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Nikki Haley: Biggest Surprise Of 2017

When Nikki Haley was announced as President Trump’s choice for UN ambassador we looked at her ties to the Republican establishment and announced ourselves as, to say the least, skeptical, but Haley has proven to be one of President Trump’s more inspired personnel choices and her success in that role is the biggest surprise of 2017.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump’s winning formula needs a few tweaks, not a New Year’s overhaul

One can only hope Trump makes a few New Year’s resolutions, most notably a resolve to improve his approval ratings. But some things he’s doing don’t need to be changed; as the first president in decades who seeks to keep his campaign promises, Trump is already ahead of the game.

The Year of Media Freakouts

Brent Bozell, Townhall

The year 2017 unfolded into a massive surprise to liberals, who fully expected that before Christmas we would (a) all die in a nuclear war over President Donald Trump's tweets or (b) be swearing in President Mike Pence after Trump was impeached or petulantly quit because the news media were full of meanies. More than ever, the media see themselves as valiant tellers of truth. More than ever, thanks to the man to whose destruction they are committed, most Americans peg them as emotionally intense -- putting it nicely -- leftists.

Donald Trump's Very Good Year

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

2017 was pretty good for one year’s work by a guy who was never elected for anything before he ran for the presidency. Only a Never Trumper could complain. But expect the Mueller investigation to go on for a long time and expect the FBI to show increased attention to Jared Kushner. The year 2018 should be a happy one for Donald Trump, but there are reasons to be apprehensive.

Trying to take Trump seriously

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

2016 turned out to be a year in which it was wise to take Donald Trump as a political candidate seriously but not literally, in the inspired phrase of the Washington Examiner's Pittsburgh-based columnist Salena Zito. As 2017 is on the point of vanishing, it’s worth asking whether it’s time to take Trump seriously, if not literally, as a public policy maker.

Understanding the Trump Show

Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal

For this viewer, the meaning of the Trump show began to change with last week’s tax bill. Donald Trump normalizes nothing new and outré in our politics after all. He is but an effective parody of the politicians we have, and have long had. We are also learning something about the relationship, in our age, between the political show and movement, however fitful, on the nation’s business.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Republicans shouldn’t allow elites to lead them to whitewash in 2018

Republicans should rightfully be buoyed by their successes in the past month. Heading into 2018, however, there remain tremendous challenges to unite conservatives, choose good candidates for the midterm elections and put more “legislative points on the board.” Can they hold it together?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Who better to assess the American mood, Karl Rove or Donald Trump?

Everyone who voted for Trump knew what they were getting and his administration has thus far featured few unpleasant surprises. The White House may lack a true political operation but in many ways that’s a good thing. All signs point to Trump’s momentum being sustained.

Republicans Bet the Farm

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

On their legislative agenda, Republicans broke out of a slump. Though they got not a single Democratic vote in either chamber, they showed they can govern alone. On the lead item on the GOP-Trump agenda — taxes — they delivered. They shifted policy dramatically toward Republican philosophy. They wagered their future on their convictions. And the splenetic rage among Democrat elites suggests that they know they have suffered a defeat difficult to reverse.

Why the Remaining NeverTrumpers Should Apologize Now

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

A (political) a war is coming -- you can almost feel it in the air. We should all pray that it will be non-violent and work hard to keep it that way. But we should also have our ideological troops ready and prepared for that imminent battle for the hearts and minds. It's going to be pivotal. NeverTrumpers, please join. Past disagreements will be instantly forgotten and your skills immediately welcomed. I think you can depend on that.

Time for Trump to slow-cook the turkeys of Turtle Bay

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump's opportunity here is that taxpayer interests, global needs, and the U.N.'s incompetence all give him both the cause and the means of moral action. It says much about an organization that the relocation of an American embassy sparks more anger than Bashar Assad's slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Now, it's America's time to be angry and to demand change.

AG Jeff Sessions Opens Uranium One Investigation

This isn’t a fishing expedition, Attorney General Sessions is to be congratulated for ordering prosecutors to look into these matters to ensure that the public interest and law were followed throughout the process in light of very credible whistleblower allegations and the facts thus far revealed in the congressional hearings on Uranium One.

Irrational Obama-Era Labor Regulations Overturned

Irrational decisions by Obama's National Labor Relations Board, such as striking down a Hooters franchise policy requiring employees to be polite to co-workers and guests, have been overturned by the Trump board.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: 'Real' President Trump delivers America a very Merry Christmas, indeed

There’s quite a lot to celebrate this Christmas season. Thankfully Trump isn’t just an “animatronic” figure in a Disney program – he’s a real life president with a popular agenda and the brainpower and determination to follow through on his promises to Make America Great Again.

Coming Soon... 'Trump' Season 2!

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Trump should seize the moment of his most significant legislative victory to make the proverbial pivot and change that situation for the next season. He should do this by employing his not inconsiderable talents as an actor. He has told us he can act the role of a traditional president, literally at the blink of an eye. Time to do it. This does not mean that Trump should not be Trump.

The Risks and Rewards of Welfare Reform

Michael Tanner, National Review

Welfare reform could be both a political winner and an opportunity to do something tangible to benefit those who need it the most. It is a chance to show that the answer to poverty does not lie in creating new programs or spending more money. It is a chance to rewrite for the better 50 years of failed American public policy.

Trump Voters Winners In First 24 Hours Of Tax Reform

The Fake News media can kvetch about “trickle down” economics all they want, but $1,000 bonuses to Trump voters – frontline workers and managers – and companies announcing $15 an hour minimum wage is a huge political win for President Trump, and a big quality of life win for America’s hard-pressed working families.

New FedUp PAC Poll: FBI Scandal Requires Special Prosecutor

More than 94% of those responding to the latest FedUp PAC poll agree that recent revelations showing that the FBI has a pro-Clinton, pro-Obama, and anti-Trump partisan bias require investigation and that “we cannot trust the FBI to investigate itself.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Only Democrats would claim cutting taxes for everyone is a dumb idea

No matter the name, tax cuts are helpful to “real” people out there. Democrats will continue to slam Republicans regardless of what they do; if this tax episode hasn’t taught the GOP they’re engaged in a political fight to the death I’m not sure what it would take to convince them.

Is Trump an Island?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Would Trump let his deeds speak for themselves, he would quiet his enemies far more than he does with Twitter broadsides. In the prior eight years, Obama tried to invent achievement through soaring rhetoric about what he could never do. Trump seems just intent to diminish in tweets all that he has already accomplished in deeds. But no man is an island, and to press on, Trump needs to allow allies of his agenda to become allies of himself.