Maintain Resolve on Conditions for Engaging North Korea

Korean Central News Agency via Korean News Service North Korea is in the news again and, surprisingly, it’s not because of yet another nuclear threat against the U.S. or its allies. North Korea will figure prominently in two sets of meetings: today’s U.S.–China summit between President Obama and Xi Jinping and resumed inter-Korean talks this […]

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Susan Rice to NSC: Obama Goes All In on Failed Policies

Newscom President Obama’s jarring choice of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to be the Administration’s new National Security Adviser showcases the President’s willingness to ride off a foreign policy cliff hand in hand with his ideological soul mate. In choosing Rice, the President fired a political shot across the bow of […]

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Buyer Beware: Secretary Kerry and Venezuela

MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA/Newscom On the margins of the general assembly of the Organization of American States in Guatemala, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Venezuela’s foreign minister, Elias Jaua, representing the democratically challenged and crisis-prone government of Nicolas Maduro, handpicked successor of the late Hugo Chavez and self-proclaimed victor of the April 14 presidential elections. […]

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Immigration: Getting No RESULTS

Photo credit: Jay Mallin/ZUMA Press/Newscom Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) will propose an amendment to the Senate immigration bill entitled “Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety, Upgrading Legitimate Trade and travel Simultaneously” (RESULTS). It should really be called the “NO-RESULTS” amendment. The amendment raises constitutional concerns and fails to solve the enforcement problems in the bill. Before […]

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Turkey: Erdogan’s Reality Check

HAMMI/SIPA/Newscom Has Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally worn out his welcome? The anti-government protests that began last Friday in Taksim Square against Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian leadership could become the start of a “Turkish Spring.” At the very least, if Erdogan does not implement serious reforms and address the widespread and legitimate grievances of […]

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Burma: Drawing the Line on Military Relations

Strunin Anatoly Itar-Tass Photos/Newscom Late last night, the House Armed Services Committee drew a line on American military relations with Burma. The committee passed an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act offered by Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of Defense should fully consider and assess the […]

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Obama Reinforces Failure with Susan Rice Nomination

President Obama gets high marks for loyalty to his closest political friends and allies, but his nomination of Susan Rice as National Security Adviser shows that his concern for the realistic security issues threatening the United States remains questionable. Rice was the frontrunner to replace Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State until her credibility was destroyed over […]

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Obamacare Cost Rises by $30 Billion

Newscom The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a new statement on the budgetary effect of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for fiscal years 2014 to 2023. The CBO did not model or update a full scoring of repeal. It found that the cost of Obamacare has increased by $30 billion since last July’s estimate […]

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Social Security’s Unfunded Obligation Rises by $1 Trillion

Newscom Contrary to claims by cheerful news sources, Social Security’s deficit outlook is not “unchanged” or “no worse.” Social Security’s unfunded obligation rose by $1 trillion according to the latest trustees’ report. U.S. taxpayers now owe $12.3 trillion to pay scheduled benefits—in addition to what Social Security can hope to collect from payroll taxes—over the […]

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