We’re having an election over rioting, violence—and law and order. On August 25, CNN’s Don Lemon said of the riot issue, “It is the only thing right now that is sticking.
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On the front page of the August 24 edition of The Washington Post, the headline was, “More than 500,000 mail ballots were rejected in the primaries. That could make the difference in battleground states this fall.
The fact is, Joe Biden is going to have to speak for himself on the key issue of keeping the streets of America safe.And that’s a reality that threatens to really bite the Democrats over the next ten weeks.
Californians could desalinate sea water, put out fires, and spur a rural renaissance.Or they could keep doing what AOC and the greens want.
The Democratic Party's presumptive vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is the ultimate San Francisco Democrat, representing the “woke” left-libertarianism of a place where everything is tolerated except for conservatism and where Silicon Valley's plutocrats are free to enrich themselves insulated from the deplorable riffraff they despise.
A look back in U.S. history tells us just how much can change when a president is suddenly replaced by a vice president.
In a new documentary on his life, work, and struggles, legendary political and media warrior Roger Ailes gets the chance to respond to his critics in his own voice.
Bill Barr’s July 17 speech to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, will be seen as both prescient and influential about U.S.-China relations in the years to come—no matter who’s president.
As we know, the police are under constant attack. Just on July 13, a cop in Bothell, Washington, was shot and killed by a gunman during a traffic stop.
It was with wonder-weapons that we won World War II.And it’s with medical wonder-weapons that we’ll win World War Virus.
It shouldn’t have to get to this point, but here it goes: We need a written pledge to protect our statues and monuments.That is, a written document for politicians to sign, if they wish, pledging to protect public order and the dignity of our society.
Every Fourth of July commemorates a great moment in American history, and yet not every Fourth of July comes at a happy time for the country. And this Fourth is one of those unhappy ones.
If Trump campaigners are truly in it to win it, they will have to start defining Joe Biden—and doing it in a most tangible way, so that Americans can truly get a sense of what an actual Biden presidency would be like.
The would-be statue-topplers know little or nothing about Andrew Jackson, the war hero who defended the nation with courage and resolve.
It seems that virtually all the groups on the political spectrum—conservatives, libertarians, liberals, and progressives—are converging together to crush police unions.And that’s a shame, because the rights of policemen and women, as workers, should be fully defended.
The people in the streets creating riotous unrest are in the news, they are making news, and as such, we know exactly who they are.
Big Tech in the 21st century is likely to face the same regulatory destiny as Big Railroads did in the 19th century.
Republicans must not only combat fraud wherever it’s found—and new techniques, such as bar-coding ballots and tracking their movements through the mail, can help—but they must also better adapt to the use of these new voting mechanisms.And yes, that means fighting fire with fire.
If the CCP strategy is to conflate Chinese communism with China itself, then our strategy must be the opposite: We must seek to widen the divide between the CCP and the Chinese people, not only in China, but also among Chinese communities around the world.
The great events of the past are the lighthouses by which we navigate our present and our future.
On May 20, speaking from the Senate floor, Josh Hawley, the youngest member of the chamber, laid out his plan for fixing international trade, taking on the People’s Republic of China—and thereby, too, perhaps saving America.
Weihua Chen seems happy to advertise his journalistic credentials without worrying about the credentialing outfits asking him to return his honorific certificates.And if that silence continues to be the case, well, that says something about Knight, WPI, and Freedom Forum.Moreover, there’s nothing stopping any journalist from criticizing Chen, an obvious propagandist in their midst.But will they do so?
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered that ballots be mailed to the state’s 20.6 million voters for the November election.
The coronavirus has reminded all of us—even the tech titans of Silicon Valley—that the digital and the virtual ultimately matter less than the physical and the biological.
Pinkerton – Josh Hawley Is Right: The World Must Know the Truth About the Origins of the Coronavirus
If an honest international commission could be formed and allowed to do its work, the findings would be enormously valuable, not only for the sake of finding out the truth, but also for the sake of making sure that this sort of debacle is never repeated.
The Republican Party should always abide by its core principles, and yet at the same time, it should return to its Lincolnian roots,becoming the avowed party of first responders, blue-collars, and other frontlineworkers—and joined by, of course, soldiers, homemakers, and believers.
Americans who have grown weary of globalism might wish to spend more time considering an emerging new center-right alternative to failure: Hawleynomics.
Headlines tell us that something new is stirring in America’s workplaces, as we realize that the dreaded coronavirus, the power of giant corporations, and the fate of the labor force are all inextricably entwined.
Democrats faced a grim problem with an unhealthy nominee in the 1944 election, and they developed an effective workaround.
Pinkerton: Coronavirus Will Bring a New Era of Borders, Walls, Distancing, Dispersion, and Self-Defense
The coronavirus is reminding us that old wisdom retains its value in new times.
Pinkerton: Tom Cotton's Idea to Insource U.S. Pharmaceuticals Echoes One of Our Great Successes in World War Two
Sen. Tom Cotton is summoning America's ingenuity from World War II to address today's war with coronavirus.
President Trump declared a “Whole of America approach” to fighting the coronavirus war. President Roosevelt used that same strategy to lead the U.S. to victory in World War Two.
Employers should verify the contagious health status of employees to protect their workforce and the country from pandemics like coronavirus.
As America confronts the coronavirus (COVID-19), we might ask: Who’s more valuable: first responders or private-equity managers? Which do we need more of right now: doctors and nurses or stock traders and their algorithms? Which is more essential: hospitals or hedge funds?
When one sees the words “Joe Biden” in media commentary, one often sees, too, the word “restoration.” As in, Biden promises—or threatens, depending on one’s point of view—to restore the days of Barack Obama.
Michael Lind's new book, "The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite" exposes the politicians, corporate executives, bureaucrats, journalists, propagandists, “public interest" lawyers, and professors who run interference for the rich.
The deal is far from done, but it appears that the U.S. is on the edge of reaching an honorable deal to get out of Afghanistan.
What will happen next in the U.K. on 5G is unclear.All we know for sure is that the sovereignty of the U.K. includes the sovereign right to make a mistake.
Socialist candidate Bernie Sanders might be getting an ironic kind of help from billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg.
Would President Trump's idea of expanding the NATO alliance to include the Middle East lead to peace and fewer U.S. troops in the region?
The Republican president, running for re-election, orders airstrikes against a foreign foe. Back home, street protests erupt, and TV pundits and newspaper editorialists rage; there are even new calls for impeachment.
Pinkerton: The Attacks in New York and Texas Move the Gun Control Debate in the Direction the Founders Wanted
We are seeing the right of each state to make its own decisions—for better or for worse, as the case might be—as enshrined in our founding document, the U.S.
Sen. Marco Rubio’s idea of “common-good capitalism” makes obvious good sense, and yet, of course, not everyone agrees.Still, Rubio has started a valuable debate, and if he prevails, the Republican Party—and the United States—will be stronger.
Pinkerton: Jeff Sessions is Defending the Constitution from Radicals – and Defending America from Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Nadler, and AOC
Jeff Sessions, currently running to reclaim his U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, sent out an interesting and important tweet on December 21. It featured a photo of the top House Democrats who spearheaded the impeachment of President Trump; in the picture were Reps.
While everyone is focused on impeachment, there's another issue—an older issue, which hasn't gone away—that's nagging the voters. Republicans remain deeply vulnerable on the healthcare issue.
Pinkerton: Thirty Years After the Fall of the Wall, Let's Recall Ronald Reagan, the Man Who Called It
After something big happens, the temptation is to say, in retrospect, “Oh yeah, it was obvious. We all knew that would happen.” As they say, everyone has 20/20 hindsight.
Pinkerton: Sens. Blackburn, Hawley Want 90% of Federal Jobs Out of D.C.: Drain the Swamp and Reunite the Country
Two Republican Senators, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Josh Hawley of Missouri, have a great idea: Move most of the federal government out of Washington, DC.
The Democrat presidential hopefuls want you to believe that they have a plan for raising taxes on the rich. And maybe, if one of them wins next year, they will, in fact, nick the rich a little—but don’t count on it.
If Democrats like Sanders and Warren can demonstrate that they’re truly sincere in helping the working class and not just using workers for props—well, who knows what could happen in 2020.
The headline in The New York Times is nothing if not declarative: “The Republican Party Is Doomed.” And the first lines of the opinion piece read, “The 2020 electionwill be transformative like few in our history.
The left has a hot new cause: getting rid of the Electoral College. And if the left succeeds in doing away with that venerable institution, its next target, the U.S.
Like any holiday, Labor Day has always been a political football. Politicians and parties have fought over its meaning—past, present, and future.And these days, as technology and globalism are transforming work, it’s all the more important to grasp the importance of labor and the continuing need to protect its place in society.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal had a scoop of sorts; the headline read, “President Trump Eyes a New Real-Estate Purchase: Greenland: In conversations with aides, the president has — with varying degrees of seriousness — floated the idea of the U.S.
Pinkerton: Chris Cuomo's ‘Fredo’ Meltdown Shows ‘The Godfather’ Films Have Become Our ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’
CNN host Chris Cuomo's recent "Fredo" confrontation revealed the cultural prominence of ‘The Godfather’ films, which are now so central to our thinking that they can even be said to occupy the psychic space once held by ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’.
Pinkerton: Tech Leaders Warn That China’s Spies Have ‘Thoroughly Infiltrated’ Silicon Valley with Google’s ‘Seemingly Treasonous’ Help
As we enter into what seems to be Cold War Two with China, what lessons about internal security can we learn from Cold War One?
A strong argument in favor of the space program is the value of its “spinoffs.” Here we explore ten spinoffs, or discoveries and improvements, that came as a consequence of NASA’s work.
The space program was not just about the guts and grit of astronauts with "the right stuff," nor about the brilliance of the engineers who designed the spacecraft.
