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Bart Marcois (@bmarcois) was the principal deputy assistant secretary of energy for international affairs during the Bush administration. Additionally, Marcois served as a career foreign service officer with the State Department.

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Closing Public Parks Is Essential, But Your Job Isn’t.

Fairfax County, Virginia Park Authority flexed its muscles today by closing public parks. It was following guidance from the Board of Supervisors, who voted 9-1 last week against allowing “nonessential” activities to resume. Pat Herrity, the only Republican on the Board, voted courageously to reopen. Closing Public Parks is Essential – Unlike Attending Church, or […]

Chuck Schumer’s Bailout for OPEC and Russia

Chuck Schumer boasted about stripping funding from the stimulus bill for filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). But Schumer’s midnight work amounted to a bailout for OPEC and Russia, and a dagger to the heart of American energy independence.  It was the most shameful aspect of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package. No world actor is […]

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A Scandal In Bohemia: Czech Government Rocked by Selling Visas to 400 Iranian ‘Businessmen’

When it comes to aiding and abetting American adversaries, Czech President Milos Zeman has just surpassed himself. A self-admitted Putin puppet and an enabler of Chinese interests, he has made the Czech Republic an entry point for intelligence activities of both adversaries. Now he is providing the same service to the Iranians. The Czech ambassador to Iran resigned this week […]

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Is Scherie Murray the Latest in a Long Line of Fake Republicans?

Pity New York Republicans. They are not only surrounded, but infiltrated: by liberals, Leftists, and crazies. Meet Scherie Murray, the latest in a long line of liberals who found Republicans in the swimming hole and stole their clothes. Murray announced this week she will run as a Republican to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The trouble is […]

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William Barr in the Crosshairs

Democrats and the media have Attorney General William Barr in the crosshairs of their destruction machine. He sealed his fate with one sentence during his Senate testimony on Wednesday. He said he was going to review the faulty investigation into the Hillary Clinton email and private server scandal. FISA Warrant, Uranium One, and the Hunter […]

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Fund the F-15X, the Plane Our Pilots Already Know How to Fly

The Department of Defense made waves recently by announcing it will update the F-15 platform, to the new F-15X planes. Pentagon authorities reportedly want to purchase 80 updated versions of the famous fighters over the next five years, beginning with eight to twelve planes in FY20. Congress should grant funding for the F-15X, to preserve […]

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The Czech Nuclear Fade: Where Do They Get Electricity if Putin Gets Angry?

Yesterday’s article about Nord Stream II focused on Russia’s efforts to control the European electricity grid and make Germany dependent on Russian gas. Across the border in the Czech Republic, Putin’s influence was also expanding, although in a different way. The play was not to destroy nuclear power generation, as in Germany, but to convert […]

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Europe Held Hostage to Russia’s Nord Stream II

(This article is first in a series on how Russia’s energy policy in Europe aims to constrict European economic activity and control the European grid.)    The Kremlin’s energy policy in Europe is a security threat to the United States and its allies. By building the Nord Stream II pipeline from Russia to Germany, Russia […]

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Keep Both Eyes on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Recount

If we had honest news media, you would have seen this splashed across every front page today. Conservative Brian Hagedorn beat liberal Lisa Neubauer yesterday by 6,000 votes in a race to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Neubauer outspent Hagedorn by more than 14 to 1. Outside groups came into the state […]

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Can Someone Please Tell Me Which Women We Are Allowed to Believe?

We’re confused.  It was so simple when Mazie Hirono explained it. “Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes [sic] forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed. They need to be believed,” Hirono said. “Women like Dr. Ford.” Does that mean women who come forward bravely to accuse prominent men […]

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It’s Not Just About Judge Jeanine, But About Free Speech

Judge Jeanine Pirro returns to her regular slot on Fox News Channel tonight, and her fans are rightfully celebrating.  Her keen wit, incisive “prosecution” of the dishonesty of the political establishment, and brash style are a breath of fresh air. But don’t celebrate too eagerly. Troubling Shift at Fox News? Judge Pirro was suspended for […]

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Is Czech Prime Minister Visit a Victory for Trump or Just a Head Fake?

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is in Washington to meet with President Trump.  Babis, a billionaire with a checkered past, often has been accused of having been an officer of Czech or Soviet intelligence during the Cold War.  He has an on-again, off-again relationship with Czech President Milos Zeman, who is widely viewed as a […]

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From Comecon to Rosatom: Russia’s Military Supply Chain

Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions are dependent on the technological, financial and commercial capabilities of his state-owned enterprises, such as Gazprom and Rosatom.  This is the third article in a series about the importance to Putin of Rosatom, which calls itself Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy company.  Rosatom also oversees nuclear weapons technology, in addition to nuclear […]

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What’s Really Holding Back European Defense Spending?

Insufficient defense spending by our European allies has been a sore spot for several successive American administrations. Very few allied governments spend anywhere near what they have promised, in spite of repeated commitments. Not even Russian aggression toward Crimea and Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, has motivated them to spend on their own defense. European economies […]

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What About Montana?

If President Donald Trump considers asking the Justice Department to use RICO laws to prosecute people and organizations potentially involved in election fraud in Florida, as I recommended yesterday, he should ask them to investigate Montana, too.  In each of those states, the Democrats followed a pattern that sometimes indicates fraud. On Election Day, the […]

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Use RICO to Stop Election Fraud

President Trump should direct Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to stop election fraud in Florida and elsewhere. It is highly probable that a disciplined investigation will find a pattern of using electronic communications such as telephone calls, texts, and chats to conspire to commit election […]

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Dave Brat Introduces ‘Tally Bill’ for Veterans

When you vote this Tuesday, vote for people who will defend your liberty, not for those who would limit it. And vote for those who care for our veterans, who put themselves on the line defending our liberty. Virginia Congressman Dave Brat has taken action consistently to make veterans a priority. Two recent bills exemplify […]

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Rosatom and Russian Arctic Aggression: An Underwater Invasion?

Note from the author: I wrote earlier this month about my belief that Rosatom has connections to Russian intelligence organizations.  The article sparked a threat from Rosatom’s PR agency to take legal action.  Please see that article for more background on this matter.  It is important that I make it explicitly clear that in my […]

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Tell Senator Flake to Stop the Useless Delay

Senator Jeff Flake just dropped a bomb on the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting.  He voted to send the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote, but said he will not vote next week to confirm Kavanaugh.  Senator Flake said he wants to allow one week for the FBI to investigate […]

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Just How Good Was That Ford Polygraph?

The nation just watched Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify about Dr. Ford’s allegations that Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago. Part of Blasey Ford’s supporting evidence for her claim is that she took and passed a polygraph test on August 7th of this year. How does it compare with […]

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Wonder What an FBI Background Investigation Is Really Like?

Note: This article has been updated to include observations about the extreme length of time the FBI background investigation requires, and to include a question in the investigation about historical sexual behavior. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s opponents have made repeated calls for FBI investigations into every new accusation made against him. Christine Ford’s supporters have touted […]