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New Poll Shows Americans Think Defense Spending Too Low, Military Too Weak

In 1990, with the fall of the Soviet Union and following eight years of military buildup under President Ronald Reagan, the American people seemed to agree: The United States was spending enough on the military. Fast forward to 2017, and it’s obvious that sentiment has gone the way of the dinosaurs. A Gallup poll released Thursday found that 37 percent of Americans believe the United States is not spending enough on the military, with 28 percent saying defense spending levels are “about right” and 31 percent saying spending is too high. Nearly half of those polled (45 percent) also said they believed the U.S. military is “not strong enough,” compared to 11 percent who said the military is “stronger than it needs to be.” This result tracks closely with a Gallup poll from … Read entire article »

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Don’t Blame the Trade Deficit for America’s Economic Problems

A new report from the United States trade representative links America’s trade deficit with other countries to trade deals entered into going back to the Reagan administration. Those deal include the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round Agreements that created the World Trade Organization, China’s 2001 Protocol of  Accession  to  the  World Trade Organization, and a series of others. The report notes that in 2000, the U.S. trade deficit in manufactured goods was $317 billion, but by 2016 this had grown to $648 billion. It says that “[o]ur trade deficit in goods and services with China soared from $81.9 billion in 2000 [the last full year before China joined the World Trade Organization] to almost $334 billion in 2015.” The report further states that “the largest trade deal implemented during the … Read entire article »

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Trump Is Right to Support Venezuela’s Opposition

Lilian Tintori understands the Venezuelan regime for what it is: corrupt, criminal, and evil. Her husband, Leopoldo López, was stripped of his political rights when President Hugo Chávez saw the potential and dangerous competition that he posed. Eventually this led to Leopoldo’s investigation and his current imprisonment, which has been ongoing for three years now. López is one of nearly 110 political prisoners the Venezuelan government refuses to release. The current president, Nicolás Maduro, frequently protects the corrupt while punishing those who support the opposition. He even contrives enemies for himself out of thin air. Consider the case of Joshua Holt. Holt is an American citizen who is currently being held and tormented in a Venezuelan prison after being arrested on “terrorism” charges. After traveling to Venezuela to get married, both he and his … Read entire article »

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Cartoon: Schumer the Scandal Sweeper

Cartoon: Schumer the Scandal Sweeper

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Feminists and Conservatives Link Arms to Confront Transgender Ideology

Feminists and Conservatives Link Arms to Confront Transgender Ideology

On Feb. 16, a rape survivor, a lesbian, a radical feminist, and a conservative activist gathered at The Heritage Foundation in support of a common cause. As members of the Hands Across the Aisle Coalition, these unlikely allies have banded together to combat the increasingly anti-woman positions adopted by the transgender movement. The event, which focused on the impact of laws and policies that privilege “gender identity” over biological sex, was hosted by Ryan T. Anderson, the Heritage … Read entire article »

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Time to Say ‘Au Revoir’ to Paris Climate Deal

President Donald Trump will soon issue an executive order calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind the Clean Power Plan, a key component of the Obama administration’s Paris climate agreement. Reports have also surfaced that top officials in the Trump administration are divided on whether to pull out of the Paris protocol. Trump should keep his campaign promise and withdraw, not just from Paris, but from the entire United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The domestic regulations President Barack Obama submitted as the United States’ national determined contributions to the Paris Agreement aim to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. Global warming regulations for new and existing power plants will drive electricity bills higher for families and businesses. Fuel efficiency … Read entire article »

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In Aircraft Carrier Speech, Trump Makes Strong Case for Rebuilding the Navy

In a speech on board the next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the U.S. Navy fleet, eliminate cuts to our national defense, and “give the men and women of America’s armed services the resources you need to keep us safe.” His remarks are a welcome tone of greater commitment to the U.S. military, which has struggled under budget cuts in recent years. It will take a focused, long-term commitment by both the president and Congress to make good on these pledges. Trump called the USS Gerald R. Ford a “monument to American might that will provide the strength necessary to ensure peace” and said, “This carrier and the new ships in the Ford-class will expand the ability of our nation to carry out vital missions … Read entire article »

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Bakers Accused of Hate Get Emotional Day in Court

The ongoing battle between gay rights and religious liberty escalated Thursday as husband-and-wife bakers in Oregon appealed their case after being ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. “Everything up to this point has been administrative hearings,” Aaron Klein, co-owner with his wife Melissa of the since-closed bakery, told The Daily Signal afterward. “Every time we tried to make a constitutional argument it was stomped on, because it was administrative law,” he said. “But now we’re finally in a courtroom where the Constitution and due process can be argued on a level we haven’t seen before. I’m looking forward to seeing the outcome.” In court, an attorney for the Kleins again argued that designing and baking a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage would … Read entire article »

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Government Watchdog Questions Sessions’ Need for Recusal From Russian Probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he would recuse himself from any Justice Department investigation that relates to the 2016 presidential campaign. “He should only recuse himself from the investigation of illegal leaks,” @TomFitton says. “My staff recommended recusal. They said since I had involvement in this campaign, I should not be involved in any campaign investigation,” Sessions said at a press conference Thursday. “I have studied the rules and considered the comments and evaluations,” Sessions said. “I believe those recommendations are right and just. Therefore, I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the [Donald] Trump campaign.” Sessions said he did not meet with Russian operatives about the election. Some government ethics experts contend the recusal wasn’t necessary—at least not from a probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He … Read entire article »

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45% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Forty-five percent (45%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending March 2.    That’s unchanged from the previous week. This is the sixth week in a row that this finding has been in the mid-40s after running in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016.  The latest finding is again higher than any week during the Obama presidency. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national telephone survey of 2.500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from February 26-March 2, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level … Read entire article »

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Voters Rate Jobs Most Important on Trump’s Agenda

Voters agree with President Trump’s emphasis on new jobs in his speech last week to Congress, and most expect him to achieve at least some of the ambitious agenda he laid out. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 2 and 5, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology. … Read entire article »

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