Best in the Press: Mar. 29 – Apr. 5

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Nile Gardiner: “No-Deal” Brexit Is “By Far the Best Option” for Britain

Nile Gardiner: “Real Threat That Brexit May Not Happen At All” If Theresa May Caves

Nile Gardiner on Brexit: “Real Disconnect” Between “Ruling Political Elites” and the British People

Nile Gardiner: “No-Deal” Brexit “The Best Solution” To Implement the Will of the British People

 James Roberts: Parliament “Has to Deliver” on Implementing Brexit

Peter Brookes: Pres. Trump Has Forced NATO Members to “Look in the Mirror”

Joshua Meservey: “ISIS Is Not Defeated,” “Will Look to Rebuild Caliphate” in the Future

Tom Jipping: We Have the Highest Sustained Level of District Court Vacancies in American History

How Would the ‘Nuclear Option’ Impact Judicial Nominations? Tom Jipping Weighs In.

James Carafano: Pres. Trump Has Been “Rock-Solid” on Russia Strategy

Bruce Klingner: “China Was Not Going to Try to Overthrow Kim Jong-un”

Riley Walters: Tariffs Have Been A “Negative” for Both the U.S. and China

Genevieve Wood on Child Care: We Ought to Look at Regulations That Make It So Expensive

Kelsey Bolar: Democrats Want to #BelieveAllWomen When It’s Politically Convenient

Kelsey Bolar: Where’s the #MeToo Movement For Women Assaulted When They Cross the Border?

Kelsey Bolar: Democrats Want to Focus on Witch Hunts, Not Solving Immigration Crisis

Commentary and Quoteables of the Week:

139 total print mentions and op-eds

Op-Eds:

Bob Moffit, Hello, ‘Medicare for all.’ Goodbye, doctor-patient relationship, Sacramento Bee (via Tribune News Service)

The two leading “Medicare for all” bills before Congress would severely restrict Americans’ right to spend their own money to pay a doctor for legal medical services outside of the government’s health care system. American doctors would be beholden to government officials, not patients, for the terms and conditions of their medical practice. They would depend almost exclusively on government for their livelihood.

Robert Rector, Encouraging work lift people out of poverty. The Green New Deal won’t do that, Philadelphia Inquirer

Work-oriented welfare reform benefits both taxpayers and recipients. It goes a long way toward connecting these adults to work, which is an important component of human well-being and flourishing.

Bruce Klingner, Trump undercuts ‘maximum pressure’ strategy on North Korea, The Hill

Trump’s blocking action will hinder U.S. law enforcement actions and undermine international efforts to pressure North Korea to denuclearize. It also reflects disarray in U.S. policy. 

Tom Jipping, No to ‘packing the court’, (Orangeburg, S.C.) Times & Democrat (via Inside Sources)

Court-packing would destroy the independence of the judicial branch.

Fred Bartels, The president’s defense budget continues the military rebuild, The Hill

The U.S. military must continue rebuilding, even as it adapts to respond to the new era of great power competition. The Trump administration’s budget request gets many things right, but there are areas where Congress can — and should — improve on it.

Ted Bromund, Brit have their own March madness, Newsday

On Wednesday, the Commons voted on eight ways to manage Brexit, from exiting the European Union without a deal to holding a new referendum. Every option lost.

Ted Bromund, Interpol CCF’s Latest Annual Report Highlights Fundamental Flaw In The System, Forbes

The problem with Interpol is not its rules. It is Interpol’s membership.

Robin Simcox, The Limit of British Citizenship, Lawfare

For many years now, and in multiple conflict zones, thousands of Brits have left the country to fight in jihadist causes. The vast majority have faced virtually no legal or societal consequences. If the U.K. is to have any hope of deterring potential foreign fighters in some future conflict, that has to change.

Jim Carafano, America Needs to Give Europe Some Tough Love, The National Interest

There is nothing wrong with the transatlantic community that a little tough love cannot solve. The biggest threat to that community’s future won’t come from the Russians, the Middle East, or even Brussels. It’s places like Berlin and Paris that are the real problem.

Ted Bromund, More Brexit vs. Remain, Washington Times

Contrary to popular myth, Britain does have a constitution. And Brexit’s opponents are trashing it.

Nick Loris, One flooded base doesn’t require a green Pentagon, Washington Times

The Pentagon should continue to identify vulnerabilities and make targeted investments to strengthen military installations. But onerous bureaucratic permitting processes should not stand in the way. Nor should Congress impose “green” policies on the military that leave it less capable and prepared. 

