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United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley made headlines last week after she got into a flap with the White House. On Sunday, April 15, Haley announced new sanctions against Russia before President Donald J. Trump appeared to change his mind on the issue. A White House official blamed Haley for announcing the sanctions too early but she stood her ground. This forced Larry Kudlow, the president’s economics advisor, to apologize. Haley being in the news is as good a time as any to tell you why I think she should and will be the first female president of the United States.
President Donald J. Trump announced in a tweet that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) John Bolton would replace General H.R McMaster as his National Security Advisor (NSA). The tweet hit me like a ton of bricks, but not in the usual way a tweet from the president hits me. Usually I feel confusion and a slight sense of nausea when the president tweets. But, after reading this one I was excited and in complete agreement with it. I was so excited, because the selection could portend Trump turning his back on his isolationist tendency and the return to a serious foreign policy not seen from the U.S. since former President George W. Bush.
Since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 teachers and students, the nation has embarked on a debate over guns, the Second Amendment and school safety. In the course of this national debate, some of the most heated criticisms have been thrown toward the National Rifle Association (NRA). Members of the NRA have been accused of buying politicians, have been called murderers and have seen businesses cut ties with them. I understand that politics gets heated especially in the wake of such an unimaginable tragedy, and no one wins an award for politeness. My complaint is not with criticizing the NRA, but rather with the reason the Left is criticizing it. In short, the NRA has been worsening as an organization, but not for the reasons gun control activists argue.
My colleague Brittany Gibson published an opinions column in Wednesday’s edition of this fine newspaper arguing that the newly revived conservative campus news outlet The Centurion was bound to fail. In the grand tradition of healthy debate I’d like to mount a defense of this new conservative publication and argue why conservatives, moderates and yes even liberals should at least give it a chance.
Last Thursday, former Massachusetts governor and one time GOP nominee for President Mitt Romney tweeted that he was “Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race”. All signs point to him announcing his candidacy for the Senate seat that will be vacant with the retirement of Orrin Hatch. So I’ll take this time to explain why a Senator Romney would be good for America and for the Republican Party.
Saturday marked the one year anniversary of President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, so let us take a look at his presidency from a conservative perspective — though please note, I did not vote for Trump.