The aspirational nature of the entire American Experiment is made plain in the words in the Constitution's Preamble: "a more perfect union." We’re always striving to make a more perfect union, which is why it is important to understand the the economic theory that did the most to expand prosperity and greatness.
Bernie Sanders is well advised to stake his claim to FDR's legacy, but he may be misleading us while hard-left flames burn bright in his heart.
A century ago, in 1919, the left-wing American journalist John Reed published Ten Days That Shook the World. Reed’s topic was the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, which overthrew the czars and established the Soviet state.
One can point to a slew of conservative nationalist world leaders, in addition to India's Narendra Modi, including Jair Bolsonaro, Viktor Orbán, and Bibi Netanyahu, who have a sense that they are leading their country, starting with a majority of their people.
If the healthcare issue is due for a revival, as President Donald Trump is indicating, then it’s worth recalling, and seeking to learn from, some of the pitfalls that befell the big and ambitious healthcare plan of his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Democrats hammered the GOP on healthcare in 2018, and without a doubt, they look forward to running on healthcare, again, in 2020. And from their point of view, why shouldn’t they?
The Russiagate conspiracy exposed a fake new trifecta. First, reporters and their allies hate Trump; second, they over-trust their sources; and third, they have such a strong reason to believe anything bad about Trump that they end up as dupes, playing unwitting roles in a conspiracy theory.
If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or anyone, attacks Ronald Wilson Reagan, it is fitting and proper for loyal Reaganites, including this one, to rise to the Gipper’s defense.
Howard Schultz is due for some Strange New Respect. That’s the jokey term applied to someone who bends the Main Stream Media’s way—and that’s exactly what Schultz is now doing.
The human soul is the one place that can’t be spied on.The government of the People’s Republic of China fears religion because it doesn’t know what its people might be praying about or otherwise thinking about.
Pat Caddell, who died on February 16, was to me one of the nicest—and most interesting—people I have ever met in politics.
AOC will be on the ballot in 2020—because her ideas are all over the place, including, “70 percent top income tax rate,” “Green New Deal,” and “Medicare for All,” to name just three.
Pinkerton: Cuomo & Northam vs. Trump -- the Democrats' Abortion Extremism Brought the Life Issue Back to Life
The abortion extremism of Govs. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and Ralph Northam (D-VA) has crossed a line in American public opinion. It has made President Trump a pro-life stalwart and has given the Right to Life movement its biggest comeback in decades.
Political star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) enjoys vastly more Twitter interactions than any other Democrat and any media portal. Will she be content with her social media platform or reach for something new?
BP announced the discovery of $59 billion worth of oil in the waters south of New Orleans. Will Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal stifle that economic boom for U.S.
In Part One of this series, we observed that politicians such as Beto O’Rourke have proven that they are “digital natives.” That is, they’ve grown up with social media, and their “fluency” is already reshaping campaigns.
In politics, every new communications technology creates, or at least empowers, a new style of politician.
From the perspective of this year, 2038, we can see that three very different events from 20 years ago set in motion the profound partisan realignment in California.
Pinkerton — Money for MAGA: Fossil Fuels Can Pay for Trump’s Infrastructure Agenda without a Tax Increase, Part 1
Nobody seems to agree on how much the federal government should actually spend, nor do folks agree on how much the deficit-ridden feds can actually pay for any new infrastructure.
Pinkerton – The Spring of Nations: 2018 Brings Echoes of Europe’s Populist-Nationalist Rebellions of 1848
Populist-Nationalism, Right and LeftHere’s a headline that a lot of people—especially among the entrenched elite—won’t want to see: “2017 Was the Year of False Promise in the Fight Against Populism: The populist wave seems like it may have crested.
How did it happen that that most people in, say, Poland, or Hungary, still believe that the old verities—of faith and family, of patriotism and nationalism—are valuable and worth conserving? And at the same time, how did it happen that so many people in the West have come to believe that those old verities are obsolete, if not downright false?
If we look beyond politics to a most extreme example of massed persistence—World War One’s Battle of Passchendaele, a century ago—we might gain insight into the value of adjusting one’s strategy in the face of heavy fire.
With the failure of the healthcare repeal-and-replace effort behind them and mindful of that survive-so-as-to-fight-again-and-win ethos, GOP leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue have been making what’s been described by one insider as “a hard pivot to tax reform” and other Trump agenda items with a better chance of #winning.
Pinkerton — Lessons from the GOP’s Obamacare Fail: Republicans Were Long on ‘Repeal’ and Short on ‘Replace’
Republicans have long been united in opposition to Obamacare, but opposition is a sentiment—it’s not a strategy. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see that Republicans were never together—were never operating as a team—to pursue an effective anti-Obamacare vision.
What they say about the weather is also true of politics: If you don’t like what’s happening now, wait a bit—because things will change. The same point holds true for presidential politics.
The recent headline in Breitbart was clear enough—and scary: “The Automobile Is Becoming The Weapon Of Choice For Islamist Killers.” That is, running people over. We all saw it in Nice, France, on July 14, as nearly one hundred people died and hundreds more were injured.