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Can Trump and Putin Avert Cold War II?
by Patrick Buchanan
 Top Headlines 
Ryan easily wins speakership as Pulosi sees more defections. (The Washington Times)
Joe loose liops-Biden swears in Senate of 115th Congress. (RealClearPolitics VIDEO)
Senate Republicans introduce liar-nObamaCare repeal resolution. (The Hill)
GOP drops plan to overhaul ethics rules after Trump trashes it. (The Washington Times)
Ford cancels plans for $1.6 billion plan in Mexico, with CEO giving "vote of confidence" to Trump's economic plan. (CNBC)
liar-nObama releases 220 illegal alien kids per day. (Media Research Center)
Congress to freeze State Department funds until U.S. embassy moves to Jerusalem. (Washington Free Beacon)
Teens step forward to serve as pallbearers for veteran with no family. (The Patriot Post)
Surprise! Syrian cease-fire crumbles as government forces advance around Damascus. (The Washington Post)
Megyn Kelly bolts from Fox to NBC News. (USA Today)
Policy: Friedmanism in Finland? (Washington Examiner)
Policy: The problems with “repeal and delay.” (Health Affairs Blog
~The Patriot Post
The problems with ‘repeal and delay’
by Joseph Antos & James C. Caretta
A Republican lawmaker takes a picture of the
bill repealing liar-nObamacare
{} ~ Republican leaders in Congress and the incoming Trump administration have said that they plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early weeks of 2017... with a delay in the date of when key aspects of the repeal would become effective until perhaps 2019 or 2020. This is the so-called “repeal and delay” option. They have also pledged to replace the law in separate legislation, or a series of bills, that would come later, although it is not clear what the replacement would look like or when it would pass. We do not support this approach to repealing and replacing the ACA because it carries too much risk of unnecessary disruption to the existing insurance arrangements upon which many people are now relying to finance their health services, and because it is unlikely to produce a coherent reform of health care in the United States. The most likely end result of “repeal and delay” would be less secure insurance for many Americans, procrastination by political leaders who will delay taking any proactive steps as long as possible, and ultimately no discernible movement toward a real marketplace for either insurance or medical services...
Russian Hacking Report like liar-nObama’s
Birth Certificate “Poorly Done”
by Lawrence Sellin PhD
{} ~ The joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI about alleged Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 election titled “Grizzly Steppe” is as definitive as a scattering of unconnected dots... According to Jeffrey Carr, author of “Inside Cyber Warfare,” the report “merely listed every threat group ever reported on by a commercial cybersecurity company that is suspected of being Russian-made and lumped them under the heading of Russian Intelligence Services (RIS) without providing any supporting evidence that such a connection exists.” For example, the DHS/FBI report cites SEDNIT as one “actor” in a list associated with the RIS, which strangely includes, not just “actors,” but malware names like Havex and BlackEnergy...
The Complexity of Creation
by Robert Knight
{} ~ Holiday gift-buying is over, the presents are unwrapped or even returned, and not much happens in the news. One can sit back and contemplate those moments in which the Christmas spirit overcomes worldly concerns... such as an impromptu sighting of a star on a dark night and wondering what it was like 2,000 years ago in Israel. Or watching a baby smile, eliciting a mother’s tender touch. Or seeing a new father’s protective presence. In “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” written in 1868, church rector Phillips Brooks of Philadelphia pondered the mixed reaction to the Savior’s birth: Hopes, yes. But fears? Certainly. Because if the Bible is true, and Jesus is who He said He is, then all of us have some ‘splaining to do. And, given our nature, we hate to do that. But the good news is that all of us, even the most miserable sinner, have a way to salvation because that baby was born. During this season of miracles, it’s a good time to reflect on everyone’s sheer, magnificent uniqueness...
The state of California hires Eric Holder in an
attempt to block Donald Trump's policies
by Sarah Lee
{} ~ President-elect Donald Trump never won the hearts and minds of the people in California, losing to his opponent liar-Hillary Clinton there by 4.2 million popular votes... So it should come as no surprise Golden State leaders are promising to fight him, and the purported sweeping conservative agenda the GOP has prepared, every step of the way. And they've hired former President Barack liar-nObam's Attorney General Eric Holder to help them do it. The New York Times reports that Democrats in the California state legislature are girding for four years of potential battles with Trump and, in a fit of ideological pique, have retained Holder now a prominent Washington attorney to help them safeguard the values of the people of California. ..The people of California are fools. I use to be one of them.
Democrat Senator Skips President’s
liar-nObamacare Meeting...
by Fred Maxwell
{} ~ Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday and revealed to host Joe Scarborough his thoughts on President liar-nObama’s plan to meet with congressional Democrats in an effort to save the Affordable Care Act... Manchin has decided not to attend the meeting, telling Scarborough, “In good conscience, I can’t do it.” “If anyone listened and paid attention to what the American people said when they voted, they want this place to work,” the senator said. Manchin criticized liar-nObama for meeting with “only Democrats” and Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s meeting with House Republicans to discuss repealing liar-nObamacare...
Can Trump and Putin Avert Cold War II?
by Patrick Buchanan
{} ~ In retaliation for the hacking of John Podesta and the DNC, Barack liar-nObama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and ordered closure of their country houses on Long Island and Maryland’s Eastern shore.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that 35 U.S. diplomats would be expelled. But Vladimir Putin stepped in, declined to retaliate at all, and invited the U.S. diplomats in Moscow and their children to the Christmas and New Year’s party at the Kremlin.