Ed Feulner, Another high-flying success for missile defense, Washington Times

Recently, two interceptors fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California scored a direct hit against an intercontinental ballistic missile-class target launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. It’s another vindication of the philosophy behind the Strategic Defense Initiative. 

Tom Jipping, ‘Packing the court’ would destroy judicial independence, (Charleston, W.V.) Daily Mail (via Inside Sources)

Court-packing would destroy the independence of the judicial branch.

Tom Jipping, Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Claims about Post-Cloture Debate Shouldn’t Go Unchallenged, National Review

Senate Democrats have impeded and undermined the confirmation process for dozens of well-qualified judicial nominees for no reason other than their desire to fight Trump on every possible front. That has needlessly hobbled the judicial branch. It must stop.

Tom Spoehr, The Bad Decisions that Led to Privatized Military Housing Woes, Military.com

We ask a lot of our men and women in uniform. We owe them a decent standard of living and housing. In this, they have been failed on multiple levels — by private contractors, by their military service, by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and by Congress.

Norbert Michel, Federal Policies Are Making Houses Unaffordable, Forbes

If Congress and the administration really want to make housing more affordable, they would shrink the federal government’s role. Unfortunately, Democrats and Republicans alike seem set on doing just the opposite: preserving and expanding the old system that system triggered the 2008 financial crisis and is fueling the current rise in home prices

Lindsey Burke and Mary Clare Amselem, Trump’s education budget cuts justified, FOXNews.com

Since 1965, federal taxpayers have poured an estimated $2 trillion into education programs associated with President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. But despite this staggering expenditure – which represents just a fraction of combined federal, state and local K-12 spending – education attainment gaps between upper-income students and their less-affluent peers remain as wide as ever.

Bob Moffit, Hello, ‘Medicare for all.’ Goodbye, doctor-patient relationship, * ArcaMax (via Tribune News Service)

The two leading “Medicare for all” bills before Congress would severely restrict Americans’ right to spend their own money to pay a doctor for legal medical services outside of the government’s health care system. American doctors would be beholden to government officials, not patients, for the terms and conditions of their medical practice. They would depend almost exclusively on government for their livelihood.

James Carafano, The border is a hot mess. What’s Trump to do? Here are his options, FOXNews.com

Put yourself in the president’s shoes. He saw the border crisis building. He warned Congress. They did nothing. Now he has to do something.

Mary Clare Amselem, How to recover from the college admissions scandal: Restore confidence with student loan innovation, Washington Examiner

Students, taxpayers, and parents are rightfully questioning whether college is worth the ever rising tuition, but few colleges have made moves to demonstrate a commitment to delivering value for money. That’s because they face few consequences for providing low-quality education.

Norbert Michel, Don’t Turn Banks Into Regulated Utilities, RealClearPolicy

In a recent House Financial Services Committee hearing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested that Wells Fargo should be liable for any environmental damage involving projects the bank helps finance. Really? Where would her logic end? Should the people who deposited money with Wells Fargo be liable, too? Perhaps the companies where those depositors earned their money?

Michaela Dodge, Eliminating the threat of an EMP, Helena Independent Record (via Tribune News Service)

An electromagnetic pulse attack would fry electric circuits and damage critical infrastructure, paralyzing the country. It could prove fatal to millions.

Lee Edwards, At the NRI Ideas Summit, William F. Buckley Jr. Loomed Large, National Review

Bill Buckley was a master fusionist. More than anyone else, he built the modern conservative movement.

Quoteables:

Heritage, White House working on secret healthcare plan with three conservative think tanks, Washington Examiner

The analyst said the administration has been “having conversations” on healthcare policy and has reached out to numerous think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation, the Mercatus Center, and the Hoover Institute.

Heritage, “Don Trumpxote is right, if late, to tackle health policy,” Washington Examiner

In the Heritage Foundation, the Mercatus Center, and the Hoover Institute, Trump’s team has chosen serious and accomplished partners for reform.

Heritage, White House Quietly Working on Obamacare Replacement, White House Dossier

The analyst said the administration has been “having conversations” on healthcare policy and has reached out to numerous think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation, the Mercatus Center, and the Hoover Institute. “They’ve had conversations for the last several months and as recently as a few weeks ago,” the analyst said. “Before the president said what he said, they’d been consistently focused on working on a healthcare plan.”

Heritage, White House Quietly Working On Healthcare Policy Proposal, Report Claims, Inquisitr

Three conservative think tanks, the Hoover Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Mercatus Center are allegedly working together with the administration, and developing a new healthcare policy proposal.

