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Hollywood agenda to blacklist Trump is beyond hypocritical

Kristin Tate, The Hill

The fight over Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a microcosm for the insanity taking over American politics. Our solution to partisan disagreements should certainly not be a Stalinesque removal of all memories of political opponents. Such efforts show that the whitewashers are exactly what they accuse the president of being. The radical efforts of “damnatio memoriae” only increase the profile of the censored and showcase the inner tyrants of the left.

What do Republicans suspect really happened in the FBI Trump-Russia investigation?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The bottom line is that some Republicans are wondering whether someone actively tried to frame, or entrap, or set up, Trump figures. And those Republicans wonder whether the FBI knew about it or played some sort of role in it. In short, there is suspicion that the FBI might have abused its tremendous powers in a highly politicized investigation undertaken in the middle of a presidential campaign. The suspicions are behind the House move to force the FBI to give up information.

Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

I do not believe everything is done. We are not entering a Pollyanna world of being close friends with North Korea. I do believe, however, that – through a combination of toughness and boldness, aggressiveness and flexibility, and resolution and an amazingly fast grasping of tactical opportunities – President Trump may have begun the process of opening up North Korea and changing history. President Trump has already accomplished more with North Korea than Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined. And this is just the beginning.

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.

Singapore summit sequel — let's hope it's better than the original

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump's performance in Singapore had the unreal air of a reality show, Fortunately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are serious minded statesmen where their boss is a showman. We hope they are building a more substantial edifice around Trump's quick agreement. If so, Trump's summit may yet be the foundation for a real and laudable diplomatic achievement. Americans and the people of East Asia must hope, as we do, that he succeeds in this, perhaps the most critical challenge of his presidency.

The trillion dollar myth

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

With long-term growth of GDP of 3 percent all the entitlement deficits begin to disappear as well. This is because tax revenues overwhelm spending over time with 3 percent GDP growth. It’s called the power of compound interest. The point here is that CBO’s creaky computer models begin with the firm conviction that Trumponomics won’t work and then surprise, it cranks out a conclusion that Mr. Trump’s policies won’t work. This is what passes for rigorous analysis these days.

Trump, the Omnibus, and the Art of the Real

David Catron, The American Spectator

In the end, despite its many flaws, the omnibus spending bill has good news for conservatives who are willing to see it. The people griping about this bill are not unlike the Goldilocks Caucus that ended up killing Obamacare repeal because they refused to be realistic about what could and could not be accomplished at the time. But the President doesn’t have the luxury enjoyed by rigid ideologues and armchair critics. He can’t just sit around and kvetch. He has to actually do things.

Until Leftists Come to Grips With Why Hillary Lost, Trump Will Keep Winning

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

Clinton represents a nasty, vengeful take on populations she has trouble winning over. That nastiness has filtered through the Democratic Party, which is firmly convinced that it'd be better off drilling down into population groups it thinks are interested in tearing down the system along with them than reaching out to populations it has lost. If Democrats continue with that quest, they'll alienate the very voters who gave Trump victory in 2016.

Trump and Obama: Who's really tougher on Russia?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

There are Republicans who would like to see the Trump administration be tougher still on Russia. Long before the 2016 election, they urged Bush and Obama to take a harder line against Putin. There is still much that President Trump could do. But when it comes to comparing Trump and Obama, those Republicans ask that Americans look at the whole picture, and not just a fight over Facebook ads.

Trump Releases Obamacare Hostages

David Catron, The American Spectator

Once the Trump administation's proposed rule is implemented, in 60 days, Americans will be able to buy health plans that conform to their own needs rather than the whims of Washington politicians. And, because this coverage won’t be loaded down with useless “benefits” that many consumers don’t want, their premiums will be lower than the price of a typical Obamacare plan.

Trump, Reagan and the Facts of History: Let’s Put the Alzheimer’s Lie to Bed

Craig Shirley, CNS News

Call it the Reagan Rule: It’s unethical to diagnose the mental health of a president whose doctors diagnosed him as perfectly fit and has been dead for nearly fifteen years. Because if Reagan did – and we must emphasize he did not – have early stages of Alzheimer’s in the 1980s, then that would include as big a conspiracy and cover up as JFK. Reagan had four physicians personally check on him, and every report came back stellar.

Regulatory Onslaught of Bush and Obama Years Has Finally Abated

Daniel Mitchell, CNS News

Trump has out-performed my expectations on the regulatory issue. But I don’t care about that. I’m more interested in a freer and more prosperous America. Red tape accounts for 20 percent of a nation’s grade according to Economic Freedom of the World. If the current deregulatory momentum is sustained, the United States will rise in the rankings and Americans will be richer.

Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters

Hollie McKay, Fox News

ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that's surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it's a prime example of a campaign promise kept. President Trump scrapped his predecessor’s rules of engagement, which critics say hamstrung the military, and let battlefield decisions be made by the generals in the theater, and not bureaucrats in Washington.

Mueller Investigation: Politics, Not Law Enforcement or Counterintelligence

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Mueller’s investigation is a semblance of law-enforcement disguising the brute reality that Trump is being punished for winning the election and defying Obama policy. If that is the way the game is going to be played, if the purpose of a special-counsel “collusion” investigation is to humiliate the opposition party by exposing its wayward foreign-policy objectives and unsavory horse-trading, then let’s investigate Obama and Iran.

Harvey Will Be the Turning Point of the Trump Presidency

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

No matter the motivations, or the scores that might or might not need settling, this country and its 325 million citizens remain. Many of them are doing miraculous things for their fellow citizens in the flood waters of Texas and now Louisiana. They are pleased and often proud to have a president who is wholeheartedly supporting them. You should be too. Who knows what will happen?  But rooting for American greatness wouldn't hurt.

Steve Bannon faces uncertain future in Trump White House

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

Although Bannon has previously found himself at the center of internal power struggles over access and influence in the West Wing, people familiar with the situation say Bannon currently faces what could be the most serious challenge to his role so far thanks to Kelly's preference for McMaster and to the recent ouster of his closest internal ally, former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Democrats, some Republicans slam new Trump-backed immigration bill. But voters like it.

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The Cotton-Perdue bill has, of course, been slammed by Democrats, but it has also been criticized by the Republicans who wrote the Senate Gang of Eight bill in 2013, the last (unsuccessful) effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Such opinions track those of many Democrats. But if the new poll is correct -- and it is in line with similar surveys going back years -- the bill's authors have the voters on their side.

Special Counsel Means Congress Must Start Legislating

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Congress should absolutely go back to their day job -- enacting legislation -- immediately. It might be hard work and less glamorous than pontificating about the state of the nation or the malfeasances of the current administration -- they may actually have to read something -- but it was what they were elected to do, what we pay them to do. The high-profile investigations can go on hold while Mueller goes about his work.

Obamacare repeal gives senators a break from Trump scandals

Robert King, Washington Examiner

Replacing Obamacare has become a pleasant topic for Senate Republicans, who are being bombarded with questions about President Trump's scandals. Lawmakers are relishing the chance to avoid talking about the Comey memo, Trump's firing of Comey a week ago and news that Trump gave highly classified intelligence to top Russian officials.

Trump Must Nix HHS Mandate

Bill Donohue, CNS News

The majority of Catholics voted for Donald Trump, and many did so because he identified himself as pro-life and ran against a candidate who justified partial-birth abortion. He also said he would rescind the HHS mandate that makes Catholic non-profits complicit in providing for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception in their healthcare plans. Now his Justice Department is balking on this issue.