Turkey, once our strong ally in the Middle East and now one of our biggest threats, and its democracy are in decline. Over the weekend, Turkish citizens voted to grant current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broader, tyrannical powers. Since his ascendancy in 2013, supporters of Western style democracy have had plenty to worry about. Now, the wonders of “direct democracy” may have led to its own demise. New constitutional rules may allow Erdogan to stay in office until 2029. Erdogan’s opposition is calling the election “fraudulent.” According to CNN, electoral authorities adjusted the rules at the last minute, counting unsealed...Read More
Author: Sam Leanza
The airline industry can be one of our most dreaded foes. We all have to deal with them on some level, but after today, I’ll count my blessings for a delayed flight or two. On Sunday evening aboard a United Airlines flight leaving Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a man was dragged from a plane in order to accommodate four United employees. United overbooked the flight, and the four stand-by United employees required seats on the plane. In other words, that plane was not taking off without these people. The flight crew invited volunteers to relinquish their seats. Monetary offers went...Read More
With the public outrage holding at a constant 11, it’s no surprise that the Gorsuch confirmation is about to go nuclear. By going “nuclear,” I mean that the Senate GOP could invoke the “nuclear option,” which would change Senate rules and lower the confirmation threshold of 60 votes to 51 votes, a simple majority. This move would be unprecedented. This ultimatum of sorts is in response to the Democratic caucus in the Senate that has 41 members ready to vote against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. They believe the seat belongs to Judge Merrick Garland, given...Read More
Just nine months after the United Kingdom’s historic referendum, the British government, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty this week. This will begin the two-year process of legal proceedings and diplomatic negotiations that will allow the U.K. to officially leave the E.U. The U.K.’s decision is somewhat unprecedented. No E.U. member has ever invoked Article 50. Before it existed, Greenland voted to leave the E.U. in 1982 and successfully completed the process in 1985. I should note that this process took three years for Greenland, which only had about 60,000 people at the time....Read More
Tomi Lahren, host of “Tomi” on The Blaze, may need to look for a new job soon. Lahren is particularly well-known for the closing segment on her show, called “Final Thoughts,” in which she rants for three minutes or so on a given topic. But on Friday, Lahren appeared on “The View” and declared herself “pro-choice” because she is “pro-constitution.” I have no personal qualms with Ms. Lahren. I just don’t think she’s a conservative, and thus I have a problem with her calling herself one. While conservatism’s been run through the wringer over the last few years, one of its core tenets...Read More
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