Best in the Press: Mar. 16 – Mar. 22

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Robin Simcox: Law Enforcement Needs to “Increasingly Aware Of” Internet Use in Terror Attacks

Robin Simcox: New Zealand Attack A “Horrendous, Horrendous Act of Terrorism”

James Carafano on New Zealand: Intelligence-Sharing “Most Important Global Tool” For Cooperation

Nile Gardiner: “Britain Will Do Perfectly Well Under a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit”

John Malcolm: Trump Has Done an Excellent Job Confirming Appellate Court Judges

Bruce Klingner: Recent Raid on North Korean Embassy “Incredibly Brazen”

Olivia Enos: Flashy Summits “Make It Easy to Forget” Kim Jong-un Is “A Brutal Dictator”

Amb. Terry Miller: “Complete Rejection of the Socialist Ideology” in Venezuela

Riley Walters: “Long-Term Effects” of Tariffs That Mean “A Net Loss” for America

Joel Griffith: Tax Cuts Have Made the U.S. Far More Competitive

Mike Gonzalez: We Could See a Growth in Trade between U.S. and Brazil

Rob Bluey: Armstrong Williams

Kelsey Bolar: Beto Voted with Trump Administration 30% of the Time

Kelsey Bolar: The Press Is Working Overtime to Give Beto Flattering Coverage

Commentary and Quoteables of the Week:

83 total print mentions and op-eds


Jim Carafano, A Collective Approach to Repairing America’s Immigration System, National Interest

Conservatives can win the day if they add all these planks to their plan—and don’t trade any of them away.


Jim Carafano, John Walker Lindh, the ‘American Taliban,’ is going free—So what?,

John Walker Lindh was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2002 and convicted of providing material support to terrorism. Imprisoned ever since, he is scheduled for release in May. The “American Taliban” has never denounced the Islamist cause. The prospective release of a convicted jihadist upsets many. My reaction: So what?


Tom Jipping, Diluting the substance of religious freedom, Washington Times

The Do No Harm bill would do great harm to one of our most cherished natural rights: Religious freedom. It would dilute the substance of religious freedom to nothing more than speech or private worship and reduce its significance to nothing more, and often less, than other political priorities.


Tom Jipping, Judicial vacancies are far past the crisis point for no good reason, Washington Examiner

In 2013, the left-leaning Brennan Center decried a “vacancy crisis in the district courts.” What the Left then rightly considered a crisis was mild compared to what we have now.


Tom Jipping, A Left-Wing Group Demands that Democrats Oppose Trump’s Judicial Nominees, National Review

“Senate Democrats ought to be opposing each and every judge that Trump nominates.” Those are the marching orders issued by the new far-left outfit Demand Justice. Its just-released scorecard for the 115th Congress gives a majority of current Senate Democrats a C or worse; five flunked out altogether. Despite their best efforts, they’re just not obstructionist enough.


Ted Bromund, Britain’s Brexit Delay Is Ridiculous, Washington Times

The people of the United Kingdom voted in June 2016 to leave the EU. But currently the Commons can’t muster a majority either to support the lousy exit deal the British government has negotiated or to just bail out of the EU without a deal. So Britain, says the Commons, cannot stay, and yet it cannot go.


Ted Bromund, Trump’s right: U.S. Allies need to do more, Newsday

The Trump administration believes U.S. allies are too keen to trade security for money. Yet the administration doesn’t want to diminish allies. It wants them to do more — and to pay more.


Grace Melton, Don’t erase women at the United Nations, Washington Times

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is being pressured to embrace “gender identity” ideology at its annual meeting this week. If successful, the move could erase women from international law and economic development.


Ed Feulner, Trump, the creative disrupter, Washington Times

In foreign policy, cautious, small-ball tactics are sometimes the way to go. Other times, it pays to try a bolder, less conventional approach.

Rachel Greszler, Why even a limited federal paid family leave program would quickly unravel, Orange County Register

No matter how limited, low-cost, or non-invasive federal paid family leave may starts out, it will inevitably expand over time. This is the nature of all federal entitlement programs.


Norbert Michel, The Fed Has Not Been Independent—Perhaps It Should Be Restructured, Forbes

Many people assume that the Federal Reserve (1) should be independent and (2) has always been independent. The first assumption is debatable. The second is demonstrably false.


Jarrett Stepman, Time to toss the Electoral College? Here’s why it’s not as simple as 2020 Democrats want it to be,

The Electoral College has been a remarkably effective way for Americans to choose our presidents for over two centuries. But now the left wants to blow it up, in large part driven over bitterness about Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, despite “winning” the popular vote. But we shouldn’t demolish the Electoral College due to sour grapes.


