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“Never Trump” Republicans whine that Trump may say “never them”

Featured image David Nakamura of the Washington Post reports: They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again. But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — »

A Trump effect in Canada

Featured image In this post, I suggested that Great Britain’s refusal to join European governments in signing a joint agreement regarding negotiations for a two-state solution for Israel-Palestine may well be due to a “Trump effect.” Britain wants good relations with the new U.S. president. In particular, it would like a trade deal. Trump seems favorable disposed to negotiating one. It makes no sense for Britain to jeopardize this state of affairs »

Britain sticks up for Israel: Is this the Trump effect?

Featured image Great Britain has refused to sign a joint agreement supporting negotiations for a two-state solution for Israel-Palestine. Its representatives at a “peace” conference in Paris said the Foreign Office has “particular reservations” about the process, given that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas failed to show up and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the event “the last twitches of the world of yesterday.” We have particular reservations about an international conference »

Trump likely to move Britain to the front of the queue

Featured image President Obama famously warned the British that Brexit would put the United Kingdom at the “back of the queue” when it comes to trades deals. Fortunately, Obama will be out of the White House in a few days, and his successor has other ideas. President-elect Trump, in his first interview with the British press, said: I will be ­meeting with [Prime Minister Theresa May]. She’s requesting a meeting and we’ll »

Lewis vs. Trump

Featured image The mainstream media is tripping over itself in the rush to make hay out of Donald Trump’s exchange with John Lewis. “In feud with John Lewis, Donald Trump attacked ‘one of the most respected people in America,’” reads a headline in the Washington Post. The “respected people” quote is from John McCain. Whether Lewis will still be one of the most respected people in America after declaring Trump an illegitimate »

Dishonest CIA Director Rips Trump; Trump Should Rip Him Back [Updated]

Featured image John Brennan’s career in the Obama administration, first as counterterrorism adviser, then as Director of the CIA, has been a disaster. We have written about him many times; just search “John Brennan” on this site. Along with being an inept CIA Director, Brennan is a political hack. Today he went on Fox News Sunday and attacked Donald Trump. But the real news was Brennan’s inability to respond to questions about »

Trump Hits Back at John Lewis [Updated]

Featured image On tomorrow’s Meet the Press, Georgia Congressman John Lewis will say that he doesn’t consider Donald Trump to be a “legitimate president.” Chuck Todd: You have forged a relationship with many presidents. Do you plan on forging a relationship with Donald Trump? Rep. John Lewis: I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t »

Portland leftist defends L.L. Bean

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about the left’s attempt to organize a boycott against L.L. Bean. The boycott is due to the fact that Linda Bean, granddaughter of the company founder and a member of its ten-member Board, contributed to the Trump campaign. I applauded Donald Trump for pushing back against the boycott via a tweet urging folks to “buy L.L. Bean.” In my view, ordinarily it would be inappropriate for a »

Trump the Dinosaur?

Featured image Calling Trump a “dinosaur” is probably one of the milder insults you can make of him, and it’s certainly several steps down from flesh-eating Nazi devil. Still, much of the video below is pretty funny—and is part of my thesis that without Hollywood, Trump would likely not have won. No wonder Meryl Streep is apoplectic. (8 minutes long.) »

Trump backs L.L. Bean with tweet — good for him

Featured image The left, as is its wont, has organized a politically-motivated boycott against L.L. Bean, the outdoor gear and apparel company. The pretext for the boycott is that the Federal Election Commission charged Linda Bean, a granddaughter of the company’s founder and a member of its ten-person Board, with contributing more than the legal donation amount to a political action committee that supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (The company itself did »

Which Dems are behind the fake BuzzFeed story? [UPDATED]

Featured image It now seems virtually certain that the “dossier” on Donald Trump that was published earlier this week by BuzzFeed is fake news — a fiction intended to undermine the president-elect of the United States. The potential harm to our democratic process of introducing such material into political discourse is obvious — about as obvious as the release by Russian agents of DNC and Podesta emails. In one sense, the release »

Trump Bestrides the Liberals’ World Like a Colossus

Featured image As we and others have documented countless times, the liberal world has gone bonkers over Donald Trump. It is an odd thing: Trump isn’t even a conservative, or wasn’t until recently. Yet liberals have gone nuts over his ascendancy in a way that is unprecedented. They make fools of themselves hour by hour, and, weirdly, don’t seem to notice. The current issue of Vanity Fair, a celebrity-oriented Democratic Party magazine, »

Trump’s news conference

Featured image Scott has already flagged the golden highlight of president-elect Trump’s new conference this morning. I want to note what, for me, were some other highlights. Trump thanked the New York Times and other mainstream outlets for not running with the story about his alleged interaction with Russia during the election campaign. He singled out the New York Times for praise. It is deserved. Trump pushed back hard against the BuzzFeed »

Quote of the day

Featured image President-elect Donald Trump held his long-awaited press conference today amid heightened tensions created by the publication of the supposed dossier of compromising information by BuzzFeed. With respect to the salacious allegations about what may have occurred in a Russian hotel room, Trump explained that there is an inherent lack of credibility. “Does anyone really believe that story?” Trump asked. “I’m also very much of a germophobe, by the way, believe »

Fake News Jumps Fake Shark

Featured image Everyone knows the shark Fonzie jumped way back when was fake, right? So what do you get when fake news jumps the fake shark? You get the kind of stories about Trump that we’re seeing right now. First, Gizmodo runs a story about how the awful and evil Trump transition team is dismissing the people who run the National Nuclear Security Administration: Between the Trump transition team’s infighting, incompetence, and high-profile resignations, any decisions »

Allegation: Russia has compromising information on Trump [UPDATED]

Featured image The Washington Post and various other outlets are reporting that a classified document delivered to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump last week included a section summarizing allegations that Russian intelligence services have compromising material and information on Trump’s personal life and finances. According to the Post, U.S. intelligence agencies have not corroborated these allegations, which apparently are based on research done by an outside entity engaged in political consulting »

Has Trump made Republicans pro-Putin? [with correction]

Featured image The Washington Post has published a piece by James Kirchick called “How Trump got his party to love Vladmir Putin.” The title is ridiculous. Republicans don’t love Putin, and Kirchick’s article provides no evidence that they do. In fact, although Trump takes too soft a line on the Russian leader, there is no basis for saying that he loves, or even likes, Putin. The article itself is also over-the-top in »