Brexit: Surprising her political foes and delighting her supporters, British Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to call a snap election for June 8. It´s a big risk, but one that´s worth taking. May will use the six weeks before the surprise election — calling a snap election is a power all British prime ministers have — to strengthen the case for Britain leaving the European Union by bolstering her Conservative Party´s parliamentary majority. It´s a risk, but one that´s worth taking. May had earlier rejected the idea of holding an earlier election than the one scheduled for 2020. But strong poll showings
Interesting article. Not really knowing much about the details of which party has the most support in Britain, this is helpful. It sounds like their extreme leftist Labor Party is not doing well, which should be a plus for the country. Getting out of the EU will help them a lot.
FTA:"If May wins, the EU renewable-energy rules will almost certainly be thrown out the window, along with the rest of the EU´s costly bureaucratic baggage that has held Britain´s economy back." and "Since last summer´s Brexit vote, and despite repeated warnings and organized scare campaigns by the left and its pro-EU corporate allies, both Britain´s stock market and its economy have outperformed the rest of Europe."
Let´s hope that the Brits support her and she is able to cleanly disentangle the Britain from the dysfunctional leftist disaster that is the EU.
Achievements: After weeks and months of fixating on tweets and Russia, someone in the press decided to have a look at what the Trump administration has been up to since January. Lo and behold, they discovered that it´s getting a lot done. "Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears" reads the headline in the Atlantic. "With the Trump administration´s chaos sucking up all the attention," the article begins, "it´s been able to move forward on a range of its priorities.... It is remaking the justice system, rewriting environmental rules, overhauling public-lands administration, and greenlighting major infrastructure projects. It is appointing figures
Immigration: President Trump´s backing of a proposed Senate immigration reform bill isn´t an attack on immigrants, as you might have heard, but a reasoned return to policy sanity. You wouldn´t know that from the hysterical response from the media, the left and open-borders advocates. After Trump announced that he would support the bill by Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, CNN´s Jim Acosta became the posterboy for unhinged responses to the proposed immigration bill. During a briefing by White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller, Acosta went on a bizarre rant, during which he read Emma Lazarus´ famous poem at the
Inconvenient Truth: In a recent interview, Al Gore claimed that he lives a "carbon free lifestyle." The electricity bills for his home in Tennessee say otherwise. CNN´s Jake Tapper asked Gore to respond to charges that he´s a climate hypocrite. "This is a criticism we hear from conservatives all the time when talking about people like you or Elon Musk or Leonardo DiCaprio," Tapper said, "that you, yourself, have a large carbon footprint." Gore´s response was "Well, I don´t have a private jet. And what carbon emissions come from my trips on Southwest Airlines are offset. I live a carbon-free lifestyle, to
´Unmasking´ Scandal: Day by day, the scandal of the Obama administration´s abuse of domestic intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency grows. Forget the phony Russia-Trump collusion charges — the Obama White House looks increasingly to have committed a crime by using U.S. intelligence for political purposes. The NSA´s insatiable gathering of data and conversations on Americans make it a potentially highly dangerous enemy of Americans´ freedoms. Who would want to have a federal government spy shop that knows almost everything you do in public, on the phone, by email, or by computer? That´s why the super-secret NSA, which is much bigger
Leadership: Even before Gen. John Kelly found the chief of staff´s office in the White House, the Washington establishment was predicting his failure. Most likely that´s because the thing they fear most is a successful President Trump. It was immediately clear that Kelly — a four star Marine Corps general who headed the U.S. Southern Command before retiring from the military — was not to be trifled with. On his first day as Trump´s chief of staff, he fired Anthony Scaramucci, the communications director Trump had just hired 10 days before. The news site Axios reports that Kelly "has taken
