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John Kelly is reason for cautious optimism

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President Trump has had his fair share of studs and duds when it comes to staffing. Mike Pence was certainly a stud VP nomination during the campaign. Since the inauguration, he has paid dividends for Trump with his crucial votes in the Senate have been. Trump also staffed his cabinet with Reince Priebus as a reward for using his political muscles to assist him during his campaign. However, this was a questionable decision at the time. Contrary to popular belief, the Vice President, although next in line for succession, isn’t always second in command with regards to daily operations. The Chief of Staff is effectively the President’s right-hand man.

Under Priebus, there were a lot of leaks, unprofessionalism, and a lack of unified message coming from the Whitehouse. Granted, it’s harder to have a unified message with a less predictable President. But if Reince Priebus made any effort to focus Donald Trump, he failed, and if he made no effort to focus Trump at all, then he was never qualified for the job.

In comes John Kelly, who has immediately set a different tone as reported by Axios. The Whitehouse meetings have become shorter and more concise. The doors are closed so that everyone is there on time and no one is moving in and out as they were before. Efforts like this will slow the prevalent Whitehouse leaks. There is hope that John Kelly will provide the President sage counsel and some indication that Trump will heed it. The report indicates that Trump and his family are amenable towards John Kelly. This shows that John Kelly might bring some much-needed order to Trump’s Whitehouse. By reigning in the meetings, Kelly could help the Trump administration accomplish much of the agenda they promised during the campaign.

The concise meetings may just be a start. Trump is a loose cannon. That’s what Kelly is working with. There is no changing Trump’s core nature, only perhaps directing it. One area of focusing Trump is social media. Being realistic, there is no making Trump log out of twitter. Trump has a powerful tool in which he can garner the whole country’s attention. However, if Kelly can convince Trump to use his platform for more effective messaging rather than starting Twitter wars with Morning Joe or badmouthing his Attorney General, that would be a major improvement for the President. The expectation in this area is low, but if Trump’s social media somehow becomes a more organized message, John Kelly might have just done what no one else has. A more realistic expectation would be better staffing decisions by the Whitehouse because hiring Anthony Scaramucci was a regrettable notion by the Trump administration.

Kelly’s new position may be an indication that Trump wants to be a more disciplined leader. Trump’s compliance with Kelly’s style of running a meeting is likely because it’s a welcomed change by Trump. Whereas Priebus had a more sycophantic relationship with Trump, John Kelly commands a level of respect from Trump and his family that the other Whitehouse staff lack. Perhaps it is clear to them that the shenanigans of the past need to change. Still there’s no one better to demonstrate leadership and enact disciplined than a former general. Some are overly skeptical about Kelly’s ability to reign in Trump or Trump’s willingness to exercise discipline, however we should proceed with cautious optimism. John Kelly is suited for the task.

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Binge-worthy show: The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

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Binge-worthy show The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

He’s too posh. He’s too pretty. He isn’t intimidating. He’s too big as a Marvel character. There are many reasons people have dismissed the notion of Tom Hiddleston playing the role of James Bond in the famed series. All of these reasons can be dismissed by watching The Night Manager.

Available on Amazon, the AMC-BBC collaboration is six episodes long. There are reports that it could be brought back for another series, but if it never comes back, rest assured the single series is still worth a watch. The funny part is that Hiddleston might be the main draw, but he’s not even the best overall performance. That honor goes to Hugh Laurie, the well-mannered villain of the show.

As usual, no spoilers.

Much effort is put into making the beautiful people look as beautiful as possible in lovely settings even when things get crazy. It opens with Hiddleston cutting through a crowd of protesters just prior to the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He’s on his way to work to engage in his craft as a manager at a high-end hotel in Cairo. Even through the chaos, Hiddleston holds an air of separation from both the protesters and the military holding them back. And he does all this while wearing cargo pants and an untucked linen dress shirt.

This is where the presence of Hiddleston comes into play and demonstrates why he would be able to play James Bond. His sharp eyes announce he’s not to be reckoned with while simultaneously charming the observer. As one character later notes, “Everybody is attracted to you.”

The men want to be on his side and the women (and one man) want him to be by their side.

His impish grin may have been perfect for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it takes a more menacing turn in The Night Manager. We realize there’s grit behind his boyish looks that betrays two tours in Iraq and a personal grudge he’s held with him for years. If Daniel Craig brought emotionless chills to the Bond character, Hiddleston would bring an emotional fortitude. He’s only truly happy when he’s doing the right thing, which may go against the stereotypes associated with a world-class assassin, but luckily we’re in a world where stereotypes are being broken.

There’s another reason Hiddleston would be the right person for the role. Unfortunately, it’s a political one. Some are pushing for a minority or a woman to take the role to the next level. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as it’s done with the most qualified person in mind and not just to make a political statement about inclusion. With Hiddleston, it’s an opportunity to use the same formula while mitigating the damage that is sure to come if they don’t select a minority or a woman. Everyone likes Hiddleston. He’ll make the passing on a controversial choice easier to swallow.

There’s even a scene when he orders a vodka martini at a bar in Cairo. It was the most obvious nod to the Bond franchise they could have made without asking for the drink to be shaken.

If you only watch The Night Manager to verify my Bond assertions, so be it. If you watch it for its great acting, engaging espionage, and brilliant storyline, well that’s even better. Either way, get your six-hour binging snacks ready.

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Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

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Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

In a thought-provoking piece on National Review, senior editor Jonah Goldberg took a sober look at the ever-growing fire that drives the climate change debate. In the process, he threw water on their fire, particular the one being fanned right now but incoming-Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal.

While acknowledging the science seems to support substance to the climate change debate, Goldberg points out the overstated ways in which the debate is being framed. People like Ocasio-Cortez tend to blow the alarms harder and louder than necessary and the policies that arise from their klaxon calls are usually overkill.

Climate Change Frenzy Clouds Our Judgment

https://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/climate-change-frenzy-clouds-our-judgment/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing a “Green New Deal.” As I’ve written 7 trillion times (give or take), progressives have wanted a “new New Deal” even before the first New Deal was over. Painting an age-old progressive idol green has nothing to do with science and everything to do with marketing.

As I suggested in the bit about the science-fiction story, I don’t think there is very much to do right now. Oh, I am very much in favor of R&D for all sorts of things. Cold fusion would be the equivalent of discovering faster-than-light travel. Personally, I am very interested in geoengineering — the science of actually fixing the problem. I am convinced the world has a low-grade fever that could get dangerously high in the future. That fever isn’t all bad by the way: E.g., it extends growing seasons and accelerates tree growth.

Whether climate change skeptics are right or not, there’s definitely reason to question the ways in which environmentalists are pushing their agenda. There’s a difference between having the debate and trying to quash it before it starts.

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein served 13 months in prison. His deal brought no justice to his victims who were not even informed until after the deal was made. He was protected from federal prosecution and given every amenity possible during his stay in a private wing of his prison. All of this was made possible by Alexander Acosta, the current Labor Secretary in the Trump administration.

Epstein may have escaped justice, but Acosta should not be allowed to escape repercussions for his part in the Epstein deal. If the President ever really had intentions of draining the swamp, he should start by firing Acosta immediately.

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