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Ned Ryun

Op-ed: The absurdity of government ‘shutdowns’

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Here we go again. One more time around on the crazy merry-go-round otherwise known as a broken and dysfunctional Washington, D.C. And as usual, in this game of absurd brinkmanship there are accusations, frustrations, misinformation and political games afoot. First of all, government shutdowns aren’t the end of the world. President Ronald Reagan had eight government shutdowns in his terms in office and the nation experienced strong economic growth. Quite frankly, if Republicans really knew how to win a messaging fight, they should shut the government down. When shutdowns take place, all non-essential federal employees are sent home. While there…

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Op-ed: Here’s how Trump can score some wins in 2018

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Although some don’t want to admit it, Donald Trump had a pretty good first year in office. From appointing a conservative judicial rock star in Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, to appointing 12 circuit judges, to rolling back or cutting over 1,500 regulations, to getting a tax bill signed before Christmas, Trump made headway on his agenda despite being hampered by the albatross around his neck, the fake Russia-collusion investigation. Even Politico admitted he was able to have a good year, listing 138 accomplishments by Trump in 2017. But I’m realistic about 2018: Those paragons of political courage…

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Op-ed: Mueller has a partisan pack of wolves and an illegitimate investigation

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It seems every day we’re finding out more about the partisan and conflicted nature of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Some of the conflicts have been known for months. But others, such as the actions of some FBI investigators on the independent counsel’s team, are just coming to light and further call into question the objectivity and non-partisanship, and therefore the legitimacy of the investigation. The texts between Peter Strzok and his alleged mistress, Lisa Page, from which we’ve learned their general loathing of President Trump, are perhaps the most troubling. The questions now being raised as to what they meant by an “insurance plan” should…

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