The Political Career of
Donald Trump

Donald Trump, with all his well-known flaws, has won the 2016 election and has defeated both the Clinton machine and the news media.  Please forgive me for being poorly prepared for this outcome.  This page is a collection of news articles about Mr. Trump that was initiated six months before Election Day, and originally it was a collection of opinion pieces with one common theme:  Is this the best we can do?  I still don't think Mr. Trump was the best available candidate, but he was good enough to defeat Hillary Clinton (and the heavily biased news media), and that's really all that matters for now.

As I said weeks ago, at least Mr. Trump appears to want to make America a better place, even if he doesn't have political experience, whereas Mrs. Clinton appears to have sought the presidency strictly to advance her own personal power trip.  Mr. Trump comes across a loose cannon, whereas Mrs. Clinton was inclined to be a ruthless dictator.

Added 7/5/2017:
Mr. Trump seems to lack self-restraint, he occasionally does things that a Democrat would do, and he sometimes says things he shouldn't.  I voted for him reluctantly, because the only alternative was a lying socialist carpetbagger whose party supports homosexuality, abortion and tyranny.  (More recently, it has proven to be a political party that condones violent insurrection.)  The best thing I can say about Mr. Trump is that he has shown the national news media to be rabidly partisan and dishonest.  Even so, if Mr. Trump runs against Hillary Clinton again, I will reluctantly vote for Trump again.

On this page:

Overview of (and reaction to) Trump's victory

Trump's interaction with the news media

Media bias against Trump

Related topic:  Media bias in Hillary Clinton's favor

Cabinet and Senior White House Staff

Platform / agenda / mandate

Protests / sore losers

Trump vs the Deep State

The clamor for Trump's impeachment (or worse) — beginning on day one!

Beneficial side effects / icing on the cake / fringe benefits

Flaws / disappointing decisions / flip-flops / bait-and-switch

Intra-party friction

President Trump's speech to the UN, September 19, 2017

Accomplishments

Lies about President Trump

The Fusion GPS Dossier

Other signals and noise




Overview of (and reaction to) Trump's victory:

NeverTrumping to Oblivion.  [A] large cohort of Americans — across both parties — increasingly have felt isolated and abandoned by Democrats and Republicans alike.  In fact, polling data conducted over the last 30 years have proven that countless Americans who otherwise could have voted in presidential elections largely sat them out.  They sat out, that is, until Donald Trump descended from Trump Tower in 2015, and announced his bid for the presidency.  Trump fused nationalism, populism, and conservatism into a cohesive campaign.  He disrupted and destabilized a political system that had been in dire need of a proper shake-up for decades.

Suppose BLM and Antifa Are Just Democratic 'Muscle' like the Old KKK.  The reason that Donald Trump won the Republican nomination was that he stood up for ordinary Republican voters that liberals routinely name and shame as racists, sexists, and homophobes.  That's why he beat out Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the GOP squishes.  Ordinary middle-class Republicans know that, at any moment, they could be accused of racism by some SJW at work and lose their job.  They are afraid; they want a president who will stand up for them.  The reason Donald Trump won the election was that his economic nationalism appealed to the white working class that is dying of despair, abandoned by the Democrats forty years ago.

The Media-Democratic Party Suicide Pact.  The national media and the Democratic Party have gone stark raving mad over President Trump's election victory; they refuse to accept it. [...] Yet the more they double- and triple-down on their strategy and tactics, the more the American people realize how thoroughly demented are the media and their Democrat lapdogs.  The more they contrive new tales of misconduct, chaos and/or incompetence, the more the rest of us realize how threatened they are by his successes:  unemployment is down, illegal border crossings are down, the stock market is just fine, and the rescue of our medical care has begun.

Like Watergate 44 years ago, Obama's scandal slowly unfolds.  In his first bid for public office, President Trump defeated two political machines that between them had owned the presidency for two consecutive decades — the House of Bush and the House of Clinton.  He did so despite being outspent two-to-one, and despite media coverage that by the end of the election cycle was 90 percent negative.  President Trump did so by openly challenging the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the media.  He won because all three are losers who failed the people miserably in the 21st century. [...] The failures of the Washington Establishment paved the way for Donald Trump to win.

President Trump won the election by rejecting GOP orthodoxy.  Now he's embracing it.  Donald Trump had many advantages in the presidential election, from the divided field to the incompetence of his primary and general election opponents.  But unquestionably his greatest positive advantage was how he ditched traditional Republican notions on social programs.  Republicans have traditionally said that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid need to be cut, citing a supposed national debt crisis.  This was a tough line to sell — first because that argument is duplicitous claptrap, but more importantly, because all those programs are quite popular, particularly among enrollees.

The Left's Romance with Violence.  We hear the Left in their final agonies, vexed by howls and pinches in defeat — understanding now, a world too late, that they let America slip through their fumbling hands. [...] President Trump has shaken the political earth, and anything made of the Left's weak argument will fall of its own corruption.  In the aftermath of a transformative election, the American people have torn liberalism open to the bleeding center, and we are hearing the screams of a dying animal.  When those who have abused their power begin to act like victims — when the guilty cry foul — we know we have done a good thing.

Thousands expected at 'Not My Presidents Day' rallies.  A broad range of activists opposed to the month-old Trump administration used Monday's Presidents Day holiday to hold "Not My Presidents Day" rallies nationwide. [...] Many people carried placards — some of them strident, some amusing.  "I don't pay taxes to fund a golf weekend," said one, while others pleaded that Americans "Just say no to fascist pigs" and "NO! We refuse to accept a fascist America."

The Editor says...
If you object to paying for golf, not to mention annual vacations in Hawaii, you should read this page.

Obama PACs Bus Protesters To GOP Town Halls.  Political action committees that fundraised for President Barrack Obama during the 2012 presidential election, bused protesters to Republican town hall events nationwide earlier in February, according to a Sunday [2/12/2017] report from The Washington Post.  Democrats nationwide continue to search for ways to oppose President Donald Trump after the 2016 election, and they are digging deep into funding from years ago.  An unnamed pro-Obama super PAC organized protests at several town halls, going so far as busing protesters outside the member's districts.  Since super PACS were legalized in the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, this marks the first time that money raised to elect one president was used to undermine another.

Trump's Political Blitzkrieg.  Trump correctly discerned that ordinary citizens who desire nothing more than to be left alone to enjoy peace and while at an actual job or sitting by their undisturbed hearths are sick to death of constantly being roiled by the incessant demands of the latest approved victim of the month.  They are fed up with the constant assaults on authority and on their faith.  For them, the old tactics from radicals' playbooks dating from the 1960s have become merely irritating and meaningless liturgical chants rather than urgent and legitimate calls for justice.

This Is What Post-Christian Dissent Looks Like.  The people whose faces shone in 2008 have weeping eyes in 2016. Some can't function.  In the energy department, staffers are offered counseling.  At the EPA, they come to work in tears.  Some skip work entirely.  Colleges offer safe spaces and opportunities for "self-care," and even workers in "real America" are taking time off to gather themselves.  I'm getting reports from friends across the country of bosses and colleagues who are gone for days and return deeply depressed.  Celebrity buffoonery is off the charts, with extraordinarily wealthy and powerful actors casting themselves as the rabble-rousing heroes of the world's least dangerous resistance.

Rasmussen: President Trump's Approval Index Booms Up Since Inauguration.  While the media may be continuing their attacks on him, President Donald Trump is off to a strong start with the American people, according to his approval rating index from Rasmussen Reports.  In the four days since his inauguration on Jan. 20, President Trump's approval index has boomed upward a whopping seven points.  Back on January 20 — Inauguration Day — Trump's approval index was plus two points.  Now, four days later, it's plus nine points — after being plus four points on Monday.

President's 'dark' speech a ray of light for millions.  The inaugural speech was "dark" — that's the storyline among the Democrats and their allies in the Fake News industry.  It was "radical," "Hitlerian," or maybe Mussolini-ian — or both, according to Comrade Chris Matthews.  But mostly it was dark.  What else could it have been?  If it was all sweetness and light in America, how far would Donald J. Trump have gotten in his campaign?

Trump inauguration ratings second biggest in 36 years.  Donald Trump's inauguration ratings were the second-highest in 36 years, according to Nielsen.  The swearing-in of the 45th president was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks.  The only inauguration over the last three decades that tops Trump's number in the linear ratings?  Barack Obama's first inauguration back in 2009, which had a record-setting 37.8 million viewers.  So Trump was down from the last new president to take office.  But before that, to get an Inauguration Day number this high, you'd have to go all the way back to Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was seen by 41.8 million viewers (Nielsen released tracking for inauguration ratings back to 1969).

Definitive CNN Gigapixel Image of Crowd During Trump Inauguration Speech Confirms Sean Spicer Correct.  The New York Times and Trump Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, appear to be in an argument over the crowd attending the President Trump inauguration.  In the politicized era of jaw-dropping media bias, fake news and constructed Potemkin villages, does this come as a surprise.  Generally speaking, most intellectually honest political followers/researchers already anticipated a massive amount of DC-based hostility in all things related to President Trump.  After all, Hillary Clinton won the DC vote with 91%, and only 4% of DC residents supported Donald Trump.

'Breathing Exercises' In The Rose Garden Got The White House Through Election Night.  Breathing exercises in the Rose Garden and a steady stream of booze got the White House through election night, a communications staffer wrote in a story recounting his experience watching Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lose.  Pat Cunnane had been so confident Clinton would win that when he penciled in plans for former President Barack Obama to meet the president-elect that week, he wrote down her name in his calendar.  A few days later, he found himself "ugly crying" in the Oval Office as Obama gave the White House staff a pep talk about President Donald Trump's stunning victory.

8 Most Unhinged Inaugural Media Meltdowns.  Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States, having been sworn in by John Roberts, chief justice of the United States.  At least the hysterical denial and anger from his detractors and the media is over.  Maybe.  But as the moment approached, many in the mainstream media could not help themselves and disgraced journalism and themselves with over-the-top pronouncements of alarm and bitterness.  They fretted.  They sweated.  They worried.  And, of course, they made outrageous comments about Trump as the sand in the hourglass ran out.

The 75 Leftist Groups Trying to Stop Donald Trump from Taking Office.  This is the most comprehensive list of the leftist groups supporting the DisruptJ20 event designed to thwart President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters.  These are the anarchist cells, affinity groups, student consortiums, left-wing bookstores, propaganda distribution outlets, anti-American websites, hacker collectives, and other leftist groups on the shadowy edge of the worldwide radical movement that sees Trump's political victory as the main barrier to their goal of fundamentally transforming the world.  This is the far left of the far left — the anarchist, communist, and socialist organizations, some of which urge lawbreaking "direct action" including violence, arson, and intimidation.

The Real Reason John Lewis and Company Boycott the Inauguration.  When people "act out," it's often because a particularly raw nerve has been touched, some basic fear triggered.  And acting out is clearly what John Lewis and the umpteen (as of now 58) other Democrats are doing in refusing to attend the inauguration (Lewis apparently not for the first time).  They claim this is because Donald Trump is a racist, sexist, etc., etc., anathema to everything an "inclusive" America should be, and therefore unfit for the office.  Not only that, Vladimir Putin put him there.  But that's the surface of what's really upsetting them, what the shrinks call the "presenting complaint."  Deep down it's something else, something far more potent.  They're afraid Donald Trump might actually succeed.

Trump Gores a Sacred Cow, and Liberals Lament.  On the 20th of January, the dustbin of history will slam shut on the Utopian American Progressive Left. Followers, leaders, and philosophers of this dangerous and failed global movement will not go quietly, however; ideas die hard, and ideologies, movements, and political theories do not simply disappear overnight. Inauguration Day 2016 will mark perhaps the greatest political and cultural shift in American history as the Utopians of the Progressive Left kick and scream, wail and whine as they shuffle off into forced retirement and irrelevance. Perhaps not since Lincoln's trip to Washington in early 1861 to begin his first term has so much vitriol, so many official and unofficial attempts to derail and delegitimize the president-elect, been seen.

Trump's education secretary won't take a salary from taxpayers.  At her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday [1/17/2017], President-elect Trump's selection to lead the Education Department, Betsy DeVos, said she won't accept a salary, assuming she's confirmed for the job.  "If confirmed, I will only take a salary of $1, to be official, but I don't intend to take a salary either," DeVos said.  DeVos and her family are worth approximately $5.1 billion combined, thanks to their success building the Amway company.

And Now The Left's War On Normal Americans Truly Begins.  [Scroll down]  In Hollywood, the left is piling on anyone who refuses to completely reject Trump and, by extension, all of us normals.  Look at Nicole Kidman, who the fascists attempted to crucify for simply saying what Hillary Clinton had been saying right up until she lost — that you ought to accept the legitimacy of the winner.  Look at the death threats against a blind opera singer.  Look at those clowns lecturing us at their awards shows/narcissism orgies.  As the left always does, it is relying one fear to enforce its creepy conformity.

Church Won't Mention Trump in Prayers Because His Name Is 'a Dangerous Trauma Trigger'.  Pasadena's All Saints Episcopal Church will not mention Donald Trump by name in prayers, saying that mentions of the President-elect are "literally a trauma trigger to some people."  For years, the California church has offered prayers for people in positions of power, including President Obama.  The church will continue offering those prayers — but it will no longer use proper names, said rector Mike Kinman in a blog post, because "prayer should never be a trauma-causing act."

State Department Held Stress Workshops After Trump's Win.  The State Department held stress management sessions following Donald Trump's presidential election victory, providing employees tips for how to cope with change so they do not "become paralyzed by fear."  The workshops, titled "The Emotional Transition:  Managing the Stress of Change," were held by the State Department's Bureau of Medical Services on Dec. 8 and 14, just one month after the department's former boss, Hillary Clinton, was defeated.

Democratic Party Bullies try to Scuttle Trump's Inauguration.  This morning [1/15/2016] on Meet the Press, Democratic Party hack John Lewis said that he will not attend Donald Trump's inauguration because Trump is "not a legitimate president."  Shocking though it may be, this anti-democratic rhetoric is common in the Democratic Party, and many have taken it to an even lower level.  Never before in our history has one party been so petty as to try to interfere with the traditional celebrations that accompany a presidential inauguration, but that is what the Democrats are doing now.  Every performer who has agreed to participate in the inaugural has been bullied mercilessly by the Democrats, and most are unable to take the heat, or to sustain the financial loss that could result from a boycott.  One after another, they have either dropped out or declined to appear in the first place.  Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has withdrawn, saying he has gotten death threats from liberals.

The Inauguration War.  According to Gallup, the average presidential honeymoon lasts seven months.  This is a window when the losing party declares a partisan peace, allows the incoming president to pick his cabinet and launch the agenda his victory mandates.  Presidential honeymoons are not only a venerable American tradition they are one of democracy's pillars.  For generations they have been ceremonial supports for the peaceful transition of power, and the peaceful resolution of partisan conflicts.  Not this election year.

Obama accused of wrecking Trump's transition.  A leading House Republican charges that President Obama is implementing a "scorched earth" exit strategy aimed at undermining President-elect Trump first months while cementing his own legacy through a frenzy of midnight regulations.  California Rep. Darrell Issa also hit Obama's post-campaign effort to blame Russia for the outcome of the election, which has sparked some Democrats to suggest that the results are illegitimate.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats.  Opera star Andrea Bocelli backed out of singing at Donald Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats, The Mail on Sunday has learnt.  The revelation came as another singer — Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday — last night pulled out of the President-elect's festivities after being threatened and branded an 'Uncle Tom'.  When blind tenor Bocelli announced he would not sing at this Friday's celebration, it was widely reported it was because fans had said they would boycott his concerts and records.

Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump's Inauguration After Backlash.  Jennifer Holliday will not be among the performers during Donald Trump's upcoming inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C. [...] A day after the announcement, Holliday, 56, confirmed to ABC News that she would not be performing.  In an open letter addressed "To My Beloved LGBT Community," the "Dreamgirls" star apologized for her "lapse in judgment."

The Editor says...
Really?  Singing at a presidential inauguration is a mistake?  No, a man who thinks he's a woman is someone who has suffered a "lapse in judgment."

Why the left hates Trump so intensely.  The intensity of the hatred for a newly elected president faced by Donald Trump is equaled only by the reaction of the Confederacy to the election of Abraham Lincoln.  That ended up in civil war, a precedent that one hopes will not be equaled.  But there has been a remarkable fury at people who do not shun Trump:  boycotts of a company whose shareholder contributed to a PAC supporting Trump, attempts to pressure the president of a historically black college to prevent its marching band from performing at the inaugural, and hateful rhetoric at Hollywood awards ceremonies.  With much more to come.

The Real Reason Trump Won:  Part 1 of 4.  Trump and Hillary finished first and second in every state, even Utah, where Evan McMullin cleared 20 percent of the vote as a pure protest.  Gary Johnson and Jill Stein both gained votes from their 2012 campaigns, but mostly due to voter disenchantment with the existing options.  Trump ran what amounted to a third-party campaign, but he did so in the traditional American fashion of capturing control of one party.  And so, as unconventional as Trump was, he was the receptacle for the votes of most partisan Republicans as well as many voters who were open to a cyclical swing away from the party in power.  The gravitational forces of the two-party system proved larger than Trump himself.

Liberals Awake From an 8-Year Moral Coma.  We are awash in leftist, progressive, liberal mystics, telling us through tears and in panicked tones exactly what Donald Trump's presidency will look like and how it will end, before he has held the job for even one second.  In hysterics, they speak of the un-American things Trump will do in the future, and how "afraid" the leftists are of someone whose personal history shows no hint of the things they predict.  Bruce Springsteen expresses his concerns about competence, and the newly dark dynamic that Trump allegedly brings to politics.  Robert Reich produces instructional videos for mindless liberals about how Trump controls the media message, which is a harbinger of tyranny.  Where have these people been for eight years?

For Democrats, 2017 Will Be The Year of Living Stupidly.  As 2016 ends, progressives enter the new year terrified that Donald Trump will continue to run circles around them, and their epic meltdown is only going to get more epically meltdownier.  They've been shrill, stupid, and annoying for the last two months, but brace yourself for the next 12.  Fear is going to make them go nuts — not the fear that Trump will be a failure, but the gut-wrenching, mind-numbing fear that Donald Trump will be a success.

10 Things The Right Can Teach The Left About Accepting The Reality Of Trump Conservatives.  The media never for a moment considered how heartbreaking [Mitt Romney's] loss was for many Americans worried about the direction of the country.  But as the media overwhelmingly tend to the political left and chose not obscure their bias so much this round, we've been given daily examples of the difficulty folks on that side of the political divide are having with the reality of Donald Trump.  The crying, the protests, the riots, the subway art installations, the artist boycotts, the recount efforts, the organized and funded push to have the Electoral College do ... something, the media-fed conspiracy theories about Russian vote hacking.  Pundits on TV shake their head at everything Trump says and does, and journalists on Twitter react like rabid Pavlovian dogs to every utterance the president-elect makes.  Folks on the Right, regardless of how they feel about Trump, have been enjoying this meltdown.

Man Of The Year:  Chief Trump Strategist Stephen K. Bannon.  Trump won the primaries and eventually the election because, unlike Republicans before him, he refused to be intimidated by leftist witch-hunters and their reputation-burning attacks.  But Trump's very fearlessness, self-confidence and disregard for progressive bigotry — his indisputable strengths — came with a downside that threatened to undo him.  Even as he responded to the defamation from whatever quarter it came, his campaign message was pushed into the background until it was in danger of being altogether lost.  Questions began to be raised and not only by opponents.  Could Trump be presidential?  Could he stick to a winning message?

The Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right.  From the top of the legacy media chain, the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, there is nothing but anger and accusations.  Someone must be blamed for their loss and it must not be their candidate.  No way.  There has to be a nefarious, outisde-of-the-campaign cause.  It was Comey, it was Russia, it was Wikileaks.

What Are They Afraid Of?  Now that Donald Trump has been elected, hope is gone.  That's more or less what Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview.  "We are feeling what not having hope feels like," she said.  There are millions of liberals feeling hopeless these days.  The left's fear of a Trump administration is like nothing seen since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, which reversed 50 years of liberal politics.  Not only are they bawling in public, threatening to relocate to Canada, and cuddling up with therapy dogs, but they've tried every undemocratic trick in the book to deny Trump the election.  Trump obviously threatens something of crucial importance to the left, but what is it?

Evidence emerging that Dems' disparagement of Trump victory is backfiring.  Sorry Dems, but you no longer have the ability to control the national discussion, even with the full-throated, near-unanimous support of the legacy media.  They, and you, have lost credibility, and are being ignored and rejected by enough people that you only harm yourselves.  Salena Zito, one of a handful of pundits to understand the Trump phenomenon, clearly sees what is going on as the Democrats continue their spiral into marginality.  Writing in the New York Post, she finds polling signs as well as anecdotal evidence that the Dems are driving away support.

Hope is dead.  Since the election of Donald Trump, America's confidence in the future has skyrocketed.  For the first time in years, people feel hopeful about the direction of the country.  But for Michelle Obama, hope is dead.  In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle declared an era of hopelessness has begun.  Ironically enough, it coincides perfectly with she and Barack vacating the White House.  For Michelle and Barack, America's sense of hope is directly tied to their own.

U.S. Economic Confidence Surges To The Highest Level That Gallup Has Ever Recorded.  The "Trumphoria" that has gripped the nation ever since Donald Trump's miraculous victory on election night shows no signs of letting up.  Tens of millions of Americans that were deeply troubled by Barack Obama's policies over the last eight years are feeling optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time.  And it is hard to blame them, because what we have already seen happen since November 8th is nothing short of extraordinary.  The stock market keeps hitting record high after record high, the U.S. dollar is now the strongest that it has been in 14 years, and CEOs are personally promising Trump that they will bring jobs back to the United States.

The United States Of Crybabies.  The hyper-emotional reactions to Donald Trump's election occasioned much commentary about the state of America's millennials.  On college campuses across the country there were "cry-ins," group "primal screams," and designated "healing spaces."  The general mood was captured in a tweet from the student body president at American University:  "For those who viewed [the election outcome] as unfavorable, anger, sadness, grief, and frustration were brought to the fore.  It's important to note that those feelings are valid and justified.  People are scared and people are worried about their futures and their lives."

Gay Editor on NPR: LGBT Community More Scared After Trump's Election Than Pulse Shooting.  On Tuesday's [12/20/2016] edition of NPR's All Things Considered, the editor of Orlando's LGBT newspaper Watermark Billy Manes said that he and his community were more on edge and more likely to hide their identities after the election of Donald Trump than they were in the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub.  In an end-of-the-year retrospective, host Ari Shapiro asked if Manes still felt the kind of fear he said he felt after the June shooting.  "I think almost more so," Manes responded.

Two Jackies and John.  Fresh on the heels of its scoop about women who cut off their hair to teach Trump a lesson, New York magazine is back with Phase Two in its stirring Stress-and-Grief-Management series, this time with eight therapists dealing with cases of Trump-Based dementia, as afflicting their clients and them.  All, it appears, can barely stop sobbing, including the doctors.  "Trump's election was a death of a sort to me and my clients," said one of them.

Democrats Descend into Madness.  It's been more than six weeks since Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election and Democrats are not yet fully reconciled to the prospect of a Trump presidency.  By endorsing just about every daft conspiracy theory that crosses their transom, liberals appear set on delaying that process of reconciliation for as long as possible.  Depending on how inclined toward charitability you are, former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday [12/16/2016] claims that the FBI is either partisan, corrupt, or just plain riddled with incompetents.

Podesta refuses to say election was 'fair and free'.  Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Sunday [12/18/2016] refused to say the presidential election was "free and fair."  Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" if the [sic] he thought the election was "free and fair," Podesta demurred.

The Associated Press:  Still Bitter That Trump Won.  Democrats are still anguished over Hillary Clinton's defeat at the polls, and that includes the Democrats at the Associated Press.  Today's complaint is that Donald Trump isn't doing enough to unify the country:  "On victory lap, few signs Trump focusing on unified nation." [...] Remember the beginning of the Obama administration, when Obama said "I won," and "elections have consequences"?  And when the Democrats rammed Obamacare and the ill-fated "stimulus" bill through Congress with zero Republican input and zero Republican support?  Remember how the AP criticized Obama for not doing more to "unite a divided nation"?  No, I don't remember that either.

Maine Gas Distributor Won't Deliver to Trump Supporters.  An owner of a propane dealership in Maine is refusing to deliver gas to anyone who voted for President-Elect Donald Trump.  Michael Turner, owner of Turner LP Gas in Skowhegan, Maine, recorded a voicemail greeting that leaves little question as to his feelings for those in his community who supported Trump.  "Thank you for calling Turner LP Gas.  If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas — please find someone else," the message states.

The most amazing Trump Derangement Syndrome meltdown yet.  The American Left is clearly in crisis, with mental health becoming an issue on a mass level.  Watch the whole thing.  You won't be sorry:  [Video clip]

CNN's Rye:  Trump's Election 'Far From Legitimate,' 'That Guy Is Not My President'.  On Friday's [12/16/2016] broadcast of CNN's "AC360," CNN Political Commentator Angela Rye stated that "Donald Trump's election, in my mind, is far from legitimate."  Rye said, "Donald Trump's election, in my mind, is far from legitimate, at this point.  I have every issue with the world that the fact that Hillary Clinton gets closer and closer every day to three million vote — to a three million vote lead against Donald Trump.  I have every issue in the world with the fact that electors feel like they can't, in some instances, in good conscience, support this man as president.  I have every issue in the world with the fact that the intelligence community is questioning the legacy of legitimacy of this election.  If someone can hack into, not just our process — ."

Disgrace under pressure.  A month after the surprise election of Donald Trump in November (surprising to no one more than to Trump and Clinton), the losers are still working through the stages of anguish in ways that seem strange to many observers but of which they appear oddly proud.  Not only do they brag of the length and intensity of their bouts of sobbing — "crying as if someone died" was a common description — but, as New York magazine reported days later, professional women all over the country are making a brave stand to protest Trump's election by doing hideous things to their hair.  Because "the election results felt like an attack on minorities, women, and marginalized people in general," a "vegan chef" cut her hair off to send Trump a "message."  Others like her got buzz cuts, flat tops or tossed out their extensions, and went platinum, or black.

Trying to overturn a free and fair election.  The world has turned itself upside down.  Only yesterday the liberals and the left (the "progressives," as they want to be called) regarded the CIA as the locus of evil, the gang that couldn't shoot straight, forever poisoning gentle minds with a diet of conspiracy and tall tale. [...] Now the CIA, in the liberal/left's fevered dreams, is the last bulwark of the republic, the last remaining hope to turn the 2016 election result on its head and deprive Donald Trump of the victory he won.  The Russians, it now turns out, are just as bad as the conservatives said they were.

The Democrats' Days of Rage and Denial.  Donald Trump won while being relentlessly attacked with negative media coverage of his every lie and scandal.  He received a variation of every criticism ever thrown at a Republican presidential candidate — the alleged nuclear warmongering of Goldwater, the alleged ignorance of George W. Bush, the alleged erratic temperament of John McCain, the alleged plutocratic greed of Mitt Romney — and was elected anyway.  It's fascinating to see what infuriated partisans define as "fighting dirty."  Apparently the entire Trump victory can be attributed to this moral flexibility; it couldn't possibly reflect President Obama's record, a national appetite for change, or Hillary Clinton's agenda, character, and record.

Activists Tell Scientists To Download Climate Change Data Before Trump Deletes It.  Environmental activists are afraid the Trump administration will alter or delete data sets scientists use to track global warming after the president-elect takes control in January.  The accusation, first reported by Mashable, has gotten at least one climate scientist to create a list of climate data sets his colleagues don't want to see deleted.

Retired Female Marine Breaks Down Why Trump Won The White House.  Jessie Jane Duff is an energetic retired Marine who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump and believes the new administration will turn America from President Barack Obama's dangerous, failed national security and foreign policies.  A senior fellow at the London School for Policy Research and a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC discussing national security, veterans, military and economic issues, this Marine finds it "appalling" when "racist" epithets are cavalierly thrown at Trump supporters.

Hillary Clinton: hail to the thief.  Arguably at no time since the aftermath of the Civil War has there ever been a time when unity in America was more critical.  In a unique position to facilitate that unity, Hillary Rodham Clinton decided instead to champion divisiveness by actively questioning the outcome of the election.  For those who intimately know and understand the Clinton Playbook, this is business as usual.  There are never any real surprises with Hillary.  For the President-elect who has been remarkably magnanimous concerning his erstwhile opponent, this divisive tactic will make his enormous job all the more difficult.  And that is precisely the point.

Can You Imagine How Defrosted President Stompy Feet Is?  Nothing makes a miserable blame-casting leftist more filled with angst and teeth gnashing rage than to see people enjoying life.  The professional white-paper analysts are calling it the Trump effect:
  •   The stock market is soaring;
  •   domestic futures are through the roof;
  •   the KPI economic indicators are all pointing to the cusp of massive economic expansion;
  •   the first 24 hours of holiday sales are exceeding all expectations;
  •   and the consumer confidence index has had the largest single two-week surge in its history.

All This Silliness about Abolishing the Electoral College.  "How could this have happened?" the media pundit bemoans, as he looks over the foolproof election data that he disseminated prior to the election.  "How do I tell my daughter that America elected a racist, sexist bully?" the self-loathing, white-privileged mother cries, as she glances at her previous article about how a state law prohibiting confused men from entering what may be a little girls' bathroom is somehow tantamount to misogyny.  "Love trumps hate!" reads a banner among the rioters in the street, as they visit violence and destruction upon innocent people and businesses in their community.  Perhaps sillier than all of that, however, is the incessant mantra amongst all of these people about how Hillary may have actually won the election because she garnered more of the popular vote than Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump 'beats Hillary Clinton in Michigan by just 10,704 votes'.  President-elect Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton in the swing state of Michigan by just 10,704 votes, according to local reports.  According to unofficial results released on Wednesday by the Michigan secretary of state, Trump received 2,279,543 votes compared to Clinton's 2,268,839 in the closest race for President in Michigan's history.  The midwestern state gave Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson 172,136 votes, while Green candidate Jill Stein was selected by just 51,463 voters.

We Are in Good Hands with Trump.  For those of you pearl-clutchers on the right who haven't understood why Donald Trump is president-elect, here it is.  The man known for the phrase "you're fired" should actually be known for another talent, which is to size up people well and hire them to get things done well.  He's not just pretty good; it's a gift that needs to be seen for what it is, which is simple excellence in a time of mediocrity.

Donald Trump Will Prove to Be One of the Greatest and Most Consequential Presidents.  Will he get everything he wishes accomplished?  Of course not.  But he is wasting no time in moving forward and willing to make smart compromises to get things done.  On healthcare, he would keep two popular features of Obamacare — the guarantee of insurance for preexisting conditions and the ability to keep children on the family plan to age 26.  On immigration, he is open to some of the wall being a fence.  None of these things should be faintly surprising to anyone paying the slightest attention.  Trump has indicated, even told us at times, his stances are negotiating positions.  That's what businessmen do, in case you haven't heard.  And there's nothing America needs more right now than a businessman who can finally get things moving.

Scenes from the liberal meltdown.  Anti-Trump protests have spread to more cities and continue to turn violent.  In Portland Thursday night, rioters stoned police and vandalized businesses and cars.  Anyone expressing support for Trump has become the target of unrestrained venom:  There are calls to boycott New Balance — its sneakers have been publicly burned — because an official said Trump would be better on trade issues.  Meanwhile, the CEO of Grubhub, the online food-delivery service, demanded that employees who agree with Trump resign, because "you have no place here."  (He had to retreat:  His lawyers read him the First Amendment and noted that political discrimination also violates California law.)

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The Real Clinton Conspiracy that Backfired — The Worst Candiate in American History.  What is very clear putting all the emails together, the rise of Donald Trump was orchestrated by Hillary herself conspiring with mainstream media, and they they sought to burn him to the ground.  Their strategy backfired and now this is why she has not come out to to speak against the violence she has manipulated and inspired.

Anti-Trump Protesters and Their Five 'Demands'.  CNN has done America a great service by cataloging what it is exactly that the anti-Trump protesters want now that The Donald has gotten himself elected president.  Most of these same people were baying about accepting the results of the election when Donald Trump hinted he might not want to concede.  Well, these folks not only don't want to concede that Trump won fair and square, they want an entirely different result.

Dow posts best week since 2011 after Donald Trump election win.  U.S. equities closed mostly higher on Friday [11/11/2016], with the three major indexes posting their best weekly gains of the year on the back of a surprise Republican sweep.  "I think you're seeing a transition from a government that had its thumb on growth to a free economy," said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Baird.  "We're now looking at an economy that can reach its full potential."  The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 37 points higher, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains.  For the week, the Dow rose around 5.4 percent, marking its best weekly performance since December 2011.

5 Ways Trump Shows How To Win Elections.  [#3] Go Right Young Man:  Obama was much closer to Bernie Sanders than to Bill Clinton.  He promised to destroy coal jobs, defended wealth redistribution and turned "You didn't build that" into his mantra.  It was a long way from Hillary's ultra-cautious campaign.  And it worked.  Obama's left-wing base turned out for him.  Trump won by unapologetically going to the right and infuriating the left.  And it also worked.  Hillary hired plenty of Obama's people, but it was Trump who had truly learned the lesson of Obama's victories.  American elections are no longer won by going to the center.  Some of the most endangered senators had been centrists.  The Republican moderate strategy cost them two presidential elections.

Female Muslim immigrant who said she voted for Trump because she was tired of 'Obama dancing around radical Islam.  A Muslim woman who immigrated to America from India as a child has spoken out about why she decided to vote for Donald Trump — and has received threats and hate in the process.  Asra Nomani, 51, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, [...] said she knows Trump can be ineloquent at times but said she has no fears for herself in Donald Trump's America.  'The checks and balances in America and our rich history of social justice and civil rights will never allow the fear-mongering that has been attached to candidate Trump's rhetoric to come to fruition,' she wrote.

Quit Whining, Liberals.  You Brought Trump on Yourselves.  Last month, Project Veritas released a bombshell video about the violence at Trump rallies.  The Clinton campaign and Democratic Party operatives planned to incite that violence, and it backfired.  The Democrats intended that violence to dissuade Trump supporters and convince most Americans that there was something very wrong with him.  Instead, it merely convinced millions of Americans that Trump stands for something, in spite of strong opposition.  Just as liberal attacks that Trump is a "fascist" convinced Republicans that he was their champion, so the violence at his rallies convinced Americans he was a real political force.

How Trump won the presidency.  [Scroll down]  Clinton was a terrible traditional campaigner.  Her proposals were often detailed and small picture, intentionally tailored to appeal to the Democratic coalition's countless micro-communities.  That might work if Clinton had a gram of charisma.  Turns out, Barack Obama was too tough an act to follow.  So, despite his help, her money, his political veterans and her grassroots army, millions stayed home or switched sides.  When Clinton did break through in media, it was usually bad news reinforcing her wealthy insider image.  Constant coughing, then collapsing on camera on 9/11 didn't help.  And when Gallup said her name, the overwhelming response was "email."  She set up a private, unsecured email server in early 2009 to avoid government archiving and public scrutiny of her secretary of State and lucrative family Foundation connections.  That decision with its compounding lies, leaks and FBI probes has hemorrhaged for 20 months.  In that sense, the 2016 election outcome was indeed rigged — by Hillary Clinton.

RIP Clinton, Inc..  [Scroll down]  We conservatives do not think very much of Donald Trump either, and many of us expect to think less of him the more we get to know him.  His election may very well prove to be the equivalent of using a neutron bomb to clear out a cockroach infestation, or a ball-peen hammer to remove an achy tooth — but what a human toothache we had in Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Trump beat Clinton by spending less than half of the $521 million she plowed into contest.  Relying heavily on an unorthodox mix of social media, unfiltered rhetoric, and a knack for winning free TV time, the New York real estate magnate likely paid less than $5 per vote during his insurgent White House bid, about half what Clinton paid, according to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance records and voting data.

President-Elect Trump Did Not Create the Movement, It Created Him.  I don't know what the Trump years will bring, but I think there is a lot we can learn from how he made his way to the White House.  Meantime, though there is lots of water under the bridge, let's remember that he ran as a conservative.  Whether that is because he has become one or because he recognized he needed to adopt some conservative positions to be viable, we will find out in due course.

How Donald Trump broke the old rules of politics — and won the White House.  Donald Trump ran against himself and won.  The Manhattan billionaire who for decades boasted of his playboy lifestyle, stiffed contractors and vendors, hired illegal immigrants, eschewed churchgoing, embraced liberal causes, and counted Hillary and Bill Clinton as friends and allies pulled off one of the most brazen pivots in American history, selling himself to American voters as a populist hero who understood their frustrations and guaranteed a blizzard of wins.

Trump's victory is no surprise except to deluded elites.  Trump's victory is not just a revolt of the political Right.  Huge numbers of Democrats were appalled that Hillary Clinton was forced upon them by their own party establishment.  Bewildered elites in democracies everywhere are being rejected.  If they don't change tack, they consign themselves to oblivion.

Trump's triumph has crushed the lefty luvvies, useless pollsters, multicultural mafia and gender Nazis.  I was right.  Donald Trump won.  Not only did he win, he won by a convincing margin — turning America red with patriotic pride and the faces of commentators ever redder as they tried to explain how they had been so spectacularly wrong.  The news came as a shock to all those who have failed — yet again — to understand the feelings of regular Americans — people who want to work hard, keep their family safe and secure for the future.  Real people.  Not the loud voices in wealthy cities.  Not the multicultural mafia in the liberal heartland of LA or New York.  But in the towns, rural outposts and forgotten homes across the States.

Understanding Legislative Priorities Through the Eyes of the UniParty.  One of the more complex nuances to understand in this election cycle is the construct of the DC UniParty.  When it comes to substantive legislative priorities the Republican and Democrat parties are ideologically aligned.  It has been this way for decades and until recently almost everyone ignored the evidence.  Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency is the first time anyone has ever challenged the modern UniParty, essentially presenting a second party option.

Drudge, Breitbart See Massive Traffic Surges as NRO, Weekly Standard Melt Down.  Whatever you might think of Donald Trump as a candidate, it's clear there's a significant chunk of the American population with whom his message resonates.  For ostensibly conservative- and/or Republican-leaning sites like National Review and Weekly Standard to utterly reject Mr. Trump is curious, to be sure.  For the pro-life constituency, embracing the #NeverTrump position is to, in effect, support partial-birth abortions.  That is because rejecting Trump is tacit support for the ultra-progressive Obama/Clinton doctrine that states a baby can be ripped to pieces in the womb one second before birth.

Donald Trump vs. the Sleepwalkers.  Contrary to conventional wisdom, the world should hope for the election of Donald Trump next Tuesday.  American policy has become a fetid morass in which ideology and influence-peddling jointly serve to insulate its leaders from the real world.  It is not simply that America's leaders are out of touch, but that they are in continuous touch with a fictitious construct of the world that excludes the possibility of policy course correction.  America's policy elites are sleepwalkers in the way that historian Christopher Clark described Europe's leaders in August 1914 on the eve of the First World War.

British establishment eats its words after Donald Trump victory.  British politicians stand divided after Donald Trump's US presidential victory, with several being forced to eat their previous words and offer diplomatic gestures of congratulations.  Some UK lawmakers are being unusually candid about Trump's election, while others are carefully backtracking on comments made at a time when the idea of a Trump presidency seemed ludicrous.

David Brooks:  Trump Will 'Resign or Be Impeached within a Year'.  In his Friday [11/11/2016] column, New York Times columnist David Brooks speculates about a new political dichotomy and writes that President-elect Donald Trump will "resign or be impeached within a year."

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First of all, the Republican-controlled House is not going to send Articles of Impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate and get President Trump impeached.  But just in case, Vice President Pence should make it abundantly clear that if he has to take over as President, he will appoint Ted Cruz to be Vice-President.  That should stop the impeachment rumors overnight.

Donald Trump's Astounding Victory:  How and Why.  It didn't help that Clinton called half of Trump supporters "irredeemable" and "deplorables" and infected with "implicit racism."  They may have been shy in responding to telephone or exit polls, but they voted in unanticipatedly large numbers, at a time when turnout generally sagged.  At the same time, Clinton was unable to reassemble Obama's 2012 51 percent coalition.  Turnout fell in heavily black Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee.  Millennial generation turnout was tepid, and Trump carried white millennials by 5 points.  Unexpectedly, Trump won higher percentages of Hispanics and Asians than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

'Prediction professor' who called Trump's big win also made another forecast:  Trump will be impeached.  Allan Lichtman uses a historically based system of what he calls "keys" to predict election results ahead of time.  The keys are explained in-depth in Lichtman's book, "Predicting the Next President:  The Keys to the White House 2016."  In our conversations in September and October, he outlined how President Obama's second term set the Democrats up for a tight race, and his keys tipped the balance in Trump's favor, even if just barely.  At the end of our September conversation, Lichtman made another call:  that if elected, Trump would eventually be impeached by a Republican Congress that would prefer a President Mike Pence — someone whom establishment Republicans know and trust.

After Donald Trump victory, Oregonians submit ballot proposal to secede from the union.  The petition for this ballot measure has been withdrawn after overwhelming positive and negative responses.  Two days after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, two Portlanders have submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from the United States.  On Thursday morning, Jennifer Rollins, a lawyer, and Christian Trejbal, a writer, filed the Oregon Secession Act.

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I think if you look into these west-coast secession "movements" you'll find it's only a handful of noisy activists who are pushing the idea.


Trump's interaction with the news media:

The White House Press Corps:  Pull their credentials.  The White House Press Corps has jumped the shark and needs to be reined in.  While I respect and admire Sarah Huckabee Sanders's work, and I enjoy her ability to spar with an increasingly hostile force, the daily briefings have become about the media agenda and not the White House's agenda. [...] Sarah Huckabee Sanders needs to make an example of one or more of the Press Corps by yanking their credentials.  In the past week, we have seen at least three incidents where this action was more than justified.

Fake newsers never learn as Trump plays them again.  People who are not anti-Trump nutcases look at these stories and wonder what the big deal is.  Guess what?  They are in the majority.  They see a president succeeding on the economy and internationally, while the press chases nonsense about emolument clauses, tweets, and of course Russia, Russia, Russia.  The press continues to be Wile E. Coyote to Trump's Road Runner.

Trump unblocks Twitter critics, appeals court order.  [President] Trump has made Twitter the key ingredient in his public communications to more than 52 million followers around the world and, through media coverage of his social networking utterances, millions more beyond.  No one imagines the commander-in-chief actually reads the thousands of Twitter messages fired at him daily.  He only follows 46 people anyway, most of them family, political associates or Fox News personalities.  The biggest thrill for annoying Twitter followers is knowing they've gotten under your skin.  Blocking admits that.  When someone is blocked on Twitter, whenever they try to send you something, they get a Blocked message.

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The President, or anyone else, has the right to associate with whomever he pleases, and the right to disassociate from everyone else if he likes.  That should be common sense.  The courts shouldn't be able to compel someone to accept phone calls or read messages from hostile parties.  Almost the same thing is happening to him on Twitter.

Fox News is under attack.  Fox News is under a barrage of criticism from other news outlets and journalists who don't like that President Trump is so close to the network and its star anchors.  In recent days, critics have accused Fox News of operating as a reinforcement mechanism for some of Trump's more controversial policy positions.  Sunday [4/8/2018] on CNN's "Reliable Sources," host Brian Stelter pointed to Trump's recent comments against illegal immigration, alleging that they were inspired by Fox programming and saying that the two together "is a symbol of everything that's wrong" with how the administration functions.

Wallace: Media Bias, Trump's 'Fake News' Attacks Not Healthy for the Country.  Chris Wallace said Friday [4/6/2018] that President Trump is engaged in an "unprecedented attack" on the mainstream media, something he has found particularly "distressing."  The "Fox News Sunday" anchor pointed to a joint news conference this week with leaders from three Baltic states, where Trump told the Latvian president not to call on a member of the U.S. "fake news."  "It's a different thing when it's on the international stage.  I've never heard a president bash the media when he's dealing with foreign leaders," Wallace said.

How Trump got the media to talk about Obama's abuse of FISA.  [President] Trump knows the value of timing.  Trump did not invent the manipulation of the news by a president because such agenda-setting comes with being the most powerful man on the planet.  What Trump has done is allow the public in on the manipulation.  His presidency is entertaining because he has broken down that fourth wall by talking directly to the people.

Dan Bongino blows Obamagate wide open.  Filling in for Mark Levin Friday night, former Secret Service agent and host of "The Dan Bongino Show" Dan Bongino made the case that the entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was a "setup."  "You can see the left-wing media's own stories about all of this.  The spying, the setup, the framing of Donald Trump.  The left wing reported on it because they thought it was real ... because they're suckers for the Democrats!" Bongino argued.  "Folks, this was a setup.  It was sting operation, an entrapment operation the entire time."  [Audio clip]

NY Times photographer:  We get more access to Trump than Obama.  A New York Times photographer said in a recent interview that photographers get more access to President Trump than they did to former President Obama.  During an interview on C-SPAN, Doug Mills said the White House is "quite an exciting place to work right now."  "We're getting a lot more, I mean from a photographer's standpoint, we get a lot more access to the president," he said during the interview that airs Sunday [2/11/2018].  "I see him more on a daily basis than we did with Barack Obama."  Mills said he sometimes sees Trump multiple times a day and is able to photograph him in different situations.

Eschewing Euphemisms Frames Immigration Issue Trump's Way.  Issue framing is especially important on immigration.  It's an issue on which small percentages of voters on different sides have very strong views and on which the large majority of voters with less interest have conflicting views.  Euphemism has been the weapon of the liberals on this.  You can't say illegal immigrants; you have to say undocumented immigrants.  You can't say amnesty; you have to say a path to citizenship.  You have to say that for immigration legislation to be considered comprehensive, it must provide a path to citizenship for the bulk of the estimated 11 million immigrants who are here illegally.  You have to say that more restrictive plans are hard-line, presumably implying they are undesirable.

Immigration and the Deep State.  Of course, Haiti ranks 163rd on the U.N.'s Human Development Index while Norway ranks first, so, as usual, what drives the establishment most crazy about Trump is his tendency to tell the rough truth.  Trump was immediately denounced for damaging America's diplomatic relations with our crucial strategic ally Haiti and making it potentially harder for the U.S. military to do whatever it is that it's doing in Africa that got four U.S. soldiers killed last October in an African country that most Americans couldn't find on a globe and few would risk trying to even pronounce its name out loud.

Of Home Truths and [Bad Places].  There are some things — quite a few, actually, and the list keeps growing — about which one cannot speak the truth or, in many cases, even raise as a subject for discussion without violating the unspoken pact of liberal sanctimoniousness.  Donald Trump, of course, does this regularly, delightedly.  Hitherto, his brazenness has only endeared him to his base and driven his critics mad. [...] We live in a surreal moment when it becomes ever harder to tell the truth about sensitive subjects.  Donald Trump has strutted across our timid landscape like a wrecking ball, telling truths, putting noses out of joint.

Confirmed: Trump Is, Indeed, a Very Stable Genius.  By now, everyone has heard about President Donald Trump's tweet countering accusations made by the Wolff in sheep's clothing, who wrote a book detailing the supposed Shakespearian machinations that Wolff asserts are consuming the Trump White House.  In his tweet, President Trump claimed he is, in fact, a "very stable genius."  Throughout the media world, this made journalists' heads explode.  Dilbert creator Scott Adams points out the genius of this move by reminding people that liberals will forever mock Trump for it and that it is not a bad thing for Trump to have his name and "genius" associated with each other in perpetuity.

"Very stable genius".  Donald Trump got up this morning.  For the 351st day in a row, he was president.  He had meetings to attend with Republican congressmen at Camp David all day, so he decided to throw some crumbs to keep the birds on press row occupied. [...] The press went wild.  They boiled his tweets down to three words:  "very stable genius."  They mocked and jeered him all day long.  It was genius.  Jujitsu.  He played the force of the press against the press.

How Trump Really Beat the Media.  President Trump's end year remarks to the New York Times acerbically summed up his relationship with the media.  "I'm going to win another four years... because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I'm not there."  The answering outburst of rage and contempt from the media burned all the hotter because the statement was not only intentionally provocative; it was also true.  The media has never been able to quit Trump.  Its conviction that it can destroy him through coverage has repeatedly proven false.  But that hasn't stopped the media from throwing more coverage at him.  And its motive for the non-stop coverage has always been the selfish pursuit of ratings, clicks and sales.

Did Adam Schiff Just Get Caught in an Elaborate Counterintelligence Sting?  [Scroll down]  All investigative documents, relating to the witness, are provided to the congressional committees prior to the interviews with the witnesses; or, if the information is classified, each committee member has an opportunity to review the documents via a controlled SCIF environment when no physical copies are allowed as part of the evidence.  The Don JR./Wikileaks email could very easily be part of a 'sting'.  The date was intentionally seeded as incorrect.  The resulting story is fake.  The leak, however, is real.  Each nugget of disinformation exposes a specific leaker.  Each trail used in the sharing of that disinformation exposes the enabling media.

Levin: If Exposing Media Is Only Thing Trump Does, He Will Have Been a Successful President.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin lambasted the media and praised Donald Trump, saying if exposing the media is the only thing Trump does, he will have been a successful president.  "I honestly believe if this is the only thing President Trump succeeds in doing he will have been a successful president — that is, exposing the media," said Mark Levin.  "For decade, after decade, after decade, and now it's worse than ever, the media have fraudulently presented themselves to the American people — to you — as some kind of objective nonpartisan entity just reporting the news.  Now they're all out of the closet, and it's not very pretty."

Trump Tells Media:  Unlike You, I Waited for the Facts Before Charlottesville Statement.  President Trump made a statement about infrastructure from Trump Tower Tuesday night.  He said that he would be streamlining the process for construction, for it often takes 20 to 25 years even to get a contract signed.  You wouldn't know that Trump had showed up to talk infrastructure judging by the media's fixation, however.  Almost every reporter in the building wanted to know why the president did not directly condemn white supremacy following this weekend's tragedy in Charlottesville, VA. On Monday, Trump made a much clearer statement from the White House, where he denounced white nationalism loud and clear.  "I wanted to make sure what I said was correct," Trump told reporters.  "Before I make a statement, I need the facts.

Trump's Unintended Consequences:  Driving the Media Insane.  Most Trump supporters have a list of reasons for supporting him. [...] Less commented on but every bit as important are those things you might call the unintended, and simultaneously very surprising, consequences of Trump's presidency.  These start with the media exposing themselves.  Most of us knew about left-leaning media bias, but the fawning press given to Saint Barack got a lot of us to see just how bad this problem was.  Sean Hannity was entirely accurate in 2008, pronouncing that journalism is dead.  But now they have self-immolated.  Trump drove them crazy.

The brilliant wrestling match tweet.  While everyone else was laughing at the tweet of a staged pro-wrestling stunt from years ago, various CNN news actors insisted their lives were now at risk.  This proved the president's point that the network is not serious, on a singular mission to destroy the president, and ergo can't be trusted to report what really matters to the American people.  The president remains one-step ahead of those who work to harm his ability to do his job, creating an environment where the American people can decide for themselves who they can trust.  And it's apparently not the media.

Trump Has Driven CNN Stark, Raving Mad.  While the rest of America was celebrating Independence Day, CNN kept digging its own grave.  Furious over a silly video President Donald Trump posted Sunday, the flailing network sicced Senior Editor Andrew Kaczynski on its creator.  He tracked down an anonymous Reddit user who first posted the GIF of Trump tackling a wrestler whose head was replaced with a CNN logo.  Kaczynski then found out the person's real name and threatened to release it if he misbehaved again: [...] That's right: a Senior Editor for CNN is blackmailing an American citizen for daring to criticize them.  This isn't Kaczynski's first attempt at destroying a private citizen's life.  As a BuzzFeed reporter, he gained notoriety for publicizing a lame joke Tweeted by a 30-year-old PR director named Justine Sacco.

Flashback: Clinton White House said on-camera briefings weren't 'necessary'.  Just weeks into the new administration, the former President Bill Clinton's administration decided to turn off the cameras for most of George Stephanopolous' press briefings, just as the Trump administration has.  White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers explained in a March 1993 C-SPAN interview that the White House went with live, on-camera briefings to the press for a few weeks.  But she said they stopped because the live briefings weren't "really necessary."  "I think that that was something that we did in the first week or two, I can't remember exactly when we stopped it," Myers said.

