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Understanding the President’s Leadership Style

Good fortune grew me up in Maine, sent me lawyering in Seattle, New York and Washington. Public service bounced me about the three branches, and military. Here is what I learned: Leadership styles differ markedly. Different is not bad. Different is just different, hard to recognize for those to whom it is unfamiliar. When I

Trump’s Selective Intransigence

Robert Charles, President-elect Trump appears inclined to use the principle of “selective intransigence,” an element of game theory and powerful tool in diplomacy and war. Some use it consciously, others by instinct. Either way, the outcome is the same. It works, more often than not – if well-grounded, oriented, and deftly applied. In American history,

Trump Mandate: Save the US Navy

Robert Charles, There is an element of politics embedded in policy, no getting around it. That is, at least since Andrew Jackson, how democracy works. Presidents have a constitutional right to appoint their choices to top posts – subject to Senate confirmation. More often than not, those choices come from the president’s own party. However,

Teddy and Trump: Old West Sheriffs in the White House

Daniel Ruddy,  When Donald Trump declared himself the “law and order” candidate after the horrific murder of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge he was unconsciously channeling Theodore Roosevelt, who is perhaps the greatest “law and order” president in American history. In recent years, TR has been vilified by some right wing pundits as

Why George Washington would have agreed with Trump

Michael Hirsh, Watch Out, Hillary: The Founding Fathers would have loved “America First,” and they might have been right. For all the lamentation about the level of rhetoric in this Trumped-up election year, the race between Donald Trump and all-but-certain Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is already shaping up to be a debate over America’s global

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Beware a Beneficent Government

 The president is an ardent progressive. This dastardly philosophy of government was brought into the American mainstream 100 years ago by a Republican, Theodore Roosevelt, and a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson. Its guiding principle is the belief that government — not individuals — is the chief engine of human progress. If that means government tearing down

Judge Andrew Napolitano: A Dog Whistle to the Left

I am not a fan of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. He presided over the politically conceived, patently unconstitutional and anti-free market taxpayer bailouts of banks, automakers and insurance companies in the latter part of the administration of former President George W. Bush, when he was the head of the Federal Reserve Bank