Trump Must Be the Strong Horse Now

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media
Lee Smith's seminal The Strong Horse: Politics, Power and the Clash of Arab Civilizations (2010) explains how the Arab world typically follows the leader with the most strength and power, i. e. the strong horse.

Team Trump Should Stop Cooperating With Mueller

Ed Rogers, Washington Post
President Trump may have some firing to do. But he shouldn’t fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III or Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. No, the president should fire or at least sharply curtail the role of Ty Cobb and all of the lawyers in and out of the White House who are working on Trump’s behalf regarding the Mueller investigation. It’s not that they have done a bad job; it’s just time for the president to cease any and all forms of voluntary cooperation with the investigation.

Robert Mueller’s Nuclear Option

Matt Ford, The New Republic
Robert Mueller’s first duty is to the truth. His mandate as special counsel is to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. His powers in that role allow him to bring criminal charges if they are warranted. But his most fundamental obligation is to answer a complex question: What happened?

Ryan’s Exit Has GOP Grappling w/Midterm Impact

Arkin & Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election and plans to end his two-decade career in Congress after this year, sending shockwaves through Washington and jarring Republicans seeking to retain their House majority this fall.

Third top national security aide to leave White House

Deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow has resigned, as new national security adviser John Bolton seeks to reshape his team.Schadlow is the third high-ranking national security official to exit or be pushe...

Maine supreme court asked to decide ranked-choice voting

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Senate, secretary of state and an advocacy group on Wednesday asked the state supreme court to weigh in on whether to allow voters to rank their candidate choices during the June primaries as the deadline for printing ballots draws near.

Superior Court Justice Michaela ...

The Latest: Vermont’s GOP governor signs gun restrictions

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Latest on Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signing gun restriction legislation (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Vermont has enacted the first significant gun restrictions in the state's history.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a package of bills Wednesday that raise the age to buy firearms, ban ...

Watch live: White House holds press briefing

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.The briefing follows an earlier announcement from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that he will retire from Congress in...

Pennsylvania Legislature roiled by sex misconduct claims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Pennsylvania Legislature this past year, including the revelation that two cases resulted in sizeable payouts.

Last month, a senator gave up plans to run for Congress following accusations of inappropriate behavior.

And an investigation is underway into claims a House ...

Gun owners urge Michigan court: Stop school gun restrictions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in two high-profile cases involving guns on school property.

Lawyers for gun owners say the appeals court was wrong when it said public schools can create restrictions that are tougher than state law. Dean Greenblatt says school boards "can't ...

Democratic lawmakers eye ban on large-capacity magazines

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for stricter gun regulations in Delaware, proposing a ban on high-capacity magazines.

A bill to be introduced Thursday criminalizes the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, receipt or unlawful possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

As with other ...

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:

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The Oregonian/OregonLive, April 11, on long overdue wildfire fix:

For five years, Sen. Ron Wyden has pushed Congress to address how U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management leaders often must divert money from other programs, including fire prevention and forest management budgets, ...

Mick Mulvaney takes heat over frosted glass on office windows

Acting consumer protection chief Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday defended the decision to put frosted glass on his office at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against accusations that it sent the wrong message about transparency.

Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, confronted Mr. Mulvaney, a former member of Congress who is now ...

Maine refuses to release records of lawmaker harassment

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House and Senate are among the majority of legislative chambers nationwide that refuse to release formal records of sexual misconduct or harassment.

A 50-state review by The Associated Press found that the majority of legislative chambers say they have no publicly available records of ...

DHS secretary signals she’s open to adding guest worker visas

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Congress Wednesday she will make a decision "soon" on whether to approve tens of thousands of additional visas for temporary foreign workers, but signaled a willingness to allow more workers.

Her verdict is being closely watched by those on all sides of the immigration ...

Trump no longer an honorary Cossack

Some Russians aren't sitting back as they await President Trump's promised strike via Twitter on their Syrian ally over a suspected chemical weapons attack.

The Irbis Cossacks, the St. Petersburg branch of the legendary Russian warrior clan, announced Wednesday it was stripping Mr. Trump of his status as an "honorary ...

Florida editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:

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April 10

Palm Beach Post says money is short for teachers amid the state's scramble to secure schools:

With teachers walking off the job in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma, demanding higher pay and more money for education, it should surprise no one if ...

State auditor: Ohio House speaker shouldn’t wait to resign

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state auditor says outgoing Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger should leave the Legislature immediately, not wait to resign.

Republican Dave Yost's statement Wednesday follows Rosenberger's Tuesday announcement that he will step down May 1 amid FBI questioning surrounding his activities. Rosenberger says he is guiltless ...