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game.  Everything they accuse Trump of is on display in their own coverage.  One can only laugh at the eruptions of prissy sanctimony over Trump's tweet calling reporters an "enemy of the people," given the invective in which they have indulged over the last year.  Having called him a despot and worse, who are they to scold anyone on intemperate language?  From ill-mannered reporters come lectures on manners.  From partisans come demands for non-partisanship.  Almost all of the complaints of the press can be boiled down to one demand: that its conservative targets unilaterally disarm.  We fight, you surrender — that is the media's idea of civility.  So expect the squeals of the media to grow in proportion to Trump's exposure of its fraudulence.

The media might have revealed more intel than Trump.  For all the outrage over what President Trump might have told the Russian ambassador last week, aggressive journalism — and ambitious leaks — may have done the worst harm on Tuesday [5/16/2017].  Monday's stories on what Trump told his Russian guests noted that he'd given details that might help them figure out how Washington had gotten the intel.  But The New York Times reported Tuesday that Israel was the source.  And then ABC disclosed even more sensitive specifics:  An Israeli spy inside ISIS had uncovered the active plot to bring down a US-bound jet with a laptop bomb able to evade airport security.

Anonymous Nation:  America's Papers of Record Have Turned into Tabloids.  Donald Trump made a name for himself in part by regularly appearing on the cover of New York City tabloids in the 1980s and 1990s.  Fast forward to 2017, and the guy is now president, still appearing on the cover of various grocery store check-out scandal sheets — like the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Journalists from these institutions conduct their reporting like they're covering Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce.

The Sabotaging of the President.  Let's get down to brass tacks, shall we?  There were a highly classified handful of people in the Oval Office for that meeting with the President of the United States, the Russian Foreign Minister, and the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Whatever the President said or didn't say was willfully, deliberately, and with malice aforethought — leaked to the Washington Post. [...] No one [...] who works for the President of the United States has the right to leak classified information to anyone, least of all a journalist.  There can be only one reason for this leak, and let me speak that reason plainly:  Sabotage.

Trump Fumes That Don Lemon is 'Dumbest Person in Broadcasting'.  Our president loves television.  He is devastatingly interested in ratings and routinely watches — and interacts with — cable news.  If there's one thing he knows, it's cable news.  Believe us.  So, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and even network-based Stephen Colbert owe Trump a big thank you.

President Trump Is a Symptom and Proof of Journalism Being Dead, Not the Cause of It.  In light of President Trump ducking this past weekend's annual White House Correspondent's Dinner so that he could attack the news media in other, less hostile, venues, it is abundantly clear that the relationship between the press and the president has never been worse.  It is also obvious that Trump, for the most part, is winning what has now become open combat.  Throughout most of the election campaign and his first 100 days in office, the news media hit Trump with blows which would have easily knocked any previous candidate/president down, if not out.  While they got him to wobble a few times, however, they have never really brought Trump to the canvas.

No, Mr. President, the nation doesn't need new libel laws.  The New York Times is indeed disgracing itself with nonstop anti-Trump hysteria.  The lines between opinion, reporting and advocacy keep getting ever-fuzzier.  But fiddling with libel law — even if Congress and the Constitution allowed it — is not just the wrong answer, but a terrible one.  Everyone has the right to slam any media outlet — the John Crudele column the president cited was a harsh slap at the Times, and we've editorialized along similar lines.  But that give and take is all part of the debate.

Breitbart News denied Capitol Hill press credentials.  Breitbart News' request for Capitol Hill press credentials was denied until "more answers" can be provided on whether top White House adviser Steve Bannon has severed ties with the conservative website, according to a report on Monday [3/27/2017].  The Standing Committee of the Senate Press Gallery put the request on hold, citing the need for "more answers," the Daily Beast reported.  Larry Solov, president and CEO of Breitbart, sent a letter seeking permanent press credentials that confirmed that Bannon resigned from the news site in November 2016.

Trump vs.  Obama.  Obama is a coward.  Trump will call someone a name while Obama will anonymously source a smear through three levels of staffers, political allies and reporters.  Trump called CNN "Fake News" on camera.  Obama sourced Operation Rushbo, targeting Rush Limbaugh, through a variety of White House people and left-wing allies.  Trump will boot reporters he doesn't like.  Obama authorized secretly hacking the emails of a FOX News reporter.  Trump had an openly hostile conversation with the Prime Minister of Australia.  When Obama wanted to call Netanyahu "chickens***", he did it by having one of his people anonymously plant it with a reliable media sycophant, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, before later having a spokesman disavow it.  Poultry ordure doesn't smell any worse than that.  But Obama is very careful to launch dirty attacks without getting any on his hands.  The insults are anonymously sourced.  The retaliation comes out of the bowels of the bureaucracy.  And he only finds out about it from the media.  That allows him to retain what he cares about most:  his popularity.

Make no mistake, disclosing Trump's tax returns (and anyone else's) is a felony.  [Scroll down]  I am interested in the principles and policies that candidates and elected officials stand for, not how much income they earned or taxes they paid.  Others feel differently, of course.  But there is no question that the White House is right about what it said in the statement it released after MSNBC and a contributor at the Daily Beast, David Cay Johnston, published Trump's 2005 federal tax return:  "It is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns."  Take a look at 26 U.S.C. §7213, which Congress passed to protect the confidentiality of the returns filed by every adult American.  Section (a)(1) makes it a felony for any federal employee to disclose tax returns or "return information."  Violating this provision can land the offending bureaucrat in federal prison for up to five years and he can be fined up to $250,000 under the Alternative Fines Act (18 U.S.C. §3571).  But this law doesn't just apply to government employees.  It also applies to private individuals and entities such as Mr. Johnston.

Press tantrums on travel slots — does Tillerson need this?  The official traveling press pool accompanies the secretary of state on official trips to places abroad.  A group of reporters — as few as four or five or as many as a couple dozen — get onto the Air Force One-like plane to sit in their own section while the secretary takes his own quarters.  Payment for the trip ranges from $6,000 for a short trip to $20,000 or so for a longer one, and media must pay their own flight costs to Washington as well as hotel and food for their destinations abroad, with everyone staying in one hotel.  The State Department does get reimbursement for its role in putting these packages together, but make no mistake:  State does a lot of work to shuttle the press around to ensure they have many events and people to interview.  It's all put in front of the reporters as the entourage travels — so there are some major resources taken up for the press's benefit.

Backup theory:  Trump leaked his own tax returns?  It didn't take long for MSNBC and Rachel Maddow to go from hero to goat last night.  Now some want to move them from goat to ... victim?  After spending all day hyping an exclusive on Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns but delivering a prime-time "total nothingburger," as Chris Cillizza put it at the Washington Post, some are speculating that Trump set up Maddow by leaking the tax returns himself.

Seething U.S. Journalists Angered About Taking Commercial Flights To Cover Secretary Tillerson in Asia.  A Reuters filing en route to Asia showcases the bitterness, anger and seething rage of U.S. journalists who have been forced to fly First-Class Commercial to cover Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Asia trip.  State Department correspondents are used to the exclusive wide-body private charters of the U.S. federal government's airline fleet.  Previous heads of the Department of State have flown aboard Air Force 3.  Normally a Boeing 757.  At the very worst Air Force 3 would be a C17 Globemaster.  However, T-Rex is taking a smaller jet to Asia and only one journalist accompanies him.

What is Going On (Part III)?  I must admit I love Trump's pugnacious style.  I love how he treats the despicable corporate media.  I love how he responds to baseless accusations by his contemptible opponents on the left and right.  The representatives of the Deep State — Schumer, Pelosi, Obama, McCain, Graham, Kristol, CNN, NYT, Washington Post, MSNBC, Soros, and anyone else willing to confront Trump are met with disdain, contempt, and abuse from the president. [...] No punch is taken without two being thrown.  He will never conform to the way the liberal corporate media and his opponents want him to behave.  Twitter is the dagger he uses to avoid the fake news media filter and plunge into his opponents hearts.  The faux journalists despise his use of Twitter.

How Trump got the media to kill the Russian meme.  [Scroll down]  So with one Google search, we have evidence that the FBI and counter-intelligence agencies wiretapped Trump's staff and gave transcripts from the wiretapping to the White House.  That is spying on an opposition party's presidential campaign.  Quickly, the press realized what it had done.  It had leaped on a Trump trap.  Down and down the press fell.  So much so that by the time Chuck Todd interviewed proven perjurer James Clapper on "Meet the Press," the Obama-nauts were denying there was any link between Trump and the Russians.

Trump's fighting the media, not the First Amendment.  [Scroll down]  Was it Donald Trump that gave rise to talk radio and the new media industry?  Or was it a longstanding mistrust in mainstream media bias?  Clearly, the second.  Either way, it certainly isn't elected official's job to make the press' job easier past the point of liberty.  Criticism does not amount to a crackdown.  What the old media are dealing with now is little more than the kind of criticism that conservatives had to deal with under the Obama administration, when Obama blamed Fox News for the fact that Congress and the people wouldn't buy his agenda wholesale.

Someone tell the media it's just a job.  Every time Trump insults the national media, the public is made to endure a lecture on how important reporters are, how meaningful their place in society is. [...] Trump hasn't done a single thing to limit press freedom, though he has shown a personal delight in overseeing the inevitable emotional breakdown every time he calls the media "fake."  Everyone else watches this play out, mildly amused and entirely indifferent to how invalidated Trump's insults make reporters feel.

White House hand-picks select media outlets for briefing.  Among the outlets not permitted to cover the gaggle were news organizations President Trump has singled out for criticism, including CNN.  The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News were among the other news organizations not permitted to attend.

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game.  For years journalists opined self-servingly under the guise of objectivity and got away it because Republicans were too afraid to shatter that illusion of objectivity.  They permitted the media to serve as the arbiter of what qualifies as "mainstream," "extremist," "racist," and so forth, and made sure to stay within the media-determined parameters of any discussion.  Donald Trump has blown up that absurd arrangement and is beating the media at its own game.  He labels reporters in the same way that they label him.  He upends their dishonest framing of debates by treating them as what they are, liberal partisans.

The Press vs. the President.  It is possible, if you are not mentally crippled, to hold your mind two non-exclusive ideas:  Donald J. Trump stinks, and the press stinks. [...] Those of us who have not entirely surrendered our neocortices to one cable-news tribe or the other are perfectly capable of criticizing Trump and criticizing the media.

Why the Media's Trump Lie Machine is Failing.  Every five minutes the many mouths of the media broadcast, type, post and shriek that President Donald J. Trump is a liar.  After months of this treatment, more voters find him truthful than them.  49% of voters believe that Trump and his people are telling the truth.  Only 39% believe that the media is.  The media's war on President Trump isn't hurting him.  It is destroying the media's own credibility.

10 Takeaways From Donald Trump's Jaw-Dropping Marathon Press Conference.  On Thursday [2/16/2017], President Trump gave a press conference variously described as morose, upbeat, combative, aggressive, brilliant, and unhinged.  Everyone could certainly agree on one thing:  it was wildly entertaining.  But it was also wild.

The Media Bulls Have Met Their Matador in Trump.  The press doesn't just have Trump Derangement Syndrome.  They now have full-blown Trump Psychosis.  And like most people with serious disorders, they are teetering close to the brink of self-immolation.  Nothing could have been more apparent in the president's press conference Thursday [2/16/2017].  Almost none of the reporters were able to muster up a question without sounding adversarial or biased.  One of them went so far as to pretend he was asking a neutral question, and then accused Trump of not being tough on anti-Semitism — the sleaziest canard on the block, and patently ridiculous given the president's actions.

Chuck Todd Doesn't Get it — Media Delegitimized Itself Before Trump.  Trump's press conference on Thursday [2/16/2017] was pure Trump.  The liberal media, which just a day before was complaining that Trump passed them over for questions, is now feigning shock.  Chuck Todd is aghast.

Most Politicians Fear the Media; Not So with Trump.  This week I watched a press conference with President Donald Trump and a room full of the international press corps, and as one who has been watching presidential press conferences for the better part of my 80 years, I'll have to say that I've never seen anything like it.  First of all, Trump totally controlled the event from start to finish, called out media outlets for what he considered dishonest coverage, refuted stories, networks and reporters, admonishing them to be honest in their coverage and just report the news instead of coloring it.  It seems most politicians fear the media, or at the very least they are afraid of offending their sensibilities resulting in negative coverage.  Not so with Trump, who spoke his mind, refused to let the reporters gain any kind of control or authority and limited their questions when he felt they had said enough.

CNN Reporter Compares Trump To Hitler While Her Boss Buys Obama Photos.  In the weeks after Donald Trump won the election, CNN chief Jeff Zucker watched as one of his employees compared the new president to Adolf Hitler.  At a White House press conference Thursday [2/16/2017], Trump declared that he was changing his moniker for the network from "fake news" to "very fake news."  There's been a ton of well-publicized drama between the two camps. [...] You may think Trump is too harsh on CNN.  But take a look at how the network treated Trump back in November.

Journalists Upset Trump Keeps Calling On Conservative Media.  President Donald Trump called on two conservative outlets during his joint press conference Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and journalists are not happy.

John Bolton Slams Chuck Todd's 'Un-American' Tweet: 'The Media Is Not Entitled to Worship'.  Fox News commentator and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton tore into NBC News host Chuck Todd over a Thursday [2/16/2017] tweet calling President Donald Trump's attacks on the press "un-American."

Mainstream media whines as Trump calls on less established news outlets.  During his press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump called on two news outlets:  WJLA a local ABC news affiliate, and the Daily Caller.  Both failed to ask him about the fate of his national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been marred in a controversy that he spoke to Russian authorities before Mr. Trump took office.  And the mainstream media immediately pounced — saying Mr. Trump was picking favorites in order to avoid questioning on Mr. Flynn.

Mainstream Media's Trump Derangement Syndrome Epidemic.  The mainstream media, who gratuitously granted Trump nearly $3 Billion in free campaign advertising last spring and summer in order to assure his nomination, are now beside themselves that he actually won and that they placed all their chips on the worst presidential candidate in modern political history — Hillary Clinton.  For the first two weeks of the Trump presidency the media has repeatedly, breathlessly and hurriedly assured the American people of the facts on a policy or White House statement that turn out not to hold water once they are examined in the light of day.  It has been impossible to catalog the number of false and un-researched stories promulgated by the media over the past two weeks; [...]

White House publishes list of 78 terror attacks that the media 'ignored' - including Orlando, San Bernardino, Bataclan and Nice truck attack.  The White House has released a list of 78 terror attacks that the press had 'ignored' following President Donald Trump's claims that the media was 'very, very dishonest'.  The attacks dated from September 2014 to December 2016, all of which the president believed were 'underreported' as he put the blame on the media Monday.  Trump's administration said the attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Brussels, Nice and the Bataclan in Paris 'have not received the media attention they deserved' and released the list on Monday night [2/6/2017] as proof.

Trump: 'The Very, Very Dishonest Press Doesn't Want to Report' on Threat from Radical Islam.  In a speech today at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., President Donald Trump said that "the very, very dishonest press" doesn't want to report on the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorists determined to strike the homeland.  Trump also vowed that he would not allow "radical Islamic terrorism... to take root in our country."  "Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe.  You've seen what happened in Paris and Nice.  All over Europe, it's happening.  It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it," Trump said.

More about Islamic terrorist attacks that are reported as "isolated incidents."

White House ices out CNN.  The White House has refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, effectively icing out the network from on-air administration voices.  "We're sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda," said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.

Trump is playing with the press.  Why are the relations between Donald Trump and the press so bad?  There are two reasons.  One is that Trump is a Republican, and the press consists overwhelmingly of Democrats.  But the other reason is that Trump likes it this way, because when the press is constantly attacking him over trivialities, it strengthens his position and weakens the press.  Trump's "outrageous" statements and tweets aren't the product of impulsiveness, but part of a carefully maintained strategy that the press is too impulsive to resist.

Trump Playing Rope-a-Dope with the Media.  Trump used Twitter much like a matador uses a red cape to engage and enrage the bull.  The media took the bait and obsessed over what Putin and the Russians might have done to influence the election.  Republican #NeverTrumpers like John McCain and Lindsey Graham chased the red cape too, adding fuel to the media stampede.  Meanwhile the president-elect was busy assembling his cabinet and other key advisors.  Sure, this was covered by the media but given scant scrutiny compared to stories of election hacking and Russian chicanery.  The media and their accomplices in both parties pounded away at the hacking story while Trump leaned against the ropes, absorbing the blows, conserving his energy, biding his time Waiting for the next round.

President Trump just forced the press to cover the March for Life.  One complaint over the weekend from pro-lifers was the Women's March got more publicity than the often larger annual March For Life events.  President Trump just changed that.  He made sure the media must cover the event, or look like fools.  I suspect he gave Fox News an excuse to carry it live.  Trump equals ratings.  Ratings equal coverage.  Coverage equals power.

Media elites howling as Trump admin considers expanding access to WH briefings beyond 49 elite insider journalists.  The mainstream media declared war on the candidacy of Donald Trump, with the New York Times leading the way in a front-page opinion column arguing that "you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century" and discard notions of "balance."  Now the entitled media elites are discovering that there is a price to losing a war, as the Trump administration is considering the White House briefing room out of its current quarters, where only 52 members of the White House Correspondents Association can be accommodated.  The imperious media stars are not amused.

Trump's Chumps.  The common thought is that Trump uses Twitter to go over the heads of the reporters who cover him to reach the public unfiltered.  Just as often, though, the reporters are his primary audience; the secondary audience is the general public, few of whom obsessively check a Twitter account the way reporters do.  But the public can distinguish between a tweet and the reaction to it.  For an ordinary person, the news isn't merely what Trump tweets, it's also the hyperventilation he provokes from the press.  The second is usually crazier than the first.

NY Magazine:  Trump 'Owns The Press' At First Press Conference.  Gabriel Sherman writes in New York Magazine that President-elect Donald Trump got the upper hand against the media on Wednesday [1/11/2017] by turning his first post-election press conference "into a debate over journalistic practices."

Trump Just Had the Best Press Conference in the History of Press Conferences.  Having watched the media destroy innocent people and move along, and conversely let a corrupt administration slide, Mr. Trump's indictment of the press is welcome.  There will be a time to worry about press freedom, but today is not that day.  Today, the media should do some soul searching and consider their own careless behavior.  Being loose with the facts, shamelessly biased (these were the people crying at Obama's last speech), and ideologically extreme leftist does not inform so much as alienate people who are trying to be informed.  Media reformation is necessary and if it takes Mr. Trump's stick and carrot to move them in the right direction — well, it's a start.

Hannity calls on Trump to freeze out the press.  Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said that until journalists admit to colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign, President-elect Donald Trump should reconsider granting traditional access to reporters. [...] Pointing to stolen emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Hannity said those assigned to cover the former secretary of state's campaign had failed to uphold the most basic requirements of their jobs.  "So until members of the media come clean about colluding with the Clinton campaign and admit that they knowingly broke every ethical standard they are supposed to uphold, they should not have the privilege, they should not have the responsibility of covering the president on behalf of you, the American people," added Hannity.

Trump begins implementing his presidential media strategy.  Donald Trump summoned a group of "30 to 40" television executives and anchors to the Trump Tower yesterday and began a sophisticated media strategy.  Naturally, he is already being underrated, and his enemies do not understand what is about to happen to them.

Press fumes as Trump breaks tradition.  Since he was elected two weeks ago, Trump has spent most of his time at his New York home in Trump Tower and at one of his golf clubs in New Jersey, where he has met with a steady stream of people who might join his administration.  But the press has bristled at the idea that the comings and goings are being broadcast.

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Whose fault is that?  Just because there's a pool camera in the Trump Tower lobby doesn't mean you have to put it on the air!  Just because you recognize someone boarding an elevator doesn't mean you have to spend the next few minutes in idle conjecture about what this sighting might mean.


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Manafort's Purge Trial.  I don't care much for Paul Manafort.  Like his Democratic Party doppelgänger Tony Podesta, he is the kind of pond scum that makes what we call The Swamp The Swamp.  Indeed, the two men have worked together in the past, having a natural affinity for exploiting the public interest for maximum profit.  I was going to call this column "The Trial of Tony Podesta" to point out the ridiculous disparity that one is on trial but not the other.  Judge Ellis couldn't have been more right.  This is selective prosecution to get at the president.  The charges are outrageously broad and deliberately so.  Nevertheless, it doesn't speak well of Trump that he chose to work with a man like Manafort.

When it comes to Brett Kavanaugh, fear is the Left's most powerful weapon.  From the moment President Trump announced his second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, reactions from the Left have been extreme.  Though the president's shortlist contained jurists who struck even greater fear within the hearts of leftists than the final candidate, the usual crowd continues to warn us of impending doom.  Too many individuals see every event during this presidency through an apocalyptic lens.  There is no saving any strength for crises that actually cause legitimate concern.  Each day is an exhausting repeat of the one before, complete with hand-wringing and fear-mongering.  On Tuesday [7/31/2018], Justice Anthony Kennedy ended his 30-year tenure on the high court.  His official departure is the start of a new chapter, one that is sure to include a sharp increase in hysteria as we get closer to confirmation hearings.

Brett Kavanaugh's America.  here's so much being said about Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's choice for the Supreme Court.  How can anyone keep up?  If you're reading American Greatness, you've probably read about the judge's impeccable credentials and character. [...] But is he the man for the job?  Come on.  Just take a look at him, and you see the Poster Guy for a Supreme Court Justice.  OK, not everyone sees it.  Elected Democrats at all levels, leftist agitators, fraudulent media acolytes — the Excess of Awful — see something entirely different.

Why EPA's Scott Pruitt had to go.  First, it's always good for a White House when a resignation breaks over a holiday period and attention is focused elsewhere.  But more importantly, pressure rose for Pruitt to step down when his travails shifted from the merely humiliating to potential legal violations. [...] The EPA denied there were any "secret calendars or schedules," but there were clear discrepancies between internal EPA documents and Pruitt's official calendar.

Karl Rove:  If Gina Haspel Morally Unfit to Be CIA Director, So Is Nancy Pelosi.  On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday," former Bush senior advisor Karl Rove said it was "reprehensible" to say Gina Haspel is morally unfit to be the CIA director because of her involvement in enhanced interrogation after 9/11.  Rove said, "I think it's reprehensible if people say she's morally unfit because she was following a program that was carefully crafted by the lawyers and approved as being within our international obligations and the statutes of the United States. [...]"

Dishonesty About Kelly Sadler.  White House aide Kelly Sadler is the object of this week's outrage mob.  The cycle is well-known:  Dig through someone's past or present comments whether public or private, find something that someone, somewhere finds offensive or can spin as offensive, and then whip up a media frenzy demanding a public shaming, which usually includes public shunning and the loss of a job. [...] There's a scoundrel in this story and it isn't Kelly Sadler.  It's the leaker who violated the trust of the president, the American people for whom he or she works, and everyone else in the room at the time.

Big news that the MSM downplays and ignores.  Democrats are acting as though they are morally opposed to Gina Haspel because of the intensive interrogation techniques after 9-11.  Somehow, they weren't outraged when they voted for John Brennan even though he was higher up than Gina Haspel at the CIA at the time.  They didn't seem concerned at all about waterboarding when they and John McCain voted for Brennan.  Selective outrage and selective morality indicate that they don't really care.  They appear to be sexist because they are willing to vote against an extremely qualified woman while they voted for a man with the same history or worse.

If a Democrat had appointed Gina Haspel, she'd be CIA Director by now.  If Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election and nominated Gina Haspel as the new director of the CIA, she would have been praised (correctly) as the most qualified candidate for the position in history.  Simply the fact that a 9/11 mastermind opposes Haspel's nomination should tell you something, but among her colleagues, she is known as the "spymaster."  What more do you want?  So of course, the hearings are dragging out, simply because she is Trump's choice.

The pathetic push to torpedo Gina Haspel.  Democrats' obsession with opposing President Trump on all fronts, no matter the merits, opens a new phase this week as CIA Director-designate Gina Haspel goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  That there's any opposition at all to this supremely qualified candidate only underscores just how petty and partisan the Democrats have become.  Haspel would be not only the first woman to head the CIA, but also the first career officer in 52 years to rise through the ranks directly to the director's chair.

Senate delays hearing for VA nominee amid misconduct allegations.  The Senate will delay the confirmation hearing for secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson amid reported allegations of misconduct.  Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs committee, asked to have the hearing postponed due to multiple claims of a "hostile work environment," according to CBS News.  The allegations also include "excessive drinking on the job," and "improperly dispensing meds."

Who, If Not Pompeo?  All eyes are on the remaining 13 Democratic senators who helped confirm Pompeo in January 2017.  And several have already come out in opposition, including California senator Dianne Feinstein, who is up for re-election and facing a progressive challenger.  "The Secretary of State is a very different role than CIA director, and it's not the kind of position you learn on the job," she said in a statement.

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I don't recall Senator Feinstein having any objection the Hillary Clinton "learn[ing] on the job."

Pompeo is close to confirmation and 11 senators are close to making a colossal mistake.  For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state.  If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo's record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.  There are no instances of a secretary of state nominee ever receiving an unfavorable committee vote since such votes were first publicly recorded in 1925 (before that, the committee voted in closed session).  Democrat John Kerry was approved in a unanimous voice vote, including from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who opposes Pompeo.  Democrat Hillary Clinton was approved 16 to 1, despite concerns about foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation.

Scott Pruitt Is a Hero, Unlike Some of His EPA Predecessors.  Trump has finally risen to the defense of his embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt.  Quite right too, for Pruitt is by some margin the best Administrator the Environmental Protection Agency has had since it was founded by Richard Nixon in 1970.  This is not just because Pruitt is so good.  It's also because his predecessors were so bad.  Not merely incompetent, but in several cases actively corrupt, dishonest, and criminal.  As Steve Milloy notes here, all three past Democrat EPA administrators flagrantly violated public records laws, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Conservative Leaders, GOP Lawmakers Voice Support for Scott Pruitt.  A growing number of conservative leaders and GOP lawmakers are voicing their support for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt amid some calls for him to resign.  The Conservative Action Project released a letter Friday with 113 signatures of conservative leaders calling on President Donald Trump to keep Pruitt in the administration.

A 'Strategic Pause' to Fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.  President Trump actually gave President Obama a vote of confidence in his elevating Dr. David Shulkin in rank from Undersecretary for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) last year.  Now that Shulkin has been fired, let us all now see how that act of bipartisan comity is going to be repaid with the nomination of Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson USN MD.  Adm. Jackson has said that he will retire from the military upon confirmation, forfeiting as much as $1 million in extra retirement pay that would have followed his pending promotion in rank.

Trump and the US need Scott Pruitt to stay at EPA.  "I do," President Trump said Thursday afternoon [4/5/2018] when asked by reporters whether he still has confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt.  And well the president should.  Pruitt has been the most effective appointee in implementing the Trump agenda.  If Pruitt is forced out of his job because of charges he behaved unethically, America will suffer.  President Trump was elected as the economy was being choked and jobs were being destroyed by record-breaking, excessive and counterproductive regulations issued by the Obama administration.  The regulatory agency leading the charge against a healthy American economy and American job creation was the EPA.  Candidate Trump knew this and campaigned on it.  Millions of Americans voted for Trump precisely because he came out strongly against regulatory overreach.

Pompeo and Bolton Appointments Raise Alarm Over Ties to Anti-Islam Groups.  Nearly two months after the Boston Marathon bombing, Mike Pompeo, then a congressman from Kansas, took to the floor of the House to denounce American Muslim leaders for what he called their "silence" in response to the heinous terrorist attack.  "Silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts," Mr. Pompeo said, reading from prepared remarks.  In fact, more than half a dozen American Muslim organizations had issued statements condemning the bombing within hours of the attack.  In the days following, Muslim groups organized news conferences, blood drives and prayer vigils.  Mr. Pompeo was immediately informed that he was wrong, but did not apologize or respond to Muslim groups stung by his remarks.

Scott Pruitt Is Doing Great.  Trump Cannot Afford to Let the Green Blob Claim His Scalp.  What on earth did Pruitt do wrong?  Well, there's the Green Blob narrative version of events which is that Scott Pruitt has become embroiled in a number of "scandals" which render him unfit for public office.  If you really care, Google them.  To my, admittedly pro-Pruitt eyes they all seem trivial — negotiating a cheap rate for a DC condo; wangling some of his staffers a better pay deal; thinking about leasing a private jet — to the point of worthlessness.  Ever since Pruitt took the job, the EPA has been deluged with FOIA requests by activist bodies trying to bring him down.  They evidently haven't been able to come up with much.  Pruitt's critics might sound less partisan, more credible if his predecessors hadn't been about a thousand times more venal, profligate and dishonest.

Scott Pruitt Is Trump's Biggest Asset.  That's Why The Left Wants Him Gone.  After Donald Trump, the individual in DC with the biggest target on his back is Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.  When he was attorney general of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA more than a dozen times to get the powerful regulatory agency to stay within its legal authority.  His nomination was deeply concerning to radical environmentalists inside and outside the media.  As a result, he and his team have been under a microscope since even before his confirmation in early 2017.  Well-funded environmental groups, many with former EPA staffers, deluge the agency with FOIA requests to catch someone in a scandal.  Unlike how they covered Obama-era EPA administrators, media outlets constantly request information about everything Pruitt does, from his schedule to his travel particulars.  Whipped-up partisans have made unprecedented numbers of death threats against him and his family.  Powerful liberals opine against him.

John Bolton Is Good for the U.S. and Bad for Iran.  Judging by the rhetoric coming out of Tehran, John Bolton's appointment as America's National Security Advisor is the worst thing that ever happened. [...] Iran's protests validate the wisdom of making John Bolton America's National Security Advisor.  If Iran thinks he's bad, he must be good.  One thing is certain:  the United States will no longer pursue a policy of appeasement toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ben Rhodes cranks up the smear machine.  Not worried in the least about his own credibility, Ben Rhodes and his minions are making wild, outrageous, fact-free, lunatic-fringe claims against incoming national security adviser John Bolton, correctly perceiving that the new national security adviser will be a threat to their self-vaunted Iran deal.

John Bolton: 'A Reagan Realist' and a Brilliant Choice.  John Bolton is a superb choice for national security advisor, though you wouldn't know that from the lamentations and doomsday prophecies issuing from the media since President Trump tweeted the news that on April 9 Ambassador Bolton will take over this pivotal White House post from Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster.  As the New York-Washington headline consensus would have it, Bolton is a rogue war-monger, an ultra-hardline uber-hawk, a one-man MIRVed missile raring to blow up the planet.  He inspires terror at the New York Times, where the editorial board assures us, "Yes, John Bolton Really Is That Dangerous."

A zero-tolerance policy for Trump's zero-experience nominees.  The federal capital's incestuous network of revolving-door cronies and entrenched bureaucrats have so protected and increased their own power in recent years that the five wealthiest counties in America are all within commuting distance of Capitol Hill.  These swamp creatures complain that Trump is bringing in too many outsiders.  Beltway insiders consider it a crime that the president has nominated critics of agencies to head those very agencies — see Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency and Scott Garrett at the Export-Import Bank — when in truth, it's praiseworthy.  Trump should wear those criticisms as a badge of honor.  But he seems in some areas to have confused the value of bringing in outsiders with a disregard for expertise.  On more than one occasion, the president has hired or nominated people clearly unqualified for the job.

Trump judicial nominee unable to answer basic legal questions withdraws from consideration.  A Trump administration judicial nominee who was widely ridiculed after he was unable to to answer basic questions on the law when he was quizzed by senators, has withdrawn his name for the job.  The President has accepted his decision.  Matthew Petersen who was nominated by Mr Trump to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, was the subject of no small mockery after he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The video of Mr Petersen, a member of the Federal Election Commission since 2008 but who has no trial experience, being questioned by Republican senator John Kennedy, made awkward watching.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is reining in the out of control radical environmentalists.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been Republicans least favorite agency for quite some time.  The Obama administration allowed the EPA to expand their influence far past nearly any other executive agency, imposing unprecedented regulatory burdens on the American people.  Under the leadership of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's EPA has taken a dramatic turn to foster innovation within the private sector and remove stifling regulations from state and corporation. [...] Congress has worked with the EPA through the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to remove elements of executive overreach the Obama Administration pushed into place.

Why Mike Pence is the most important man in America.  Mike Pence stands at the confluence of two major trends in American history, the decline of the Old Politics symbolized by Washington D.C., and the rise of the New Politics symbolized and dominated by Donald Trump.  How President Trump decides to utilize this unique human asset to bridge the transition will determine whether his presidency is a success or failure.

Trump must stay.  Jeff Sessions must go.  Usually these Congressional hearings are fun.  Great theater.  Good television.  What's more relaxing than tuning in to watch some poor sucker get carved up by the Committee, any Committee, particularly if the pigeon is someone we can't stand.  Bring on the popcorn.  But it wasn't like that on Tuesday at the House Judiciary Committee Hearings or in my living room.  We like Jeff Sessions.  Good guy.  Totally innocent of all charges.  We want him to succeed if only because we want Trump to succeed.  But this attorney general is so inarticulate that he sounds guilty.  He looks guilty.

Jeff Sessions continues to prove he's Trump's biggest mistake.  Jeff Sessions is a man in search of a banana peel.  When he can't find one to step on, he supplies his own.  Sessions is not a bad man, but he is a bad attorney general, as he demonstrated again Tuesday.  By writing to Republicans in Congress just hours before he was scheduled to testify that he was open to appointing a special prosecutor to examine former FBI Director James Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's email case and the notorious Uranium One deal, Sessions primed the pump for a really big show.  Democrats arrived furious and Republicans gleefully expected an aha moment.  Both came away unsatisfied and unhappy.  Unfortunately for Sessions, the old conceit in journalism — that if both sides are angry at your story, you've done something right — doesn't apply to being attorney general.  When nobody's happy, including your boss, you're failing.

Former CIA Vet, Obama NSC Spokesman Says CIA Director Is A Dangerous Hack.  Former CIA veteran and Obama National Security Council spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday [11/7/2017] accused CIA Director Mike Pompeo of not only being a hack, but dangerous, as well.  "Remember when CIA Director Pompeo was considered one of the admin's "adults"? Turns out he's more than just a hack; he's dangerous," Price tweeted out Tuesday.  Price worked in the CIA from 2006 to February 2017 as an intelligence analyst.  For part of that time, he was loaned to the National Security Council, where he served as spokesman from 2015 to 2017.  He also served as special assistant to President Barack Obama.

Fox News' Gregg Jarrett Hits Jeff Sessions: 'Nice Man, Incompetent Attorney General'.  On Thursday night [11/2/2017], Fox News took some shots at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for what is being perceived as inactivity on alleged wrongdoings by Hillary Clinton.  Sean Hannity listed off Clinton's alleged crimes from funding the Trump dossier, the corruption surrounding Uranium One, to her financial control over the DNC.  Legal analyst Gregg Jarrett called her actions with the DNC an "elaborate scheme" which he alleged could have violated campaign financial limits, finance reporting laws, and even money laundering.  "I've always liked Jeff Sessions," Hannity said.  "I am now at the limit.  Where is he?  What is he doing?!?  Because there's so much crime, so many crimes... I don't see that the same attention and effort of known lawbreaking is even being followed."

EPA's Scott Pruitt:  Family getting death threats, too.  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says the death threats against him have extended to his family.  "The level of protection is dictated by the level of threat," Pruitt told Bloomberg in an expansive interview released Wednesday night, answering questions about his recent request for almost a dozen more 24-hour security agents.  "The quantity and the volume — as well as the type — of threats are different.  What's really disappointing to me as it's not just me — it's family."  Pruitt has an 18-member security team that is charged to guard him around the clock.  It was reported earlier this week that EPA is looking to add as many as 12 new guards to the 18-member squad.

Why is Jeff Sessions hiding the Uranium One informant?  Perhaps as startling as the revelation that the FBI was investigating the Hillary Clinton/Russia/Uranium One collusion and that key figures like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe knew about it and said nothing, is the refusal by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to remove the non-disclosure agreement gag order on the FBI informant who arguably could put Bill and Hillary Clinton and a few others in federal prison.  It was said the Jeff Sessions recused himself from all things Russian because of election campaign conflicts but is it really because he thought it would insulate him from having to divulge what he knew about Uranium One and the people who at the very least knew about the deal, some who approved the deal, including past and present members of the FBI, the DOJ, and Special Counsel Robert Miller's team?  Is Jeff Sessions part of the Uranium One cover-up?

6 Examples of Jeff Sessions' Cowardice.  [Scroll down]  Fifth, it is likely that the FBI is engaged in a cover-up of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, as inexplicably little to no information on the murderer's motives has been forthcoming.  As I opined a few columns back, it is likely Stephen Paddock was in some way an undercover informant for the FBI, and Sessions and the DOJ, while not responsible for the many deaths, does not want to reveal this.

Secretary DeVos Flies Everywhere On Her Own Jet — And Her Own Dime.  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos flies around the country on a private jet, but unlike other cabinet secretaries criticized for misusing government funds, DeVos pays for the flights herself.  In fact, DeVos travels on a on "personally-owned aircraft," spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill told the Associated Press Thursday [9/21/2017].  "The secretary neither seeks, nor accepts, any reimbursement for her flights, nor for any additional official travel-related expenses, such as lodging and per diem, even though she is entitled to such reimbursement under government travel regulations," Hill said.  "Secretary DeVos accepted her position to serve the public and is fully committed to being a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars."

Sessions should resign, but not before taking action against Clinton, Comey and Rice.  Jeff Sessions should never have accepted the position of Attorney General of the United States.  His leadership has proven unproductive and ineffectual.  There are two reasons for this.  First, he deceived President Trump by concealing his intent to recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.  Hours after he was sworn in, Sessions began setting his recusal in motion by meeting with Department of Justice officials to discuss stepping aside from the probe.  Failing to disclose such a material matter to the president was an egregious betrayal.

Betsy DeVos Ends a Campus Witch Hunt.  Suppose you're the kind of thoughtful liberal who concluded from Donald Trump's election that you've been living in a bubble and need to better understand the causes of America's distemper.  Suppose, too, that you have friends who voted for Trump — and who you know for a fact are neither bigots nor buffoons.  Why are they so angry?  How could they feel so desperate, politically speaking, to cast their ballots for him?  For a sense of the answer, look no further than Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's announcement Thursday [9/7/2017] that her department would revisit the Obama administration's Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault.  The guidelines, she said, had "failed too many students" by radically curtailing due process.  She's right.

DeVos Takes on Lawless Campus Tribunals.  Yesterday [9/7/2017], Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took a welcome step toward restoring a measure of justice and sanity to American higher education.  In a speech at George Mason University — and in a follow-up interview with CBS News — DeVos indicated that she intended to withdraw Obama administration "guidance" on adjudicating sexual-assault claims on campus and replace it with a regulatory rulemaking process that is intended to protect students from sexual assault and preserve essential civil liberties.

President Trump Appoints New NASA Chief.  All the right people are complaining about President Trump's new NASA chief Jim Bridenstine, who once demanded an apology from Obama for squandering money on climate research.

McMaster:  The Ultimate Holdover.  Many in the conservative media are urging President Trump to fire his national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.  McMaster should be fired forthwith, but the reasons being argued are subsidiary to the primary reasons McMaster has to go.  The debate over McMaster has been framed in terms of his loyalty to Trump.  Though loyalty to the president is important, McMaster's ideology and bad judgment are what make him unfit for the position.

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McMaster and Mattis Are Rare Assets — Not Deep State Liabilities.  There is a larger context concerning the recent controversies among the architects of Trump's national security team and agenda, and the criticism of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.  Recall first that the foreign policy of Barack Obama, Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton could be best termed "provocative appeasement," and it logically led to the present tensions around the world.  The approach combined the most unfortunate traits of carrying a twig while speaking loudly:  vociferous remonstrations about human rights, occasional bombings, and drone-targeted assassinations, lots of sermonizing and faux red lines, deadlines, and step-over lines — all without either real consequences or accountability.

Scott Pruitt is ready to get the EPA back on track.  [Scott] Pruitt, like the president who appointed him, is determined to end Obama-era excesses, such as the all-pain, trivial-gain Clean Power Plan and the overreaching "Waters of the United States" rule that claimed the right to regulate even puddles.  Instead, the new administrator aims to focus the agency on actually finishing work it's been neglecting.  That includes bringing more of the nation into full attainment of clean air and clean water standards.  And also actually getting Superfund sites cleaned up — when many have been stalled for decades.

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If I were President, the EPA would be one of the first agencies to be terminated, because all 50 states have their own EPA equivalents.  California has six of them.

More Evidence That McMaster Shares Obama's Views on Islam and Terror.  Donald Trump's new national security advisor, Lt. General H.R. McMaster, has made troubling remarks — such as "the Islamic State is not Islamic" — that one expects from the D.C. establishment.  However a hearty endorsement that he gave to a 2010 book points to the totality of McMaster's views on security issues as being worse than simply his parroting politically correct memes on Islam.  The book in question is Militant Islamist Ideology:  Understanding the Global Threat.  Written by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, it was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2010.  I read and reviewed it back in 2012 and found its claims — many of which the Obama administration followed to disastrous results — to be incorrect and problematic.  For starters, Aboul-Enein asserts that only "militant Islamists" — ISIS types who behead, crucify, massacre, and burn people alive — are the enemy.  "Non-militant Islamists," however, are not.

Right On Cue, Soros-Financed MoveOn.Org Holds DC Protest Demanding Sessions' Resignation.  Right on cue, the George Soros-financed MoveOn.org progressive activist group on Thursday organized a protest outside the U.S. Department of Justice building calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The protest was organized fairly quickly.  It was held mere hours after reports surfaced that Sessions held two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. while he was Alabama's senator and served on the Armed Services Committee.  Sessions maintains that the conversations did not concern the 2016 presidential campaign.  He served as an informal advisor to Trump during the presidential race.

Democrats are starting to sound like modern Joe McCarthys.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from any investigation involving last fall's election is prudent — but it won't satisfy the Democrats now channeling the ghost of Sen. Joe McCarthy.  Back in the '50s, the Wisconsin senator was famously accused of seeing a Russian under every bed.  And now Democrats seem to be conducting the same kind of "witch hunt" as his investigations of Soviet infiltration of the US government.

No, Ms. Pelosi, Attorney General Sessions did not commit perjury.  Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "from the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step."  There is nothing sublime about Nancy Pelosi.  Ridiculous, however, is an apt description.  At a news conference Thursday [3/2/2017], the former Speaker of the House denounced Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a liar, pronounced him guilty of perjury, and demanded his resignation.  This comes just days after she erroneously accused the Trump White House of obstructing justice.  Clearly, she's on a tear.  Who knew the democratic leader, who is not a lawyer, was such an expert on the law?

The Perjury Allegation against Jeff Sessions Is Meritless.  On the overwrought, partisan allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury in his confirmation-hearing testimony, let's cut to the chase:  There is a good deal of political hay to be made because Sessions made a statement that was inaccurate — or at least incomplete — especially when mined out of its context.  But the claim that his testimony was perjurious as a matter of law is wholly without merit.

The McMaster Pick:  Score One For The Swamp?  President Trump has confirmed that retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster is his new choice to be his National Security Adviser.  There have been indications that the Republican establishment has been trying to co-opt Trump and keep him from effecting the sweeping reform that he has promised, and this appointment could indicate that at least for the moment, these forces have gained the upper hand.

US Marshals guard DeVos after tense nomination process.  U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being guarded by the agents from the U.S. Marshals Service after a bruising nomination process, Politico reported.  Drew J. Wade, a spokesman for the service, told the magazine that he is not aware of these agents guarding an education secretary in the past.  The education secretary is traditionally guarded by a small security unit from the education department, the report said.  The report said that few other details are available about the security arrangement.  Despite her win, DeVos emerged bruised from her highly divisive nomination fight.

Elizabeth Warren Gets Mitchslapped.  Tuesday night [2/7/2017], the Democrats tried to show their base they're willing to get off the mat and get back into the ring, this time to unsuccessfully block one of their own, a man they all like personally, but have to now verbally destroy to satisfy their base, Jeff Sessions of Alabama.  Why?  He's going to be a rather effective Attorney General, and the left hates that.

Senate narrowly confirms Betsy DeVos as education secretary.  The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary Tuesday [2/7/2017] by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Pence casting a historic tiebreaking vote after senators deadlocked over her fitness for the job.  DeVos now takes the helm of the Education Department with questions about whether and how the polarizing fight over her confirmation will affect her power to advance the Trump administration's agenda.  The entire Democratic caucus of 48 senators voted against DeVos, as did two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who said they did not think that DeVos was qualified for the job.

Senate confirms DeVos with tie-breaking vote by Pence.  The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education by the slimmest of margins, capping off a rocky, high-stakes fight for President Trump's pick.  Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote on DeVos, breaking a 50-50 tie after Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) became the first Republican senators to oppose a Trump Cabinet pick, joining all Democrats.  Pence is the first vice president ever to cast a decisive vote on a Cabinet nominee.  The last time a vice president broke a tie in the Senate was 2008, when then-Vice President Dick Cheney voted on tax legislation.

Approve the Cabinet.  The great strategic problem with the Democrats is that when they win, they think they'll never lose again, and when they lose, they think they'll never win again.  When Barack Obama was in the White House, Democrats couldn't get enough of his "pen and phone" strategy to run roughshod over the separation of powers; apparently, it never occurred to them that a Republican president might make use of these same tools.  Now shut out of the White House and holding minority positions in both houses of Congress, Democrats are taking a scorched-earth approach to the president's nominations; apparently, it hasn't occurred to them that it is likely that a future Democratic president will face a Senate in which Republicans are a majority rather than a frustrated minority, and that it is entirely possible that a Republican opposition could do to most — or even all — of that future Democrat's Cabinet picks what they did to Merrick Garland.

Thank God for Kellyanne Conway.  She's one of the smartest, most kind, most thoughtful people you could ever hope to meet.  And the mass media are intent on destroying her.  Kellyanne Conway made history as the nation's first female manager of a successful presidential campaign.  Yet the mass media will not ever sincerely congratulate her as the woman who broke that glass ceiling.

From George Washington To Barack Obama:  Senate Democrats' Cabinet Blockade Has Never Been Seen Before.  The Senate Democrats' obstruction of President Trump's cabinet nominees has reached a record-setting level.  Yesterday [2/2/2017], ABC News reported:  "President Trump has more unconfirmed Cabinet nominees at this point in his term than all previous presidents combined." Senate Democrats have failed to a historical magnitude to offer deference to the president, running counter to what they argued for during previous administrations.

Donald Trump's pest control problem.  As a liberal Obama holdover, one can safely assume that Ms. Yates surmised that when Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, one of his first acts would be to let her go.  So, rather than doing the honorable thing and resign over her disagreement with President Trump, Ms. Yates chose a course of action transparently designed to make her a hero in the eyes of the left.

Democrats boycott vote on EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.  The boycott by Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee comes amid other attempts to hold up Mr. Trump's nominees.  In the case of Mr. Pruitt specifically, Democrats claim he's failed to answer substantive questions.  But Republican leaders say that excuse simply doesn't hold water.  "The minority may not like all of Attorney General Pruitt's answers, but he's given them answers," said Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican and committee chairman.  "Mr. Pruitt ought to get at least a vote."

Senate committee approves DeVos nomination.  The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Tuesday morning approved Betsy DeVos's nomination to lead the Department of Education.  DeVos was confirmed 12-11 along party lines.  Her nomination will now go to the Senate floor, where she'll need only need a simple majority to be confirmed.

Steve Bannon in 2010: 'Islam is not a religion of peace.  Islam is a religion of submission'.  President Trump's chief strategist, former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, once dismissed the notion that Islam is a religion of peace, describing it in a 2010 radio interview as "a religion of submission."  Bannon made the comments on "Western Word Radio with Avi Davis," an online right-wing radio station.  In the segment, Bannon, who at the time served on the board of Breitbart, criticized former President George W. Bush for what he and fellow guest conservative columnist Diana West described as injecting political correctness into the federal government.

The Editor asks...
What did Mr. Bannon say that isn't absolutely correct?

What I Learned in Washington DC.  If you listen to the media you might have the impression that the Trump transition team is in complete disarray.  Talking with leaders of the transition team certainly didn't leave me with that impression.  They have broken the transition process down into over 30 departments and have created a "landing document" for each department.  The analogy they are using is that this process is like planning an invasion, and they are going to hand the landing document off to the "beachhead teams" who will then execute the plans.

Dems Force Trump's Ed.  Nominee To Answer 1,397 Questions In Writing — Obama's TWO Had 109, Combined.  Democrats are blocking the confirmation of Donald Trump's Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos by forcing her to answer 837 written, followup questions from her Senate confirmation hearing.  "Mrs. Devos' Senate opponents are grasping for straws," Sen. Lamar Alexander said of the decision in a post for Medium.  "We didn't have time to question her, they say, even though she met with each one of them in their offices, and her hearing lasted nearly an hour and a half longer than either of President Obama's education secretaries."

Trump's Nominees Face 'Unprecedented' Democrat Obstructionism.  President Donald Trump starts his first full week in the White House with just two Cabinet secretaries confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  That's the lowest number in decades and a sharp contrast from former President Barack Obama.  Trump's picks have fared worse than past Cabinet nominees.  Even though Trump enjoys a Republican-led Senate, Democrats have kept their promise to delay confirmation of his nominees, even if they lack the votes to ultimately defeat them.

Also posted under Leftist obstructionism.

Senate confirms retired Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary, breaking with decades of precedent.  The Senate confirmed James N. Mattis as President Trump's defense secretary Friday, breaking with decades of precedent by making a recently retired general the Pentagon's top civilian leader.  Mattis, 66, will lead the Defense Department's 1.9 million active-duty service members and reservists and oversee a budget of more than $580 billion as Trump prepares to expand the military.  He becomes the first senior military officer to serve as defense secretary since President Truman nominated Army Gen. George C. Marshall for the job in 1950, as the U.S. military struggled in the Korean War.  Many lawmakers and long-time foreign policy observers hope Mattis can be a moderating voice of experience in an administration that has notably few senior officials with national security experience in Washington.

Trump nominee Nikki Haley set to show skepticism about value of U.N..  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley pledged Wednesday to forcefully advance American interests as the U.S. ambassador at the United Nations after what she called a retreat from global leadership under the Obama administration.  Haley questioned the priorities and effectiveness of the world body,which President-elect Donald Trump has called a toothless debating society, but said she intends to "fix" what doesn't work.

THIS is going to "make America great again?"
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke defends expansive federal reach in land policies.  Rep. Ryan Zinke, the nominee to head the Interior Department, will cast himself Tuesday [1/17/2017] as a champion of the federal government expanding its reach over federal lands, in a move that could signal friction with his own GOP colleagues.  He also hinted, in testimony prepared for his confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon, that President-elect Donald Trump's promised infrastructure plans will include money to shore up the crown jewels of the national park system, many of which are crumbling under a $12 billion maintenance backlog.  Mr. Zinke will call himself an "unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt," saying the former president "had it right" when he expanded the government's reach to millions of acres of lands.

Trump's pick for Education Secretary wants everyone to get a great education.  Dems hate her for it.  In Louisiana we enacted the biggest school choice statewide program in the country.  And in New Orleans every public school will soon be a charter school, allowing for real innovation.  There will be literally zero traditional public schools, and education is improving.  But let's be clear, this is Holy Grail for the American Left.  They will fight to the last gasp to stop anyone from delivering equal opportunity in education.  They attacked me for it every waking hour after we got our program enacted, in the same irrational and nasty manner they are now attacking Betsy [Devos].

What Betsy DeVos Should Tell the Senate.  One week from today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold its confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for U.S. secretary of education. [...] Her confirmation provides a golden chance to sketch out a principled vision of school reform and explain to a national audience just where school choice fits into that vision.  On the national stage, conservatives have long had trouble articulating a coherent, winning approach to education policy.  This is strange, because they have a sensible, appealing prescription to offer.  Here's what DeVos could say: [...]

Ted Cruz Challenges Media, Champions Truth Through Far-Left's Smear of Jeff Sessions.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz challenged the news media during Tuesday's confirmation hearing to tell the truth about his colleague Jeff Sessions' record on championing civil rights and fighting bigotry — in particular Sessions' role in sentencing a well-known Klansman to death and helping to financially bankrupt the Klan in the state of Alabama.

