• Combative, but not cruel, Mr. President

    What does it mean to “win” in Washington, or anywhere else in the country? I've long described “progress” as the ongoing, incremental expansion of liberty and literacy in stable regimes in or aligned with the West. By that definition, much of President Trump's administration is “winning.” Still, I worry that…

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  • Trump’s budget betrays two critical campaign promises

    On Sept. 7, 2016, Donald Trump made a specific promise to an audience at the Philadelphia shipyards: “to build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines.” On March 2, Trump, now president, added to the specificity of that pledge by promising to increase the number of aircraft carriers to…

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  • ‘The Fourth Way’

    Hearings on President-elect Trump's Cabinet nominees open this week and all should be concluded after a day or two with positive committee votes and rapid floor votes of confirmation. Not a single nominee appears yet to be in any way endangered, and while interest groups on the left are furiously…

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  • Memo to the young DC job seeker

    So you want to join the Trump Administration? Be a special assistant to a Cabinet secretary? Carry a briefcase in the White House? I get it. I did too, out of law school and fresh from a clerkship in 1984. And I was lucky — very lucky — to work…

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  • Winter isn’t coming

    One more week of Beltway Christmas parties, followed by a week of faith, and football, and then the nation's capital reconvenes in a still-stunned state. No less an American icon than Henry Winker — from “Happy Days” to “Arrested Development” to a sleigh full of fine films — tweeted a…

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  • Pruitt and Puzder: A pair of brilliant nominees

    With two nominations late last week, President-elect Trump has telegraphed seriousness about a frontal assault on the out-of-control regulatory state. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a brilliant, principled, amiable and effective chief legal officer of a state and former state legislator (as well as minor league baseball team owner).…

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