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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Immigration quagmire exposes both parties’ leadership deficit in DC

Leadership is in short supply for both parties and the American political situation has deteriorated because of it. No progress will ever be made on immigration until Republicans elect leaders willing to stand up for President Trump’s common-sense reforms. Democrats are simply hopeless.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Don’t allow ‘Chucky’ Schumer & Collins to blow up Trump’s Court pick

When the rubber hits the road public pressure will have little to do with whether President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee is confirmed or not. Schumer and Democrats can shout “extreme!” all they want and it won’t matter. The power is in Republicans’ hands; will they use it?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: America’s cultural split much deeper than clash between political tribes

Politics is not religion and there’s no such thing as partisan “tribes” unless people choose to create them in their own minds. America isn’t experiencing political sport and it's more serious than theater – we could be in the beginning stages of a civil war with no signs of a ceasefire.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: 4th of July fireworks a prelude to political pyrotechnics over Court

No doubt there will be many things on the minds of Americans as they celebrate the nation’s independence tomorrow, with the specter of the looming fight over the Supreme Court hovering in the foreground. The fireworks display this year will just be a prelude to the political pyrotechnics to come.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Who better understands conservatives, George Will or Donald Trump?

The jury’s still out on who will vote for whom in this year’s elections, but one thing’s for sure: George Will and the #NeverTrumpers won’t have much say in it. President Trump’s approval numbers are inching up slowly and Americans aren’t dumb -- the Democrats present no realistic alternative.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How do you spell game change in 2018? S-U-P-R-E-M-E C-O-U-R-T

President Trump likely didn’t beg Justice Kennedy to retire but no one would’ve blamed him if he had. Kennedy’s departure not only represents a golden opportunity to remake the Court for a generation, it also gives Republicans a winning cause to run on this fall. It’s game on for 2018.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Disagreements, curses & personal insults are as old as American politics

Partisan politics in our times has become one grand stage show. Both sides say outrageous things to draw media attention and goad their opponents. Disagreements and personal vendettas weren’t invented by our political class but it’s certainly been elevated to an art form by them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: No, Maxine Waters (and Democrats), God is definitely not on your side

Try as she might, Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats just can’t find anything to stick to Trump in the minds of the public. Now the left is taking off after administration surrogates Sarah Sanders, Pam Bondi, Kirstjen Nielsen and Stephen Miller, led by ultra-doofus Maxine Waters. Will they ever get it right?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Misplaced Dem outrage over illegals has backlash written all over it

Democrats think they’re clever by squeezing every bit of outrage over the illegal immigrant separation issue but history suggests they’re wasting their time. Just like with every instance of rage they’ve drummed up over Trump, they’re only shooting themselves in the electoral foot.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: GOP spending snafu is a huge quandary heading into November elections

It goes without saying it’ll take years to drain the Washington swamp and there’s no one person that can fully realize it. An informed citizenry is vital to the health of any Republic – otherwise elected representatives won’t do their jobs. It’s particularly problematic in the GOP right now.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Americans’ independent spirit evident as the world obsesses on soccer

It doesn’t take a genius to surmise the different peoples of the world all have distinct interests. Just because most of the planet sees the World Cup as the preeminent sporting event of our times doesn’t mean we must follow along. Thankfully Donald Trump knows to value Americans’ opinions first.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: With malice towards none & charity for all the GOP must solve immigration

Until Republicans take the proverbial immigration bull by the horns they’re going to end up on the wrong end of the public narrative. The media will give the GOP no credit and Democrats will fan the flames of discontent with inflammatory statements of their own. Who will stand up?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats try (and fail) to make America’s amnesty issue all about Trump

Democrats have taken to predicting uprisings and championing illegal aliens because they don’t have anything else to offer Americans. The debate over whether the GOP is Trump’s party will continue – but unless his dis-loyal opposition comes up with something better, he’ll remain in control.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Hapless Dems badly in need of crash course in political self-awareness

There’s no easy way to explain what’s wrong with Democrats these days; they’re wrong on policy, wrong on facts and wrong on personnel. There’s no telling how they’ll do in the midterm elections but even if successful they’re still in trouble. They’re a mess and don’t even realize it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Only in Trump’s America could showing too much pride get you in trouble

As long as there are people who look down on others for what they believe there will be conflict in this country. Whether it’s Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage or Trump’s view of international trade, there’s no sign of a ceasefire in the war to control the cultural narrative. We should all be prepared to battle.

Donald Trump's Historic Gamble

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Will he give up his most reliable deterrent against an attack by the United States or China? In the Kim-Trump relationship, this is where the rubber meets the road. Kim has seen how Americans treat nations — like Gadhafi's Libya, Saddam's Iraq, and Iran — that decline to develop or surrender the kind of weapons his country took decades to plan, test, produce and deploy. Should Kim give up his nukes, what U.S. president would fly halfway around the world to meet him one-to-one? Hence the crucial question: Will he ever really give them up?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: When did Kim Jong-un supplant Donald Trump as master negotiator?

There’s still room to find fault with Trump on his handling of the summit with Kim Jong-un and other matters, but he deserves the benefit of the doubt for beginning the process. Along with credit, Trump needs leeway to get the job done -- perhaps it’s time his GOP critics gave him some.

Trump's New Foreign Policy: The Cooptation Doctrine

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Cooptation Doctrine -- Sanction the hell out of the leader of a despotic Third World country, then go meet him and promise, if he mends his ways, to make his country rich and him even richer. Trump realizes instinctually what we all know from history. Ideology be damned -- being a communist dictator is all about making a fortune off the backs of "the people."  (Castro died a billionaire).  Of course, it helps that you place the despot's regime under those extreme sanctions before you offer him paradise and not let up with those sanctions until he relents and signs.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Should Congress break social media’s stranglehold on free speech?

Social media has changed our world – and perhaps it is time to consider having Congress take some measure of oversight on businesses like Google and Facebook to ensure our First Amendment rights are preserved. The Founding Fathers would approve.

The rumble and the thrilla in Singapore

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The state-run North Korean media told the North Korean public only Sunday, for the first time, about the summit. The White House says this is a “sign for optimism,” and maybe it is. Kim Jong-un’s reputation is on the line, too, insofar as a despot who can kill and brutalize at will has to worry about his reputation. Nevertheless, since the alternative to war is usually better, it was probably worth doing.