Nick Loris, Green New Deal would cost a lot of green, Los Angeles Times (via Tribune News Service)

Do you want the federal government to control what kind of car you drive and what type of energy you buy? Because the end goal of the Green New Deal is to eliminate the use of coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear and the internal-combustion engine.


Paul Winfree, Universal basic income programs and their dirty little secrets,

Some progressives embrace the notion of a universal basic income because it is a mechanism for redistributing money. It’s based on the idea that everyone is entitled to an income, whether they’re willing to work for it or not.



Kay Coles James, Kay Coles James to visit W&M on March 25, William & Mary

Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, will visit William & Mary on March 25 for an event that is free and open to the public. James’ appearance is a spotlight event in the university’s celebration of100 years of coeducation.


Heritage, Taiwan’s Leader Heads to the South Pacific in a Bid to Fend Off China, New York Times

El Salvador’s ties with China have become a question. Nayib Bukele, the new president-elect, said after aspeech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington this month that he was reviewing his country’s relations with Beijing, suggesting that reverting to recognition of Taiwan was a possibility.


Heritage, El Salvador Leader Shuns U.S. Aid, Vows Help on Border Crisis, The New American

Speaking during an event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on March 13, Bukele said the mass emigration from El Salvador and other countries in the region was “shameful.”


Nile Gardiner, Trump and Irish leader celebrate their countries’ close ties, but differences over Brexit are evident, Washington Post

Nile Gardiner, a former aide to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, said Trump “has been very clear in his view that Brexit is great for America and for Britain.”


Nile Gardiner, Theresa May Suffers Another Defeat As Brexit Remains Up in the Air, Cheddar

Nile Gardiner, director of The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, explains why the UK should not delay Brexit and instead go through with leaving the EU on March 29, even if there’s no deal.


Monica Burke, Democrats Introduce Equality Act to Cement Gender Ideology into Federal Law, Breitbart

Monica Burke of the Heritage Foundation summed up the likely effects of the Equality Act with the observation at the Daily Signal that “it actually would promote inequality by elevating the ideologies of special-interest groups to the level of protected groups in civil rights law.”


Monica Burke, House Democrats have now voted 19 times against protecting born-alive babies, Life Site News

Monica Burke, a research assistant in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, says the issue shouldn’t be political.


Heritage, Democrats’ Orwellian ‘Equality’ Act, Patriot Post

However, as The Heritage Foundation explains, “Where the original Civil Rights Act of 1964 furthered equality by ensuring that African-Americans had equal access to public accommodations and material goods, the Equality Act would further inequality by penalizing everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex.


Ryan T. Anderson, Girl Finds “Transgender” Boy Staring at Her in Locker Room — Told to Go OUTSIDE Until He Was Done, The New American

Weighing in likewise just last year was philosopher Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, who wrote that “transgenderism” is delusion and just amounts to playing “pretend,” since sex change is biologically impossible.


Rachel Greszler, Democrats demand corporate wage data to ensure equal pay for women, Washington Examiner

“Ninety percent of what employers look at when they are determining pay are not factored into that gap,”Rachel Greszler, research fellow in economics, budget, and entitlements at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told the Washington Examiner.


Thomas Jipping, No Wonder Trump’s Judicial Nominations Are Important, Patriot Post

In fact, The Heritage Foundation’s Thomas Jipping reports, “Trump’s 91 judges have received more negative confirmation votes than the 2,653 judges confirmed to the same courts during the entire 20th century combined.”


Heritage, A Common Refrain in US and Brazil: ‘We Don’t Want Socialism Anymore’, The Epoch Times

According to the Heritage Foundation, socialism is considered as a political alternative taken seriously by millennials in the United States. And the Great Recession of 2008 accelerated the shift toward socialism.


Jarret Stepman, National popular vote gains momentum, remains political long-shot, KBTX

“Our system is not purely democratic,” said Jarret Stepman, a columnist with the conservative Heritage Foundation, “and I don’t think that’s necessarily been a bad thing.”


Dakota Wood, U.S. could soon pause F-35 deliveries to Turkey, Politico

“This is where the Corps currently finds itself: very good at land-based crisis response, making important contributions to America’s special operations community, conducting sustained land operations in support of U.S. partners in various theaters, and supporting regional combatant command requirements to work with partner nations to improve mutual capabilities but lacking meaningful experience within the current force at doing the one thing that it is supposed to do and no other force can do: amphibious operations.”


Dakota Wood, Shanahan confident ethics probe will clear him of Boeing bias allegations, Washington Examiner

If I were to summarize Dakota Wood’s latest installment in the Heritage Foundation’s “Rebuilding America’s Military” project on a bumper sticker, it would be this: “The Marines: not just a cooler Army.”


Stephen Moore, Study: U.S. Intellectual Property Protection Is Strong, but China Poses Big Problem, Heartland Institute

The USMCA must be approved by both houses of Congress, and some want to kill the deal, says economistStephen Moore, a senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation and an economic advisor to the Trump presidential campaign.


