North Korea

Trump Brings Home Christians Held By North Korea

Tony Kim,  Kim Hak-song and Kim Dong-chul were engaged in Christian missionary work in North Korea. Each of the former detainees was targeted because of his Christian faith and as a faithful Christian each was seen as an existential threat to the North Korean regime.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Tuesday’s GOP primaries could equate to more conservative troops in DC

As would be expected Tuesday’s GOP primary election results were a mixed bag for both conservatives and the establishment. Several good people ended up winning – now the hard work begins for grassroots groups to get these candidates elected and headed to the swamp next year.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: ‘Trumpism’ may be a myth but hostility to the president is very real

Questions over the meaning of “Trumpism” will continue long past Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House. Trump’s supporters believe the outsider president is bringing a refreshing new approach to efforts to drain the DC swamp; Trump’s enemies can’t bash him enough. Where’s the middle ground?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Playing by the (senate) rules will guarantee defeat for GOP this year

In some ways rules are made to be broken. Just like with a law that’s repealed, rules outlive their usefulness and validity. Republicans would be smart to remember that bold moves – i.e. “breaking rules” – would not only help pass their agenda; the public would reward them for it too.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If chaos equals success for the Trump administration, bring on more of it

The media created narrative of “turmoil” in the White House has clearly taken hold with the public yet it remains a mystery whether it will hurt Republican candidates this year or Trump’s reelection chances in 2020. All we can do is dig below the surface to see where the truth lies.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Should conservatives be worried about what the media isn’t telling us?

Conservatives instinctively know to question everything that’s reported by the liberal mainstream news media but the recent flare-ups over the Correspondents’ dinner and the ongoing pampering of Hillary Clinton are especially troubling. How much bias is there and what are they not telling us?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: GOP’s secret weapon in November just could be the deranged Democrats

The end of the first week in May is never a good time to make accurate predictions as to what will happen on Election Day in November. A million things could occur in the next six months, but one factor will remain the same regardless – Democrats will always be Democrats.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Ted Cruz speaks out on Senate inertia, ruling class makes lame excuses

The Republican “team” isn’t going to get anywhere by sitting on their hands and waiting for November to be over so they’ll know if they’re still in the majority or not. Senator Ted Cruz is the type of leader the GOP needs – the party should govern now like there’s no tomorrow.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ guaranteed jobs proposal would savage American work ethic

Government can’t provide what it doesn’t possess nor can legally obtain. Democrats’ promising everyone a guaranteed job is not only unconstitutional, it’s impractical and would completely undermine the American work ethic. Perhaps most disturbing is the media’s acceptance of the scheme as serious.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Americans need to see if Jim Jordan could make difference for the GOP

Jim Jordan is just the type of new leader who could really make a difference this year – not only in the upcoming midterm elections but also by helping accomplish the draining of the swamp. Here’s thinking voters would respond positively to the opportunity Jordan represents in this regard.

Korean 'peace' must include nuclear disarmament

Editors, Washington Examiner

While smiles and pledges are good, they must not distract Trump from the exigency of time. He should meet Kim Jong Un as soon as possible and test the sincerity of his interlocutor’s smile by requesting that IAEA snap inspectors be given immediate access to North Korean laboratories. We must verify that North Korea has stopped its development of nuclear and ICBM technology. We must also be able to make sure that North Korea abandons all its nuclear weapons.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Dems’ false delusions poisoned political debate in America today

Democrat elites’ contempt for average Americans is sometimes well-hidden but crops up often. Washington swamp creatures know (or care) little about the struggles of the common folk – and with the tone of political debate deteriorating by the moment, there’s scant hope it will ever improve.

Where to Hold the Kim-Trump Summit?

The prospective summit is a dramatic, unpredictable step that just might fix a problem which appeared to be insoluble. The location of such a meeting should be equally unique. Both President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim have flair for the dramatic. Why shouldn’t their location choice for the summit reflect a little daring?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Feckless Congress forces Trump’s attention to the foreign policy realm

With Republicans’ attention dominated by the 2018 midterm elections it will likely take a major foreign policy breakthrough to get President Trump noticed this year. Trump is accomplishing what he can through executive authority – conservatives must pressure Congress to do the rest.

Cleaning House Is Not Enough

Cleaning house of the Obama – McMaster – Tillerson holdovers at State and the NSC isn’t enough. President Trump's national security team needs, not just a house cleaning, but a complete staff renewal that will reinvigorate it with seasoned professionals who share President Trump’s national security goals and will implement them, instead of undermining them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Celebrities and pols who won’t stand for values are life’s biggest wimps

Standing up for what you believe in takes a lot of guts. Whether it’s Shania Twain, a person answering a public opinion survey or a United States senator there’s always going to be someone criticizing you. How you defend your values reveals a lot about your character and judgement.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: NeverTrumpers cling to hope Trump will fall on his face ahead of 2020

The president can’t be blamed for Congress’s inability to push through conservative agenda items. Trump is far from perfect but he’s tried every means possible to get things moving. Instead of plotting a possible 2020 challenger, his GOP enemies should be putting more pressure on Capitol Hill.

A Trump even Sweden has to appreciate

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Saving tens of millions of fellow humans from annihilation in a nuclear holocaust would be great and all. But my favorite part about Mr. Trump ushering in peace on the Korean Peninsula would be watching those pious goats in Sweden have to hand over a Nobel Peace Prize to New York real estate tycoon Donald Trump! Unlike past Nobel Prize winners Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Albert Gore and Barack Obama, Mr. Trump will have actually accomplished something.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why we should intervene and tell Hillary why she’d never be president

Democrats tried the “first woman president” thing with Hillary Clinton in 2016. Being female simply isn’t enough of a basis to stake a candidacy. Americans might not be the most sophisticated political actors in the world, but they aren’t stupid…at least half of them, anyway.

The Democratic terror of a miracle in North Korea

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

This White House has been widely rebuked by the Democrats for its leaks and chaotic way of doing business, and often deserving of such rebuke, but this time it kept a secret. If there’s anything worse than a leak in Washington, it’s being left out of the leak. And if there’s anything worse than a national calamity, it’s for the wrong man getting the credit for making it go away. If Donald Trump achieves a dramatic breakthrough on the Korean peninsula, the credit and praise for it will be muted if it makes any noise at all on the other side of the partisan divide. The president can count on it.