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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump should be proud of his first 500 days…but there’s much more to do

Donald Trump has every right to be proud of his achievements over his first 500 days and Republican candidates should have plenty of good ways to sway voters this fall. Americans want a less intrusive government that functions properly and spends wisely. Will we ever get it?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: What do Mitt Romney and Roseanne have in common? Neither acts for us

In the big scheme of things Roseanne’s and Mitt Romney’s opinions of American culture and politics don’t really mean much. The world will little note nor long remember what they said – but it won’t forget what they’ve done. The culture war will continue – will it ever be won?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Unrepentant McConnell set to plague conservatives for years to come

The media will continue to make this year’s midterms all about the president, largely because Trump draws attention and stirs action. The lack of real reporting allows feckless leaders like Mitch McConnell to fly undetected under the public radar; by the time folks wake up it might be too late.

The on-again, off-again Unpredictability Summit

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Usually a deal can be worked out if both sides get something they want. Mr. Trump wants an agreement to erase the North Korean nuclear threat, and Mr. Kim wants to have his picture taken with the president of the United States, the two men displayed as equals. Neither man will necessarily get all he wants, but both can use the photograph for bragging rights. Dizzy Dean famously said, “If you can do it, it ain’t braggin’,” and Winston Churchill said, “Jaw, jaw is better than war, war.” They were both right.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Congress’s slow-walking on immigration endangers Trump’s entire agenda

Not many politicians are making convincing cases that today’s most pressing problems will be solved – or even addressed – by Congress as it is. Washed up opportunists like John Kasich can write all the op-eds they want, but if Congress doesn’t get new leadership, nothing changes.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Effective politics in 2018 means never having to say you’re sorry

Saying sorry definitely has its place in our culture but it really depends on what you’re apologizing for. Contrition for the sake of saving your rear or to make it look like something you’re not is truly stupid. Don’t believe it? Just ask President Trump – and John McCain.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Dems and #NeverTrump running short on time to oust Trump

Democrats and #NeverTrumpers will sustain their attacks on Donald Trump whether they have grounds to do so or not. To act otherwise would be to admit they were wrong about an “outsider” becoming president; and if that were the case, what’s the purpose of having them around at all?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Memorial Day provides a glimpse into what’s really important these days

Memorial Day is a time to venerate the past while looking optimistically at the future provided to us by our military’s sacrifice. Unfortunately, in today’s America people argue over whether to stand for the national anthem or conduct baseless investigations. The honored dead wouldn’t be proud.

Kim Jong Un Should Have Read 'The Art Of The Deal'

In Trump’s analysis, the latest North Korean verbal assault was an obvious prelude to cancelling the summit, and the necessary counter was to cancel before they did, putting his adversary in the weaker position of having to ask him to come back to the table.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Delusional Democrats’ blue wave found only at the beach this weekend

Democrats are renowned for saying anything to coax the overly emotional to vote them back in office. Juan Williams could be right – Trump is motivating liberals like never before; when push comes to shove, however, are American voters really going to buy what they’re selling?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why do the words ‘Make America Great Again’ make liberals so nutty?

American political leaders change every two, four or six years but cultural changes seem to evolve more slowly. We all hope we can reach a day where wearing a hat or a T-shirt in public won’t earn us scorn and intimidation from the intolerant left – but here’s thinking it won’t come anytime soon.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Want to win this year, Republicans? Support the coup against Ryan

If rumors circulated there was a “coup” in the works involving Mitch McConnell, conservatives wouldn’t require much prodding to flock to the insurgents’ banner. One way or another Republicans need new congressional leaders – a factor that would play well in this year’s elections.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Establishment takes a whipping at the whims of the grassroots in 2018

Both parties appear to be searching for an identity (between the establishment forces of the swamp who resist change and the newer movements) and to make political leaders accountable for their promises. The internal fights will continue long after this year’s midterms – and that’s a good thing.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Post Texas, will reason prevail against the ‘Do Something!’ lynch mob?

Friday’s tragic school shooting in Texas won’t bring us any closer to solving what appears to be a growing societal quandary. There are too many issues at play to throw together a hasty “solution” that effects millions simply because the political class deems it necessary. Will common sense prevail?

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trump ran on a foreign policy that may fairly be described as a Trump Doctrine: In the post-post-Cold War era, the United States will start looking out for America first. This does not mean isolationism or the abandonment of our allies. It does mean a review and reassessment of all the guarantees we have issued to go to war on behalf of other countries, and the eventual transfer of responsibility for the defense of our friends over to our friends. In the future, the U.S. will stop futilely imploring allies to do more for their own defense and will begin telling them that their defense is primarily their own responsibility.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Media hypocrites way off base to jab at Mike Pence for doing his job

Donald Trump’s asking Mike Pence to be his running mate two years ago could be his best and most lasting decision, a pronouncement that continues to pay dividends to this day. Pence is the epitome of a loyal subordinate no matter what the media reports to the contrary.

Trump needs to see when the Korean glass is 80 percent full

Editors, Washington Examiner

If Trump is realistic about what Kim Jong Un will give up and what U.S. security needs require, he will see that total denuclearization is not the only acceptable outcome. This tactic, demanding 100 percent but being prepared to accept 80, is not one that comes naturally to Trump, and therein lies a danger. He is thin-skinned and finds it difficult to accept any loss of face. But if he gets most of what he’s asking for — enough to make the Korean Peninsula, its neighbors, and the American homeland much safer — we hope he will not walk away in a rage.

Trump Eyes Wide Open On North Korea

President Trump seems to share President Reagan’s genuine horror at the thought of nuclear war, a deeply held belief that drove Reagan to engage Soviet Premier Gorbachev in both diplomatic negotiations to reduce nuclear weapons and a strategic competition that eventually brought down the Soviet Union.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Look closely – the tide is receding quickly on the left’s 2018 blue wave

The only thing that makes sense in 21st century America is to argue for limited government principles, adherence to Constitutional confines and returning power to the states and local entities that can make real improvements in citizens’ lives. Republicans would be wise to follow the blueprint.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump-supporting would-be Democrats earn scorn for telling the truth

Regardless of who speaks on the Trump administration, it’s going to stir notice and comment from the self-absorbed media. Saying nice things about the president is akin to treason to Trump’s enemies – and if you’re a member of a protected Democrat class (like Kanye West), prepare yourself for the flak storm to come.