News roundup for April 10

April 10, 2018

Monday, the Dow gained about 450 points after Chinese President Xi Jinping announced his willingness to discuss opening up the country's economy to foreign investors, reducing import tariffs on cars and other products, and enforcing intellectual property rights, which eased fears of a trade war.

So, let me get this straight: it’s possible that all that back-and-forth bluster about escalating tariffs was just a breast-beating negotiating tactic that President Trump used to face down China and finally force them to negotiate fairer trade arrangements? You mean you can get actually more concessions for your side if you negotiate from a position of strength rather than sniveling, apologetic weakness? Wow, who knew? Someone should write a book about this!

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In a detailed report by the Daily Caller, a company that tracks data about Russian propaganda efforts claims that “reliable” mainstream media sources (take note, Facebook censors) such as the Washington Post and CNN have used their data to claim that Russian bots were driving traffic and support for conservative media and stories. But they say that’s misleading: bots are only a small portion of what they monitor, and they don’t track bots from any specific group or location. They say they make this clear in all their reports, but the media keep citing their Hamilton 68 Dashboard as proof of Russian bots driving conservative web traffic, which is “inherently inaccurate.”

I like the phrase “inherently inaccurate.” It sounds so much more high-falutin' than “fake news.”

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An important story that got overlooked in all the more recent hysterical headlines was the recent death of Judge Stephen Reinhardt at 87. He was known as the “Liberal Lion” of San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (and imagine how liberal you have to be to be known as the biggest liberal on that bench!) He was so out of the mainstream, the Supreme Court overturned 24 out of 25 of his decisions they reviewed. But imagine the damage caused by the ones they didn’t review.

Reinhardt was urged to retire while Obama was still President, but he refused. Now, President Trump will have the chance to appoint his replacement on the 9th Circuit Court, which will be about as disruptive as installing a sun roof in Dracula’s Castle. A word of advice to Trump and Senate Republicans: make an appointment quickly and confirm it before November, just in case. Seize the opportunity while you can, and don’t repeat the liberals’ mistake of thinking you have all the time in the world.

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Shocking stories that end with “it was all a dream” are usually the province of bad Hollywood B-movies. But believe it or not, that lazy plot device is how a major political scandal involving a felony accusation against the governor of Missouri may end.

You know, Democrats might want to consider this gambit as a way to come back to the real world: “And the idea that the 2016 election was stolen by Donald Trump colluding with the Russians was all just Hillary Clinton’s fever dream.” Roll end credits, send Robert Mueller and his out-of-control team home, and try to forget the time and money we wasted on this potboiler. But no, the media just keep taking another dose of Ambien, and the walking nightmare continues on…

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As of this morning, we’re still waiting to find out what the White House reaction will be to the deadly chemical weapons attack on a Syrian village. The latest word is that President Trump has canceled a planned trip to South America for economic and trade talks to deal with the situation.

Some analysts are pushing Trump to take swift action and obliterate Bashar al-Assad’s air force. But others are urging caution, noting what happened in Libya when the Obama Administration decapitated the government and allowed that nation to descend into chaos, violence and terrorism. Some are even questioning whether the Syrian government was really behind the attack, asking why it would do something that would insure American retaliation at a time when Trump had been talking about pulling out of the region. But government sources claim to have evidence that the attack was launched by Syria, and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley also blasted Russia and Iran for their support of the Syrian regime. So again, we can only just watch and wait.

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  • Amelia Little

    04/10/2018 11:31 PM

    I just smh at all the wailing about how vocal Donald Trump is. But, what I have noticed is that other countries seem to have gained respect for America, after all the groveling and "we are so bad" type of rhetoric from obama. It seems America was kind of a laughing stock there for a while, and saw in obama a President whom they could control and roll right over.