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If Republicans Really Control The Senate…

If Republicans really control the Senate, then why are they making confirming Republican President Donald Trump’s department heads and subcabinet posts so difficult? A case in point is the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine to serve as administrator of NASA, whose nomination has languished since September 2017.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Ryan’s exit equals big chance for conservatives to break GOP leaders

When Paul Ryan officially leaves Congress people will remember him as the humble Wisconsin boy who always put on a positive face and did his best in the House. Conservatives will remember all the things Ryan didn’t do – and the next speaker had better be prepared to make things right.

Why I Won't Read James Comey's Book

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

I thought high-level government officials like Comey were not supposed to publish kiss-and-tell tomes like this what seems like minutes after leaving their position. It was contractually prohibited. Or was that just the CIA?  Whatever the case, it's more than unseemly. It's repugnant. The publication of this book is just one more indication, as if we needed one, that the FBI is a rancid, corrupt organization that should be disbanded.

Syria: Wrong War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Doug Bandow, The American Spectator

In his televised address the president said what most Americans desperately want to hear: “No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East.” Finally, a president who understands the obvious in the Mideast. But President Trump needs to resist well-connected members of foreign policy establishment, including those who fill his administration, to make that a reality. Which means firmly, finally, and completely leaving Syria — including ISIS and chemical weapons — to others.

Ryan Endorses McCarthy For Speaker: We Remind The House GOP Just How Dumb And Incoherent McCarthy Is

Ryan, Scalise, Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry and the rest of the musical chairs boys in the House Republican “leadership” are hoping that their House colleagues and America’s grassroots conservative voters have forgotten why Kevin McCarthy did not get the nod for Speaker the last time the job was open, so we will remind them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Collateral political harm from Trump’s Syria strike impossible to measure

The days and weeks ahead will reveal the damage inflicted from Friday night’s strike in Syria. With military satellites, the on-the-ground destruction will be relatively easy to assess; far more uncertain is the fallout from Trump’s failing to keep his promises to stay out of the Middle East.

Is Trump Standing Down in Syria?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If investigators determine that Assad's forces used poison gas on civilians in Douma, Trump will have to decide whether to repeat the strike he made on Syria, a year ago, and, this time, risk war with Russia. He will have to decide by May 12 whether the U.S. walks away from the Iran nuclear deal. On May 15 comes the formal move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the 70th anniversary of the birth of Israel and of the Nakba, or "catastrophe," of the Palestinians, and the culmination of the Friday protests in Gaza that have turned so bloody. We and Mr. Trump are heading into interesting times.

Talk to Mueller? No, Trump Should Use His Bully Pulpit to Expose Mueller's Corruption

Kurt Schlicter, Townhall

Mueller’s only goal in this interview is to trick Trump into some innocuous inconsistency that he and his thugs can spin into perjury. But even if Trump doesn’t say anything incriminating, there is absolutely zero evidence to support the naive belief that these political hatchet men won’t just invent something. What about their behavior in this pseudo-legal abomination has provided you any evidence supporting the naïve notion that these people would hesitate to frame their quarry?

Mueller at the Crossroads

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

If the special counsel’s investigation has turned into a political cause, Mueller will no doubt prefer the third option. That is, Mueller’s report (and possibly more indictments of minor campaign aides) would probably appear shortly before the midterm elections. If Democrats win the House, then they will probably shut down all congressional investigations of the FBI and the DOJ — and perhaps all reviews of the actions of Mueller himself.

Jordan On Message As Conservatives Urge Run For Speaker

“Whoever is the next speaker, what matters most, I think it's time for a complete reset of our leadership. Congress' approval ratings are who knows how low,” said Rep. Jim Jordan. “It's time for a reset and a refocus on one primary objective: Doing what the American people elected us to do, doing what we told them we were going to do.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Republicans can use the good name of Gorsuch to keep the Senate

Republicans have a number of things to run on this year if they’d only use them. The Supreme Court vacancy (which led to Justice Neil Gorsuch) was a good reason to vote Trump in 2016; confirming more of Trump’s appointments will be strong incentive to vote for GOP senators in 2018, too.

Why Larry Kudlow Is Giving Donald a Chance

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Kudlow is for American conservatives a well-known quantity. He has been leading the free marketers since the days of Reagan. He is pro-growth and has been for decades. He will have to contend with Navarro, the director of the White House National Trade Council. Navarro is no free marketer. Let the better man win and let negotiations begin.

The Cohen Searches and Trump’s De Mini-Mess

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

This particular scandal was not caused by the Russia investigation, much as Trump seems determined to conflate the two. It is not the work of Bob Mueller, Jeff Sessions, or Rod Rosenstein. None of them had anything to do with the porn star going public. It was Trump’s conduct that caused this mess; it was the hare-brained scheme to cover up the mess that brings us to this pass. Trump doesn’t do contrition. That approach has taken him a long way, but I don’t think it will serve him well on this one.

Memo To House GOP: Save Your Majority Elect Jim Jordan Speaker

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Unlike Paul Ryan, whose refusal to sell the conservative ideas that elected Donald Trump has made a 2018 Democratic “Blue Wave” almost a self-fulfilling prophecy, Jim Jordan will hit the campaign trail and the airwaves to raise money, promote conservative candidates for the House and sell conservative policy solutions.

Military Not Enough: Conservatives Want Congressional Action on Border Security

A new FedUp PAC poll found that 90% of those responding agreed that “Congress should pass legislation to secure the border and send home the illegal aliens already here.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will mad voters carry a grudge against the GOP in this year’s elections?

Few would carry a grudge against someone who’s taking a position against the status quo and offers good arguments to back it up. The DC political establishment abhors anything that might upset their power structure – and conservatives have a good chance to do just that in 2018.

Trump's shoot-first style, panned by the press, may not be so crazy

Howard Kurtz, Fox News

Trump is extremely frustrated with the slow pace of government. Having rid himself of some of his more cautious aides, he's more determined than ever to trust his instincts and shake things up. And he does this by announcing, or tweeting, "decisions" that land with explosive impact in the media and political world. That forces everyone else to react. He moves the debate onto his turf.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Politically correct leaders to blame for dumbing down of our culture

The dumbing down of American culture shows up at the worst times and places – in school shootings, in the workplace and sometimes even in political movements like #NeverTrump. Eventually the truth will win out in these circumstances -- but by then will it be too late for us?

Has the War Party Hooked Trump?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

On John Bolton's first day as national security adviser, Trump is being pushed to embrace a policy of Cold War confrontation with Russia and a U.S. war with Syria. Yet candidate Trump campaigned against both. The War Party that was repudiated in 2016 appears to be back in the saddle. But before he makes good on that threat of a "big price... to pay," Trump should ask his advisers what comes after the attack on Syria. Lest we forget, there was a reason Obama did not strike Syria for a previous gas attack. Americans rose up as one and said we do not want another Middle East war.

Assad's Gas Will End the Iran Deal

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Iran Deal as we know it is dead. It was inadvertently gassed by Assad along with all the innocent civilians. (Also dead are Trump's hopes of getting out of Syria, at least in the short term.) Call it collateral damage -- of the best sort. When John Bolton takes office as national security adviser this week, he won't have to work as hard as he might have thought to withdraw from this absurd non-agreement whose details no one ever saw.