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Biden's 'Relentless Diplomacy' Is a Tough Sell to Wary Allies

Susan Crabtree - September 22, 2021


In his first speech to the United Nations, President Biden reprised a line from his inaugural address, pledging Tuesday that the United States would not lead by the “example of our power,” but, “God willing, with the power of our example.” Rhetorically, it’s a beautiful, idealistic phrase meant to directly contrast the go-it-alone brute force and chest-beating of the Trump era. But eight months into this new administration and fresh off serious foreign policy blunders, the U.S. is struggling to instill confidence in some of our closest allies, let alone influence...

U.N. Speech; Russiagate & Friends; College Free Speech

Carl M. Cannon - September 22, 2021

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, Sept. 22, the first day of autumn. President Biden’s job approval keeps declining, Donald Trump has sued the New York Times (along with his own niece), and Congress appears headed for yet another impasse on the debt ceiling, which could lead to another wasteful government shutdown. In other words, a break in the weather doesn’t promise to bring any improvement in our politics. I’ll dispense with the historical homily today and get right to our original content. First, I’d leave you with one thought: Although anyone with a niece as...

Thinking About Race and IQ

J. Peder Zane - September 22, 2021


Charles Murray is once again throwing kerosene on the tinderbox of American race relations. Reviving the explosive argument he made in his 1994 book, “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life,” the noted scholar is once again highlighting data showing that African Americans score lower on IQ tests than other groups in the United States. Given the current climate, it is not surprising that his new book, “Facing Reality,” has been largely ignored by almost every major newspaper and magazine. But this dismissal is, ironically, a validation of...

The Power of President Trump's Endorsement

Matt Schlapp - September 22, 2021


An old campaign adage argued that political endorsements often aren’t worth the paper they are printed on, and until President Donald J. Trump, they were right. Now the most important political asset any Republican candidate could earn is the Trump endorsement, and how he’s using it will continue to reshape the Republican Party and freeze the 2024 field.   We have all watched as past Republican presidents fade into obscurity after departing the Oval Office. In most cases, their departures from D.C. marked the conclusion of their political ambition after weathering the...


When Politicians Call For 'Fairness,' They're Usually Lying

Ben Shapiro - September 22, 2021


This week, President Joe Biden attempted to inject life into his ailing presidency by dragging out of the closet the hoariest of political cliches: "fairness" in taxation. Touting his new $3.5 trillion tax and spending bill, which would radically increase corporate taxes, personal income taxes and so-called sin taxes, Biden stated, "It's not enough just to build back; we have to build back better than before ... I'm not out to punish anyone. I'm a capitalist. If you can make a million or a billion dollars, that's great. God bless you. All I'm asking is you pay your fair share. Pay your fair...

Biden Is Stabbing Nonunion Workers in the Back

Betsy McCaughey - September 22, 2021


Nonunion workers make up nearly 90% of the U.S. workforce. President Joe Biden is stabbing them in the back. The massive $3.5 trillion budget bill Biden and Democratic lawmakers are trying to ram through Congress discriminates against nonunion workers and even forces some of them to pay higher taxes than union workers. Union membership in the U.S. has been declining for over 50 years. Biden is bent on reversing the trend, using the federal government to rig the system in favor of organizers and twist the arms of nonunion workers and employers. Biden said that unions "brung me to the dance,"...

The Manufactured Border Crisis

Michelle Malkin - September 22, 2021


In nearly 30 years of covering America's corrupted immigration and entrance policies, I can tell you definitively that every "border crisis" is a manufactured crisis. Caravans of Latin American illegal immigrants don't just form out of nowhere. Throngs of Middle Eastern refugees don't just amass spontaneously. Boatloads of Haitians don't just wash up on our shores by random circumstance. All the world's a stage, and as I exposed in my most recent book, "Open Borders, Inc.," the world's migrants are nothing more than expedient tools to globalist elites, profit-maximizing corporations,...

AZ Election Audit Undermines Protocols -- and Confidence

Derek T. Muller - September 21, 2021


Confidence in elections is essential to democracy. Losing candidates and their supporters must believe that a free and fair election accurately reflects the preferences of the voters. States have myriad post-election checks designed to ensure the accuracy of results, from the canvass (the official tally of votes) to recounts. Some of these processes are audits – but not like the audit we’re seeing in Arizona, which suggests a process designed to undermine the results rather than instill confidence in them. Fairness requires legislation in advance of crisis, not novel responses...


The Stain of Afghanistan Will Stick to Biden

Charles Lipson - September 21, 2021


President Biden’s supporters are hewing to one message since the disastrous Afghan exit: “Voters won’t remember it.” That analysis—or hope, really—could well be wrong because the evacuation left Biden with so many problems. None are going away soon. The most consequential is that many independent voters are deciding that Joe Biden is simply incompetent. This “buyer’s remorse” is new, and it’s growing. Although Democratic voters are still backing the president, he is now deeply underwater with independents, both on overall...

As America Has Become More Secular, It Has Become Less Free

Dennis Prager - September 21, 2021


Here is something any honest person must acknowledge: As America has become more secular, it has become less free. Individuals can differ as to whether these two facts are correlated, but no honest person can deny they are facts. It seems to me indisputable that they are correlated. To deny this, one would have to argue that it is merely coincidental that free speech, the greatest of all freedoms, is more seriously threatened than at any time in American history while a smaller-than-ever percentage of Americans believe in God or regularly attend church. The United States became the freest...