Economy: For months now, many investors and Wall Street analysts have wondered how the major stock market indexes can keep climbing higher into record territory when the economy is growing at a slow 2% pace. But it´s really no mystery: Profits, the fuel for rising stock prices, are growing. Make no mistake, earnings are strong right now. Quoting FactSet, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that 73% of the S&P 500 companies that had reported earnings as of last week had posted results that exceeded forecasts for both revenues and earnings. Earnings for S&P 500 companies rose 15% in the first quarter
Ethics: Not surprisingly, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is trying to dismiss the increasingly strange and troubling case involving Pakistani IT staffers, now under criminal investigation, as a right-wing conspiracy and Islamophobia. It is neither. Pressure is rising for Schultz to explain why it is that she kept Imran Awan on her staff for months while he was under criminal investigation for stealing equipment and improperly accessing the House computer networks. Every other Democratic member had fired Awan soon after the Capital Police announced the probe back in February. But Schultz didn´t fire him until after he was arrested by the FBI trying
The president deserves better. The office of the president deserves better. And the American people deserve better. Exit a poster child for the entrenched establishment, and enter Gen. John Kelly. The personification of discipline and honor. Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States by Americans from all walks of life screaming in desperation to be saved from the entrenched establishments of both political parties. In candidate Trump, the voters who stood in line for him saw a man who would not only blast fresh air through the sewer that is Washington politics, but hose it down with disinfectant and bug spray along
Health Care: Now they tell us. After spending months pumping out stories about how great ObamaCare is, the news media are now admitting that, lo and behold, ObamaCare is unsustainable. What´s changed? On Saturday, The New York Times ran a big story that began this way: "Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired?" Repaired? Up until last week, the Times had been reassuring its readers that ObamaCare was doing just fine. In an April story, for example, it said that "growing evidence suggests that the markets are far from collapse. Several recent analyses argue
Preliminary data from the 2017 tax season are in, and they´re shocking. Not only does it look like the working class bore the brunt of ObamaCare individual mandate penalties this year, but people with relatively modest incomes apparently paid a lot more than the Congressional Budget Office anticipated. The data underscore a reality that Democrats would prefer not to talk about: While ObamaCare has been a big help to the near-poor and those with major medical needs, it gives a bad deal to nearly everyone else. Even among working-class households earning 150% to 250% of the poverty level, supposedly among the
The United States is fast becoming the world´s dominant energy provider and should make it a national priority to pursue this opportunity vigorously. At stake are vast economic and foreign policy benefits. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, the innovations behind our shale revolution, have been the catalysts for America to become the world´s largest producer of natural gas and petroleum since 2013. For the decade 2007-16, U.S. crude oil production rose 75% to 8.9 million barrels a day. Over the same period, marketed production of natural gas rose 40%, to 78.7 billion cubic feet per day. America remains a net importer of
Energy: Last week Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) told investors that it expects oil prices to be "lower forever." We´re still waiting for all those people who were only recently complaining about higher-forever oil prices to admit their mistake. It wasn´t that long ago that President Obama was mocking Republicans for their "three-point plan for $2 gas: Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keeping drilling." He went on to say that "the American people aren´t stupid. They know that´s not a plan." Renewable energy, he said, was the only way to solve the "problem" of high oil prices. And
Fox News said it plans to investigate claims made by several current and former staffers that longtime host Eric Bolling sent lewd photos to at least three female coworkers — two at Fox Business and one at Fox News. “We were just informed of this late Friday afternoon via a Huff Post inquiry and plan to investigate the matter,” a Fox News spokeswoman told Philly.com Friday evening. According to the Huffington Post, which spoke to 14 sources in and out of the two networks, Bolling sent the unsolicited graphic messages several years ago, which included an image of a man’s genitalia.
