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  1. Pardoning Scooter Libby Hurts All of Us
    Valerie Plame, Washington Post
    Donald Trump is not known for nuance, and so the timing of his pardon of former vice president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury more than a decade ago, aroused suspicions. Didn’t the president have better things to do, like meet with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to plan the attack on Syria? Was Trump really going to go where President George W. Bush himself resolved not to go, despite repeated and intense badgering by Cheney, who in the last days of the Bush presidency said to him, “I can’t...
  2. Hey, Joe Scarborough, Must You Politicize Every Tragedy?
    David Harsanyi, Federalist
    Being skeptical about your government does not make you, in any way, responsible for the violence perpetrated by domestic terrorists.
  3. Did James Comey Try to Blackmail President Trump?
    Byron York, DC Examiner
    There was great indignation and much disapproval last year when it was reported that President Trump had asked then-FBI Director James Comey for "loyalty." Such a request, it was said, was more characteristic of a mob boss than a president -- "mob boss" being a phrase Comey himself would use in a book whose title (A Higher Loyalty) he took from the president's request.
  4. Haley, Integrity Intact, Is Exception to the Trump Rule
    A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics
    Nikki Haley’s surprising remonstrance, issued this week from under the bus, earned huzzahs from both parties and showed the world what successfully surviving service in the administration of President Trump looks like. It also showed the lady can throw some damn good shade.
  5. The War Party Is Ready for Haley 2020
    Daniel McCarthy, The Spectator
    Nikki Haley is at war with Donald Trump. She may be his ambassador to the United Nations, but she wants to set a foreign policy all her own, closer to the global interventionism of George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton than to the muscular but restrained foreign policy that Trump campaigned on in 2016. Her differences with the president were on stark display this week, as she first announced sanctions against Russia that Trump had not approved, then shot back at the new director of the national economic council, Larry Kudlow, when he offered a diplomatic interpretation of her mistake. Kudlow...
  6. The Democratic Terror of a Miracle in North Korea
    Wesley Pruden, Washington Times
    Trying to spark a new romance, or even arrange a weekend tryst, is not always easy. It’s impossible with the help of spectators eager to throw things, not orange blossoms but sticks and stones with sharp edges. But that’s how Washington tries to conduct diplomacy, circa 2018.
  7. How to Prepare a Post-Trump Renaissance in Diplomacy
    Nicholas Kralev, NY Times
    Diplomats have time to find solutions to long-term problems â?? and those created by Mr. Trump's neglect.
  8. Can West Virginia Republicans Take Down Manchin?
    Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard
    Can West Virginia Republicans take down Joe Manchin?
  9. The Blue Wave Is Receding? Not Really
    Albert Hunt, Bloomberg
    Two polls show improved Republican prospects in November. Now let's look at what's really going on.
  10. Official Washington's Crimes Are Slowly Being Exposed
    Emmett Tyrrell, Am. Spectator
    William Casey was my lawyer. One day I came into my office and found a large man sitting on my desk. I greeted him amiably, and he greeted me amiably. Yet, he was still siting on my desk. At some point in our meeting we settled into a more conventional seating arrangement, and Bill began to tell me about the world as he analyzed it at the time, the late 1970s. I then made two decisions. If Bill agreed to be my lawyer I could take on anyone. What is more, he knew prodigious amounts about the world. He had brought charts and maps. He would be my foreign policy advisor.
  11. Lock Them Up! Republicans Go Full Banana Republic
    Heather Digby Parton, Salon
    If I had read this opening paragraph of a CNN story four years ago I would have assumed it was actually an excerpt from a bad movie script:
  12. Democrats Should Give Pompeo a Chance to Fix the Iran Deal
    Eli Lake, Bloomberg
    If confirmed as secretary of state, he could have the standing to persuade Trump to salvage it.
  13. Trump's Actions Make Many Military Leaders Uncomfortable
    James Stavridis, Time
    Ret. Admiral James Stavridis explains why the state of affairs is bad for national security
  14. Without a Comey Prosecution, No Hope for Healing America
    Steve Hilton, FOX News
    As fired FBI Director James Comey continues his self-centered, self-abasing book tour, it's clear that he's on a path to self-destruction as well â?? destroying his own reputation.
  15. The Russia Probe & the Delusion of American Elites
    Kirk Bennett, American Interest
    The utility of the Mueller investigation has not been the uncovering of collusion, or even in the badgering of an Administration perceived as loathsome. Rather, it has allowed American elites to avoid facing uncomfortable questions about the factors that put Trump in the White House.

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