Hans von Spakovsky, Mr. President Close The Border, Conservative HQ

“There is no question that President Trump has the legal authority to close the border; that has been done by previous presidents with no one questioning that authority,” von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department lawyer, told The Daily Signal. “Any lawsuit to prevent this would be a frivolous lawsuit with no merit.”

Katie Tubb, Trump Green Lights Nuclear Tech Transfer to Saudi Arabia Despite Congress’ Objection, Citizen Truth

Katie Tubb, a nuclear energy specialist at the Heritage Foundation, said that Saudi Arabia is different from North Korea and Iran. The U.S. has the “123 deal” with Saudi Arabia, which are a series of agreements that provide oversight and safeguards in the case of a transfer of any nuclear technology.

Lee Edwards, Guest Commentary: Five myths about socialism, Denver Post

In a speech last month on the crisis in Venezuela, Trump argued that socialism “must always give rise to tyranny.” Socialism is a “pseudo-science . . . enforced by political tyranny,” wrote the Heritage Foundation’s Lee Edwards in December.

Jim Phillips, Trump vows to secure the border by shutting the border, Washington Examiner

“The Trump Administration and Congress remain divided over how to respond to the October 2018 Riyadh-sponsored assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump has refrained from directly criticizing Crown Prince Bin Salman, the suspected driving force behind the plot, while the Senate voted unanimously to rebuke the crown prince for his alleged complicity in the murder. Motivated largely by outrage over Khashoggi’s death, the Senate also voted on March 13, 2019, to end U.S. military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition fighting an Iran-backed faction in Yemen, and the House will soon vote on the same measure, despite an expected presidential veto,” writes James Phillips, a senior research fellow.

Romina Boccia, State funding for Volusia, Flagler cultural programs plummets, Daytona Beach News Journal

But does that mean they should get public funding? Romina Boccia, a fiscal and economic expert with Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, said the arts are best served when supported through their primary source of funding, private contributions. In 2017, charitable giving by Americans to arts, culture and humanities increased to $19.51 billion, according to Giving USA.

Dean Cheng, Is the Huawei Lawsuit the Start of a Legal War?, The Epoch Times

Dean Cheng, a senior researcher at the American Conservative Think Tank Heritage Foundation, suspects that part of the intention behind Huawei’s indictment is to understand the sources and methods used by U.S. intelligence.

Thomas Spoehr, Trump undercuts ‘maximum pressure’ strategy on North Korea, The Hill

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Thomas Spoehr, now a defense analyst at The Heritage Foundation, assessed that cancellation of allied exercises as “the wrong decision for the wrong reasons,” noting that it “could weaken U.S. and South Korean readiness in a conflict with North Korea.” Spoehr concluded, “Why the most powerful nation in the world would cancel the very exercises that guarantee its readiness with a key ally, in order to please a dictator like Kim, is a mystery.”

 

Robin Simcox, The Limits of British Citizenship ,Lawfare

Robin Simcox of the Heritage Foundation believes this opposition is simplistic. He argues the United Kingdom and other democracies are right to consider a wider range of options, including citizenship revocation and blocking individuals from returning.

Robert Rector, Byron Allen takes on Comcast; Krasner pitches judges on ending Philly’s probation addiction | Morning Newsletter, Philly

“Meaningful work requirements like these reduce idle dependence and promote employment. That’s precisely why they have a dramatic effect in helping families escape poverty.” — Robert Rector, a senior research fellow for the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, on what the Green New Deal won’t do for poverty.

Thomas Callender, USS Truman’s early retirement could present questionable future for aircraft carriers, Conservative Angle

But Thomas Callender, Heritage Foundation senior research fellow for defense programs, questioned carrier critics in a Dec. 11 foundation lecture, heralding the many capabilities aircraft carriers enable.

David Inserra, No signs of Trump’s threatened port closings in administration’s border plan, The Washington Post

“A lot of people are just kind of brushing this off without any details,” said David Inserra, a policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Was this just a Twitter threat or something (more serious) – we’re not in a position to know that.”

John Malcolm, Trump Calls for Second Chances in Criminal Justice Reform Push, Courthouse News Service

“Before taking a next step, one of the things that’s going to have to happen is they have to make sure the First Step is properly implemented,” said John Malcolm, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, in an interview with Courthouse News.

