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Trump’s Two-Bagger

 

At Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy, his last stop on his first foreign trip, President Trump declared the trip a “home run.” At best, it was a stand-up double. Even that’s a generous grade, given the point at which he begins. American diplomacy and international influence has reached its lowest point since 1914, because […]

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Trump Flexes U.S. Muscle, World Takes Notice

 

President Donald Trump may find Washington a hostile home lurking with political foes who want payback for his harsh rhetoric on the campaign trail. Funny thing, though: On his first foreign trip as president, the one-time isolationist found forgiveness and bonhomie from leaders and nations he trolled during the 2016 campaign. In Saudi Arabia, King […]

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My Certainties Today, Memorial Day

 

Kind people often ask me what I think of what’s going on out there in the big wide world. Some ask what my father — Herbert Stein, certified genius — would think about it all. I really don’t know what to think about the political parts. I don’t like Mr. Trump’s tax plan. Why would […]

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Remembering the Rohna: A World War II Secret and Tragedy

 

Any veteran of World War II can tell you some interesting stories. But for Frank E. Bryer, his story — one he could never forget — was a terrible one. It began the moment his ship, the Rohna, was sunk. When that ship went down on November 26, 1943, Frank’s life changed forever. And very […]

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Landrieu’s Myth

 

Liberals and their “conservative” enablers — many of them never-Trumpers — would have us believe that Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech in defense of his removal of Confederate statues from the city of New Orleans was the masterful address of a true statesman. It was, in fact, nothing of the kind. It was what we should […]

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The Best Budget Since Reagan

 

I was honored to work in the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. I’ve been waiting for 30 years to say this, but finally we have a federal budget proposal that would make the Gipper proud. This is the best budget since Reagan undoubtedly. One way to know that’s true is to […]

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Republican Greg Gianforte K.O.’s Democrat in Montana Special Election

 

Despite breaking the glasses and flattening a journalist days before voting began (read Larry Thornberry’s spectacular recounting of the fight here), Republican Greg Gianforte knocked out the Democrat (his name doesn’t matter) in the Montana special election last night. Media hardest hit. Democrats eager to smash Republicans in special elections as leading indicators for a 2018 rout […]

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Breaking News Is Broken

 

Breaking news: the President “shoved” his way past a Prime Minister. Breaking news: the President will have three scoops of ice cream this weekend. Breaking news: we have breaking news. Breaking news: another official, who knows an official, who, at one time, slept in a hotel room, next to an official, has actually taken a […]

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Democrats and Republicans Unite to Celebrate Jerusalem

 

In a rare sign of unity on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of congressmen joined religious leaders and activists Tuesday in the Rayburn House Office Building to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) is a national holiday in Israel commemorating the day the Jewish state gained control of […]

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Trump’s Middle East Strategy Takes Shape

 

Middle Easterners first had to deal with an American president who employed military power in the region, trying to advance “regime change” and “nation building.” Then came a president who was hoping to reduce military intervention in that part of the world, allowing the Arab Spring’s “winds of change” to blow there freely. Presidents George […]

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