epidemic that is now poisoning our politics. That is the impression one would get from observing the tweets of the great and good.

    In the aftermath of Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States, it has been tempting for those who could not conceive of the results to attribute the unexpected outcomes to the malign impact of lies, untruths and false stories. If only the media had held Trump or the Brexiteers to account, some say, then all this could have been avoided. Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee has even launched an inquiry into whether fake news is a “threat to democracy”. READ MORE...

  • U.S. Hypocrisy on Election Meddling


    Although Donald Trump has taken the oath of office as president, speculation continues to swirl about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections to his benefit. The evidence that Moscow’s actions were designed to help Donald Trump is anemic. Nevertheless, politicians, pundits, and mainstream journalists express outrage at Russia’s supposed election hacking and insinuate that it tarnishes Trump’s victory. Senator John McCain even asserted that such cyber activities constituted an act of war. READ MORE...

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