Cabinet hearings' only 'surprise' is Democrats' grandstanding.  Confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump's Cabinet picks are now under way and — despite some Democratic posturing — the nominees are acquitting themselves well.  The most blatant pandering came from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who essentially launched his 2020 presidential campaign with a broadside against Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions.  It was the first time a senator has ever testified against a sitting colleague at a confirmation hearing, but Booker sanctimoniously claimed he had to defer to his "conscience and country."  (As if Republicans don't care about either.)  Then again, the Cory Booker who accused Sessions of "hostility" to civil rights is the same senator who last year declared he was "blessed and honored" to work with Sessions in honoring '60s-era civil-rights activists.

Watch Ted Cruz Obliterate Leftist Senator Al Franken In Defense Of Jeff Sessions.  Al Franken attempted to paint Senator Jeff Sessions as a liar and a racist — accusations which are in direct opposition to the actual facts of Senator Jeff Sessions' remarkable law enforcement and legislative career.  Sessions was fighting against real racism when Franken was a third-rate comedian and writer on SNL.  How refreshing is it to see a conservative like Ted Cruz, a man who intellectually laps the likes of Franken many times over, come so quickly and forcefully to Senator Sessions' defense.  Perhaps the persistent rumors of a Cruz nomination to the Supreme Court remains a very real possibility in a Trump administration.  If so, America would be better for it.

'We Know in Alabama Who Jeff Sessions Is': Black Pastors Defend Trump's AG Pick Against Charges of Racism.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a "very decent man" who has "served well and whose track record speaks for itself," an Alabama pastor said on Capitol Hill Monday, as he and other black pastors spoke out in support for President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General.  "We know in Alabama who Jeff Sessions is," Bishop Kyle Searcy, senior pastor of the multi-racial, nondenominational Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, Ala., told CNSNews.com.

Sharpton Promises 'Season of Civil Disobedience' in Response to Sessions Nomination.  National Action Network president Rev. Al Sharpton promised a "season of civil disobedience" in reaction to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general in the Trump administration.  Sharpton, an MSNBC host, said activists have planned a march in Washington on Jan. 14 during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to protest the Sessions nomination.  Sharpton recalled spending 90 days in jail for protesting on U.S. Navy land against military exercises on the island of Vieques in 2001 when George W. Bush was president, adding that civil disobedience usually works because it changes policy.

How Jeff Sessions would change the Justice Department.  On Tuesday morning attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions will become the first Trump nominee to undergo a Senate confirmation hearing.  It could be rough.  Democrats have spent weeks noting that Sessions — their colleague in the Senate for the last 20 years — was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 over charges he was "racially insensitive."  The outside groups and journalists that support Democrats have been less tactful; just Google "Sessions" and "racist."  But the key questions in confirming Sessions are not about what happened, or didn't happen, in the 1980s.  They are about what Sessions would do as attorney general.

Reaction To Trump's Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers.  Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks.  Activists will supposedly converge on U.S. Senate offices and demand that their senators "reject Donald Trump's reckless climate-denying cabinet nominees" particularly secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, and Energy secretary pick Rick Perry.

The Sessions Smear.  NAACP officials have already been arrested in an anti-Jeff Sessions protest and his confirmation hearing as attorney general is not until next week.  The Sessions confirmation battle is sure to generate lots of heat and very little light.  Sessions will likely prevail, but not before his name is dragged through the gutter in an execrable exercise in contemporary racial politics.  At least Sessions is familiar with how this works.  He went through the experience in 1986 when his nomination to a federal judgeship was rejected by a U.S. Senate committee on spurious grounds.

Scott Pruitt Applying Our Constitution Will Rein In Bureaucratic Abuses at the EPA.  Passions are exploding over Oklahoma's Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, becoming the Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Particularly, the Sierra Club is furious and has started an Alinsky-style assault of vilifying the nominee.

The Case for Scott Pruitt to Serve as EPA Administrator.  Scott Pruitt has established himself as a bold and principled conservative, unable to rest easy while the separation of powers is violated and legislative authority is taken away from the hands of Congress. He has a unique understanding of the unconstitutional regulatory branch and he would surely be pleased to see an environmental policy that works not only for the environment of the natural world, but also the environment of the American worker and consumer.  Voters sent a loud message to Washington:  Americans want change.  The status quo is not working and America can do better.  Regulatory overreach has become the status quo and has proven to have negative effects on Americans of every state and every class.  A country that respects the rule of law needs a law that is clear, realistic, and stable.

Pray for Jeff Sessions.  Everyone who believes in prayer should say some for attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.  Senator Sessions is experiencing the full wrath of the worst hateful lies that the modern Left and Democrat Party can conjure.  Lies, half-truths, and smears have become the strategy to attack his nomination.  The age of Obama has seen the rise of bricks-and-mortar operations with deep cash reserves designed to permanently transform the nation, and the Justice Department has been ground zero.  That's why Jeff Sessions is the perfect pick for attorney general, and that's why the liars on the Left are willing to smear this good man.  They've served up all their familiar charges against him from their phobia smorgasbord:  homo-, xeno-, Islamo- or trans-.  That's why the NAACP decided to trespass and occupy his Senate office — an action far worse than the one that landed James O'Keefe in jail.  Don't expect Loretta Lynch to do anything.  Who commits the crime is sometimes more important than what they did.  O'Keefe played for the wrong team.

National Sheriffs' Association Supports Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.  A little known fact most are not familiar with — within your local jurisdiction, unless removed by State legislative construct, the County Sheriff is the highest recognized constitutional officer in your area.

Schumer: "Democrats Will Resist Trump's Picks Vehemently!"  According to [a report in The Washington Post], Schumer told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will target Trump's pick for the head of State, Sen. Jeff Sessions for head of the Justice Department, and two other notable appointees.  Democrats will also target picks for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Democrats target eight cabinet nominees, threaten to drag out process.  Senate Democrats are vowing to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees tasked with carrying out his economic, law enforcement and regulatory agenda, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Monday.  If carried through, the threat that could delay confirming the President-elect's choices for months.  Those targeted include secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, attorney general pick Jeff Sessions and health and human services secretary hopeful Tom Price.

Time for Trump's EPA pick to rein in the agency.  When Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is confirmed as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, he will inherit an agency that should be declaring victory in its 46-year battle for a cleaner, healthier environment.  The next administrator must focus on reining in an agency that has far exceeded its original mission.

Dissecting Slander:  The Untold Story of Jeff Sessions' 1986 'Borking'.  Decades-old racially charged allegations against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) parroted by the establishment media and a handful of far left Senate Democrats do not hold up under scrutiny, an extensive investigation conducted by Breitbart News has found.  There are essentially three central allegations the left levels against Sessions.  The first pertains to his involvement in a 1980s voter fraud case, which, evidence shows, Sessions prosecuted to ensure a fair elections for black Democratic citizens of the county.  The second involves allegations from a former assistant attorney, who was described by co-workers as a "disaffected" employee with a "bad attitude problem" and whose testimony was vigorously debunked by highly credible witnesses.  The third involves accusations from an ex-Department of Justice attorney whose credibility was brought into question after he was forced to recant portions of his testimony, in which he fabricated false allegations against Sessions.

Mucking Out the Justice Department.  Of Donald Trump's most prominent allies in the presidential campaign, Jeff Sessions is the last one standing.  Newt Gingrich is an outside adviser to Trump and occasional critic.  Chris Christie works full-time as governor of New Jersey.  Rudy Giuliani didn't get the position he wanted — secretary of state — and turned down several he didn't want.  Sessions, as Trump's choice for attorney general, has the job of draining the swamp at the Department of Justice and making DoJ great again.  It's going to be a grueling job with many facets.  The good news is that Sessions, a former U.S. attorney and Alabama attorney general before he was elected to the Senate in 1996, is familiar with all of them.

Freezing Cold?  Time to Rename the EPA the Conservation Agency.  As many have noted, global warming and, more generally, environmentalism have become the religion of the liberal.  Gaia has replaced God.  Whatever your opinion of the theological implications, scientific blindness and bias have been the results.  The economy has also suffered, especially for the working class.  What do we do about it?  Donald Trump has nominated someone more realistic — Scott Pruitt — for head of the Environmental Protection Agency currently dominated by climate totalitarians.

Donald Trump's Cabinet is awesome.  One of the many unprecedented things about the election of Donald Trump is what a black box he is.  The day after the election, I pinned the following message at the top of my Twitter profile:  "We still don't know what President Trump is going to do."  And it's true:  Trump likes being unpredictable.  He thinks of himself first and foremost as a dealmaker, and one of his key dealmaking tactics is to keep as many options on the table as possible.  This is why watching who he appoints to various Cabinet positions is so important.  They give us some flavor of what his administration is going to be like, and what his priorities might be.

Here's Why A Military Officer Might Be A Terrible Pick For The Next VA Secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump is considering a military flag officer to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but a career military person would likely lack experience dealing with the civil service rules that have been the department's primary barrier to ending scandals.  Trump has said that he's taken longer to fill that department's top slot because its life-or-death challenges and long-running scandals make it so important.  But now there are only four Cabinet posts left to be chosen, and there is pressure to use the slot to shape a larger image of the administration.

John Brennan is completely unqualified to be Director of Central Intelligence.  Allegations that Brennan is a convert to Islam are based upon firsthand reports of those who served with him in Saudi Arabia.  Those allegations include that Brennan was the target of a Saudi intelligence influence operation, one outcome of which was Brennan's conversion to Islam.  At that time, Brennan was chief of station, a billet that is designed for an operationally trained officer with experience in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, which Brennan was not.  Brennan's background is that of an analyst, which may explain why he lacked the sophistication and experience to understand that he was being played by the Saudis in an influence operation.  Anyone so inept as to be oblivious to basic hostile intelligence tactics such as this influence operation is unqualified to be DCI.

Trump appoints even more skeptics.  Mazin Sidahmed at The Guardian has posted a handy list of Trumps Cabinet Picks.  The times have changed so much that it's not a case of "spot the skeptic" but a hunt to find any believers in the climate doctrine.  Make no mistake, things are very, very bad for the fans of human-caused-weather.  Almost every name on this list would be the "top target" of green protests if they had been the one appointee among the standard Obama-Clinton picks.  But almost all of them are drawing fire.

G.O.P. Resistance Builds to John Bolton as State Dept.  Deputy.  President-elect Donald J. Trump's extended deliberations over assembling a team to run the State Department are reviving some of the same debates that consumed the years of war and strife in the administration of George W. Bush.  And in some cases, the cast of rivals is even the same.  The conflict has come to a head over choosing a deputy to serve under Rex W. Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil chief executive whom Mr. Trump selected this week to be secretary of state.  Mr. Trump is weighing whether to choose John R. Bolton, a combative and strident advocate for an expansive American foreign policy who was closely aligned with Vice President Dick Cheney in the Bush administration.

Democratic Researchers Descend On Trump Nominees.  A leading Democratic opposition group, American Bridge, is gearing up to play a critical role in an effort to take down, or publicly taint, President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees by enlisting backup from Hillary Clinton's transition team and sharing in-depth research in meetings with key senators.  The super PAC, which also has a nonprofit arm, is digging into nominees' past statements, voting records, tax documents, and business ties in detail, passing along their findings to a group of senators and their staff members in an effort to coordinate attacks on Trump's nominees in confirmation hearings, the group's founder David Brock told BuzzFeed News, laying out his plans in an interview.

Perry, make Yucca Mountain great again.  The Obama White House made an unfortunate and ungracious choice in launching a preemptive attack on Rick Perry's nomination this week.  Spokesman Josh Earnest did his best deadpan as he disparaged the choice as one based on politics and not merit.  But what about President Obama's appointments of Ken Salazar, Kathleen Sebelius, Tom Vilsack and Janet Napolitano?  They were all lawyers without specific expertise in the issue areas of the departments they led.  But each, having experience as elected Democratic statewide officials, knew enough about their respective issue areas that their status as non-experts never really mattered.

Democrats Have No Room to Claim People Are Unqualified.  Eight years ago the Democrats nominated a man who had not even served a full term in the United States and whose primary job had been as a failed community organizer in Chicago.  He got elected President of the United States then promptly surrounded himself with career bureaucrats and non-profit devotees who had never had real jobs in their lives in the private sector.  And he used those people to try to regulate the private sector they neither understood nor had worked in.  Now, eight years later, their party is in ruin, the majority of states are held by Republicans, the House and Senate are held by Republicans, and the man they allowed into their party to seek their nomination this time left it once he lost.

Liberal media's hypocrisy about conservative women on full display in Politico hit piece.  She's unqualified.  She's a policy lightweight.  She worked as a typist.  She's not a thinker.  She's been raising kids since the '80s ... and at 65, does she even have the stamina for the office?  If the president-elect were Hillary Clinton and journalistic breadcrumbs like these were written about one of her female appointees, the howling accusations of ageism and sexism would be deafening.  But while the mainstream media and what passes today for the women's movement wasted no time lobbing such accusations at Donald Trump when he called Clinton's stamina into question, there has been only silence this week after Politico published a story by Michael Crowley about incoming Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland, entitled "Flynn deputy raises more doubts about Trump team."  It seems virtuous indignation is reserved for women of the liberal order exclusively.

Trump picks his Interior chief, a supporter of more drilling.  Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation.

Rex Tillerson, Carbon-Tax-Backing Climate Change Believer.  What do you know about Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson based upon the coverage of him so far? [...] Has any of the coverage so far pointed out that Tillerson believes in climate change and supports a carbon tax?

A big 'whoops' for Donald Trump.  Arguably for the most important cabinet position, that of the secretary of state, third in line of succession for the presidency, Mr. Trump chose someone who may well have been Hillary's pick:  Rex Tillerson, supporter of Planned Parenthood, wrecker of the Boy Scouts of America, and a medal recipient from the KBG thug Vladimir Putin.  The nominee has no military or diplomatic experience. [...] Mr. Trump appears to have picked someone in his own image:  a tycoon and a deal-maker, a social liberal who succeeded in business.

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If Mr. Tillerson is not qualified for the job, or he comes with too much baggage, the Senate will send him back to Exxon.

Trump nominees face brutal hearings, but Senate rarely rejects Cabinet picks.  President-elect Donald Trump's nominees are headed for brutal confirmation hearings, and his choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is shaping up to be the most grueling, but history shows that the Senate rarely musters the nerve to reject Cabinet picks.  Only nine Cabinet nominees in U.S. history have been defeated in committee or Senate votes, although 12 others have been withdrawn in the face of strong opposition.  The last time a nominee was defeated outright came in 1989, when former Sen. John Tower, President George H.W. Bush's pick for defense secretary, went down in a party-line vote in a Democrat-majority Senate.

Awkward: Dem critics of Jeff Sessions spent 20 years praising him.  A growing number of key Democrats raising questions about Attorney General-nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions have spent 20 years praising his character and bipartisanship, leading to a potentially awkward and hypocritical challenge at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing.  A review of past public statements that show support and admiration for the Alabama senator includes words from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez who plans a spirited bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary.  President-elect Trump has tapped GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has represented Montana's at-large congressional seat for one term, to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior, according to an individual with first-hand knowledge of the decision.  Zinke, who studied geology as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon and served as a Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008 before entering politics, campaigned for his House seat on a platform of achieving North American energy independence.  He sits on the House Natural Resources Committee as well as the Armed Services Committee.

Tillerson's Assault on Scouting.  [Scroll down]  Unless one takes a "Progressive" view of his faith or adopts some fringe religion, homosexual activity is forbidden.  If it is forbidden, how can one be "morally straight" or do one's duty to God while embracing it?  President-Elect Donald J. Trump recently announced he is considering Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department.  Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, was, among other things, the former head of the Boy Scouts of America and one of the people responsible for opening the BSA to homosexuals.  It was Tillerson who lobbied to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the BSA.

Tony Perkins pans Rex Tillerson pick to lead the State Department.  Evangelical leader Tony Perkins is raising concerns about Rex Tillerson, calling the nominated secretary of state the "greatest ally" liberals would have in the forthcoming Trump administration due to the oil and gas executive's stances on social issues.  President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday morning [12/13/2016] named Mr. Tillerson to be his secretary of state.  The Senate then decides whether or not to confirm.  Mr. Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, pointed specifically to Mr. Tillerson's advocacy to allow openly gay youths to join the Boy Scouts of America and donations made by ExxonMobil, where Mr. Tillerson is CEO and chairman, to Planned Parenthood.

The DOE vs.  Ugly Reality.  Over at the Washington Post, Chris Mooney and the usual suspects are seriously alarmed by a memo sent out by the Transition Team at the Department of Energy.  They describe it in breathless terms in an article entitled "Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings". [...] Oh — you mean like say the Attorneys General of a bunch of states holding up their lists of known "denier" organizations and tacitly urging the public to go after them?  You mean like government officials of a variety of stripes ranting about how "deniers" should be brought to trial or otherwise penalized?

Rand Paul Explains Why John Bolton Should Be 'Nowhere Close' to the State Department.  Former Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a strong opinion on John Bolton's candidacy to serve in Donald Trump's State Department.  The former UN ambassador is being considered for the No. 2 spot in the agency, yet Paul argues that Bolton's endorsement of the Iraq War disqualifies him from working in the administration.

Why on earth does Trump want Rex Tillerson at the State Department?  Up until this historical moment, the great powers have been unable to act in concert to help Islam find its way back to something resembling peaceful coexistence with the infidels of the world, and with modernity itself.  The reason is simple:  oil.  The Islamic nations have so far controlled so much of it that the West had no choice but to accept their funding of a jihad war for global dominance, as scripturally mandated but only intermittently acted upon by Muslims worldwide.  But now fracking and related technologies have lessened the chokehold, especially of Gulf nations, on the world's energy supply.  Maybe it is time for a new grand bargain.  The Gulf potentates stop supporting fundamentalist clergy, publications, and mosques overseas.  In return, they be allowed to continue a very profitable industry, one that their own citizens mostly do not directly manage.

Pruitt to Dismantle EPA Climate Agenda.  The goal is to use climate change as a means to increase government power over every aspect of our lives, what we make, how we make it, what energy we use, what cars we drive, even what food we eat.  The scientific record, as IBD notes, shows that climate change is a scam: [...] And now the high priests of the global warming religion are demanding what other false religions have demanded — human sacrifices upon their altar.  Pruitt is the right man to expose climate fraud and end the job and freedom-killing actions of the EPA.

How Can You Tell A Good Trump Pick?  By The Establishment Freakout.  An easy way to tell whether one of Donald Trump's leadership picks is a good one is to gauge the freakout level among the left.  By that measure alone, the person Trump is considering as head of the Food and Drug Administration would be an outstanding choice.  Jim O'Neill, whose name got floated this week, is a managing director at of Trump pal Peter Thiel's Mithril Capital Management.  In addition to private sector experience, O'Neill worked at the Department of Health and Human Services under President Bush.  But he's also — gasp! — a libertarian!

Trump's EPA pick is causing green heads to explode.  From E&E Legal:  "We are delighted with President-elect Trump's selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Mr. Pruitt has led the charge in recent years to confront head on the enormous federal regulatory overreach proposed by the EPA as epitomized by the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule.  As a litigator, he also understands how environmental fringe groups like the Sierra Club and the NRDC — who are bankrolled by renewable energy tycoons like Tom Steyer and George Soros — use the state and federal court systems to essentially create new laws through such schemes as 'sue & settle.'  It is also reassuring that President-Elect Trump has chosen someone from the state ranks, particularly a state so important to energy production, since it's the states and their citizens who are suffering the most by this Administration's out-of-control EPA. [...]"

Flashback: Obama had three 4-stars on his team and no one seemed to mind.  News outlets ran a spate of articles and columns in recent days reflecting a level of anxiety over President-elect Trump choosing a number of retired generals for top positions in his White House.  But in January 2009, President Obama appointed the same number of retired high-ranking officers to posts that Trump has so far.  Trump has reportedly named retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his secretary of homeland security, which brings the number of retired generals to three.  Kelly would join retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense.

Trump's EPA Pick Spooks Liberals and the Environmental Lobby.  Liberals and the environmental left have gone into a tizzy over the selection of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's pick to head of the Environmental Protection Agency.  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says the Pruitt nomination must be blocked "for the sake of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we will leave our children."  New York AG Eric Schneiderman says Pruitt is a "dangerous and an unqualified choice."  Independent socialist senator Bernie Sanders declares the Pruitt pick is not only dangerous but also "sad."  The League of Conservation Voters calls Pruitt not just a global warming skeptic but "an outright climate denier."

We Looked at Cabinet Picks Over the Last 40 Years.  Here's How Trump Stacks Up So Far.  A Daily Signal analysis of Cabinet nominations dating back 40 years reveals that President-elect Donald Trump is outpacing all of his predecessors, including George H.W. Bush, who was a sitting vice president at the time of his election.  Trump's selection of Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Nov. 18 made him the second-fastest president-elect in recent history to pick a Cabinet nominee.  He added another on Nov. 23 with Besty DeVos as education secretary.  In the fourth week of the transition, Trump has named five nominees:  Rep. Tom Price at the Department of Health and Human Services, Elaine Chao at the Department of Transportation, Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department, Wilbur Ross at the Commerce Department, and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis at the Department of Defense.

The Left's Panic Attack Over Dr. Ben Carson.  The progressive Left's opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is predictably condescending, biased and hypocritical.  For example, out-of-touch Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Carson a "disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice."

Reports: Oklahoma AG tapped to lead Trump EPA.  President-elect Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a vocal opponent of the Obama administration's environmental policies, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports.  Pruitt has opposed EPA climate rules and the Clean Power Plan for power plants, the signature policy of the president's agenda to combat global warming.  Pruitt is one of 28 attorneys general opposing the EPA plan in federal appeals court.

Donald Trump's Environment Chief Could be his Best Pick Yet.  Since Richard Nixon founded the EPA in 1970 — presumably as a cynical bid to greenwash his tarnished image at the height of the last eco-craze — the organisation has been run by a string of useless placemen and placewomen, who've done little that actually helps the environment, but plenty to burden the economy, consumers and business alike with more pointless regulation.  Typical of these was its first Administrator William Ruckelshaus.  A lawyer, by training, not a scientist, Ruckelshaus was the man responsible for instituting the America-wide ban on DDT.  He did this on no scientific basis whatsoever. [...] But the knock-on effects of the near worldwide ban that followed meant that DDT could no longer be used to control mosquito populations, which in turn led to an explosion in malaria, causing the death of millions.

Donald Trump hit for assembling team lacking executive experience to run massive federal agencies.  Forget "Team of Rivals."  President-elect Donald Trump is instead assembling what critics are calling a team of novices — government outsiders or politicians who have little executive experience at the helm of the kinds of massive federal agencies they'll be running.  Mr. Trump's pick of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the latest to rankle Democrats, who said the doctor's skill with a scalpel doesn't translate into managing an 8,300-person department that oversees fair lending, subsidized housing and neighborhood revitalization.

Democrats Prepare to Bork Tom Price.  Until a week ago, the adjectives most frequently applied to Georgia Rep. Tom Price were "mild-mannered" and "low-key."  This isn't surprising.  Like his father and his grandfather, he is a physician and thus trained to approach problems in a calm, analytical fashion.  However, now that President-elect Trump has picked Price to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Democrats and their accomplices in the media have suddenly discovered that he is a wild-eyed radical, an extremist who will use HHS to launch a "war on seniors," escalate the "war on women," and declare "war on the poor."

A Chance for School Choice?  Outraged liberal ideologues and the teachers' unions are reassuring themselves that Betsy DeVos won't be able to accomplish much as secretary of education.  They shouldn't be so sure.  Since Donald Trump tapped her for the job last week, the rumblings from the left about DeVos have been loud enough to signal that the public education establishment understands that it has something to fear.  Not since William Bennett led the Department of Education in Ronald Reagan's second term has the nation had a person in this position who could be counted on to push back against the unions in a manner that might actually make a difference.

How James Mattis As Defense Secretary Could Bust Our Deathly Political Correctness About Islam.  Is political Islam in America's best interests?  This question should be central to our strategy of fighting ISIS and Islamist terrorism in general.  Yet it's one that many political leaders would rather not answer, because of our politically correct climate.  But since Trump's transition team announced last week that it's considering retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense, this reluctance might fade.  In a speech given at the Heritage Foundation last year, Mattis spoke about America's position vis à vis political Islam.  Rather than equivocating on the matter in order to avoid saying something uncomfortable or politically incorrect, Mattis simply pointed out that America needs to make a decision about its stance toward this ideology.

Calling Jeff Sessions "racist" conveniently ignores the work he's done for Alabama's black community.  As liberal pundits continue their drumbeat against President-elect Trump, they have targeted some of his Cabinet selections, including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  Some of the attacks against Sessions hinge on hearsay from decades-old conversations that included racist terms.  If Sessions did use this language, it would obviously be reprehensible.  But disqualifying Sessions based on these words alone would ignore the hard work Sessions has done for more than 15 years to uplift the poor and vulnerable.

Veterans Affairs leader must be more than political ally.  In just about every one of his campaign rallies, how many times did we hear Donald Trump pledge, "We've gotta take care of our veterans, folks."  Now the former host of "Celebrity Apprentice" and future host of the White House is floating the names of Sarah Palin and Scott Brown, two of the most attractive and vacuous cabinet suggestions ever, for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs.  The news did not sit well with either Tom Lyons or Dan Magoon, two veterans who endured combat on opposite ends of the generational divide.

Senate Democrats plan to 'Ashcroft' their good friend Jeff Sessions.  [Scroll down]  Sessions has, of course, seen it all, from both sides.  He was famously rejected by the committee in 1986 when he was nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court in Alabama.  (Many Republicans believe that Sessions' confirmation fight was a Democratic trial run for attacking the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork the next year, meaning Sessions was borked before Bork.)

Chuck Grassley wants hearing on Trump attorney general pick before inauguration.  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he intends to move quickly to hold a hearing on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  Sen. Chuck Grassley said he intends to schedule a hearing on the nominee ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 swearing in, noting that hearings were previously held before inaugurations for Eric Holder and John Ashcroft.

Trump to pick Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary, he announced late Tuesday [11/29/2016].  Chao, a Washington insider who met with Trump on Monday, was the first Asian-America woman named to a president's cabinet when George W. Bush made her secretary of labor in 2001.

Border hawks riled after Trump meeting with Texas' McCaul for Homeland post.  Donald Trump's interview Tuesday with Rep. Michael T. McCaul for secretary of homeland security set off alarms for illegal immigration opponents who view the congressman as weak on border security and latently pro-amnesty.  Mr. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has repeatedly riled conservatives with what they describe as ineffective posturing against President Obama's lax enforcement of immigration laws.  His chief offense was co-authoring the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which conservatives and activists reviled as a fig leaf to Democrats that included tough language but ignored the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and kept too much decision-making in the hands of the Obama administration.

Trump to Nominate Georgia Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trump to name Obamacare critic as health secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to nominate Georgia Representative Tom Price, an ardent critic of Obamacare, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.  In a statement early Tuesday, Trump called Price "exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American."  One of Price's top priorities as health secretary will be to dismantle the sweeping health reform law that his two predecessors spent six years implementing.

Trump Nominating Betsy DeVos To Be Education Secretary.  Donald Trump announced Wednesday [11/23/2016] he has selected Michigan education activist and political megadonor Betsy DeVos as his nominee for secretary of education.  The pick will please backers of school choice initiatives, but has the potential to upset grassroots activists against Common Core.  DeVos was one of two major education figures who met with Trump over the previous weekend.  The other, former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, announced Tuesday she was not seeking a job in the Trump administration.  DeVos, a billionaire businesswoman, is also the chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, a conservative non-profit that promotes school choice around the country.

Betsy DeVos, the Right Choice for Education Secretary.  First under George W. Bush and the No Child Left Behind Act, then under Barack Obama and a long list of intrusive initiatives, the federal government's role in education has metastasized, growing more and more aggressively in recent years.  The Department of Education has bribed states with "Race to the Top" funds to adopt its standards, established prohibitive teacher-licensing requirements that keep competent teachers out of the classroom, and even inserted itself into the prosecution of on-campus sex crimes.  And what is there to show for it?  In October 2015, the semi-annual National Assessment of Educational Progress, the "nation's report card," showed no student progress in mathematics for the first time in 20 years and reading scores dropping for the first time in a decade.  Betsy DeVos will be a desperately needed shock to this inept system.

A Proper Contempt for the UN.  In the announcement that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will accept the role of American Ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump, there is plenty to celebrate.  The foremost of which is perhaps the contempt for the prevailing diplomatic culture in Turtle Bay inherent in the selection.

Obama Team In Despair Over Flynn Pick.  If you thought the handwringing among the cast of Hamilton over the impending Trump presidency was bad, it apparently does not compare to the growing despair among the Obama White House team.  What has them most upset?  The elevation of Steve Bannon or Jeff Sessions?  No, it turns out that the most "devastating blow" was the selection of a fellow Democrat, Lieutenant General Michael Fynn, as national security adviser.

Trump appoints Betsy DeVos to education secretary post.  President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation's education policy.

Trump picks Betsy DeVos to be education secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump has selected a charter school advocate and GOP donor from Michigan to be education secretary.

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How ugly will Democrats get in smearing Jeff Sessions?  Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, will likely face a tough confirmation fight.  What remains to be seen is how ugly those hearings will get.  No sooner had Sessions been named than the left — and much of the press — were tarring the Alabama senator as a racist.  The NAACP tweeted that he "supports an old, ugly history" when it comes to civil rights.  Most of this traces to 1986, when the Senate rejected his nomination for a federal judgeship, based on hearsay testimony from two lawyers alleging he'd made racially charged statements.

Here's why Jeff Sessions is the perfect pick for attorney general.  President-elect Donald Trump has picked Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as the 84th Attorney General of the United States — and he couldn't have made a better choice.  Throughout his career, Sessions has demonstrated unshakable commitment and fidelity to the Constitution, the rule of law, and protecting the freedom and liberty that is our birthright as Americans.  He has almost the perfect professional background to be the attorney general.  As the former U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Alabama under President Ronald Reagan, he gained practical experience in the most important prosecutorial work that the Justice Department is supposed to do every day:  enforce the criminal and civil statutes of the United States.

Mike Pompeo:  A Great Appointment.  So far, Donald Trump's appointments are going a long way to reassure observers like me, who worried that the GOP had nominated a candidate who was not a conservative.  Let's just say that anyone who puts Jeff Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is no liberal.  A less high-profile but equally stellar appointment is Trump's selection of Congressman Mike Pompeo, from Kansas, to head the CIA.  Pompeo is a brilliant guy who was valedictorian of his class at West Point, spent five years as an Army officer, went to Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, made money in business and then ran for Congress.

In Alabama, Jeff Sessions Desegregated Schools and Got the Death Penalty for KKK Head.  Now that Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, you're going to hear a lot of people dig up old accusations that Sessions is a racist.  In fact, CNN did so last night.  However, between the nature of the accusations and Sessions's actual record of desegregating schools and taking on the Klan in Alabama, it strains credulity to believe that he is a racist.  These accusations all center around the bruising judicial nomination process Sessions went through in 1986.

Mark Levin Takes Jeff Sessions' Leftist Borkers to the Woodshed.  Mark Levin made much of Trump's new pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on his radio show Friday night [11/18/2016].  The Alabama lawmaker has already come under intense scrutiny from the Left, having been labeled a racist.  But Levin quickly dispelled this heinous notion.  "He is a thoroughly decent human being.  He does not have a racist bone in his body.  He is a soft-spoken man.  He is an extremely intelligent man ... and he would make an outstanding attorney general of the United States," Levin said.  He then went on to say "we cannot tolerate" the witch hunts employed by the Left.

Democrats honed the dog whistle of racism on Sessions.  It all began with Jeff Sessions from Alabama.  Even before they coined a term for it — Borking — they did it to Jeff Sessions, a decent man with a stellar legal reputation as a fearless and tough but fair federal prosecutor down South.  In 1986, President Reagan nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to the federal bench.  The son of a general store keeper, Mr. Sessions was highly regarded for his intellect and devotion to the Constitution.  The American Bar Association deemed him "qualified" for the post.  But then he came to Washington and met the United States Senate for confirmation hearings. [...] Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — 17 years removed from leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die her watery death on Chappaquiddick Island — smelled injustice.  Liberal special interest groups in Washington had hatched a plan for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to begin smearing Republican nominees to the federal bench.

The Borking Bullies of the Left.  [Scroll down]  [T]he Borking bullies of the left [are] gearing up for a savage trashing of Sen. Jeff Sessions.  Newspapers under their control are publishing glorious reminiscences of Sen. Ted Kennedy's opposition to President Ronald Reagan's appointment of Sessions to the federal court.  But anyone who bothers to study that Borking can quickly see what a Soviet-style show trial Sessions suffered.  Ted Kennedy's opening statement against Sessions was pitiful in its crudeness.  Kennedy thundered against Sessions on the most nebulous of charges — that he had the wrong "attitude," that he criticized the NAACP (so what?), that he made a handful of comments which liberals in the pocket of Kennedy construed willfully as racist.

Trump Cabinet Picks Incite Liberal Backlash.  President-elect Donald Trump's picks for three key Cabinet positions incited a chorus of denunciations from Democrats and liberal groups Friday [11/18/2016].  After announcing former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon would be a top adviser earlier this week, Friday's selections further confounded conjectures that Trump would return to his moderate roots as he assembled his Cabinet.

Justice is served by the appointment of Jeff Sessions.  Donald Trump's appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general does a lot to signal the president-elect wants a no-nonsense, by-the-book Justice Department.  Sessions has been my friend for 30 years and my senator for 20 years.  His Justice Department will not meddle with local governments, it will be respectful and deferential to state legislatures and it won't look to make trouble with universities, school systems or private businesses.  Importantly, Sessions's appointment tells the United States' beleaguered law enforcement agencies help is on the way.  It also shows Trump wants to strike a blow to the corrosive, pretentious, sanctimonious political correctness his voters soundly rejected on Nov. 8.

Rep. Rohrabacher, Afghan expert, Putin friend, emerges as State pick.  With confirmation concerns increasing for President-elect Trump's top two picks to run the State Department, Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton, top officials are now considering California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a top House foreign policy expert, according to sources.  Rohrabacher, once a Reagan speechwriter and a House member since 1989, emerged Tuesday night as a possible Trump pick.  His views jive closely with Trump's on foreign policy, immigration and global warming.

Firings and Discord Put Trump Transition, Team in a State of Disarray.  ne week after Mr. Trump scored an upset victory that took him by surprise, his team was improvising the most basic traditions of assuming power.  That included working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders.  Two officials who had been handling national security for the transition, former Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Matthew Freedman, a lobbyist who consults with corporations and foreign governments, were fired.  Both were part of what officials described as a purge orchestrated by Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump's son-in-law and close adviser.

Bias alert!
There seems to be a lot of talk in the news media about friction and upheaval in the Trump transition team, but I think it's largely overblown:  Individual players are always likely to drop out as the organization takes shape.

Trump vows to cut all lobbyists from transition team.  President-elect Trump's White House transition team has vowed to go lobbyist-free, after coming under criticism for staffing up on lobbyists despite campaign promises to fight the influence of special interests in Washington.  Vice President-elect Pence and the White House transition have signaled plans to clear out any lobbyists serving in official roles as they begin the 10-week transition process until Trump's inaugration on Jan. 20, according to a report from Fox News.

Michael Savage Warns Donald Trump: 'Rinse' Reince; He's 'Everything the Voters Rejected'.  President-elect Donald Trump should not select Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff, says Michael Savage, the national talk radio host and author of the new book Scorched Earth:  Restoring the Country After Obama. Priebus is "the enemy within," Savage warns.  "He's the RNC!  Everything the voters rejected," Savage tells Breitbart News.  "He will steer Trump away from every policy we sent him to D.C. to change.  He is the enemy within.  He is [Paul] Ryan, [Mitch] McConnell, and the Old Guard.  They do not want change.  'Out with the old, in with the new.'"

RNC's Reince Priebus Enlists In Democrats' War on Whites.  When Republican National Committee Chairthing Reince Priebus heard about a "War on Whites," he immediately enlisted.  Priebus condemned a Congressman in his own party, calling Mo Brooks's comments about Democrats waging a "War on Whites" as "obviously a pretty idiotic thing to say." [...] Indeed, if the GOP or the USA are to even have a future, it depends on overcoming political flunkies like Priebus and his unhinged anti-white allies in the Democratic Party.  Priebus has never won a campaign, losing a run for the Wisconsin state Senate ten years ago despite enjoying a fundraising advantage.  In the words of the man who beat him, Democratic state Senator Bob Wirch, "He was like a Paul Ryan without the charm... He played very well with businessmen, but they didn't like him at McDonald's.

John Bolton for secretary of state.  John Robert Bolton is the right person to take the helm of the State Department.  Donald Trump himself has praised Bolton and suggested him for the post.  Here I am going to tell you why his hunch was right, and why he must stay on that track.  Bolton is best for three reasons.  First, he is well versed in security matters, and we live in volatile times when security issues have come to overwhelmingly dominate U.S. foreign affairs and thus should be adeptly tackled in foreign policy.  Bolton is quite familiar with security threats, as he has been studying them and working to neutralize them for the greater part of his career.

Tea Party Patriots warn against Priebus for chief of staff.  President-elect Donald Trump hasn't yet publicly named a chief of staff, but already, a major tea party group is warning him against naming one of his reported top choices.  The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund warned against a "Washington insider" to run Trump's White House, specifically naming Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is said to be one of Trump's top two choices.  Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of TPPCF, told CNN in a statement that the group wants Trump to "drain the swamp."

Donald Trump Cabinet:  Anti-Black Lives Matter Sheriff David Clarke Eyed For Department Of Homeland Security.  Donald Trump's ascension to the White House means one of the president-elect's top priorities will be to name a cabinet to help lead the U.S. forward.  With the lingering threat of terror attacks in the U.S., the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security may take precedence for Trump.  One person reportedly under consideration for the position is David Clarke Jr., the Milwaukee County sheriff who made a national name for himself after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.  The 60-year-old African-American law enforcement official's reinforced his support for Trump by describing the protesters demonstrating against the president-elect "radical anarchists" Wednesday night [11/10/2016].

Myron Ebell Perfectly Suited for EPA.  Over the last eight years the Obama administration has abandoned this successful approach to environmental protection as envisioned by Congress.  Instead, they have turned to special interest groups to drive centralized planning.  Prime examples include the 2015 EPA Power Plan and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.  These rules contain illusory flexibility to states when in reality they represent a huge shift of control from states to the federal government.  Even the current administration acknowledged that the power plan was symbolic and would do little to improve air quality.  The power plan would be expensive and shut down energy plants that have not yet been paid for, thereby stranding those costs with ratepayers.  It would harm the industrial sector by significantly increasing electricity rates, which would throttle manufacturing industries that require low energy prices to compete.

Donald Trump On D.C.: 'The Whole Place is One Big Lobbyist'.  President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to drain the swamp of Washington D.C., but he admits in a recent interview that he might have to rely on lobbyists to help his transition team.  During an interview with CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl, Trump admitted that he did have lobbyists on his team, but explained that it was the current state of the culture in Washington D.C.

The next great battle for conservatives:  Keeping RINO insiders out of the administration.  [For example,] Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) — potential pick for DHS Secretary:  There is no doubt that the issues of immigration and Islamic terror are the two biggest factors in Trump's win.  This is why it's so important to keep McCaul away from DHS.  As we've chronicled in this column, McCaul has done nothing to fight the open borders crowd, and in fact, proposed terrible immigration bills as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.  This is the exact sort of "bad experience" the voters want Trump to reject.  More importantly, McCaul has been a leader in the promotion of "Countering Violent Extremism," which is subversion agenda advanced by North American Muslim Brotherhood affiliates to obfuscate any mention of Islamic terrorism.  This is the very willful blindness that Americans so desperately wanted to change with the outcome of this election.


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Powerline: It's Official, Google Is a Democratic Party Front.  John Hinderaker writes for Powerline about the leaked video posted by Breitbart Wednesday in which the Masters of the Google Universe bemoan the election of Donald Trump and pledge to take action against that deplorable decision by the voters: [...]

Nevada professor SHOOTS himself in campus bathroom to protest President Trump.  An anti-Trump sociology professor at the College of Southern Nevada shot himself on campus last month as way to protest the president, police said.  Mark J. Bird, 69, was found bloodied outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building with a self-inflicted gunshot wound the morning of the second day of classes August 28.  Inside the bathroom, was the .22-caliber handgun he used as well as a spent shell casing.  Bird also left a $100 bill taped to the bathroom mirror with a note that read:  'For the janitor,' according to the Review Journal.

The World's Most Important Funeral:  Google's Answer to Trump.  Forget the lamentations for John McCain.  Ditto the wailing for Aretha Franklin.  This week, we just learned about the biggest and most significant funeral dirge in the history of the world:  the private and confidential gathering of tens of thousands of Google employees to mourn the election of Donald Trump.

'This Is Not America's Finest Hour': Madonna Claims She Moved to Portugal over Trump.  Pop star Madonna says she moved her family to Portugal partly due to Donald Trump being elected president of the United States.  In an interview with Vogue Italia released Wednesday [8/1/2018], Madonna said she "needed a change," after the 2016 election.  "I wanted to get out of America for a minute — as you know, this is not America's finest hour," the aging singer said and also cited her son David's ambitions to play professional soccer as motivation to flee the United States.

The Imposters Are Preparing The Final Act in Their Coup d'état.  To all TGP readers and all American patriots we are informing you to prepare yourselves.  This country is at a precipice.  America is either going to be overrun by a power hungry Deep State or it will survive one of the biggest attacks to its existence since the Civil War.  We must all be vigilant and prepared.  The acts of the Deep State are as appalling as they are criminal.  An unelected and elected power hungry minority is attempting a coup d'état of the Trump administration.  Americans voted for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016 because they were tired of the corruption in Washington D.C. as much as Americans were fearful of losing the country that they loved.  Americans were in fear the country that we knew was morphing into something entirely unrecognizable and demented.  Liberals, Democrats, elites, globalists and the Deep State thought Donald Trump was a "clown" as they plotted to hand over the country to Obama's choice — Hillary Clinton.

Poor Sports:  Democrats Pull Out of Annual Softball Game with Republicans.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is refusing to play Republicans in the annual Congressional softball game this year.  The DNC's softball boycott "stunned" the Republican National Committee (RNC), The Daily Caller reports.

Out In Left Field:  DNC Refuses To Play RNC In Time-Honored Softball Game.  Despite being a time-honored tradition going back many years, the DNC is refusing to play the RNC at this year's annual softball game.  RNC sources tell The Daily Caller that they were "stunned" when Democrats abruptly pulled out of the good-natured game between leadership and staffers at opposing political organizations.  The game was an opportunity to put aside the partisan bickering and come together in friendly competition.  The decade-old tradition typically ended in staffers having a drink at a nearby bar.

5 Reasons Hillary Clinton Was the Worst Presidential Nominee in History.  Like every presidential election that liberals lose, years later we're still hearing about how unfair it all was.  Of course, the favorite complaint of liberals this time around is "Russia did it!"  Even if you accept for the sake of argument that Russia wanted Trump to win and hacked John Podesta's email (and neither of those assertions may be true), buying some inconsequential Facebook ads for both sides and revealing the contents of John Podesta's emails (none of which turned into truly major stories) wasn't exactly a game changer.  Liberals also noted that Hillary would have won had the election been decided by the popular vote.  This is like noting that if football games were decided by passing yards instead of the score, the Patriots would have beaten the Eagles in the Super Bowl.  It doesn't work that way, by design.

Trump beat Hillary more than a year ago but the left can't let it go.  Never before in American history have disgruntled leaders of the minority party sought to deligimitmize and bring down a duly elected president of the United States.  It's been over 20 months since President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the historic election of November 2016, but the left will not let it go and it's doing great damage to our country.  From twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to former CIA Director John Brennan to actor Robert DeNiro to fake news, deranged leftists are determined to try to bring down a presidency.  Their attacks are based on a false narrative and they don't care if they tank our country and system of government in the process.

The Constitutional Crisis of Rejecting Election Losses.  "Constitutional crisis" and "Democrat" have never been more closely aligned.  Considering all the dangers of the Democratic Party — exploiting our youth into Redcoat Hitler Youth gun control activists and violence against fellow Americans who don't share their political beliefs, to name just two — one under-the-radar danger will soon, I expect, become over the radar:  The Democrats will never, ever again accept presidential election losses.  So what's to stop them from never accepting congressional losses, either in the House or Senate?  What about gubernatorial and state elections?

Trump Has Been Set Up, Framed And Relentlessly Persecuted By The American Intelligence Community.  Power is the only thing leftists worship, and they are unraveling in front of our eyes without it.  They can't control Mr. Trump.  That alone drives them insane. [...] Each of the president's remarkable accomplishments — from unprecedented high employment, our booming economy and the tax cuts to his historic summit with Kim Jong-un — highlights their abject failures and serves to prick their narcissistic egos.  The country is doing better without them every day.  Even worse, they are desperate to keep their countless crimes and abuses covered up.

DOJ employee who chased Kirstjen Nielsen from restaurant could face discipline.  Federal Hatch Act investigators have opened a complaint file on the Justice Department employee who was part of a mob that chased Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from a restaurant earlier last month.  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which polices employees who illegally engage in politicking as government employees, has assigned a case number and a lawyer to the complaint against Allison Hrabar.  Ms. Hrabar, a paralegal at the Justice Department, was part of a group from the Democratic Socialists of America that showed up at a Mexican restaurant to disrupt Ms. Nielsen's meal.  Their protest was filmed and posted online.

Why the Resistance is futile.  [Reason #2]  The celebrities are not helping the Resistance in part because of all the baggage they carry.  Maybe it is just me, but I laugh when an actress who shed her clothes in a film complains that the President Trump used the P-word.  Indeed, the all-too casual use of vulgarity undermines the message. [...] [Reason #4]  The focus is not on any issue.  The Resistance simply is against everything President Trump does.

Why This Immigration Psychodrama Will Also Pass.  We've already been through the dizzying odyssey of legal suits in three states over supposedly fraudulent voting machines, the nullification of the Electoral College effort, the meltdown on Inauguration Day, the Emoluments Clause tizzy, the 25th Amendment con, the various Russian collusion hysterias, the leaked phone call to the Australian prime minister, the Michael Wolff Fire and Furyfantasies, the Dudley Do-Right James Comey pre-indictment book tour, and all the surreal assassination chic stories, from Kathy Griffin's beheading photo to the Shakespearean troupe's ritual stabbing of Trump.  One day the president is supposedly going to blow up the world by calling Kim Jong-un "little rocket man," and the next he is a partner in genocide for not blowing up the world but reaching out to Kim.

The Permanent Adolescence of the American Left.  Donald Trump's remarkable and unpredicted victory in 2016 unleashed perhaps the pinnacle of all unintended consequences.  By their ongoing nonsensical reaction to the Trump victory, the American left has exposed and validated their irrationality, obliviousness, and immaturity. [...] On the surface, there may appear to be similarities to the left in other nations; however, when it comes to the motivation and personality quirks, it is only the left in Britain that bears any resemblance to the American left.  In fact, the American version consistently denigrates "old white guys" as the scourge of humanity while ostensibly promoting the philosophy of "old white guys" such as Hobbes, Hegel, and Marx.  In reality, American leftism is a unique amalgamation of socialism, Darwinism, and oligarchism requiring an army of foot soldiers who dwell in a state of permanent adolescence.

Progressives on the Brink.  The left's opinion of the president, echoed in every left-leaning corner of the media, is that he is illegitimate; incompetent; racist; sexist; and, in some vague and inchoate sense, "fascist."  Because they view President Trump in these extreme terms, progressives view themselves not as violent extremists, but as "the resistance."  But resistance implies that there exists something worthy of resisting.  The progressive resistance began just seconds after Trump was declared the victor on election night.  The resistance was not engendered by anything Trump had actually done.  It was just a refusal to accept any candidate who varied from the left's own line of thinking.

It's not a debate... it's warfare.  A conservative friend (call him Sam) and I were discussing the bizarre but common phenomenon of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). [...] Those with the syndrome have a computer-like repertoire of ready replies to everything.  If you debunk their first accusation, they pull out one more from their list and continue as if the first one was never challenged.  Thus, Sam's utter frustration.  One cannot have an honest discussion with a computer that is preprogrammed to stonewall.  The tenacity these people demonstrate makes one wonder:  why did they never apply their tactics to challenging the corrupt Obama presidency?  Why do they interpret every minute detail of Trump's words and actions in the darkest, most negative possible light, while Obama got the benefit of every doubt, even when no reasonable doubt existed?

The Bitterness Tour.  Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, and to Sydney, its largest, with a huge chip on her shoulder.  The chip has been there since the 2016 election and seems to be growing larger with every appearance.  As with almost everything else the Clintons do, it cost to hear her bitterness.  Those who went to hear Clinton speak, more than 5,000 people, paid between $200 and $500 Australian dollars (about $15 to $380 US).  What they heard was criticism of President Trump and his foreign and domestic policies.  Not that long ago, Americans made an effort to stop "partisan politics at the water's edge," but no more.  Especially with some Democratic politicians who seem to believe that government belongs to them and when Republicans win an election it was somehow stolen from its rightful owners.

Trump sculpture on Arctic glacier planned as climate-change protest.  Although President Donald Trump might be skeptical of climate change (or global warming, if you prefer), activists in Finland hope to use the commander-in-chief's likeness to draw awareness to the issue.  They plan to carve Trump's image into the side of an Arctic glacier.  The group, called Melting Ice, is looking to raise 400,00 Euros (about $476,988) to fund "Project Trumpmore," and create the roughly 115 foot-tall ice sculpture in a glacier that is melting, yle.fi reported.

The Editor says...
Has there been an environmental impact study for this project?

Dems prove sore losers.  Who said the Democratic Party is out of ideas?  After failing to raise any significant money with the wall-to-wall hysterical coverage networks like CNN have afforded Dems, they are moving their efforts over to Court TV.  And so the Democratic National Committee on Friday [4/20/2018] sued President Trump's campaign, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, the Russian Federation, Wikileaks and others.  The gist of the action is that Team Trump had worked with dark cronies like Russian oligarchs, WikiLeaks, Cambridge Analytica, et al. to steal the election.

Winter Is Coming.  Domestic tyranny is spreading across the land as the Deep State attempts to maintain their stranglehold over the financial, political and media levers of our surveillance state.  Our hour of darkness, adversity and peril is approaching like a deadly winter storm.  The arrival of Trump through the wintry mist has not rallied the entire country to his cause.  His entrance into the Swamp has divided the country into two competing camps, unwilling to compromise or cooperate in doing what's right for the long-term benefit of the country.  The advent of Trump has exacerbated the three driving core elements of debt, civic decay and global disorder.  He is a lightning rod, not a healer.  The vitriol, hate, and animosity engulfing the country is reminiscent of the years leading up to the Civil War.

Nursing Election Grievances, Hillary Clinton Supporters Curse Comey.  When it comes to James B. Comey's book-tour crusade against President Trump, the question for hard-core Hillary Clinton fans boils down to this:  Curse Mr. Comey, or cheer him?  Curse him, mostly.  They may be card-carrying members of "the Resistance," who oppose everything that the president stands for, but Mrs. Clinton's former aides and advisers are still too angry at Mr. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, to see past what they view as his egregious actions that handed the White House to Mr. Trump.

Charlize Theron Considers Leaving America: 'Racism Is Much More Alive and Well'.  Actress Charlize Theron said in an interview that she has considered leaving the United States for the sake of her adopted children due to increased concerns over "racism."  "I don't even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration.  But racism is much more alive and well than people thought," she told Elle Magazine.  Theron said due to the current political and social climates in the country, she wants to ensure her African-American children, ages six and two, feel safe.

The Editor says...
Bon voyage.

When Will The Media Finally Get Over The 2016 Election?  We're now into our second year of theorizing about what went wrong in 2016, which is itself illustrative of the prejudice in much of political media.  Most of these stories have nothing to do with Donald Trump's policies or his behavior — topics well worth covering — and everything to do with creating the impression that the electoral process was dangerously flawed.  Whether the Comey Letter swung the election or Fake News swung the election or Facebook data mining swung the election, there have been so many stories intimating that our democratic institutions have been subverted, that you sense certain people might be reluctant to accept the sanctity of the process.  I bring this up, because this week, a new Politico piece theorizes that a lack of "trusted news sources" in rural areas, rather than any particular issues, gave Donald Trump victory in 2016.  It is perhaps the most unconvincing, inference-ridden, self-aggrandizing piece in the entire "What Went Wrong?" genre.

