Democratic primary: “Business” a dirty word.

Democratic primary: “Business” a dirty word.. On Wednesday, billionaire California investor Tom Steyer announced that he’s decided against running for the Democratic presidential nomination. (He’ll instead continue his current project of funding aggressive, impeachment-oriented activism.) CNN’s Harry Enten subsequently noted that in a primary environment in which Democrats view a number of potential nominees very favorably, Steyer—and other businessmen who […]

Michael White, US Navy veteran, held by Iran in likely message to Trump – Vox

Michael White, US Navy veteran, held by Iran in likely message to Trump – Vox. The first American detained overseas during the Trump administration is being held in one of the president’s least favorite places: Iran. On Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry acknowledged that it had arrested Michael White, a US Navy veteran, in the northeastern city of Mashhad. A lot […]

Trump’s ‘National Emergency’ Gambit May Be The Easiest End To The Shutdown | HuffPost

Trump's 'National Emergency' Gambit May Be The Easiest End To The Shutdown | HuffPost. The partial government shutdown is about to stretch past its third week. Republicans and Democrats have basically stopped negotiating. Yet, members and aides on Capitol Hill believe a solution is imminent. It’s not that there’s going to be a legislative breakthrough. It’s more that everyone now […]

“We Just Want to Get Back to Work”—Thousands of Federal Employees March on the White House – Mother Jones

“We Just Want to Get Back to Work”—Thousands of Federal Employees March on the White House – Mother Jones. On Thursday afternoon, approximately 2,000 federal workers and contractors from across the country braved icy winds and freezing temperatures to gather outside of the DC headquarters of the AFL-CIO to protest the ongoing effects of the government shutdown on their lives […]

Why Trump should cross the Rubicon

Why Trump should cross the Rubicon. There is every reason to believe that President Trump is about to declare a national emergency in the hope of building his fantasy wall by executive fiat with funding diverted from the military budget. For the good of the country, I not only expect him to do so — I welcome his decision. If […]

It’s Time for a ‘Green New Deal’ – POLITICO Magazine

It’s Time for a ‘Green New Deal’ – POLITICO Magazine. There is a groundswell of support in America to tackle the calamity of climate change. Addressing climate change is a national security issue, but renewable energy is also a jobs issue, a health issue and a pocketbook issue for each American family. Constantly improving technology means that low-carbon renewable energy […]

Why the newly inaugurated congresswomen keep making news.

Why the newly inaugurated congresswomen keep making news.. There’s an extraordinary scene in the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex, in which crusading civil rights attorney Ginsburg takes her rebellious teenage daughter Jane to a rundown street somewhere in Manhattan sometime in the ’70s to meet with civil rights attorney Dorothy Kenyon, played Kathy Bates–ishly by […]

Trump border wall and birtherism are about stoking racial resentments

Trump border wall and birtherism are about stoking racial resentments. by Jason Sattler, Opinion columnist No amount of evidence will cure birtherism. And no wall will protect Trump’s followers from the fear of losing cultural dominance or majority status. In Chicago on Nov. 19, 2016. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) It has no value on its own. Racial resentment makes people […]

Opinion | Trump Hits the Wall – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump Hits the Wall – The New York Times. We need to look at the bright side of Donald Trump’s border wall fixation. Sure, he’s shut down the government and thrown the nation into chaos. But it could be worse. He could be demanding a fiery moat between us and Canada. Or building a 36,000-foot-deep barrier across the […]

Harvey Weinstein Looking for New Lawyers as Sex-Crimes Trial Nears

Harvey Weinstein Looking for New Lawyers as Sex-Crimes Trial Nears. by Pervaiz Shallwani, · January 10, 2019 Harvey Weinstein is reaching out to new lawyers to shore up his criminal defense team, currently headed up by superstar attorney Ben Brafman, the disgraced mogul told The Daily Beast. According to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, representatives for Weinstein […]

Why Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ divorce is so riveting.

Why Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ divorce is so riveting.. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced on Wednesday that they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage. The couple announced the split in a statement posted to Twitter, which appeared to have been composed in the typeface and layout of an Amazon Kindle page. The tone they struck […]

Trump speech: Times and AP bungled their fact checks — badly – Vox

Trump speech: Times and AP bungled their fact checks — badly – Vox. Fact-checkers wandered into false equivalency territory Tuesday night after President Trump’s Oval Office address on immigration and Democrats’ response to it. The Associated Press was clobbered on Twitter after it anointed the Democratic claim that Trump was at fault for the shutdown “false,” saying that the Democrats […]

Trump Threw ‘Temper Tantrum’ After Dems Refused Border Wall, Chuck Schumer Says | HuffPost

Trump Threw 'Temper Tantrum' After Dems Refused Border Wall, Chuck Schumer Says | HuffPost. President Donald Trump on Wednesday walked out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) to discuss the partial government shutdown that has now lasted 19 days. Trump posted about the meeting to Twitter, calling it a “total […]

America’s Trump prison

America's Trump prison. Several days ago The New York Times reported that the reason President Trump is so fixated on The Wall is that his staff used it as a sort of mnemonic device, and he got stuck on it. He “hated reading from a script but loved boasting about himself and his talents as a builder,” write Julie Hirschfeld […]

Opinion | The Crisis Is in the Oval Office – The New York Times

Opinion | The Crisis Is in the Oval Office – The New York Times. The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. How fitting is it that President Trump’s first Oval Office address, which he requested be televised live in prime time by every […]

Opinion | The Green New Deal Rises Again – The New York Times

Opinion | The Green New Deal Rises Again – The New York Times. Back in 2007, I wrote a column calling for a “Green New Deal,” and I later expanded on the idea in a book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded.” Barack Obama picked up the theme and made a Green New Deal part of his 2008 platform, but the idea […]

Republicans united behind Trump in shutdown, for now

Republicans united behind Trump in shutdown, for now. by Susan Ferrechio · January 9, 2019 House Republicans say they expect most of their caucus members to vote against a series of Democratic bills aimed at reopening shuttered parts of the government and won’t buckle to Democratic pressure to abandon President Trump’s push for a border wall. At least for now. […]

Trump’s immigration speech won’t get him his wall, but it was still scarily effective.