Americans Have Not Forgotten the 13 Soldiers

Salena Zito - September 21, 2021


MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania -- When judging the nation's character, the media tend to gravitate toward its loudest voices, its most extreme measures, its deepest grudges. The result is a loss of all subtlety and nuance.  In the days and weeks following Aug. 26, when our nation lost 13 service members in a deadly terror attack in Afghanistan, something profound happened across the country that few in the national media have noticed: simple but meaningful tributes to honor those American lives lost. At the Tattered Flag Brewery in this Dauphin County borough, just outside of Harrisburg, they...

Congress Is Back to Serving Pork

Stephen Moore - September 21, 2021


Pork is being served in Washington again. Big juicy slices to the lobbyists with the deepest wallets and the campaign contributors who write the biggest campaign reelection checks. It is the way of the swamp. It is the currency of the Washington Beltway. It explains how people get so rich in politics. The two massive spending bills now circulating through Congress with a combined price tag north of $5 trillion are filled with earmarks and thank-you gifts to big donors and the Gucci Gulch lobbyists. That's why the bills have thousands of pages -- to bring home the bacon. We still don't know...


Are the U.S. and China Stumbling Toward an 'Islands War'?

Patrick Buchanan - September 21, 2021


In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a deal last week with the U.K. and U.S. to have those Anglo-American allies help build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia. A $66 billion French deal to provide Canberra with diesel electric-powered submarines, among the largest defense contracts Paris had ever negotiated, was blown off. "A stab in the back!" said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who had been kept in the dark on the secret talks. "There has been duplicity, contempt and lies." Le Drian compared President Joe Biden to former President Donald...

Democrats Tie Government Funding to Debt Bill, GOP Digs In

Kevin Freking - September 21, 2021


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House say they will push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. Congress is rushing headlong into an all-too-familiar stalemate: The federal government faces a shutdown if funding stops at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. At the same time, the U.S. risks defaulting on its accumulated debt load if the borrowing limits are not waived or adjusted. All this while Democratic...

Election Audit; Afghanistan Factor; Maria W. Stewart

Carl M. Cannon - September 21, 2021

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, the last day of a long, hot summer with dangerous weather from California to the Caribbean. Although attention is focused this week on how Biden administration immigration policies have led to chaos along the southern U.S. border, it was an earthquake and devastating hurricane that sent thousands of Haitians fleeing their country for South America -- and now the relative, if temporary, safety of Texas. Although it seems unlikely that the arrival of autumn will improve U.S. politics -- or race relations, for that matter -- it should at least...

Why Republicans Should Vote for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Bill Scher - September 20, 2021


One week from today, the House is scheduled to bring the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIB) to the floor. The date was set last month in an agreement between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a band of 10 Democratic moderates who want to keep that bill separate from the party’s much more expensive and wide-ranging Build Back Better (BBB) package, which Democratic leaders plan to pass on a party-line vote through the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process. However, some House progressives are still demanding the two pieces of legislation be linked, because they will lose...


26 Governors Seek Meeting With Biden Over Border Surge

Philip Wegmann - September 20, 2021


More than half of the country’s governors would like a moment of the president’s time – and soon: Twenty-six Republican governors are urging Joe Biden to do more to address the deteriorating situation along the southern U.S. border. “As chief executives of our states,” they write in a letter postmarked for Monday and first obtained by RealClearPolitics, “we request a meeting with you at The White House to bring an end to the national security crisis created by eight months of unenforced borders.” The GOP chief executives are requesting an audience...

Border Surge; Infrastructure Bill; RCP Takeaway

Carl M. Cannon - September 20, 2021

Good morning, it’s Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. “One hundred years ago today, the Helena Independent, a newspaper in Montana's capital city, ran a foreboding article. An influenza epidemic had hit the United States, the paper reported, and was spreading rapidly in Boston. “New England is a long way from the Mountain West, but the way this strain of the virus had arrived on the East Coast -- from U.S. service members coming home from World War I to ports in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia -- must have given Helena Independent readers a chill. “The previous winter had been...

Can't Recall -- What's Next for California?

Debra Saunders - September 19, 2021


In overwhelmingly rejecting the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, California voters chose to remain a one-party state, where progressive Democrats write bad laws and bureaucrats enforce them. Apparently, Californians would rather see themselves as knee-jerk anti-Trumpers than elect someone who promises to clean up the dysfunctional state. Newsom hailed the vote with his usual self-aggrandizing style. "We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people's right to vote without fear of fraud or voter suppression," quoth the governor. Newsom...

Why Does America Lag Behind the World on Unborn Life?

Marjorie Dannenfelser - September 18, 2021


The first inalienable right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence is the right to life. Yet America, which enshrines that right in our founding document, does a worse job of protecting unborn life than most other countries. The Supreme Court now has a chance to begin ending this injustice and ensuring that America lives up to its promise.   We’re both shocked at how far the U.S. falls short in protecting life. We’ve spent the better part of our careers striving to change that. One of us (Ambassador Haley) has also seen how life is devalued across the rest of the...