Al Franken should resign immediately.

Al Franken should resign immediately.. by Mark Joseph Stern · November 16, 2017 Sen. Al Franken attends a hearing on Capitol Hill on July 19. Joe Raedle/Getty Images On Thursday morning, Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden wrote a disturbing article alleging that Sen. Al Franken sexually harassed her on a 2006 USO tour. According to Tweeden, Franken coerced her […]

Senate Dems Leave No Room For Ambiguity In Denouncing Al Franken | HuffPost

Senate Dems Leave No Room For Ambiguity In Denouncing Al Franken | HuffPost. Democratic senators were unequivocal on Thursday in their calls for an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), in stark contrast to how their Republican peers have responded to allegations against GOP Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore. About two dozen Democratic senators have come […]

Franken Accuser Says She Was Afraid To Speak Out At The Time – Talking Points Memo

Franken Accuser Says She Was Afraid To Speak Out At The Time – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal Leeann Tweeden, the Los Angeles news anchor who accused Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of sexual misconduct, said Thursday that she was initially afraid to speak up about the 2006 incident because she was concerned it could hurt her career. “There were […]

Al Franken has to go

Al Franken has to go. On Thursday morning, Los Angeles-area radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of sexually harassing her on a USO tour in 2006. She alleges that Franken wrote a skit in which she was supposed to kiss him, and then pressured her into “practicing” the routine, during which he forcibly kissed her. Then, while […]

Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced | GQ

Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced | GQ. by The Editors of GQ · November 13, 2017 In 2013, Colin Kaepernick was on the cover of this magazine because he was one of the best football players in the world. In 2017, Colin Kaepernick is on GQ’s cover once again—but this time it is because he isn’t playing football. And […]

Trump wants to upend 230 years of constitutional principle – The Washington Post

Trump wants to upend 230 years of constitutional principle – The Washington Post. by John Podesta · November 15, 2017 President Trump speaks to reporters. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) John Podesta, the chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, served as counselor to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. Okay, it’s official. President Trump wants to upend […]

Billionaires Desperately Need Our Help! – The New York Times

Billionaires Desperately Need Our Help! – The New York Times. · by Nicholas Kristof · November 15, 2017 H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images It is so hard to be a billionaire these days! A new yacht can cost $300 million. And you wouldn’t believe what a pastry chef earns — and if you hire just one, to work weekdays, how can […]

Cordray to resign from CFPB, clouding future of watchdog agency – POLITICO

Cordray to resign from CFPB, clouding future of watchdog agency – POLITICO. by LORRAINE WOELLERT, ZACHARY WARMBRODT and DANIEL STRAUSS · November 15, 2017 Richard Cordray has been rumored to be considering a run for governor of Ohio, but he gave no indication Wednesday of what his plans are. | Pete Marovich/Getty Images Richard Cordray, the embattled director of the […]

Dear Lord Would Joe Biden Be a Terrible Candidate for These Times

Dear Lord Would Joe Biden Be a Terrible Candidate for These Times. by Erin Gloria Ryan · November 15, 2017 opinion The case against the former vice president mounting a presidential bid is pretty simple. Over the last days, former Vice President Biden has made the rounds promoting his new book with talk show hosts who pretend to have read […]

Joe Biden 2020 Is A Terrible Idea In A Post-Weinstein America | HuffPost

Joe Biden 2020 Is A Terrible Idea In A Post-Weinstein America | HuffPost. Joe Biden is a man looking for his moment. Behind those famous aviators, he’s surveying the landscape to see if 2020 might just be his year to fulfill his presidential dreams. Biden has already run for president twice. Although he didn’t run in 2016, he thinks he […]

Menendez Jury Ends Seventh Day Of Deliberations Without Verdict – Talking Points Memo

Menendez Jury Ends Seventh Day Of Deliberations Without Verdict – Talking Points Memo. Jurors completed a seventh day of deliberations in the bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend Wednesday without a verdict, as defense attorneys pushed for the judge to instruct them that a deadlock can be an acceptable outcome to the case. Deliberations began […]

