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Protests and Violence in Iran; The Incredible Shrinking Federal Government

Happy New Year! Here is the Daily Briefing for Sunday, December 31, where we round up the day’s biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look. Protests, Violence in Iran Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the past three days, protesting government corruption, economic woes, and the repressive theocracy.  ...

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National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human exceptionalism holds that every one of us is inherently equal, both in moral value, and properly, under the law. Or to put it another way, no human being should ever be treated as an object, only and always a subject.  Which is why slavery and human trafficking are intrinsic evils that ...

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Winning on the 5th Circiut: A Year-End Judicial Triumph for Constitutional Conservatives

The news got lost in a lot of the end of the year taxapalooza, but the administration, which even the most Trump-skeptical conservative would have to acknowledge has done an excellent job on judges ( a record 12 appellate judges were  confirmed this year) scored another major victory in mid-December ...

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Iran Protests & Economic Issues: Some Thoughts

There has been a second day of violent protests in Iran that have spread to at least 20 cities. The protests reportedly began over economic issues when Iranian officials raised food prices and the doubling of the price of eggs. Iran has huge economic problems with youth unemployment at 40 ...

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Trump’s 2017 Record: A Postscript

The latest issue of NR includes an article of mine on Trump’s policy accomplishments in 2017; a version of it ran online earlier this week. I included the nomination and confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch in the list of accomplishments, although one reader has responded that it’s a change in ...

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Since When Is it Wrong To Be Alan Dershowitz?

Anyone who’s followed the career of Alan Dershowitz knows three things about him. First, he’s a civil libertarian. Second, he’s a defense lawyer to his very core. Third, he’s fearless — the higher profile and more unpopular the case, the more he’s willing to ride into legal battle. His work ...

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Trump on Senator Joe Manchin: ‘He’s really not a centrist. And I think the people of West Virginia will see that.’

A safe bet: these comments from President Trump in an interview with the New York Times will play a big part in the National Republican Senate Committee’s efforts against West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin next year. TRUMP: So. … We started taxes. And we don’t hear from the Democrats. You ...

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Trump on Health Care – Yuval Levin

There’s lots to marvel at in the partial transcript the New York Times released of reporter Michael Schmidt’s interview with President Trump yesterday. But I think my favorite part has got to be this little bit about health care: But Michael, I know the details of taxes better than anybody. Better ...

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The Three Martini Lunch End-of-the-Year Awards

The Three Martini Lunch End-of-the-Year Awards As mentioned earlier this week, Greg Corombus and I end our podcast’s year by handing out awards based upon the categories of the old McLaughlin Group. A selection of some of our choices in the traditional categories… Most underrated political figure: I went with ...

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Trump: Mueller Will Be Fair; More Christians Slaughtered in Egypt

Check out Bill’s Daily Briefing for Friday, December 29, where we round up the day’s biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look. Trump: Mueller Will Be Fair In an impromptu interview with the New York Times in Florida, President Trump expressed confidence that he will be treated fairly by special ...

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