Alex Is Wrong About Peace With North Korea

In addition to guaranteeing perpetual war, Alex's approach to foreign policy resembles high school politics where the clique of self-declared "cool kids" decide who is good enough to join their privileged club. In his view, America is the sole arbiter of who can be considered a "legitimate" leader – on what basis it should occupy such status is unclear. That is at the heart of his critique of Donald Trump's decision to meet Kim. Never mind, the approach advocated by his foreign policy idol Hillary has not yielded any results except North Korea perfecting their nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Never mind that even if Trump had chosen to follow the example of his predecessors Kim would still have legitimacy for the simple reason that he's in power. Perhaps China, the sponsor of the North Korean leader, is the only country that can decide whether Kim has legitimacy - certainly not the United States.

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Time To Repeal And Replace The White House Press Corps

Trump’s frustration with the mainstream media is perfectly understandable. Disproportionate coverage has been given to the Mueller investigation while any news that reflect well on the administration has been given short shrift. It should be clear by now that tweeting “fake news” and “witch hunt” is not going to address the problem. Sarah Sanders reading touching letters from American children to the president or baking pies for the press will not make any difference. The Trump administration needs to accept that his election represents a personal defeat for mainstream media. They truly believe the Trump administration represents a triumph for white supremacy and feel a moral obligation to do everything in their power to destroy it. It’s not rational. It's not fact based. No amount of evidence that the Trump policies are benefiting minority communities more than his predecessor will change their minds.

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Maxine Waters Must Be Censured

Will Republican leaders finally hold Democrats accountable for their reckless rhetoric this time? After Maxine Waters delivered her latest incendiary comment calling for the harassment of Trump officials, Representative Andy Biggs introduced a bill calling for her censure. Even Paul Ryan, whose instinct is to always steer clear of any controversy, called for her to apologize. That may not seem like much, but given the Republican reluctance to confront Democrats – especially when the Democrat in question happens to be a woman and a minority – it is an improvement. Nevertheless, if history is any guide, the GOP will back down and once again will let the Democrats off the hook.

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America's Isolation: Inevitable But Necessary

“It would also be mistaken to blame Trump for America's current isolation, as the pundit class has done ever since the acrimonious conclusion of the recent G-7 meeting. The president is simply carrying out what Americans have voted for for the last two decades. In 2000, George W. Bush promised a more "humble" foreign policy, and ran on ending America's role as the world's policeman. The terrorist attack on 9/11 caused Americans to back a more interventionist foreign policy, but it was a temporary reprieve. In 2008, Barack Obama was able to defeat the Clinton machine and war hero John McCain by promising to bring the troops home and renegotiate NAFTA. Eight years later, and again the candidate who pledged to end free trade and military interventions prevailed over candidates who defended the status quo. If not Trump, someone else with the same foreign policy and trade views would have come along eventually. Washington cannot ignore the will of voters for eternity.”

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How the Italian Establishment Helped the Populists Win

It has been a tumultuous three months in Italian politics, complete with high drama, plot twists, and the breaking of well-established norms. Just as events seemed to be spinning out of control, all the key players were able to step back from the brink and engineer a happy ending – especially for the populists. It was never supposed have turned out this way. The Italian establishment took every precaution to make sure that the populists would never be able to enter the halls of power – or that if they did, they would be kept on a tight leash. In the end, the unthinkable happened. The two populist parties – Five Star Movement on the Left and La Lega (The League) on the Right – came together, agreed on a legislative agenda for the next five years, and formed the first populist government in Western Europe. It is the old establishment that finds itself on the outside looking in.

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Blue Wave Turning Into A Blue Ripple

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a piece arguing that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had taken to the national level the same electoral strategy as Wendy Davis’ losing 2014 campaign for Governor of Texas. Both Hillary and Wendy pinned their hope for victory on women and turning out a record number of Latino voters. To achieve their objective, both relied on portraying their respective Republican opponents as misogynist, bigoted, and simply too extreme to govern. I concluded my article by raising the question of whether Hillary would suffer the same fate as Davis, and she did. Remarkably, the Democrats have decided that the surest way to win control of Congress this year is to adopt the same tactics, rhetoric, and policy positions that have delivered two losses. Will the third time be the charm? Doubtful.

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Prince Harry Will Complete Princess Diana's Mission

Meghan Markle is not royal family material by any stretch of the imagination, and it has nothing to do with her being biracial. Actually, her biracial background has been used effectively to silence any criticism – only racists who do not wish to modernize the monarchy could object to such a brilliant match!  In reality, Meghan could be fully black or white and she still would be unsuitable. Also, it has nothing to do with the fact that she is a commoner. No blue blood flows through Catherine Middleton, but her family runs among the highest circles of British society, and both Kate and her sister Pippa were groomed to be the wives of aristocrats or upper class men.  Meghan is not British, and thus no appeal can be made to the sentiment that any British girl can grow up to be a princess.  She is unsuitable because she is a divorced, older, C-list actress with a dysfunctional family who has already provided many cringe-worthy moments for the monarchy, and is sure to provide more in the future. Her father’s last-minute health scare was probably planned to cover for the fact that he was never invited to the wedding --along with the rest of the family except for her mother – who is, frankly, its only presentable member.

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