Donna Brazile’s sad plea for attention

Donna Brazile's sad plea for attention. The only thing worse than America’s quadrennial exercise in pretending to care who gets to be president is the books that come afterward. The distinguishing feature of these books is that they are not really books at all in the sense of being something that people read for pleasure. They exist for the sole […]

The GOP’s Plan to Rule the Courts Until 2050

The GOP’s Plan to Rule the Courts Until 2050. by Eleanor Clift · November 15, 2017 opinion Trump’s judicial nominees—91% of them white and 81% of them male—are strictly conservative, often under-qualified and young, meaning they have decades on the bench ahead of them. Mitch McConnell says his top goal as Senate leader is to remake the judiciary, a higher […]

Amanpour: No free press, no democracy (opinion) – CNN

Amanpour: No free press, no democracy (opinion) – CNN. by Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN This is the next installment in the CNN Opinion series on the challenges facing the media, under attack from critics, governments and changing technology. London (CNN)A few short days ago, here in Britain we marked Armistice Day. I am sure such ceremonies happen in […]

China Could Sell Trump the Brooklyn Bridge – The New York Times

China Could Sell Trump the Brooklyn Bridge – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · November 14, 2017 President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing last week. Doug Mills/The New York Times There is a saying — “When you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there” — and it perfectly sums […]

The Leftist Herd

The Leftist Herd. by E.M. Cadwaladr · November 14, 2017 The fundamental difference between ourselves and the left isn’t that we believe in smaller government and they don’t. Nor is it that we believe in the practical necessity of borders and they don’t. It is that we believe in a life with absolute standards… and they don’t. Take the transgender […]

Dems to launch new impeachment push on Wednesday | TheHill

Dems to launch new impeachment push on Wednesday | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · November 14, 2017 A group of House Democrats will join forces Wednesday to introduce new articles of impeachment against President Trump, representing the broadest effort yet to oust him as commander in chief. The office of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a Memphis liberal, announced the move. Cohen […]

John Travolta Accused of ‘Sexual Battery’ by Male Masseur

John Travolta Accused of ‘Sexual Battery’ by Male Masseur. by Tom Sykes · November 14, 2017 A police report published by Radar Online revealed that the actor was accused of “sexual battery” by a male masseur in 2000. And it’s not the first time. John Travolta was accused of groping a masseur’s bare buttocks, exposing himself and making lewd suggestions […]

Jeff Sessions could appoint a special counsel for the fake Clinton-uranium scandal – Vox

Jeff Sessions could appoint a special counsel for the fake Clinton-uranium scandal – Vox. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is contemplating appointing a special counsel to investigate a wide array of Republican grievances — including a thoroughly debunked charge that Hillary Clinton wrongly gave Russia 20 percent of US uranium as secretary of state. A top Justice Department lawyer notified the […]

Republicans Just Can’t Quit Obamacare Repeal – Mother Jones

Republicans Just Can’t Quit Obamacare Repeal – Mother Jones. Senate Republicans decided on Tuesday to turn their tax bill into a health care bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that Republicans plan to include a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in the Senate’s tax cut bill. If Republicans succeed in overturning the mandate, 13 million more people would […]

Donna Brazile’s sad plea for attention

Donna Brazile's sad plea for attention. The only thing worse than America’s quadrennial exercise in pretending to care who gets to be president is the books that come afterward. The distinguishing feature of these books is that they are not really books at all in the sense of being something that people read for pleasure. They exist for the sole […]

Opinion: Republicans Reversed Course on ‘Blue Slips’ for Judicial Nominees

Opinion: Republicans Reversed Course on ‘Blue Slips’ for Judicial Nominees. by Dianne Feinstein · November 13, 2017 Senate Republicans have done a head-spinning 180 on the value of the “blue slip,” a 100-year-old tool that gives home state senators the ability to sign off on judicial nominees in their states. This practice ensures that the White House consults senators on […]

