Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Life is busy and filled with distractions. We wanted to make sure you saw these articles about the pressing issues facing our country.

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Fusion GPS Opens Up 
The Hill — Jan. 10, 2018
The Hill talks about the Fusion GPS testimony, and some of the implications for the Russia investigation. Remarkably, it seems that Christopher Steele, a British spy, seemed far more concerned about Russian influence in American politics than the GOP representatives charged with protecting the nation. At this point, we have more questions than answers, but the conduct of GOP leadership remains disturbing.


Bannon is Purged 
The New York Times — Jan. 9, 2018
Steve Bannon has lost everything after his public statements that the Trump campaign’s meeting with Russian representatives in 2016 was likely “treasonous.” In a party where loyalty to Trump is the only relevant quality for advancement, this kind of thinking was clearly unacceptable. This also proves that Bannon was largely irrelevant all along – the Trump movement is still wholly centered on Trump’s personality.

Why Never Trump? 
Foreign Policy — Jan. 3, 2018
Center-right opposition to Trump is not about his policies, Max Boot says, it’s “about his unrelenting assault on the norms of American democracy.” One year into the Trump administration, one of America's most prolific foreign policy experts tells why he's unapologetically opposed to the Trump administration for the damage it's causing to America's values and place in the world. Despite failing to implement some of his campaign's isolationist agenda priorities the President has done immeasurable damage to the norms of democracy.


Big Trouble from Wealthy China 
The Wall Street Journal — Jan. 9, 2018
China’s influence in the West has grown tremendously in the past decade. Western countries and companies cannot afford to alienate the Chinese market, and this profit motive often leads to action intended to placate China’s Communist Party. With many politicians and businesses compromised by their ties to Chinese money, it’s past time to realize that such influence may be a challenge to our sovereignty.

Leading Through the Chaos 
The Weekly Standard — Jan. 5, 2018
Bill Kristol argues that amidst the hubbub and confusion of the Trump Administration, political and other leaders still have the power to make real impacts on the country and the world. It's not just members of Congress (though their leadership would be helpful), but citizens must also stand up to help navigate the country in a better direction. Hey, we couldn't agree more.


The Baltic Front 
The Daily Beast — Jan. 9, 2018
One of the more egregious aspects of the administration’s kowtowing to the Kremlin has been its treatment of our NATO allies. Early in 2017, one official made a proposal to withdraw US forces from the Baltics, a move high on Putin’s wish list. The United States must stand with its allies in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, especially as the Kremlin seeks to return them to Russian domination.


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