Newt Gingrich: The Trump economy is GOP’s greatest strength – Here’s why it may not be enough in 2020

By Newt Gingrich The economy should be a huge strength for GOP candidates in 2020. But if people don’t feel like their lives are improving on a personal level, it might not be enough. …read more

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Leslie Marshall: Impeachment trial keeps 4 Biden rivals out of Iowa – but Republicans attack him on Ukraine

By Leslie Marshall Former Vice President Joe Biden served for 36 years in the U.S. Senate – but he must be glad he’s not there today, because it gives him a big advantage over four senators he is running against for the Democratic presidential nomination. …read more

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Sen. Rob Portman: Brexit presents new opportunity for trade with Britain

By Rob Portman I’ll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K. will flourish for generations to come. …read more

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Qanta Ahmed: Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan deserves Arab League support

By Qanta Ahmed When the 22 members of the Arab League convene in Cairo Saturday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan unveiled Tuesday by President Trump, they have a historic opportunity to endorse a fair and equitable vision that would create a demilitarized Palestinian state able to live in peace with Israel. This is an offer too good to turn down. …read more

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Qanta Ahmed: Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan deserves Arab League support

By Qanta Ahmed When the 22 members of the Arab League convene in Cairo Saturday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan unveiled Tuesday by President Trump, they have a historic opportunity to endorse a fair and equitable vision that would create a demilitarized Palestinian state able to live in peace with Israel. This is an offer too good to turn down. …read more

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The Pennsylvania Valley That Became a Bellwether for Trump

By Charles F. McElwee III

It’s tempting to think that Pennsylvania’s political map is settled in this presidential election year. And it’s true that the state’s northeastern and southwestern coal regions, once Democratic, are set to reward Donald Trump again. Philadelphia’s “collar” counties, meantime, will continue their Republican purge. But the outcome of this battle of the voting margins—working class versus suburbanite—still remains unpredictable.

The Lehigh Valley, the most populous region between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, will prove the bellwether in this fight. Its cities and towns already have already had an understated yet immeasurable impact on America’s economy and history. Come November, its voters could determine Trump’s fate in Pennsylvania—and his reelection.

Centered in Lehigh, Northampton, and southern Carbon counties, the Lehigh Valley lies between the endless Blue Mountain range—gateway to the Poconos—and the lower South Mountain range. Driving eastward on the truck-congested Interstate 78 or Route 22, past the distribution centers and chain hotels, Allentown sprawls across the landscape, its low-density scale betraying its distinction as Pennsylvania’s third largest city. Downtown, the art deco PPL Building—reminiscent of the Rockefeller Center—stands as the valley’s tallest structure, overlooking row homes that transition to retail strips, small boroughs, and then the bucolic farmland that once made this region the breadbasket of colonial America.

The Lehigh Valley has experienced a demographic transformation since that time, when Pennsylvania Dutch farmers sold wheat and rye on credit to the Continental Army. From the 19th century onward, a diverse geology—iron, limestone, zinc, and slate—turned the Lehigh Valley into an industrial and transportation behemoth that swelled its population. Today, the region continues to grow even as Pennsylvania’s population stagnates.

This unremitting demographic change makes the Lehigh Valley a perpetual toss-up in presidential elections. But its shifting voting patterns—driven in part by blue-collar families, affluent transplants, and Latino neighborhoods—often predict statewide outcomes. Northampton County, for example, has voted for the winning presidential candidate in nearly every election since 1932. “Northampton is a great microcosm of the state, and to a slightly lesser degree, the country,” said Christopher Borick, director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. “I think Northampton is the bellwether county.”

In 2016, Trump enjoyed a surprisingly strong performance in the Lehigh Valley. Northampton County, despite a Democratic advantage among registered voters, supported the GOP nominee for the first time since 1988. Though Clinton won Lehigh County, home to Allentown, her winning margin was comparatively smaller than Barack Obama’s in 2008 and 2012—another factor in Trump’s winning the state by just 44,000 votes. It was Northampton’s preference for Trump, however, that played a crucial role. Northampton was just one of three counties—joined by Luzerne and Erie—that went for Obama twice before flocking to Trump. Yet it didn’t easily fit Trump’s message of American carnage. “It isn’t as perfectly molded to the Trump model as a place like Luzerne or Erie because its economic status is better,” said Borick. “And so, it’s not the safest place for Trump to retain the results of 2016.”

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Jipping & von Spakovsky: Does Trump impeachment trial need witnesses? Founding Fathers answered question

By Thomas Jipping Trump’s opponents claim that unless witnesses are called, the entire impeachment trial will have been a sham. This is consistent with what they’ve argued all along: any process Democrats control is fair; any process Democrats don’t control is a cover-up. …read more

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