Newspapers need to stop whining, restore trust with public

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The smarter newspaper publishers concluded long ago that newspapers made a mortal mistake by making their news reports free in the dawn of the digital age, thinking free samples would swell circulation numbers and show prospective subscribers what they would miss if they didn’t pay up. Hard-headed businessmen and business women, ranging from corner grocers to automobile mechanics to bordello madams, could have told them that you can’t make a profit on your product by giving it away. Newspapers have their problems, and none of them will be resolved by pitiful cries for mercy. Trust is what needs fixing.

The internet under siege

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Washington loves to talk about the “infrastructure crisis.” Building out this is one area of vital internet infrastructure investment won’t cost a dime of taxpayer money. It will provide our schools, families and businesses almost unlimited access to volumes of information, entertainment and data that all of the supercomputers of the world in the 1970s couldn’t offer even at a cost of billions of dollars. Now it will be available to Americans for pennies. All we need for this information-rich future is to have the government get out of the way. Is that really so hard?

I Get A Nice Mention On Rush

Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh gave me a nice mention on his program. Rush’s point was that the targeting of voters based on such markers as their consumer habits and other behavior has been around politics for a long time, but with all due respect to Rush, what’s he mean by “was”?

Counterpoint: China's 27-Year Undeclared War on the U.S.

In 1991 Chinese Communist leaders declared, "The new Cold War between China and America has begun.” China has been at war with us ever since.  And when your enemy says you are at war, then you are at war, whether you want to be or not.

How to Deal with Newly Empowered Xi Jinping

Politically, Washington should treat the PRC as a serious competitor. Depending on the issue, China may be adversary or friend. The U.S. should emphasize areas where the two nations’ interests coincide and look for compromises where interests diverge. Washington cannot dictate: negotiation over contested issues is inevitable.

GOP Senate Must Confirm Trump’s Conservative Nominees

It is unconscionable that a Republican Senate majority would facilitate the Far Left’s efforts to continue Obama's policies by not confirming immediately Trump nominees Ajit Pai and Russell Vought.

Cruz circulates plan to stop U.S. Internet giveaway

Rudy Takala, Washington Examiner

Cruz's "Protecting Internet Freedom Act" would direct the Department of Commerce to retain ownership of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. The administration has sought to transfer the agency, which is responsible for administrative functions that transform code into language on the Internet, to an international authority called ICANN. Lawmakers worry that arrangement could empower countries like China and Iran to engage in more censorship, either at home or abroad.

Obama Giving Up America’s Digital Sovereignty

If Republicans and free speech advocates allow the Obama plan to end the U.S. government relationship with ICANN to go forward it will remove American constitutional protections from what is arguably the last free place on Earth.