Thornbury: An Opportunity For Innovation

Greg Thornbury on WikiLeaks

The other day—here in Manhattan—leaders from Silicon Valley paid a call to President-elect at Trump Tower. With the notable exception of Peter Thiel, it was a group that had been roundly critical of Mr. Trump. But all of a sudden leaders from Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook were all making nice. Why?

Isn’t it obvious? Trump’s good for business. He has routinely decried the fact that the corporate tax rate for the United States is among the highest in the world – exceeded only by the United Arab Emirates. It’s one of the reasons Apple has moved so much of its operations to places like Asia and Ireland.

In the midst of the anti-business Obama years, Trump told Silicon Valley innovators something very powerful: you may not be behind me, but my administration will be behind you.

Said Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: “this could be the innovations administration.”

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Record Cold Temperatures …. Global Warming to Blame

Only scientists and the left would tell you that because of global warming we are having record cold temperatures in the northeast, explains Dennis Prager. Join Dennis Prager’s premium content website at Pragertopia.com.

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Obama’s Feeble Responses on Russia at His Final Press Conference

Michael Medved plays clips from President Obama’s last press conference where he covers the topic of Russian interference in the presidential election. Join Michael Medved’s premium content website at MedvedMedhead.com.

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Thornbury: A Pragmatic Pick

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The nomination former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State by President Elect Donald Trump caught most political observers off-guard. Some expressed “serious concerns” about the pick, citing Tillerson’s past business ties to Vladimir Putin. Others severely criticized the ex-CEO’s record on abortion and LGBT advocacy issues. There’s so much controversy that he might not be confirmed.

So what should we make of this choice? Call it the Trump mindset. Look at his cabinet choices: not many lawyers, bureaucrats, or politicians. The President Elect is less concerned by what people think than what they’ve built.

He’s profoundly anti-ideological. He’s interested in America getting the best “deal” abroad. He thinks that’s what the American people voted for.

Despite all of the criticisms — Trump thinks people voted for him to find “doers” and the political class has failed to convince him they’re up to the job.

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Mohler: Scott Pruitt Ought to Be Confirmed

President-elect Donald Trump continues to make news with his announcements for positions within his administration. One confirmation battle to watch is that of current Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt selected by Trump as the new administrator for the EPA—the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Washington Post made the case against Pruitt in their editorial titled: “A man who rejects settled science on climate change should not lead the EPA.”

They cite a statement in an article made by Pruitt in National Review back in May when he wrote that debate on climate change is “far from settled.” He also said that “debate should be encouraged.”

It was a carefully-worded statement. Pruitt does not deny that there is a human impact on the climate. He doesn’t deny what’s called now the reality of climate change. He says that the debate is not settled and the degree and the extent of global warming is not yet fully known.

Scott Pruitt ought to be confirmed … and yes: the debate over climate ought to be encouraged.

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House Republicans Plot Quick Obamacare Repeal

The story also notes “Aides … said Republicans are committed to using what is known as “regular order,” in which legislation is passed through committees instead of being crafted at the last minute behind closed doors” (Washington Examiner).  From Ed Morrissey on Democrats:  Facing perhaps the most daunting election in decades, at least a few of them have finally figured out that ObamaCare kicked off their long trek into the wilderness. Now that many of them will have to answer for it in 2018, they’re suddenly a lot more open about working with Republicans on an alternative — after the GOP kills ObamaCare for them first (Hot Air).  From another story on the subject:  Twenty-five Democrats are on the ballot in 2018, including 10 in states that Donald Trump just won. The GOP is betting that many or most in the latter group will be under irresistible pressure to back an Obamacare replacement, if the alternative is leaving millions of people in the lurch without insurance (Politico).  They must hurry, costs continue to skyrocket (Washington Times).

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THR 12/17/16: Hillary Blames Fake News for Her Loss … What’s Next?

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Mike Gallagher talks with former CIA agent Gary Berntsen about the Democrats’ claims that the Russians interfered with the presidential election. Dennis Prager looks at the left’s hysteria over fake news. Hugh Hewitt talks interviews Trump’s soon to be Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about the president-elect’s top priorities once taking office. Hewitt also chats with columnist Bret Stephens about Russia’s role in destabilizing the world and thwarting U.S. interests. Michael Medved examines video game addiction in the U.S. Mike Gallagher learns more about Michael Medved’s latest book on divine providence in the U.S. Larry Elder wraps up the program with another look at fake news and a Hillary supporter.

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