Trump's immigration speech won't get him his wall, but it was still scarily effective.. Donald Trump’s address to the nation on Tuesday night was unimaginative, lacking in energy, and filled with his habitual lies and misrepresentations. It was also worryingly effective. Making his case for a border wall over the course of nine short minutes, Trump cited horrible crimes to […]

Trump speech: an insult to the nation’s intelligence – Vox

Trump speech: an insult to the nation’s intelligence – Vox. After watching President Trump’s primetime immigration speech, my overwhelming impression was this: Why, oh why, did anyone think it was a good idea to air this on national television? The most memorable portion of the address came when the president listed off a series of gruesome crimes committed by undocumented […]

Trump Spreads Lies In Televised Speech For Border Wall Funding | HuffPost

Trump Spreads Lies In Televised Speech For Border Wall Funding | HuffPost. Every major television network handed President Donald Trump prime airtime on Tuesday night to repeat debunked lies about immigration. Trump made no new announcements and broke no new ground in his prime-time televised address. He repeated his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall money to end the […]

TV networks’ pathetic capitulation to Trump

TV networks' pathetic capitulation to Trump. Why in the world are major television networks giving a free primetime slot to President Trump on Tuesday evening? When Barack Obama asked for a similar arrangement in order to address the subject of immigration in November 2014, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox all refused on the grounds that his remarks would be “political,” […]

WSJ: Trump Still Undecided On Declaring Emergency To Build Border Wall – Talking Points Memo

WSJ: Trump Still Undecided On Declaring Emergency To Build Border Wall – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham President Donald Trump is undecided as to whether he’ll declare a national emergency in order to build his desired wall across the southern border, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed “top administration officials.” Trump and others in his administration have […]

Trump’s Best Shutdown Move Is to Fold Now – POLITICO Magazine

Trump’s Best Shutdown Move Is to Fold Now – POLITICO Magazine. It’s time for the president to quit while he’s behind. President Donald Trump doesn’t care how the shutdown is playing in the polls. He routinely dismisses unfavorable poll numbers as “fake news.” Likewise, he is unlikely to be convinced he’s in political danger because of negative news coverage of […]

Bernie Sanders’ home state paper begs him not to run for president

Bernie Sanders’ home state paper begs him not to run for president. by Griffin Connolly · January 7, 2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders is widely considered a top contender for the Democratic Party nomination in 2020, but he doesn’t have the backing of what some politicians rely on as a close ally: his home state paper. “Bernie Sanders should not run […]

DNC loses appeal on Republican election tactics – POLITICO

DNC loses appeal on Republican election tactics – POLITICO. A consent decree that limited Republican Party’s use of controversial poll-watching and ballot security efforts for more than three decades appears consigned to the scrap heap of history after a federal appeals court rebuffed a move by Democrats that could have led to restoration of the long-running court order. The 3rd […]

Government shutdown: people on food stamps, or SNAP, could be hit hard – Vox

Government shutdown: people on food stamps, or SNAP, could be hit hard – Vox. As the government’s partial shutdown drags on with no clear end in sight, millions of America’s most vulnerable citizens could be left to go hungry. Come February, the Department of Agriculture, among the nine federal agencies that shut down in December, is warning that it may […]

How Apple’s business model backfired

How Apple's business model backfired. Apple is an iPhone business — and now that business has stalled. That’s the message that echoed deafeningly throughout the tech world after Apple CEO Tim Cook took the rare step of issuing a warning regarding the company’s upcoming results on lower iPhone sales. After the announcement, the stock collapsed. People were stunned. What was […]

Pro-Life Christian Actor Leads Effort to Build the Largest Statue of Jesus, the ‘Christ of Peace,’ in Mexico’s Fifth Most Dangerous City

Pro-Life Christian Actor Leads Effort to Build the Largest Statue of Jesus, the ‘Christ of Peace,’ in Mexico’s Fifth Most Dangerous City. by Tyler O’Neil · January 17, 2019 A Christian actor in northeastern Mexico has financed what will become the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ — in the country’s fifth most dangerous city. Eduardo Verástegui Córdoba, a Christian […]

The Immorality of the Open Borders PartyThe American Spectator

The Immorality of the Open Borders PartyThe American Spectator. by George Neumayr · January 18, 2019 “A wall is an immorality between countries,” Nancy Pelosi said the other day. The New York Times recently ran a piece entitled “There is Nothing Wrong with Open Borders.” Democrats across the country routinely call for the abolition of ICE and the spread of […]

Rep. Ilhan Omar Recklessly Accuses Lindsey Graham of Being ‘Compromised’ – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Rep. Ilhan Omar Recklessly Accuses Lindsey Graham of Being 'