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Marc writes opinion columns for PennLive.com. He is valued for his conservative values and is not afraid to callout either side of the political spectrum when they deviate from working toward making America all it can be.

 
 From August 8th, 2018

From August 8th, 2018

Like it or not, there's a 1A right to own 3D gun plans | Marc A. Scaringi

The issue of 3D downloadable firearms has exploded onto the national news.

Many Americans have learned for the first time that with advancements in computer technology it is possible for anyone, who has a computer and a 3D printer, to make his own firearm. 

Last Tuesday, Aug. 1, was supposed to be the dawn of a new age. Cody Wilson, the man behind the development and sharing of this new technology had posted on his firm's website, "The age of the downloadable gun formally begins."

 
 From July 25th, 2018

From July 25th, 2018

Trump's European jaunt was the best week of his presidency | Marc A. Scaringi

Many are calling President Trump's dual summits with the leaders of North American Treaty Organization (NATO)-member nations in Brussels and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the worst week of his presidency.

They're wrong. It could be one of his best.

In Brussels, to strengthen NATO, Trump ramped up the volume to a near roar on his call for our allies to increase defense spending. Trump raised such a fuss at the NATO summit that he may succeed in shaming our parsimonious friends into contributing more.

 
 From July 10th, 2018

From July 10th, 2018

With Kavanaugh pick, Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice for all Americans | Marc A. Scaringi

Even before President Donald Trump announced he'd picked federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Democrats and the media were already waging a no-holds-barred fight against the White House's high court nominee.

Just for example:

The New York Times' editorial board urged Democrats to use "Godfather tactics" to oppose a high court pick. 

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned that Trump's nominee would take us "back to the days of women being seriously injured and dying because they can't get basic medical care."...

 
 From June 27th, 2018

From June 27th, 2018

The press missed the real story on immigration | Marc A. Scaringi

President Donald Trump is right - so much of the news reporting about the alleged "crisis" at our southern border is fake.

Just one example is the digitally manipulated picture the editors of Time magazine put on their recent cover.

The photo of that tiny, screaming 2-year-old Honduran girl became the face of opposition to Trump's zero-tolerance border policy.

In the original photo, the girl was looking up at a U.S. Border Patrol agent as he searched her mother.

 
 From June 12th, 2018

From June 12th, 2018

President Trump is right - he can pardon himself | Marc A. Scaringi

President Donald J. Trump is correct on the law; he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself. An analysis of the text of the Constitution and the intent of its Framers reveals the president has the power to pardon anyone, including himself, of any federal crime.

Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution reads, "[H]e [i.e., the president] shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment."

 
 From May 30th, 2018

From May 30th, 2018

Let's hope Trump can overcome Clinton, Obama's previous North Korea failures | Marc A. Scaringi

One of the greatest obstacles in the path of a denuclearized North Korea was erected by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton several years ago and half a world away in Libya.

In 2011, the Arab Spring had sprung and Islamic revolutionaries attacked the secular regime of then Libyan ruler, Moammar Gadhafi. Clinton lobbied successfully for military intervention on behalf of the Libyan rebels, who with this assistance then toppled the regime and executed Gadhafi.

Clinton, in a moment of braggadocio that would make President Donald Trump blush, took credit for the slaying of Gadhafi and compared herself to Julius Caesar saying, "We came, we saw, he died."

Clinton's decision, however, was a mistake ...

 
 From May 16th, 2018

From May 16th, 2018

 

Scott Wagner had me at hello - he'll win over Pennsylvania in the fall | Marc A. Scaringi

Scott Wagner's primary election victory Tuesday night over Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth is like a second Pennsylvania primary election victory for Donald Trump.

 From May 3rd, 2018

From May 3rd, 2018

The short, sad life of Alfie Evans is a warning against government-run healthcare | Marc A. Scaringi

The British health system finally succeeded in pulling the plug on Alfie Evans last weekend.

He was the 23-month old infant who had been admitted to the Alder Hey children's hospital for seizures only to slip into a semi-vegetative state and be put on life support.

After failing to diagnose the child's illness, determine its cause or bring about his recovery, the hospital decided it was in Alfie's "best interest" that his life support be removed, which meant quick and certain death.

 
 From April 18th, 2018

From April 18th, 2018

Comey's 'higher loyalty' was to politics - not the rule of law | Marc A. Scaringi

In his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," ousted FBI Director James Comey writes about about "ethical leadership," and tries to convince his readers that he's been the epitome of that ideal throughout his career.

However, in just one prominent example he cites, and more fully explained during a recent television interview, Comey discredited his book's theme as he explains the considerable extent to which he allowed politics to influence his leadership of the FBI.

 
 From April 4th, 2018

From April 4th, 2018

 
 

Parkland survivor David Hogg needs a rhetorical spanking. Who will give it to him? | Marc A. Scaringi

In the days leading up to Good Friday, my Twitter and Facebook feeds erupted over the riff between Laura Ingraham, the best-selling author and conservative talk show host, and David Hogg.

Hogg is the 17-year old student "journalist," senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and now a prominent gun control activist.

What was the cause of the spat that had garnered wall-to-wall, play-by-play coverage by the national news media?

 From March 21st, 2018

From March 21st, 2018

 

Free trade has been a disaster for America. Trump can fix it | Marc A. Scaringi

President Donald Trump recently announced the imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

This decision came as a result of a detailed study by the Department of Commerce that concluded US national security is threatened because US producers, which are vital to our national defense, are being weakened by worldwide overproduction of steel and aluminum. 

 From March 7th, 2018

From March 7th, 2018

Teachers need to teach the truth about the 2nd Amendment | Marc Scaringi

In the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, CNN held the town hall, "Stand Up. The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action."

The exchange between the history teacher, Diane Wolk-Rogers, and the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, Dana Loesch, revealed what I fear is rampant in our public schools today: Teaching that either intentionally or negligently disregards the truth about the 2nd Amendment to advance the cause for gun control.  

 
 From Feb 21st, 2018

From Feb 21st, 2018

THE BEST WAY TO STOP A SCHOOL SHOOTER IS TO SHOOT HIM. THAT MEANS GUNS IN THE SCHOOLS | MARC A. SCARINGI

One of the tragedies of Parkland was the FBI's failure to follow up on two tips it received in the months leading up to the shooting - one from the owner of the YouTube account where Nikolas Cruz - the school shooter - wrote "I wanna shoot people with my AR-15" and "I wanna die Fighting killing sh** ton of people."

 
 From Feb 7th, 2018

From Feb 7th, 2018

The Nunes memo raises serious questions about the Russia probe | Marc A. Scaringi

The recently released "Nunes Memo," written by the majority staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, alleges multiple abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by high-level employees of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their pursuit of a FISA search warrant for Carter Page.

 

 
 From Jan 24th, 2018

From Jan 24th, 2018

Chuck Schumer is driving the Democratic Party right off a cliff | Marc A. Scaringi

I predicted last week at the PennLive forum, "The Trump Administration Year One - Our Readers Speak Out," that if Democrats insisted on including in the government funding bill any sort of legalization for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, they would lose the showdown over the shutdown to President Trump. And, so they did.

 
 From Jan 10th, 2018

From Jan 10th, 2018

Paul Manafort is right - Mueller has overstepped his authority in the Trump/Russia probe | Marc A. Scaringi

Paul Manafort, the first of four men to be charged so far in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, has filed a civil suit against Mueller, and his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.