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Reclaiming American Realism

Bromund, Auslin & Dueck, American AffairsDonald Trump entered the White House, in part, on a wave of voter dissatisfaction with the foreign policy the United States has pursued for the past quarter century. More than any other recent candidate, Trump succeeded by linking domestic problems, such as unemployment and crime, to issues of foreign policy, such as border control, international trade, and Islamic extremism. … Read the referenced story here: Reclaiming American Realism

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Technology 

Can the American Heartland Remake Itself in the Image of Silicon Valley? One Startup Finds Out

One Denver startup learns what it’s like to find funding, attract talent, and launch a minimum viable product outside of the Bay Area tech scene. The post Can the American Heartland Remake Itself in the Image of Silicon Valley? One Startup Finds Out appeared first on WIRED. … Read the referenced story here: Can the American Heartland Remake Itself in the Image of Silicon Valley? One Startup Finds Out

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Guardrails of American Democracy Can’t Contain Trump

Charles Krauthammer, NROThe pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed. Donald Trump’s character — volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive — had not changed since the campaign. But it seemed as if the guardrails of our democracy — Congress, the courts, the states, the media, the Cabinet — were keeping things within bounds. … Read the…

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American Institutions Strike Back

Peter Beinart, The AtlanticThe bad news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history. The good news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history. He was too incompetent to understand his own health care bill, or accurately describe the direction in which the “armada” designed to intimidate North Korea was heading, or restrain himself from disclosing highly classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. But he’s also too incompetent, it appears, to destroy…

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