Principles First Newsletter - August 31, 2023
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“Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”
Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
CPAC vice chair resigns amid turmoil
Charlie Gerow is calling for investigations into the group’s top leader and its financial practices.
Politico
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US will help train Ukrainian pilots on F-16s after all
Flight training will begin in October at a base in Arizona.
ABC News
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Does a Good Debate Performance Even Matter in the Age of Trump?
Mike Pence and Nikki Haley had solid showings in Wednesday's debate - but will it help them break through?
The Messenger
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Former GOP Aides to Current Leaders: Forget Impeachment, Focus on People-Oriented Policies
Veteran Republican investigators say current leadership should tackle wasteful spending, rail safety, bank failures, other policies — not impeachment.
The Messenger
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Newly declassified US intel claims Russia is laundering propaganda through unwitting Westerners
Russian intelligence is operating a systematic program to launder pro-Kremlin propaganda through private relationships between Russian operatives and unwitting US and western targets, according to newly declassified US intelligence.
CNN
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Blake Masters Plans to Enter Race for Kyrsten Sinema’s Senate Seat
Arizona is seen as one of the most competitive states in 2024
The Wall Street Journal
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How U.N. Peacekeeping Accidentally Fuels Africa’s Coups
Foreign funds can produce stronger and less accountable militaries.
Foreign Policy
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Trump Remains Russia’s Favorite but This GOPer Is New No. 2
“The last time, we had installed President Trump for Americans, but our bet didn’t quite work out. Why not try again?” one Russian host said about Vivek Ramaswamy.
Daily Beast
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California judge shoots down Eastman bid to postpone disbarment proceedings
It’s the latest setback for the attorney as he fights to preserve his law license while facing felony charges in Georgia.
Politico
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14th Amendment, Section 3: A new legal battle against Trump takes shape
Efforts to disqualify Trump from state ballots are starting to materialize.
ABC News
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Lock Him Up? A New Poll Has Some Bad News for Trump
A new POLITICO Magazine/Ipsos poll punctures some prevailing political narratives about the Trump indictments.
Politico
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The GOP’s Dispiriting Display
The Republican debate was a mess.
The Atlantic
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Trump promised this Wisconsin town a manufacturing boom. It never arrived.
A 30-minute drive from the site of this week’s Republican debate in Milwaukee stands a mysterious glass globe that has come to symbolize the failure of one of Republican front-runner and former president Donald Trump’s big promises.
The Washington Post
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The Fourteenth Amendment Fantasy
The Constitution won’t disqualify Trump from running. The only real-world way of stopping him is through the ballot box.
The Atlantic
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Inside Matt Schlapp’s Offer to Settle the Sexual Battery Lawsuit Against Him
American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp has maintained that the sexual battery allegations against him are untrue. But he’s also offered to settle, sources say.
Daily Beast
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The U.S. is pumping oil faster than ever. Republicans don’t care.
GOP presidential candidates are blaming pump prices on President Joe Biden’s clean energy policies, even though the U.S. is churning out record amounts of oil.
Politico
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GOP Primary Electorate Sees Trump as More Electable After Georgia Arrest, First Republican Debate
62% of potential Republican primary voters said Trump has the best chance of beating Biden, matching a tracking high.
Morning Consult
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Secretaries of state get ready for possible challenges to Trump's ballot access
Arizona’s secretary of state is the latest to say his office is grappling with the potential effects of a move to block Trump from the ballot.
NBC News
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The World Is Contemplating a Second Trump Administration
Possibility that former president will win next year’s election has capitals across globe on edge.
The Wall Street Journal
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Scoop: Trumpworld sees Haley surging toward DeSantis
Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio is telling Republican donors that Nikki Haley "has surged" in Iowa since last week's GOP presidential debate — and that she and Vivek Ramaswamy are essentially tied with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in New Hampshire, according to a polling memo obtained by Axios.
Axios
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Donald Trump vows to lock up political enemies if he returns to White House
Former president tells Glenn Beck he would have ‘no choice’ but to lock up opponents ‘because they’re doing it to us’.
The Guardian
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An Evening with Beth Moore and Russell Moore
An Evening with Beth Moore and Russell Moore
Christianity Today
August 9, 2023

Join Beth Moore for a special evening as she interviewed her friend, Russell Moore, about faith, culture, and his new book, Losing Our Religion, An Altar Call for Evangelical America
Think Pieces of the Week
Party of One
Donald Trump may have been absent from last night’s debate, but he still owns the GOP.
Peter Wehner at the Atlantic
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Following Elon Musk’s lead, Big Tech is surrendering to disinformation
Facebook and YouTube are receding from their role as watchdogs against conspiracy theories ahead of the 2024 presidential election
The Washington Post
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The Last Days of Wagner’s Prigozhin
On the run, the paramilitary chief crisscrossed his global business empire, desperate to show he was still in control; ‘I need more gold’
The Wall Street Journal
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Opinion | Legal Scholars Say the 14th Amendment Bars Trump From Office. Here’s What History Says.
The past offers answers in the new Constitutional debate over Trump’s eligibility.
Joshua Zeitz at Politico
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Why We Should Not Bet on a Peaceful Russia
The idea that a deal with Moscow will bring peace in Ukraine is based on very flimsy assumptions.
Alexander J. Motyl at Foreign Policy
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The Price of Fragmentation
Why the Global Economy Isn’t Ready for the Shocks Ahead
Kristalina Georgieva at Foreign Affairs
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Journalism fails miserably at explaining what is really happening to America
Momentous week of GOP debate, Trump's arrest gets "horse race" coverage when the story's not about an election, but authoritarianism.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Podcasts of the Week
The Kaplan Chronicles
The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg - The Kaplan Chronicles
August 23, 2023

Robert D. Kaplan, a prolific writer on foreign policy and author of the new book, The Loom of Time, which explores the state of politics in the Greater Middle East and makes the case for a realist approach to the region. But what does foreign policy realism look like in practice? What kind of shape is democracy in around the world? And what does the future hold for today’s great powers?
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@MittRomney: “When Trump was president, you didn’t hear anything from the GOP about deficits. Now Biden is president, we have to shut the government down! We need to rein in spending—but less hypocrisy would be good.”

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Longtime CPAC board member Charlie Gerow resigns: "The situation at CPAC has become such that I felt compelled to resign.”

He calls for investigations into the sexual assault allegations against @mschlapp and CPAC’s finances. https://t.co/O2oLhlb4Et

— Principles First (@Principles_1st) August 26, 2023
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Oliver Anthony says it’s funny the GOP used his song in the debate as an anthem: “I wrote that song about them.”

Not everything is partisan. pic.twitter.com/dnZMx5Ffwv

— Principles First (@Principles_1st) August 25, 2023
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@GovernorPerry (R-TX) calls for a full and open impeachment trial of Texas AG Ken Paxton: “Shame on those Republicans working to delegitimize the impeachment process.”

Thanks, Rick. You’re right. https://t.co/SWx0vL01oy

— Principles First (@Principles_1st) August 24, 2023
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@GovChristie: “Someone has to stop normalizing this conduct. Whether or not you believe the criminal charges are right or wrong, the conduct is beneath the office of President. Booing is allowed, but doesn’t change the truth.” pic.twitter.com/UMzzSBM4wS

— Principles First (@Principles_1st) August 24, 2023