Behold the Lowlights of Michelle Obama's Trump-Bashing Tour.  Judging from their vocal criticism of President Trump, it's clear that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Obama shares G.W. Bush's viewpoint that it's terrible for the country and the presidency to undermine a current president.  Barack does it by praising anything and anyone who opposes the president's policies and, by doing so, manages to disparage the man who took his place.  Michelle, on the other hand, is much less diplomatic.  Instead of using discretion, Mrs. Obama vomits out anti-Trump venom wherever she goes.  Michelle's Trump-Bashing Tour started right after the 2016 election, when Mrs. Hope and Change told Oprah Winfrey that because Trump was elected, "now we're feeling what not having hope feels like."

Hillary Clinton lectures us on values and trust:
Hillary: 'I Worry' Trump Has Harmed America's World Leadership — 'Our Word Is No Longer Trusted'.  Thursday [3/29/2018] at Rutgers University, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was concerned President Donald Trump had caused a "loss of leadership and leverage" in global politics.  The reason:  She is concerned American's word "is no longer trusted."  When asked what her concerns about our "democratic stability" in the era of Trump were, Clinton replied, "I worry about the degradation of institutions, the dismissing of norms and values, because remember, a democracy is fundamentally held together by trust."

Sacramento Home Seller Refuses to Sell to Trump Supporters.  A homeowner in Sacramento, California, who has put her family home on the local real estate market is refusing to sell it to anyone who supports President Donald Trump.  Experts disagree over whether her approach is illegal.  Some say that her stance, while obnoxious, may not be illegal because political preference is not one of the categories protected by anti-discrimination laws.

Matt Damon Delivers:  Moving Family To Australia Because Trump.  With the rise of President Trump, many celebrities from Barbara Streisand to Cher have vowed to migrate north to Canada or down under to Australia.  None of them delivered ... until now.  Ladies and gentlemen, according to Page Six, actor Matt Damon plans to move his family over to Australia to protest President Trump.  "Damon, 47, reportedly has purchased a property in Byron Bay, New South Wales," reports Page Six.  "The home's next door to a place owned by Chris Hemsworth — with whom Damon recently appeared in 'Thor:  Ragnarok.'"  A source told the outlet, "Matt's telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he's moving the family to Australia" to protest President Trump's policies.

Rebuttal:
Matt Damon isn't actually fleeing the country because of President Trump.  Matt Damon is staying stateside.  A rep for the "Downsizing" star denied reports that he, wife Luciana Barroso and their four children are heading Down Under to escape President Trump.  "Matt has visited Australia several times recently," his rep told the Boston Globe Thursday [3/15/2018].  "But he has not bought a house there nor is he moving there."  While Damon has seen the spotlight more for his friendship with Harvey Weinstein originally, the Boston native has spoken out against the President before, particularly after the Charlottesville rally and Trump's "abhorrent" comments about blame on both sides.

Former Nike Executive Distraught by Trump Victory Becomes Hermit to Avoid Consuming News.  A former Nike executive took living "off the grid" to a whole new level after Donald Trump became president when he decided to become a hermit on an Ohio farm and stop consuming news.  Erik Hagerman, 53, told the New York Times moving to the Ohio pig farm where he resides alone is the only way he can cope with "the devastation" of Trump winning the 2016 presidential election.

Our New Secessionists.  As the months pass, however, and Trump's achievements pile up the disjunction between the reality of his administration and the hysteria of his opponents becomes ever more glaring.  We long ago passed through the stage where the antics of "The Resistance"™ seemed merely comic to the stage where they are merely pathetic.  What, after all are they resisting?  The results of a free, open, democratic election in which their candidate lost.

People Hate Lines From Obama's SOTU — When They're Told It's From Trump's.  A new video shows that many people hate lines from Barack Obama's State of the Union addresses — as long as you tell them it's from Donald Trump's.  [Video clip]

Good speech - tough room.  President Trump was good.  Maybe even great at last night's State of the Union address.  One problem, though.  Too many in the room were rooting against him, and always will, no matter what he says.  They want him to lose and when he succeeds, to them, to the Democrats, it's counted as a failure for their cause and their Party.  So, everything that's right for the country is wrong for them — means another seven years on the outside looking in... and they certainly will not join him to Make America Great Again.  While HE'S in office?  No way.  Their job is to trip him up at every turn.  The last thing they want is to "work together."

John Kerry Sabotages US Foreign Policy.  Former Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly sought to undermine the Trump administration's current policy in dealing with the nihilist Palestinian leadership.  According to an article appearing in Maariv, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post, Kerry met a senior Palestinian leader, Hussein Agha, in London recently and told him to convey a clandestine message to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  The message was that Abbas should "play for time" and "not yield to President [Donald] Trump's demands."  Kerry reportedly predicted that President Trump would not be in office for long — perhaps not more than a year.  Possibly for that reason, Kerry allegedly advised that the Palestinians should aim their criticisms at President Trump personally, rather than more broadly at the United States.

State Department officials say they're in 'career purgatory' for the work they did under Obama.  Several government employees say they are stuck in "career purgatory" within the State Department for work they did under the Obama administration, CNN reported Friday [1/26/2018].  Particularly, public servants who worked on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison — which President Trump has vocally resisted — say they've been intentionally relegated to work that they're overqualified for.  The various employees who spoke to CNN say that they've been assigned to the State Department's Freedom of Information Act office, despite being career foreign affairs officials with years of experience.  There is a well-publicized logjam of public information requests at the department, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has vowed to clear the backlog of roughly 13,000 outstanding inquiries by the end of the year.  Handling FOIA requests is considered "low-level" work, CNN pointed out.

Schumer listened to the resistance — and lost badly.  Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn't finish.  The New York Democrat, among the shrewdest operators in national politics, stumbled badly because he succumbed to the siren song of the anti-Trump Resistance.  He believed any charge could be made to stick to President Trump, no matter how implausible, and chose the dictates of an inflamed Democratic base over common sense.

ACLU, Organized Labor, Billionaire Steyer Chart Paths for 2018 Resistance.  As soon as Donald Trump moved into the White House, the American Civil Liberties Union's membership began growing to 1.6 million, four times bigger than during the Obama administration.  Along with filling out ACLU membership cards, liberal/progressive voters also clicked in $93 million in online donations to the organization, an increase of $88 million from the year before.  "We have bodies the likes of which we've never had before," said ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.  "We actually have dollars the likes of which we've never seen before."  With all that new membership and monetary might behind it, Romero told Politico there's no reason that the ACLU can't become the NRA of left-wing politics and the center of anti-Trump resistance.

Dems Lose Health Battle with Trump.  Trump is a fighter.  He was elected to fight and win for Americans, not mollify petri dish progressives and establishment Republicans.  The incessant and absurd attacks on the president's psyche were the outgrowth of a warped worldview come crashing down.  For so long, Americans were told there was one acceptable, cosmopolitan direction for the country — Trump's ascendancy and expeditious success is a bona fide wrecking ball to that narrative.  The president, his constituents, and the America First agenda represent an unconditional rebuke of the quintessentially anti-American crusade that has been waged on the nation in its schools, in its streets, and in its courts.  It makes sense that the opposition should utterly lose their minds and project their anxieties onto Trump, and they have every reason to panic.

A Tribute to the Great Social Justice Warriors of 2017.  [President Trump] is hated because he spoiled the grand ascension of Hillary Clinton to the presidency and thwarted the social justice utopia dreams of the Left, where every other person you met would be an illegal immigrant given amnesty to vote Democrat, where every corporation would be taxed into nationalization, where NRA members would be lined up against a wall and disarmed and humiliated, where the evil patriarchy would be replaced by an aristocracy based on identity politics and sanctified by past grievances, where the military would be downsized to a couple of guys with a baseball bat they would take turns sharing, and where that horrible tune from the 70s Coke commercial would be our national anthem.

Obama's Minions Attack Trump For Standing Tall On Iran.  President Trump, unlike his timorous and tremulous predecessor, has made no bones about his support for Iranians who have revolted against the brutal, repressive, theocratic regime of the mullahs.  His Twitter feed, oft-criticized, has been a haven for those intrepid souls protesting and even dying as they challenge the Iranian regime, as Trump has been clear about his desire to see the despotic Iranian regime overthrown.  As predictably as the sun rising in the east, the minions of Barack Obama, who abandoned Iranian protesters to their fate in 2009, have surfaced from the depths of their defeated status to slam the president for doing exactly the right and moral thing.

Trump's Wildly Successful First Year Again Exposes #NeverTrump as Amoral Saboteurs.  Remember these names:  Jonah Goldberg, David Frum, Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry, Max Boot, Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Joe Scarborough, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Jennifer Rubin, George Will, Josh Jordan, Tom Nichols, Charles Cooke, Stephen Hayes, Tim Miller, John Podhoretz, Nicole Wallace, Steven Schmidt, Bret Stephens, Ross Douthat, Leon Wolf, David Brooks, Rick Wilson, Evan McMullin, Stuart Stevens, Red State, National Review, the Weekly Standard.  These are the so-called conservative men, women, and institutions who (among others) fought the hardest to sabotage Donald Trump's presidential campaign, all in the unforgivable hope that Hillary Clinton would become president.  These are so-called conservatives who have, for nearly two years now, been promoting themselves and fundraising by smearing Trump as incompetent and "not a real conservative," as a "Democrat in sheep's clothing" — when, in fact, all of that best describes #NeverTrump.

Jorge Ramos Says He's Now Having the 'Worst Time' of His Life in U.S..  Nearly a year into the Trump presidency, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos says he's experiencing "the worst moment I've had in the 34 years I've been living in the United States."  "With Donald Trump there, I have never been treated so badly.  I have never been insulted so much.  We've never been attacked so much.  They have never tried to run us out as much as now," Ramos vented in an interview with the Spanish radio network Cadena SER.  Ramos, who proclaimed himself "if not an enemy, an opponent" of Trump in the interview, complained about the massive blowback he has received since deciding to use his media platforms to openly oppose the choice of over 62 million American voters in last year's U.S. presidential election.

John Lewis Refuses To Share Stage with Trump At Civil Rights Museum Opening.  Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is refusing to attend the Thursday [12/7/2017] opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights museum since President Donald Trump will be there. [...] The ceremony is planned for Saturday to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Mississippi entering the union.  Republican Gov. Phil Bryant extended an invitation to the president to attend, sparking a wave of outrage from various civil rights organizations.

Lindsey Vonn:  I won't be representing US President at Winter Olympics.  A number of US athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.  Targeting Olympic gold at February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St.  Moritz, Switzerland, where she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team.  "Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN's Alpine Edge.

Cocktail-Wielding Jennifer Lawrence Tells Oprah She is Prepared to Assault President Trump.  Jennifer Lawrence says any encounter she has with President Trump will likely end with "a martini to the face." [...] Lawrence said in 2015 that a Trump presidency would be "the end of the world."  But earlier this year, she preached unity, telling Vogue that the country needs to come together because "we can't continue this divide and anger."

Flashback: Hillary Said Not Accepting Election Results Was 'Direct Threat To Democracy' (VIDEO).  Remember a couple months ago, Hillary attacked Trump for failing to say whether or not he would accept the election results, by claiming it was a "direct threat" to America and to democracy.  Except, now it's Hillary's supporters who won't accept the election results.

Finding the real Obama — the Obama wiretapping edition.  Barack Obama, the outgoing president, had used his last few months in office to undermine Donald Trump, [the] duly elected incoming president and, since leaving the White House, has set himself up as a government-in-exile, and in opposition, using Fifth Columnists still within the government to destroy President Trump.

Mansplaining Trump to National Review.  Rich Lowry awakened Sunday morning to an epiphany:  President Trump is pushing through the conservative agenda by using the powers of the president in a manner that is effective, constitutional, and most rewarding.  This does not please Lowry.  He is trapped inside the DC-Manhattan corridor unable to reconcile how every prediction he and his colleagues have made for the past two years have been wrong.

Kathy Griffin Goes On Unhinged Rant, Blames Fox News For Being Poor Now.  Kathy Griffin is back with another unhinged rant, blaming Hollywood, Trump and Fox News for her complete career self-decapitation.  Griffin saw both her comedic and television hosting career go into free fall after posing with a picture of President Trump's severed head.  Griffin was subsequently fired by CNN and had several gigs canceled in the toxic political fallout from the stunt.  Now, Griffin is asking for sympathy for being poor from an austere hotel room in Europe in the middle of her world tour.  In a raw video posted to her YouTube page, Griffin complains that Hollywood does not want her anymore and she has no paying shows back in America.

Kathy Griffin Upset She Can't Find Work After Gruesome Trump Photo Stunt.  In a recent YouTube video, 57-year-old comedian Kathy Griffin complained about not being able to find work after she says she was blacklisted by Hollywood for posing with a severed, bloodied head of President Trump.

Kathy Griffin Comes Unglued:  Not 'One Single Paid Day Of Work In Front Of Me'.  Kathy Griffin is coming unglued.  The D-list comedian, who was blasted for releasing a photo of herself holding a bloody severed head that looked like President Trump, posted another bizarre video to her YouTube page on Saturday [11/18/2017].

The Editor says...
When someone makes a foolish, career-ending decision for the purpose of self-aggrandizement, it comes as no surprise when that person is permanently unemployed thereafter.

Sore Loser Conspiracy Theorist:  No, I Can't Say the 2016 Election Was 'Legitimate'.  Once upon a time, Hillary Clinton thought the prospect of a presidential candidate declining to pledge to absolutely accept the sanctity of certified election results was "horrifying."  She said so in a general election debate in order to attack Donald Trump — who, at the time, was (recklessly) leaving the door open to challenge the outcome of an election most people expected him to lose.  Chief among these people was Hillary Clinton.  That's why she excoriated his dodging and noncommittal answers on the question as dangerous to American democracy.

Hillary Clinton questions 'legitimacy' of Trump's victory in 2016 election.  One year after losing the presidential race, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is still questioning the "legitimacy" of President Trump's victory, accusing Republicans of voter suppression tactics in swing states and Russians of influencing votes through a "disinformation campaign."  "I think that there are lots of questions about its legitimacy," Clinton said of the election during a video interview posted online Friday [11/17/2017] by the liberal Mother Jones website.  Clinton lamented how "we don't have a method for contesting" the election in the United States and called for an independent commission to "get to the bottom of what happened."

The Editor says...
Every presidential campaign in U.S. history has been well supplied with "disinformation" and conflicting facts.  There's nothing illegal about that.  There's no need to appoint a commission to tell Mrs. Clinton why she lost.  She's won't listen to her critics anyway.

'Traumatized' Feminists Fight To Sue Trump.  Far-left actress Lena Dunham went off the deep end after Donald Trump won the White House and now, she wants him to pay.  Literally.  Dunham wants to sue the president in a court of law.  On Twitter, Dunham mused, "What if 30 million women or so filed a class action suit against the president for emotional distress?  Just spitballing here."  Dunham didn't specify what "emotional distress" the president caused her or what she thought he is legally responsible for allegedly reaping.

Miley Cyrus backtracks on vow to leave America because Trump was elected.  Miley Cyrus is taking back her vow to leave the United States if Donald Trump became president.  She's still happily residing in the country after the election and says now she has zero plans to leave.

Hillary Clinton: Women Only Voted For Trump Because Their Husbands Told Them To.  Hillary Clinton's delusions continue.  It's been almost a year since the election, and now Hillary's blaming married women who voted for Donald Trump for her loss to the president back in November.  Still unwilling to take any responsibility for her loss to Donald Trump, Hillary continues to play the blame game.  So far, she's blamed everyone from her most trusted advisor, Huma Abedin, to the infamous socialist and fellow democrat Bernie Sanders, for the disastrous campaign and ridiculous ideas she championed last year.  But she doesn't stop there anymore.

Trump, racism, and the media's obsession.  If it weren't for their sick obsession with race, the national media would have next to nothing to talk about.  The October issue of The Atlantic magazine features a long essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates on President Trump being "The First White President," a lament about the shame Americans should feel in electing a white man after a black one.  It's been heralded by Coates' media peers as a "blockbuster" and something to "admire," since it goes on and on about racism and nothing else.  Legitimate reasons voters had for choosing Trump are legion (the suffocating politically-correct culture, immigration, Hillary Clinton's laugh) but Coates chalked up the entire 2016 outcome to white racists and Trump's whole agenda to bigotry.

As the Mockery Dwindles.  The moment I have been awaiting with trembling and prayerful anticipation since the week of President Trump's inauguration is dawning:  The hysterical assault by the media and Democrats is starting to crumble and fall apart.  Like shrieking babies who eventually become so angry and exhausted they can't cry anymore, they have to pause since they no longer can maintain an ambiance of endless accusations.

D.C. judge approves government warrant or data from anti-Trump website.  A District of Columbia Superior Court judge on Thursday [8/24/2017] approved a government warrant seeking data from an anti-Trump website related to Inauguration Day protests, but he added protections to safeguard "innocent users."  Chief Judge Robert Morin said DreamHost, a Los Angeles-based web-hosting company, must turn over data about visitors to the website disruptj20.org, which is a home to political activists who organized protests at the time of Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president in January.

Trump Gets it.  Trump jumped to the chase.  He gets the progressive mind.  He asked, "Will you tear down George Washington's statue next?  Do you like Jefferson?  He was a slave owner.  Will you tear down his statue, too?  You are changing the history and changing the culture."  Finally, we have a leader who fights back against the tyranny of the culture-changing socialists.  Trump understands that these actions are warm-ups.  The progressives are tearing down Confederate statues, and they are kicking and spitting on the memorials to the dead because they cannot yet kick and spit on President Trump and his voters.  If they could imprison Trump and deport his voters, they would do that and not worry about statues.  They are lashing out where they can.

Michael Moore — 'I Refuse To Live In A Country Where' Trump Is President'.  Good.  Don't let the door hit you [...] on the way out.  Michael Moore is now declaring that he refuses "to live in a country where Donald Trump is President."  Then he went on to make no sense, except in a revolutionary way when he stated that he also wasn't planning on leaving.

Macy's Stock Crumbles After Dumping Trump.  Nearly two years after phasing out its Donald Trump line of menswear, Macy's stock has plummeted to its lowest levels in years.  Macy's dumped Trump merchandise in July 2015 after the then-Republican presidential candidate made "derogatory" comments about Mexican immigrants.  "Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion," the company said at the time.  "We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico."  Trump responded by calling for a boycott of the store, tweeting:  "Those who believe in tight border security, stopping illegal immigration, [and] SMART trade deals [with] other countries should boycott Macy's."

Paying workers to protest:  The controversial trend of social justice benefits.  Since the election, scores of activists have taken to the streets, town halls and rallies to blast President Trump.  That's all with the blessing of their boss thanks to social justice benefits and paid time off work policies that are growing in popularity.  At San Francisco marketing firm Traction, social justice benefits take the form of two so-called "Days of Action" a year.  "They can take part in a protest, they can volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them," says CEO Adam Kleinberg.  "Civic engagement is a foundation of our democracy, and companies should encourage it."

Hannity Warns About 'Forces' Trying to Stop Trump: 'This is a Serious Moment of Truth for America'.  On Tuesday night [6/13/2017], Sean Hannity called out the five "forces" that are trying to "take down" President Trump.  The Fox News host first identified those in "the deep state" who "selectively leak information to damage the president, like what James Comey did."  Second was the "destroy Trump media," who he referred to as "a bunch of tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists" who were "caught colluding with the Clinton campaign" during the election.  Third were the "unhinged Democrats," who he called a "bunch of sore losers" and "obstructionists" who are still bitter about the election.

Trump Is Winning His War on Washington.  No one who followed closely really believed that the war was over on election night.  The Democrats contested some local results, very unsuccessfully, and then, in their stark disbelief, took out television advertisements reaching tens of millions of people to ask some of the 538 people elevated to the electoral college to break their pledges and vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump.  It was an absurd fiasco.  Democratic Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin made prodigious efforts to block virtually every nominee of the incoming administration to high office.

Useless Idiots.  The useful idiots and fools are turning out to be those detractors who wind up aiding Trump with outlandish critiques.  These make the president seem almost levelheaded by comparison.

Warriors win NBA Finals, unanimously refuse to attend White House celebration.  The Golden State Warriors reached the summit in the second time in three years by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win the NBA Finals. [...] Now that they've been crowned champions, the Warriors unanimously refused to attend the White House celebration because of Donald Trump according to multiple reports.

Trump's education cuts aren't 'devastating,' they're smart.  It's the end of the world as we know it — at least that's what some people would have us believe about President Trump's education budget.  It's "a devastating blow to the country's public education system," according to National School Boards Assn.  CEO Thomas Gentzel.  More like a "wrecking ball," says Lily Eskelsen Garc'a, president of the National Education Assn. teachers' union.  No, it's a veritable "assault on the American Dream," insists John B. King Jr., former Obama administration secretary of education.

Donald Trump Jr.: I'm still waiting for celebrities who promised to move if Trump won to leave US.  Donald Trump Jr. is wondering why all the celebrities who vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidency haven't left yet.  "I'm still waiting for all those celebs here, who promised to do the same, to go!!!" the president's eldest son wrote in response to liberal French celebrities promising to move to Canada if far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen wins France's election in May.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to Step Down after his anti-Trump vow to hire 10,000 refugees backfired.  Howard Schultz, the current CEO of Starbucks, is weeks away from stepping down from his role at the giant coffee chain next month. [...] Earlier this year, Schultz made a vow to hire thousands refugees in response to President Donald Trump's first travel ban.  Trump supporters have called for a boycott of the chain since January 29, when Schultz vowed to hire 10,000 refugees over five years.

Columbia professors link 'cluster of suicides' to 'distress' over Trump.  Two Columbia University professors recently sent a letter to the institution's president that linked a "fog" of political suffering to a "cluster of suicides" by students.  Professors Robert Pollack and Letty Moss-Salentijn, the co-chairs of the Columbia Faculty Affairs Committee, contacted Columbia President Lee Bollinger on Feb. 24 about the need to help "faculty to reach into themselves and find strength to express themselves."

The Editor says...
If the government is your god, then you are like the foolish man who built his house upon the sand:  When the storms come, your house will collapse.

Ex-Obama Official Suggests 'Military Coup' Against Trump.  In a blog post for Foreign Policy magazine, Rosa Brooks, a former Obama administration official, outlined four ways to "get rid" of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup.  Brooks is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, which is funded by billionaire George Soros's Open Society Foundations.  She served from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as a senior adviser at Obama's State Department.  Her posting is titled "3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020," although the piece actually outlines four ways.

Sarah Silverman calls for military overthrow of 'fascist' Donald Trump.  Actress Sarah Silverman called for a military coup against President Trump on Wednesday night [2/1/2017] in the midst of violent riots in Berkeley, California.  In a screaming all-capital-letters tweet exhorted her almost 10 million followers to "wake up & join the resistance," a term from World War II that anti-Trump rioters have used to define themselves.  She then outlined her preferred scenario for the violent overthrow of the legitimately elected government, still in all capital letters.

These Are the Groups Behind Those 'Spontaneous' Anti-Trump-Ban Protests.  News reports and TV broadcasts about the week's protests described the events as "spontaneous protests" mounted in response to the Trump administration's travel and immigration executive order.  But to Make the Road New York, and the groups like it across the country, there was nothing "spontaneous" about it.  As some observers and activists were quick to point out, these grassroots and professional organizers had been waiting and planning for this type of mass, direct action — ready-made to go viral on social media — ever since, well, Nov. 9.  From the moment Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the general election, they've been anticipating and mapping out their battle plans for Trump's orders on deportations, bans, and detention.

Celebrities Call For 'Total Hollywood Strike' Until Trump Resigns.  Rosie O'Donnell, Amy Schumer, Miley Cyrus and George Clooney are part of a group of celebrities calling for a total Hollywood strike "until Trump resigns".  A group of liberal Hollywood celebrities are threatening a "massive, all-round Hollywood strike" unless Donald Trump resigns.  Describing Hollywood as "the base of the entire modern American culture", the group also claims to be speaking on behalf of "all of humanity."

The Editor says...
Yes, please do shut down all motion picture production in Hollywood for at least the next four years.  This will enable America's impressionable young people to take a break from the endless stream of propaganda films and rediscover reality.  It would be beneficial for everyone to stay out of the theaters for a few years, instead of marinating their minds in depictions of promiscuity and gunfire that's accompanied by thousand-watt sound systems.  The so-called "stars" of Hollywood, after a few years without pay, might re-assess their perceived importance, too.

Trump-hating flag burners in Iowa absolutely, positively foiled.  The Supreme Court may rule that flag-burning is protected expression under the First Amendment, but that doesn't mean that it is acceptable to endanger ordinary citizens, who also have rights to express themselves.  In this case, with a fire extinguisher.  The national media is much less interested in what happens in Iowa City, Iowa than it is in New York, D.C., Los Angeles, and other parts of the Blue Bubble.  So we rely on the Iowa City Press-Citizen to learn about what happened when a couple of America-hating, Trump-hating protesters set multiple versions of Old Glory ablaze.

Video shows anti-Trump activists plotting to set off stink bombs, sprinklers at inaugural fetes.  Anti-Trump protesters are plotting to derail an inaugural ball by setting off stink bombs and the sprinkler system to force the evacuation of celebrants, according to an undercover video released Monday [1/16/2017].  The D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, part of the anti-inauguration umbrella group #DisruptJ20, plans to "ruin" the DeploraBall, a sold-out black-tie gathering Thursday night at the National Press Building, according to the Project Veritas investigation.

More than 30 Democratic lawmakers now skipping Trump's inauguration.  A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration Friday as a protest of Trump's worldview and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, congressman of Georgia[.]  There are now more than 40 House Democrats — 42, at last count — who have declared that they will not attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill this week.  The number rose sharply after Trump tweeted Saturday that Lewis is "all talk, talk, talk" and should "finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities."

Not much legitimate about more Dems bashing Trump.  Since Donald Trump's unexpected victory, Democrats have been trying to delegitimize his historic upset.  U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who sent shock waves through the media echo chamber this weekend when he said in an NBC interview, "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president.  I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected.  And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."  Former Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon went on CNN Friday [1/13/2017] to chime in as well.

A pattern of deeming Republican presidents 'illegitimate'.  It's a free country, and the nineteen (and counting) members of Congress who are planning to boycott President-elect Trump's inauguration are certainly within their rights.  So even is Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who said over the weekend that Trump's election (or his presidency) is "illegitimate." [...] But this is also part of a pattern.  Lewis and Lee, along with some other Democratic lawmakers at the time, also boycotted to make a point when President George W. Bush was inaugurated in 2001.  The Washington Post reported at the time that Lewis "thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in because he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president."

Inasmuch as Trump hasn't been sworn in yet, Mr. Lewis is correct.
John Lewis:  Trump isn't a legitimate president.  Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) doesn't plan to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next week, saying he doesn't believe Trump is a "legitimate president."  "I believe in forgiveness.  I believe in trying to work with people.  It will be hard.  It's going to be very difficult.  I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president," Lewis said in an interview for NBC News's "Meet the Press."

I'll Pay Liberals To Fulfill Their Promises To Leave.  As ministers go, Al [Sharpton] is unusual in that he has over $4 million in tax liens against him.  It seems the offering plate he passes around at the White House stays pretty empty.  Anyway, Al announced last year that if Donald Trump were elected, he would leave the country.  But he's still here.  I care about Al and want to help him with his travel plans.  So I hereby offer to buy him a one-way ticket out of the country if he promises never to return.

What no one wants to tell the anti-Trump celebrities (but should).  Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of The United States on Friday, January 20, 2017.  That's as much a fact as the sky being the color blue and the grass being green.  Similarly, you wouldn't argue that the Denver Broncos weren't the Super Bowl Champions or that the Chicago Cubs didn't win the World Series, and you can't argue that Donald Trump didn't win the election.  Trump won and there's nothing you nor anyone else can do to change that.  Asking people to sign a petition that urges congress to stand up to Donald Trump is childish and accomplishes absolutely nothing.  Instead of trying to fight the inevitable, how about giving the guy a chance?

Restaurant Won't Add Trump to Its Mural That Depicts Every President Since Eisenhower.  Mama Ayesha's in Washington D.C. has been serving Middle Eastern food in the Adams Morgan neighborhood since 1960. Over the last seven years, however, it's become known for something other than its food.  In 2009, artist Karla "Karlisima" Rodas finished a mural that it took him two years to paint that depicts the restaurant's founder, "Mama" Ayesha Abraham with every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower.  A quick location search on Instagram for the restaurant turns up more photos of the mural than of the food.

DC Private Schools Won't Take Kellyanne Conway's Kids.  Kellyanne Conway is worried establishment elites in Washington, DC, are so prejudiced against President-elect Donald Trump that she won't be able to get her kids into private school in the nation's capital. [...] Conway, who was Trump's campaign manager, is moving to DC to be counselor to the president.  Her husband, George, happens to be the lawyer who wrote the Supreme Court brief when Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer resigns, compares Trump to Hitler.  From the pages of the Salt Lake Tribune comes word of a distraught Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer.  Jan Chamberlin has resigned from the famed choir — rather than perform for Donald Trump's inauguration.  "Since 'the announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony," she wrote in her resignation letter to the choir.

'You cannot eat here': Hawaii café riles residents with ban on Trump voters.  Honolulu's Café 8½ gets rave reviews on Yelp for its "Radiatore Verde" and "Italian stir fry," among other popular dishes at the eclectic mom-and-pop restaurant — but the response to its new 'policy' barring pro-Trump patrons has been decidedly more mixed.  A bright yellow, handmade sign posted on the restaurant's front glass door declares:  "If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here!  No Nazis."

Skowhegan propane dealer with anti-Trump message is not licensed to sell fuel.  A local propane dealer who said in a recent message that he won't sell to anyone who voted for President-elect Donald Trump has been delivering and dispensing gas without a state license for at least two years, state officials said this week.  Michael Turner, who operates of Turner LP Gas Service on Canaan Road, left a message for would-be customers on his company's voice mail, saying "If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas.  Please find someone else."  That message was left on a Friday, when the weather was bitterly cold.  The message goes on to say that the cost of gas remains $110 a bottle, with payment due on delivery.

Oracle employee resigns after CEO sides with Trump.  An Oracle employee has publicly announced his resignation via LinkedIn after learning that Safra Catz, CEO of the software firm, joined U.S President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.  In a post addressed to Catz on Monday [12/19/2016], George A. Polisner, who managed Oracle's Cloud services, described how he refused to help Trump "in any way."  Fierce opposition to Trump's retirement, social and economic policies led Polisner to resign from Oracle, which he referred to as "a once great company."

Why are Hollywood Libs such Poor Losers?  [T]hese real-life "play actors" who get paid outrageous amounts for pretending to have skills they don't have appeared in a PSA calling themselves "Unite for America" — really.  The PSA should be called "Sore Losers."  With the sound turned off, it looks like a Medicaid ad, but turned up, it is a bunch of whiney liberal "play actors" urging the members of the Electoral College to ignore the law, centuries of fair play and tradition, and do what they say, because Hollywood actors know what's best for us rabble.  What qualifies these people who have personal assistants, makeup artists, stand-ins, stunt men, plush motor homes, and their specific brand of chilled sparkling water and treats to even think for a second that they are qualified to comment on "real life" issues, much less subvert a longstanding election process?

Democratic women most likely to block 'friends' on social media over politics.  A survey shows a significant number of Democratic women are reacting to Hillary Clinton's unexpected election loss by blocking, "unfollowing" and "unfriending" people on social media who express political opinions they don't like.  Thirty percent of Democratic women reported cutting off online communication with someone for political reasons since the Nov. 8 election, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll published Monday.  They are more than twice as likely to blot out dissenting points of view from their social media timelines as Democratic men, who reported doing so at a 14 percent rate.

Hillary Supporter Admitted Himself To The Psych Ward On Election Night When He Realized She Was Losing.  A Hillary Clinton supporter admitted himself to the psychiatric ward on election night because he realized she was going to lose to Donald Trump.  Benjamin Ryan — considered a "Hillblazer" because he raised over $100,000 for the former Democratic nominee — detailed his suicidal nervous breakdown for the Huffington Post on Wednesday [11/30/2016].  He said he was "catatonic, plagued by involuntary jerking motions, speech patterns disjointed, weeping uncontrollably."

SPLC Has Perfected the Politicization of Hate Crimes.  After Hillary Clinton lost the election, she, her staff, and her supporters were sent reeling.  Many have yet to recuperate.  In times past, such distraught persons would be attended to by priests, ministers, and rabbis, but today they have been replaced by grief counselors and puppies.  Coloring books and playdough were given to soothe the anguish of law students at the University of Michigan, and therapists of every shade of grey were summoned to talk to the afflicted.  Others rioted.  They baited the police, beat up Trump supporters, destroyed property, and tied up traffic.  Some were pros — veterans of Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.  Others were brats:  affluent young men and women so bored with life that they spend most of their waking hours microanalyzing perceived microaggressions against them.  For relief, they take to the streets, providing it is not raining or too chilly.

Obama: If only young people voted, 'Hillary would have gotten 500 electoral votes'.  President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview the day after the election that was published Tuesday [11/29/2016] that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would've won if only young people voted.  "If you look at the data from the election, if it were just young people who were voting, Hillary would have gotten 500 electoral votes," Obama said.  "So we have helped, I think, shape a generation to think about being inclusive, being fair, caring about the environment."  He said young Americans "will have growing influence year by year, which means that America over time will continue to get better."

The Editor says...
Straw man alert!  "If only" covers a lot of ground.  Hillary would have won if only those who are dependent on monthly checks from the government had voted.  Hillary would have won if only unionized government workers had voted.  Hillary would have won if the residents of California had been the only ones voting.  None of that matters.  Donald Trump won an election in which the broadest possible cross-section of America voted.

Gitmo Prisoners 'Thought It Was the End of the World' on Election Night, Asked for Tranquilizers.  Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba "thought it was the end of the world" the night of the presidential election and asked their guards for tranquilizers and sleeping pills, CBS correspondent Margaret Brennan reported Thursday.  David Remes, the lawyer of one of the prisoners at Guantanamo, recounted to Brennan what his client told him about election night.  "He said that many detainees thought that it was the end of the world and felt terrible and that many detainees asked for tranquilizers, sleeping pills because they were so distraught," Remes said.

Spice retailer says Republicans embraced racism by electing Trump.  "The open embrace of racism by the Republican party in this election is now unleashing a wave of ugliness unseen in this country for decades," wrote Penzeys CEO Bill Penzey in an email to customers.  "The American people are taking notice." [...] Penzeys operates dozens of retail outlets in 29 states — along with a popular mail order business.  And many of their customers were outraged by the insinuation that people who voted for Trump are racist.

Trump and College Chaos.  If one needed more evidence of the steep decay in academia, Donald Trump's victory provided it.  Let's begin by examining the responses to his win, not only among our wet-behind-the-ears college students, many of whom act like kindergarteners, but also among college professors and administrators.  The University of Michigan's distressed students were provided with Play-Doh and coloring books, as they sought comfort and distraction.  A University of Michigan professor postponed an exam after many students complained about their "serious stress" over the election results.  Cornell University held a campus-wide "cry-in," with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate.  One Cornell student said, "I'm looking into flights back to Bangladesh right now so I can remove myself before Trump repatriates me."  The College Fix reported that "a dorm at the University of Pennsylvania ... hosted a post-election 'Breathing Space' for students stressed out by election results that included cuddling with cats and a puppy, coloring and crafting, and snacks such as tea and chocolate."  The University of Kansas reminded its stressed-out students that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available.  An economics professor at Yale University made his midterm exam "optional" in response to "many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election returns."

Tucker Carlson Confronts Business Owner Who Won't Do Business with Trump Supporters.  Tucker Carlson tonight faced off with a business owner who publicly declared that he won't do business with Donald Trump supporters.  Mathew Blanchfield, the CEO of 1st in SEO, wrote online, "If you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump, in any manner, you are not welcome at 1st in SEO and we ask you to leave our firm."  Carlson pressed him tonight on why he would say something like that.  Blanchfield argued this is about the "moral principle" at hand and said he is not tolerant of bigotry or fascism.  He went on to say he strongly believes Trump is a fascist and while he would allow a Trump supporter into his home, a lot of what Trump does alarms him.

Another place to boycott:
New Mexico Business:  If You Support Trump, Get Out.  A business owner in Albuquerque has announced that, due to his opposition to "fascism," he will henceforth refuse to do business with Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump supporters.  According to KOB 4 News, Matthew Blanchfield runs the online marketing company 1st in SEO, and he's so upset about the presidential election he's willing to shed customers to show his disgust.

Democrat Goes Unhinged Over Trump On House Floor!  I've seen a lot of bad reactions to Trump becoming President, but this is by far the worst. [...] Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) couldn't stand it that Donald Trump has won the Presidency, so he has reverted back to a third-grade style of expressing himself where he is slinging insults and stomping his feet.

Scott Baio Tells Liberal Celebrities to Pack Their Bags and Move to Canada.  Scott Baio known for his role as Chachi Arcola in Happy Days has had enough.  In a video posted to Facebook he said[,] "I promise you something," "if you want to watch the best television that's on television right now, watch MSNBC.  You'll have a ball.  It's amazing.  The crying, the literal crying, the anger, the rage."  [Video clip]

Protesters get a lesson in democracy.  Have you noticed how many of the riff-raff can't wait to go in front of the TV cameras to announce in broken English that the reason they hate President-elect Trump is because they're illegal aliens.  Then they hold up their signs saying "NOT MY PRESIDENT!"  Well then, of course he's not your president.  You're from Guatemala, or maybe Honduras.  Last night, as a public service to the viewing public, Fox News Channel started running English-language subtitles under the anti-Trump sound bites.  I'm serious.

Boss tells pro-Trump employees to resign.  If you voted for Donald Trump, you may not feel welcomed at Grubhub.  The CEO of Grubhub, an online food delivery service, sent a company wide email Wednesday suggesting employees who agree with President-elect Donald Trump's behaviors and his campaign rhetoric should resign.  "If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here," wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub.  "We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team."

Stars urge their fans to 'fight' after Trump win.  Many stars criticized Donald Trump for suggesting he might not accept the election results.  But now it's Hollywood who is having trouble accepting the results since the real estate mogul was elected president.  Lady Gaga, for one, is pushing for her fans to sign a series of petitions that would hand the presidency over to Hillary Clinton.

The Editor says...
There was already "a series of petitions" to select the next president.  They're called ballots.  You guys lost.  If you prefer to live under socialism, move to Venezuela.  (Bring enough lunch for everybody.)

Celebrities Melt Down: Protests, weeping, snarling, and sadness as stars 'grieve' over Trump victory.  [Actor James] Woods was one of a handful of celebrities in Donald Trump's camp all along.  For much of the election, Hollywood's liberal elite stars took opportunities to bash him and to swear they'd leave the country if he were elected.  Reaction now is ranging from anger to sadness.

Plot to impeach President Trump has already begun.  It is just one day since Donald Trump was elected President - but thousands of furious liberals are already plotting ways to remove him from office.  Within hours of the Republican's unexpected win over Hillary Clinton, people were calling for him to be impeached over claims of sexual abuse, fraud and racketeering.  Online searches for 'How to impeach a president' surged hours after the result, with the question seeing a 4,850 per cent rise on Google.

The Editor says...
If you have courtroom-quality evidence of a crime that will convince the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate, bring it on!  But keep in mind that Barack H. Obama wasn't impeached, even though there were numerous reasons to do so.

Anti-Trump protests erupt across the US.  Thousands of people took to the streets Wednesday night [11/9/2016] to protest Donald Trump's election, chanting anti-Trump slogans and wreaking havoc in major cities, according to Fox News, despite Hilary Clinton's call for unity and affirmation that she accepted Donald Trump as her president.  In Chicago, several thousand people marched in the streets, gathering outside Chicago's Trump Tower and chanting "Not my president!"  Similar protests erupted in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, with thousands more flooding the streets chanting anti-Trump slogans.

Hollywood Leftists, Stop Being Racist And Move To Cuba.  A wide variety of entertainers (I use the term loosely) and other left-leaning Americans announced during the run-up to the election that they would leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidency.  It has become something of a standard campaign ploy for the Democrats; they actually think they can shock voters into choosing their candidate by posing the question:  "How can America survive without Alec Baldwin?"  Of course this election the stakes were even higher.  More famous people than ever banded together in their opposition of Donald Trump, promising to flee the Trump reign of terror.  They screeched about it desperately to anyone who would listen.  This is where things get complicated.  You see, none of the lefties thought Trump had a chance [...] of winning.


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Beneficial side effects / icing on the cake / fringe benefits, etc.:

India Invests $500 Million In Two U.S. Steel Operations.  The passage of the defense spending portion of the Omnibus bill ultimately means there will be increased demand for U.S. steel and aluminum within new defense equipment.  The contracts within the procurement process will predictably require the use of U.S. parts.

The OODA Loop President.  Some have argued that President Trump's recent State of the Union speech was designed primarily to troll Democrats.  I disagree.  The trolling effect (e.g., a steady stream of bad optics televised in prime time — and subsequently easily turned around into an RNC ad — showing Democrats behaving disrespectfully, rolling their eyes, shaking their heads, groaning, looking down at their cell phones, and even walking out in a huff) is real, but was a fully expected side-benefit of the address.

Trump Effect:  Islamic Republic Ceases Naval Provocations in Arabian Gulf.  When it comes to Iran's governing authorities, the Trump administration is under no illusions about the nefarious nature of this fascist theocracy.  "We are restoring clarity about our adversaries," Trump stated in a not too subtle jibe at his predecessor who seemed to be in a perpetual state of confusion about who his friends and enemies were.

Foggy Bottom Begins Self-Draining as "Desperate" Career Diplomats Quit.  A pearl-clutching op-ed in the New York Times declares the hurt sensibilities within the State Department are leading to multiple people quitting.  Specifically citing the different managerial strategy of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the priorities of the entire Dept. of State mission being reset, the career bureaucrats are dropping like flies hitting the T-Rex zapper.  The entire Op-Ed reads like viewing an increasingly bright orb powered by the salty tears of globalists as they fret over the losses like the DoS directorate of global youth disability rights, and shrinkage within the department of international Geo-genitic gender advocacy.

LAPD: Deportation fears possibly impacting Hispanic crime reporting.  The head of the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday warned of a "strong correlation" between dramatic drops in violent crimes being reported by Hispanics in Los Angeles and fears of being deported, suggesting that the community may be avoiding contact with local law enforcement in the wake of immigration polices favored by the Trump administration.  Newly-released LAPD crime statistics for 2017 show that among Hispanics, reports of rape have dropped 25 percent while those of spousal abuse have decreased by 9.8 percent.  Similar reductions from the start of this year were not found in any other ethnic group, according to the LAPD numbers.

Foreign Applications Dip at Some Colleges Amid Fear of 'Trump Effect'.  The president of Portland State University, Wim Wiewel, met last week with 10 prospective students in Hyderabad, India.  But what started as a get-acquainted visit quickly turned into more of a counseling session, as the students expressed fears about coming to the United States this fall.  One student, who is Muslim, said his father was worried that America had an anti-Muslim attitude, Mr. Wiewel recounted.  "Several others said they were concerned about the 'Trump effect,'" he said in an email.  "I'd say the rhetoric and actual executive orders are definitely having a chilling effect," Mr. Wiewel wrote, referring to the Trump administration's travel ban.  Like many universities across the country, the Oregon university is getting fewer international applications.

WaPo Devastated As Illegal Immigrants Ditch Food Stamps "So Trump Won't Deport Them".  Caitlin Dewey of the Washington Post would like for you to know that she's super sad that "Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won't deport them."  No, that's not the title of a satirical article published on The Onion, Caitlin actually published a note describing her complete devastation when she discovered that, under a Trump administration, illegal aliens may unilaterally choose to stop breaking numerous federal laws, including multiple counts of identity theft as that's the only conceivable way an illegal immigrant could get food stamps in the first place, in order to avoid being punished for other federal laws they've already broken.

Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them.  Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating.  She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.  Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said.  Increasingly, she's being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.  Since mid-January, five of Fortin's families have withdrawn from the SNAP program.  One, the single mother of three citizen daughters, had fled to Georgia to escape an abusive husband.  Another, two green-card holders with four young children, were thinking of taking on third jobs to compensate for the lost benefits.  These families represent a small fraction of Fortin's caseload — she estimates she has signed 200 immigrant families up for SNAP over the past six months — but based on the calls she gets from other clients, she fears more cancellations are imminent.

Over at EPA, the Swamp Starts Draining Itself.  President Trump is attempting to fire-bomb the overinflated budget over at the corruption-plagued EPA.  And it looks to be having the intended effect:  draining the agency of overpaid, unnecessary Swamp Things.  Because at least one of them has elected to leave, rather than stick around and watch the agency he worships be chopped down to size.  Mustafa Ali, the founder of the EPA's "environmental justice office" has resigned from the agency.

EPA senior staff begin to flee amid budget fears.  A senior staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency resigned from the agency Thursday [3/9/2017] amid concerns that many of agency's programs will be shuttered under the forthcoming Trump budget.  The founder of the EPA's environmental justice office, Mustafa Ali, resigned Thursday [3/9/2017], saying he has never seen such a concerted effort to roll back programs with a track record of helping disadvantaged and low-income communities.

EPA environmental justice leader resigns, amid White House plans to dismantle program.  A key environmental justice leader at the Environmental Protection Agency has resigned, saying that a recent budget proposal to defund such work would harm the people who most rely on the EPA.  Mustafa Ali, a senior adviser and assistant associate administrator for environmental justice, has served more than two decades at the agency, working to ease the burden of air and water pollution in hundreds of poor, minority communities nationwide.  He helped found the EPA's environmental justice office during the early 1990s and became a key adviser to agency administrators under Republican and Democratic presidents.

Illegal border crossings decrease by 40 percent in Trump's first month, report says.  The number of people illegally crossing the U.S. southern border has dropped 40 percent in President Trump's first full month in office, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.  U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported that the number of illegal border crossings dropped from 31,578 to 18,762 persons.  Kelly said border agents usually see a 10 to 20 percent increase in illegal immigrant apprehensions from January to February.

Starbucks Stock Rating Drops 80 Points After Announcing Opposition to President Trump.  Back in January Starbucks announced they were going to stand in opposition to President Trump; and to display their virtuous immigration bona fides they announced their intention to hire 10,000 refugees as employees in lieu of current American applicants for employment.  An almost immediate backlash began as pro-USA consumers and President Trump supporters turned away from the Starbucks brand.  As a consequence the Starbucks business model has been severely impacted.

Tough Trump policies credited for sharp plummet in illegal immigration.  Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in the weeks after President Trump took office, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Wednesday, declaring an early victory from Mr. Trump's get-tough policies.  In addition to a drop in number of illegal immigrants nabbed while attempting to cross, Mr. Kelly also said they seen a dramatic spike in the rates charged by smugglers paid to sneak people into the US — surging $3000, to $8,000, since November.

Acting Director of USCIS Lori Scialabba Resigns at Homeland Security.  Lori Scialabba, the Acting Director at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security, "announced her coming retirement from federal service" on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the department has confirmed to Breitbart News.  Scialabba was number one on the list of eight Obama holdover bureaucrats identified by Breitbart News that President Trump "can fire or remove at Homeland Security."

Anti-Trump Employees Quit Jobs at Companies with Ties to Trump.  President Trump has gathered many CEOs and business leaders together since becoming president, but some of these company leaders are facing a backlash from their employees who don't support the president.  Employees are quitting their jobs at some of the companies that have come out in support Trump, Bloomberg News reports.

WSJ Editor Tells Reporters Who Don't Like Objective Trump Coverage To Leave The Paper.  Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker told his reporters Monday [2/13/2017] the paper would not abandon objectivity in its coverage of President Donald Trump, and directed them to find work somewhere else if they want to adopt a more oppositional tone.

The Longest Nooooo!  Maryland therapist Steven Stosny described a condition he terms "headline stress disorder", a more virulent version of the "election stress disorder" that he detected prior to November 8, 2016.  Ever since he won Donald Trump's been on the brain of his patients and it's not going away soon. [...] If former vice-president candidate Tim Kaine can be believed, the condition is real.  "Headline stress disorder" is particularly acute among liberals, some of whom are in a state of paroxysmal rage over Trump:  over what he is, stands for, how he looks, etc.

Leftists Go Nuts at the Thought of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.  The intolerance of the "tolerant" left has never been more evident than during the many cabinet hearings this year.  The democrat vitriol has been on full display in virtual every hearing, but possibly none more contentious than that of nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.  Although it may be a toss-up between her and Jeff Sessions [...]

Morale at Homeland Security has 'skyrocketed' under Trump.  When the House Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing in April 2015 titled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," an agency manager at the Department of Homeland Security was called in to testify.  "[DHS] rests as the worst place to work among cabinet agencies," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said at the time.  The third largest federal department had just received an abysmal 44 percent score in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.  Fewer than half of its staff felt that morale, leadership and compensation deserved positive ratings.

At the Border Patrol, Trump lifts morale that was at an all-time low.  Despite Mexico's pledge to stem the flow of Central American migrants entering its country from bordering Guatemala, the numbers have increased over the past year.  The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the Southwest border jumped nearly 50 percent between fiscal years 2015-2016, from 39,970 to 59,692.  In the first three months of this fiscal year (Oct. 1-Dec. 31), 21,321 have already been apprehended, according to Border Patrol stats.  But it is the number of family units apprehended that is staggering.  Apprehensions jumped 95 percent between fiscal years 2015-2016, from 39,838 to 77,674.  The numbers for the 2017 fiscal year have already surpassed the total for 2015, with 44,843 apprehended the past few months, according to Border Patrol.

Trump's Climate Plans Just Made the Media's Heads Explode.  The occasion was a press conference hosted by the Global Warming Policy Foundation for Myron Ebell, head of the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency transition team.  Satan's Emissary, as liberals prefer to think of him.  Ebell had come to tell them about Trump's plans for the environment and energy, which I won't repeat here because you know them already.  No, the reason I went wasn't to hear what Ebell had to say but to watch how his audience reacted. [...] They hated it.

Sore Loser Leftists Try Moving to Canada, Get Rejected for Being Deadbeats.  One of the more entertaining aspects of the 2016 post-election season are the "threats" from the losing side to leave the country.  Leftists are refusing to share a country with Trump, so they are packing their stuff up and making their way up to the Canadian border.  That'll show everyone.  Except for the fact that Canada isn't interested in these people.

President Trump's Early Policy Follow Through Propels Dow to 20,000.  After a brief hiatus, the Dow Jones Industrial Average resumed its march toward 20000, crossing the elusive milestone on Wednesday [1/25/2017] as President Donald Trump demonstrates his seriousness about fulfilling campaign promises of lower taxes, less regulation, and more fiscal spending.  The blue-chip index's march to the psychologically-significant level has captivated Wall Street since Trump's surprise election in November, and comes just 64 days after crossing the 19000 threshold for the first time ever.

Where Are They Now?  These 23 Celebrities Said They'd Move If Trump Won.  Back in September, my colleague Catherine Dunn published this nice compilation of 23 celebrities who said they would be leaving the country if Donald Trump were elected president.  Given that Trump was indeed elected president and will be inaugurated on Friday, I thought it would be prudent to check in and see if any of these celebrities had stayed true to their word.  It's time to find out:  have they decided that America is actually already pretty great?

Good news!
28% of federal employees may quit their jobs when Trump assumes office:  Poll.  "More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch," according to the survey conducted by the Government Business Council and Government Executive, which both track the trends of the field.  Half said that Mr. Trump's business experience would "hinder his management of the federal government" while almost two thirds believe that his business relationships pose a conflict of interest.  Both points are also popular narratives within the Democratic Party as well.

The Editor says...
Turn in your pencil, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

"What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?"
George Soros lost nearly $1 billion in weeks after Trump win:  Report.  Billionaire investor George Soros lost nearly $1 billion after the stock market rallied following Donald Trump's surprise Election Day victory, The Wall Street Journalreported Thursday.  Sources familiar with the hedge fund manager's trading said he remained cautious going into the November election and then made the mistake of becoming more bearish immediately after Mr. Trump's win.  The stock market rallied on expectations that Mr. Trump's policies would boost the economy, causing Mr. Soros' trading positions to incur losses approaching $1 billion, sources told The Journal.