Stephen Moore, Letter: Where have the true conservatives gone?, The Independent

If you’ve wondered where/what today’s conservative movement is in this country, on April 6, we have an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from the Heritage Foundation, our country’s leading conservative think tank, and from one of our country’s top economists – Stephen Moore.


Bruce Klingner, North Korea missile threat has lawmakers pushing China sanctions, Washington Examiner

“At this point, it is important that neither side overreact,” Bruce Klingner, a former CIA official who is a now a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told the Washington Examiner. “Washington should communicate privately to Pyongyang that it remains open to follow-on negotiations, that escalation is counter-productive, and a nuclear or missile test — including a so-called space launch vehicle — would greatly exacerbate tensions.”


Bruce Klingner, Trump administration struggles for path forward on nuclear talks as tensions with North Korea mount, The Washington Post

Trump “indicated that nuclear and missile testing really is a red line. He basically said that as long as they’re not testing, he’s happy, even though behind the scenes they continue to perfect their arsenal,” said Bruce Klingner, a former U.S. intelligence official who is now a Northeast Asia analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation.


Bruce Klingner, It’s Not Personal. It’s Just Diplomacy., Foreign Policy

“There’s been a pretty consistent pattern in the last year or so of praising Trump, or specifically not criticizing him,” said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington-based think tank. “They see Trump as more likely to offer concessions.”


Bruce Klingner, Nuclear: Pyongyang threat to stop negotiations, Washington wants to continue, Yahoo

For Bruce Klingner, of Heritage’s conservative foundation, “Pyongyang is trying to pressure the United States to accept a limited deal involving only stopping nuclear production on the Yongbyon complex.”


Bruce Klingner, Japan-Korea confrontation, US does not intervene, Heritage Foundation Klingner, Business Nikkei

Bruce Klingner is a senior researcher at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Responsible for Northeast Asia, disarmament, missile defense. Having worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for 20 years, he served as a top Korean office and a deputy director of the Korean division, and was involved in Korean analysis and military analysis of North Korea. Participated in the Heritage Foundation in 2007. 


Justin Bogie, Suffering ‘PTSD’ From Shutdown, Unions Gird for Next One, Bloomberg Law News

Several bills were introduced in Congress this year to prevent future government funding lapses, but there isn’t any urgency to act on them now that the memory of the most recent shutdown is receding, Justin Bogie, a senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told Bloomberg Law.


James Carafano, Kirstjen Nielsen: Walking a tightrope working for Trump, BBC News

Others point out that the president admires a hard-nosed approach in public discourse, whether in a man or a woman. “He appreciates toughness,” says the Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano. “The fact that she might ruffle some feathers – I think he’d find that endearing.”


Dean Cheng, US Wages Wide-Ranging Campaign to Block Huawei, VOA

Huawei is fighting back, filing a lawsuit this month that claims it was unfairly banned from U.S. government computer networks. Dean Cheng, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, said the lawsuit may be aimed at determining what information the U.S. government is using to make its case.


John Malcolm, Nan Aron and John Malcolm on the Trump Administration and the Federal Judiciary, C-SPAN

Alliance for Justice’s Nan Aron and Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm discuss how President Trump and Senate Republicans are reshaping the federal judiciary.


Meridian Paulton, Democrats See Health Care as Winning Issue in 2020 US Election, VOA News

“Everyone wants to have health care for the sick. No one’s trying to deny the sick health care. I think that’s an important thing to clarify. What’s important is how we achieve that,” said Meridian Paulton, a conservative health policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation.


Emilie Kao, ‘Make Families Great Again’: Hungary seeing more babies, less abortions through pro-family policies, Christian Post

Others included Family Research Council President and USCIRF commissioner Tony Perkins, former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka, American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp and as Emilie Kao, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society.


Hans von Spakovsky, Far Left Anti-Electoral College Plan Building Momentum, Conservative HQ

Well, get ready, because they do, and according to our friend Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, their anti-Constitutional plan is gaining ground.


Jim Phillips, Pompeo to embrace Netanyahu and confront Hezbollah in Mideast swing, Washington Examiner

“The Kuwaitis, in general, are very suspicious of Iran but they don’t want to get out in front as much as the Saudis or the United Arab Emirates,” Jim Philips, a regional expert at the Heritage Foundation, told the Washington Examiner. “They tend to be more neutral — which makes sense, as it’s a small country. They should be supportive of the overall anti-Iranian coalition, but it’s not something they want to highlight because Iran is very close and they have their own Shia population [in Kuwait].”


James Carafano, Russia’s ‘hybrid warfare’ plan employs military action, cyberattacks to divide West, Washington Times

“The Russians are the one piece you can’t impact. Putin is going to be Putin,” said James Carafano, a leading national security and foreign policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Putin is an immovable object.”