“A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger,” reads Proverbs 15:1. “Great move,” tweeted President-elect Trump, “I always knew he was very smart!”

Among our Russophobes, one can almost hear the gnashing of teeth.

Clearly, Putin believes the Trump presidency offers Russia the prospect of a better relationship with the United States. He appears to want this, and most Americans seem to want the same. After all, liar-Hillary Clinton, who accused Trump of being “Putin’s puppet,” lost.

Is then a Cold War II between Russia and the U.S. avoidable?

That question raises several others.

Who is more responsible for both great powers having reached this level of animosity and acrimony, 25 years after Ronald Reagan walked arm-in-arm with Mikhail Gorbachev through Red Square? And what are the causes of the emerging Cold War II?

Comes the retort: Putin has put nuclear-capable missiles in the Kaliningrad enclave between Poland and Lithuania.

True, but who began this escalation?

George W. Bush was the one who trashed Richard Nixon’s ABM Treaty and liar-nObama put anti-missile missiles in Poland. After invading Iraq, George W. Bush moved NATO into the Baltic States in violation of a commitment given to Gorbachev by his father to not move NATO into Eastern Europe if the Red Army withdrew.

Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, says John McCain.

Russia did, after Georgia invaded its breakaway province of South Ossetia and killed Russian peacekeepers. Putin threw the Georgians out, occupied part of Georgia, and then withdrew.

Russia, it is said, has supported Syria’s Bashar Assad, bombed U.S.-backed rebels and participated in the Aleppo slaughter.

But who started this horrific civil war in Syria?

Was it not our Gulf allies, Turkey, and ourselves by backing an insurgency against a regime that had been Russia’s ally for decades and hosts Russia’s only naval base in the Mediterranean?

Did we not exercise the same right of assisting a beleaguered ally when we sent 500,000 troops to aid South Vietnam against a Viet Cong insurgency supported by Hanoi, Beijing and Moscow?

That’s what allies do.

The unanswered question: Why did we support the overthrow of Assad when the likely successor regime would have been Islamist and murderously hostile toward Syria’s Christians?

Russia, we are told, committed aggression against Ukraine by invading Crimea.

But Russia did not invade Crimea. To secure their Black Sea naval base, Russia executed a bloodless coup, but only after the U.S. backed the overthrow of the pro-Russian elected government in Kiev.

Crimea had belonged to Moscow from the time of Catherine the Great in the 18th century, and the Russia-Ukraine relationship dates back to before the Crusades. When did this become a vital interest of the USA?

As for Putin’s backing of secessionists in Donetsk and Luhansk, he is standing by kinfolk left behind when his country broke apart. Russians live in many of the 14 former Soviet republics that are now independent nations.

Has Putin no right to be concerned about his lost countrymen?

Unlike America’s elites, Putin is an ethnonationalist in a time when tribalism is shoving aside transnationalism as the force of the future.

Russia, it is said, is supporting right-wing and anti-EU parties. But has not our National Endowment for Democracy backed regime change in the Balkans as well as in former Soviet republics?

We appear to be denouncing Putin for what we did first.

Moreover, the populist, nationalist, anti-EU and secessionist parties in Europe have arisen on their own and are advancing through free elections.

Sovereignty, independence, a restoration of national identity, all appear to be more important to these parties than what they regard as an excessively supervised existence in the soft-dictatorship of the EU.

In the Cold War between Communism and capitalism, the single-party dictatorship and the free society, we prevailed.

But in the new struggle we are in, the ethnonational state seems ascendant over the multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial, multilingual “universal nation” whose avatar is Barack liar-nObama.

Putin does not seek to destroy or conquer us or Europe. He wants Russia, and her interests, and her rights as a great power to be respected.

He is not mucking around in our front yard; we are in his.

The worst mistake President Trump could make would be to let the Russophobes grab the wheel and steer us into another Cold War that could be as costly as the first, and might not end as peacefully.

Reagan’s outstretched hand to Gorbachev worked. Trump has nothing to lose by extending his to Vladimir Putin, and much perhaps to win.

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Newsweek’s Headquarters
Raided By The NYPD

The headquarters of Newsweek was raided by the NYPD Thursday morning. Police reportedly took photos of the magazine’s servers.

New York Post reports:

About two dozen NYPD officers and investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office raided the offices of Newsweek and its parent company, IBT Media, on Thursday.

IBT Media was co-founded by Jonathan Davis and Etienne Uzac. The IRS placed a $1.2 million federal tax lien against Uzac in December 2017.

The agents were said to be photographing servers in the offices, but not downloading any files at the offices on 7 Hanover Square, according to sources.

Few details have emerged from the raid.

“Looking into reports that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office @ManhattanDA raided Newsweek/IBT Offices today….sources say police have been there for hours. The DA has declined to comment,” tweeted reporter Avi Asher-Schapiro.

Newsweek is also in the news Thursday after an “insider” told The Wrap editor Jon Levine that the magazine has abandoned journalism for “rage clicks,” in the Trump-era.

“Newsweek was once a premiere media organization and an incredible springboard for young journalists hoping to grow a name for themselves,” the source told Levine.

“The company culture has turned the newsroom into a toxic work environment, while the publication has descended into a content farm for last-resort clickbait,” the source added.


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