Jarret Stepman, Fred Lucas, & Nick Loris, Environmentalist Predictions of Doom Are Nothing New, Ricohet

Jarrett Stepman, Fred Lucas interview Nick Loris, an expert in energy, the environment, and regulation at The Heritage Foundation, about the Green New Deal.

Bruce Klinger, As NATO ministers gather in Washington, US rift with Turkey widens, Washington Examiner

Over at Heritage, Bruce Klingner, a former CIA Korea deputy division chief, writes that the Trump administration is undercutting its own “maximum pressure” strategy on North Korea and making it “harder for Washington to induce other nations to fully implement U.N. sanctions.”

“President Donald Trump has overturned the Treasury Department’s plans to impose sanctions against an unspecified large-scale’ number of North Korean entities violating U.S. laws,” says Klingner. “The Trump administration, like its predecessors, has talked tough about imposing pressure on North Korea but instead engaged in timid incrementalism in upholding U.S. laws.”

Heritage, U.S. pauses Turkey’s participation in F-35 program, Politico

A new paper issued by The Heritage Foundation is calling on the alliance to get back to its roots. “NATO does not have to be everywhere doing everything. It does not have to become a global counterterrorism force or the West’s main tool for delivering humanitarian aid,” the paper says. “However, NATO does have to be capable of defending its members’ territorial integrity per Article 6 of the North Atlantic Treaty.”

Heritage, US playing a dangerous game by supporting Taiwan, China’s defence ministry says, South China Morning Post

In remarks delivered from Hawaii by video to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, Tsai accused China of stepping up efforts to “alter the status quo” and to “undermine our democratic institutions.”

Heritage, Health Secretary Azar’s attacks on Obamacare make him Trump’s most dangerous Cabinet member, LA Times

“We are fully committed to work requirements and community participation requirements in the Medicaid program,” Azar told an audience at the right-wing Heritage Foundation in July, a few weeks after Boasberg’s first Kentucky ruling.

Heritage, How The Equality Act Threatens Speech, Religion, And Women’s Rights, Lady Click

As the Heritage Foundation warns, “the Equality Act would further inequality by penalizing everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex.”

Heritage, Prominent US newspaper editorial demands arms sales to Taiwan, Taiwan News

During President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) visit to Hawaii last week she told the Heritage Foundation via video link that Taiwan needed to buy American M-1 Abrams tanks and F-16V fighters for “self-defense” and “deterrence.”

Heritage, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Hails U.S. Commitment to Taiwan Under Trump: ‘Stronger Than Ever, Breitbart

Tsai’s appearance at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday was delivered via livestream from Hawaii — a point she underscored in her opening remarks. China staunchly opposes high-level visits between U.S. and Taiwanese officials, and last week had urged U.S. officials to block her visit to Hawaii.

Marie Fishpaw, Trump Postpones Move to Dismantle Obamacare, Health Day

No matter what happens to Obamacare, Republicans in Congress need to return their focus to health care, said Marie Fishpaw, director of domestic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation. … “It polls as one of the top issues that Americans say they care about,” Fishpaw said.

Peter Brookes, America’s relationship with NATO will improve: Peter Brookes, News Daily

Heritage Foundation senior fellow Peter Brookes discusses President Trump’s meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The meeting with the Secretary General comes two days before the 70th anniversary of NATO

Dan Kochis, NATO at 70: What’s next?, Politico

Daniel Kochis is a policy analyst for European affairs at The Heritage Foundation.

Kelsey Bolar, Rep. Rob Wittman: The most vulnerable among us deserve the right to live, FOX News

Heritage Foundation senior writer Kelsey Bolar weighs in on the lack of media coverage and what impact the blocked bill with have on the 2020 election.

Thomas Spoehr, ‘Slush fund’: How the Pentagon’s war chest became a Washington budget gimmick, Insider Defense

Tom Spoehr, a former Army budget official who is now an analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Mulvaney’s stamp on the FY-20 budget indicates creative OCO accounting has gotten out of hand.

“It has jumped the shark,” he said, using a phrase often applied to television shows that begin steep declines in popularity following especially outrageous storylines. “There is no clearer sign of that than Mick Mulvaney, the ultimate past critic of OCO, now serving as the architect of this year’s budget plan with a massive OCO dollop.”

Tom Jipping, How a rule change for Senate confirmation process could affect federal courts, PBS Newshour

Judy Woodruff talks to Kristine Lucius of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Heritage Foundation’s Tom Jipping.

