In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Trump Keeps Promise to Confront China, Assess Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

This is why Americans – and yes conservatives, evangelicals, and what was once called the “moral majority – put President Trump in office. Despite his deep flaws, he is a man who is able to stand up to pressure, who despite all the press about him wanting to be liked doesn’t care what people think, and is willing to do what is right. To resist

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Trump Says China Not a Currency Manipulator

President Trump will not name China a currency manipulator this year, despite repeated campaign promises to do so on his first day in office, the Washington Examiner reported. Trump told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that he will not officially name China a currency manipulator in a forthcoming report because the country, he said, hasn’t recently been artificially manipulating the yuan and because doing so

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Mattis: U.S. not Strong Enough to Deter Russia and China

Retired Gen. James Mattis said Thursday that he does not believe the U.S. military is strong enough to deter Russia and China, the Washington Examiner reported. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asked Mattis if America has a strong enough military to be able to deter against those threats and he responded “No, sir.”

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Obama Backs Down to China

This is the difference between strong leaders and weak leaders. And it will have consequences for the United States I was about to write a post – and would have before if I wasn’t trying to get in a little break for Thanksgiving – about how President Obama had finally made a bold move in the international arena and immediately reaped a reward. He stood

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Romney’s Nasty, Destructive China Bashing

Gov. Mitt Romney is playing an uncharacteristic game of populist nonsense with his vow to declare China a “currency manipulator” on Day One of his administration. Most American business leaders, whom this is designed to benefit, oppose the move and know it’s garbage as economic policy. The outrage is, with his knowledge of business and international finance, Romney realizes it’s garbage too. And yet, to

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Bowing to China, Part 2: No F-16s for Taiwan

President Obama has decided not to sell Taiwan the 66 F-16’s it has requested, according to reports, despite support in Congress for the sale and the prospect that the move would create thousands of new jobs. It’s the latest sign of extreme U.S. sensitivity to the feelings of China’s dictators, following Vice President Biden’s comment this week that he sympathizes with China’s one child, forced

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Biden Bows to China’s One-Child Policy

Oh no. While sucking up to the Chinese leadership traveling in China yesterday, Vice President Biden condoned Chinese policy that allows families to have only one child. From The Daily Caller: In explaining the demographic concerns of funding for future generations, Biden cited the Chinese policy. “But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You

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Biden Watching Georgetown Hoyas in China

I’m not kidding. From the vice presidential pool report. At 7pm VPOTUS arrived at the Gymnasium of National Olympic Sports Center to attend a “Friendship Match” between the Georgetown Hoyas and a team from Shanxi Province. During a brief chat after landing, the VP apologized to the travel-weary poolers for the unannounced addition to the schedule but explained that he’d fielded many requests from members

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China State Dinner Guest List is Out

>> Updated at 7:19 pm ET The guest list for tonight’s black tie State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao is out, and it’s relatively light on frivolous people. Jackie Chan will be on hand, but this may be simply to kick ass if the Salahis show. In addition, Barbara Streisand will be in the house, with husband James Brolin in tow, but that’s because

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Obama’s Insufficient Criticism of China on Liu

The White House this morning released a measured statement by President Obama suggesting China should reform its society and asking China to release imprisoned activist Liu Xiaobao, who receives the Nobel Peace Prize today in absentia. The problem with it is, it’s measured wrong. The dose of anger and determination is far too weak. China is engaged in lots of contemptible dealings, including the assertion

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Obama Gets a Visit From the Tooth Fairy

The Scene: President Obama is sitting alone in his hotel room in Seoul, South Korea, nursing his wounds from a G-20 summit that has seen the rejection of his entreaties for China to let its currency rise and the failure of efforts to secure a trade deal with South Korea. Suddenly, a small figure with a wand dressed like a magical fairy enters the chamber.

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