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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]

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31 Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge?

How many times have you heard President Obama and his minions pat themselves on the back for their noble "investments" in "roads and bridges"? Without government infrastructure spending, we're incessantly reminded, we wouldn't be able to conduct our daily business. "Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century,…

32 Political, Not Operational, Concerns Engineering Amtrak's Fate

After the recent Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, some politicians and pundits used the terrible tragedy to perpetuate the misleading claim that the federal government's passenger rail operation suffers from a lack of taxpayer assistance. This rush to judgment was unsurprising, given that misfortune is sometimes synonymous with opportunity in the…

33 Spoliation of Evidence Standard and Hillary's "No Smoking Gun" Alibi

"There's no smoking gun!"  That's an alibi on which Clinton apologists desperately rely amid the deepening scandal over questionable payments to her family's "charitable" foundation, as well as the conspicuously unavailable emails from her inglorious tenure as Secretary of State.  Of course, they employed that same alibi…

34 Bernie Sanders' Foul Socialist Odor

Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what's really ailing America. Our store shelves have too many different brands of deodorant and sneakers. Just look at all those horrible, fully stocked aisles at Target and Walgreens and Wal-Mart and Payless and DSW and Dick's Sporting Goods. It's a national nightmare! If only consumers had fewer choices…

35 Can Republican Men Criticize Hillary?

Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California. In the early going of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, she is receiving enthusiastic responses…

36 A New Format for GOP Presidential Debates

The Republican presidential debate calendar is now available, and it’s already generating groans. Apparently, there are plans to cap the number of debaters at 12*, which probably gives just about anybody registering support in public opinion polls a chance to make their case on national television. But with all those people on the same stage…

37 Maglite's Tony Maglica: Torchbearer of the American Dream

In our home, we try to instill a life lesson for our kids best summed up in Latin:   Nihil boni sine labore.  It means, "Nothing good achieved without hard work." Few people I've met in my lifetime embody this motto better and more brilliantly than Tony Maglica, inventor of the iconic Maglite flashlight. The spry 84-year-old…

38 Third-Class Temperament

Like cult members awaking to find their leader swigging gin and squirreling money into a Swiss bank account, liberals are rubbing their eyes in disbelief at President Obama's behavior. The figure they worshiped so fervently and for so long is now revealed to be a "sexist" -- at least according to National Organization for Women President…

39 CFIF Memorial Day Quiz

(Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Which one of the following Revolutionary War heroes is credited with stating, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”? a. Patrick Henry b. Nathaniel Greene c. Nathan Hale d. Paul Revere 2. Which of the following conflicts was the costliest…

40 The Return of Obama's Hoax-Spreading Bitter Half

She's baaaaaaaack. And she's maaaaaad. First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Tuskegee University last weekend. She'll do it again at Ohio's Oberlin College -- the UC Berkeley of the Midwest, Ground Zero for racial grievance-mongering and fake hate crimes -- next week. Commencement FLOTUS is not the same first lady who shows…

41 Shut Pam Geller Up, or We Will All Die

Last week, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly announced that Pamela Geller, the woman who sponsored a draw Muhammad event in Texas, threatened America's national security. Geller, said O'Reilly, "spurred a violent attack." He continued, "Insulting the entire Muslim world is stupid. ... It does not advance the cause of liberty or get us any closer…

42 Is the Chris Christie Campaign Over Before It Even Started?

You know what they say: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. It was only a few short years ago that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had the high-class problem of shooing away Republicans begging him to enter the 2012 presidential race. Back then, the calculus was simple: Mitt Romney looked weak, the rest of the field looked amateurish and…

43 What Assata Taught Me

"What Assata taught me" is the new "Hands up, don't shoot." For $35, you, too, can sport a politically correct black hoodie emblazoned with a fugitive convicted murderer's name. Assata's apparel is the new rage among perpetually enraged Baltimore and Ferguson social justice warriors. It won't be long now before hipster actresses…

44 Race, Politics and Lies

Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black…

45 New Pew Poll Shows Record 2nd Amendment Support, While Baltimore Citizens Take Up Arms

For decades, Second Amendment antagonists have alleged that its protections are an anachronism, an outdated relic of a bygone society of muskets and minutemen.  In Los Angeles 23 years ago this week, riots that claimed 50 lives vividly refuted that claim.  It is worth revisiting the graphic horror of that event to fathom the degree of lawlessness…

