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How Trump Can Still Win His Nobel on Korea

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All is not lost. Despite the fact that President Trump has cancelled his much-ballyhooed summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, the president and his army of Trumpsters and Trumpistas need not despair. There is still an opportunity for him to win his Nobel Prize for Peace. First things first, however. In 1962, a Cold War curmudgeon named Fred Schwarz ...

A Remarkable Lawyer and a Fascinating Case

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The New York Times has published a lengthy obituary of one of most remarkable lawyers in U.S. history, an African-American woman named Dovey Johnson Roundtree, who passed away last Monday at the age of 104. Her most famous case was a criminal case involving the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer, the former wife of a high CIA official ...

America: The Dictatress of the World

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On July 4, 1821, John Quincy Adams delivered a speech that summarized America’s founding foreign policy of noninterventionism. Having gone down in history with the title “In Search of Monsters to Destroy,” Adams pointed out that one of the best things about the United States was that the U.S. government did not embroil itself or meddle in the affairs ...

Bush’s Wrong-Headed View on Foreign Policy

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Like other conservatives, former President George W. Bush has a muddled understanding of the foreign-policy principles of "interventionism" and "isolationism." In a recent speech to a group in Washington, D.C., called the Atlantic Council, Bush decried President Trump’s foreign policy of “isolationism,” which Bush said was dangerous. Invoking Winston Churchill to explain his foreign-policy philosophy, Bush stated: America is indispensable for ...

Celebrating the Cuban Air Crash

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U.S. sanctions bureaucrats are undoubtedly uncorking the champagne bottles over the plane crash in Cuba last week that left 110 people dead. They are undoubtedly exclaiming how the crash is proving that the decades-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba is starting to “bite,” the term that U.S. officials are now using to celebrate the effects of U.S. sanctions against ...

A Nobel Prize for Death to Trump

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Trumpsters are hoping that President Trump is able to enter into a peace treaty with North Korea that brings an end to the Korean War. If Trump is successful, the Trumpsters say, then he should receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. Actually, if such a peace treaty does come to pass, it would be more appropriate for Trump to receive ...

Time to End Foreign Aid to Israel (and Everyone Else)

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Given the recent shooting of unarmed Palestinian protestors at the hands of Israeli soldiers, leaving 58 people killed and 2,700 injured, isn’t it time for the American people to be asking the following question about the role of the federal government in the lives of the American people: Why should any American be forced to subsidize the salaries of ...

Hold that Nobel on North Korea for Now

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Trumpistas and President Trump himself are undoubtedly pacing the floor over whether the president will receive his Nobel Prize for securing peace in Korea after all, given North Korea’s threat yesterday to cancel the planned June 12 summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Trump. Until yesterday, all that was left was the uncorking of the champagne ...

Drug-War Dust-Up in NY Governor’s Race

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A drug-war dust-up in the New York gubernatorial race demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the progressive (or liberal or leftist, take your pick) mindset. Democrat candidate Cynthia Nixon, who is opposing incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, has stirred things up by calling for the legalization of marijuana, a position that so far has left Cuomo stymied. To Nixon’s credit, she has pointed ...

Marx’s Fallacious Exploitation Theory

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Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birthday, leftists continue reciting his famous exploitation theory, which holds that capitalists exploit workers by stealing the fruit of their labor in the form of profits. The idea is that the value of a product is based on the amount of labor that goes into producing it. Since it is the workers ...

Statist Shock Over Payments to Michael Cohen

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Statists are shocked — shocked! — over big corporate payments to Donald Trump’s lawyer and fix-it man Michael Cohen. He’s the guy, you will recall, that made the $130,000 secret payment to Trump’s friend Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about an alleged affair she had had with Trump. It turns out though that once Trump got elected, big corporations ...

Torture? Let’s Also Not Forget Assassination

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The nomination of CIA operative Gina Haspel to be CIA director has, fortunately, given rise to powerful arguments against the U.S. government’s participation in torture, a practice that is common to tyrannical regimes. The critics of Haspel’s nomination are right: The United States should never be engaged in evil conduct, and the torture of a human being is without ...
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