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Outsiders vs. Insiders: For the GOP Congress it’s pass tax cuts now or pay with defeats later

There is no simple answer to why the GOP underperformed in last week’s elections. Debate will go on for some time, but the grassroots’ patience isn’t unlimited and the Republicans’ control of Congress is only guaranteed for another year. Decision-time is at hand.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: The reemergence of Biden and Romney shows it’s déjà vu all over again

Like in a low-budget horror movie, America’s formulaic political plot seems to be repeating itself. The old villains are rising from the dead to plague the system and nothing much is getting done to alter the status quo in Washington. Maybe it’s time for the film to conclude.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Because he fights, Trump can’t be spared -- but he still must win the war

Donald Trump is no fool; one hopes he will accept the lessons of 2017 and alter his course enough to win the only political struggle remaining before him – namely, the battle to become popular. If Trump truly wants to make America great again, it’s his only means left to do it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Republicans hold the key to their own success in the ‘18 midterm elections

There isn’t much use in trying to forecast what will happen in next year’s midterm elections so far in advance. For now, conservatives should focus on the things that can be controlled: nominating good candidates and pressing to pass President Trump’s winning agenda.

A Hidden Scandal Worse Than Uranium One

What could be worse than giving 20 percent of our uranium to Russia? How about giving a 35-year lease to one of America’s largest container ports to a Middle Eastern company with ties to Iran, North Korea, a Russian missile company, and the evil genius behind Saddam Hussein’s miniature nuclear warhead program?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Donald Trump’s epic 2016 win made America Great Again

Thoughts of Election Day 2016 still brings smiles to the faces of millions of people. Even better, in most ways, Trump has proven to be a very good if not exceptional president. It just goes to show the good guy sometimes wins – and the bad gal (and her hubby) needs to go to jail.

Tokyo Should Take Over Its Own Defense: Not Every Problem Is America’s to Solve

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Washington has spent more than seven decades playing globocop. The world has changed. So should U.S. policy—including toward Japan. Prime Minister Abe appears determined to make Japan a more capable security dependent of America. Washington should insist that he make his nation security independent.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Virginia gubernatorial election could determine the future of history

It’s hard to see how history will prevail without political leadership determined to protect it. Virginia may survive should Democrat Ralph Northam win today, but the question then becomes how long do any of us have before political correctness rules the entire country?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Kicking John Boehner out of DC was the first step in draining the swamp

If conservative organizations and grassroots groups hadn’t put pressure on John Boehner to leave, he might still be in Washington. The only expectations Americans hold for politicians is that they keep their promises – too much to ask from members of the ruling class, apparently.

Who Gets to Have Nuclear Weapons -- and Why?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Amid the chaos, until 2006 there were implied rules for the eight-member nuclear club. Now, after North Korea’s unhinged threats, those shared assumptions about nuclear poker are null and void. And no one quite knows what to expect next.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To solve the U.S. opioid crisis, start by treating cultural disease first

The American opioid crisis isn’t going to be solved in doctor’s offices, treatment centers or by politicians in Washington. All of these things will help treat the symptoms, but the real “cure” lies within the minds of the people impacted and the culture that’s working overtime to debase them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Ignorant and arrogant establishment proves resistant to life’s lessons

The first rule of business is to avoid offending your customers, a bit of common sense that shouldn’t need to be reinforced once experience provides the instruction. Unfortunately some in the conservative media and the NFL haven’t quite gotten the memo. Won’t they ever learn?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Even on Halloween liberals can’t trick people into believing them

There’s no hiding behind a mask for liberals pretending to be someone or something they’re not, even on this day. Most Americans see Halloween as an excuse to dress as someone we admire or wish to lampoon. Unfortunately for them, liberals can’t just dress as themselves.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: With Bannon as guardian angel the GOP senate will want to live again

Enacting Trump’s agenda into law is going to take leadership and actions by people who are willing to put themselves on the line politically to accomplish great things. To win, he’ll need more good senators in position. Men like Steve Bannon will make sure Trump gets them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Smart money says Dems and GOP elites choke in must-win situations

Common sense says the pressure is on Democrats to prevail in the Virginia election in two weeks and on establishment Republicans to stave off conservatives in next year’s primaries. One way or another there are so many “must-win” scenarios that someone’s going to end up a loser.