Beleaguered Small Businesses Set For Big Rebound Under Trump.  Small businesses and entrepreneurs have had a rough time of it for these past eight years.  New startups and entrepreneurial activity have pretty much been stagnant, weighed down by heavy regulation, high taxes and an economy that's just been stumbling along.  But in recent weeks, there are signs of renewal that could mark a turnaround in the fortunes of small business.

Self-deportation begins:
Mexican Nationals Returning Home and Staying There Ahead of Trump.  Fearing stiffer immigration enforcement in the coming months, approximately half of the Mexican nationals who had traveled through this city on their way to their hometowns claim they will not be returning to the United States, city officials said.  In recent weeks, the Matamoros city government has been preparing logistical and security measures to accommodate not only the returning travelers, but also for a possible increase in deportations, said Matamoros Mayor Jesus "Chuchin" De La Garza.  According to De La Garza, at least 50 percent of the Paisanos who have crossed through the three international bridges in Matamoros have reported to authorities that they will not be returning to the U.S. and plan on seeking jobs in Mexico.

Wealthy Obama Bundlers' Lives 'Upended' by Trump Move.  A group of wealthy elites who bundled millions for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns are having their lives "upended" because their ambassadorships at plum posts will end when Obama leaves office.  The New York Times reported that President-elect Donald Trump's transition staff has informed the State Department that politically appointed ambassadors must leave by Inauguration Day.  The Times called it a "break with precedent" to remove political ambassadors, many of whom received their posts by fundraising for Barack Obama, on schedule by Jan. 20.

We Found 15 Celebs Who Threatened To Leave After Trump's Win — Guess Where They Are!.  Dozens of celebrities threatened to leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president, but after his stunning upset on November 8, many of them rescinded their claims.  Since his win, Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and all their cohorts have been spotted still residing in the United States.

American Optimism Over Economy Surging with Trump Presidential Win.  A National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index revealed Thursday [12/15/2016] that "Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes" rose to its highest level since July 2005.  This most recent index jumped seven points to 70.  "This notable rise in builder sentiment is largely attributable to a post-election bounce, as builders are hopeful that President-elect Trump will follow through on his pledge to cut burdensome regulations that are harming small businesses and housing affordability," said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady.

The Case of the Leftie Who Actually Left.  We're used to the dreary quadrennial spectacle of various lefties declaring they will leave the country if this or that conservative wins the White House (even the compassionate variety of conservative puts them off, as we saw in 2000).  But, as we're also used to, the bums never do it.  Never follow through.  Never live up to their word.  They continue to hang on in what they consider to be the hateful US of A because they can't be as privileged, as plain fat, dumb, and happy, anywhere else.  They know it; we do too.

These 18 Celebrities Who Promised To Move If Trump Was Elected Can Get On That Now.  Like clockwork, every four years, in addition to hearing about how it's "the most important election of our lifetimes," we learn that this-or-that comedian or starlet will move elsewhere if the Republican candidate wins.  This year, of course, that angst reached Trumpian proportions. [...] Yet they never leave, do they?

Still waiting for the 19 celebrities who promised to leave America if Trump was elected to get out.  So far as I know, not a single celebrity, even from the D-list, has left the United States, as promised, if Donald Trump were elected.  Fair is fair:  Lena Dunham alone must have motivated thousands of voters to choose Trump, in order to be rid of her.  Let the Canadians deal with her.  I am a hard liner on getting them out of the country.  Every time one of these people appear in public, they should be asked why they are still inhabiting the United States.  Have they decided that Donald Trump is not so bad?  Or have they decided that nobody should ever pay attention to their promises and threats?

Democratic donors tell losing party they're not giving any more after it burned through their millions with nothing to show for it.  Donors to the Democratic Party burnt out after last month's catastrophic electoral losses.  Democrats lost the White House and failed to take enough seats in the House and Senate to constitute a majority, and their top donors have had enough.  'I may very well be done with political giving entirely,' John Morgan, a top Clinton fundraiser in Florida told The Hill.  'My message to anyone reading this is, "Don't call me, I'll call you."

Donors on Hillary Blowing The Election:  We Basically Lit Our Money on Fire.  Supporters of Hillary Clinton are still licking their wounds after her epic and unexpected loss to Republican Donald Trump.  In the aftermath we've seen the civil war in the Democrat Party re-emerge.  Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was challenged for her House minority leader position this week.  The DNC is searching for a new leader after interim Chairman Donna Brazil was allegedly screamed at during a staff meeting for losing the election and helping to rig the primary against Bernie Sanders.

Tired Dem donors feel like their money got burned.  Democratic donors stung by Hillary Clinton's upset loss in the presidential race feel like they just set their money on fire.  The sore feelings are a huge problem for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is trying to rebuild its image and reinvigorate a defeated party in time for challenging midterm elections in 2018.  It's also a worry for top liberal activists as they prepare for war with President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress that is hell-bent on rolling back President Obama's accomplishments.

More good news:
Teachers unions slam Trump's education secretary.  Two of the nation's largest teachers unions had nothing but criticism on Wednesday for President-elect Trump's decision to pick Betsy DeVos, an outspoken school choice advocate, to lead the Department of Education in his administration.  Trump announced the appointment in the early afternoon, describing DeVos as "a brilliant and passionate education advocate" who is committed to reforming the current public education system and demolishing "the bureaucracy that is holding our children back."  But the unions immediately opposed her.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Democrats' nightmare.  President-elect Trump's transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy.  Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist — they're now using the Alabama senator's full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect — and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they've turned to race again.  Here's why the effort to stop Sessions is likely to intensify as his confirmation hearings near.  Sessions is the Senate's highest-profile, most determined, and most knowledgeable opponent of comprehensive immigration reform.  Democrats are particularly anxious about immigration because of the unusually tenuous nature of President Obama's policies on the issue.

More Winning — Univision Lays Off 200 As Profits Collapse.  President-Elect Donald Trump did not start the credibility decline of main stream media, he simply greased the rails to speed up their irrelevance.

EPA, DOE Workers Post-Trump Election: 'Employees Were in Tears,' 'Downright Panic'.  People who work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy are having a hard time coping with the election of Donald Trump as president, with many reporting depression and some being advised to take sick leave, according to an article published Friday [11/11/2016] by Environment and Energy Publishing (E&E).  "U.S. EPA employees were in tears," the article stated.  "Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling.  "Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off," it stated.  "Others might retire early.  "And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory," the article said.

Hillary Clinton will never be president.  In the biggest electoral upset of living memory, unlikely Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump will be elected president of the United States, defeating his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.  AP, Politico, and Fox News have called the race.  With victories in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and even Pennsylvania, Trump won the key swing states to pull off the victory over the favored Clinton.  His Rust Belt victories in the Midwest pierced the Democratic firewall many thought would elevate Clinton to the presidency.

Celebs who said they'd leave country if Trump won.  Dozens of celebrities vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump won the White House, saying they'd flee to everywhere from Canada to Jupiter.  The threat is a common one after any election outcome:  Canada's immigration website crashed from heavy traffic as it looked increasingly likely that Trump would win.  But after the real estate mogul clinched the presidency in a stunning victory early Wednesday morning, some of those stars will face questions about making good on their promise.

Still Waiting On Amy Schumer, Rosie O'donnell, Spike Lee to Leave the Country After Trump Win.  At least twenty three so called "celebrities" promised to leave this country if Donald Trump won on Tuesday, which he did.  Here's a list of who promised to leave.

Celebrity Meltdown!.  One of the most gratifying aspects of this post-election morning is witnessing the (predictable) celebrity-meltdown in action.  Those in the entertainment industry who vowed to leave the country should Donald Trump be elected president include:  Cher (who vowed to move to Jupiter), Samuel L. Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart and the entire cast of The View, to name but a few.

Mexico's Slim clobbered as richest lose $41 billion on Trump victory.  Mexico's wealthiest person lost $5.1 billion in the wake of Donald Trump's stunning upset over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.  Carlos Slim, who is fifth-richest in the world, shed 9.2 percent of his fortune after the peso dove as much as 12 percent on the news.

Photos: L.A. street artist 'moving sale' posters for anti-Trump celebrities.  Los Angeles street artist Sabo didn't waste any time celebrating Donald Trump's victory on Tuesday night.  He took to the streets to post parody Sotheby's ads for celebrity "Election Day Sales" overnight.  Several leftist entertainers have vowed to move out of the country if Trump won the presidency, and Sabo is doing his part to help them keep their word.

7 celebrities who said they will leave the US if Trump is elected.  On Thursday pop superstar Will.i.am announced in an interview with CNBC that if Republican nominee Donald Trump wins the election, he plans to move to London.  And he is not the first celebrity to come forward with this claim.  Here are 7 other celebrities who've announced they would be so bothered with President Trump that they would leave America.  Trump supporters are likely willing to help them pack.

Mrs. George Stephanopoulos:  We Will Move to Australia If Trump Wins.  The wife of ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos declared that if Donald Trump wins, the couple is moving to Australia.  That's according to the Hollywood Reporter in a piece from Tuesday [11/1/2016] on how celebrities will react to the election.  Ali Wentworth is an actress, notable for appearing on Seinfeld and marrying Stephanopoulos.  She declared, "If Trump wins, we'll start looking at real estate in Sydney, Australia.  No crime, no guns."  The ABC anchor, it should be reminded, worked for Bill Clinton and secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

George Stephanopoulos's Wife:  We're Leaving America if Trump Wins.  The wife of prominent ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos, Ali Wentworth, has claimed the couple will leave the country should Donald Trump become president of the United States.  Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Wentworth said that "If Trump wins, we'll start looking at real estate in Sydney, Australia.  No crime, no guns."

The Editor says...
I've never heard anyone claim that Australia is a land without crime.  There are criminals, indeed, and even with fewer guns per capita, Australians have their ways of dealing with thieves caught in the act.

A Democrat's Guide to Moving to Canada.  If you were one of the registered living or deceased Democratic voters who made a pledge that if Trump wins, you would be heading north of the border to escape the horrendous possibility of fewer taxes, less government intervention, and fewer handouts, this guide's for you.  A few tips before you head north.  First, if you do keep your promise, bundle up; 22 below zero isn't uncommon in some cities, but the frostbite scars and missing appendages will make you a living testament to your integrity and show all those people in the lower 57 states you are a person of conviction.  Summer isn't that hot, although highs of 113 degrees have been recorded, but the intense humidity helps you sweat and keeps you more comfortable.  Also, watch out for the state bird:  it is actually a mosquito.  Once you have crossed the highly secure border — if your paperwork is in order — great things await you.  If you are polygamous, each one of your wives can get welfare, too.

Defeat likely spells the end of Clinton Dynasty.  Hillary Clinton's second defeat in her quest for the White House — capped by a humbling concession speech Wednesday — may be the farewell for a family that has been Democrat royalty for nearly three decades.  The comeback kid, now 69 years old, is unlikely to get off the mat following her knock-down, drag-out battle with Donald Trump, Democratic strategists told The [New York] Post.  "Over," a party insider said of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who between them have held public office for nearly 30 years.  "No one wants to see anyone named Clinton ever again."

The Editor says...
I hope that includes Chelsea.

Sorry America, we're not leaving!  It is the first broken promise of the incoming Trump administration — and he didn't even make it.  Celebrities who had said they would quit America if he won have abandoned their promises before President-elect Donald Trump is even inaugurated.  Some dismissed what they pledged as a 'joke' and others simply went to ground when asked by DailyMail.com when they were packing up and heading to Canada or other countries.

Amy Schumer will stay in the US despite promise to leave if Trump wins election.  Amy Schumer said she was just joking when she said she'd leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president.  Schumer, a distant cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer, told BBC Newsnight in September she would move to Spain should Trump win.  "My act will change because I will need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain or somewhere," she said.  "It's beyond my comprehension if Trump won.  It's too crazy."  However, Tuesday morning [11/8/2016] she took to Instagram to inform fans she was staying in America.

Celebrity Meltdowns.  What are all these celebrities still doing here?  Didn't they promise us they were gone if Trump won?  So many of them said they were heading to Canada, street artist Sabo created a fake real estate company to help them move.  Now that it's time to make good on their promise they're strangely silent.  Amy Schumer has been the only one to comment and she says she was "just joking."

Celebrities, Have the Grace to Fulfill Your Promises.  Before any election, some celebrities threaten to leave the country if a Republican is elected.  Barbara Streisand, Whoopi and Cher are perennials, but they always weasel out.  Cher threatened to move to Jupiter — more dramatic, but easier to gainsay.  Miley Cyrus, whose fame results from being the example usually cited when someone speaks of the decay of society and examples of bad taste and no manners.  Samuel L. Jackson is famous for being in every movie ever made.  Other than that, there were some comedians I've never heard of, actors in dramas I have never seen.  All are welcome to depart, they will not be missed, and if they would refrain from giving their political opinions publicly, it would be deeply appreciated.  We really don't care what you think.

Al Sharpton:  I Was Just Kidding About Leaving The Country If Donald Trump Won.  Al Sharpton said he was just kidding when he said he was leaving the country if Donald Trump became president.  Just days after the Republican nominee was declared the winner, the civil rights activist said comments he made previously like that "he was reserving his ticket to get out of here if he wins" was "all in jest."

They might have no choice.
Good News: 35% Of Government Workers Might Quit If Trump Wins.  A new survey finds that more than a third of federal workers are threatening to quit their jobs should Donald Trump prevail in the presidential election.  If only that were true.

The best reason yet to vote for Trump:
Will Obama leave America if Trump's elected?  Aide refuses to deny rumors that the President is preparing to quit the US.  A White House aide has failed to deny rumors President Barack Obama is planning to leave the United States if Donald Trump wins the election.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked whether Obama was planning to flee abroad if Trump, a man he has said is unfit to hold the office, is elected President.

Brace Yourselves:  America is Losing 10 Celebrities.  Not for the first time, many distinguished actors, performers, and otherwise notable figures promised they would do the unthinkable if the wrong candidate got elected: they'd remove themselves from America and move to Mexico.  Check that, I guess it's Canada.  Anyway, it's an unusual threat if for no other reason than it's palpably narcissistic.  The implication, of course, is that if Americans are not careful, they'll lose the inestimable talents of these celebrities, some of whom actually have talent.

The Editor says...
Who cares if a misguided left-wing political activist knows how to sing?

23 great reasons to vote for Trump!
These 23 Celebrities Say They'll Leave The Country If Trump Is Elected.  Amy Schumer recently told BBC Newsnight that anyone who doesn't like Hillary Clinton is uninformed.  She went on to say that she would move to Spain if Trump was elected.  "It's beyond my comprehension if Trump won.  It's just too crazy," she said.  Okay then.  But Schumer's not alone in her anger.

The Editor says...
Yes, please do leave the country, renounce your citizenship, and agree never to return, in person or on film, on social media, on television, or other media yet to be invented.

Good News:  Streisand Says If Trump Wins, She'll Move to Australia.  Thanks, Babs, for reason #499 to vote for Donald Trump.  And Bon Voyage!

Streisand: I'll Leave The Country If Trump Wins.  Acclaimed singer Barbra Streisand is joining the list of disgruntled celebrities threatening to leave America if Donald Trump is elected president.  She made the comments during an interview with Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher during an Australian news program broadcast on Sunday.

Barbra Streisand claims she will relocate to Australia if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton in US election.  Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November.  The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.  Barbra told Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher on Sunday she would consider relocating to Australia or Canada in the event of a Trump presidency.

The Editor says...
So-called celebrities sometimes "threaten" to leave the country if certain conditions are not met. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Unfortunately they never seem to follow through.

And the award for the worst election loser goes to ... every deluded millionaire celebrity who can't deal with the fact that America couldn't care less what they think.  [Scroll down]  My favourite was Chelsea Handler, who broke down and wept on live television in abject misery at the result.  One of the reasons for this despair may have been her pre-election pledge on Live with Kelly and Michael to go and live in Spain if Trump won.  'So all of these people that threaten to leave the country and then don't....' she clarified, emphatically, '...I WILL leave the country.'  No wriggle room for any ambiguous doubt there, right Chelsea?  Well, unless you're all mouth and no Hillary pantsuit, which is precisely what you turned out to be.

Lena Dunham won't move to Canada despite Trump win, blasts those calling on her to keep word.  Add Lena Dunham to the list of anti-Trump celebrities who won't be moving to Canada after all.  Miss Dunham, star of the HBO comedy series "Girls," took to Instagram to slam those calling for her to make good on her promise to leave the country if Republican Donald Trump won the presidency.

Irony: Liberals can't move to Canada because of their tough immigration laws.  Every presidential election, liberals threaten to move to Canada if their candidate doesn't end up in the Oval Office.  This year's election was no different with liberal celebrities like Raven-Symoné, Lena Dunham, and Bryan Cranston threatening to head to the Great White North if Hillary Clinton didn't take the presidency, or, rather, if Trump did.  Many liberal millennials made the same claim and a surge in traffic actually knocked Canada's immigration website offline after Trump was declared the winner.  There's just one problem with their plan:  Canada probably doesn't want them.

That makes one:  Hollywood's George Lopez insists he really will leave the country due to Trump.  It looks like comedian George Lopez may go where no other anti-Trump celebrity has gone by actually leaving the United States.  Unlike stars like Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer, who have since reneged on their vows to exit the country if Republican Donald Trump were elected, Mr. Lopez is doubling down, indicating he's in the process of buying a home elsewhere.

The Editor says...
I'm not a big fan of Mr. Lopez, but at least he's man enough to follow up on his promise and actually leave the country.


Flaws / disappointing decisions / flip-flops / bait-and-switch:

Is Chaos an Impeachable Offense?  Until 2017, there were certain political assumptions that most people no longer really believed but also preferred not to question — given the likely animus from the so-called bipartisan establishment, a naked entity which, by convention, we all agreed was splendidly clothed.  China could freely cheat on trade, and the U.S. could take the commercial hit, because one day its misbegotten riches would force liberalization and thereby make China a member in good standing of the family of democratic nations.  After 40 years, we are still waiting on the promised democratic transformation — at great cost to the industrial and manufacturing heartland of the United States.

If Hollywood is going to strip Trump of his Walk of Fame star for sexual misconduct then when will Spacey and Cosby lose theirs?  [Scroll down]  Then there's liberal fury over Trump's sexual behaviour, which is perfectly reasonable given his own unedifying admission that he's treated women like pieces of meat.  When playing 'Whataboutery' however, I wonder why the same liberal fury is not extended to Democratic presidential legends Bill Clinton and JFK, whose treatment of women made Trump look like a choirboy?

Trump White House hosts first iftar meal with Muslim groups.  President Trump hosted his first iftar dinner with several prominent Muslims Wednesday night [6/6/2018], a year after he came under fire for failing to carry on the annual tradition at the White House.  Trump was joined by his son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence, several Cabinet secretaries and diplomats from a handful of Muslim-majority countries, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq.  The iftar meal marks the end of Ramadan, a 26-day period of religious reflection when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.  The president broke the fast with his guests Wednesday night, after delivering brief remarks and reminding the crowd his first foreign trip after taking office was to Saudi Arabia.


"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."
Psalm 1:1    

However:
Trump Excludes Brotherhood-Tied Groups from Iftar Dinner.  President Donald Trump excluded a variety of domestic Islamic groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood from his first White House annual Islamic 'Iftar' dinner.  The exclusion is a sharp change from former President Barack Obama, who put the Brotherhood-linked groups front-and-center in his Iftar dinners and his Middle East strategy.

The Trump Rationale:  The fact that Trump never served in the military or held a political office before 2016 may explain his blunders and coarseness.  But such lacunae in his résumé also may account for why he is not constrained by New York-Washington conventional wisdom.  His background makes elites grimace, though their expertise had increasingly calcified and been proved wrong and incapable of innovative approaches to foreign and domestic crises.

The Media Is Killing the Democratic Party.  Trump became president despite majority personal disapproval.  His victory depended on a coalition between his devoted fans and more traditional Republican voters who, despite misgivings, supported him because they concluded that the alternative was worse personally and politically.  Evaluations of his character are now "priced in" to the electoral market.

Why Do Christians Put Up With Trump?  "How can practicing Catholics and evangelical Protestants support a president as immoral as Donald Trump?" This question assumes that it is morally or intellectually inconsistent to do so — an argument that has been advanced in publications as ideologically distant as the National Review and the Atlantic.  But are Christians who support Trump inconsistent or guilty of fundamental moral errors?  To many conservative Christians, such as myself, Donald Trump offered the hope of making right what they saw as going horribly wrong in our country.  Alternative candidates stood for policies that would make things worse and were beset with deep character flaws of their own.

The Editor says...
As in every presidential election since I've been voting, the voters were given a choice between BAD and WORSE.  Granted, Donald Trump is only a nominal Christian, but Hillary Clinton is believed to be a witch.

How To Counter Democratic Obstruction Of Trump Nominees.  Senate Democrats are holding up President Trump's nominees to a degree never witnessed before in my lifetime, and probably not in all of American history. [...] What is to be done?  Sen. James Lankford has presented a resolution that would cut post-cloture debate for most executive branch nominees from 30 hours to just eight.  It passed the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on a 10-9 straight party line vote.  Unfortunately, it seems destined to fail in the Senate.  Sen. Susan Collins says she opposes the Lankford measure.  With Sen. John McCain absent (and who knows how he would vote if present), the resolution almost surely will fall short of majority support.

How long will the religious stand by Donald Trump?  Perhaps the most enduring puzzlement about Donald Trump the president and candidate is his ability, if that's what it is, to attract a faithful political base founded on fervent evangelical Christians, despite his frequently reinforced reputation for less than righteous acts and statements.

The Editor says...
Donald Trump isn't a perfect man or a perfect political candidate, and everyone knew this in 2016.  But with all his flaws, he's a far better choice for president than Hillary Clinton.  Almost any of the others running for the Republican Party nomination would have been a better choice than Hillary Clinton.  Bernie Sanders would have been a better choice than Hillary Clinton.  Donald Trump was elected primarily because he was not Hillary Clinton.

In concession to ethanol industry, Trump says he backs E15 gasoline year-round.  President Trump on Thursday said the administration will approve year-round sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol — a major policy shift for the federal government that indicates the White House is looking to strike a deal between the biofuels industry and its critics.  Mr. Trump made the declaration in the Oval Office on Thursday morning [4/12/2018].  "We're going to raise it up to 15 percent ... makes a lot of people happy," the president said.  "We're going to go to 12 months ... We'll go from eight months to 12 months."

More information — none of it favorable — about ethanol.

If This Is "Representation" Give Me Rebellion.  As I listen to President Trump on his action of signing the current Omnibus bill, I am left with no other conclusion than he is really not as strong a leader as many seem to believe him to be.  He signed this terrible $1.3 trillion bill for all the wrong reasons and lamented its exclusion of terrible other items, like DACA, but nowhere did he castigate these do-nothing "leaders" for adding a bad gun control act called "NICS"; this Omnibus bill is all smoke and mirrors and the 33 miles of added funding for border fencing is just that — a fence [barely], not a wall.  This bill continues to fund Planned Parenthood too.  Oh, and Sanctuary Cities Too.  Really?  What happened to all Trump's talk about "defunding" sanctuary cities?  And how many more times are we going to provide border wall funding only to see a lesser plan offered and implemented for less money and the appropriated money simply disappear?  Into someone's pockets?  Especially now that we see this bill provides funding to secure the borders of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Trump and the Degenerate GOP Spenders.  President Donald J. Trump is unhappy.  Why?  Because he signed a wildly unpopular (outside of Washington, D.C. at least) omnibus spending bill.  Chants of "never again" emanated from the president's mouth as he described the $1.3 trillion spending bill as "ridiculous" (as though he had no choice but to sign the dreadful legislation).  Pathetically, the president hid behind the military, as every Republican president does when they are about to abandon their voters.  It's not that anyone expected Donald Trump to ride into office and start governing by fiat (although, his predecessor certainly did that).

Big Budget Bills and the Death of Small Government.  Speaking of the new $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill that Congress hastily crafted, no elected official had read, and that Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law, Fox News' Greg Gutfeld said on The Five, with surprising nonchalance, "I don't understand why people are angry over this.  I mean, how could you not see this coming?  Donald Trump is not a libertarian.  He's not small government."  With a somber smirk, he proclaims, "small government is dead.  Sadly, as a conservative, it is dead."

Once Again, I Ask:  Why Vote Republican?  Republicans control the White House and Congress.  Obamacare has not been repealed, and Mexico has not had to pay for a wall since there is no wall.  The omnibus spending bill sailed through Congress.  One point three trillion dollars in spending passed by the party of fiscal restraint.  Sure, there is increased military spending, but there's only chump change for the border wall, enough funding for only 33 miles on the U.S. southern border.  Instead, Ryan's and McConnell's spend-a-thon provides $500 million for a 274-mile wall on Jordan's border with Syria and Iraq, along with a wall for Tunisia, too.  Planned Parenthood is funded, as are sanctuary cities, with catch and release alive and well.  Didn't Republicans run on defunding all of this?

GOP's Spending Bill Fully Funds Planned Parenthood.  Despite the promises of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and GOP leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) that they want to defund Planned Parenthood, the $1.3-trillion omnibus spending bill pushed through on Wednesday night [3/21/2018] by the Republican-controlled House does not defund the abortion provider.  Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) reportedly is planning to introduce an amendment to the bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, reported The Hill.  However, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told The Hill this amendment and several others have "zero percent" chance of passing out of the House Rules Committee.  The latest annual report of Planned Parenthood, for 2016-17, shows that it performed 321,384 abortions in its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016.

Judge, Lest Ye Be Judged.  I deeply deplore and heartily condemn adultery, including Donald Trump's (and Dwight D. Eisenhower's, Thomas Jefferson's, Lord Horatio Nelson's, etc.).  It's a grave sin.  It's a grave violation of a sacred oath.  And it does certainly seem that, back when he was still a Democrat (and I deplore that part of his past, as well), Donald J. Trump was an active adulterer.  I certainly hope he's matured since 2006 and that he is sincere in his plan to never, ever be an active adulterer, or a Democrat, again.  Presumably, he's apologized to his wife — about at least one of those.  I hope he's approached the Almighty, as well, the ultimate authority to whom we answer in these matters.  But as for the rest of us ... well, I can't really see that he needs to answer to us as voters, for what he did on his own time, before we hired him. [...] Trump was not elected as a longtime exemplar of Christian values, at least not by anyone who'd been paying attention.

Donald Trump's most casually broken promise.  Politicians break campaign promises all the time.  Some are big promises, some are small.  But few have been broken as completely, as brazenly, and as casually as Donald Trump's promise not to play golf, or at least not to play a lot of golf, as president.  Candidate Trump told campaign crowds many, many times that a President Trump would be so busy serving the American people that golf would be out of the question.  "I'm going to be working for you," he told a campaign rally crowd in August 2016.  "I'm not going to have time to play golf."

Trump on 'Crazy' Owners: 'Take the Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second'.  President Trump proposed confiscating guns from those thought to be potentially dangerous first and adjudicating later at a White House roundtable with congressional Democrats and Republicans to discuss what gun legislation could pass both chambers.  Attendees included Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), staunch gun-control advocates since the Sandy Hook school massacre, and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), whose district includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Trump was flanked by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who introduced a bill to fix parts of the background check system after the Sutherland Springs church mass shooting in his state, and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has long tried to revive the assault weapons ban.

President Trump Bucks NRA, Pushes Forward with Gun Control.  President Trump made clear Wednesday [2/28/2018] that he is moving forward with certain gun controls despite NRA opposition.  CNN quoted Trump saying, "Half of you are so afraid of the NRA.  And you know what?  There's nothing to be afraid of."  A senior administration official confirmed that the big sticking point between Trump and the NRA is Trump's plan to raise the minimum age for rifle purchases from 18-years old 21-years old.  But the White House did caveat that intention by suggesting the increased age may only be on "certain firearms."

Wait — Did Trump Just Give Pro-Gun Control Democrats Everything They Wanted?  Prior to their meeting with President Trump, members of Congress did not know where he stood on gun issues and the Second Amendment.  Well, they might have had an idea, though they wanted more "clarity."  President Trump has said he wants to do a few things in the aftermath of the horrific school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which has shocked the nation, but also energized the small, but vocal army of the anti-gun Left.  The meeting went as their previous one on immigration.  Trump went around the room, asked for opinions, and engaged in a dialogue with Democratic and Republican members of Congress.  Some of it was grounded, where the president discussed his desire to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and the unstable.  No one disagrees with that, but where it went off the hinges is where he advocated for a comprehensive bill that included universal background checks without concealed carry reciprocity and the confiscation of firearms from those who might be considered a danger without due process.

The president may be confused, but the citizenry is not.  The president said some very stupid things yesterday [2/28/2018] about gun rights in this nation.  Nobody wants another school shooting, but you can't take away someone's guns without due process.  And the fact that everything that politicians, the president included, are saying will do nothing to deter another shooting is why a lot of people are considering buying more guns and ammunition with their bigger paychecks.

NRA chief says Trump does NOT want gun control.  A leader of the National Rifle Association has declared that President Donald Trump does not want gun control.  On Thursday [3/1/2018], President Trump said he had a 'great' meeting at the White House with the gun lobby — one day after the president told lawmakers to take people's guns away and 'go through due process second.'  'Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!' Trump tweeted.  But Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, said that the president supports the Second Amendment and safe schools — but not gun control.

Trump Plans to Ban Bump Stocks by Administrative Fiat.  Today [2/28/2018] President Trump said he plans to prohibit bump stocks by executive order, notwithstanding the lack of legal authority to impose such an administrative ban.  "We can do that with an executive order," Trump told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).  "I'm going to write the bump stock, essentially, write it out.  So you won't have to worry about bump stock[s].  Shortly that will be gone."  Trump's determination to ban bump stocks by administrative fiat is a blatantly political attack on the rule of law that conservatives would have immediately condemned as such if Barack Obama had attempted it.  Bump stocks are accessories that increase a rifle's rate of fire by harnessing recoil energy to help the shooter slide the weapon back and forth against his trigger finger.  Previously an obscure novelty, they became notorious after they were used in the mass shooting that killed 58 people in Las Vegas last year.

Trump's Sudden Love of Gun Control Isn't That Sudden.  Just about every gun owner and Second Amendment advocate I know put aside concerns and jumped on the Trump train.  Trump won, bringing cheer to gun owners and the NRA, and then he nominated Neil Gorsuch, elating them even more.  But Wednesday [2/28/2018] we learned that the Trump White House might not be all that different from the Clinton White House on guns after all.

Republicans Astonished by Trump's Gun Control Comments.  During a televised bipartisan meeting to discuss gun control proposals with members of Congress on Wednesday, President Donald Trump split with conventional Republican wisdom and suggested that guns be confiscated from individuals who could pose safety threats before due process is carried out under the law.  Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse issued a statement rebuking those comments Wednesday night.  "We're not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the president talked to today doesn't like them," Sasse wrote.  Other Republican senators mostly distanced themselves from Trump's statement.

Trump's New Budget Plan Is a Fiscal Disaster.  The federal government's fiscal outlook has been in decline since the Bush administration, and President Trump's new budget plan is another step in the wrong direction.  Trump's 2019 budget ramps up spending on the military and border security.  Although the budget offers some ideas for domestic spending cuts, most of these won't see the light of day.  In other words, it continues the long-term unwinding of the nation's fiscal discipline.

Trump budget abandons fiscal conservatism — and so does hypocritical GOP.  Remember Republicans' enduring commitment over most of our lifetimes to eliminate the federal budget deficit and trim the national debt?  Well, forget it.  In fact, with the GOP controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, the government this year will likely inflict nearly an additional trillion dollars on the existing $20 trillion national debt.  And just like your credit card balance, the total federal obligations will also increase right along with now rising interest rates.  Amazingly after all the promises and pleas for more than two generations, it seems everyone, except maybe a showboat senator making a futile late-night legislative gesture, seems good with such overspending.

In Budget Deal, GOP and Trump Fully Fund Planned Parenthood.  Despite promising to defund Planned Parenthood, President Donald Trump signed a budget Friday, which was passed by the Republican-led Congress, that fully funds the nation's largest abortion provider.  In a letter to pro-lifers during the election, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said "I am committed to ... Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.  While the budget provides more funding for community health centers, it also fully funds Planned Parenthood.

Here's What You Need To Know About That 'Nationalized 5G' Proposal.  Sunday [1/28/2018] brought a big surprise in the form of a leaked proposal to create a secure, government-controlled "5G" network in the U.S. that would keep out the Chinese (in more ways than one).  The document, leaked to Axios and largely verified by Reuters, was the product of a "senior National Security Council official" who recently presented it to senior officials from other agencies.  The proposal may or may not already be dead in the water, but it looks like the White House will continue to push for certain elements of what was in there.  That means it's worth taking a deeper look at what the memo called for.

Liberty Alert:  White House considers federal takeover of America's 5G wireless network.  It was only yesterday [1/29/2018] that I shared with you some of the many ways Donald Trump is shredding our Constitutional rights in the name of "safety and security" and how, in his world, there's no national security problem so large that it can't be solved by Big-Brother-styled government.  Since publishing that piece, we've been treated to another example of just how far down the 1984-road Trump is willing to take the country before we drive over a cliff.  On Sunday, we learned that national security officials within the administration are considering a federal takeover of America's 5G wireless network in order to nationalize it as a means to combat Chinese spying on US phone calls.  Isn't it a shame that Trump wasn't this concerned about spying when he reauthorized FISA 702 earlier this month.  I guess when it's the government doing the spying, it's all good.

If Trump Nationalizes 5G Wireless, It Will Be The Last 'G' We Ever See.  National security officials in the Trump administration are reportedly considering a plan to have the government build the next-generation 5G wireless network in an effort to thwart China's advances.  It is a terrible idea.  But terrible ideas tend to thrive in the Washington swamp if they're not quickly uprooted.

DACA: What is Trump doing?  Last Thursday afternoon [1/25/2018], President Trump presented the outlines of his proposed "deal" on DACA.  It offers full amnesty with a path to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA eligible illegal aliens.  In so doing he demoralized the huge base of support that carried him into office specifically because he promised to swiftly end DACA, and simultaneously cut off at the knees ongoing efforts to push back against amnesty for illegal aliens. [...] As Ted Cruz so accurately said, the president is betraying the greatest single promise he made to voters. [...] Trump is betting the Democrats are overplaying their hand as they did with the shutdown.

Trump's Draft Amnesty:  Unlimited, Forever, and Before a Wall Is Built.  A near-final draft of the White House's unlimited and forever amnesty bill says the administration wants $25 billion for a wall over the next five years, and will not cancel chain-migration or visa-lottery inflows until the last of the 4 million foreigners now in the pipeline have arrived in the 2030s.  The amnesty is dubbed the Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United Reform Effort Act, or SECURE Act.  It is based on the SUCCEED Act developed by Sen. Thom Tillis and Sen. James Lankford, and it offers amnesty to an unlimited number of people, without any ending date.

Are We Heading for an Immigration Sellout?  First off, can we just say that the country owes these adults (because they're all adults now) nothing.  Their parents broke the law, knowingly and willingly.  The idea that granting them citizenship is the only "moral" option because they're here "through no fault of their own" is ridiculous.  There are millions of Americans with parents in prison, should their parents be released because leaving someone without their parent is a situation they're in "through no fault of their own"? [...] There is no statute of limitations on violating immigration law — every day someone is in the country illegally they are breaking the law.  It's a continual violation.

Mark Levin:  Trump's amnesty for 1.8 million 'pathetic,' worse than Obama.  Just this week, President Trump called for legalizing some 700,000 "DREAMers," but today is a new day, and now Trump is also offering citizenship an additional 1.1 million illegal aliens who never even applied to be "DREAMers" in return for a border wall and an end to chain migration... in 10 years.  Mark Levin said that Trump's offer is terrible for the country and an awful bargaining strategy on his radio show last night[.]

'Extremely Bad Idea:' WH Plan Expands U.S. Citizenship for Illegal Aliens to Potentially Uncontrollable Levels.  Details of a White House plan revealed on Thursday expands the number of illegal aliens who would be eligible for a pathway to U.S. citizenship far beyond the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  According to senior adviser Stephen Miller, the White House will push for a deal on immigration that gives a pathway to U.S. citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens who are enrolled and eligible for Obama's DACA program.

EPA Puts Brakes on Approval Process for Gold, Copper Mine.  In a surprise move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reversed itself Friday and stopped the approval process for the proposed Pebble Mine copper and gold mine project in southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay region.  "It is my judgment at this time that any mining projects in the region likely pose a risk to the abundant natural resources that exist there," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement.

More about the EPA vs the Pebble Mine.

The Art of the Choke.  The White House immigration outline was released today and it's not good.  It could change tomorrow, for all we know, but as it stands now, this is a preemptive surrender on several issues.

For Liberals, Every[]Thing In the World Is About Trump.  Trump's record is at least as pro-gay as Barack Obama's or Hillary Clinton's, if you assume that is a good thing:  ["]His history with the gay community is a long one.  He donated to charities focused on the AIDS crisis in the late 1980s and early '90s.  In 2000, when he briefly considered running for president, he gave an interview to The Advocate, a gay magazine, in which he supported amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to 'include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.'["]

'Let Us Celebrate' — Trump Rings In Kwanzaa.  President Donald Trump released a statement Tuesday [12/26/2017] celebrating the African American holiday of Kwanzaa.  "Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African American heritage and culture.  Together, let us celebrate during this joyous time the richness of the past and look with hope toward a brighter future," the statement reads, adding "as families and friends join to light the Kinara, Melania and I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year to come."

Report: White House Trying to Sneak LGBT Activist Through Committee.  Earlier today [12/12/2017], I reported on President Trump's re-nomination of Chai Feldblum as EEOC commissioner.  Feldblum is an LGBT activist and the architect of the Obama administration's radical LGBT agenda, including its policy mandating that transgender individuals can use the restroom of their choice.  She believes that in almost all cases where the sexual liberty of gays conflicts with religious belief, "sexual liberty should win because that's the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner."  Now, a source tells me that the White House is pushing to have the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions vote Feldblum out of committee tomorrow during executive session.  If this occurs, I'm told it will be with no hearing, no interview by the Committee, and possibly with no completed FBI investigation (this is not clear).  In fact, Feldblum's re-nomination is barely public knowledge.  Bloomberg reported it in the subscription-only Daily Labor Report.  I can't find any report of her nomination on the internet, other than mine.

Trump betrays conservatives:  Nominates anti-Christian, pro-LGBT activist to EEOC.  [Scroll down]  Well, it looks like Donald Trump is ready to give [Chai] Feldblum and the LGBT agenda a big boost.  In an announcement last week, the "most pro-LGBT" Republican candidate for president re-nominated Feldblum to keep her job at the EEOC. And despite claims by some in Trump's inner circle of "evangelical advisors" that this only happened because Trump wasn't briefed on Feldblum or involved in her nomination, the track record of the man who swore to "do everything in (his) power to protect LGBTQ citizens" at the Republican National Convention indicates that this is right in line with the priorities of President Trump and Vice President Pence.  For example, when Trump followed Jared and Ivanka's advice to reaffirm an Obama executive order that essentially legalized discrimination against Christian business owners by requiring them to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government, Pence — who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to LGBT radicals — defended the pro-LGBT decision.

Tillerson gives another $47M to Muslim "refugees" in Myanmar; $150M so far in 2017.  So much for the America First policy.  Tillerson is following in Clinton's footsteps, wasting American taxpayer dollars on foreign Muslims.

You Can't Hide From Calorie Counts:  FDA Will Implement Obama-Era Rule.  Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner appointed by the Trump administration, has this in common with Michelle Obama:  He wants to know what's in the food he eats.  And this, it seems, includes calorie counts.  Now, the FDA has released its guidance on implementing an Obama-era rule that requires chain restaurants and other food establishments to post calories on menus or menu boards.  The mandate was written into the Affordable Care Act back in 2010.

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No matter how you vote, Republican or Democrat, Obamacare is apparently here to stay, because that's what the Uni-party Establishment wants.  These nanny-state menu rules are just one of Obamacare's tentacles.  The goal of Obamacare is to expand the government and make all of us more dependent on it.

IRS gives illegals welfare, forces Obamacare tax on Americans.  [President] Trump has not fired John Koskinen as Commissioner of the IRS.  House conservatives wanted to impeach him when Obama was president for lying to Congress, but everyone thought either way he would surely be fired on Trump's first day in office.  He's still in power in his full glory.  Now he has announced that the IRS plans to enforce the individual mandate even against those who leave the question blank on their tax forms, something the Obama administration didn't begin enforcing before the election.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt has 'epiphany,' sides with ethanol industry in key policy fight.  After heavy pressure from lawmakers and other stakeholders, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday night sided with pro-ethanol lawmakers and said his agency will abandon many controversial changes to the nation's ethanol mandate — prompting a top biofuels leader to claim that Mr. Pruitt apparently has had an "epiphany" over the past few days.  In a letter to seven key senators, Mr. Pruitt — who had been critical of ethanol during his time as Oklahoma attorney general — shot down several major concerns about looming adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the federal law that requires the blending of ethanol with gasoline.  The letter comes just days after Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and perhaps the loudest pro-ethanol voice in Congress, threatened to hold up nominees for top-level EPA posts if Mr. Pruitt didn't acquiesce to their demands on the RFS.

Trump Bends The Knee To King Corn.  [T]oday's energy picture makes the ethanol mandate entirely obsolete.  Thanks to the fracking revolution, the U.S. is now awash in domestic supplies of oil and natural gas.  Oil prices have dropped and net imports are lower than they've been in more than 30 years.  The U.S. could become a net exporter of oil within a decade.  So the idea that replacing some oil with ethanol is vital to national security or stable energy prices is a relic of a bygone era.  Nor is the RFS a win for the environment.  In fact, various studies have shown that, when you consider the entire life cycle of each energy source, ethanol is a bigger polluter than gasoline.  A 2014 University of Minnesota study, for example, found that "corn ethanol is about twice as damaging to the air quality as gasoline."  The Environmental Working Group has called ethanol "a disaster for the climate."

Trump on Puerto Rico's debt: 'We're going to have to wipe that out.  President Trump told Fox News Tuesday that "you can say goodbye" to Puerto Rico's debt as the island struggles to recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.  Trump spoke to Fox News' Geraldo Rivera in an interview that aired exclusively on "Hannity" Tuesday evening [10/3/2017].  The president spend the day touring the damage left by Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century.

Why Trump Must Fire Obama Holdover Cordray.  In the private sector and during his short time as president, Donald J. Trump has never been shy about firing subordinates.  Yet some powerful Obama holdovers seem to have a puzzling staying power.  The recent decision of the Justice Department not to prosecute Lois Lerner for her alleged role in the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative non-profits brought criticism and also highlighted the fact that Obama's appointee John Koskinen is still at the IRS's helm.  Even more frustrating is that Trump has yet to fire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray, despite Cordray's actions that go directly against Trump's deregulatory agenda and despite calls for his removal from both Trump's supporters and critics within the GOP.

Luther Strange Endorsement Is Just Latest Awful Advice Trump Received from Jared Kushner.  To no one's surprise, President Donald Trump is apparently "furious" over his woefully misguided decision to go all-in for Luther Strange in Alabama's U.S. Senate primary.  It was a decision that blew spectacularly up in the president's face last night with Strange's massive 10-point loss to Roy Moore, an outsider much closer in spirit to Trumpism than establishment crony Strange.  In what is becoming a disturbing pattern, Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner was apparently one of those who advised the president to back Strange, to once again sail into big, jagged rocks — a humiliation for Trump that anyone with any real-world political sense should have (and did) seen coming from a mile away.

Illegals rush the border for Trump's promise of amnesty.  During the first few months of Trump's presidency, border crossings declined to the lowest level in a generation.  Now, new data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows that border crossings have spiked for the past four consecutive months, despite the hot weather, which usually causes an annual drop in border crossings in the summer.  It's quite obvious that the initial perception of Trump as a strict law enforcer has been revised in the eyes of potential migrants, following Trump's promise to pass amnesty within the next six months.  When will the political class finally learn the lessons of failed amnesty and place the security of Americans first — before any discussion of amnesty?

The Unaccountable IRS.  To understand the pragmatic realities of federal governance in the 21st century, one must recognize the existence of a fourth branch of government:  the administrative state.  We have some two million federal bureaucrats with extraconstitutional legislative powers.  Not only do they write the reams of regulations that order our lives, they have the authority to enforce them capriciously.  And thanks to absurd civil service protections, it is exceedingly difficult to hold them accountable for abuses of power, even when Congress demands it.  Of course, you can't censure federal bureaucrats for their crimes if you don't even try.  On September 8, Donald Trump's Justice Department announced it would not be reopening an investigation into the conduct of Lois Lerner, the IRS official responsible for targeting and harassing conservative groups in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Trump Didn't Get Rolled by Pelosi and Schumer.  Trump has run into trouble, mostly as a result of the fact that he does not know what he is doing and is too lazy to learn how to do the job.  He has made an ethic of willful ignorance, and as a result he failed to get some relatively easy things done:  In spite of what you hear on talk radio and from the talking mouths on cable news, Republicans do want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  But that's a big piece of domestic policy that requires presidential leadership of the sort that Trump is simply unable to offer, having given no serious thought to the question other than to say that he'd prefer a "great" and "terrific" system to the current one, preferably at a lower price.  How do get that done without raising taxes to fund new subsidies — while keeping the expensive and market-distorting but very popular preexisting-conditions rules — is non-obvious.

Levin on DACA: 'We Have a Little Problem'; We Don't Know Where Trump Stands.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show program Thursday [9/14/2017], host Mark Levin discussed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), telling his audience "we have a little problem" because it's unclear where President Trump now stands on two key planks of his presidential primary campaign:  DACA and 'The Wall.'  "Well, the backbenchers, TV, the rest, they've kind of caught up where we are here, ladies and gentleman, that we have a little problem," stated Mark Levin.  "We have a little problem.  I'm going to pose a question to you:  Where exactly does President Trump stand on DACA and 'The Wall' today?"

Right explodes in anger over Trump's immigration push.  Only a week ago, Trump thrilled his base by rescinding an Obama-era order on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows about 800,000 young people brought into the country illegally to live and work without fear of deportation.  But the president quickly backtracked, reaching an agreement late Wednesday over dinner with Democratic leaders Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.)and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) that would extend protection to the so-called Dreamers in exchange for promises to enhance border security.

Morning Joe:  Time to Put 'Right-Wing Media' 'Out of Business' and 'Break Their Backs'.  Instead of rallying the troops to curb stomp conservative media into a bloody pulp, perhaps [Steve] Schmidt and other analysts at MSNBC should take a look at a broader array of polls.  For example, as Nate Silver's outfit FiveThirtyEight has recently pointed out, it was likely Trump's hardline campaign stance on immigration that propelled him to victory in the primaries last year.  Across the country, Trump voters who rated immigration as their top issue consistently voted for him in huge numbers.  Considering that Trump explicitly promised to end DACA, reversing course on that could well be seen as a betrayal.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Comes With an Extra-Large Side of Pork.  It was just a matter of time before our ideologically flexible president started making deals across the aisle.  The result is a $15 billion Harvey relief package that includes short-term debt ceiling and government funding increases, along with the promise of a messy end-of-year negotiation process.  President Donald Trump most likely equates making deals with getting things done.  But all deals aren't created equal, and for anyone who believes in fiscal responsibility, this deal, which passed the House and the Senate in spite of many disgruntled members, was particularly lousy.

9/11/2017: Trump, Pence, Mattis, Sessions Fail to Name 'Radical Islamic Terrorism'.  On the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump did not once mention the terms "radical Islam" or "Islamic terrorism" during a commemoration ceremony at the Pentagon.  Those phrases were also not mentioned in speeches today [9/11/2017] by other Trump administration senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Instead of naming the enemy, Trump seemingly went out of his way to use other descriptors in his speech, including "terrorists who attacked us," "barbaric forces of evil and destruction," "horrible, horrible enemies," "enemies of all civilized people," and "enemies like we've never seen before."

The "Hillary Was Worse" Justification Grows Weaker.  People whose ultimate objective is the advancement of conservatism find no joy in seeing Trump morph back into the Democrat he's always been.  But make no mistake, that's precisely what is unfolding. [...] Hillary could have never pushed through amnesty like Trump is poised to do.  Hillary could have never gotten Republicans to go along with repealing the debt ceiling altogether and granting the government a blank check to spend more than it has, which is precisely what Trump is poised to do.

Trump Has Always Backed Amnesty, White House Says.  President Donald Trump's request that Congress protect illegal immigrants is not a change of heart, but something Trump has always supported, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.  Trump presented a hard-line immigration policy on the campaign trail and said during an August 2016 campaign speech that "there will be no amnesty."

Trump's DOJ won't pursue charges against Lois Lerner, former IRS senior executive.  The Trump Justice Department has once again cleared former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner of criminal liability stemming from the tea party targeting.  In a letter to top Republicans, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd said they re-reviewed the case and concluded there isn't enough evidence to charge Ms. Lerner, who was at the center of the targeting.  Mr. Boyd said the new review included lawyers who only recently joined the department and weren't part of the Obama administration's earlier decision.

Trump DOJ: No plans to charge Lois Lerner in IRS scandal.  The Trump administration has no plans to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner over her role in the Tea Party targeting scandal, the Justice Department said Friday [9/8/2017] in response to calls by Republican lawmakers to revisit the case.  In a letter to the lawmakers, the Justice Department said that "reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence."  This past April, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., had asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take a "fresh look" at the case.

Lois Lerner:  Free As A Bird — For Now.  There's a name we haven't seen in the news for a while.  What has former IRS honcho Lois Lerner been up to since her somewhat abrupt "retirement" in the wake of the IRS scandal?  Well, having failed to secure a pardon from Barack Obama before he moved out of the Oval Office, there have been investigations going on into her department's handling of conservative non-profit groups.  This may have had Ms. Lerner a bit on the nervous side for a while but now it appears that she can rest easy.

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Donald Trump was elected because he said he was going to go to Washington and "drain the swamp."  What part of the swamp affects voters most directly?  The IRS.  Letting Lois Lerner skate, and leaving Rudy Koskinen in place is a betrayal of the voters.

Jeff Sessions Gives Disgraced Obama-Era IRS Official Lois Lerner Get-Out-Of-Jail Free Card.  Somebody wake up Jeff Sessions and inform him he is supposed to be the Attorney General of the United States.  The Sessions-led Justice Department, which has acted much like its Democratic predecessors, has denied a Congressional request to prosecute Obama-era IRS official Lois Lerner for any of her alleged illegal transgressions committed while targeting conservatives while at Treasury.  Lerner is now officially the newest member of The Swamp with a get-out-of-jail free card.

Sessions welcomes restoration of asset forfeiture:  "I love that program".  Attorney General Jeff Sessions welcomed the restoration of the practice of asset forfeiture Friday [9/1/2017] in a speech at a law enforcement conference in Alabama.  "I love that program," Sessions said.  "We had so much fun doing that, taking drug dealers' money and passing it out to people trying to put drug dealers in jail.  What's wrong with that?"  Sessions, reviewing some of the steps the DOJ has taken recently under his watch, went off script from his prepared remarks to express his excitement about the restoration of the controversial practice.

Trump plans to lift Obama-era ban on giving local police military equipment.  The Trump administration will bring back the movement of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.  Documents obtained by Fox News reveal President Trump will sign an executive order reversing an Obama-era policy which restricted local police agencies' ability to get access to gear such as armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and other military-grade equipment.  Trump's executive order will restore "The full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense."

President Trump Reverses Obama Executive Order Blocking Military Surplus From Police Purchase.  Today President Trump has issued an executive order revoking a previous Executive Order #13688, put in place by President Obama, which blocked local and state law enforcement from purchasing military surplus gear.  Effective with today's order local law enforcement will have access to U.S. military equipment.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited two studies which concluded that the use of military-style equipment can have positive effects, reducing citizen complaints and assaults on officers.

Trump Gives Obama Project to Help Food-Stamp Recipients Eat More Fruit & Veggies $16.8 Million.  The Trump administration is throwing more money at a controversial Obama-era program that dedicated tens of millions of dollars to help food-stamp recipients eat more fruits and vegetables.  It was part of a project launched by the former president and his wife to provide low-income minorities — already getting free groceries from the government — with healthier foods, compliments of Uncle Sam.  In the last two years alone of the Obama presidency the initiative, known as Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program, received an astounding $62.5 million.  This month, the Trump administration announced that the cash will keep flowing via the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency that administers the nation's monstrous food-stamp program.

