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This economy is definitely not Obama’s recovery

Stephen Moore, New York Post

One time during the campaign, Larry Kudlow, Steve Miller and I held an impromptu discussion with Trump about economic strategy. Miller summarized the game plan to Trump succinctly: “Donald, just look at all the things that Obama has done on the economy over the past eight years, and then do just the opposite.” Trump has done pretty much just that — which explains why the Trump boom is an everyday reminder of the Obamanomics failure.

Thanks, Obama! He reminds us why Donald Trump is president

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

The former president’s haughty finger-wagging reminds us that the Trump presidency is, in big part, a manifestation of a fracture that was the result of the systematic destruction of process and subversion of political standards by his administration and its allies. Obamacare was just one example. That is why I’m skeptical that the former will help Democrats (whom polls show doing well without him) more than unite conservatives heading into the midterms.

Let's plot the Trump coup together

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Bookies in Costa Rica have established betting odds that Vice President Mike Pence is the likely source of The New York Times op-ed, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chief of Staff John Kelly at 4 to 1. There’s a sucker born every minute, and the smart money is staying home on this one to watch the coup. I put the odds on that at 2 to 1. The Costa Rican bookies say they consulted the veep’s speeches in establishing their opening odds, and found that he is fond of the words “lodestar.” When he searched the speeches of others of the administration, “lodestar” came up only in Mr. Pence’s speeches. The entrails of goats are said to work well, too.

A Case Study in Obama-Trump Double Standards

David Catron, The American Spectator

Like most academics and journalists, Professor Nicholas Bagley lives in an insular world where the only debate occurs between the center-left and the loony left. In this fool’s paradise, Bagley’s flaccid critiques of Obama’s “well-meaning” violations of the law create the illusion of balance. That’s why he got his knickers in a knot when I highlighted his hypocrisy. In his world, dissent has long since been banished to outer darkness.

Hollywood agenda to blacklist Trump is beyond hypocritical

Kristin Tate, The Hill

The fight over Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a microcosm for the insanity taking over American politics. Our solution to partisan disagreements should certainly not be a Stalinesque removal of all memories of political opponents. Such efforts show that the whitewashers are exactly what they accuse the president of being. The radical efforts of “damnatio memoriae” only increase the profile of the censored and showcase the inner tyrants of the left.

What do Republicans suspect really happened in the FBI Trump-Russia investigation?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The bottom line is that some Republicans are wondering whether someone actively tried to frame, or entrap, or set up, Trump figures. And those Republicans wonder whether the FBI knew about it or played some sort of role in it. In short, there is suspicion that the FBI might have abused its tremendous powers in a highly politicized investigation undertaken in the middle of a presidential campaign. The suspicions are behind the House move to force the FBI to give up information.

Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

I do not believe everything is done. We are not entering a Pollyanna world of being close friends with North Korea. I do believe, however, that – through a combination of toughness and boldness, aggressiveness and flexibility, and resolution and an amazingly fast grasping of tactical opportunities – President Trump may have begun the process of opening up North Korea and changing history. President Trump has already accomplished more with North Korea than Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined. And this is just the beginning.

The rumble and the thrilla in Singapore

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The state-run North Korean media told the North Korean public only Sunday, for the first time, about the summit. The White House says this is a “sign for optimism,” and maybe it is. Kim Jong-un’s reputation is on the line, too, insofar as a despot who can kill and brutalize at will has to worry about his reputation. Nevertheless, since the alternative to war is usually better, it was probably worth doing.

Singapore summit sequel — let's hope it's better than the original

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump's performance in Singapore had the unreal air of a reality show, Fortunately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are serious minded statesmen where their boss is a showman. We hope they are building a more substantial edifice around Trump's quick agreement. If so, Trump's summit may yet be the foundation for a real and laudable diplomatic achievement. Americans and the people of East Asia must hope, as we do, that he succeeds in this, perhaps the most critical challenge of his presidency.

The trillion dollar myth

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

With long-term growth of GDP of 3 percent all the entitlement deficits begin to disappear as well. This is because tax revenues overwhelm spending over time with 3 percent GDP growth. It’s called the power of compound interest. The point here is that CBO’s creaky computer models begin with the firm conviction that Trumponomics won’t work and then surprise, it cranks out a conclusion that Mr. Trump’s policies won’t work. This is what passes for rigorous analysis these days.

