Ronald Reagan

The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow

In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen.<p>It was 1984 and General Vladimir Alexandrovich Kryuchkov had a problem. The general occupied one of the KGB’s most exalted posts. He was head of the First Chief Directorate, the …

Russia

15 of the greatest horsey quotes of all time (from Churchill to Shakespeare)

1. “Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses. No one ever came to grief, except honourable grief, through riding …

Horses

The breakneck speed of the Republican tax bill is angering Democrats and increasing the odds it passes

• <b>Republicans have hastily moved their tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, through both the House and Senate.</b>• <b><br>The speed of the battle has caused analysts to raise expectations for passage.</b>• <b><br>It has also cracked open even more serious divisions between the GOP and Democrats.</b><p>In just two weeks, …

U.S. Politics

What Trump won't tweet: 4 reasons for a free press

<b>(CNN) —</b> You're not going to read this in a tweet from President Donald Trump; but it can be said in a Twitter-length post: The free press is not an optional part of our democracy, it is an integral part of it. Without it, our political system can never be its best.<p>Yet clearly, the tensions between …

Opinion

Why a Republican owner of a booming business says he wants a tax cut (and what it says about the GOP’s biggest goal)

LEBANON, Pa. — Douglass Henry, owner of packaging materials manufacturer Henry Molded Products, admits he could live without a tax cut. He is not going to shutter his factory and lay off his 105 workers here in Pennsylvania Dutch country if Congress fails on tax overhaul. His company is …

Business

Trump's New Fed Chair Won't Be Afraid of Trump

Jerome Powell has the heft to defend central bank independence. He'll be tested.<p>President Donald Trump hailed his appointment of Jerome Powell to be the next Federal Reserve chair, citing Powell's "considerable talent and experience." Given the realistic alternatives, Powell was one of Trump's …

Richard Nixon

If Tax Cuts Don't Work, What Would American-Style Liberals Prefer?

In September of this year, the <i>New York Times</i> reported that Amazon “employed 300,000 people globally by its 20th year as a public company, the fastest any American company has reached that mark.” The <i>Times’</i> source for this statistic was the Progressive Policy Institute, an organization that the …

Social Justice

Democrat Party Divides Itself Over Bill Clinton And Sexual Harassment

Despite his scandals, Bill Clinton has become to the Democrat party what Ronald Reagan is to Republicans — an absolute icon. Not only did Clinton get …

Al Franken

What Happens To Pardoned White House Thanksgiving Turkeys?

President Donald Trump will hold the 70th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony at the White House Tuesday. The event will take place in the …

News (U.S.)

Ramaphosa’s presidency would be a Tiny triumph

Cyril Ramaphosa, leading candidate in the race for president of the ANC and of the country, is a custodian of Tiny Rowland’s legacy.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Diplomatic gestures

Iran’s success in Syria and its increasing influence in Lebanon have created new challenges for Israel.<p>Demonstrative diplomatic gestures can lead to …

Opinion

November 19, 2017 - Open Thread - "Glory, Glory"

This week, the RedState Department of History delves into music — more specifically, of the patriotic kind, and the anniversary of one of our most …

Conservative View

Venezuela Is Starving Its People

There’s something vaguely uplifting about the house arrest of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe last week. But it’s depressing to think that he hung onto power for 37 years, despite hyperinflation and famine in an African nation that was once a major food producer for the continent.<p>Ronald Reagan …

Venezuela

Trickle-down economics gets new life as Republicans push tax-cut plan

WASHINGTON — Does money roll downhill?<p>In their drive to cut taxes, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are betting it does.<p>Behind their legislation is a theory long popular among conservatives: Slash taxes for corporations and rich people, who will then hire, invest and profit — …

Money

‘Facebook’ ads are way more important than the children we slaughter in some poor country

Some scandals are too big to acknowledge.<p>The fundamental issue involving the Russiagate scandal is something Noam Chomsky said about Nixon somewhere. …

Israeli Palestinian Conflict

That time conservatives saved the planet from climate change

What happened to the conservatism that enabled the Montreal Protocol and healed the ozone?<p>You'd be forgiven for a doing a double-take when noticing …

Climate

In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting “blue model”

Thinkstock by Getty ImagesThe Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.<i>Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois,</i><i>Can be writ the nation’s</i> …

Denver

Trump’s foreign policy is confused — but it isn’t really Trump’s - Salon.com

No sooner did Donald Trump return a week ago from his 12-day escapade in Asia than the bickering began. Did the president succeed or fail during his first travels across the Pacific? Assessments are bound to vary on any such occasion, but Trump’s journey was an exception even by this rule. It …

U.S. Politics

A Houston chef that's living the dream

Hugo Ortega's "dish rags-to-riches" story began as an illegal immigrant from Mexico and ended as a U.S. citizen with a restaurant empire

'George Shultz will be remembered as liberator of Soviet Jews'

More than three decades after his release from Soviet imprisonment, Natan Sharansky, the former refusenik and current Chairman of the Jewish Agency …

Israel

Comedy Central Comic ‘Roast’ Demands Open Borders

Jeff Ross has a hard time keeping his immigration policies straight.<p>Compare these two comments made within a week of each other on Comedy …

Conservative View

The sway of the nuclear weapons industry over Donald Trump and Congress is terrifying

Mother Jones illustrationBullit Marquez/AP; KREMLL/Getty<p><i>This story originally appeared on</i> <i>TomDispatch.com</i>.<p>Until recently, few of us woke up worrying …

War

'Gucci' Lobbyists From '86 Tax Revamp Are Gone. Now They Use Gchat

WASHINGTON—The last time Congress passed a major tax overhaul in 1986, lobbyists arrived at the Capitol with pockets full of dimes to feed pay phones to relay the latest news.<p>When lawmakers advanced tax bills in Congress last week, there were no longer phones in the phone booths and only a …

U.S. Politics

Furey: A big test looms for lacklustre Ont. PC Leader Patrick Brown

Next weekend Ontario Progressive Conservative members will gather for their last big event before next year’s provincial election, the one where they …

Canadian News

A new party for Cyprus’s Russian exiles and expats

HUNDREDS of Western-trained Cypriot lawyers and accountants earn a living by handling the affairs of Russian and Ukrainian offshore companies. The …

Cyprus

22 Conspiracy Theory Lists That Will Make You Question Everything

Me after reading these: Nothing is real.

UFOs

The cost of saving the world is $40 per ton of carbon. Here’s what that means.

This week, diplomats are gathered in Bonn, Germany to hammer out the latest details of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. While the minutiae of the negotiations are important, the real action isn’t at the UN. The climate pact is bottom up, which means it’s up to each country to meet the goals set …

Climate

Conrad Black: Trump is already the most successful U.S. president since Ronald Reagan

It is distressing to read and listen to the nonsense in the Canadian media about Donald Trump. It is too early to predict whether he will be a …

Canadian News

Trump and GOP Seek to Loot the Nation Through Tax Cuts

Smash and grab. Take all you can and make a run for it.<p>Just like common looters during a riot, President Donald Trump and the GOP lapdogs of the wealthy are seeking to loot the nation’s public treasury by granting lavish tax cuts to themselves.<p>Under Trump's proposal, a whopping 80 percent of the …

Social Justice

The Trump Era Was Born in the Election of 1968

American politics has always seen its share of meanness and sharp elbows, but the viciousness and gridlock that characterize today's politics goes …

Elections