Anyone who thinks that the UK’s forthcoming negotiations with its European partners will be either quick or lead to a soft Brexit need only take a look at the Conservative Party’s recently released election manifesto for the country’s June 8 parliamentary elections. The positions taken in that manifesto, which will bind Conservative Party lawmakers in the next parliament, are bound to put the UK on a collision course with its European partners once the Conservative Party wins the election on the basis of that manifesto.
On the campaign trail, President Trump suggested he would increase importation of medicines as one method to lower prices. Allowing underinsured Americans to buy from foreign web pharmacies would save these patients money, and in a small way lower healthcare costs. However, since he has taken the presidency, reimportation seems as far away as ever.
Yuval Levin writes in a new essay, “Conservatism in an Age of Alienation”, that “… the problems exposed by this election year call out for a modernized, self-critical, twenty-first-century conservatism—a conservatism that is uncertain if this election has marked a victory or a defeat, and is therefore both aggressive in pursuit of opportunities and alert to dangers.” We discussed this, the future of the movement, and much more.
Crisis in the Eurozone? The French election, populism, and what it means for US economic growth: A long-read Q&A with Desmond Lachman
The French election will have major implications for the future of the Eurozone and world economy, and may add fuel to other fires across the Eurozone – Italy in particular. What do we need to know? What sorts of ripple effects will this economic and political uncertainty have in the US and for the Trump administration?
For all of the goodwill expressed towards veterans and all of the press given to VA scandals, the VA is not a well-understood institution. This is partly due to its specialized nature, partly due to its size, and partly due to the media’s heavy emphasis on veterans’ health (mental and physical) for bylines. This lack of institutional familiarity feeds the difficulty of assessing meaningful reforms. The focus this week, however, is on President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin.