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Trump speech leaves Democrats befuddled, in ruins, with question marks

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

There were so many protests on the Democratic side of the aisle, it was hard to keep track. Even the Democrats seemed confused about what they were protesting. Rep. Joseph Crowley, New York Democrat, wore an giant pin protesting, well, not sure exactly what. It simply featured a large question mark.

Trump's best day as president

Editors, Washington Examiner

There were several particular policies Trump embraced but which we reject, and we regret some of his omissions, such as spending restraint. But it was uplifting and a relief to see the country's new president rise to the occasion, and give a speech that was both fitting to the office and bears comparison with the orations of his predecessors.

Only One Thing Missing From President Trump’s Speech Before Congress

While churlish Democrats are still grieving over the lost election and trying to make phony charges of Russian hacking into a special prosecutor-worthy scandal, President Trump boldly and eloquently called Americans to think about the future.

Conservatives See New Deportation Policy as Good First Step

President Trump's new policy toward illegal aliens, revoking President Obama’s de facto amnesty for most illegals, won 88% support, but only as a “first step” toward complete enforcement of the law.

CPAC 2017: Making Peace With Trump, Taking Aim at Congress

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The real story was that President Trump absolutely intends on keeping his promises. Obamacare will be repealed. There will be a wall. We are deporting illegals. We are cutting taxes. The clock is ticking. Congress better understand – this guy’s patience is not unlimited. If they think they can slide back into the big talk in election years/big walks in off years mode, they are going to find Trump in their districts rallying for their primary opponents.

The Metaphysics of Trump

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The supposedly narcissistic and self-absorbed Trump ran a campaign that addressed in undeniably sincere fashion the dilemmas of a lost hinterland. And he did so after supposedly more moral Republicans had all but written off the rubes as either politically irrelevant or beyond the hope of salvation in a globalized world. How a brutal Manhattan developer, who thrived on self-centered controversy and even scandal, proved singularly empathetic to millions of the forgotten is apparently still not fully understood.

Is Russia an Enemy?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If we believe the struggle is for “global democracy” and “human rights,” then that may put Putin on the other side. But how then can we be allies of President el-Sissi of Egypt and Erdogan of Turkey, and the kings, emirs, and sultans of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman? But if the new world struggle is about defending ourselves and our civilization, Russia would appear to be not only a natural ally, but a more critical and powerful one than that crowd in Kiev.

Trump Pushes For Massive Budget, Staff Cuts At EPA

Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller

President Donald Trump will ask Congress to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget 24 percent, or nearly $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the budget plans. The White House sent draft budget plans to agency heads Monday, detailing billions of dollars in cuts to a wide range of federal programs. Cuts to EPA and other agencies will fund a $54 billion increase in defense spending.

The Most Important Thing President Trump Will Say Tonight

Rather than adopt the compromising tone so beloved by Capitol Hill’s Republican swamp-dwellers, we urge the President to hold the Republican leadership's feet to the fire. Unless and until he does so he will remain limited in what he can accomplish on his ambitious agenda to make America great again.

Another Reason To Impeach Some Federal Judges

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions in Heller and McDonald, many of the most liberal lower federal courts have flaunted Heller and the clear language of the Constitution and have been making up their own anti-constitutional rules restricting the Second Amendment.

Trump Must Put on His Wonk Suit Tuesday Night

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

If his presidency is to succeed, he must gain the cooperation of a disturbingly recalcitrant Republican Congress for his programs and this is the time to do it, to remind the skittish members what the public voted for. Soaring rhetoric, optimistic or not, the bashing of the "dishonest media," justified as that may be, and the recitation of past achievements, worthy as many may be, are all beside the point now.

Those White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarships

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

Among other things, what the dust-up over President Trump’s non-appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has revealed is that presidents of the United States are used as the main attraction to fund a scholarship program that, in turn, funds young liberal journalists, the particular irony being that Republican Presidents have been essentially used to perpetuate the liberal media bias that they and their supporters so frequently complain of.

Politifact Says Trump Is Right But Proceeds To Rate His Remark ‘Mostly False’

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller

Politifact decided to fact-check one of Trump’s tweets Sunday and found that “the numbers check out.” The “fact-checking” site then rated the same tweet “mostly false.” Politifact writer Aaron Sharockman quoted various experts who said that Trump’s administration is unlikely to be behind the decrease in debt and that Trump is focusing on the wrong set of numbers.

A New Federalism

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

A new federalism—a devolution of power and resources away from Washington and back to states, cities, towns and citizens, to let them resolve their problems their own way and according to their own principles—may be the price of retention of the American Union.

Despite the Hysteria, Trump Is Trending Less Authoritarian Than Obama

David French, National Review

A president is “authoritarian” not when he’s angry or impulsive or incompetent or tweets too much. He’s authoritarian when he seeks to expand his own power beyond constitutional limits. In this regard, the Obama administration — though far more polite and restrained in most of its public comments — was truly one of our more authoritarian.

Cotton Emerging as Valued Trump Wingman in the Senate

Rebecca Berg, Real Clear Politics

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton was the first person to float Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as a candidate for National Security Adviser. His recommendation carried unusual sway: With Trump’s loyal wingman Jeff Sessions having retired from the Senate to run the Department of Justice, Cotton very well might be the administration’s new favorite senator.