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NEWSMAX — President-elect Donald Trump said he would only use military force "when it is in the vital national security of the United States" and pledged Tuesday to seek elimination of the federal budget sequester.... (more)


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GREG COROMBOS — A recently uncovered evaluation of Pentagon spending shows $125 billion could be slashed within five years, showcasing the challenge for the incoming Trump administration to make government more efficient, an effort that will also be tested by Trump's call for a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending.... (more)


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NEWSMAX — Republicans in the House of Representatives added language to a must-pass spending bill Tuesday that would speed up the confirmation of retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense, Politico reported.... (more)


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NATIONAL REVIEW — The Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Scalia may have guaranteed Donald Trump's victory. Exit polls show that among the 21 percent of voters who deemed the Supreme Court as the most important factor in their decision, Trump soundly defeated Secretary Clinton by 17 points. Now Trump can reward those voters with a successor worthy of Justice Scalia. And Trump has an opportunity to both mend rifts within his party -- a critical necessity for accomplishing his presidential goals -- and achieve a historic "first" with his selection. One name on Trump's short list accomplishes all three: Utah Supreme Court justice Thomas R. Lee.... (more)


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NEWSMAX — Republicans aren't wasting any time with putting an end to Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday told reporters that legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act will be the first thing the new Congress tackles, a move that will help President-elect Donald Trump keep true to his campaign promise.... (more)


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NEWSMAX — President-elect Donald Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican-American border should go up within the first year of his administration, according to the majority of Republicans in a new Rasmussen Reports poll.... (more)


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ROLL CALL — For years, Republicans in Congress have been eyeing an overhaul of the federal workforce -- by reducing the number of workers and curtailing benefits and pay while making it easier to fire bad employees. - See more at:... (more)


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MEDIAITE — The chairman and CEO of Time Warner thinks all the talk about Donald Trump being a threat to the First Amendment is overblown. In fact, according to Variety, not only did he completely dismiss the idea out of hand at a conference today, but he actually said that's more an issue with the Democrats:... (more)


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GARTH KANT — It's difficult to imagine a more clear-cut a case of media bias. One reporter at a television station said on the air, "Ted Cruz is like the dark lord from Star Wars," and, "I think he's the Antichrist." Another reporter at the same television station stated in a private Facebook post that she was "happy and relieved" the morning after Donald Trump won the presidential election.... (more)


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NEWSMAX — Actor and director Denzel Washington chastised the media Tuesday over "BS" reporting, saying they should stick to the truth. "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed; if you do read it, you're misinformed," Washington said at the premier of his upcoming film "Fences" at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Hill reported.... (more)


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WESLEY PRUDEN — The populist saber continues to cut the elites down to size. The elites, who think they know it all and are uniquely qualified to tell everyone else how to live, took another pasting Sunday in the Italian elections. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi felt so humiliated by voter rejection of his proposals for constitutional reform that he quit on the spot.... (more)


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ALAN KEYES — There are times when it is critically important to reason according to principle. Why? So that we can appreciate the relationship between one object, event, or circumstance and another. It is rather like family relations. Sites like ancestry.com have become increasingly popular because people see an advantage or benefit to be gained by increasing their awareness of kinship relations that go unnoticed until we begin tracing our roots back to their origin.... (more)


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CLIFF KINCAID — With the selections of General James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis as Secretary of Defense and Lt. General Michael T. Flynn as national security adviser, President-elect Donald J. Trump has indicated that he is prepared to meet foreign threats from Russia, China, and global Islam. Indeed, Flynn argues in his book The Field of Fight that the U.S. is facing a "working coalition" of enemies that includes radical Islamists, Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.... (more)


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GREG COROMBOS — Republicans in Congress are fired up by the chance to accomplish big things in the early days of the upcoming Trump administration and move away from the crisis budgeting that faces them once again in the lame-duck session.... (more)


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WASHINGTON TIMES — Democrats are increasingly antsy over the lineup President-elect Donald Trump has announced for his Cabinet, but they are also powerless to do very much to stop him -- thanks to their own leader, Sen. Harry Reid. It's unlikely Mr. Reid had a President Trump in mind when he pulled the so-called "nuclear option" trigger three years ago, changing Senate rules to eviscerate the use of a filibuster to block presidential nominees.... (more)


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SHANNEN W. COFFIN — Because Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for executive-branch appointments, President-elect Trump's nominees should have relatively smooth sailing in their confirmations. The (not yet official) nomination of General James Mattis to be secretary of defense is the lone exception, and some Democrats quickly realized their opportunity to throw sand in the gears.... (more)


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HUGH HEWITT — 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.... (more)


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ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — We've all seen these kinds of games. The team gets pushed around all over the gridiron . . . but it wins anyway. The opposing squad marches up and down the field with apparent ease, piling up yardage, chewing up clock. But each time, something goes wrong at the critical moment: here a fumble near the goal line, there a tipped pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown. At the end of the game, you stare at the stat sheet in disbelief: Your guys have been outgained by a whopping 150 yards, the other team has held the ball almost 40 minutes out of 60. Yet, somehow, you won, 10--3.... (more)


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NEWSMAX — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated his harsh criticism of last year's international nuclear deal with Iran and said he would work with President-elect Donald Trump on fixing it, The Weekly Standard reported.... (more)


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WASHINGTON TIMES — Some 175 immigrants were approved for citizenship even though their names weren't properly run through the FBI's name-check databases, potentially missing red flags that may have disqualified them from naturalization, the Obama administration admitted this weekend.... (more)


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USA TODAY — A Green Party-backed campaign will take its fight for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's votes in the presidential election to the federal courts after it dropped a case in the state courts. "We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans," Jonathan Abady, lead counsel for the recount campaign, said in a statement. "Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and that the state court system is so ill-equipped to address this problem that we must seek federal court intervention."... (more)


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NEWSMAX — 'Saturday Night Live' spoofed the post-election Facebook sightings and posts of defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the hiking tails in Chappaqua, N.Y., calling the video skit "The Hunt for Hil."... (more)


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TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — "The free market has been sorting it out," Vice President-elect Mike Pence said last week, "and America's been losing," Pence is a smart conservative, and he knows that the Trump administration will never make America great again with bribes and threats against every company that ponders exporting its jobs over the southern border to Mexico.... (more)


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WASHINGTON EXAMINER EDITORIAL — Because market freedoms create an environment for economic growth, thriving businesses and job creation, many people confuse "pro-market policies" with "pro-business" favors.... (more)


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WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Trump surrogate Sarah Palin argued in a Friday op-ed that President-elect Trump's negotiations with the Carrier company may be nothing else than "crony capitalism."... (more)