Remember that Time Trump Said "Get Out of Afghanistan"? Neither Does He.  As Matt Welch and Ed Krayewski have noted, President Donald Trump's plans for a United States military presence in Afghanistan aren't just secretive and undefined.  They represent a total reversal of earlier statements condemning America's longest war for its utter lack of effectiveness and unconscionable loss of life and gigantic waste of money.  To date, over 2,400 U.S. military have died in the war in Afghanistan and estimates of the cost run between $840 billion and $2 trillion.

Are There Any Adults In The Room?  Being elected president is an accomplishment, but it's more of a means than an end.  The end should be goals for policy changes, and there haven't been any of those.  None on any of the major issues on which Donald Trump campaigned, anyway.  Yes, the Justice Department is enforcing immigration laws once again, but a wall isn't being built and there has been zero movement on the idea of merit-based immigration reform.  Some Obamacare regulations have been rendered inactive, but the law still stands.  "Tax reform" is now used interchangeably with "tax cuts" which, although they'd be nice, aren't exactly gutting the ridiculous and burdensome tax code.  We were supposed to get tired of winning.  Now we're just tired.  Tired of the pointless bickering.  Tired of the drama.

A second special counsel must investigate Clinton, Comey, Lynch and others.  There was a time, not so long ago, when candidate Donald Trump vowed, if elected, to have his attorney general appoint a special counsel to reopen the Hillary Clinton investigation and, if warranted, bring criminal charges against her.  It never happened, of course.  And the president has only himself to blame.  President-elect Trump had a change of heart after winning the election, signaling that his new administration would let bygones be bygones, explaining that Clinton had "suffered" enough.

Jeff Sessions Lets Cops Be Robbers.  Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February:  He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it.  The president will get his wish thanks to a directive issued last week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a clearer idea of what civil forfeiture entails but is only slightly more sensitive to its potential for abuse.  That potential is built into the very concept of civil forfeiture, which allows police to take property allegedly tied to crime without charging the owner.  Worse, law enforcement agencies get to keep revenue generated by forfeitures they initiate, which gives them a financial incentive to target people based on the assets they own rather than the threat they pose.

State Department Lawyers Removing References to ISIS 'Genocide' Against Christians, Other Religious Minorities.  The State Department's top lawyers are systematically removing the word "genocide" to describe the Islamic State's mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies.  Additionally, Democratic senators are delaying confirmation of Mark Green, Trump's pick to head the U.S. Agency for International Development who has broad bipartisan support.

The New DOJ Guidelines On Asset Forfeiture Are Obscene.  The Justice Department's new guidelines on civil asset forfeiture are an obscenity to our founders and the Constitution they wrote.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions released the directive today he claims will actually help make sure criminals can't keep their ill-gotten gains, but are really just an affront to the Fourth Amendment.  The key factor in the new guidelines is that the federal government no longer has to pay attention to state and local laws which make it harder for police to seize assets without a criminal conviction.  One of the few things Attorney General Eric Holder got right during his tenure was telling federal agencies they had to follow state law with the equitable-sharing program.  Sessions is undoing this policy.

Trump Recertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, but Only Reluctantly.  President Trump agreed on Monday [7/17/2017] to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed.  Mr. Trump has repeatedly condemned the deal brokered by President Barack Obama as a dangerous capitulation to Iran, but six months into his presidency he has not abandoned it.  The decision on Monday was the second time his administration certified Iran's compliance, and aides said a frustrated Mr. Trump had told his security team that he would not keep doing so indefinitely.

Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Asset Forfeiture.  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will issue new directives to increase the federal govenment's use of civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from suspected criminals without charging them with a crime.  Speaking at a National District Attorneys Association conference in Minneapolis Monday [7/17/2017], Sessions said state and local law enforcement could expect changes from U.S. Attorneys in several areas: increased prosecution of gun crimes, immigration offenses, gang activity, and prescription drug abuse, as well as increased asset seizure by the federal government.

24 Republicans Vote To Preserve Transgender Ideology in Military.  Twenty-four Republicans banded together on Thursday [7/13/2017] to defeat an amendment which would have ended former President Barack Obama's 2016 policy of funding "gender-reassignment" surgery for soldiers who want to live as members of the opposite sex.  The amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was offered by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R, Mo.).  It would have prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for the non-military medical task of converting healthy soldiers into "transgender" soldiers who face lifelong dependence on hormones and surgery.

Trump's biggest mistake — not going after Hillary.  When Donald Trump said he would not pursue legal action against Hillary Clinton after he won the election, the majority of his supporters were not happy.  After all, what Hillary, her family, and the Clinton Foundation actually did, or were accused of doing through credible evidence, was obviously criminal.  Fast-forward to today, and the onslaught of false Russian collusion accusations against President Trump, and it is obvious why not going after Hillary was a huge mistake.

Pentagon to keep paying for sex-change surgeries.  Two-dozen House Republicans broke with their pro-defense brethren Thursday and helped Democrats kill an amendment that would have barred the military from funding transgender sex reassignment surgeries and hormone therapies.  The amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which sets out policies on America's $696 billion military budget, failed 214-209, with all Democrats and 24 Republicans opposing.  It means the military health care system will be called on to provide such surgeries as routine treatments for the first time, unless the Trump administration changes Obama-era policies that allow transgender troops to remain on duty.

Trump Admin Continues Obama-Era Tradition Of Giving Millions To Soros-Linked Groups.  The Trump administration gave $6.3 million to a group linked to liberal mega-donor George Soros as part of an effort to to develop "independent, professional media" in Moldova, The Daily Caller has learned.  The Agency for International Development (USAID) doles out millions of dollars to groups around the world, and frequently this money ends up in the hands of organizations supported by Soros.  The Daily Caller has previously reported that USAID during the Obama administration gave at least $15.8 million in Macedonia to groups ran by Soros and to organizations tied to his Open Society Foundations.

Junkie Running Dry.  [Donald] Trump has shown himself intellectually and emotionally incapable of making the transition from minor entertainment figure to major political figure.  He is in the strange position of being a B-list celebrity who is also the most famous man in the world.  His recent Twitter attack on Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe exemplifies that as much as it does the president's other by-now-familiar pathologies, notably his strange psychological need to verbally abuse women in physical terms.  Trump may have his problems with women, but it is his unrequited love of the media that is undoing him.

US planning to create 'Space Corps' as sixth branch of armed forces.  The House Armed Services Committee has voted to create a US "Space Corps", which would become a new branch of the armed forces and incorporate the current space missions of the US Air Force.  If the US Space Corps goes ahead, it would be the first new military service in the country since 1947.  The move has caused consternation as committee members of the panel say they were only recently informed, giving them little time to protest against the proposal.

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Expansion of the federal government is exactly what we would have expected from President Hillary Clinton.

This is exactly what President Hillary Clinton would have done:
Trump to prosecute schools that fail to embrace transgender lie.  Many LGBT groups considered Trump to be "the most pro-LGBT candidate" to ever be nominated by the GOP — a title he gleefully embraced during the Republican National Convention.  In his acceptance speech, Trump told the crowd, "As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens."  One of his first actions as president, taken even before his nothing-burger executive order that supposedly protects religious liberty, Trump — actually Ivanka — reaffirmed an executive order first issued by Obama that required government contractors to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government.  Many LGBT groups considered Trump to be "the most pro-LGBT candidate" to ever be nominated by the GOP — a title he gleefully embraced during the Republican National Convention.  In his acceptance speech, Trump told the crowd, "As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens."

Chaffetz: Trump's Administration Isn't Very Different Than Obama's.  Departing Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz is disappointed that President Donald Trump's administration has not been responsive to congressional oversight requests.  Chaffetz, the former chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said that Trump's administration is almost worse than the previous one when it comes to responding to oversight requests from Congress.  "The reality is, sadly, I don't see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration," Chaffetz said Sunday [6/18/2017] on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.

Army's transgender policy includes guidelines on male pregnancies.  The Army has begun mandatory transgender sensitivity training for soldiers.  The training covers everything from "transfemale" soldiers to transgender shower etiquette to dealing with a male soldier who becomes pregnant. [...] "That pregnancy scenario is beyond words," Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty executive director Ron Crews told me.  "This is an example of how this social policy can be used simply to promote personal agendas at the expense of taxpayers with no regard for being what the military is all about."

Border Numbers Up 31 Percent in One Month as 'Catch and Release' Continues.  The apprehension of illegal border crossers by Border Patrol agents jumped 31 percent in May from the previous month.  The jump follows a six-month decline in apprehensions after the election of President Donald Trump.  The increase comes as Border Patrol agents report "catch and release" programs are quietly continuing.

Trump's reversal allowing amnesty for Dreamers enrages conservative base.  The Trump administration has approved tens of thousands of temporary amnesties for illegal immigrant Dreamers, according to numbers released Thursday [6/8/2017] that underscore a major reversal for President Trump.  The decision has enraged the president's conservative base, which hoped he would make good on his promise to revoke the policy, known in governmentspeak as DACA.  But immigrant rights advocates, who were harshly critical of Mr. Trump during the campaign, said he deserves some credit for defying his right wing and keeping the program intact.

DOJ Decides Not To Prosecute VA Execs Accused Of Intentionally Misleading Congress.  The Department of Justice won't prosecute VA executives accused of intentionally misleading Congress about cost overruns at the new VA hospital in Denver.  The House Committee on Veterans Affairs asked the DOJ for a perjury investigation in 2016, as the committee believed executives were misleading lawmakers to cover up exploding costs for the facility under construction, but the DOJ maintains there is not enough evidence to move forward with prosecution, the Associated Press reports.

Betrayal! Trump grants amnesty to 125,000 illegals in 3 months.  While much of the conservative media is consumed with Comey and Russia, they are missing the irony of defending an administration without even securing some key policy outcomes.  The latest betrayal to the Right is the confirmation that Trump's DHS has issued almost 125,000 "DACA" cards (per Obama's unlawful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order) to illegal aliens through the second quarter of this fiscal year (January through March).  According to newly published data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Trump administration has issued 17,275 initial amnesty cards and over 107,500 renewals of existing status.  This surpasses the 122,000 level of amnesty cards issued during the final quarter of Obama's presidency (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2016), which means the Trump administration is not even slowing down the pace!

I guess the swamp drain must be clogged.
DOJ Decides Not To Prosecute VA Execs Accused Of Intentionally Misleading Congress.  The Department of Justice won't prosecute VA executives accused of intentionally misleading Congress about cost overruns at the new VA hospital in Denver.  The House Committee on Veterans Affairs asked the DOJ for a perjury investigation in 2016, as the committee believed executives were misleading lawmakers to cover up exploding costs for the facility under construction, but the DOJ maintains there is not enough evidence to move forward with prosecution, the Associated Press reports.  Lawmakers wanted the DOJ to look into Glenn Haggstrom and Stella Fiortes, specifically.  At the time, Haggstrom served as principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction (OALC) and Fiortes worked as director of the VA's Office of Construction and Facilities Management.

50,000 new mining jobs thanks to Trump.  President Trump is putting Americans back to work, and the Marxists are in denial.  But a mining industry owner who is hiring workers to try to keep pace with demand said the mining industry is outing the Fake News liars.

DHS Secretary Kelly says he's not deporting Dreamers, suggests Congress grant full legalization.  Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Wednesday that his agents are not actively trying to deport illegal immigrant Dreamers approved for tentative status President Obama's 2012 deportation amnesty, and suggested Congress should find a way to grant them full legalization.  Mr. Kelly declined to take a position on whether the program is legal, saying only that he's heard from both sides of the debate over the amnesty program, known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  "We are not, not, not targeting DACA registrants right now," Mr. Kelly told the House Homeland Security Committee.

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In.  Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department's restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States.  The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates.  Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.

The Ethanol Boondoggle Will Continue.  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue informed reporters this past weekend that one promise Donald Trump intends to keep is his support for ethanol.  At a farming event in Iowa with Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steve King, Perdue said, "Ethanol is here to stay, and we're going to work for new technologies to be more efficient."  Unfortunately, this is one Trump campaign promise that would have been good to break.  The Renewable Fuel Standard — known as the ethanol mandate — is a classic example of what happens when the government interferes in the marketplace, with an agenda to boot.  Through presidential administrations both Republican and Democrat, the government has heavily subsidized the production and distribution of ethanol, as well as required a certain amount of its use, in the hopes of making renewable fuels the next great thing.  That hope hasn't been realized.

The DACA Betrayal.  During the presidential campaign, President Trump said he was going to end President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty, DACA, on "day one."  Then candidate Trump was also forceful in pushing back against those who constantly gave these maudlin tributes to "Dreamers," saying that it was about time Americans started talking about the dreams of their own children.  Well, we are well past day one.  Donald Trump has not done anything on DACA.  Worse, he is now signaling that he is never going to do anything.

Trump's agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, declares that 'ethanol is here to stay'.  For a few moments, President Trump seemed like he might back away from the country's costly ethanol mandate.  First, Trump tapped an ethanol opponent to head up the Environmental Protection Agency.  Then in February the president plugged market deregulation for the renewable fuel industry instead of government subsidization.  But those hopes officially came crashing down this weekend when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue fastened a little pin to his jacket lapel that read "Don't mess with the RFS."

More information — none of it favorable — about ethanol.

Ivanka Trump to Head Review of U.S Role in Paris Climate Change Agreement.  Ivanka Trump has been tapped by her father, President Donald Trump, to review the United States' commitment to the Paris Climate Change agreement, signed by former President Barack Obama as an executive agreement in 2015 without congressional approval, the Associated Press is reporting.  The agreement requires countries to cut greenhouse emissions on a country-by-country basis, with Obama committing the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  The U.S. is expected to have a representative at the United Nations' climate change meeting in Bonn, Germany, next week but Trump's advisers — including daughter Ivanka and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt — are meeting on Tuesday [5/7/2017] in Washington to decide whether to stick with or withdraw from the deal.

Unworthy Abbas Honored in the White House.  As a great supporter of President Trump, I was saddened to see the leader of the free world welcome to the White House the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who has been a tyrant, Holocaust denier and the cofounder of modern Islamic terrorism.  What is the most disturbing is the fact, that this meeting has elevated the untrustworthy Abbas's prestige and credibility and made him relevant at the time when he is a weakened political figure who is unpopular among his own people and the moderate Sunni states who see the Palestinian issue as an obstacle to getting closer to Israel and America in a united front against Iran.  How do you explain the fact that Trump said during the meeting that it was "an honor" to have the Palestinian president, who was the cofounder of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and modern Islamic Terrorism, and who was second in command to the notorious Yasser Arafat, whose sole purpose was the total and complete destruction of the Jewish state?

Trump's Executive Order on Religious Liberty Is Worse Than Useless.  Fresh on the heels of a budget deal that fully funds Planned Parenthood, Donald Trump has signed a religious-liberty executive order that — if reports are correct — is constitutionally dubious, dangerously misleading, and ultimately harmful to the very cause that it purports to protect.

Trump Voters:  Ya Got Took.  [Scroll down]  No fighting China on currency, no [Mexican border] wall, no NATO reform.  Add a few more items to the list:  Janet Yellen was definitely out before she wasn't; our relationship with Russia was "great" during the campaign but today is a "horrible relationship" that is "at an all-time low" (he may not know about the Cuban missile crisis); the president could not make war on Syria without congressional approval ("big mistake if he does not!") until he could.  The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.

Of Promises Broken — President Trump Signs Stop-Gap Spending Bill.  Under normal fiscal year budget agreements, Trump would have had no input anyway, because this is merely the last five months of last year's budget.  So he signed it.  And all for what?  To avert a shutdown we all know is not a shutdown, but barely a temporary slowdown.  The President should have refused to sign this pig and allowed the government to go into slow-down mode.  Trump and the Republicans are going to get blamed for this anyway, so why not go to the mat and fight for your principles?

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers estimated $20m in 100 days — Obama's cost $97m in 8 years.  President Donald Trump has racked up an historic amount of travel expenses in his first 100 days in office, by far surpassing the president who came before him.  Mr Trump has made a point of repeatedly visiting his private Mar-a-Lago resort and golf course, which he and his administration have referred to as the "winter White House," on the weekends.  Those Florida trips require a nearly 1,000 mile flight aboard Air Force One south from Washington.  Joining the president on that journey are cargo planes carrying motorcade limousines, aircraft transporting staff for security sweeps, and the deployment of the Coast Guard in the waters near the resort.

The Unnoticed Consequences of Incompetent Governance.  While the Trump administration is still trying to figure out how to fund and pass a massive infrastructure bill, at least $20 billion worth of big energy-infrastructure projects — 15 of them in 14 states, all 100 percent privately funded and all holding the potential to create thousands of new construction jobs — are sitting in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, awaiting approval.  The commission isn't simply choosing to stall the projects; it can't approve them, because it needs a quorum of three commissioners to make an official decision and it's been operating with only two since the beginning of February, while three empty seats are yet to be filled by President Trump.  This is an unbelievably vivid illustration of how few people around Trump understand the federal government they've been tasked with running.

PC Pentagon Caves To CAIR, Agrees To 'Review' Anti-Terror Training Program.  The Pentagon has agreed to formally review an anti-terror training program taught to special forces by a private contractor for material deemed offensive to Islam and Muslims, even though the Muslim group that lodged a complaint against the allegedly "Islamophobic" program has been accused by the Justice Department of supporting terrorism and is currently banned from outreach activities by the FBI.  The instructor hired to teach the program says he fears his class might not get a fair hearing, because military brass have assigned the review to a Muslim military chaplain who graduated from a radical Saudi-funded Islamic school raided by federal agents after 9/11 on suspicion of terrorist activities.  He is their second choice for conducting the review.  They had originally picked a more radical military chaplain to inspect the training materials before learning he has ties to an imam with a history of ministering to Muslims later convicted of terrorism.

Why did we vote for the Republican in the 2016 election, if this is the result?
US should stay in Paris climate accord says energy secretary Rick Perry.  The United States should stay in the Paris climate accord but renegotiate it, energy secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday, alleging that some European countries were not doing enough to curb emissions.  A decision is expected by president Donald Trump next month on whether or not to stay in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement limiting global carbon emissions, signed by 194 countries.

Folding like a cheap suitcase:
Trump Indicates He's Open To Delaying Border Wall Funding In Order To Avoid Government Shutdown.  Donald Trump signaled that he is willing to delay funding for the border wall in order to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.  The president said he was open to delaying funding for construction of the wall until September in a meeting with a group of reporters at the White House Monday evening [4/24/2017].

Great news — if you like Syrians:
Trump Is Resettling Syrian Refugees At A Much Quicker Pace Than Obama.  President Donald Trump called Syrian refugees a "great Trojan horse" during the 2016 campaign, but his administration has resettled them in a quicker pace than President Barack Obama did.  Since Trump was inaugurated, 1,401 Syrian refugees have been resettled, State Department figures as of Wednesday reveal.  This is more than double the 625 Syrian refugees resettled under President Obama in the same time frame last year.  The president has admitted about a third fewer refugees from all nations than Obama's State Department did in this time span, as he has resettled 10,565 refugees so far and Obama resettled 14,841.  Syrian refugees, however, were a particular focus of President Trump's when he was running for office.

Trump's Failure to Fill Key Government Posts Is Stalling Key Pipeline Projects.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not the country's most well-known or controversial government agency.  But if you care about building natural gas and oil pipelines or expanding the American power grid, it's pretty important.  FERC consists of five members who can approve or reject plans for major energy-infrastructure projects.  The Trump administration has been slow to nominate candidates to some of the 600 or so significant positions in the executive branch, including the three empty spots on FERC, which has been short of a quorum since President Obama's appointed chairman, Norman Bay, resigned on February 3.

Conservatives Confused Why Koskinen Still Has Job at IRS.  Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was not leading the agency when it was targeting conservative groups that opposed President Obama's policies, but he was pretty uncooperative during Congress's investigation into the scandal during his own tenure.  It's for that reason Republicans are wondering why President Trump has not relieved him of his duties.  "President Trump should fire Commissioner Koskinen and replace him with someone that will bring integrity and competence to the IRS," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told Fox News on Tuesday [4/4/2017].  Fifty-four of Goodlatte's colleagues also penned a letter to the White House urging the administration to remove Koskinen.

An Estimated 36,000 Illegal Immigrants Have Received Amnesty Under Trump, As He Reneges On Promise.  Obama also launched Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which is an amnesty for illegal immigrant parents of American citizen children, however, this has been blocked from implementation by court decisions.  President Trump said during an August speech in Phoenix that he will "immediately terminate" Obama's "illegal executive amnesties," but he has yet to do so.

Trump Admin to Host Convicted Palestinian Terrorist Despite Outrage.  The Trump administration says it will permit a Palestinian official known for endorsing terrorism and murder to enter the United States next week for a series of high-level meetings on the Israel-Palestinian peace process, a move likely to prompt outrage in the pro-Israel community.  The State Department confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon late Thursday [3/30/2017] that it intends to permit Jibril Rajoub, secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, to participate in meetings with U.S. officials next week, despite his repeated calls for terrorism against Israel and a 15-year stint in Israeli prison for committing terror acts.  A State Department official who spoke to the Free Beacon acknowledged Rajoub's radical rhetoric, but maintained he can serve a positive role in peace talks set to take place between Trump administration officials and a Palestinian delegation including Mahmoud Abbas.

Ann Coulter:  Trump 'starting to look like every other Republican administration'.  President Trump is straying from the platform that put him in the Oval Office, rendering his administration like any other Republican White House, Ann Coulter said Tuesday [3/21/2017].  During a radio interview for the "Sean Hannity Show," the conservative pundit rebuked House GOP leaders' measure to repeal and replace ObamaCare and slammed the president for backing it, urging him to stick to the issues that helped him win the election.  "Trump has got to get off this stuff and get off tax cuts and get back on the stuff that got him elected," Coulter said Tuesday.

This is exactly what President Hillary Clinton would have done.
President Trump's Proposed OMB Budget.  The President's 2018 Budget [...] Provides $3.7 billion for continued development of the Orion crew vehicle, Space Launch System, and associated ground system, to send American astronauts on deep-space missions.  To accommodate increasing development costs, the Budget cancels the multi-billion-dollar Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Trump Preserves the Export-Import Bank.  When early drafts of the Trump budget started to circulate after the inauguration, the Export-Import Bank — one of Washington's most notorious corporate-welfare programs — was among the agencies destined for the chopping block.  Now the actual budget is out, and the bank has been spared the ax.  The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney reports that this "follows many reports from congressional fans of Ex-Im that Trump had been persuaded to love the agency, which primarily subsidizes Boeing sales."  (Barack Obama underwent a similar transformation, denouncing the bank as "little more than a fund for corporate welfare" while he was running for president but fighting to preserve it once in office.)

Trump's White House follows Obama's lead telling court not to locate more of Clinton's emails.  President Trump's new administration isn't fighting any harder to have more of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails released.  In fact, based off of court proceedings this week, the Trump Justice Department is following the same playbook as President Obama's, with government lawyers saying they will continue to seek a dismissal of a Judicial Watch case that is trying to force them to locate more of Clinton's emails.  'It's incredible,' said Judicial Watch's head Tom Fitton to the Washington Post.  'They're taking the same position as the Obama administration on Clinton.'

Trump's State Department refuses to look for Hillary Clinton's emails.  Judicial Watch was hoping that "Team Trump" would also mean team transparency.  But the conservative watchdog group was disappointed Monday after State Department lawyers were still insisting — even under their new President Trump-appointed leadership — that they have no intention of trying to find any potential as-yet uncovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time at the department.  Given that Trump once joked that Russia should find Hillary's missing emails, it's an ironic twist for Judicial Watch that it can't get Trump's own State Department to cooperate.

Stuff like this is the reason Americans voted against Hillary Clinton.
White House:  Trump will enforce LGBTQ workplace protections.  The White House said early Tuesday that President Trump will continue to enforce an Obama-era executive order protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in the workplace.  "President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community," said a statement from his press secretary's office.

Trump to enforce Obama's LGBTQ anti-discrimination order.  President Trump will continue to enforce President Obama's 2014 executive order protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination while working as federal contractors, the White House announced Tuesday [1/31/2017].  "President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.  President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election," the White House announced in a statement.

The Editor says...
One thing this country does not need is a spineless, centrist, politically correct Uniparty that grants special rights and privileges to sacred cows because the party fears the castigation of the press or the onslaught of baseless litigation.  Homosexuality is perversion, and is not something to be normalized and legitimized by the federal government.

Loose cannon:
Trump launches a Twitter rant at the New York Times, hours after promising to be restrained online. Donald Trump fired off against his enemies on Sunday in one of his trademark Twitter sprees — hours after vowing to be 'more restrained' on social media.  The President-elect attacked The New York Times for its coverage of him, claiming it had cost them 'thousands of subscribers' since his election win.  In a flurry of tweets on Sunday morning [11/13/2016], he slammed the publication for its 'bad, poor and inaccurate' reports.  It swiftly responded to say subscriptions were up.

No It's Not Cool To Be 70 Going On 14.  It's really rich to hear Democrats rail on about Trump's indefensible womanizing talk (and actions).  But they have a point.  If the Republican Party is aligned with Godliness, what have we done nominating this clown as the paragon of family values and virtue?  They could just say "you guys are stupid" and be right.

This Is No Way To Elect A President.  Trump isn't stupid.  He personally may be a pig, but he's a smart man.  He's just shown himself to be stubborn when it comes to taking advice, undisciplined when it comes to messaging and unprepared (and either oblivious or delusional) for the level of scrutiny he'd face when it comes to running against a Democrat.

The Biggest Blunder of the 2016 Campaign.  [T]he members of the Republican National Committee had to know that the primary aspect of the Democrat' game plan was to crucify Trump with women.  Certainly Trump had to know, as a forty-year tabloid headliner, a 15-year reality TV star, books and interviews in which he boasted about his female conquests, and his own upbringing in a world of male chauvinism that hours of tapes and videos existed that would be used against him.

The coming Trump vs.  Clinton sex scandal showdown.  Consider Trump's reaction to reports on his lewd hot mic moment.  "This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago.  Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close," he said in a statement.  "I apologize if anyone was offended."

The Editor says...
Incidentally, nobody on television has mentioned this, but when the offensive remarks were made, Trump was a Democrat.

The Sun Is Setting on America as Founded.  The Party's current standard bearer, Donald Trump, has proposed further expansion and maintenance of the current central government as he has declared his support for 1) expanded government paid maternity leave and child care, 2) mandatory increases in the minimum wage, 3) punitive tariffs on imported goods, 4) retaliatory steps against business who relocate overseas, 5) taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, 6) leaving Social Security, medicare and all welfare programs in place with no reforms although all are heading for insolvency, 7) doubling the infrastructure spending as proposed by Hillary Clinton, 8) unilaterally abrogating treaties and agreements, 8[$frac12;]) the continued unfettered use of executive orders as he sees fit, and 9) limitations on free speech and changes to libel laws.  The Republican Party, regardless of whether Trump wins or loses, appears irreversibly committed to cementing its status as the socialist-lite party versus the Democratic Party's staunch socialist status.  There is little difference between them.

Trump Has Not Read The Constitution, Or The Bible.  In Trump's America, nobody gets the benefit of the doubt, except Trump.  And that's why I (like many others more important than myself) am willing to suffer losing some friendships or professional hardship to expose him as the shallow, small, corrupt man he is.

Never Trump, Now More Than Ever.  [Scroll down]  Ideas matter, and supporting Trump means advancing ideas I find not just wrong, but destructive.  I've defended the unborn my entire career; he praises Planned Parenthood.  I believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between husband and wife; he's a serial adulterer.  I believe America should lead the world in defense not just of its territorial integrity but also of civilization itself; he would retreat into glorified isolationism.  I believe that free trade has made America more prosperous and enriched the lives of its citizens; he threatens to start ruinous economic conflicts.


Intra-party friction:

Trump's final humiliation of the GOP.  When the news hit on Tuesday that the Trump campaign has washed its hands of fund-raising efforts two weeks before the election, the humiliation of the traditional Republican Party at the hands of Donald Trump was all but complete.  His refusal to help fill party coffers just as the last push for voters commences — which is an expensive process and requires cash on hand — is the perfect capper to 16 months in which Trump has gleefully terrorized weak-kneed Republican officials, forced them to comply with his wishes and then screwed them.

10 Signs That An All-Out Attempt Is Being Made To Sabotage The Trump Campaign.  We always knew that politics in America is a dirty game, and that the Clintons are the dirtiest players in the game.  And we always knew that the mainstream media was going to be in Clinton's corner, although it has been a shock to what degree they have completely abandoned any pretense of objectivity during this election cycle.  So it was always going to be an uphill battle for Donald Trump, but what he didn't anticipate was blatant and widespread sabotage of his campaign from within his own party.  In recent days it has become clear that the worst sabotage to the Trump campaign is being done by people that are supposed to be on his side.  It is being called "the Republican civil war," and I don't think that is overstating the case at all.

The GOP civil war is finally here.  And Trump is winning.  With the release of the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape and Donald Trump's subsequent drop in the polls, many already reluctant Republicans are now running for cover from him and his campaign.  House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain are the most prominent among them, and Trump has responded by calling them out individually on his Twitter feed.  The GOP civil war so close to erupting so many times during the course of the Trump campaign is finally here.  All because of a new drop in the polls that may or may not last very long.  There may be no winners in the end of this intramural battle, but the only one who can win is Trump.  And that's why Trump should not just continue to play up this growing rift with the establishment, he should play it up as much as possible.

Shedding Light On Years Of Terrible Blindness Among Conservatives.  Republicans [...] face a boatload of challenges and divisions that arose with the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee.  Trump secured the nomination by being the outsider candidate who would take on the "establishment" and the political "ruling class" in Washington DC.  There is considerable irony in the fact that 14 million primary voters believed a Manhattan-based real estate billionaire who aligned himself with Democratic policies and politicians for three decades is the ideal person to fight the "ruling class," but it is where the GOP found itself.  Trump's nomination has created deep divisions within the party that may never be healed.

Trump's Curious Habit of Denigrating Fellow Republicans.  Donald Trump, who last week accepted the presidential nomination of the Republican party, suggested in an interview Tuesday with Bill O'Reilly that Republicans don't like to help people.  Trump made the claim during a discussion of the minimum wage, in which he said he'd both maintain the minimum wage and would raise it to $10 per hour.

Donald Trump Is Crazy, and So Is the GOP for Embracing Him.  Both Cruz and his father have vehemently — and repeatedly — denied any suggestion that the man in the photograph is the elder Cruz or that he was an associate of Oswald, contrary to Trump's claim.  That hasn't stopped Trump's innuendo.  In May, when he first raised questions about the elder Cruz, Trump said:  "What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the shooting?"  The Kennedy assassination is one of the most heavily investigated events in the past century.  Cruz's father was not implicated.  There is no evidence to support claims that he was ever in the presence of Lee Harvey Oswald or had a role in the Kennedy assassination.  And scholars who have studied those events have said without qualification that Cruz wasn't involved.  But Trump peddles his nonsense anyway.

Trump doubles down on anti-Cruz JFK assassination slander.  Sen. Ted Cruz was roundly condemned for not endorsing Trump in his convention speech.  But if it is true that the Texas firebrand doomed his political future, then Trump would have been wise to heed the advice of the Chinese military leader Sun Tzu, who said never to disturb your enemy when he is destroying himself.  Instead, Trump proved to be a sore winner and showed why Ted Cruz was right in withholding his endorsement.  There are few among us who, if someone slandered their fathers in a similar way, would not simply deck the miscreant.  Methinks Trump protested his innocence too much even as he defamed his opponent's father.


President Trump's speech to the UN, September 19, 2017:

Conservatives Need a Remedial Course in Sovereignty.  [Daniel] Henninger allows that he understands the necessity of protecting a sovereign nation's "national security and economic interests."  President Trump, however, "seems to be talking about something more transcendent."  Henninger suggests the concept of "sovereignty as a mystical force" is "an idea brought into the Trump presidency by [former adviser] Steve Bannon and articulated... by [chief speechwriter] Stephen Miller."  As a matter of fact, the concept of sovereignty as an overarching principle of the American republic originated not with Bannon and Miller, but with James Madison, John Adams, and the American Founders.

Trump's UN speech was a grand slam.  On Tuesday [9/19/2017], addressing the United Nations for the first time as president, President Trump delivered a powerful message.  On the peril, Trump was clear.  He spared no ire in confronting the efforts of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to acquire an intercontinental ballistic missile plus nuclear warhead capability.  Trump warned that if the U.S. is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."  Referencing Kim specifically, Trump warned that "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for him and his regime."

Netanyahu Praised Trump's UN Speech As Bold And Courageous.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had "never heard a bolder or more courageous speech" after hearing President Donald Trump's Tuesday address to the United National General Assembly.  Netanyahu tweeted his support for Trump's speech shortly after the president's speech to the group of foreign leaders from 193 different countries at the U.N.'s 72nd annual gathering in New York City.  "In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech," Netanyahu tweeted, followed by some more tweets about the speech.

Bolton: Trump's U.N. Speech the Best of His Presidency.  Fox News contributor John Bolton called Donald Trump's speech before the United Nations Tuesday the best of his young presidency.  Bolton, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, praised Trump for his direct denunciation of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and criticism of the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration.  "This was the best speech of the Trump presidency, in my view," Bolton said.  "I think he was as clear and direct as it's possible to be."

Why Trump's UN Speech Was a Triumph.  Donald Trump on Tuesday [9/19/2017] confirmed yet again why he is the most robust president since Ronald Reagan.  Following up on his brilliant speeches before a joint session of Congress in February, his speech about combating Islamic terrorism before Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, and his splendid defense of Western civilizational values in Warsaw a few months ago, Trump addressed the United Nations and articulated for the 150 delegates at that ostentatiously corrupt institution the signal lesson of successful international relations: that freedom within nations, and comity among them, is best served not by the effacement or attenuation of national sovereignty but its frank and manly embrace.

Trump's fiery UN speech earns him international praise.  Despite his increasingly strong rhetoric toward North Korea, President Donald Trump once promised his former national security aid Sebastian Gorka that he did not want to go to war over the Korean peninsula.  "People need to take that to heart," Gorka told FOX Business' Trish Regan on 'The Intelligence Report' on Tuesday.  "Nevertheless, if you threaten us, if you threaten our territory with nuclear weapons, with ballistic missiles, look at that team he's got.  Secretary [of Defense James] Mattis is not going to take that lying down."

Trump at the U.N..  The headline obviously was the threat to destroy North Korea if we are forced to defend ourselves.  If the point of the speech was to get the world to take notice, this surely succeeded.  But it's still an open question of what exactly the administration's North Korea policy is — a rhetorically forceful version of the usual hope that we can get China to pressure North Korea and eventually sit down to negotiate again with Pyongyang, or something different?  Also, Trump called the Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to our country, which is a pretty strong indication that he wants to get out of the agreement and probably will (even if this continues to be an internal battle in the administration).  It's very safe to say that the reference to Kim Jong-un as "rocket man" aside (which will occasion twelve hours of intense cable debate), we've never heard such direct, undiplomatic language from a U.S. president at Turtle Bay.

Trump Hits Home Run for America in UN Speech.  What's relatively rare [at the UN] is plain-spoken truth.  So, by UN standards, Trump's speech certainly did not fit in.  But by American standards, he told some extremely important truths, including his observation that "America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations Charter.  Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall."  He spelled out, quite accurately, that "the scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based."  In particular, and in detail, Trump called out the rogue states of North Korea and Iran.

CNN Hated Trump's 'Dark,' 'Frightening,' 'Incoherent' 'Sermon' to U.N..  From the moment President Trump's Tuesday speech to the United Nations General Assembly ended, CNN made clear that they would be providing the liberal, pro-Obama response, lambasting his remarks as contradictory, "dark," "frightening," "incoherent," and even weak.  Now, if you're skeptical that this video supercut included only partisan commentators, that sadly did not happen as the same rhetoric was espoused by supposedly neutral analysts, anchors, and reporters.

Families of Americans Imprisoned in Iran Applaud Trump's Call for Their Return in UN Speech.  Families and advocates for Americans imprisoned in Iran applauded President Trump for demanding the release of all U.S. prisoners and others unjustly detained in Tehran during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday [9/19/2017].  Family members of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, a father and son who are being held in Iran's notorious Evin prison, also urged Trump to take urgent action to try to secure their release.  They warned that 81-year-old Baquer Namazi's life is hanging in the balance after he underwent heart surgery to install a pacemaker just hours before Trump spoke.

ABC Assails Trump Speech as 'Bordering on Threat' of 'War Crime'.  ABC journalist Terry Moran suffered a full meltdown as he reacted to Donald Trump's United Nations speech on Tuesday [9/19/2017].  The network's chief foreign correspondent condemned the President's warning to North Korea as "bordering on the threat of a war crime."  Bizarrely, he claimed that the speech, which warned Iran and condemned socialism in Venezuela, was one Vladimir Putin would give and that dictators everywhere would love.

MSNBC Frets Trump Calling America Sovereign At UN Was 'Over the Top,' Did 'Permanent Damage'.  In the hours following President Trump's speech to the United Nations Tuesday, the media frantically wondered if Trump wasn't inviting nuclear war by condemning North Korea.  Some networks like NBC, even sympathized with the American-hating regime of Iran while condemning our own president.  MSNBC was no different, with anchor Brian Williams panicking on The Eleventh Hour September 20, that by Trump calling America "sovereign" he was sending a "dog whistle" to the UN that we didn't need them anymore.  Williams was joined by a panel of liberal guests who shared his negative take on Trump's speech.

Trump boxed in the globalists in his UN speech.  It's safe to say that none of his many enemies among the global elites anticipated an intellectual challenge from Donald Trump.  He doesn't look or talk or act the way they think an intellectual should.  Yet somehow, he has placed them in a box.  In his U.N. debut, he challenged the intellectual basis of the world order they are working toward.  He personally addressed many of the political leaders in the audience when he said:  ["]...you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.["]

Joe Scarborough agrees:  Trump's U.N. speech [was] a winner.  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, normally no fan of Donald Trump's — to put it mildly — nonetheless came out in defense of the president's speech before the United Nations.  In short, Scarborough actually liked it.

Morning Joe Hosts 'Totally Agree' With Madeleine Albright Claiming Trump's U.N. Speech 'Weakened America'.  On Wednesday's [9/20/2017] Morning Joe, the guests and hosts actually had a moderately balanced (particularly by MSNBC standards) discussion running for much of the broadcast with respect to evaluating Trump's address to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.  However, in a segment with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski facilitated her unleashing a series of ridiculous assertions about Trump's speech completely unchecked by basic reality.

Brian Williams Suggests 'Sovereignty' Is a Racist Dog Whistle.  MSNBC's Brian Williams, McClatchy reporter Anita Kumar, former CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash, and The Wall Street Journal's White House correspondent, Eli Stokols, all apparently think the words "sovereign" and "sovereignty" are some kind of racist, isolationist dog whistles.  During a discussion of President Donald Trump's speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Williams and his guests did their utmost to attribute a nefarious meaning to Trump's use of the word "sovereign."


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Woodward: No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion, I Searched For Two Years.  In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Friday [9/14/2018], Bob Woodward said that in his two years of investigating for his new book, 'Fear,' he found no evidence of collusion or espionage between Trump and Russia.  Woodward said he looked for it "hard" and yet turned up nothing.

Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days in Jail.  George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, was sentenced to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI.  Further, Papadopoulos was sentenced to 12 months of supervised release and 200 hours of community service.  The 31-year-old was also ordered to pay a $9,500 fine.

George Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days in Prison, 1 Year Supervision, $9,500 Fine.  The former part-time volunteer Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos has been sentenced today to 14 days in prison for lying to FBI investigators about the timing of his contact with the sketchy Maltese professor Joseph Misfud.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller had recommended 30 days in prison.

The management and governance of Puerto Rico is none of New York's business, nor is it Trump's fault.
New York to file lawsuit against Trump for lack of assistance to Puerto Rico.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday [9/2/2018] that the state will file a lawsuit against President Trump and the federal government in light of the damage from Hurricane Maria that struck Puerto Rico in September 2017.  The Governor's Office says the lawsuit will be filed against the federal government for failing to provide assistance to Puerto Rico and having an inadequate response to Hurricane Maria.

Lock her up!
Omarosa Secretly Taped 'Nearly Every Conversation' She Ever Had at White House.  It wasn't just the few conversations that she brought to news networks when her book came out that are in Omarosa's stash of secretly recorded conversations from the White House, apparently.  According to Axios, she recorded "nearly every conversation" that she was part of during her time there, especially those with "all of the Trumps," it seems.  Citing a source "who watched her make many of the tapes," Axios explains that Omarosa used her personal cell phone to record the conversations, including those in the supposedly secure Situation Room in the White House.  The source says that Omarosa would keep both her government phone and her personal phone on her person, and use the work phone for conducting business while recording with her own.  "She would often press "record" on her personal phone — which she carried in her pocket or in a small purse," the report says.

Woodward Book, Anonymous NYTimes Op-Ed Reveal Trump's Done Nothing Wrong.  As the corrupt media fabricate a "fitness for office" crisis, remember[,] Trump has done nothing wrong.  Even those hiding behind anonymity, even those hiding behind those hiding behind anonymity, no one has made a single allegation that Trump has done anything wrong.  All this ginned up media hysteria, all this Never Trump nonsense about the 25th Amendment, all this #Resistance adulation over a glory-seeking narcissist hiding behind the skirts of the New York Times — where is this narcissist's allegation of wrongdoing?

Why Do Ex-Clinton Attack Dogs Davis and Stephanopoulos Get a Pass?  Lanny Davis represents Michael Cohen, the lawyer who secretly taped his then-client, now-President Donald Trump.  If you're keeping score, Davis is the same defense lawyer who represented President Bill Clinton during the investigation by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. [...] To defend his current client, Davis went on television and said that Cohen has the goods on Trump and can prove Trump directed him to break campaign finance law to pay off Stormy Daniels.  Or something like that.  Davis' interviewer?  George Stephanopoulos.  Yes, this would be the same Stephanopoulos, now ABC News' "chief news anchor," who worked as communications director during the Bill Clinton presidential campaign and as Clinton's senior adviser in the White House.  Stephanopoulos worked with Davis to employ the aforementioned scorched-earth, attack-Starr strategy.  Shouldn't there have been some sort of disclosure by ABC?

Robert Reich and the Tragedy of TDS.  Robert Reich was once a proponent of the "Third Way," a center-left governing philosophy that ostensibly embraced deregulation, privatization, smaller safety nets, and fiscal responsibility.  He brought this theory of governance to Washington while serving as Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, and was occasionally cited as a moderating influence on the Democratic Party.  Since the 2016 presidential election, however, Reich has been brought low by Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).  The symptoms of TDS include the inability to think rationally, as well as verbal incontinence.  Reich exhibited both symptoms six days ago on Facebook, where he suggested annulling "Trump's unconstitutional presidency."

Why Deep State Sabotage Is Way Worse Than Trump's Atrocious Infidelities.  [W]hile conservatives detest Trump's philandering ways, they have long since tired of politicians' puffery:  Trump may lie to his wife and to Americans, but he delivers.  Still, some conservatives, such as Michael Medved, have suggested that Trump should resign — for the better of his party, his country, and ultimately his own place in history.  Wouldn't the sacrosanct Mike Pence silence the storm and mend the societal rupture surrounding Trump's presidency?  No, because this storm was never about the president's past infidelity or Trump arranging for Cohen to use cash to silence the stripper.  The left's effortless pivot from their two-year investment in establishing that Trump colluded with Russia reveals the their real dispute with the president:  Trump won, and Hillary lost.  Replacing Trump with Pence will not be enough.  Only when Democrats regain what they believe should rightfully be theirs — control of the government — will amends be made.

Donald Trump Points to Massive Barack Obama FEC Settlement.  President Donald Trump defied the notion that campaign finance violations were a serious crime, pointing on Wednesday [8/22/2018] to a former financial settlement with former President Barack Obama's campaign.  "Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime," Trump wrote on Twitter about his personal lawyer.  "President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!  Cohen plead guilty to campaign finance fraud, claiming that Trump directed him to pay off two women who claimed to have an affair with Trump before he ran for president.

Flashback: Remember When Obama Campaign Was Fined $375,000 for Campaign Reporting Violations And NO Jail Time?  Michael Cohen admitted he violated campaign finance laws in relation to the Stormy Daniels payment at direction of a 'candidate.' He paid off the porn star over $100,000 in a hush money agreement which she later violated.  Democrats and their liberal media cheered that this was the end of the Trump "regime."  But it wasn't that long ago that a presidential campaign was charged with much worse.  In 2013 Maggie Haberman at Politico reported on the criminal campaign reporting violations against the Obama campaign.

Candace Owens:  Paris Dennard Faces 'Public Lynching' for Supporting Trump.  Prominent conservative commentator Candace Owens tweeted Thursday morning that the media were attempting a "public lynching" of fellow black conservative Paris Dennard because he had proven an effective advocate for President Donald Trump.

Do we want the government second-guessing decisions to publish or not to publish?  What happens when a media organization finds itself at the center of an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations?  Does it plead the Fifth, or the First?  For the National Enquirer's David Pecker, it was neither.  Pecker, CEO of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, has been granted immunity by federal prosecutors in exchange for information about hush money deals arranged by President Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.  The Enquirer reportedly bought the rights to women's stories alleging affairs with Trump, then didn't publish them.  According to Cohen's court filings, the Enquirer spiked the stories as a favor to Trump.

Trump Is Not Only Right To Criticize Jeff Sessions, It's His Constitutional Duty.  Several have observed that the rule of law appears to mean the "rule of two laws," one for those who oppose Trump and another for those who support him.  Paul Manafort might be guilty as sin.  But would he have been prosecuted but for his efforts to help Trump?  No, according to a very thoughtful piece by K.S. Bruce in Real Clear Life.  And the next Manafort trial appears to involve precisely the same thing that Tony Podesta did with no consequence.

What Did Tuesday's Legal Decisions Really Change in the Long Term?  Despite Tuesday's [8/21/2018] dramatic courtroom revelations, the long-term outlook for President Trump doesn't seem to have changed all that much.  Assume the scenario that Trump is predicting, that the 2018 midterms produce a "Red Wave."  The sheer number of open seats, the discouraging results for Republicans in recent special House elections, and the general indicators that the Democratic grassroots are fired up are all counter-evidence of this GOP dream scenario, but maybe the increased talk of impeachment will fire up and motivate the Trump voters of 2016.

Trump trolls ex-CIA CNN analyst Phillip Mudd, who went berserk on air.  President Trump, the most successful reality television producer in the history of the medium, knows how to spot a compelling villain, and now he has provoked the Deep Staters into defending the indefensible.  When several conservative writers, including me, highlighted the on-air breakdown of former CIA executive Phillip Mudd when Paris Dennard opined that revoking John Brennan's security clearance was justified, President Trump evidently took the time to watch this video:  [Video clip]

HR McMaster talked Trump out of blocking Obama's access to intelligence:  Report.  Ex-national security adviser H.R. McMaster talked President Trump out of blocking former President Barack Obama's access to intelligence briefings last year, according to a report Monday [8/20/2018].  Around March 2017, when Trump accused his predecessor, without evidence, of wiretapping Trump Tower, some of his associates in the White House were pushing their boss to pull the security clearances of Obama administration officials they saw as political rivals.

Keywords:  Triggering, snowflakes, fragile, crybabies.
Counselors Claim Clients Face Trump Anxiety: 'Fear of the World Ending'.  A correspondent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) based in Washington, DC, ferreted out a counselor who is treating people for a "collective anxiety" caused by President Donald Trump "volatility."  "There is a fear of the world ending," Elisabeth LaMotte, founder of D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, told CBC.  "It's very disorienting and constantly unsettling."

Therapists claim patients are experiencing President-related anxiety due to Potus' policies and Twitter feuds.  Therapists across the United States say that ever since president Donald Trump took office patients have been experiencing more anxiety — and it's affecting both Trump critics and supporters.  Several therapists spoke to Canada's CBC News saying that many of their patients have a fear about the country's future and if Trump will 'blow us all up.'  'There is a fear of the world ending,' DC therapist Elisabeth LaMotte said.  'It's very disorienting and constantly unsettling.'  LaMotte said there is a 'collective anxiety' about how Trump's decisions could affect everyone.  Patients and therapists refer to it as 'Trump Anxiety Disorder', although it is not an official diagnosis.

The Editor says...
[A] foolish man built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell:  and great was the fall of it.

Trump critics [are] among the least popular senators in the country.  The five least popular senators, according to a Morning Consult poll, have all clashed with President Trump.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leads the list with a 30 percent approval rating while a staggering 56 percent disapprove.  Frequent Trump foil Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., comes next at 30 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval.  Perhaps more surprisingly, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has a 42 percent approval rating while 46 percent of Arizonans disapprove of his job performance.

Trump knows more about dealing with bad guys than Congress, hysterical media combined.  As a trial judge in New Jersey during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, I spent much of my time trying to settle cases.  This process involved bringing into my chambers the lawyers for the disputants and asking them in the absence of their adversaries to lay their cards on the table.  After I found out what the litigants truly wanted and I did some pushing and shoving and jawboning, more often than not, agreements were reached.  The threat of an imminent jury trial — with its expenses, complexities and uncertainties — was often enough to bring the parties to a quick, sensible and relatively inexpensive resolution.  Occasionally, flattery — even fatuous flattery — helped.

At Helsinki, Trump Undermined Our Power-Abusing Intelligence Agencies, Not America.  During President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked him about Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Trump — as he has done many times before — responded with an answer that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment of massive Russian election-interference.

Dershowitz confronts smug Avenatti on ethics:  Why do you know things you shouldn't legally know about Cohen case?  Michael Avenatti, attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, made a rather remarkable claim in light of a reports that President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly recording a conversation with his client regarding a former Playboy Playmate who said she had an affair with Trump.  Appearing on ABC News' "This Week," [7/22/2018] Avenatti said the tape would impact Daniels' case against Trump "in a big way," while insisting more tapes exist.  This prompted a critical question from Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz — which Avenatti refused to answer.

A Playboy model payoff?  Is that all Mueller has?  The latest news in the Democratic Party's nonstop effort to bring Russia, Russia, Russia to us, is in this story, reported by the Washington Post: [...] It's a ridiculous story, tawdry, silly, and unimportant, of interest only to the tabloid crowd.  What did this tape have to do with collusion with the Russians, and what would have been illegal about it anyway?  In other words, why does Special Counsel Robert Mueller, charged with investigating how President Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton, care about this tape?  Wouldn't a private conversation between Trump and his attorney be privileged and private?

Why are people so angry about Donald Trump's UK visit given we rolled out the red carpet for Robert Mugabe?  The on-off visit of Donald Trump to the UK is happening — but that doesn't mean the controversy has stopped.  Thousands are taking to the street to condemn the arrival of the leader of the free world, while a giant baby blimp has mocked the US president from the sky.  Any yet Britain has entertained some equally controversial world leaders before him.  So why are people so unhappy this time and why didn't Mr Trump get the state visit treatment Britain offered to Robert Mugabe?

The generic editorial against Trump's next pick.  Writing newspaper editorials is an exercise in exasperating futility.  They have scant impact.  243 newspapers endorsed Hillary.  20 endorsed Donald John Trump.  Who won?  To those still laboring at a craft that last had impact in the 19th century, I draw upon my 27 years of experience to offer this generic editorial on whomever President Trump nominates for the Supreme Court.  You may cut and paste it, and your boss will not notice the difference.

When PC Comes Back to Bite You.  Donald Trump has been on the national political stage for two and a half years.  He is as unwelcome today as he was that first day he descended the escalators at Trump Tower.  In fact, the presumptive resistance to anything and everything Trump continues to grow.  Neither side appears willing to change its ways and means.

Trump Taunts Protester Forcibly Removed From Minnesota Rally.  President Trump traveled to Duluth, Minnesota Wednesday [6/20/2018] to hold a rally.  The crowd was so massive they had to move to AMSOIL Arena to accommodate more people.  The rally was previously planned for the DECC Arena, reported Fox News.

Schumer Says He'd Rather 'Keep The Focus On Trump' Than Solve Border Problems.  In a news story published Tuesday by The Hill headlined "Schumer rejects GOP proposal to address border crisis," the writer included this paragraph:  "Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump."

