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Rubio: Beat China via Free Trade and Passing Trans-Pacific Partnership, Not Self-Destructive Protectionism

In confronting the growing challenge of China, as with Japan in the 1980s and other challengers in the past, the easy and simplistic response is to advocate protectionism.  But America remains the most prosperous and innovative nation in human history on the basis of free trade, not protectionism.  If closing borders to trade was the path to prosperity, then North Korea would be a global exemplar.

On that chord, Senator Marco Rubio (R - Florida), set to give a much-anticipated foreign policy speech on the campaign trail today, offers a refreshing commentary in today's Wall Street Journal entitled "How My Presidency Would Deal With China."  In his piece, Rubio advocates free trade and passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership as effective tools for confronting China, resisting the…[more]

August 28, 2015 • 09:52 am

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On a Federal Judge Blocking the Administration's Water Pollution Rule:
 
 

"A federal judge in North Dakota acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration's controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect.

Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including that they would likely be harmed if courts didn't act and that they are likely to succeed when their underlying lawsuit against the rule is decided.

The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands.

But the Obama administration says it will largely enforce the regulation as planned, arguing that the Thursday decision only applies to the 13 states that requested the injunction."

 
 
— Timothy Cama, The Hill
— Timothy Cama, The Hill
Posted August 28, 2015 • 11:57 am
 
 
On Getting the Iran Deal Through Congress:
 
 

"President Barack Obama's almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal through Congress -- but whether he gets there by filibuster or sustained veto could make all the difference.

"A Democratic filibuster in the Senate would be a clear victory for the president, allowing Obama to say that for all the political noise there wasn't enough actual opposition to the nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic to even get to a final vote.

"Having to save the deal with a veto (just the fifth of his presidency) and relying on liberals in the House and Senate to sustain it would be much more trouble: a procedural pull across the finish line that sows more doubts in a public already skeptical of the deal, leaves international partners worried about America's long-term commitment and adds weeks of added time and tangles.

"The White House very much prefers option A."

 
 
— Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett, POLITICO
— Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett, POLITICO
Posted August 27, 2015 • 12:18 pm
 
 
On Lois Lerner's Secret Email Accounts:
 
 

"Move over, Carlos Danger, there's a new alias in town: Toby Miles, an electronic front for Lois Lerner.

"Lerner famously took the Fifth rather than testify about how the Internal Revenue Service came to target right-leaning advocacy nonprofits in the run-up to the 2012 election. ...

"Mind you, it's been two-plus years since the scandal broke, yet the agency that promised to clean up its act is only now revealing this fresh evidence. ...

"The capper: One Lerner acquaintance says 'Toby Miles' is the name of Lerner's dog.

"Nothing quite says truth and transparency like doing Uncle Sam's work under your dog's name."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted August 26, 2015 • 12:07 pm
 
 
On Obama 'Blessing' Biden's 2016 Presidential Bid:
 
 

"Washington (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden received President Barack Obama's 'blessing' to make a 2016 bid for the White House, according to a senior Democrat.

"But that's if Biden chooses to run -- the decision is his. While he doesn't need the President's permission, of course, a potential presidential candidacy was among the topics of their lunch Monday at the White House. The President made clear he would not stand in his way or counsel him against a run, the senior Democrat said."

 
 
— Jeff Zeleny and Peter Morris, CNN
— Jeff Zeleny and Peter Morris, CNN
Posted August 25, 2015 • 12:42 pm
 
 
On Appointing a Special Prosecutor in the Clinton Email Probe:
 
 

"[A]s the likely Democratic standard-bearer and former cabinet officer in the Obama administration, it is a stretch to assume the Justice Department will do a vigorous and impartial investigation into the email controversy and be entirely forthcoming with the results.

"For the sake of everyone's credibility, a special prosecutor should be appointed with the tools to quickly answer the questions before the presidential primaries begin.

