Author: Sam Leanza

Brexit Begins in the U.K.

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....

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Tomi Lahren, Quasi-Conservative

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...

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President Trump Cleans House at the DOJ

President Trump may have left the Apprentice behind, but he’s made good use of his signature phrase: “You’re fired!” This week, Trump said just that to forty-six Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys. And, as with all Trump coverage, the media tried to make a metaphorical mountain out of a molehill. With each transfer of power, it is common to see the new executive “clean house” and replace supporters of his predecessor with more like-minded people. Upon former President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, Attorney General Janet Reno fired 93 U.S. attorneys–over twice the number of attorneys fired by Attorney General Sessions. This...

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What’s up with Trump’s Wiretapping Allegation?

In the odd-Trump news of the week, the president accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping the phones at Trump Tower in the period leading up to the election. Naturally,  Trump expressed his anger via Twitter, without citing evidence. A spokesman for the Obama administration flatly denied the allegations. Nevertheless, Trump persisted. The story begins in June of 2016. The Justice Department and the FBI mounted an investigation into a few of Trump’s associates on connections to Russian financial institutions. It morphed into a national security investigation, which lead to a FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) request. FISA “allows the government, if...

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#OscarsSoAwkward

The Academy Awards celebrate quality performances and flawless production. But after last weekend’s show, I have a hard time believing that (at least, sort of). From what I saw, it actually looked like it was a good night for the film industry. Jimmy Kimmel was hilarious as always, and who doesn’t love Justin Timberlake? And yet, the 32.9 million viewers of the 89th awards experienced what was arguably the most awkward Oscars’ moment in the event’s history. In Steve Harvey-esque fashion, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally awarded the Oscar for Best Picture to La La Land instead of...

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