The new Bruce Willis trailer for the remake of the 1974 flick, Death Wish, has been released and people are outraged over the violent vigilantism and rampant gun use. The ultra dark and hyper-violent tone of the trailer has Willis´ character Paul Kersey, whose family is shattered when his wife killed and his daughter viciously raped and paralyzed after a home burglary. He takes his revenge to the streets with an enormous arsenal of weapons. Movie critics and social media users commented on the tone deaf film. ´Pretty sure the NRA just found their next ad,´ wrote one Twitter user. ´Death Wish shouldn´t
Former First Lady Michelle Obama openly shared her disdain for life inside the White House. She even went so far as to demean it as a house “built by slaves” and that residing there was like “living in a cave.” Perhaps that has something to do with the fact the People’s House is now literally crumbling in disrepair as outlined today by the AP: Besides the replacement of the West Wing’s heating and cooling system, repairs are also to be made to the steps on the South Portico, the side of the White House facing the National Mall. Cosmetic upgrades, including interior
During an interview with the Arizona Republic, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shot down the idea that building a big beautiful wall along the Mexican border will solve the issues of illegal immigration and the illegal drug trade. While the White House continues to push Congress to approve funding for the wall, McCain expressed skepticism that the Senate would jump on board the Trump administration’s vision, using a very famous wall as an example. “I’m not against a border wall, OK,” McCain noted. “But go to China and you’ll see a border wall there.” The Arizona lawmaker continued, “We need technology,
For a variety of personal and professional reasons, I did an epic amount of travel in the last year, across thousands of miles and several states, and there was one cultural constant: Everywhere I went were lots of people with tattoos. And it’s not just that people have tattoos, it’s the tattoos they have. At one point, I found myself in Breckenridge, gawking at the majestic Rocky Mountain scenery—imagine the “Sound of Music,” only swap Julie Andrews singing with a middle-aged dad yelling at the kids to stop complaining about the long drive. The view of the mountain valley was promptly
Sen. John McCain wants to revive his preferred method of immigration reform when he returns to Congress after being treated for brain cancer. Before leaving Washington for more treatment, McCain, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic that he spoke with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., about tackling immigration reform. (Snip) "Immigration reform is one of the issues I´d like to see resolved," McCain told the Arizona Republic in an interview published Thursday. "I´ve got to talk to him (Schumer) about when would be the best time. I think there are all kinds of deals to be made out there. I really
On Friday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View,” Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) stated that after President Donald Trump is impeached, Vice President Mike Pence won’t be a better president than Trump and should be impeached as well. One of the show’s hosts, Joy Behar asked, “Do you think Pence will be better than Trump if he were impeached? ” Waters answered, “No. And when we finish with Trump, we have to go and get Putin. He’s next.” Behar then asked Waters if she meant Putin or Pence, and Waters clarified that she meant Pence.
President Trump broke an obscure yet tried-and-true rule on Friday - don´t comment on the monthly jobs report within the hour of its release. This is the second time in recent months the Trump administration has violated the federal rule barring all executive branch employees, including the president, from making public comments on leading economic indicators before the hour deadline is reached. The long-standing federal rule issued in 1985 says that the executive branch must wait for an hour - 9:30 a.m. in the case of the jobs report and most other major economic indicators. But Trump took to Twitter
This week the Washington Post committed the greatest national security breech in the history of our country, and hardly anyone is talking about it. The Post printed transcripts of private telephone conversations between our President and the leaders of Mexico and Australia. The press is focused on the embarrassment the transcripts may have caused our President. Has the press gone mad? Do they not understand the consequences of what the Post has done? Are they so involved in their petty gossip that they don’t realize the Post has just endangered the ability of our President to communicate frankly and in
NORFOLK - A retired attorney in Virginia Beach is so incensed that Republicans couldn´t repeal the Affordable Care Act he´s suing to get political donations back, accusing the GOP of fraud and racketeering. Bob Heghmann, 70, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court saying the national and Virginia Republican parties and some GOP leaders raised millions of dollars in campaign funds while knowing they weren´t going to be able to overturn the ACA, also known as Obamacare. The GOP "has been engaged in a pattern of Racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well
Two Republican senators who voted against the "skinny" healthcare repeal last week said they were concerned the bill cut funding for Planned Parenthood, and that they were working in the best interest of their states. "The issue of family planning services, cancer screenings, [and] women care probably does resonate with us more than it does with our male colleagues, and to me it was so unfair to single out one Medicaid provider and say to women in particular, ‘You can´t choose which health care provider you want to go to,´" said Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who appeared on CNN with Sen.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz never actually saw the computer she fought to block the Capitol Police from examining as evidence in a criminal case against her IT aide by saying it was hers, she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Thursday. She threatened “consequences” on May 18 for the chief of the Capitol Police unless the laptop was returned — despite police contending it was needed to help determine whether a staffer may have violated the House’s cybersecurity. “This was not my laptop. I have never seen that laptop. I don’t know what’s on the laptop,” she said Thursday. She said