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David Davenport: Trump’s First Hundred Days: Doing What He Promised

Compromise

Since Franklin Roosevelt, presidents have been evaluated at the end of a hundred days.  Donald Trump drafted his own report card in a campaign speech last fall, saying what he would do in his first hundred days.

And here’s the surprising thing:  he’s doing what he said.

•    Appoint judges who would uphold the Constitution.  Neil Gorsuch. Check.
•    Construct a wall and limit illegal immigration.  No wall yet, but plenty of restrictions.
•    Reassess trade agreements—withdrew from the TPP, check.
•    Repeal Obamacare—no check, but working on it.
•    Impose term limits on Congress—no.
•    Remove restrictions on energy—yes.
•    Eliminate gun-free zones—not yet.
•    For every new regulation, eliminate two old ones.  Check, by executive order.
•    Instruct the Joint Chiefs to develop plans to protect America.  Check.
•    Label China a currency manipulator—maybe, but doubtful.

After 100 days, he’s batting .500 or more, which is better than my teams are doing.

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Lanhee Chen: Time To Deliver

Tax Reform

It can be tempting to try to draw far-reaching conclusions about the 2018 midterm elections from the special election results in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, where Democrat Jon Ossoff came close to winning the 50 percent of the vote he needed to capture the longtime conservative seat. But those midterms are more than 19 months away and a whole lot can change between now and then.

Voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district didn’t appear to be punishing Republicans for their inability to repeal and replace Obamacare in late March. A single failure to do so can be attributable to “growing pains.” But a continual inability to pass into law a conservative, market-based alternative to the Affordable Care Act will have electoral consequences for Republican congressional candidates across the country.

Now it’s time for President Trump and congressional leaders like Speaker Ryan to finally deliver. Failing to do so will impact election results not just in Georgia, but across America.

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DNC Pouring More Money into Ossoff

The story notes “Republicans got more votes yesterday in GA-06 than Democrats and unaffiliateds combined — even after the air-dropping of $8.3 million into Jon Ossoff’s campaign. Perez and the DNC had a huge organizational advantage and the normal opportunities afforded in special elections, and still couldn’t pull off the steal” (Hot Air). The incredible moment Ossoff is confronted with the fact that he doesn’t live in the district he seeks to represent (YouTube). A look at how Democrats overplayed their hand (Washington Examiner).  Another story claims it went as predicted (National Review). Karl Rove explains why both sides should be concerned (WSJ). The results made Alyssa Milano “want to puke” (Breitbart).

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Max Boot: U.S. Shouldn’t Move Beyond Saber Rattling With North Korea

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Max Boot joined Hugh Hewitt to discuss the looming potential of conflict between the United States and North Korea. Boot advises that the U.S. should not risk open conflict with North Korea, a nuclear armed state with tens of thousands of troops. Join Hugh Hewitt’s premium content website at Hughniverse.com.

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David Davenport: Why Hasn’t International Law Stopped Chemical Weapons in Syria?

Compromise

Where is international law when you need it? The Syrian government has again used chemical weapons on its own people, despite signing the international convention banning chemical weapons as well as a specific agreement to destroy them.

So why is this still happening? It’s one thing for countries to sign treaties but, if they turn out to be against their interest, they simply violate them later. Unfortunately there is very little enforcement of international law. The U.N. Security Council is usually blocked from acting by the veto of one or more of its permanent members.

So the U.S. is left to come to the rescue of international law and the Syrian people. One could question one nation taking it upon itself to enforce a treaty, but the soft nature of international law has never been strong on enforcement. It also doesn’t stop unilateral enforcement either if there’s a consensus that such action is appropriate.

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Michael Medved: No Quick Fix On Health Care

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President Trump and Speaker Ryan failed to notch a GOP victory by repealing and replacing Obamacare, but the defeat did highlight an important conservative principle. Conservatism has always emphasized incremental, pragmatic change, based on the will of a majority; it’s progressives who favor sweeping, radical, top-down decrees that ignore the popular will.

That was the core problem with Obamacare: trying to remake our entire health care system in one ridiculously complicated, widely unpopular piece of legislation. But now that Obamacare has been the law for seven years, Republicans shouldn’t repeat these mistakes—again, trying to reshape the whole system in a single bill.

Future Republican efforts must erase Obamacare step by step, building broad popular and bipartisan support, not attempting another over-hyped, and hyper partisan, quick fix.

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