• Trump Wins New York By a Mile


    Donald Trump won his home state of New York as expected by a very wide margin. With 66% reporting, Trump had just under 60% of the vote with Kasich at 25% and Cruz at 15%. New York allocates its delegates mostly by Congressional district, but both the districts and the at-large delegates have a 50% winner-take-all trigger. Trump’s victory was so large across the entire state that he is on track to win all but a handful of the state’s 95 delegates. Of course, any remotely competitive candidate for the nomination should at least be able to win his own state, and that goes double for a front-runner, but Trump’s win was impressive all the same and an important step towards securing the nomination. READ MORE...

  • The UK should bid adieu to the EU


    With Barack Obama visiting London this Friday, one big question is what, if anything, he will say about Britain’s June 23 referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or leave (dubbed “Brexit”).

    The decision about whether the UK should become fully independent once again is critical for Britain, but also has enormous ramifications for the United States.

    British Union flags fly in front of the Big Ben clocktower of The Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain February 24, 2016. Reuters READ MORE...

  • Dozens Of Large Earthquakes Strike As Speculation Mounts That Japan’s Southern Island May Split


    Over the past 48 hours, our planet has been hit by literally dozens of earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater, and scientists are acknowledging that what is taking place is highly unusual.  This strange shaking began toward the end of last week when the globe was struck by five major earthquakes over the space of just two days, and over the weekend the seismic activity just continued to escalate.  Very early on Saturday, Japan’s southern island of Kyushu was hit by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, and on Saturday night a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Ecuador’s Pacific coast.  It was the worst earthquake that Ecuador had experienced since 1979, and it was followed by at least 163 aftershocks.  Unfortunately, there are indications that what we have seen so far may be just the beginning. READ MORE...

  • Dozens Of Large Earthquakes Strike As Speculation Mounts That Japan’s Southern Island May Split


    Over the past 48 hours, our planet has been hit by literally dozens of earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater, and scientists are acknowledging that what is taking place is highly unusual.  This strange shaking began toward the end of last week when the globe was struck by five major earthquakes over the space of just two days, and over the weekend the seismic activity just continued to escalate.  Very early on Saturday, Japan’s southern island of Kyushu was hit by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, and on Saturday night a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Ecuador’s Pacific coast.  It was the worst earthquake that Ecuador had experienced since 1979, and it was followed by at least 163 aftershocks.  Unfortunately, there are indications that what we have seen so far may be just the beginning. READ MORE...

  • Gitmo Is Forever


    Can you believe it? We’re in the last year of the presidency of the man who, on his first day in the Oval Office, swore that he would close Guantánamo, and yet it and everything it represents remains part of our all-American world. So many years later, you can still read news reports on the ongoing nightmares of that grim prison, ranging from detention without charge to hunger strikes and force feeding. Its name still echoes through the halls of Congress in bitter debate over what should or shouldn’t be done with it. It remains a global symbol of the worst America has to offer. READ MORE...

  • New Report: A defense reform agenda for 2017


    As the House Armed Services subcommittees begin their markup of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) tomorrow, AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen outlines in what direction defense reform must head, both now and for the next secretary of defense and 115th Congress.

    Above all, Eaglen calls for a renewed focus on three important but underappreciated areas in need of reform: (1) the two unchecked defense civilian workforces— one in-house and the other contracted out; (2) defense contracting for services (not weapons systems); and (3) the military health care system. READ MORE...

  • Corporations Are Defaulting On Their Debts Like It’s 2008 All Over Again


    The Dow closed above 18,000 on Monday for the first time since July.  Isn’t that great news?  I truly wish that it was.  If the Dow actually reflected economic reality, I could stop writing about “economic collapse” and start blogging about cats or football.  Unfortunately, the stock market and the economy are moving in two completely different directions right now.  Even as stock prices soar, big corporations are defaulting on their debts at a level that we have not seen since the last financial crisis.  In fact, this wave of debt defaults have become so dramatic that even USA Today is reporting on it READ MORE...