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How Trump Can Improve Nafta

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:36
Jorge Castaneda, New York Times
Some would prefer a quick conclusion to the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, that began this week. But there is a strong case for a different approach, involving trade and something more important: human rights

Iceland Finds a Deadly 'Cure'

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:28

The Extremist Show Is Just Starting

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:22
Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal
Charlottesville was a defeat for America but a win for the provocateurs in our midst.

Why Was ISIS Terror Cell Able to Operate in Spain?

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:05
Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast
Although not as deadly as they might have been, the terrorist attacks in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon and at a Spanish beach resort in the early hours of Friday appear to be the most extensive coordinated operations claimed by the so-called Islamic State since the carnage in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March 2016.

The Myth of the Alt-Left

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:04
Sam Kriss, Politico
The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to unequivocally condemn the “alt-right” neo-Nazis responsible for the violence. Instead, he complains that his exterminationist supporters have been treated “very unfairly.” What about the violence of the anti-fascists, he wants to know: “What about the fact that they came charging with clubs...

When Liberals Club People, It's With Love in Their Hearts

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:04
Ann Coulter, Townhall
Apparently, as long as violent leftists label their victims “fascists,” they are free to set fires, smash windows and beat civilians bloody. No police officer will stop them. They have carte blanche to physically assault anyone they disapprove of, including Charles Murray, Heather Mac Donald, Ben Shapiro, me and Milo Yiannopoulos, as well as anyone who wanted to hear us speak.

Discovering the Limitations of Statues

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:04
Gail Collins, New York Times
There are two ways to look at what happened this week in Charlottesville, Va. One is as a crisis over racism, anti-Semitism and violence. The other is as a crisis over the removal of Robert E. Lee on a horse. We know where our president went. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” wrote Donald Trump.

Repealing Obamacare Is Key to Restoring Economic Growth

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:04
Scott Powell, IBD
For the last seven-plus years, Republicans ran on repealing and replacing ObamaCare. It was a winning platform, demonstrated by their gaining seats in Congress in almost every election since Obama was elected in 2008 — achieving a majority in the House in 2010, a majority in the Senate in 2014, and finally the White House in 2016.

Taming North Korea--Without Firing a Shot

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:03
Yoo & Rabkin, New York Post
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insist that the United States will seek to stop North Korea's nuclear-missile program through economic pressure backed by militaryâ?¦

By Leaving Trump's Panel, CEOs Made Things Worse

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:00
Mark Bauerlein, CNN
Liberals have helped make it impossible to sit at a table with someone with whom you disagree, writes Mark Bauerlein, but isolating and excluding other viewpoints is antithetical to a shared democracy.

What Should Trump Do in Afghanistan?

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:51
Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic
President Trump and his national-security team are meeting Friday at Camp David, Maryland, to discuss the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. The results of that meeting could have long-term consequences not only for both countries, but also for many regional powers engaged in a new “great game” in Afghanistan. At the heart of the deliberations lies one question: What more can the U.S. do in a country where it has been present for 16 years?

On Afghanistan, Trump Needs to Put America First

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:51
Brandon Weichert, Am. Greatness
The ongoing war in Afghanistan—America's longest (and most expensive) conflict to date—is a mess and the military has no idea how to clean it up. What began as a simple punitive expedition targeting the terrorists responsible for 9/11 has become an indefinite nation-building exercise

It's Not Hysterical to Recognize the Threat Trump Poses

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:47
Katha Pollitt, The Nation
Democracy, such as it is, really is in danger.

How to Know You're in a Mass Hysteria Bubble

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:46
Scott Adams, Dilbert
History is full of examples of Mass Hysterias. They happen fairly often. The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you don’t know when you are in one. But sometimes the people who are not experiencing the mass hysteria can recognize when others are experiencing one, if they know what to look for.

What White America Must Do Next

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:46
Eddie Glaude, Time
Saturday, August 12th, will go down as a dark day for America. A coalition of white nationalists attempted to rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Young and old donned swastikas. White militia in full camouflage and many openly carrying weapons set out to “protect” the demonstrators. Angry men and women screamed vile and racist slogans. Violence broke out with counter-protesters. Then James Alex Fields, Jr., a 20-year-old from Ohio, decided to plow his car into a peaceful crowd protesting the racist spectacle. Heather Heyer of Charlottesville was killed and at least 19 people were...

The Week When President Trump Resigned

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:46
Frank Bruni, New York Times
As the worst week in a cursed presidency wound down, I spotted more and more forecasts that Donald Trump would resign, including from Tony Schwartz, who wrote “The Art of the Deal” for Trump and presumably understands his tortured psyche.

Charlottesville Arrest Records Show Trump Correct

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:46
Deroy Murdock, NH Union Leader
Rather than denounce only the execrable white supremacists and swastika-wielding neo-Nazis who organized Saturday's hate-o-rama in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump observed that there was violence coming from the KKK side and from extreme Leftists who opposed them with force — not with tranquility, as did those at a peaceful vigil Wednesday night.