SOTU – The Good, the Bad and The Opportunities Missed

from Conservative Review:

Trump must commit to ensuring policy overrides personality.

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Almost all of President Trump’s prepared policy speeches in primetime have been well written and capably delivered in the proper tenor. While State of the Union addresses in recent years have become less impactful, Trump’s speeches always have the potential to open the ears of more voters to his message because those turned off by him are primarily hostile to his persona, not his message. The fact that he delivers a serious and substantive speech gets him more mileage than a typical president. Thus, there is no doubt, much like last year’s address to Congress, this one will be well received, perhaps more so.

The speech was perfectly written to blend together the president’s unorthodox way of approaching issues together with formal rhetoric, story-telling, and props. Unlike with Clinton and Obama, the fact that this was a lengthy speech was actually a good thing. Americans need to hear this version of Trump more often. And those watching the optics of the speech were entreated to a spectacle where he looked quite moderate and the Democrats looked extreme beyond anything we’ve seen before – where there is no regard for American dreamers, victims of illegal alien crime, success against terrorists, or standing for the national anthem. read more

No to Protectionism Mr. President

from IBD:

High Tariffs And Weak Dollar Are No Way To Make America Great Again

As we’ve noted many times, President Trump’s first year was a rousing success when it comes to economic policy. But one new troubling exception has recently emerged: The Trump administration’s advocacy of a weaker dollar and trade protection. It’s a big mistake.

 In recent months, the U.S. dollar has weakened noticeably against other currencies. The Fed’s trade-weighted dollar index, which measures the dollar’s value against all of our trading partners, after adjusting for volume of trade, has fallen just over 8% in the past year, to a three-year low. That’s a sizable decline.

What concerns us is that the pace has picked up since the start of this year, with the dollar falling more than 3% since January 1 as talk of more trade protection for the U.S. economy gathers steam.  More importantly, the Trump administration has all but announced an explicit policy goal of having a weaker dollar. read more

Trump says Release the FISA Memo

from Zero Hedge:

Trump Ignores DOJ Warning, Notifies Sessions He Wants FISA Memo Released

 President Trump broke with the Department of Justice last week by calling for the release of a four-page “FISA memo” purportedly summarizing widespread surveillance absues by the FBI, DOJ and Obama Administration, reports the Washington Post.

The President’s desire was relayed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions by White House Chief-of-Staff John Kelly last Wednesday – putting the Trump White House at odds with the DOJ – which said that releasing the classified memo written by congressional republicans “extraordinarily reckless” without allowing the Department of Justice to first review the memo detailing its own criminal malfeasance during and after the 2016 presidential election.

The decision to release the memo ultimately lies with congress. read more

The Mueller Non-Firing Is a Distraction

from The Blaze:

Was the New York Times’ story about President Donald Trump’s desire to fire special counsel Robert Mueller used to distract the public from the doubt building around Mueller’s investigation?

A reporter for the Washington Free Beacon sure thinks so.

What happened?

More evidence was released this week that calls into question the objectivity of Mueller’s investigation. The questions stem from the anti-Trump bias of the investigation’s former top agent, Peter Strzok, who was reassigned last summer after the DOJ learned of anti-Trump, pro-Clinton text messages he exchanged with his mistress, FBI laywer Lisa Page. read more

The White House Immigration Framework is a Nightmare

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Lately I’ve be telling everyone not to panic over what Trump is saying in regards to DACA, the DREAMers and illegals in general. I’ve said not to place too much on what Trump says, but rather what he ends up doing.

But I have to say, it is difficult to do this time around. It’s difficult to dismiss, as this is not just Trump spouting off to some reporter. This is a written framework, written by the White House and released to Republican lawmakers. You may review it here, and I strongly suggest you do.

The White House Immigration “framework” proposal begins with the following:

The Department of Homeland Security must have the tools to deter illegal immigration; the ability to remove individuals who illegally enter the United States; and the vital authorities necessary to protect national security.

