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‘The Fourth Way’

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Hearings on President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees open this week and all should be concluded after a day or two with positive committee votes and rapid floor votes of confirmation. Not a single nominee appears yet to be in any way endangered, and while interest groups on the left are furiously fundraising off of cries of alarm and doom, the “Reid Rule” adopted by Senate Democrats in 2013 means the GOP’s majority in 2017 will give the new president the team he wants, and quickly. It also means that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will also be speedily...

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Memo to the young DC job seeker

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So you want to join the Trump Administration? Be a special assistant to a Cabinet secretary? Carry a briefcase in the White House? I get it. I did too, out of law school and fresh from a clerkship in 1984. And I was lucky — very lucky — to work for two great attorneys general, William French Smith and Edwin Meese, and then White House Counsel Fred Fielding and his deputy Dick Hauser as they served as the personal lawyer for Ronald Reagan. Heady stuff when you are in your 20s. Of course you want to do such things. Ambition to serve at the highest levels of the most powerful government in...

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Memo To PEOTUS @realDonaldTrump: #FasterPlease and #TheFourthWay

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There’s been a lull in the pace of the stand up of the Trump Administration and the left is using it to try and define the new president and his team.  The response should be #FasterPlease and #TheFourthWay: More appointments at every level and a bigger, broader agenda that surprises and delivers —#TheFourthWay. The incessant mentions of the popular vote, the factually wrong attacks on various nominees but especially Rex Tillerson for State, Betsy DeVos for Education, Andy Puzder for Labor and Scott Pruitt for EPA, the attacks on the wealth of some nominees, the insistence that...

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Winter isn’t coming

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One more week of Beltway Christmas parties, followed by a week of faith, and football, and then the nation’s capital reconvenes in a still-stunned state. No less an American icon than Henry Winker — from “Happy Days” to “Arrested Development” to a sleigh full of fine films — tweeted a question last week: “Why does our political underpinning seem so ‘shifting sand unsettling’ at his moment?” A good question, that, and one we will discuss together on Monday’s program, but here’s a first whack. First, never before in modern...

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Pruitt and Puzder: A pair of brilliant nominees

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With two nominations late last week, President-elect Trump has telegraphed seriousness about a frontal assault on the out-of-control regulatory state. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a brilliant, principled, amiable and effective chief legal officer of a state and former state legislator (as well as minor league baseball team owner). He’s also on the board of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which telegraphs that he’s a man of faith, of good conduct and deep ethics. Mostly Scott Pruitt, a friend, is known as a “rule-of-law” guy: Legislatures make...

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Does Gen. Mattis have a strategy for shaping the ‘media battle space’?

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Donald Rumsfeld served his second tour of duty as Secretary of Defense from Jan. 20, 2001, to Dec. 18, 2006. He is one of America’s most accomplished public servants. And he was arguably the best prepared secretary of defense, having not only served in that job before, from Nov. 20, 1975 to Jan. 20, 1977, but having also been White House chief of staff, America’s ambassador to NATO and a congressman, among many other successes. He had also been a Navy pilot. He knew Washington, D.C., he knew the Pentagon, he knew Congress, he thought long and hard about the new enemies that had...

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