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Editorial: President Trump's Proposal is Sound

FDL Review sees President Donald Trump’s proposal on border security, with several capitulations to the Democrats, as a good-faith offer. In the interest of alleviating the annoyances of the partial governmental shutdown, it should be passed by the House and Senate immediately.


Taken alone, the president's request for $5.7 billion for the construction of border barriers should be widely agreeable. There are open swaths of the U.S.-Mexico border that present a legitimate public safety hazard, and a decade ago, Democrats understood this.

However, interest in public safety has been sidelined by the Democrats in their never-ending crusade against the Trump administration, which came to fruition after they nominated a beleaguered, wildly corrupt, and stale candidate who ignored the Midwest. Hence the president’s main “sweetener,” three years of protection for DACA recipients, along with a potpourri of other proposals that should be amicable for the left.

If the House and Senate Democra…

President Trump Announces Immigration Proposal

On Saturday, President Donald Trump used a presidential address to declare his interest in an end to the partial government shutdown. To that end, the president offered Democratic leadership three years of legislative relief for DACA Dreamers in exchange for $5.7 billion for a network of border barriers.


The president noted that the legislative relief for DACA recipients, illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, would entail access to work permits and protection from deportation. The proposal does not include a pathway to citizenship from Dreamers, a stated priority for many within the Democratic caucus.

According to the president, the $5.7 billion in funding would not be for a 2,000-mile wall, but instead “steel barriers in high-priority areas.” He pitched the new border security as a method for preventing the entry of drugs, gangs, and human smugglers.

The president also suggested 75 new immigration judges, 2,750 new border agents, $800 million in humanitarian aid, an…

Special Counsel Declares BuzzFeed Report "Not Accurate"

On Thursday, BuzzFeed published an article alleging that President Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress regarding a potential Trump Tower in Moscow. The news set off a firestorm in Washington, but in a rare public statement, the special counsel disputed the findings.

Robert Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, issued a release stating that "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate."


The fact that the special counsel made this statement is atypical: CNN Politics notes that it is "highly unusual for the special counsel's office to provide a statement to the media -- outside of court filings and judicial hearings -- about any of its ongoing investigative activities."

Incidents like these, however, are typical for BuzzFeed -- they have had a longtime rivalry wit…

Disputed Report: President Trump Instructed Cohen to Lie

A since-disputed report from BuzzFeed News alleges that President Donald Trump ordered his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress regarding a proposed Trump Tower in Russia.


The news outlet cited two anonymous sources, alleged to be "federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter."

These individuals told BuzzFeed that Cohen told Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia probe, that "the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement."

According to the report, the special counsel discovered the president's alleged instruction from "interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents," and then confirmed the story with Cohen.

In addition, BuzzFeed reports that Trump "was pushing the Moscow proj…

Reagan is the Greatest President of 20th Century

Ronald Reagan was born a humble Illinoisan, rose through the ranks of Hollywood to become the president of the Screen Actors Guild, and ended up president of the United States after eight years as California governor. Reagan's experience in the private sector, where he learned about the dangers of Communism and the value of market forces, influenced his personal beliefs and allowed for his presidency to become a success in almost every regard.


Reagan's economic policy was sound; his international strategy solidified American global prowess and led to the collapse of the Soviet Union; and his personal character was impeccable.
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It is indisputable that Ronald Reagan ushered in a new dawn for American diplomacy: With words and deeds, he demonstrated to the world that our republic would not be toyed with.
With rapid military buildup, the promise of a space defense system, interventions against Communists worldwide, and assertive rhetoric, Reagan cornered the Soviet Union -- whi…

What is in Store for the New Democratic Majority?

Within hours of assuming control of the House of Representatives, members of the new Democratic majority suggested a 70% income tax rate; introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and used an unrepeatable profanity to describe him; and proposed the elimination of the Electoral College.


While I am not suggesting that all of the House Democrats are akin to the individuals who made these outlandish proposals and statements, by and large, the new Democratic class is politically inexperienced, having been elected in a wave year where qualifications took the backseat to vitriolic dislike of the president.

A Brookings report noted that the "'Blue Wave' is bringing record levels of educational attainment to the 116th Congress, but it's also sweeping in the least politically experienced cohort in modern history."

This lack of experience would almost axiomatically explain the outlandishness of some of the members of the new caucus.

Good governance i…