Revealed:  Christopher Steele Visited State Department Shortly Before 2016 Election.  Former British spy Christopher Steele visited the State Department in October 2016 and briefed officials there about his work on the infamous anti-Trump dossier, it was revealed on Wednesday [6/20/2018].  "Based upon our review of the visitor logs at the State Department, Mr. Steele visited the State Department, briefing officials on the dossier in October 2016," Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said during a hearing held to review the U.S. government's response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Clinton Foundation Never Probed, Frivolous Suit Brought Against Trump.  On the day the Office of the Inspector General released a report about egregious DoJ/FBI behavior, the New York Attorney General announced a $2.8 million lawsuit against the Trump's Charitable Foundation.  Notice how the Feds and the NY AG work together?  This is a civil suit and they want to shut down the charity.  The fact is the Foundation raised 18.8 million dollars while giving 19.2 million to charity with virtually zero expenses.  This is a frivolous suit meant to hurt the President and counteract the OIG report.

For New York AG, law only applies to some.  The law is supposed to apply equally to all of us.  But some of us seem to be more equal that others.  In what appears to be a not-so-coincidental effort by the anti-Trump deep state to distract from the damning Department of Justice Inspector General's report yesterday — shedding light on the FBI's gross mishandling of the Clinton email investigation — New York's attorney general dropped a headline-grabbing lawsuit against Donald Trump, his three eldest children and Trump foundation directors.

The Entitled 'Comedy' Elites.  What is it about our entertainment elites that makes them think they are so much wiser than everyone else?  Why do they seem to think that comedians like Samantha Bee and Donald Trump impersonators like Alec Baldwin are going to save America with their rants? [...] "(D)on't sweat it.  I'm a comedian" is a Get Out of Jail Free card.  They can compare conservatives to Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Osama bin Laden and Satan, but if you think that's too rough, "I'm a comedian."  They can pretend to be policy wonks, and when their "facts" crumble, "I'm a comedian."  They can make "jokes" about beheading the president, and that's not vicious ... when done by a comedian.

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This is a very common Democrat tactic:  They will say something outrageous, and if there are any objections, follow up a few days later with, "Can't you take a joke?"  Examples:
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Most "comedians" are really left-wing activists who hate to see capitalism succeed.
'Bring on the Recession': Bill Maher 'Hoping' for Economic Crash to Oust Trump.  Liberal comedian Bill Maher on Friday [6/8/2018] said that he hopes the economy crashes in order to "get rid" of President Donald Trump.  Maher made the remarks on his HBO talk show, "Real Time with Bill Maher."  "I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point," he said.  "By the way, I'm hoping for it because one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy.  So please, bring on the recession."

The Editor says...
I don't recall Mr. Maher campaigning to get rid of Barack H. Obama due to the sluggish economy throughout the Obama years.  In fact, there were several indications that Mr. Obama was intentionally sabotaging the economy.  But of course, Mr. Obama was immune to criticism, to say nothing of impeachment, because he was an Affirmative Action sacred cow.

Dems demand counterintelligence probe of Trump cellphone, warn of 'grave danger' to security.  Top Democrats asked Thursday that the intelligence community do a threat review on President Trump's cellphone behavior after reports that he uses unsecured devices to communicate with friends and to post on Twitter.  Both CNN and Politico have reported in recent months that Mr. Trump relies on his personal cellphone to call friends, circumventing White House policies.  Mr. Trump says the protocols his security experts want him to follow are "too inconvenient," Politico reported.  Four Democrats, including members of the Senate intelligence committee, asked Thursday [6/7/2018] for a counterintelligence probe to see what risks the president was running.

So much for freedom of association:
Trump ordered to stop blocking people on Twitter.  President Trump cannot block people from his @realDonaldTrump account just because he doesn't like their political views, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Wednesday [5/23/2018]. Doing so violates their First Amendment right to free speech because Twitter is a "public forum," Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in a landmark ruling that could change how public officials use Twitter.  "We reject the defendants' contentions that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the President's personal First Amendment interests supersede those of plaintiffs," the judge wrote in her 75-page decision.  The judge stopped short, however, of ordering Trump to unblock people, saying that her ruling speaks for itself.

The Editor says...
If the Twitter account was set up by Mr. Trump before his presidential campaign began, then it is not a public forum open to everyone.

Environmental red tape stalls border agents trying to fill drug-smuggler tunnels.  Environmental red tape is causing "long delays" for border agents as they try to fill tunnels used to smuggle people and dangerous drugs into the U.S. from Mexico, according to border officials and Republican lawmakers who have discussed the problem with agents.  Frustrated agents complain the lengthy federal review process can stall critical tunnel-plugging efforts for months after passageways are first discovered.  The tunnels are being used to move people, illegal drugs and even fake pharmaceuticals.  But regulations stemming from laws like the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are putting "remediation" on hold.

Manafort's Lawyers Suggest Key Mueller Deputy Is Leaking To Media.  A senior assistant special counsel to Robert Mueller's investigation is facing allegations he leaked information to reporters concerning the Russian collusion investigation, according to a Monday court filing.  Paul Manafort's defense attorney Kevin Downing officially leveled the leaking allegation against key Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann as part of a new legal offensive against Mueller's indictment of Manafort, who served briefly as Trump's campaign manager.  Downing charges that a flood of media leaks has prevented his client from getting a fair trial.  Downing asked presiding federal Judge T.S. Ellis III on April 30 to convene a hearing on media leaks.  The judge has yet to rule on the request.

How Democracies End:  A Bureaucratic Whimper.  One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to democracy.  Trump, as is his wont, says a lot of outrageous and weird things.  But it is hard in his 16 months of rule to find any proof that Trump has subverted the rule of law.  Most of the furor is over what we are told what Trump might do, or what Trump has said, or which unsavory character in Europe likes Trump.  These could be legitimate worries if they were followed by Trump's anti-democratic concrete subversions.  But so far, we have not seen them.  And there has certainly been nothing yet in this administration comparable to the Obama-era efforts to curb civil liberties.

Lawsuit By Dems:  A Sad Attempt To Push 'Reset Button' On Hillary's Disastrous 2016 Loss.  As any reasonably objective legal expert will tell you, the Democrats' law suit is a mish-mash of finger-pointing and blame backed by virtually no evidence.  It asserts a conspiracy of the Republicans, Russians and WikiLeaks to get Donald Trump elected president during the 2016 campaign.  Yes, they expect people to believe it.  In that respect, it is a pitiful echo of the Russian investigation launched by the Democrats and "Never Trumpers" in Congress to look into allegations of "collusion" — which is nowhere, by the way, defined as a crime in the U.S. legal code — between the Trump campaign and Russia.  That investigation, headed by Robert Mueller, has netted so far exactly zero public evidence of collusion — even as we near the two-year anniversary of the ongoing investigation.

Democrat on Internal DNC Call About Russia Lawsuit Asks Why DNC Is Spending Money to Sue Russia.  On Friday [4/20/2018], the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks, and several figures from the Trump 2016 campaign.  The suit, prepared by the law firm Cohen Milstein, seeks damages related to Russia's hack of DNC computer systems and the Trump campaign's alleged involvement therein.  However:  [#1] Russia and WikiLeaks are unlikely to cooperate with a U.S. civil proceeding.  [#2] The DNC's evidence of Trump participation in the scheme is limited to suggestive but not conclusive information that has already appeared in media reports.  [#3] There's already an investigation into Trump-Russia collaboration being led by the special counsel's office — which not only has subpoena power, as the DNC conceivably could during legal discovery, but can apply for search warrants and threaten uncooperative witnesses with jail time.  The question that naturally arises, then, is... what's the point?

Democrats are getting desperate as Mueller stalls.  It's not just Hillary Clinton who can't quit Russia.  The whole Democratic Party keeps going back to 2016.  In a move that reeks of desperation, the DNC filed a civil suit Friday [4/20/2018] against President Trump's campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks, alleging a vast (right-wing!) conspiracy to tip the election to Trump.  The suit's flamboyant charges made headlines, but that only served to obscure the real meaning.  Namely, that top Dems are giving up their fantasies that special counsel Robert Mueller will deliver them from political purgatory by getting the goods on Trump.

Democratic lawsuit will cost them in November.  Democrats suffered their biggest presidential loss in 28 years on November 8, 2016, as people in 30 states rejected them and the woman they nominated.  And for the first time since 1860, there was no peaceful transition of power.  Barack Obama set President Trump up with that Fake Russian Dossier that the Democratic Party purchased.  Replete with tall tales of pissing prostitutes, Democrats used this to stick a special counsel on Trump.  For more than a year, Democrats have used their operatives embedded in government to thwart the Trump administration.  They slowed the confirmation process to a crawl.  Nothing has worked.

Trump Camp Responds to Frivolous DNC Lawsuit.  In 2016 the Democrat National Committee claimed their websites were hacked by Russia and the information was given to Wikileaks.  Wikileaks has always maintained their source for the Podesta-DNC emails was not Russia. [...] The Obama FBI under James Comey NEVER looked at the DNC servers after the leak.  The DNC would not allow it.  Today [4/20/2018] the DNC sued the Trump Campaign, Russia and Wikileaks for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 election.  This afternoon the Trump campaign responded to the lawsuit.

Judge Denies Stormy Daniels' Motion to Depose President Trump.  A judge ruled Thursday [3/29/2018] that attorneys for Stormy Daniels cannot fast-track a deposition of President Trump over the porn star's claims that she had a sexual relationship with him.  Attorney Michael Avenatti asked a federal judge for an expedited trial and deposition of Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen.  On "Outnumbered Overtime," Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke said the judge is not allowing the case to be fast-tracked, but a deposition could happen down the line.

WashPost Frets:  Trump Is Hiring Media Stars!  Do the names Strobe Talbott, Rick Stengel and Jay Carney ring a bell?  Talbott was a longtime journalist, among other things the Moscow correspondent for Time magazine.  His friend Bill Clinton made him Deputy Secretary of State.  Stengel, like Talbott, worked for Time magazine, in this case as managing editor.  President Obama appointed him to the State Department as Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  And Jay Carney?  A twenty-year reporter for Time magazine who was an ABC regular on the networks This Week with George Stephanopoulos was the director of communications first for Vice President Joe Biden before becoming the Obama White House press secretary.

Climate Alarmists Lament Tillerson's Departure.  A Year Ago They Opposed His Appointment.  Activists howled indignation when Rex Tillerson was nominated to head the State Department, and now they are lamenting President Donald Trump's decision to fire the former ExxonMobil CEO.  Alarmists at Union of Concerned Scientists are hailing outgoing Secretary of State Tillerson as a voice of reason inside a tumultuous Trump administration.  Support for the former oil producer within activist circles contrasts with their invective-filled criticism when Tillerson was first nominated.

Why Gary Cohn's departure from the White House could be good news.  The usual media spin is being applied to the announcement of Gary Cohn's pending departure from his post as President Trump's economic adviser.  It just has to be a disaster, an indicator of "chaos" in the White House and evidence that all right-thinking people agree that the newly announced proposed tariffs in steel and aluminum import are a bad, bad, bad idea.

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President Trump's Wealth Falls $400M On Forbes Billionaires List.  While previous presidents used the office to enrich themselves, President Trump is sacrificing hundreds of millions of dollars of his personal wealth by trying to save America. [...] Contrast Trump losing money with the Clintons becoming fabulously wealthy despite producing nothing of value: [Chart] That doesn't even include the hundreds of millions which was funneled through the Clinton Foundation.  You don't have to agree with everything Trump does to recognize he's a different type of politician.


7 Anti-Trump Politicians and Institutions Who Colluded with the Russians.  For months and months, our fake news media have been freaking out over a meeting Donald Trump Jr. took with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of getting some dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Again and again, we have been told that this is the smoking gun of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  Of course, that is nonsense.  Moreover, Don Jr. and the others in attendance caught on to the scheme within a few minutes, and as far as we now know, that was the end of that.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of others, who actually have colluded with the Russians as a means to dig up dirt on Trump.

Chuck Schumer 2014: You Know What We Should Have?  A Military Parade.  A nifty catch by the Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra.  Do we know for a fact that Schumer is against Trump's new proposal for a military parade?  He has to be, right?  If it ends up happening, opinions on the right will be mixed but opinions on the left will not.  Your membership card in the #Resistance will require you to hate the idea.  A lot.  Which means Schumer's going to have to figure out some way to explain this: [...]

Democrats & Media Attack Trump's Military Parade Idea — Yet Just 3 Years Ago Media & Democrats Called For A Military Parade!.  When Barack Obama was POTUS an idea to celebrate our military with a parade = GOOD.  When Donald Trump is POTUS that same idea now = BAD.  [Video clip]

ACLU Complains:  "Trump Used the Word 'America' More Than 80 Times".  The American Civil Liberties Union — note the word "American" in its title — complained Tuesday night [1/30/2018] about President Trump's repeated use of the word "America" in his State of the Union speech.

No class.
Democrats scoff, boo, groan, glower at Trump's State of the Union.  Many Democrats showed how little stock they put in Trump's calls for cooperation by staying seated during rhetoric that would have prompted bipartisan applause if it came from almost any other president.  And on Twitter, Democrats splashed cold water in real-time on Trump's proposals, even on traditionally noncontroversial items like infrastructure spending and combating the opioid epidemic.

Christopher Steele Gave FBI A 2nd Dossier From Notorious Clinton 'Hatchet Man'.  Former British spy Christopher Steele gave the FBI a copy of a second dossier on Donald Trump, this one put together by a Democratic political operative who has been referred to as a "hatchet man" for the Clinton family.  The Guardian reports that Steele passed the so-called "Shearer memo" — compiled by Cody Shearer — to the FBI in October 2016.  Steele, an ex-MI6 officer, had been given the document by an American contact who is unnamed in The Guardian report.

The Stormy Daniels outrage shows the media still don't get Trump and why he won.  It's confounding reporters and TV commentators without critical thinking skills (take your pick off the "Morning Joe" set) that people just don't seem to care about Stormy Daniels, the porn actress President Trump allegedly paid off to keep quiet before the 2016 election.  Why isn't this hurting him?!  The answer is simple:  1) Everyone knows Trump has a tacky history; voters chose him anyway, and 2) by the way — we have a country we're trying to save here!  Point one still scandalizes the media, but the rest of the country has its eyes on point two.

What alleged illegality is Mueller investigating?  Trump exercising lawful presidential authority?  Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump.  We know that is true because the areas of inquiry that Mueller is interested in have been leaked.  But the questions Mueller is looking at are not about the issue the special counsel was supposed to examine:  collusion with Russians to fix the 2016 presidential election.  Rather, the Washington Post reports that Mueller "is seeking to question President Trump in the coming weeks about his decisions to oust national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with his plans."  The two acts, according to the Post, are related to "efforts by the president or others to hamper the special counsel's probe."

Source: Strzok Hadn't Seen Evidence Of Collusion After 10 Months On Russia Probe.  After 10 months of leading the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, counterintelligence official Peter Strzok had not seen compelling evidence that President Trump or high-level campaign officials colluded with the Russian government, according to a person familiar with his thinking.  That account comports with a May 19, 2017 text exchange between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that was released earlier this week.

Russia probe grand jury looks like 'a Black Lives Matter rally,' says witness.  The federal grand jury handing down indictments for special counsel Robert Mueller doesn't appear to include any supporters of President Donald Trump, according to one witness who recently testified before the panel.  "The grand jury room looks like a Bernie Sanders rally," my source said.  "Maybe they found these jurors in central casting, or at a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley [Calif.]"  Of the 20 jurors, 11 are African-Americans and two were wearing "peace T-shirts," the witness said.  "There was only one white male in the room, and he was a prosecutor."  Mueller was not present.

Reminder:  Benghazi was also the Democrats' Benghazi.
Collusion has become the Democrats' Benghazi.  No matter what special counsel Robert S. Mueller III finds, Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media will never accept that Trump didn't collude with the Russians.  Democrats are already operating on the basis that collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is a foregone conclusion — but not because they believe it.  Just as it would have been heresy for a Republican to admit that Hillary was not to blame for Benghazi, Democrats are now in a position where they will draw the ire of the party's most zealous members and risk primary challenges from the left if they question the certainty of Trump's collusion with Russia.  Democrats who want to avoid intra-party trouble are relying on dishonest hyperbole and tangential facts to build their defenses.

All of Hillary's Foreigners.  The media's cheerleaders for the investigation into the Trump-Russia fable claim that its importance lies in keeping American elections pure of foreign interference.  They have been posturing as great defenders of American sovereignty, a stance that normally makes them uneasy.  But even as they pretend to worry about foreign interference, they seek to sanitize an investigation that is the product of foreign interference: the Obama administration, according to increasingly desperate reports, relied on the "intelligence" of a shifting array of foreign spies and diplomats to launch its probe into Trumpworld.  Such reliance is supposed to make the investigation sound more credible, as if Hillary's supporters in the Obama administration were loath to undertake the investigation but only did so after receiving devastating intelligence from "trusted allies."

The Never-Ending Mueller Witch Hunt:  An Affront to the Constitution.  Over the holidays, Robert Mueller, the special counsel, leaked word to the hate-Trump media that in the coming year of 2018, he would not stop with a simple failure to find any truth in the "Russian collusion" charges against POTUS Trump.  In a display of truly Stalinist police abuse, Mr. Mueller will keep going until he finds a crime, any crime at all.  The FBI, apparently led by Trump-hater Strzok, performed a raid on the Paul Manafort home while the family was still asleep, a surprise intimidation tactic commonly used by Hitler's Gestapo against innocent civilian families, with the purpose of frightening and punishing unarmed victims without due process.

The sane way to view the Mueller probe — and politics.  Firmness and prudence, energy and tact weren't given to [President Trump] in equal measure, and every time things have turned his way, he's made an equal and opposite gaffe.  But he's not the villain he's made out to be by the media.  Unlike Barack Obama, he's played by the Constitution's rules, and is nothing like the dictator he's said to be.  As for evidence of collusion with Russia, from what we've seen, it's just not there.

Trump First President Since Eisenhower Not to Visit California in First Year.  The Los Angeles Times points out an odd bit of presidential trivia as 2017 comes to a close:  President Donald Trump could become the first president since Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower not to visit the State of California in his first full year in office.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Trump over Emoluments Clause.  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from a liberal watchdog organization arguing President Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by paying foreign governments.  Judge George Daniels dismissed the case on "lack of standing," agreeing with Trump's lawyers' argument that the claims do not fall within the interests of the Emoluments Clause, and should be resolved through the "political process," according to the ruling.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit earlier this year claiming that because Trump has not fully divested from his businesses, he is receiving "cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real estate deals abroad."

Judge dismisses emoluments clause lawsuit against Trump.  A federal judge in New York dismissed one of the lawsuits against President Trump's business dealings, ruling Thursday [12/21/2017] that a watchdog group didn't have standing to challenge whether the president's continued connection to his hotel chain violates the Constitution's emoluments clause.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had sued, saying that the president was benefiting from foreign government cash when employees of those governments held events or stayed at Trump hotels.  The emoluments clause prevents the president from accepting a gift from another government without the consent of Congress.  But Judge George B. Daniels, sitting in the Southern District of New York, said the group wasn't able to bring the action.

The Answers America Needs Are Behind Questions Not Being Asked.  Almost two weeks ago it was announced that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was mysteriously recused from the Special Counsel case against General Mike Flynn, five days after Judge Contreras accepting the initial pleading.  No explanation as to 'why'?

Trump accuser lobbied to be his makeup artist months before her sex assault allegations roiled campaign.  A New York cosmetics executive who publicly alleged Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s repeatedly solicited the future president to become his campaign makeup artist and to pitch her new product line in the months before her story roiled the 2016 race, according to the woman and her contemporaneous emails.

House Intel Committee Set To Question Wasserman Shultz, Goldstone.  Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and publicist Rob Goldstone are scheduled to be interviewed Monday [12/18/2017].  Goldstone is said to be of interest because he set-up the meeting between Donald Trump Junior and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower back in June.  Meanwhile, the panel is expected to question Wasserman Schultz about the DNC's help funding the now debunked anti-Trump dossier.  The Florida lawmaker denies having any knowledge of the arrangement.

Trump accusers being financially backed by George Soros, other left-wing groups.  A left-wing group funded by billionaire globalist George Soros is working with the women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct to demand a congressional investigation into the allegations.  The leftist group, Brave New Films, held a press conference with the accusers on Monday [12/11/2017] and called for a congressional investigation into the President.

The Bloom is On The Ruse — Evidence Surfaces Attorney Lisa Bloom Arranged Payments for Trump Accusers.  Attorney Lisa Bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred.  The apple certainly doesn't fall far from the poisonous tree.  Both Gloria Allred and Lisa Bloom have a history of planned and strategic attacks against candidate Donald Trump and President Donald Trump.

Attorney Lisa Bloom Arranged Payments From Donors For Some Of Trump's Accusers.  The Hill has a story today [12/15/2017] detailing some behind-the-scenes negotiations between a would-be Trump accuser and attorney Lisa Bloom.  The story is based on documents, including texts, gathered by one woman who considered coming forward prior to the election to accuse Trump of making some kind of pass toward her.  In exchange, she wanted money to relocate and to send her daughter to college.  Over a series of weeks, the amount of money discussed climbed from $10,000 to $750,000.  The money being offered came from unidentified donors.

It's An Industry:  Thanks to Lisa Bloom We Now Know Trump Accusers are Paid $750,000 by Dem Donors to Say Trump Abused Them.  Thanks to Lisa Bloom, spawn of Gloria Allred, we now know that Trump accusers are paid $750,000 by top Democrat donors to accuse the billionaire president of sexual abuse.  With Democrats it's all about power by any means necessary.

Well well ... Lisa Bloom asked donors for cash to pay Trump accusers.  We didn't pay much attention to the big press conference last week featuring President Trump's sexual-misbehavior accusers because a) there was nothing new; b) there was nothing all that shocking; c) some of it was over 40 years old.  If it's news to you that Donald Trump had a history as a bit of a playboy cad, I don't know what to tell you.  There's this rich, famous guy named Donald Trump...  But there's something new now.  Attorney Lisa Bloom, who oh by is Gloria Allred's daughter, was apparently hitting up big-money donors to raise money to pay the accusers.  And The Hill has seen documents that prove it.

Gloria Allred's Daughter Raised Cash to Pay Trump Accusers.  John Solomon and Alison Spann write at TheHill.com:  "A well-known women's rights lawyer" Lisa Bloom, the daughter of Gloria Allred "sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews."  Now, let's be clear what this story says.  The story says that Lisa Bloom "sought to arrange ... for women who" would come forward and accuse Trump of sexual harassment, to be paid by either tabloid media or donors, in order to get them to come forward.  She offered "to sell alleged victims' stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser's mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000..."

What if Jeff Sessions is not asleep, but instead playing possum?  Conventional wisdom is that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asleep at the wheel — from recusing himself unnecessarily from the Trump-Russia collusion investigation to doing nothing about the politicization and weaponization of the Department of Justice.  He also gave free rein to his deputy A.G., Rod Rosenstein, who is in turn allowing Special Counsel Robert Mueller unlimited time, money, and jurisdiction to investigate President Trump's entire life.  Last summer, Trump expressed disappointment in Sessions, calling him "beleaguered," wondering why Sessions wasn't looking into Hillary Clinton's emails and true election chicanery.  Rudy Giuliani was floated as a possible replacement.  Was Trump truly upset, or was this a calculated head fake?

'Whistleblower' Account Claiming Flynn Sent Text About Ending Russia Sanctions Just Took A Massive Blow.  A whistleblower claiming to have been privy to text messages exchanged between ACU Strategic Partners official, Alex Copson, and then-incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, appears to have been lying.  Flynn had reportedly told Copson that sanctions against Russia would be "ripped up," in an effort to boost relations between Washington and Moscow.  According to AT&T phone records, the conversation did not take place as the whistleblower claims.

Case Closed:  FBI says Sessions didn't have to reveal Russia talks.  The FBI has put to bed a controversy whipped up by liberal critics of Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his contacts with foreign officials including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign.  An FBI email released through the Freedom of Information Act said that Sessions had no obligation to reveal any contacts with foreign officials unless he "developed personal relationships" with them.  The bottom line:  His two contacts with Kislyak in 2016 did not have to be revealed to the FBI on his SF-86 security clearance application, part of his confirmation process.

Robert Mueller and his politically biased team of prosecutors need to go.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has sabotaged his own investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 election.  He has only himself to blame for ruining what could have been a credible probe.  As I will document below, Mueller deliberately assembled a team of partisans with a history of political bias who appear determined to undo the results of the 2016 presidential election and drive President Trump from office.  Because Mueller improperly stacked the deck of his special counsel staff with biased crusaders, he transformed what was supposed to be an impartial investigation into an illegitimate and seemingly corrupt one.  To restore integrity, Attorney General Jeff Sessions should un-recuse himself from the case for the limited purpose of cleaning up Mueller's mess.  There is no law that prevents the attorney general from doing this.

Mueller Probe Cost Almost $7 Million in Less Than 6 Months.  The Department of Justice issued the first financial report for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "Russia" investigation Tuesday, indicating the costs ran well into the millions months ago.  The report, which covers the investigation from its inauguration on May 17 to the end of September, shows a total expenditure to that point of $3,213,695.  But buried in the report is the fact that the Department of Justice spent an additional $3,546,000 outside the Special Counsel's budget to support Mueller's investigation, yielding a total expenditure through September of $6,759,695.

If Michael Flynn's 'crime' is all Robert Mueller has, it is time to move on.  On Friday, President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about a perfectly legal conversation he had during the presidential transition with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.  Flynn should not have lied, and why he chose to remains a mystery, but the substance of the single-count indictment against Flynn shows that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has strayed far from its original purpose.  We have come down quite a way from the hyperventilation about Russia "hacking the election" a year ago.

Sorry, left, Mike Flynn not the smoking gun.  The left, including much of the media, are going nuts now, drooling at Michael Flynn's guilty plea as if it's the final nail in President Donald Trump's coffin — the long-sought means to the impeachment end.  It's not.  That's ludicrous. [...] Here are the facts:  Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about communications he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 22 and 29.  In December — after Trump had already won the White House.  The timing makes moot the left's long-running mantra that Team Trump colluded with the Russians to steal away the election from Hillary Clinton.

Report: Special Counsel on Russian Interference Has Cost U.S. Taxpayers $5 Million.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign has cost taxpayers more than $5 million, according to a report.  The expenses, since the special counsel was appointed in May, include money for a staff of more than 16 attorneys, dozens of FBI agents, support staff, travel,and office supplies, according to ABC News's Pierre Thomas.  A detailed breakdown of the costs is expected to be released by the Justice Department in coming days.

Diplomacy after the election is not the same as collusion before the election.  Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying about a non-crime.  Even Adam Schiff, the House Democrat most determined to ride the Russia collusion story to bigger and better things, acknowledged that conferring with a representative of Russia about the incoming administration's Russia policy is not illegal or improper.  These discussions concerned a United Nations Security Council vote on Israel (in effect the Trump team was asking Moscow for a favor on behalf of a U.S. ally, Israel).  The discussions concerned Russia's response to President Obama's lame-duck sanctions for Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

The Scalp-Taking of Gen. Flynn.  What is arguably most disturbing about this case is that then-National Security Adviser Flynn was pushed into a perjury trap by Obama administration holdovers at the Justice Department who concocted an unorthodox legal rationale for subjecting Flynn to an FBI interrogation four days after he took office, testing Flynn's recollection of the conversations while the FBI agents had transcripts of the calls intercepted by the National Security Agency.  In other words, the Justice Department wasn't seeking information about what Flynn said to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — the intelligence agencies already had that information.  Instead, Flynn was being quizzed on his precise recollection of the conversations and nailed for lying when his recollections deviated from the transcripts.

Why is Robert Mueller even investigating the presidential transition?  It is clear from the prosecution of Flynn that Mueller views the transition as within the scope of Mueller's investigation, otherwise there would have been no reason for Mueller to prosecute Flynn.  The lying took place before Mueller was appointed and did not concern conversations during the Trump campaign.  For lying to the FBI when he did, Flynn could have been prosecuted by DOJ itself.  Yet Mueller's team took it on themselves to prosecute the case involving a crime (lying) that took place after the new administration was sworn in regarding a conversation during the transition.  The public documents regarding Flynn's plea make clear that the transition is in focus.  If news reports have any credibility (and they may not), then Mueller is investigating the political actions of the Trump transition team during the transition period.

Deep meaning of the Mueller probe.  The reporters covering developments in the ongoing special counsel investigation conducted by Robert Mueller are so excited by the prospect of President Trump's removal from office impeachment that they can barely keep their tongues from hanging out of their mouths.  They demonstrate what it's all about even if they don't have a clue what's going on.  It is a striking fact that the charge to which Michael Flynn pleaded yesterday involves lying about conversations that were not themselves illegal.  Flynn was not charged with any substantive criminal offense under the Logan Act or anything else.  Rather, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Did Flynn or the Trump transition team violate the Logan Act?  No.  Michael Flynn lied.  Not once, but twice.  He lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia.  For that, he was fired by President Trump as national security adviser.  Flynn also lied to the FBI about the same subject.  For that, he was charged and pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a single count of making false statements.  As part of his plea, Flynn agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  This inexorably invites two questions:  Will Flynn implicate anyone else in the Trump administration, including the president?  And if so, for what crime?

Charge Against Flynn is More Evidence That Mueller Has Nothing.  News media are breathlessly reporting that Gen. Michael Flynn has agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI. [...] That's it, after a year of huffing and puffing.  Nothing about the election, nothing about the long-awaited "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia.  I have no idea why Flynn apparently lied to an FBI agent, assuming that he did.  But the communications described in the information are exactly the sorts of contacts that a national security advisor to an incoming president should be having with foreign powers.  In short, the allegations against Flynn suggest that Robert Mueller has nothing significant against President Trump or other members of his administration.

ABC News issues correction:  Trump did not ask Michael Flynn to contact the Russians as a candidate.  ABC News issued a correction Friday [12/1/2017] on a report published earlier in the day that stated former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was instructed by President Trump to contact Russians while Trump was still a candidate.  Instead, the "clarification," later changed to a "correction," noted that Trump's request came after the election — a significant detail as Trump would have been transitioning from campaign mode to preparing for the start of his administration, but still might put Flynn in danger of violating the 1799 Logan Act because he was a private citizen at the time.

There Is No Evidence of 'Collusion' in Michael Flynn's Offense Statement.  Moments ago [12/1/2017], the special counsel released Michael Flynn's "Statement of the Offense."  This document lays out Flynn's crimes in far greater detail than the short "information" released earlier today.  It's important to state this clearly as possible — the statement contains no evidence of collusion with Russia to influence the presidential election.  Instead, it amplifies the fact that Flynn apparently lied about contacts that were lawful and appropriate.

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying To FBI — Same Misleading Statements That Got Him Fired.  Former National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to a process crime of lying to FBI investigators about the content of a December 29th phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.  The conversation occurred the same day that then-president Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 election.  This is the same misleading information that led to the White House firing Michael Flynn.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged Flynn with falsely telling FBI agents that he did not ask the ambassador "to refrain from escalating the situation" in response to the sanctions.

Flynn pleads guilty in plea deal with Mueller.  Cue sustained hysteria among Trump-haters in the media and everywhere else.  Stay tuned for demands for Trump's impeachment and cries of treason. [...] Flynn already is a proven liar and was fired for lying to Vice President Pence.  His word is not worth much.  There would have to be corroborative evidence to convict Trump of anything.  But absence of evidence would not stop the demands for impeachment.  Give the Democrats control of the House next year, and impeachment is what we'll get.

What the Flynn Plea Means.  Former Trump-administration national-security adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead guilty today to lying to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States.  Flynn, who is reportedly cooperating with the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, is pleading guilty in federal district court in Washington, D.C., to a one-count criminal information (which is filed by a prosecutor in cases when a defendant waives his right to be indicted by a grand jury).  The false-statement charge, brought under Section 1001 of the federal penal code, stems from Flynn's conversation on December 29, 2016, with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.  At the time, Flynn was slated to become the national-security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump.  The conversation occurred on the same day that then-president Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 election.  It is believed to have been recorded by the FBI because Kislyak, as an agent of a foreign power, was subject to monitoring under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Trump Blasts Theresa the Appeaser: 'Don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism in the UK'.  President Donald Trump answered critics — including U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May — of his November 29 tweets on Islamic attacks with another tweet urging them to focus on "Radical Islamic Terrorism."  He was responding to the uproar in the United Kingdom following his retweet of three tweets from the "Britain First" group, which is a considered extreme in the United Kingdom.  A spokesman for the prime minister said the group spreads "hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions."

NSA Veteran Bill Binney:  The Public is Being Lied To About Russia Election Meddling.  Thirty-year National Security Agency veteran turned whistleblower Bill Binney has come out and said that the allegations of Russia election meddling are nothing more than propaganda.  Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo met with Binney last month at the request of President Donald Trump.

Has Mueller Abandoned The Trump/Russia Collusion Investigation?  Just as the FBI and Justice Department is telling Congress that they haven't been able to verify anything of importance in the Trump/Russia collusion dossier, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has decided to cast a much wider net in his fishing expedition.  Is this a coincidence?  Or is it a sign that Mueller also realizes there's no there there?

Basketball Player's Dad Disrespects Trump After He Rescued His Criminal Son From China.  There is no faster way to lose my respect than to bad mouth someone who has done you a kindness that you'll never be able to repay.  That is exactly what happened when Trump brought home the three UCLA basketball players who were at risk of spending the next 10 years in a Chinese prison for shoplifting.  Instead of being grateful that his son wasn't going to prison, LaVar Ball decided to pull the most uncool move on the planet:  He began to disrespect President Trump.

Here are some of the biggest myths of the Russian-collusion story.  MYTH: "We have 17 intelligence agencies that know — with great certitude — that [the DNC hacking] was done by the Russians [to help Trump]," House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) recently said, echoing AP, CNN, The New York Times, NBC and CBS, among others.  FACT: The Obama administration's Jan. 6 assessment reflected the views of just three intelligence agencies — and one of them, the NSA, which captures Russian signals, expressed only "moderate confidence" in the conclusion.  The others, the CIA and FBI, cautioned their judgment "might be wrong."  The FBI and CIA reached their conclusion based on the forensic analysis of a private contractor who was hired by the DNC to examine its hacked e-mail server.  "We didn't get direct access [to the server]," former FBI Director James Comey testified.

Hillary Clinton, breathing easy now, hints at Trump impeachment.  Hillary Clinton may not be running for any particular political seat right now, but she sure does know how to sling a political punch — and boy, is she taking advantage of this Paul Manafort indictment thing.  She's like that kid that hangs with the playground bully, coming in after the beating's been administered with a sharp kick to the guy on the ground, a "take that" jab when the guy's rendered defenseless.  Impeachment, anyone?  That's what Clinton seems to now be suggesting in a thinly veiled appeal to Congress delivered during her book tour.  And just when you thought the Russia talk had turned Clinton's way.  What impeccable timing; these indictments couldn't have come at a more opportune moment for Clinton.

Tucker Carlson Expands on Podesta Source Story — Shares Podesta Group Threats Against Him.  Against the backdrop of the Paul Manafort indictment, Fox News host Tucker Carlson expanded on his exclusive source insight (from a former employee) into the Podesta Group and the lobbying activity on behalf of Russian interests.  Additionally, Mr. Carlson shares the legal threats he and his broadcast have recently received from lawyers representing Tony and John Podesta and the DC Lobbying Group they founded.  [Video clip]

Manafort indicted, National Review says impeach Trump.  Robert Mueller indicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, an associate, for money-laundering.  The charges seem reasonable, and a prosecution worth pursuing.  If guilty, Manafort and Gates deserve prison and a seven- or eight-figure fine (including restitution).  The opposite of reasonable is the response by National Review, "What The Paul Manafort Indictment Means." [...] It was published as one big glob in a 274-word paragraph that read like a third grader running in from outside to tell mommy what happened all in one breath.  The I-word — impeachment — should not be used by writers, not because it is offensive but because calling for impeachment informs readers of how desperately and rabidly partisan you are.

Mueller May Have Been Illegally Appointed to Job, Legal Expert Says.  t's pretty clear that Trump is not a fan of special counsel Robert Mueller.  There have been reports that he's even considering firing him or at least getting someone from DOJ to do it for him.  This week, The Wall Street Journal's editorial board called for Mueller to resign saying that "he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years."  However, according to one legal expert, he might not need to resign or be fired:  Mueller might have been illegally appointed.

Still no evidence of Trump-Russia 'collusion' — but Hillary is a different matter.  Over the weekend, the mainstream media was absolutely giddy with delight upon learning there would be an indictment by special counsel, Robert Mueller.  This was proof positive, they insisted, that Trump "colluded" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.  Their exuberance was the equivalent of a two day-long tailgate party.  Too bad it was premature.  The celebration came to a crashing end when the indictments of Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, were unsealed Monday morning [10/30/2017].  It turns out the charges are, basically, a tax fraud case.  The two men stand accused of hiding their income from their lobbying work for Ukraine in order to avoid paying taxes, then lying about it.  That's it.

Trump's Name Doesn't Appear Once In Manafort Indictment.  President Donald Trump's name does not appear one time in his former campaign manager Paul Manafort's indictment records released Monday [10/30/2017].  Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted in a federal court on 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States, and making false and misleading statements.  The indictment related to the core of Mueller's Russia probe, which began in May when the former FBI director was appointed special counsel, does not mention Trump's name once.

The Manafort Incictment Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With Trump.  [Scroll down]  The world-class bias of the [New York] Times shows up at the end — as you might expect — implying that the only logical outcome of the investigation is a takedown of Donald Trump.  Of course, the Times' reprot ignores the concrete evidence of the treasonous Clinton Foundation deal with Uranium One.  And the ties between the Podesta Group and Russia.  And the fact that Tony Podesta suddenly resigned from his lobbying group today.  Of course, if you're looking for real news, the last place you'd look is the Times.  But you knew that already.

Mueller's Indictment Of Manafort:  Desperate Prosecutorial Hail Mary, Or Trap For Trump?  Fast-moving rumors over the weekend — actually, illegal leaks to CNN from special counsel Robert Mueller's office — were confirmed Monday after Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was indicted on 12 charges stemming from his ties to Russia.  A disaster for Trump?  Not yet.  In fact, the indictment carefully avoids mention of either Trump or his campaign.

Manafort, Gates Indicted — But Not For Russian Shenanigans.  Two former senior Trump campaign staffers pled not guilty yesterday [10/30/2017] to evading taxes on millions of dollars over a period of years and a litany of other charges sought by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that appear wholly unrelated to the alleged Russian intervention in last year's election that he was commissioned to investigate.

So Where Are the Podesta Indictments?  If Paul Manafort is guilty of failing to register as an agent of a foreign government, something that occurred when Manafort was not running the Trump campaign, then so is Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton campaign manager, who is also up to his eyeballs in collusion between the Democrats and Hillary Clinton and Russia and Ukraine.

The Manafort Political Theatre Project Launched.  The theory under which prosecutors work, of course, is to squeeze the little guy with the threat of prison and get him to implicate the higher-ups.  But for that strategy to work for Mueller on Manafort, there have to be facts to reveal.  So far, despite extensive private and prosecutorial research for over a year, there are no facts.  It's all a cover for Uranium One, and for a while, it is a pretty good one.

Robert Mueller should resign.  Forgive yourself if you are confused about developments in the Russia, Russia, Russia storyline.  In fact, there are so many moving parts that you shouldn't trust anybody who isn't confused.  Consider this, then, a guide to the perplexed, where we start with two things that are certain.  First, special counsel Robert Mueller will never be able to untangle the tangled webs with any credibility and needs to step aside.  Mueller, whose office is apparently leaking the "secret" news that a grand jury has approved charges against an unidentified defendant, assumed his role with one big conflict, his relationship with his successor at the FBI, James Comey.  That conflict has morphed into several more that are fixable only by resignation.

FEC complaint accuses Clinton campaign, DNC of violating campaign finance law with dossier payments.  Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance law by failing to disclose payments for a dossier on Donald Trump, according to a complaint filed Wednesday [10/25/2017] with the Federal Election Commission.  The complaint from the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said the Democrats effectively hid the payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law.  By law, campaign and party committees must disclose the reason money is spent and its recipient.

Supreme Court dismisses Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday [10/24/2017] formally dropped plans to hear the last remaining challenge to an earlier version of President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and a ban on refugees, but a fight over the legality of his latest restrictions still could reach the nine justices.

Senate Probe Asks Whether Robert Mueller Alerted Obama Administration to Russian Bribery Scheme.  The Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into the 2010 sale of U.S. uranium to Russia under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and whether then-FBI Director Robert Mueller alerted the Obama administration about its investigation into Russians involved in the deal, according to Newsweek. [...] Despite the existence of the FBI investigation into Tenex, a Rosatom subsidiary, the Obama administration allowed the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian-based company with U.S. uranium assets, to Rosatom.

Is Mueller Actually Working For Trump?  [Scroll down]  To recap: from the outset Trump hired Mueller via Rosenstein to carry out the investigation of the Dems, most notably Podesta, but likely ending with the Clinton Crime Family Foundation (as Rush Limbaugh calls it).  This is exactly what Steve Bannon told me on two occasions, that no one would get Hillary Clinton on the e-mails, "but you might get her on something else ... the Foundation."  Further, this is being carried out in utter secrecy on Mueller/Sessions' part.  Finally, word is starting to leak out from targets that the investigation has shifted.  Oh, and none other than Jimmy Carter just came out praising Trump, and says the election wasn't rigged.  What's that all about?  I'll tell you:  Carter got word from a target of the investigation's real objectives, and [Carter] wants no part of this. [...] I suspect we have about three more months, taking us into 2018 election season, before Mueller begins to drop indictments.

10 reasons to stay calm about those Russia Facebook ads.  [#1] Of the group of 3,000 ads turned over to Congress by Facebook, a majority of the impressions came after the election, not before.  Indeed, in a news release Monday [10/2/2017], Facebook said 56 percent of the ads' impressions came after the 2016 vote.  [#2] Twenty-five percent of the ads were never seen by anybody.  (Facebook also revealed that Monday.)  [#3] Most of the ads, which Facebook estimates were seen by a total of 10 million people in the United States, never mentioned the election or any candidate.

Kellogg, Ford Foundations Donated Millions To Anti-Trump Resistance Group.  The previously undisclosed donors to a major anti-Trump "resistance" group were exposed in unredacted tax forms the Washington Free Beacon obtained, and some of them are high-profile foundations.  The largest donation to the Center for Community Change, which had not revealed its donors in the past, came from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, created by Will Kellogg, the founder of the food manufacturer, Kellogg.  The liberal foundation dished out $3 million to the group, which has worked against President Trump and Republicans both before and after the 2016 election.  The second highest donation — $2,350,000 — came from The Ford Foundation, which was first set up by the founders of the Ford Motor Company, although the latter has not had an affiliation with the foundation for roughly four decades, according to Fox News.

Library Considers Dr. Seuss To Be "Racist Propaganda".  A library in Massachusetts had a moonbat meltdown over the gift over some Dr. Seuss books.  Why?  Because they were given by Melania Trump[.]

Mueller's Team Is Reportedly Researching Trump's Pardon Power.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top legal aide is researching what powers President Trump may have to pardon any of his associates caught up in the ongoing Russia investigation.  According to Bloomberg News, Michael Dreeben, deputy solicitor general and former Justice Department appeals lawyer, is researching past pardon cases to what limits might exist on Trump's ability to grant pre-emptive pardons to his associates.  Dreeben is also tasked with making sure that Mueller's investigative moves are legally sound.

Trump won't fire Mueller because the president did nothing wrong.  Firing Robert Mueller is a media invention.  Always has been.  But it was resurrected on Tuesday [9/26/2017] by Roger Stone.  The informal adviser to President Trump offered his opinion, eagerly solicited by reporters, that the president should sack the special counsel because his impartiality is hopelessly compromised by a myriad of conflicts of interests.  Stone was correct, in part.  Mueller is deeply conflicted.

End nears for Hillary's Russian excuse.  In short, the president will pardon [Julian] Assange if Assange names the DNC staffer who leaked the emails that showed the Democrats were in cahoots with the media — or produces the thumbnail drive used to leak the emails.  This is where Bradley (aka Chelsea) Manning comes into play.  In granting clemency to a spy who leaked military secrets, Barack Obama enabled President Trump to pardon a man who leaked political information.  You see how that works?

Fortunately, Jesse Jackson is not the one who decides.
Jesse Jackson:  Trump 'Would Not Qualify to Get Into Jesus' Kingdom'.  President Donald Trump may want to tighten requirements on who can immigrate to the United States, but Rev. Jesse Jackson thinks he should instead worry about his own citizenship in heaven.  "Trump says you must be able to speak the language of English, [be] qualified, and have a job skill," Jackson said Monday [8/28/2017].  "Jesus would not qualify to come in Trump's country — he would not qualify to get into Jesus' kingdom."  Jackson made the comment Monday at the "Ministers March for Justice," which was spearheaded by Rev. Al Sharpton and featured ministers from various traditions united in opposing the Trump administration.

Trump has friendly meeting with two Texas Democrats who called for his removal.  President Trump had a friendly meeting with two of his biggest critics in the House after visiting with victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas on Saturday.  Reps.  Al Green, D-Texas, and Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, both met with Trump on the steps at Air Force One at Ellington Field in Houston as the president departed to visit flood victims in Louisiana.  Both Green and Lee have advocated for Trump's impeachment in the past.  Green has actually filed articles of impeachment; while Jackson has also supported the notion of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.

Professor Says, Texans 'Deserve' Harvey Because They Voted For Trump, Gets Fired.  A sociology professor at the University of Tampa published a tweet on Sunday afternoon [8/27/2017] suggesting that Texas residents deserve the death, destruction and suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey because a majority of Texas voters supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

James Clapper Questions Trump's 'Fitness' For Office: 'I Just Find This Extremely Disturbing'.  Shortly after President Donald Trump wrapped up his off-the-rails rally speech in Phoenix Tuesday night, the former Director of National Intelligence straight-up questioned the president's fitness for office and ability to carry out his duties.  Speaking to CNN anchor Don Lemon, ex-DNI and current CNN commentator James Clapper said that the speech was "objectionable on so many levels."

The Editor says...
I guess if you find President Trump to be "extremely disturbing," you should vote for the lying baby-killing socialist Democrat instead.

Federal judge rules Trump's personal tax returns cannot be compelled through FOIA.  A federal judge ruled said Friday [8/18/2017] that President Trump's personal tax returns could not be released through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reports The Hill.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center launched a lawsuit against the IRS earlier this year after the group requested the records, citing FOIA.  The group sought Mr. Trump's personal tax returns from 2010 to now, but the court said personal tax forms are confidential and can only be obtained if Mr. Trump gave his permission.

The DNC 'hack' might have been an inside job.  You should read a story in the Aug. 9 issue of The Nation magazine entitled, "A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year's DNC Hack."  The first thing you need to know is that The Nation is a liberal/progressive publication.  So if there is any bias there it's in favor of the Democrats.  The magazine's conclusion: there wasn't a computer "hack" at all.  Hard evidence, it says, shows that the DNC e-mails — including those of Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta — were leaked by someone inside the party.  That would change everything, of course, especially since numerous other investigations concluded that the Russians did it.

WaPo: Documents Show Russians Sought Meetings With Trump Campaign, and Team Trump Declined.  [Scroll down]  These freshly-revealed emails look like a conscientious campaign doing the right thing and expressing appropriate skepticism when approached about opportunities to huddle with the Russians.  You can argue that maybe they turned down these contacts because they were involved with the Kremlin at a higher level elsewhere, but there's no proof of that.  You can also contend, as WaPo's story does, that this further demonstrates Moscow's keen interest in establishing ties with the Trump camp.  That's fine, but that Russian interest would need to have been improperly reciprocated and acted upon to be a scandal.  Collusion requires at least two parties, by definition.  So this strand of evidence cuts in Trump's favor.

Mueller Raids Manafort's Home — Because He Has Nothing.  All the king's horses and all the king's men have not found Russian collusion with Trump.  Even Mueller likely knows it, because he is now investigating everything but Russian collusion.  You do not expand an investigation's scope because you have found a deep vein of criminality tied to prima facie Russian collusion — if you did, you would be going deep into that vein.  Every week, more evidence comes out that the Democratic Party computers were not hacked — something vital to the concept of the Russians stealing those emails and giving to them to WikiLeaks.  The fundamental requirement that the Russians stole Democratic emails might have been overturned if the FBI looked at the servers — which they chose not to do.  Who among us would be able to tell the FBI that we do not choose to give them our servers for an investigation?

How Obama Handled An Attack By A Racial Nationalist.  In July of 2016, an avowed black nationalist murdered five police officers during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas, Texas.  The act of violence was well-planned and was motivated entirely by the hate-filled ideology of the shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson.  With several officers dead by the hand of a committed black nationalist, one might think the Obama administration may have considered the assassinations domestic terror and launched an investigation into groups associated with this ideology.  Not at all.  Barack Obama condemned the shootings, but he did not call out or even allude to Johnson's hateful views.  He did, however, blame "powerful weapons" for the violence.

Breaking News:  Donald Trump Is President.  Donald J Trump is president.  Really.  He won it fair and square, he was inaugurated seven — almost eight — months ago, and he very probably is going to be president for another three and a half years.  Minimum.  So, now, children, let's calm down.  All of you people over there saying Trump is unqualified and should be removed?  Give it up.  He's qualified by the only qualification that matters:  he is over 35, he is a native U.S. citizen, and he won the [...] election.  The Constitution doesn't have a clause in it for removal by vote of the media, or because his political opponents don't like him.  The only reason he can be removed constitutionally is if someone finds high crimes and misdemeanors.

Trump Criticized For 'Fire and Fury' Rhetoric But Bill Clinton Said Basically The Same Thing.  For days now the media and regular Trump critics on Capitol Hill have berated the President for his rhetoric about North Korea.  Specifically, they've said his words about "fire and fury" were particularly incendiary.  But back in the 1990s when North Korea was causing problems and issuing threats about atomic bombs, President Bill Clinton essentially said the same thing.

Choose Sides in This Civil War.  [Scroll down]  There is yet to emerge any serious evidence that anyone committed a crime in this area.  The entire confection of Russian collusion arose immediately after the election, despite the fact that Democratic officials such as John Podesta had a great deal more to do with the Russians than the Republicans did, and that by historic criteria, there was no justification for a special counsel to be named at all.

Russian election interference:  Where, oh, where is the evidence?  We are bombarded daily by the Democrats and the Destroy Trump Media screeching about Russian "meddling" and "interference" regarding our 2016 election.  "Meddling" and "interference" are vague charges unless one specifies the concrete evidence.  Since Mueller is authorized to investigate this "meddling," the lawyerly questions are, what is the evidence, and what did the evidence cause, if anything?  Never mind that the Obama intelligence agencies and FBI investigated this before Mueller was appointed and found no concrete evidence.

Attorney Plans to Call President Trump to Testify in Seth Rich Lawsuit.  Investigator Rod Wheeler is suing Fox News over a story that indicated that former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was killed as a result of communications he had with WikiLeaks, and now Wheeler's attorney says he wants key White House figures to testify.  Wheeler, one of the main sources for the article which was later retracted, claims that Fox News fabricated quotes that they attributed to him to support their story, and that they allegedly ran the story at the behest of the Trump administration.  Now, Wheeler's attorney says he wants to depose President Donald Trump and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.  Fox News has vigorously denied many of the allegations in the lawsuit.  Wigdor confirmed to LawNewz.com that Trump and Spicer are among witnesses he wants to testify at depositions for the case.  The complaint Wigdor filed on Tuesday [8/1/2017] alleges that Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman and contributor Ed Butowski met with Spicer to discuss the story, and that President Trump himself had a hand in the editing process.

Time for the GOP to teach the Democrats a scandal lesson.  The only way the Democrats will become reluctant to use investigations as a means to harass President Trump is if they experience the weapon themselves and come to the conclusion that it ought to be used only in genuine scandals, as in crimes.  There has never been any crime alleged in the "Russia collusion" narrative, which is why a special counsel request should never have been entertained, much less the A.G. recused over the matter.  (Yes, it was a "matter," not an "investigation" — because there was no crime alleged.)  That is why Robert Mueller's investigation is by its charter a witch hunt, seeking to find a crime, not investigating evidence of a crime that already has been identified.

Full of Schiff.  Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff has made himself a leading purveyor of the "collusion" hysteria with which we have been inundated since the election. [...] Every day it becomes clearer that the "collusion" hysteria is more a function of the Democrats' "collusion" with the mainstream media than anything else.