Jim Carafano, WBAP Morning News – Jim Carafano talks Brexit, Mexico and other World News, WBAP

In the midst of a battle between the European Union and Britain, The Heritage Foundation’s Jim Carafano lets us know what the latest is, plus whether or not he believes there is a problem with our border with Mexico.


Peter Brookes, “You want peace – get ready for war”. The military doctrine of Russia and the US response, Radio Svoboda

All these questions a correspondent for the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty discussed in an interview with one of the leading American experts in the field of international relations, Peter Brookes. Under Bush, Jr., he was Deputy Minister of Defense of the United States (2001-2002), in his track record – work in the United States Congress, the United States Mission to the United Nations, as well as the CIA. Peter Brookes is currently working at Heritage Foundation, a strategic research institute analyzing international politics.


Nick Loris, On the campaign trail, climate change can no longer be ignored, Roll Call

But Nick Loris, an economist focusing on energy and environmental issues at the conservative Heritage Foundation said that while climate change is important to Democratic candidates, it may not necessarily be a winning strategy in 2020.

“It’s certainly not surprising … they’ve historically been climate champions in the past and feel like it’s important to their base,” Loris said.


Vijay Menon, Why presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants gov’t to give every adult citizen $1K per month, Christian Post

In an op-ed published in October, Vijay Menon, research assistant for domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation also argues that the UBI is a bad idea because it has been tried before and failed. “The best available evidence about the potential effects of these programs comes from the federal government’s ‘negative income tax’ experiment,” Menon notes.


Hans von Spakovsky, Presidential Hopeful Elizabeth Warren Pushes to Abolish Electoral College, The Epoch Times

But according to Hans von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission, the Electoral College mechanism was devised at America’s founding to balance the competing interests of large and small states, and to temper the “tyranny of the majority.” “It prevents candidates from winning an election by focusing only on high-population urban centers (the big cities), ignoring smaller states and the more rural areas of the country—the places that progressives and media elites consider flyover country,” von Spakovsky wrote for the conservative Heritage Foundation.


David Burton, Reviving growth, Washington Times

Notably, David Burton, a senior fellow in economic policy at The Heritage Foundation, in testimony before the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives, provided a specific list of 97 things that could be done to free up the economy.


Rob Bluey, Kelsey Bolar, & Virginia Allen, Crenshaw Gets the Biggest Laughs of the Night With Trump, O’Rourke Impersonations at Press Club Event, IJR

            Crenshaw’s act on stage brought laughter and applause from many on social media for his “outstanding performance.”


Joshua Meservey, For Africa, Chinese-Built Internet Is Better Than No Internet at All, Foreign Policy

“The Chinese are explicitly pushing this idea of internet governance,” said Joshua Meservey, a senior analyst with the Heritage Foundation. “They frame it as a sovereignty issue, but what they are really talking about is the ability of a state to control the free flow of information online.”


Jason Snead, Why ballot fraud is as big as Texas, despite local enforcers, Texas Monitor

“Once in a while you see the secretary of state’s offices take the lead in these in some states, but it’s mostly just people on the ground who report incidents,” said Jason Snead, senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, who maintains a national database that tracks voter fraud cases across the country.


Thomas Jipping, Kamala Harris’ ‘Do No Harm Act’ would do plenty of harm to religious freedom, Conservative Review

Why is all that bad for the First Amendment? Under the bill, “Government laws or regulations in many areas would be completely exempt from the RFRA standard,” explains Heritage Foundation legal fellow Thomas Jipping in an op-ed.


Katrina Trinko, ‘Fake news’ conference — Waiting for Mueller — Trump and the Times — Sanders campaign hires journos, Politico

Katrina Trinko, who has served as managing editor of The Daily Signal since the 2014, has been named editor-in-chief. Rob Bluey, formerly editor-in-chief, will become executive editor of The Daily Signal and remain vice president of the Heritage Foundation, which publishes the site.


Rachel Greszler, Social Security May Step Up Facebook, Instagram Checks in Disability Fraud Probes, AARP

“Social media can provide valuable evidence to support or deny individuals’ disability claims,” Rachel Greszler, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank, wrote last year. “For example, a disability claimant may say that she is unable to leave her home, while her social media pictures show her out and about regularly.”


Heritage, White House officials attend Hungarian Embassy event urging women to have more children, Washington Post

Also present were prominent antiabortion leaders, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and representatives from the Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society.


Heritage, Green New Deal Defender Jay Inslee Loves His Blue Electric Car and Wants Everyone to Have One, Townhall

Inslee argued that the capitalist system can play a part in pioneering cleaner energy, but The Heritage Foundation said that some legislators favored intervening in the economy.

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