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The one concern about the President’s climate agreement speech

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There was nothing beneficial about the Paris climate agreement. It wasn’t good for the world and it definitely wasn’t good for America. We’ve always maintained that this particular piece of foreign policy has a clear resolution: President Obama should never have signed it and President Trump should remove us from it immediately.

Today, he did just that, but with a caveat:

No. We shouldn’t begin negotiations to re-enter. It can’t be fixed. It’s built on a false premise that globalizing the climate change combat initiative through disproportionate restrictions brought about by political maneuvers can fix the problem. It’s also based upon unverified assumptions. In the future, we’ll discuss the party’s stance on the environment, one that is based on real science rather than the political science that focuses solely on carbon emissions, but for this piece let’s look at a trend revealed further by today’s announcement.

Since declaring that only he (Trump) can fix our problems at the Republican National Convention last July, we’ve seen the way that the President likes to address pretty much every situation. He wants to fix everything. He wants to make deals. This is fine for some things, but the best solution in most situations is to remove federal government intervention altogether. This doesn’t seem to be on option for the Republicans (and it’s definitely not even a consideration in the Democrats’ playbook).

Of all the issues for which the President should say, “We’re getting out, period,” the Paris Climate Agreement is one of the most obvious. There’s no need to try to leave the door open for some future “fix.” Get out. Move on. Don’t look back. That he is still signaling the possibility that we can renegotiate our way back in is troublesome.

NAFTA. Obamacare. Planned Parenthood. Immigration. Mexico building the wall. Moving the U.S. embassy to Israel. Now, Paris. One of the biggest reasons Trump was elected is because many assumed he would be unflinching when keeping his promises. To be fair, he has demonstrated resolve in some situations, but most of his promises have been negotiable at best. It’s a trait that seems to have carried over from the previous administration.

We’re not saying that we agree with the President’s stance on all of the issues listed above, but we’d prefer that he act definitively in one direction or the other rather than tiptoe through everything by placing a “renegotiation” caveat on it. As we’ve stated before, Obamacare is an easy example of something that should be chopped apart without the government trying to fix it. The AHCA is not a repeal and replace. It’s a tweak and rebrand.

The same holds true for his stance on Israel. While everyone focused on the Paris agreement announcement, the other big news of the day is that the President decided to not move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem “for now.” Some may say it’s just temporary, but these six-month waivers on the law have been going on for decades. It wouldn’t even cost us a thing; Israel would happily pay for the move if the President asked.

“We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” he said when campaigning. Why wait? Will things suddenly be better in the future? Will it be more acceptable to the Muslim world in six months? A year? Seven years?

We’re very pleased that the President pulled us out of the Paris agreement. We just wish he’d stop trying to renegotiate everything. Some things should be left to die in peace.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

Entertainment and Sports

LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Guns and Crime

Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people, Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military protection

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people Robert Mugabe granted immunity military protecti

In what may be the best deal ever struck by a dictator forcibly removed by the military and despised by a majority of his people, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been granted full immunity, a “generous pension,” and military protection so he can stay in his country without fear that any of the millions of people he persecuted will be able to seek their vengeance.

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, resigned on Tuesday, hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.

My Take

Despite complaints from the people, this is the smart move. If they allow him to leave, they have no control over him or the influence that he continues to wield at home and abroad. If they jail him, kill him, or otherwise make him face prosecution, he would be at best a distraction and at worst a martyr. This move allows them to move forward the fastest which is what former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military allies want.

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