Wow. That sounds quite forceful, and comprehensive. And it is…comprehensive. Unfortunately, in Washington, comprehensive doesn’t mean what we think. To politicians, comprehensive is code for overly and purposely complicated, filled with loads of crap that detract from the President’s originally stated intent. That was, of course, to build a great wall along the entire Southern border and deport people here illegally. As illegal immigration is one of my “hot buttons,” it was one of the primary reasons I voted for him. read more

Will Mueller Actually get to Question Trump?

From Ben Stein at the American Spectator:

In September of 1967, I was a first year at Yale Law School, returning from a year recovering from acute colitis. My then gf, soon to be my wifey, and I went to a demonstration in the Graduate Student Commons in support of striking cafeteria workers. We were milling around, probably shouting slogans, and a hulking campus cop came up to my classmate, an extremely self-confident, smart fellow named Walter D. Waggoner. The cop said, “What’s your name, boy?”

Walter looked him dead in the eye and said, “I don’t have to answer your f–king questions.”

The cop stared and then walked away. read more

Conservatives Must Separate Trump the President from Trump the Man

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I have a disagreement with some conservatives. However, I choose not to name names due to my respect for them on so many other issues.

My disagreement is regarding the Trump presidency vs. Trump the man.

There is a story out there. Most of us have heard at least some of it – that Trump had paid off an adult film star, possibly with campaign funds, for an alleged affair Trump had in 2006. The payoff was meant to make his involvement with her go away. In other words – hush money.

Trump is accused of breaking two campaign finance laws by not reporting $130,000 of hush money paid to Stephanie Clifford, aka, Stormy Daniels – the aforementioned adult film star. One complaint was filed with The Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the other with the Justice Department.

No doubt Jeff Sessions will feel the need to recuse himself again and the left will demand another independent council. I don’t know this, but I won’t be surprised if it happens. read more

The Shutdown that Never Was

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Well, that was quick. The government shutdown (that isn’t a shutdown) came and went like the month of March. In like a Lion and

out like a lamb. All the hand wringing, finger pointing and bloviating on both sides – and for what? The dreaded and overhyped shutdown lasted less time than did the recent MLK long weekend shutdown. Pathetic.

Yet once again, all they did was kick the can down the road a yard or two, until February 8th. This theatric performance by both parties shows that the entire weekend row was nothing but politics and one-upmanship – symbolism over substance on both sides.

Neither the republicans nor the dems want a shutdown – ever. Truth be told, both parties, save for a scant few true conservatives, want to be able to spend as much as they wish with no restraints. It’s why government grows each and every year and why politicians think government exists. And why the budget never gets any smaller.

The only difference is the projects on which the two wish to overspend, which is why they all take elections so seriously. Elections real boil down to who controls that massive pile of federal money. read more

WND Exclusive – Trump Gets More Done in 1 Year than Most Do in 4

The political hacks on the left and still some on the right continue their attempts at trashing Trump, claiming he is racist, he’s obese and has other medical issues. They revel in his apparent low approval numbers and, of course, his “s—hole” comment heard ’round the world. Too busy are they even to notice how much good he’s done already. Or maybe they have noticed, which is why they are all in an absolute panic to try to hang the guy, before the rest of America figures it out.

Heck, have we ever seen such cooperation between North and South Korea? Not in my lifetime.

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Illegal Alien Transports are Still Happening

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Where would we be without groups like Judicial Watch (JW)?

We’d be living in nation filled with ignorant people – more ignorant than we currently are. We’d be living in a country that we thought was free, and open, and transparent, but in fact is not. We’d be living in the Soviet Union, minus the communism, jack boots and food lines.

Regardless of who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the Swamp just keeps on doing what they do.

One of President Trump’s major campaign issues was to solve the illegal immigration problem once and for all. And for his part, he’s been doing an admirable job. But he can’t do it all himself, and Judicial Watch has learned that he isn’t get much help from the Swamp.

Just yesterday, it was reported that, “Immigrants entering the United States illegally through the southern border are quietly being relocated to different parts of the country on commercial flights, high-ranking Homeland Security officials told Judicial Watch.” read more