46 Of Course Democrats Deserve the Blame for What's Happening in Baltimore

If a person happens to point out that Baltimore's criminally inept government has been run exclusively by Democrats since 1967 (with one Republican mayor since 1947) and features not a single city councilor who isn't a liberal, he may be called a lazy apparatchik. Because not everything, you see, is reducible to mere party politics. Now, if an economic…

47 Debunking Obama's Bilious Baltimore Babble

It's never enough. American taxpayers have surrendered billions and billions and billions of dollars to the social-justice-spender-in-chief. But it's never, ever enough. The latest paroxysm of urban violence, looting, and recriminations in Baltimore prompted President Obama on Tuesday to trot out his frayed Blame The Callous, Tight-Fisted Republicans…

48 For Hillary Clinton, No War but the Class War

Near the end of a recent New York Times article detailing the imaginary populist roots of Hillary Clinton -- the original Elizabeth Warren, her people would have you believe -- the reader crashes into this implausible scene: "In a meeting with economists this year, Mrs. Clinton intensely studied a chart that showed income inequality in the United…

49 Three Senators, Three Challenges: Cruz, Paul, Rubio and the Road to the White House

Republicans have no idea how good they have it. Back in 2012, the GOP presidential field looked like it was made up of guys who had responded to a Craigslist ad. While only three candidates — Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — have officially announced that they’ll be pursuing the Republican nomination in 2016, each member…

50 Why Marco Rubio Is Probably the GOP's Best Hope

Sen. Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday, highlighting his family's hardscrabble immigrant roots and embracing traditional values but also vowing to usher in a "new American century." As a matter of political pragmatism, is there any convincing reason Rubio shouldn…

51 Gwyneth Paltrow's Poverty Voyeurism

Gwynnie P is down with the struggle, comrades. She may make $19 million a year, own mansions in London, New York, Brentwood, Malibu and the Hamptons, charge $550 for her Goop.com "travel backgammon set," and fly by private jet, but she feels your pain. OK, it's not as painful as her last $5,200 Thermage session in Santa Monica, but still…

52 The New Inquisition

How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things? Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people's political agendas…

53 VA Reform: Another Obama "Success Story"

Eight months ago, President Obama put on a grand show for the troops. Surrounded by new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, assorted politicians, military leaders and a bevy of TV cameras, the commander in chief signed the "Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act." He's good at inking things. Obama condemned the "inexcusable…

54 2016: Obama's Presidency Has Decimated His Own Party

Barack Obama has undermined American interests in innumerable ways during his presidency, both domestically and abroad.  As we detailed last week, one cannot identify a single important theater of the globe in better condition today than when Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took office in 2009.  Domestically, Obama's policies…

55 The NAACP's Fomenters of Fear

They just can't help themselves — and their agenda-driven media enablers never, ever learn. This week, the NAACP made national front-page headlines with a local press release demanding that the feds investigate the hanging death of a local man in Port Gibson, Miss. Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, immediately…

56 The Hillary E-mails Revealed [Satire]

Hillary Clinton thought she could get around this. When the news broke that the former Secretary of State had been using private e-mails during her tenure in President Obama’s Cabinet, Mrs. Clinton did what she does best: obfuscated. While she claimed that she turned over all relevant e-mails to the government, Mrs. Clinton also said that she…

57 Will Carly Fiorina Be the Sleeper Candidate of 2016?

God help any Republican aspiring to break out of obscurity in the 2016 presidential race. Sure, there have been dark horses who have emerged in the past: Few people knew who Mike Huckabee was before the former Arkansas governor won the Iowa Caucuses and a handful of southern primaries in 2008. Similarly, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain…

58 The Hillary Cover-Up and the End of Democracy

On Monday, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never — not once — used her official State Department email address for her official communications. Instead, she utilized a private email account, effectively protecting her emails from public scrutiny. The Washington Post then broke the news that…

59 The Honesty Gap

There may be some poetic justice in the recent revelation that Hillary Clinton, who has made big noises about a "pay gap" between women and men, paid the women on her Senate staff just 72 percent of what she paid the men. The Obama White House staff likewise has a pay gap between women and men, as of course does the economy as a whole. Does…

60 CNN, DHS and SPLC's Blame-Righty Hit Job

The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism. Your tax dollars are once again hard at work — defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying…

 
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