Trump's Transgender Ban Is a Legal Land Mine.  President Donald Trump's Wednesday announcement on Twitter that transgender men and women will not be allowed to serve in the military "in any capacity" was not a complete surprise:  Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that the military was hitting the pause button on an Obama-era plan to welcome openly transgender people into the military.  But the announcement was a legal land mine.  The Trump administration may soon learn that singling out a class of people for exclusion violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law.  And as to those transgender soldiers already serving openly, any effort to expel them would face even more profound difficulties.

Poll: 3-in-4 White Democrats Find It 'Stressful' to Talk to Trump Supporters.  Three-in-four white Democrats and left-leaning Americans find it "frustrating" and "stressful" to talk politics with people who have a different opinion of President Trump, according to a Pew Research poll released Thursday [7/27/2017].  While more than half of Americans find it stressful talking to people they disagree with on Trump, white Democrats were the most likely to find it uncomfortable — much more than Republicans of any race.

The quest to prove collusion is crumbling.  While everyone is fixated on President Trump's unbecoming and inexplicable assault on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the media has been trying to sneak away from the "Russian collusion" story.  That's right.  For all the breathless hype, the on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate, Jared Kushner's statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting on just isn't there.

Yes, a President May Be Indicted, and May Pardon Himself.  As we've pointed out many times, collusion is not a crime; conspiracy is.  To prove a conspiracy, you need more than mere association and collaborative action; you need an agreement to commit a specific statutory violation of penal law.  Thus far, there is no indication that an actual crime has been committed.  Under the regulations for special-counsel appointments, there is supposed to be cause to believe a crime has been committed before a prosecutor is appointed.  Yet, we have a prosecutor assigned to the case even though there is, as yet, no crime.

Don't Tread on Me You Trump-Hating Traitors!  The Left has become absolutely unhinged over the allegations of collusion with the Russians.  Allegations, by the way — in spite of everything that you've read, everything you have heard on the radio, everything you have seen on television — that are still unfounded.  Based on the reporting by The New York Times there is still no hard evidence that Donald Trump Junior broke any laws.  Now, his meetings with the Russians may have been ill advised, maybe even downright idiotic, stupid.  But as near as I can tell, it's not illegal in this country to be stupid.

President Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter.  President Donald Trump has been party to an eye-watering 4,000 lawsuits over the last 30 years, US media say.  And now the mogul turned commander-in-chief has attracted one more, after seven people sued him for blocking them on Twitter.  Mr Trump is an avid user of the social media forum, which he deploys to praise allies and lambast critics.  The lawsuit was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute, a free speech group at Columbia University.  The seven Twitter users involved claim their accounts were blocked by the president, or his aides, after they replied to his tweets with mocking or critical comments.  People on Twitter are unable to see or respond to tweets from accounts that block them.

How Hermitage Capital, Ziff Brothers And The Clinton Global Initiative Prompted The Trump Jr.  Meeting.  So what "information" was Veselnitskaya peddling that could be used as a political weapon in the 2016 presidential election?  According to a note from Bloomberg this morning, the answer to that question is a very sordid tale that involves Hermitage Capital, Ziff Brothers Investments, The Clinton Global Initiative, a decade-old story on an international tax evasion scandal and a new film Veselnitskaya had been eagerly promoting called "The Magnitsky Act — Behind the Scenes"... all of which probably helps explain why a British publicist was involved in setting up the original meeting, why Trump Jr. was confused by Veselnitskaya's "inane nonsense" and why Jared Kushner decided to leave the meeting after 5-10 minutes.

Liberal Legal Scholar Scoffs At Claims Donald Trump Jr.  Guilty Of Treason.  Liberal constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley laid to rest many of the claims Tuesday [7/11/2017] from the media and politicos of illegality and collusion surrounding Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a "Kremlin-connected" lawyer.  Turley, a legal scholar at George Washington University, batted away claims of criminality, asking "does any of this constitute a clear crime or even a vague inkblot image of a crime?"  His answer:  no, not on the facts.

Trump Jr.  Dared to Talk to a Russian Woman.  From the fever swamps of the Left, the unsubstantiated, over-the-top Russian electoral collusion conspiracy theory now includes President Trump's son who now stands accused of a 20-minute meeting with a Russian lawyer who allegedly has Kremlin ties.  This is merely the latest part of the Left's rolling coup attempt against President Trump.

Trump Jr.'s Emails Undermine Collusion Conspiracy Theory.  The emails do not indicate any knowledge of Russian government wrongdoing, such as hacking, or Trump campaign involvement in such activities.  Yet the mainstream media is going berserk, hyping the overheated ravings of leftist idiots like Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) whose disastrous performance in the vice presidential debate against Republican Mike Pence may have helped to sink the Democrat ticket last year.

Donald Trump Jr. was within his rights to meet with Russian lawyer.  This story is hardly as inane as the collective furor that has been generated around the Russia issue writ large.  Although four (or, according to the Clinton camp, 17) intelligence agencies concluded the Russian government attempted to influence the 2016 election, there is no evidence that any of these attempts succeeded.  Donald Trump won fair and square, unless you want to assert that somehow Russia hacked Michigan's paper ballot system.  But those who are dead-set on invalidating the election results by other means still persisted.  Lacking evidence of actual crimes, they have been forced to drum up narratives around more nebulous, subjective offenses like "obstruction," "misleading conduct," and of course "collusion," which this email chain supposedly points to.  However, the case is pathetically weak.

Soros-Funded Protest at White House Demands Prosecution for Donald Trump Jr..  [Scroll down]  Protesters could be seen holding placards produced by the progressive PAC MoveOn.org with the phrases "Resist" and "Investigate Trump," with substantial funding from left-wing billionaire George Soros. [...] Other participating organizations included the Center for American Progress Action Fund, People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Common Cause, UltraViolet, Democracy for America, Common Defense, and the Daily Kos.

Don Jr.'s Russia meeting wasn't collusion — just amateur hour.  Washington began its week again with its collective Rorschach test: another Russian-related meeting that was immediately declared to be the "smoking gun" of criminal collusion or even "treason." In the 1960s when Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach created his projective test, he found that people could reveal their motivations and perceptions in describing what they saw in amorphous inkblots.  In the continuing Russia Rorschach test, it turns out that every amorphous blob looks like a crime to media and many legal experts.

Lawsuit says Trump commission has no legal authority' to collect voter data.  President Trump's voter integrity commission has "no legal authority" to collect information from states about their voter rolls, a privacy group said in a new court filing Thursday [7/6/2017], escalating a legal clash with the panel.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center, which has filed an emergency lawsuit to try to derail the Trump commission, says that it doesn't matter what sort of information states will allow, the mere act of the panel requesting data, without having safeguards in place, violates federal privacy and electronic records laws.

Linda Sarsour:  Resisting Trump Is a 'Form of Jihad'.  Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour said that resisting President Donald Trump is a "form of jihad" at the Islamic Society of North America's 54th annual convention on Saturday [7/1/2017].  Sarsour, who has vocally expressed sympathy towards terrorists, was the keynote speaker at a community service recognition luncheon during the convention.  "I hope that when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad," Sarsour said of Trump's administration.

'Collusion' as Farce:  The Hunt for Hillary's Hackers.  [Scroll down]  The embarrassing information in question (emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta), while interesting to political wonks, had no impact on the public, the vast majority of whom have no idea what a John Podesta is.  More importantly, there is neither evidence nor commonsense reason to believe that Putin involved Trump in his shenanigans.  Thus, the narrative is morphing from "collusion" into "obstruction" — a half-baked accusation based on actions that were within Trump's lawful discretion and defensible on the merits (viz., recommending against the prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and dismissing FBI Director James Comey).

Nearly 200 Democrats sue Trump citing emoluments clause violation.  Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday [6/14/2017] sued President Trump in federal court, claiming he had violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution by accepting foreign funds through the Trump Organization without Congressional approval.  The Washington Post broke the news early Wednesday morning, reporting that 196 lawmakers had joined the complaint, more than any lawmakers ever to sign on to sue a president.  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led the filing in federal district court and said Tuesday that while no Republicans had joined the lawsuit, they were welcome to do so.  Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) led the legal effort in the House.

An Investigation of Nothing.  [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions must have wondered, at times, why in the world he was there.  He testified that he knew nothing about the alleged Russian spear phishing of the RNC's and DNC's email accounts. [...] Sessions also elaborated on why he concurred with Rod Rosenstein's recommendation that Comey be fired as FBI Director.  It was a good reminder of what a terrible job Comey did, and how badly he departed from traditional standards of the Department of Justice and the FBI in connection with the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Taxpayers Give $30 Million so NYC's Shakespeare Festival can Assassinate Trump Onstage.  After learning that an actor dressed to look just like his father gets brutally murdered on stage in a production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Donald Trump, Jr. asked, "I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers?"  Well, thanks to some digging by Adam Andrzejewski, founder of the federal watchdog OpenTheBooks.com, we now know the answer: [...]

Despite not knowing a anything about it, 66% of millennials oppose Trump budget.  Just like Congress passes bills before they know what's in them, millennials are passing judgement on President Donald Trump's budget before the full details are known and understood.  Millennials, which mostly get their news from Facebook, couldn't possibly understand the impacts of Trump's budget overhaul, but in a GenForward poll, 66 percent of young Americans say they oppose the budget because it helps the rich.  How exactly does the Trump budget help the rich?

COVFEFE Act would preserve Trump's tweets as official statements.  From the incomprehensible "covfefe" to a post labeling fired FBI director James Comey a "leaker," President Donald Trump's tweets would be preserved as presidential records if a Democratic lawmaker's proposed COVFEFE Act becomes law.

Dem Sen Manchin:  No Evidence 'Whatsoever' of Collusion.  Sunday [6/11/2017] on ABC's "This Week," Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that he had seen no evidence of collusion "whatsoever" between the Trump campaign and Russian during their investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath.  Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland sued President Trump on Monday [6/12/2017], alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.  The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president.  Trump said in January that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests.

Carlson: Trump-Russia 'Hoax' an Effort to Topple a Democratically Elected Government.  Friday [6/9/2017] during the opening monologue of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," host Tucker Carlson sounded off on the effect of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee a day earlier.  Carlson argued Comey's testimony did not further the Trump-Russia conspiracy narrative, which many had hoped would bring the beginning of the end to the Donald Trump presidency.

Drivers in at Least 21 States Claim 'Covfefe' Vanity Plates.  Drivers across the country are racing to their local Department of Motor Vehicles offices to claim "covfefe" vanity license plates just days following President Trump's tweet, where he meant to type "negative press coverage" and instead wrote "covfefe."  Drivers have already claimed their "covfefe" vanity plate in at least 21 states, including California, North Carolina, Maine, and Nebraska since Trump sent out his tweet early Wednesday morning, CNN reported.

When No One Knows the Answer.  Liberal commenters reacted with amusement and glee after Donald Trump misspelled a word in a tweet.  He typed "covfefe" instead of the possibly intended "coverage."  Hillary Clinton "mocked the President's made-up word, joking to a Code Conference in California that she 'thought it was a hidden message to the Russians', according to The Hill."  It pointed up, if that were still necessary, how deficient in literacy and elocution The Donald is.  But inevitably, every Trump malapropism and gaffe raises the invidious comparison: if he's so stupid, then how about the people he beat?  One can always explain a loss to Napoleon.  But how does one justify a loss to a person regarded as a moron?  One can lose to a genius without shame; it's harder to avoid mortification at being worsted by covfefe.  And Hillary lost to covfefe.

Has Anyone Ever Leaked So Much To So Little Effect?  [Scroll down]  First, as the world's leading nuclear powers, we have an interest in avoiding nuclear proliferation and catastrophic war.  Second, Islamic terrorism poses a problem for both us and the Russians; it is actually worse for them.  In principle, we should be able to work together, to some degree, on this issue.  Third, China is aggressive and expansionist in the Far East.  Russia shares our interest in containing Chinese ambitions.  So it is entirely appropriate that our leaders should seek common ground with the Russians, where possible, in pursuit of our national interests.  George W. Bush did it, Barack Obama did it, and Donald Trump is doing it.  The main difference between Obama and Trump is that Obama was a pushover for Putin, and Trump isn't.

In the 'Russia' Investigation, Democrats, Spooks and Media Have Most to Fear.  The notion that Russia "hacked" the American election — to the extent that it changed the outcome — never made any sense.  A fever dream cooked up by Sore Loser Hillary and her malignant consigliere, John Podesta, it began its demonic life as a way to explain Mrs. Clinton's astonishment and anger at losing an election all her media buddies told her was in the bag, and for which she felt sure the fix was in.  It wasn't until the day of the vote, when the New York Times and Nate Silver got the spanking of their lives, that the roof finally conked her on the noggin.  Those of us who habitually smell rats knew right off that there was nothing to it.  But from that night forward, the Clintons, the Leftist media and the Democrats have been pounding the notion that, somehow, the Russians affected the election and that Trump is corrupt, morally unfit, an imbecile and an embarrassment to America.

Forget What You Hear:  Our Narcissist President Is Winning.  I first became aware of Donald Trump in the late seventies.  I was not impressed.  In fact, I didn't like him.  I thought he was a braggart and a man who went out of his way to disrespect women.  I wouldn't have said so at the time, but he was clearly a narcissist.  Growing up in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx, I have been around men like him all my life.  They're going to do this; they're going to do that.  They have this; they have that.  I took him to be a person so full of himself that his company would be unbearable.  I didn't give him much hope of winning the presidency, either, but as election day neared, friends would ask what I thought a Trump presidency would look like. [...] In any case, while I didn't hold out much hope of Trump winning the election, I wasn't exactly terrified of a Trump presidency.

Chris Cuomo to GOP Rep Sean Duffy:  There Is No Proof of No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion.  Friday [5/19/2017] on CNN's "New Day," host Chris Cuomo and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) went back and forth on whether or not there was the existence of evidence that President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.  While Duffy maintained there was no evidence of collusion, Cuomo insisted Duffy offer proof there was no evidence of collusion.

Trump under attack (from all sides).  For lots of Trump backers, absolutely every single thing he has done since occupying the Oval Office is understandable.  Those millions who voted for him never expected or wanted him to behave like any other candidate, or president.  He was expected to break some glass, and turn convention on its head.  That was his appeal.  They knew he'd make mistakes.  Polling shows they really don't care when he does. [...] Absolutely none of his voters care about his tax returns; they're delighted he might even be able to hold off the feds and they wish they could, too.

Guess Who Barack Obama Idolized When He Attended Harvard.  [T]he Left worshiped Donald Trump.  Then they didn't.  All Donald Trump needed to do to get the Left to turn on him is not be a Democrat.

What Crime Would a 'Special Prosecutor' Prosecute?  Readers of these columns will recall that I am a naysayer on the constitutional chimera interchangeably called a "special prosecutor" or an "independent counsel."  I won't rehash all the arguments yet again.  Suffice it to say there is no such thing as a prosecutor who exercises prosecutorial power independent of the executive branch.  Were the Trump administration to cave in to media-Democrat pressure and appoint a "special prosecutor," that lawyer would be chosen by the Trump Justice Department and answer to the president.  As night follows day, the next line of politicized attack would be that President Trump had rigged the investigation by choosing a crony to make the scandal disappear.

Democrat Ivanka Trump to determine the fate of U.S. Global Warming policy.  El Presidente Trumpo is leaning towards getting the U.S. out of our global warming treaties, BUT he might reconsider after he hears from his favorite Democrat in the world — his daughter Ivanka Trump. [...] What's odd is that he promised he would stop all Global Warming schemes during the campaign, but he's putting the policy in the hands of a woman he knows believes in Global Warming, AND met with Al Gore about it!!

Report: Jared Kushner Didn't Disclose $1 Billion in Loans, Investment Ties to Goldman Sachs and George Soros.  President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner didn't disclose his part ownership of a real-estate finance startup known as Cadre, according to a Wall Street Journal review of Kushner's securities and other filings.  The Journal notes that Kushner's Cadre stake "means the senior White House official is currently a business partner of Goldman Sachs Group and billionaires including George Soros and Peter Thiel."  The Journal also reports that Kushner didn't disclose a number of loans "totaling at least $1 billion, from more than 20 lenders," on properties and companies he co-owns; and Kushner "has also provided personal guarantees on more than $300 million of the debt."  An analysis of the debt on these assets "found ties to a broad swath of U.S. and foreign banks, private-equity firms, real-estate companies and government-owned lenders."

Jared Kushner left a lot off his financial disclosure.  Jared Kushner failed to disclose his ownership of a real estate startup linked to Goldman Sachs and George Soros, according to a report Tuesday [5/2/2017].  Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, didn't note on his government financial disclosure form that he is a part-owner of real estate finance firm Cadre, which matches investors with real estate projects, the Wall Street Journal reported.  Cadre's other investors include Goldman Sachs, billionaire and top Democratic donor Soros and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.  Kushner also didn't disclose at least $1 billion in loans from more than 20 lenders, as well as various properties and companies he partly owns, according to the Journal, which reviewed securities and other filings.

Trump has been sued 134 times in federal court since inauguration.  President Trump, who has struggled to press his agenda in Washington but has shown a knack for unsettling opponents and triggering protests, has also become an unprecedented lightning rod for federal lawsuits filed by plaintiffs across the country seeking court relief on an unusually broad array of issues.  Trump has been sued 134 times in federal court since he was sworn into office, according to a Globe tally based on federal court databases, nearly three times the number of his three predecessors in their early months combined.

Ivanka Trump's uncomfortable embrace of refugees.  Ivanka Trump, already under growing fire from some in the conservative camps who think she's exerting too much influence over dad Donald, is now calling for the White House to open doors to Syrian refugees.  Conservatives and border control advocates are quite right to be concerned.  Ivanka's soft stance on refugees would seem a direct conflict with President Donald Trump's campaign promises to crack down on borders — and particularly, on the entrance of refugees from terror-tied nations who could prove a national security danger to American citizens.

Left-Leaning Ivanka Becoming Donald Trump's Problem Child.  Ivanka Trump's left-of-center positions are causing trouble for President Trump.  Many passionate supporters of Trump didn't like it one bit when he gave her a prominent advisory role in his government.  Both the "alt-right" and actual conservatives feared she would push her farther left on a host of pivotal issues, including on the Planned Parenthood funding battle and the Syrian migrant security issue.

Shep Smith: 'Fox News Cannot Confirm Judge Napolitano's Commentary'.  With all the attention on Fox News right now because of a report from Judge Andrew Napolitano about surveillance on Trump being conducted by British intel agency GCHQ, it didn't take long after President Trump's presser for Shep Smith to respond on Fox.  GCHQ is outraged that the White House shared this report, and when the president was confronted about his tweets today, he said, "You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox."  When Sean Spicer was asked about whether the White House apologized today, he indicated there was no apology and said, "I don't think we regret anything."

Russian Bank Claims Trump Server Story May Have Been a Hoax.  Shortly before the 2016 election, the anti-Trump media treated as a political bombshell a story that a Russian bank purportedly had communications with an email server tied to Trump's business empire.  The FBI concluded last fall that there was likely an innocuous reason for the "odd stream of activity," but some in the media kept clinging to the narrative, in hopes that a smoking gun would emerge to blow their RussiaGate conspiracy theory wide open.  As recently as last week, CNN reported that federal investigators and computer scientists were still examining whether there was a server connection between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank.  According to a new report in Circa News, Alfa Bank has told authorities that the mysterious communications have resumed — and that they have evidence it could be "the work of a hacker trying to create a political hoax."  They have asked the Justice Department to investigate, and have pledged to cooperate fully.

DOJ sends wiretap materials to congressional investigators.  Justice Department officials delivered materials to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Friday in connection to President Trump's claim that the Obama administration had his campaign headquarters wiretapped.  "The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN.  Investigators on both committees are currently working to determine whether evidence exists to substantiate Trump's claim.  The chairmen of both committees said separately earlier this week that they have yet to find proof that would corroborate the allegations coming from the White House.

Did Obama spy on Trump?  Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump's calls.  The NSA has given GCHQ full 24/7 access to its computers, so GCHQ — a foreign intelligence agency that, like the NSA, operates outside our constitutional norms — has the digital versions of all electronic communications made in America in 2016, including Trump's.  So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.  Thus, when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful.  Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump's inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family.

Judge Napolitano:  Three sources tell Fox News that Obama used the British NSA to secretly surveil Trump.  Via the Daily Wire, that's quite a claim.  The president of the United States using a foreign intelligence agency to spy on the other party's presidential candidate, for the obviously illicit purpose of erasing any domestic paper trail of his actions?  "Scandal of the decade" material.  And yet it falls not to the Fox News investigative team to break the story but to legal commentator Andrew Napolitano — and not on one of Fox's marquee shows like O'Reilly or Tucker but on Fox & Friends and Martha MacCallum's program.

The Russia Insinuation Collapses.  he ignominious collapse of the Democratic claims and insinuations that Donald Trump was improperly connected to the Russian government has de-escalated the Democrats' campaign against the president — from a frenzied assault seeking impeachment and removal for a cause to be named later, to guerrilla war.  Russian collusion has vanished down the same deep hole as the charges of sexism, racism, and a will to autocracy.

Judge Napolitano:  Obama used British spy agency to spy on Trump.  Ok this is a pretty incredible story from Judge Napolitano on Fox News.  He alleges, via three intelligence sources who've come forward to Fox News, that Obama actually used the GCHQ — the British Intelligence Agency who he says has 24/7 access to the NSA's database — to get spy on Trump's phone calls during the campaign and his transition period to president.  [Video clip]

Judge Nap:  Obama 'Went Outside Chain of Command,' Used British Spy Agency to Surveil Trump.  The Justice Department on Monday asked lawmakers for more time to gather evidence related to President Trump's claim that former President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower's phones during last year's presidential campaign.  The House Intelligence Committee said it would give the Justice Department until March 20 to comply.  Current and former administration officials have been unable to provide any evidence of the Obama administration wiretapping Trump Tower, yet the president's aides have been reluctant to publicly contradict their boss.

Judge Napolitano says that British Intelligence provided Obama admin with surveillance data on Trump Tower phone conversations.  In a startling segment on the Fox News program The First 100 Days, Judge Andrew Napolitano told viewers that there will be no paper trail linking President Obama to any surveillance of telephone calls in Trump Tower during the presidential transition period.  (President Obama called it "wiretapping" even though no wires were involved.)  The reason is that British intelligence had access to NSA surveillance data — which captures every phone call in the United States — and were able to provide such intelligence to President Obama without a FISA court warrant or any other paper trail that would expose an American intelligence agency that used the same NSA data.

Former Democrat Congressman on Trump Wiretap Claims: 'It Happened to Me'.  Former Ohio Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich defended President Donald Trump's claims about being wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 presidential election.  "It's important because there are people who are saying about President Trump's claim, 'Oh, it could never happen.'  Well, frankly, it happened to me," Kucinich told Fox News on Friday [3/10/2017].  Also on Friday, the former congressman penned an article on Fox News describing the incident — a phone call in his congressional office from a foreign leader had been tapped in 2011, and he listened to a recording of it in 2015.

Where Does FISAgate End Up?  Probably Nowhere.  If, as Democrats suggest, the Russian interference was significant and there was evidence of Trump-campaign collusion in it, it would have been irresponsible for the Justice Department and the FBI not to investigate, including by monitoring communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  But if, as Republicans counter, Russian interference was immaterial (some say nonexistent), and there was no real proof of Trump-campaign collusion in anything nefarious, then the "hacking conspiracy" was just a pretext for the incumbent administration to investigate the opposition party's political campaign, a stunning abuse of power.  Where does this all end up?  I suspect it goes nowhere.

Trump accuses Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower phones.  President Trump made a startling claim Saturday [3/4/2017] that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower phones tapped in the weeks before the November 2016 election.  In early Saturday morning tweets that began at 6:35 a.m., the president said the alleged wiretapping was "McCarthyism" and "Nixon/Watergate."  "Terrible!  Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory.  Nothing found.  This is McCarthyism," Trump wrote.

Is There More to the Flynn Story?  The American media is ignoring a story from London about the abrupt resignation of Robert Hannigan, the head of Britain's highly secretive Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which is the codebreaking equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).  Hannigan's resignation on January 23 surprised everyone, with only a few hours' notice provided to his staff. [...] The Hannigan resignation is not occurring in a vacuum, and some in the large and highly networked retired intelligence community have come to believe that it is connected to the investigation and downfall of Trump's first national-security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Why accusations about Trump and the Russians will go nowhere.  The recent controversy surrounding President Trump and his supposed ties to Moscow has always been a non-starter for me.  We are supposed to believe the word of unnamed intelligence officials ensconced in the Beltway suburbs without a drop of firsthand experience, busy leaking to reporters because they are upset about the result of the last election?  Already there's a motivation problem right there.  But I have my own experience that makes me think the whole thing is nonsense except as a partisan setup.

White House Pushes Back on Issa:  A Special Prosecutor For What?  Over the weekend former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who aggressively investigated the Obama administration on a number of issues, called for a special prosecutor to look into alleged ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. [...] Monday [2/27/2017] the White House hit back on that assertion, saying months of media reports have turned up nothing substantial and therefore an outside investigation in unnecessary.

Rand Paul:  Stop 'Hysteria of a Special Prosecutor' on Trump-Russia Probe.  Monday [2/27/2017] on the "The Mike Gallagher Show," while discussing the investigations into Russia's hacking during last year's presidential election, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said, [...] "Law enforcement ought to look into whether it happened.  I wouldn't really want a special investigator if all we're hearing is gossip in the media and nobody's presented any proof that there have been connections or that any law has been broken for that matter."

House Intelligence chairman says he hasn't found evidence of Trump team's ties to Russia.  Congressional Republicans are divided over how aggressively to pursue the allegations that President Trump's associates had contact with Russia, with some lawmakers calling for a full-scale look at the former national security adviser's communication with Russia while others say there is no evidence of such contacts.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) made clear that he was more interested in nefarious reports published in the news media than in alleged contacts between the Trump team and Russian officials, saying the focus of the House's probe would be on information leaks — which he called "major crimes."

Leaked Audio Reveals Anti-Trump Forces Manufacturing Hostile Town Hall.  Leaked audio from an anti-Trump protest group meeting reveals activists with anti-Trump group Indivisible plotting how to best manufacture a hostile environment at a town hall with Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on Friday [2/24/2017].  The audio, obtained by local radio station KPEL, reveals a coordinated effort to create the public impression that Cassidy's support for Trump is unpopular with his constituents.  The activists, who describe themselves as liberals in the audio, can be heard strategizing how to best turn a local town hall into a political victory.

Obama Lawyers Unite to Launch Legal Attacks Against Trump Administration.  Lawyers who worked with former President Barack Obama have formed a nonprofit called United to Protect Democracy, which aims at filing lawsuits against President Donald Trump's administration.  The group plans to investigate Trump, give information to the press to build the pressure for Congressional investigations, and eventually file lawsuits, Politico reported on Thursday [2/23/2017].  The leader of the group and former associate White House counsel Ian Bassin warned that democracies don't end quickly.  He said they often "decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps," in an apparent suggestion that the Trump administration would contribute to that decline.

Why Are Trump's Approval Numbers Low?  Ask The Haters.  There several conflicting polls out about President Trump's approval rating.  But one thing is clear in all of them:  The only reason his numbers are low is because Democrats despise him.  The latest approval numbers come from the Pew Research Center, which found that Trump's overall approval rating in his first month in office is just 39%.  That's far below every other president since Reagan.

Senate Dems want details on Trump's use of personal smartphone.  A pair of Senate Democrats voiced concerns about reports that President Trump is using a unsecured personal smartphone, arguing it's a security risk.  Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Tom Carper (Del.) — two Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — released a letter on Monday to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for details on the president's phone.  "The national security risks of compromising a smartphone used by a senior government official, such as the President of the United States, are considerable," they wrote in the letter.

The Threat to the Integrity of an Independent Judiciary.  President Trump's executive order on refugees was temporarily halted by a federal judge in Seattle without much in the way of legal reasoning, and it will shortly be ruled on again by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit, one of whom is an Obama appointee, another a Carter appointee.  If the rule of written law is the point of judicial independence, it shouldn't matter who appointed the judges, since their independence should produce uniform results regardless of their political leanings.  And if you believe this is the way courts actually work, then naturally it is outrageously improper for prominent political figures to harangue the courts in an effort to influence their decisions.  Trump has been doing a lot of haranguing.

Trump ally:  Reince Priebus in over his head, should be canned.  An ally to President Trump said the White House chief of staff is "in way over his head" and should be dumped.  Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, said Sunday that Reince Priebus is the "problem."  "I think there's a lot of weakness coming out of chief of staff," Ruddy told CNN's "Reliable Sources." "I think Reince Priebus [is a] good guy, well-intentioned, but he clearly doesn't know how the federal agencies work."

The Consequences of Trump's Bungled Immigration Order.  On Thursday [2/9/2017], the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court upheld a restraining order against Donald Trump's executive order temporarily halting refugee processing and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.  The Ninth Circuit is notoriously liberal, and its decisions are overturned 80 percent of the time by the Supreme Court, post-certiorari.  This latest decision is particularly egregious.  The court's reasoning is unsound, the authority it has arrogated to itself is unprecedented, and the consequences to national security are potentially serious.  The Supreme Court has good reason to overturn the Ninth Circuit's ruling.  But the fact that the White House finds itself requiring rescue by the high court demonstrates just how badly the administration fumbled its opening gambit.

CNN mocks Trump's list of terror attacks the media is hiding.  Earlier Trump said that the media was hiding a bunch of terror attacks because of their left-wing bias, and afterward Sean Spicer promised that they would supply the media with a list of these attacks.  Not surprisingly, the list includes attacks widely reported for days and days, and multiple spelling errors, because they take their job seriously.  The Muslim collaborators at CNN mocked the list, thereby clearly revealing themselves to be secret ISIS operatives: [...] There's always a kernel of truth, but Trump has to exaggerate wildly, delegitimize the honest criticism, and make us all look stupid in the process.

Mr. Trump doesn't seem to understand that stuff like this is why we voted against Hillary Clinton.
Vice-President Mike Pence says anti-LGBT discrimination has 'no place' in Donald Trump's administration.  [Vice-President Mike] Pence told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview aired Sunday that 'in the patriot's heart, there's no room for prejudice'.  The White House on Tuesday [1/31/2017] released a statement saying an executive order signed by Barack Obama to protect LGBT federal workers against discrimination would remain in place.

Ivanka Trump Promotes Gay and Transgender Rights.  She's been labeled the "Daughter-in-Chief" by the tabloids and, in this case, it appears to be the truth.  According to several news accounts that have not been denied or debunked, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, persuaded President Donald Trump to retain an executive order from the Obama administration that prohibits companies from doing business with the federal government unless they hire and promote open homosexuals and transgendered people.  The so-called "transgendered" are people confused about their "gender identity" who may be in various phases of transition to the opposite sex, in some cases involving gender mutilation and surgery.  In short, they are DNA deniers, a category of people considered to be engaged in immoral and perverted conduct by the standards of traditional morality and religion.

Trump Keeps Obama's Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department.  The Trump administration has decided to keep President Barack Obama's top advocate for gay rights issues at the State Department in defiance of evangelical groups who called for his immediate expulsion, Foreign Policy has learned.  Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, is continuing "in his role under the current administration," a State Department spokesperson said on Monday [2/13/2017].

Judge Who Will Rule on Trump Travel Order Won ACLU 'LGBT Award'.  Judge Michelle T. Friedland, who is on the three-judge panel that will rule on President Donald Trump's executive order aimed at stopping terrorists from traveling to the United States, won the ACLU of Southern California's LGBT Award in 2009, according to the Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.  "She received the President's Pro Bono Service Award in 2013 from the State Bar of California and the LGBT Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California in 2009," Leahy said in the U.S. Senate on April 10, 2014, stating his approval of Friedland's confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Stay Alert, America:  The Worst Is Yet To Come.  It's early days yet, but President-elect Trump — like his predecessors — has already begun to dial back many of the campaign promises that pledged to reform a broken system of government.  The candidate who railed against big government and vowed to "drain the swamp" of lobbyists and special interest donors has already given lobbyists, corporate donors and members of the governmental elite starring roles in his new administration.  America, you've been played.

Trump Says White House Leaks Coming From Obama Admin Holdovers.  President Donald Trump pointed the finger at Obama administration holdovers at the White House and National Security Council for leaking information about private phone conversations he had with leaders of Australia and Mexico.

Report: About 900 State Dept.  Officials Sign Dissent Memo on Executive Order.  About 900 State Department officials have reportedly signed on to a memo disagreeing with the Trump administration's refugee ban and block of people entering the country from a handful of Muslim-majority nations despite White House warnings that they should fall in line.

Should Sally Yates Be Indicted?  No matter what your attitude about the substance of Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending visas from seven countries involved in terrorism, that an acting attorney general took it upon herself to disobey it is nothing less than the deliberate subversion of the rule of law in the United States of America.  She deserves to be indicted — or at least be disbarred.  Not only did Sally Yates announce she would not enforce the order, she gave absolutely no legal justification for her inaction.

Judicial Watch Statement on the Firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.  President Trump is to be commended for upholding the rule of law in firing Yates for her politicization of the Justice Department.

Trump fires acting AG for refusing to defend travel ban.  President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday just hours after she defied him by refusing to have the Justice Department defend his controversial executive order blocking people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.  The White House acted swiftly, issuing a statement declaring that Yates, who was appointed by former President Obama, had "betrayed" the U.S. government.  Trump selected Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to replace Yates until his attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is confirmed by the Senate.  That vote could occur this week.

Why Yates Had to Go.  Like most Democrats, Yates objects to the president's executive order.  Fair enough.  But she is not a political operative, she was a Justice Department official — the highest such official.  If her opposition to the president's policy was as deeply held as she says, her choice was clear: enforce the president's policy or quit.  Instead, she chose insubordination:  Knowing she would be out the moment Senator Sessions is confirmed, she announced on Monday night that the Justice Department would not enforce the president's order.  She did not issue this statement on the grounds that the order is illegal.  She declined to take a definitive position on that question.  She rested her decision, rather, on her disagreement with the justice of the order.

Trump's PATCO Moment.  President Donald Trump's firing of a politically motivated official — now-former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, for her refusal to enforce the laws of the nation and carry out the administration's policy — harkens back to a previous president who faced a similar crisis at the beginning of his administration.  CNN has been framing this in its lower-third chyron throughout the evening as "the Monday Night Massacre" — a reference to President Richard Nixon's firing of both his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General when they refused to get rid of a special prosecutor who was investigating him — with the intent to paint Trump as an off-the-rails tyrant.  But even Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, appearing on CNN late Monday night [1/30/2017], rejected the comparison his own network CNN was making to the Nixon administration's "Saturday Night Massacre."

High school teacher stages mock assassination of Trump.  A Texas high school art teacher has been placed on administrative leave after video surfaced showing her "shooting" President Donald Trump inside a classroom while screaming, "Die!"  The Secret Service field office in Irving tells me they are aware of the incident, but declined further comment.

Fears of diplomatic row as Donald Trump 'won't be lectured' by Prince Charles on climate change during visit.  Palace aides have been warned Donald Trump will not be "lectured" by Prince Charles about climate change during his visit to Britain, according to reports.  The President is due to visit the UK in June and be welcomed by members of the royal family.  But according to the Sunday Times, fears of a diplomatic row during the trip are mounting.

Secret Service spouses circulate petition calling for agent's firing.  The spouses of several Secret Service agents are circulating a petition calling for the immediate removal of the special agent who wrote on Facebook that she would rather face "jail time" than take "a bullet" for President Trump.  The spouses, who requested anonymity out of fear of retribution against their husbands and wives, are speaking out against the special agent in question, Kerry O'Grady, because they say they no longer have faith that she can lead the Denver district office where their spouses work.

Secret Service agent who suggested she won't take bullet for Trump on paid leave, report says.  A Denver-based Secret Service agent who reportedly suggested that she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for President Trump has been placed on administrative leave.  The Washington Examiner reported Friday that Kerry O'Grady, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Denver district, was placed on paid leave during an investigation.

Secret Service agent who suggested she wouldn't take 'a bullet' for Trump expelled from group for retired agents.  The premier association for former U.S. Secret Service agents Wednesday expelled the special agent who suggested she wouldn't take "a bullet" to defend President Trump because she considered him "a disaster" for the country.

Secret Service vague on action taken against agent who suggested she wouldn't take 'a bullet' for Trump.  The Secret Service is weighing how far to take its disciplinary action against a senior special agent who suggested she would rather do jail time than take "a bullet" for President Trump.  The agency on Tuesday said it has taken "appropriate action" against Kerry O'Grady, who is the special agent in charge of the Denver office, but has not indicated whether she has been placed on administrative leave, which would be forced leave with pay, a common first disciplinary step when the Secret Service is taking a behavioral incident seriously.

Senior Secret Service Agent Says She Would Allow Trump's Assassination.  Since when does a Secret Service agent refuse to protect the president which is their chief duty?  She needs to be fired immediately so she can start a new career [...]

Secret Service Agent Implies She Wouldn't 'Take a Bullet' for Trump.  It's Now Backfiring, Big-Time.  A senior U.S. Secret Service agent is under scrutiny after she shared several controversial Facebook posts excoriating President Donald Trump, at one point implying she would rather go to jail than "take a bullet" for Trump.  The Secret Service told The Washington Examiner that they are "looking into" the posts made by Kerry O'Grady, the special agent in charge of the USSS Denver district.  In an October Facebook post, O'Grady appeared to openly defy the Hatch Act, which bars some federal employees from advocating for a partisan political party, group or candidate, and proclaimed her support for Hillary Clinton.

Senior Secret Service agent suggests she wouldn't take 'a bullet' for Trump.  A senior U.S. Secret Service agent posted Facebook condemnations of President Trump during the past seven months, including one in which she said she wouldn't want to "take a bullet" for him.  She explained herself saying she viewed his presidential candidacy as a "disaster" for the country, and especially for women and minorities.

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The men and women of the Secret Service are supposed to be anonymous and apolitical.  And in any event, the President's bodyguards should all be men, because a man who hides behind a girl when the bullets start flying is not a man at all.

The first (and frivolous) lawsuit against President Trump.  If you're in the mood for a good chuckle, try reading the first lawsuit filed against the new president since he was sworn in.  The man hasn't even unpacked his collection of red silk ties... and already he stands accused of corruption while in office.  Predictably, the plaintiffs are a clique of law professors serving as "arm candy" for a liberal group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (an oxymoron, to be sure). Their pleadings read like a dime novel.  Or a comic book.

Enough already:  Back-of-the-napkin inaugural crowd analysis.  I had the privilege of attending the Trump inauguration, and I can assure you that there was no shortage of attendees.  While the MSM, spearheaded by The New York Times, attempts to spread half-truths and even full lies, they will also debunk their own garbage from time to time.  CNN was kind enough to release a gigapixel of the crowd, which shows a sea of humanity in the non-ticketed area as far back as allowed. [... But] Hillary Clinton eked out an 86.8% margin of victory in the District of Columbia to take its three electoral votes on election night. [...] Had she won, it is likely that a vast majority of those 282,830 bloated government-dependent voters would have spilled into the National Mall to see her ceremony, just as they did for Barack Obama on two occasions.

Notice the Transparently Absent — It's Who Was Not at The White House That Also Tells a Story.  Yesterday [1/23/2017] President Trump held a day of meetings with corporate business titans, CEO's, and also skilled labor union officials.  However, two men were transparently absent from both group meetings:  U.S. CoC President Tom Donohue, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  The reasoning for their absence is more sunlight upon the UniParty swamp.  Insofar as politics in DC is a false choice assembly of two political parties sharing the same goals and ideology, the uniparty, so too are Donohue and Trumka two sides of the same coin.

A Smithsonian Gift Shop Sells Anti-Trump and Pro-Hillary Paper Dolls.  The museum strives for an 'equal opportunity' apolitical approach.  Maybe it should strive harder.

Trump told leaders 'illegals' cost him popular vote.  President Trump's first White House meeting with congressional leaders was, by all accounts, a cordial affair.  But Trump apparently couldn't resist taking a jab across the aisle, telling the gathering of bipartisan leaders that he'd lost the popular vote only because of rampant voter fraud by "illegals," according to a pair of sources familiar with the conversation.

Ethics Group To Sue Trump, Claiming Constitutional Violations.  A group of ethics experts and constitutional scholars plans to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday morning, claiming that Trump is breaking the law by allowing his hotels and other businesses to profit from foreign governments.  Trump was pressed to divest his business holdings before he took office, but did not, instead passing day-to-day operations to his two adult sons.  The group, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, claims that Trump is breaking the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause.

Interior Department told to stop tweeting after unflattering retweets about Trump.  The Interior Department reactivated its official Twitter accounts early Saturday after an abrupt shutdown following shares of two tweets during the inauguration the agency considered unsympathetic to President Trump.  National Park Service spokesman Thomas Crosson, whose agency retweeted the offending tweets, apologized on Twitter for the "mistaken RT's from our account," referring to retweets.

President Donald Trump's Inauguration Speech Was A Declaration Of War.  President Donald J. Trump did not walk to the microphone in front of the Capitol today to salve wounds or mend hurt feelings.  There were no calls for unity or attempts to bridge the political divide.  After being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Trump issued a call to arms and declared war on the ruling class.

Bill O'Reilly:  Efforts to 'Delegitimize' Donald Trump 'Border on Sedition'.  On Wednesday night [1/18/2017], Fox News' Bill O'Reilly condemned the Democratic politicians who argue that Donald Trump is not a "legitimate" president, saying their comments bordered on seditious conspiracy.

Judge Dismisses Cheri Jacobus "Dummy" Lawsuit Against Trump.  In a decision made public Tuesday [1/10/2017], a New York judge dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against the Republican president-elect by a political strategist who said her reputation was trashed when he called her a "dummy" on Twitter.

Anti-Trump Derangement in Los Angeles Schools.  As Inauguration Day nears, "Post-Traumatic Trump Disorder" is ubiquitous.  Many of the president-elect's supporters "suffer" from excessive jubilance, bordering on ecstasy, while many of his detractors are wallowing in angst, panic, and rage, and the latter, PTTD group is making life miserable for children across the country.  Los Angeles may be ground zero for the disorder.  The United Teachers of Los Angeles — or, more aptly, the United Trump-Loathers Association — led by its radical, agenda-driven president, Alex Caputo-Pearl, is planning a major demonstration before school on January 19, the day before the new president is sworn in.  The demonstrators are being instructed to launch a tweetstorm to Trump (#schooltrump) and hold symbolic shields at school sites, to show that "educators are united with our students and our communities against Trump's racially charged and anti-immigrant proposals and that we will continue to fight attempts to privatize public education."

Why Trump is spot-on about the Russians and the election.  President-elect Donald Trump has recently questioned President Barack Obama's finger pointing at the Russians for election-related cyberattacks; and the current media and pundit frenzy alleging a Russian cyber-strike targeting Secretary Hillary Clinton in order to assure a Trump presidency.  President-elect Trump plans to press U.S. intelligence agencies to defend their conclusions, stating, "I know a lot about hacking.  And hacking is a very hard thing to prove.  So it could be somebody else.  And I also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation."  Having worked since 1995 as a first-responder to cyber-attacks, including serving 11 years as Chief of the SEC's Office of Internet Enforcement, I whole-heartedly agree with President-elect Trump.  His skepticism is not only appropriate and warranted — it's spot-on.

Hayden: Intelligence report a 'brick short of a load'.  Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and National Security Agency, said Saturday that the newly-released intelligence report describing Russia's efforts to undermine the US election was "a brick short of a load."  The report, released Friday [1/6/2017], outlines how Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to hurt Hillary Clinton and help President-elect Donald Trump by using by "an influence campaign" which included hacking Democratic groups and figures.

Ford cancels Mexico plant.  Will create 700 U.S. jobs in 'vote of confidence' in Trump.  Ford is canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico.  It will invest $700 million in Michigan instead, creating 700 new U.S. jobs.  Ford CEO Mark Fields said the investment is a "vote of confidence" in the pro-business environment being created by Donald Trump.  However, he stressed Ford did not do any sort of special deal with the president-elect.  "We didn't cut a deal with Trump.  We did it for our business," Fields told CNN's Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview Tuesday [1/3/2017].

Eichenwald: My Trump Mental Hospital Accusation Was A Joke And A "Signal" To A Source To Contact Me.  In his interview with George Stephanopoulos this morning [12/20/2016] [Newsweek senior writer Kurt] Eichenwald said his accusation that Trump was in a mental hospital was really a way to respond, in a joking matter, to FOX News Channel's coverage of Hillary Clinton's health.  Clinton was the 2016 Democratic nominee for president.  However, he did say there was a "reporting purpose for that tweet going out."  Eichenwald also said his joke, made on national cable news, was a "signal" to a source to contact him.

Trump Is Already Ditching His Movement.  Beyond Capitol Hill, Trump has stocked his staff and his cabinet with establishment fixtures and billionaires.  His chief of staff is Reince Priebus, the former head of the RNC.  His cabinet nominees include long-serving generals, the longest-serving governor in the history of Texas, the CEO of ExxonMobil, and a former Goldman Sachs partner.  Sure, he has a sprinkling of insurgents in the ranks, but his early supporters — insiders in outsiders' clothing, such as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, and Chris Christie — are notable mainly for their absence.  Not one has yet earned a significant place by his side.  They hitched a ride on the Trump Train and were ushered off before the last stop.  If Trump didn't "burn it down," he sure didn't "drain the swamp."  In fact, just today Gingrich, interviewed by NPR, said, "I'm told he now just disclaims that.  He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore."  Well, how could he?  Government by Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil is government by the swamp, of the swamp, and for the swamp.  This isn't a revolution, it's a thoroughly conventional changing of the guard.

Update:
Gingrich says he 'goofed' by saying Trump discarded 'drain the swamp'.  Newt Gingrich on Thursday [12/22/2016] said he "goofed" by saying a day earlier that President-elect Trump had discarded his "drain the swamp" mentality.  "I want to report that I made a big boo boo," the former speaker said in a video he posted online.  "I talked this morning with President-elect Donald Trump.  He reminded me he likes draining the swamp.  I mischaracterized it the other day.  He intends to drain the swamp.  He even describes it as 'DTS.'"

The NeverTrump crowd is still a nuisance, and still wrong.  On issue after issue, for the last 20 years or so, the bipartisan Establishment has delivered policies that were not moderate, or even safe.  No rallying around the White House, or lectures about unity, for [Peter] Wehner.  Instead, in a column in The New York Times, he continues his attacks on the president-elect while celebrating what he calls the "ancient virtue" of moderation.  He fears that moderation is "out of step with the times, which are characterized by populist anger and widespread anxiety."  He's right about the anger and anxiety.  But, as usual, he's wrong in his diagnosis.  The voters didn't turn on the Clinton/Bush Establishment because it was too moderate — instead, they turned on it because it was too radical.

Obama warns Trump not to overuse executive orders.  With about one month to go before he leaves office, President Barack Obama gave some exit interview-type advice to his successor Donald Trump:  Don't rely too heavily on executive orders.  In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Thursday [12/15/2016] that aired in its entirety Monday on Morning Edition, Obama said it's preferable to work with Congress.

Psychiatric Professors Wonder If Trump Is Mentally Ill, Call For Neuropsychiatric Evaluation.  Judith Herman, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Nanette Gartrell, M.D., was once at Harvard Medical School, too, in an assistant professor of psychiatry role.  Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D., on the other hand (read: coast), was an assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco.  What do they have in common?  Well, these high-ranking professors in the psychiatric field have all banded together to write a letter to President Barack Obama about their concerns that President-elect Donald Trump might have a mental illness that should preclude him from the office.

The Editor says...
Where was their concern when Barack H. Obama was nominated for the presidency?  Obama admits to years of marijuana and cocaine use, which could permanently impair his judgment, and he shows signs of being a raging narcissist.

Obama was never criticized for this, but...
Ex-CIA chief says Trump risks blame for an attack if he skips briefings.  Former CIA director Leon Panetta said on Wednesday [12/14/2016] that President-elect Donald Trump risked being blamed after any potential attack on the United States if he refused to receive more regular intelligence briefings.  U.S. officials told Reuters that Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week — far fewer than most of his recent predecessors — but that his deputy Mike Pence gets briefings around six days a week.

Obama warns Trump on briefings: 'It doesn't matter how smart you are'.  President Obama urged President-elect Trump on Monday night to take as many security briefings as he can, no matter how smart he is.  On Sunday [12/11/2016], Trump dismissed criticism that he gets intelligence briefings only once a week, and said he only needs to be briefed when the situation changes.  "I'm, like, a smart person," he said.  "I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years."

Suddenly Obama cares about Intel Briefings.  Am I to understand that the President who avoided intel briefings at an alarming rate for eight years suddenly cares about intel briefings? [...] In case you've forgotten, let me remind you.  The Government Accountability Institute reported back in September 2014 that Barack Obama attended only 42.09% of his daily briefings since the day he was inaugurated.  The GAI also pointed out that in 2014 alone, Obama missed 62.5% of his Presidential Daily Briefings.

Donald Trump sold all stockholdings in June, spokesman says.  A spokesman for Donald Trump said the president-elect sold all of his stockholdings in June, which could help him avoid potential conflicts of interest.  The announcement comes after Trump on Tuesday morning said he wants to cancel the government's order for the development of a new Air Force One, citing a $4 billion cost.

Trump sells his stake in Dakota Access Pipeline developer.  Donald Trump has sold his entire stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company overseeing construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, a Trump spokeswoman told NBC News.  Trump's shares of the company created a possible conflict of interest for the president-elect, as his administration may determine the project's fate amid ongoing protests from Native Americans and climate activists.  Trump has supported the 1,172-mile pipeline and broader efforts to produce more fossil fuels in the United States.

'Panic in Progressive Park' — What If Trump Is Actually Good?  Reason for the panic — the dawning realization, repressed and often unrecognized though it may be, that Donald Trump may even a be a good president, possibly a great one.  Then what?  If anything could cause panic among liberals, progressives, and the media (apologies for the redundancy), that's it.

The latest parlour game — what will Trump do with his business?  In the 19th century, "parlour games" (yes, that's how it was spelled) were a popular way for gentlemen and ladies of leisure to amuse themselves.  The games often involved suspense, intrigue and a healthy dose of conjecture.  And so it remains today among the Washington elite as they speculate on what President-elect Donald Trump will do on December 15 when he reveals how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest by "leaving my great business."

Where are Trump Foundation Funds Actually Going?  A new 2015 IRS filing calls into question just how charitable the Donald J. Trump Foundation really is.  The forms, posted late Monday [11/21/2016] on nonprofit tracking site GuideStar and first discovered by the Washington Post, reveal the foundation has admitted to violating the legal ban on "self-dealing," meaning the charity's funds were improperly used by an insider, their friends or family members.  Representatives for the foundation checked "yes" on the section of the form asking whether assets had been transferred "to a disqualified person" in 2015 and in previous years.  In the case of the Trump Foundation, a disqualified person could include Trump himself, people close to him or even his businesses.

Experts: Trump's Conflict-of-Interest With His D.C. Hotel Raises Impeachment Concerns.  Steven Schooner, a law professor at George Washington University, raised serious legal concerns about Donald Trump and his ongoing interest in Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., especially after a report in The Washington Post that said foreign diplomats felt pressure to stay there.  He's not the only legal expert to raise constitutional questions.  "Why wouldn't I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, 'I love your new hotel!' Isn't it rude to come to his city and say, 'I am staying at your competitor?"one Asian diplomat told The Post.  During an appearance on MSNBC Monday morning, Schooner not only raised issues about the ethics of the situation, but also said that Trump could have an "impeachment issue because you have foreign states basically paying money to the Trump Organization by using their hotels."

The Editor says...
Can a president be impeached for perceived rudeness?  Or because he owns a business?  Who was the last president who owned a business at the time he was sworn in?

The president's hesitance to live in his residence:  Where's Dr. Seuss when we need him?
Will Donald Trump live in the White House?  Donald Trump is planning to spend as little time in the White House as possible, according to reports.  The president-elect's preference for his $100 million New York penthouse has called into question who will pay for the 90-minute commute to the capital by helicopter.  During the campaign trail, the businessman would often fly back late at night to his gold-bedecked luxury home in Trump Tower so he could wake up in his own bed.  The New York Times claimed that Trump is already having discussions with advisers about how many days of the week he is required to spend in the White House.





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