Justice Dept. to Weigh Inquiry Into Clinton Foundation – The New York Times

Justice Dept. to Weigh Inquiry Into Clinton Foundation – The New York Times. by MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT · November 13, 2017 The Shootaring Canyon uranium mill in the desert outside Ticaboo, Utah, last month. George Frey/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Ten days after President Trump said that he was frustrated with the Justice Department for not investigating Hillary Clinton and other […]

Sessions looking into special counsel for Clinton issues: media reports

Sessions looking into special counsel for Clinton issues: media reports. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russia, according to media reports on Monday. The Washington Post and […]

Federal court allows part of Trump’s latest travel ban to kick in – POLITICO

Federal court allows part of Trump's latest travel ban to kick in – POLITICO. by JOSH GERSTEIN · November 13, 2017 Activists protest against the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban on Oct. 18. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Ninth Circuit allows visa limits on six countries but exempts those with ties to U.S. A federal appeals court on Monday gave President […]

National Republicans Are Desperate for a Write-In Challenger to Roy Moore

National Republicans Are Desperate for a Write-In Challenger to Roy Moore. by Andrew Desiderio · November 13, 2017 The Alabama Republican’s campaign is in pure meltdown mode. His party mates want to avoid getting stained by it—but they just don’t know to do so. In 62 seconds, the senior senator from Wisconsin found nearly a dozen different ways to say, […]

Why capitalism can’t survive without socialism – Vox

Why capitalism can’t survive without socialism – Vox. “We think of capitalism as being locked in an ideological battle with socialism, but we never really saw that capitalism might be defeated by its own child — technology.” This is how Eric Weinstein, a mathematician and a managing director of Peter Thiel’s investment firm, Thiel Capital, began a recent video for […]

The story behind Hijab Barbie is really, really disturbing | New York Post

The story behind Hijab Barbie is really, really disturbing | New York Post. by Maureen Callahan · November 16, 2017 Meet Mattel’s latest doll: Dressed conservatively, covered head to toe with only her hands and face visible. The fabric she wears is extra-thick, so there’s no chance of seeing skin. This Barbie wears no adornments. She also wears a hijab. […]

How Bob Menendez’s friends helped him steer clear of jail | New York Post

How Bob Menendez’s friends helped him steer clear of jail | New York Post. by Phil Kerpen · November 17, 2017 ‘Gifts to cultivate friendship are not bribes,” Abbe Lowell said in his closing in defense of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez — and enough jurors agreed to result in a hung jury and a mistrial. The Biz Markie defense — […]

Al Franken Allegations: Liberals’ Second Chance at Virtue | National Review

Al Franken Allegations: Liberals’ Second Chance at Virtue | National Review. by Jonathan S. Tobin · November 16, 2017 In the last week, some liberals have been having public second thoughts about their defenses of Bill Clinton. In the wake of the #metoo movement and the avalanche of accusations of sexual harassment and assault being made against prominent figures such […]

John Fund: It looks like we are finally on the cusp of tax reform | Fox News

John Fund: It looks like we are finally on the cusp of tax reform | Fox News. Dan Mitchell has been waiting a long time for tax reform. In 1986, he was a young free-market economist working for Senator Bob Packwood, the Finance Committee chairman who helped carry Ronald Reagan’s bold tax reform across the finish line into law. The […]

Will Political Setbacks Unite the Republican Party? – Michael Barone

Will Political Setbacks Unite the Republican Party? – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone The inexorable workings of the political marketplace seem to be enforcing some discipline over hitherto fissiparous Republican politicians. The question is whether this is happening too late to save the party’s declining prospects in the 2018 midterm elections. You can see this in Republicans’ reactions to the […]

This Is The FBI Informant For Uranium One | The Daily Caller

This Is The FBI Informant For Uranium One | The Daily Caller. The FBI confidential informant who went undercover to look into Hillary Clinton’s role in an Obama administration-era uranium company was identified Thursday. William Campbell, a Russian lobbyist, is the informant, according to Reuters. He will be testifying before a congressional committee about the 2010 sale of Uranium One, […]

House Passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Giving Americans a Tax Cut Not Seen in 31 Years

House Passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Giving Americans a Tax Cut Not Seen in 31 Years. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed its tax reform framework, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in a 227-205 vote. The legislation has five main goals, which include providing relief for middle-class families, streamlining and simplifying the tax code so Americans can […]

You should want to cut business taxes; after all, it’s you who has to pay them

You should want to cut business taxes; after all, it's you who has to pay them. The wailing and gnashing of teeth over the tax reform bill passed by the House on Thursday was too much. Even the average congressional debate, with its party-line grandstanding, is bad enough. But it’s so much more tedious when Democrats line up to echo […]

Jonah’s Off Target Again

Jonah's Off Target Again. by Paul Gottfried · November 16, 2017 In his latest anti-Trump tear, National Review editor Jonah Goldberg warns that “the GOP can’t afford to chase away its own.” The GOP’s own, for Goldberg, means “middle-class suburbanites,” whom he depicts as the base of his party. These suburbanites, who are supposedly the heart and soul of the […]

Alabama GOP rebuffs pressure to abandon Roy Moore | TheHill

Alabama GOP rebuffs pressure to abandon Roy Moore | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton · November 16, 2017 The Alabama Republican Party is shrugging off pressure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to disqualify Roy Moore as its nominee for Senate. Members of the state party’s executive committee met in person and by phone Wednesday to discuss the Alabama Senate […]

Stunning 180! Liberals turn on Bill Clinton

Stunning 180! Liberals turn on Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton, who once turned back an accusation of sexual misbehavior by stating, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” and over the years has been protected, defended, justified and excused by left-leaning journalists, suddenly finds himself in a bull’s-eye. The allegations of sexual misbehavior over many years include […]

Why Did Israel Support the Kurdish Referendum? | The National Interest

Why Did Israel Support the Kurdish Referendum? | The National Interest. Israel was alone in its support for the Iraqi Kurdish referendum in September, and it has since become evident that KRG President Masoud Barzani miscalculated in deciding to hold the vote then. The Kurds overestimated both U.S. support for their independence movement and their own internal solidarity, while simultaneously […]

GOP Tax Cut Plan Clears Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee passed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act out of committee on Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, the House passed the bill by a vote of 227 to 205, with 13 Republicans voting against it. “From the outset of this process, we sought to craft a strong pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family tax overhaul that will […]

6 Key Elements in Understanding the Tangled Uranium One Scandal

6 Key Elements in Understanding the Tangled Uranium One Scandal. by Fred Lucas · November 16, 2017 Two House committees are investigating the tangled deal involving Russia, its acquiring of U.S. uranium, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. But the multiple layers that lawmakers, and potentially a special counsel, will explore take some unpacking. The probe addresses unanswered questions about the […]

Bill Clinton: Godfather of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore | Roger L. Simon

Bill Clinton: Godfather of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore | Roger L. Simon. by Roger L Simon · November 15, 2017 Not many years separate sexual predators Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore and Bill Clinton, but it was the activities of the former POTUS that justified — symbolically and metaphorically — the despicable behavior of the other two, not to mention […]

Minneapolis Airport: DHS Refuses to Divulge Names of ‘Muslim Community Members’ Who Got All-Access Tour of Security Measures – Geller Report

Minneapolis Airport: DHS Refuses to Divulge Names of ‘Muslim Community Members’ Who Got All-Access Tour of Security Measures – Geller Report. Like many things ‘counter-jihad’, this story starts with a sharp eye seeing something that doesn’t seem quite right. ‘See something, say something’. In this case, a reporter for a local newspaper connects dots that our collective radar may have […]

It Is Time To Abandon Roy Moore | The American Spectator

It Is Time To Abandon Roy Moore | The American Spectator. by David Hogberg · November 16, 2017 It is time for conservatives to abandon Roy Moore. Running for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Moore has now been accused by a second and third woman of sexual assault. It is noteworthy that those accusing […]

Roy Moore’s Defenses Contradict Each Other – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Roy Moore's Defenses Contradict Each Other – Hit & Run : Reason.com. Roy Moore’s defenses are starting to contradict each other. On Monday the Republican Senate candidate said he had never met Beverly Young Nelson, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 outside the restaurant where she worked in Gadsden, Alabama. Yesterday, seeking to discredit […]