Heritage, If Republicans built their ideal health care system: Catherine Rampell, Erie Times

One of the three legs of Obamacare’s “three-legged stool” — the individual mandate for people to carry health insurance — was also featured in a health reform proposal once promoted by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Heritage, Democrats in the House push LGBT ‘Equality Act’ — here’s what it could mean for you, The Blaze

The conservative Heritage Foundation also argued that the bill would force religious doctors and hospitals to perform sex change surgery, and that it would pre-empt the rights of parents in cases where their minor children identify as transgender.

Heritage, Former transgender activist warns of deadly, disturbing transition dangers: ‘We are manufacturing transgender kids’, The Blaze

The two spoke at a Tuesday panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. The panel, “The Medical Harms of Hormonal and Surgical Interventions for Gender Dysphoric Children,” addressed the issues that come along with assisting children with a transition.

Heritage, Congress held the first hearing on the Equality Act. Republicans made it all about trans people., LGBTQ Nation

Julia Beck, a lesbian Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) who has spoken at the far-right Heritage Foundation and on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, said that she opposes including gender identity in the Equality Act.

Heritage, Budget-neutral, ‘conservative’ paid leave? Show me the math, Washington Examiner

As early as 1997, the Heritage Foundation found that low-income, single black men born after 1959 lose thousands of dollars into the Social Security abyss over their lifetimes.

Heritage, China Is Waiting for NASA to Blink in the New Space Race, Newsmax

Travis Korson is a veteran of politics with years of experience in campaigns, communications, and public policy. He previously served in the Bush White House and has also spent time at various conservative organizations and government institutions including the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Nile Gardiner, Brexit WARNING: Theresa May is ‘out of touch’ and no deal is now ‘BEST OPTION’ for Britain, Express

Nile Gardiner, who is the director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, warned it was a “disastrous move” by Prime Minister Theresa May to “hand the future of Brexit to Jeremy Corbyn”. He added: “For Theresa May to do this and concede a great degree of influence to the Labour leader, I think, is a catastrophically bad move.”

Nile Gardiner, NATO chief stresses unity in pushback against Trump’s worldview, CNN Politics

The President’s supporters that say allies should not focus on everything Trump says, but on what his administration does. “Some leaders may be dissatisfied with President Trump’s rhetoric,” said Nile Gardiner, a director at the Heritage Foundation, “but to assert that he is not committed to the NATO alliance and our partners in Europe does not match up with the reality of US policy.”

Ryan T. Anderson, ‘We Are Manufacturing Transgender Kids,’ Says Man Who Once Identified as Woman, Stream

Elaine was joined by Heyer, an author and public speaker who formerly identified as transgender; Dr. Michael K. Laidlaw, an endocrinologist; and Dr. Marian Rutigliano, an emergency medicine specialist. Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow in American principles and public policy at Heritage, moderated the discussion.

Rachel Greszler, There’s a bipartisan push around paid family leave brewing in the Senate, Vox

Here’s how Rachel Greszler, with the Heritage Foundation, reacted to Trump’s campaign pledge to established federal paid family leave:

“This would establish a new national entitlement program that could expand along the same lines as other federal entitlements, potentially costing hundreds of billions of dollars per year. A federal PFL could dismantle existing private and state policies that are arguably better equipped to meet their unique workers’ and populations’ needs and would push at least part of the cost of existing programs onto federal taxpayers.”

Bruce Klingner, North Korea courts Russia after Trump-Kim summit failure, Washington Times

Mr. Moon’s visit next week will be “an attempt to revive U.S.-North Korean negotiations,” according to former CIA Korea Deputy Division Chief Bruce Klingner, a fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

James Roberts, US-Mexico trade generates an estimated $1M a minute: Heritage Foundation’s James Roberts, FOX Business

“There’s a great amount of trade going across that border every day, estimates of $1 million a minute,” Heritage Foundation’s James Roberts told FOX Business’ Liz Claman on Wednesday. “It’s a highly important part of the economy.”

Dakota Wood, Marine Officer to Next Commandant: Fix the Corps’ Identity Crisis, Military.com

Last month, Dakota Wood, a retired Marine officer now with the Heritage Foundation, wrote a 60-page report highlighting what the service must do to prepare for a near-peer naval battle.

Heritage, ‘To attack and persecute one group is to attack all of us’; delegation advocates for human rights, China Aid

Afterward, the group made their way to The Heritage Foundation, where Fu and Taiwan Association for China Human Rights leader Yang Sen-hong joined Chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project Nury Turkel, and President of the International Campaign for Tibet Matteo Mecacci, for a panel discussion on China’s human rights and religious freedom abuses.

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