Liz Peek: Winners and losers at final presidential debate – What the Trump, Biden scorecard looks like now

By Liz Peek At the final presidential debate, Trump came prepared to show the country that he could be civil, stay (mostly) on topic, and still beat Biden. …read more

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Doug Schoen: Trump vs. Biden – Here’s who won the debate and what it means for the 2020 election

By Doug Schoen In the second and final presidential debate Thursday night, Americans witnessed a much less raucous, more coherent, and more substantive — in other words, a more normal — discussion than the first debate just three weeks ago. …read more

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Dan Gainor: At presidential debate, Trump interrupted by Welker all night but he still manages to do this

By Dan Gainor At the presidential debate moderator Kristen Welker spent all night interrupting Trump. But despite that, the evening didn’t go anywhere near as she planned. …read more

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The Parable of the Stone Crabs

By Aram Bakshian Jr.

In the middle of last October, two harvesting operations went into high gear. At first glance, the two might seem completely unrelated. Actually, they had a lot in common. Taken together they offer a rather depressing political parable for our times. One harvest involved people, the other involved decapods.

I’ll start with the decapods. While many of you may not recognize the formal name of the decapods in question—Menippe mercenaria of the family Xanithidae, according to Merriam Webster’s—you’re probably familiar with them as Florida stone crabs. These large, brownish creatures are found on the southeastern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean area. Millions of seafood lovers, myself included, look forward to the annual stone crab season (October 15 to May 15) when this succulent delicacy is featured in upscale restaurants across the country.

Unlike the more familiar Atlantic blue crab and the Dungeness crab of the Pacific west coast, the only part of the stone crab that is eaten is its claw. Each year, in a rather sadistic variation on the catch-and-release theme, fishermen trap thousands of the creatures, ripping off a single claw and then returning the living but mutilated beasts to the sea. Most survive the ordeal, grow a replacement claw, and may undergo the same annual ordeal for many years to come. While not an ideal situation for the stone crabs, it definitely pays off for their harvesters.

Which is where the parable comes in. As this year’s stone crab harvesting began, so too did the Democratic Party’s vote harvesting operation aimed at black Americans. The modus operandi of both the fishermen and Democratic campaign effort were eerily similar: harvest as many as you can, take what you want from them, and throw them back into the troubled waters they came from. Then forget about them until it’s time for the next harvest.

It has been said that politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, rush out and buy more tunnel. You could call it the Politics of Hopelessness. While it has done nothing to improve the plight of minorities, it has paid off handsomely for the left. The tragic decline of once great American cities—Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, Minneapolis and Baltimore, to name only a few—has been presided over by an unholy alliance of white radical politicians (like New York’s Mayor de Blasio) and black racial demagogues (like the not-very-reverend Al Sharpton) driving more and more decent, hard-working Americans of all races out of the cities and into the suburbs and exurbs for their own and their childrens’ sakes.

This mass exodus, especially of educated, successful black Americans, has transformed many urban areas into squalid combat zones where decent people who cannot afford to leave are at the mercy of violent criminals who own their streets and kill more of them in a week than all the rogue cops in America do in a year. While these blighted areas have profited nothing from long years of “progressive” local government, …read more

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Andrew McCarthy: Joe and Hunter Biden should not be investigated by special counsel

By Andrew McCarthy It is rational to suspect that there is criminality by the Bidens, but there is no good reason to appoint a special counsel to investigate them. …read more

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Ed Rollins: Trump is presidential debate underdog. If he loses this faceoff, he’s toast. Here’s how to win it

By Ed Rollins The second presidential debate is a second chance for President Trump. He needs to flip the script on Thursday night. …read more

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China Shows the Weakness of Strong-Arm Diplomacy

By John Dale Grover

Recently, Taiwan accused two Chinese embassy officials of beating up one of their diplomats in Fiji. The officials apparently tried to harass attendees and take photographs at an event at the Taiwanese representative office and a violent scuffle ensued. This is but the latest example in a series of actions by Beijing that have undermined China’s image abroad.

A new global attitudes survey from the Pew Research Center found that an increasing number of countries have strong unfavorable views towards China. Beijing has brought this on itself through its aggression, human rights abuses, and handling of the coronavirus. The good news is that while policymakers in Washington are rightly concerned with Beijing, these polls indicate that China cannot dominate Asia, let alone the world.

Beijing is facing an acute public relations nightmare—one it could have avoided. People have seen what the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing does to other countries and to its own people, and are increasingly alarmed.

There have been many headlines about the threat from China, including the fact that they now have the world’s largest navy (though not by tonnage) and that they routinely steal American industrial and military technology. The good news is that, with patience, Beijing’s heavy hand will be its own undoing.

China is surrounded by relatively modern medium-to-large powers that will naturally balance against—and constrain—Beijing. Additionally, China doesn’t have a strong hand to play. For all of the talk of America’s decline, some commentators forget that Beijing must reckon with a huge rapidly aging population, massive economic debt, and a top-down command economy that isn’t as efficient as a true free market.

Consider the unique geographic advantage America has. The continental United States only has two neighbors, both of which are friendly and weaker than America. Moreover, the United States has two large oceans on either side that provide buffers against would-be invaders. Contrast that with China, which faces a U.S.-allied South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the Philippines; nuclear-armed great powers in Russia and India; the rogue nuclear state of North Korea; and many other wary neighbors.

According to that Pew survey, 71 percent of South Koreans and 86 percent of Japanese have negative views of China. Additionally, a 2019 Pew report found that 54 percent of Filipinos, 57 percent of Australians, and 46 percent of Indians had negative views of Beijing (only 23 percent of Indians had favorable views). Imagine how these views will solidify given Beijing’s intensifying disputes and as coronavirus-related deaths and job losses mount.

Even if China has friends (the 2019 survey found that 71 percent of Russians are favorable towards Beijing) it cannot ensure they will remain loyal. Good will is hard to build and easy to fritter away.

Meanwhile, according to two professors at Peking University, China’s population already began shrinking in 2018 as millions of Chinese became senior citizens. As a result of short-sighted …read more

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Mark Paoletta: Amy Coney Barrett would be brave, principled Supreme Court Justice – just like Clarence Thomas

By Mark Paoletta The full Senate is expected to vote early next week to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. …read more

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Richard Fowler: Senate rushes Barrett Supreme Court confirmation — GOP wants her to help Trump win election

By Richard Fowler Senate Republicans succeeded Thursday in winning Judiciary Committee approval for the confirmation of conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett for a seat on the Supreme Court. …read more

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