Trump, the Omnibus, and the Art of the Real

David Catron, The American Spectator

In the end, despite its many flaws, the omnibus spending bill has good news for conservatives who are willing to see it. The people griping about this bill are not unlike the Goldilocks Caucus that ended up killing Obamacare repeal because they refused to be realistic about what could and could not be accomplished at the time. But the President doesn’t have the luxury enjoyed by rigid ideologues and armchair critics. He can’t just sit around and kvetch. He has to actually do things.

Until Leftists Come to Grips With Why Hillary Lost, Trump Will Keep Winning

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

Clinton represents a nasty, vengeful take on populations she has trouble winning over. That nastiness has filtered through the Democratic Party, which is firmly convinced that it'd be better off drilling down into population groups it thinks are interested in tearing down the system along with them than reaching out to populations it has lost. If Democrats continue with that quest, they'll alienate the very voters who gave Trump victory in 2016.

Trump and Obama: Who's really tougher on Russia?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

There are Republicans who would like to see the Trump administration be tougher still on Russia. Long before the 2016 election, they urged Bush and Obama to take a harder line against Putin. There is still much that President Trump could do. But when it comes to comparing Trump and Obama, those Republicans ask that Americans look at the whole picture, and not just a fight over Facebook ads.

Trump Releases Obamacare Hostages

David Catron, The American Spectator

Once the Trump administation's proposed rule is implemented, in 60 days, Americans will be able to buy health plans that conform to their own needs rather than the whims of Washington politicians. And, because this coverage won’t be loaded down with useless “benefits” that many consumers don’t want, their premiums will be lower than the price of a typical Obamacare plan.

Trump, Reagan and the Facts of History: Let’s Put the Alzheimer’s Lie to Bed

Craig Shirley, CNS News

Call it the Reagan Rule: It’s unethical to diagnose the mental health of a president whose doctors diagnosed him as perfectly fit and has been dead for nearly fifteen years. Because if Reagan did – and we must emphasize he did not – have early stages of Alzheimer’s in the 1980s, then that would include as big a conspiracy and cover up as JFK. Reagan had four physicians personally check on him, and every report came back stellar.

Regulatory Onslaught of Bush and Obama Years Has Finally Abated

Daniel Mitchell, CNS News

Trump has out-performed my expectations on the regulatory issue. But I don’t care about that. I’m more interested in a freer and more prosperous America. Red tape accounts for 20 percent of a nation’s grade according to Economic Freedom of the World. If the current deregulatory momentum is sustained, the United States will rise in the rankings and Americans will be richer.

Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters

Hollie McKay, Fox News

ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that's surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it's a prime example of a campaign promise kept. President Trump scrapped his predecessor’s rules of engagement, which critics say hamstrung the military, and let battlefield decisions be made by the generals in the theater, and not bureaucrats in Washington.

Mueller Investigation: Politics, Not Law Enforcement or Counterintelligence

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Mueller’s investigation is a semblance of law-enforcement disguising the brute reality that Trump is being punished for winning the election and defying Obama policy. If that is the way the game is going to be played, if the purpose of a special-counsel “collusion” investigation is to humiliate the opposition party by exposing its wayward foreign-policy objectives and unsavory horse-trading, then let’s investigate Obama and Iran.

Harvey Will Be the Turning Point of the Trump Presidency

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

No matter the motivations, or the scores that might or might not need settling, this country and its 325 million citizens remain. Many of them are doing miraculous things for their fellow citizens in the flood waters of Texas and now Louisiana. They are pleased and often proud to have a president who is wholeheartedly supporting them. You should be too. Who knows what will happen?  But rooting for American greatness wouldn't hurt.

Steve Bannon faces uncertain future in Trump White House

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

Although Bannon has previously found himself at the center of internal power struggles over access and influence in the West Wing, people familiar with the situation say Bannon currently faces what could be the most serious challenge to his role so far thanks to Kelly's preference for McMaster and to the recent ouster of his closest internal ally, former chief of staff Reince Priebus.