"That's not a lot of time. The urgency of getting to the bottom of this argues for the tools a special prosecutor can bring to a probe."

 
 
— The Editors, The Detroit News
— The Editors, The Detroit News
Posted August 24, 2015 • 12:07 pm
 
 
On a 2016 Primary Season Full of Surprises:
 
 

"A few months ago I wrote that the 2016 presidential primary looked to come down to Bloody versus Boring. The Republican race would be bloody -- more than a dozen candidates scrapping for attention, trying to gain traction, pounding each other. The Democrats would be boring, the long glide of the queen.

"Our late-summer report? Different. So far it's Exciting (24 million people watched the Republican debate! Donald Trump set fire to the joint!) versus, I don't know, Ominous -- a big, dark, soggy cloud threatening at any moment to burst. Hillary Clinton's campaign is not boring, but it's leading a considerable portion of the nation toward suicidal ideation. Do we have to go back there? Do we have to do this again? Will a Clinton candidacy ever be anything but scandal after scandal?"

 
 
— Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal
— Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal
Posted August 21, 2015 • 11:42 am
 
 
On Big Government and Little Accountability:
 
 

"The bigger that government gets, the more employees who are hired, and the more unaccountable power that accrues to bureaucracies, the more government takes on a life of its own. Public grandees resemble Hollywood's out-of-control androids or Frankenstein monsters that turn on their creators -- in these cases, us, the taxpayers. ...

"Big government has become the new Terminator, at war with those who created it, who fund it -- and who must obey it."

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted August 20, 2015 • 12:07 pm
 
 
On Hillary's Email Irony:
 
 

"Hillary seems rattled, so rattled that she invokes Benghazi to deflect attention from the email scandal. 'Here is what I won't do,' she said at a rally at 'a wing ding' at Storm Lake, Iowa, 'I won't play politics with national security or dishonor the memory of those who we lost.'

"The irony, which she may not appreciate, is that it was the Benghazi investigators who stumbled on to the lady's private server and the emails. Tall oaks from little acorns grow."

 
 
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times
Posted August 19, 2015 • 12:10 pm
 
 
On the Expanding IRS Taxpayer Data Breach:
 
 

"The Internal Revenue Service announced in May that hackers had gotten into its system, and it estimated then that 114,000 taxpayers' accounts had been compromised. But a thorough review of activity on the IRS site throughout the 2015 tax-filing season revealed that the intrusion affected nearly three times that many accounts, the agency said Monday.

"In its investigation, the IRS found about 220,000 additional instances where intruders were able to clear a verification system meant to keep sensitive tax information safe, as well as about 170,000 failed attempts to get around the verification system. ...

"The hackers filed $50 million in fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said in May."

 
 
— Kaveh Waddell, National Journal
— Kaveh Waddell, National Journal
Posted August 18, 2015 • 12:05 pm
 
 
On Rethinking Hillary Clinton's 2016 Viability:
 
 

"Dear Democrats: It's too late to start over.

"As in, there's no replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton as your party's front-runner for the presidential nomination. Not with Vice President Biden -- even if he runs. Not with former vice president Al Gore. (I mean, come on.) Not with your ideal rich-person-with-no-record-and-a-fresh-faced-appeal. ...

"The idea of a late entrant reshaping the race -- and unseating Clinton -- might make sense to doubting Democrats. But the nature of the modern presidential contest makes it more fantasy than reality. Democrats threw their lots in with Clinton more than a year ago. Now they just have to try to ride it out. They don't have any choice. Not really."

 
 
— Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post
— Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post
Posted August 17, 2015 • 12:05 pm
 
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A Louisiana second-grader wrote to First Lady Michelle Obama with regard to which one of the following school lunches that had changed under new federal nutrition requirements?
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"A federal judge in North Dakota acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration's controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect. Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including that they would likely be harmed if courts…[more]
 
 
—Timothy Cama, The Hill
— Timothy Cama, The Hill
 
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