No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD. by Investor’s Business Daily · November 16, 2017 GQ magazine named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2017 “Citizen of the Year.” In doing so, GQ overlooked NFL Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt, who raised some $37 million for hurricane relief. Many of Kaepernick’s supporters […]

100 years of the Blue Slip courtesy | TheHill

100 years of the Blue Slip courtesy | TheHill. by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Opinion Contributor · November 15, 2017 Nearly a century ago, Sen. Thomas Hardwick sent a blue sheet of paper to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee claiming that a nominee from his home state of Georgia was “personally offensive and objectionable.” Nonetheless, the committee proceeded […]

The individual mandate belongs in the trash heap

The individual mandate belongs in the trash heap. The individual mandate – the requirement that virtually all Americans obtain government-approved health insurance or pay a penalty — has long been the least popular part of the Affordable Care Act. Narrowly surviving a Supreme Court challenge in 2012, the mandate’s associated penalty has since technically been a “tax,” as it was […]

Senate Tax Reform Bill — Improvements to Individual Tax Code | National Review

Senate Tax Reform Bill — Improvements to Individual Tax Code | National Review. Senate Republicans released a revised tax-reform bill yesterday. Our concerns with the first draft of the bill were with its changes to the individual tax code, and the new bill makes key improvements on that end. The most significant change is to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, a […]

America’s Indispensable Friends – Victor Davis Hanson

America's Indispensable Friends – Victor Davis Hanson. by Victor Davis Hanson The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications and travel. Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya that were not able to translate superiority on the battlefield into lasting peace. But […]

Fusion GPS Founder Was Upset Over FBI’s | The Daily Caller

Fusion GPS Founder Was Upset Over FBI's | The Daily Caller. by Chuck Ross · November 15, 2017 The founder of Fusion GPS told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he was upset over former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation just before Election Day, a source familiar with the testimony tells The […]

VOA to Fire Three Employees Over Controversial Radio Interview

VOA to Fire Three Employees Over Controversial Radio Interview. The Voice of America, the official U.S. government broadcaster, has notified three employees of its Chinese language division that it plans to fire them for conducting a controversial interview with a Chinese dissident. The three workers, Sasha Gong, Fred Wang, and Robert Li, were notified in letters Nov. 3 that the […]

House Republicans have tax reform in the bag

House Republicans have tax reform in the bag. President Trump will give House Republicans a pep talk on Thursday just before they vote on a major tax reform bill, but Republicans don’t think they’ll need it and believe they are on track to easily pass the bill before heading home for Thanksgiving break. “Eight ‘no’ votes on the Republican side,” […]

Kurdistan Needs a Berlin-Style Emergency Airlift

Kurdistan Needs a Berlin-Style Emergency Airlift. by Sherkoh Abbas and Robert Sklaroff · November 15, 2017 The Trump administration had better work fast to rescue our Kurdish allies – who are being attacked on all sides – if anything tangible is to be salvaged from the super-expensive American military involvement in the Middle East during this millennium. If America abandons […]

Liberals’ Sudden Concern About Bill Clinton’s Behavior Is Cynical & Self-Serving

Liberals' Sudden Concern About Bill Clinton's Behavior Is Cynical & Self-Serving. by David Harsanyi · November 15, 2017 In the past few days a number of notable liberals have decided to take allegations of sexual assault against former president Bill Clinton seriously. Let’s just say that discarding the Clintons when they’re no longer politically useful to retroactively grab the higher […]

FBI gave Clinton email investigation ‘special’ status, deputy director’s email shows | TheHill

FBI gave Clinton email investigation ‘special’ status, deputy director’s email shows | TheHill. by John Solomon · November 15, 2017 Shortly before last year’s election, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote an email on his official government account stating that the Hillary Clinton email probe had been given “special” status, according to documents released Wednesday. McCabe’s Oct. 23, 2016, email […]