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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses delegates on the final night of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016

The Changing of the Guard in Cleveland: What a Difference Donald Trump Has Made 

What a difference four years makes. The just-ended Republican Convention in Cleveland was a lot different from the Tampa GOP convention four years ago, and a lot different from the St. Paul Republican convention four years before that. One is tempted to say, “Let’s count the ways,” starting with the conventional wisdom-defying rise of Donald Trump, but it’s hard to count that high. So let’s just focus on six.

Supporters cheer as they wait for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a rally at the Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas on June, 18, 2016. / AFP / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tales of Trump Nation

These were the men and women of Trump Nation. They volunteered for their duty, arising from cities crowded and sparse, from states large and small.


Donald Trump, the Russians, and Trump’s Real Enemy, The Bezos Post

The US foreign policy establishment, wedded as it is to hawkers, doesn’t like Trump. And neither does the foreign policy establishment in a country such as Georgia, which borders on Russia, and which fought and lost a minor war with Russia in 2008. And so the Post, in its neocon mode, did its best to make Trump’s suggestions that the US and Russia might actually be able to get along look rather sinister.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves during a campaign rally at the Macon Centreplex, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

Trumpism Is Winning — Now We’ll Have to See About Donald Trump Himself

A new poll makes clear: Donald Trump can win this election if he keeps hammering on the anvil. That is, hammering with the same hammer, on the same anvil, for the next five months. The anvil, of course, is the basic issue of homeland security, and the hammer is the action needed to keep the country safe.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech about his vision for foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. A real estate billionaire and reality television star, Trump beat his GOP challengers by double digits in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Deleware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. 'I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely,' Trump told supporters at the Trump Tower following yesterday's wins.

This Is the Donald Trump That Could Win 40 States

Donald Trump is two for two with teleprompter-ed speeches. That is, he is batting 1000 with remarks that are carefully prepared and delivered. So for his sake, he should keep it up. And if he does, he can win the Republican nomination in July and the general election in November—by carrying 40 states.

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Why Is the Cato Institute Getting into Bed with the Hard Left to Smear US History, Keep Our Borders Open, and Diminish American Power?

The libertarian Cato Institute gets right down to it, in a New York Post op-ed titled, “Woodrow Wilson’s racism isn’t the only reason for Princeton to shun his name.” Yes, Cato went there. The libertarian outfit, which mostly seeks to identify with Republicans and conservatives on tax and spending issues, actually threw in with left-wing radical #BlackLivesMatter-type protesters on another important matter—defending the traditional understanding of US history. But as we shall see, the traditional understanding of US history means nothing to Cato.


The Ninth Circle: The View from Down Under #1

Welcome to the Ninth Circle—the Ninth Circle, of course, of Hell. Or, as some of us call it, here Inside the Beltway—home. Yes, Washington, D.C. in all its hellishness is where we live.

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The Search for a New Grand Strategy for the United States: The Path to a New NSC 68

America needs policies that are serious, effective, and sustainable. And historical experience, as well as common sense, tells us that such an effective policy can come only from a robust and far-reaching debate—ratified, of course, by the voters. As we shall see, the annals of American national-security policy provide ample, and encouraging, precedent, not only for systematic deliberation, but, even more importantly, for effective follow-through.


The Future of the Middle East: Ominous Scenarios and a Possible Solution for Israel

Let’s think about the next 10 or 20 years in the Middle East. If we think hard, we can envision that Israel, the U.S., and the cause of moderation and modernization in the Middle East all have a real chance to make solid gains. But we will need to be alert to opportunities as they arise—and be ready to jump on them, making tough choices.

King Abdullah of Jordan in Fighting Gear

No Thanks to Obama, the World Is Finally Figuring Out How to Fight ISIS

Yes, it’s unfortunate that the US has a president, Barack Obama, who consistently sees things from the Muslim point of view. Even the Obamaphilic reporter Juliet Eilperin, writing for the Obamaphilic Washington Post, had to admit, “President Obama has never been one to go easy on America.”

Bush 45: A Brief History of the Jeb Bush Presidency

Bush 45: A Brief History of the Jeb Bush Presidency

January 21, 2025 Now that Jeb Bush–known widely as Bush 45, or Bush cuarenta y cinco, or, simply, El Jefe Jeb–has completed his two terms in the White House, we can look back and summarize some of the major events of his administration.

Dianne Feinstein, Meet the Ghost of Frank Church- and Richard Welch

Dianne Feinstein, Meet the Ghost of Frank Church- and Richard Welch

The Left is feeling pretty good about itself right now. After the disappointment of the 2014 midterms, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s release of the CIA “torture report” has given liberals a feeling of moral superiority, even as they lose their senatorial majority.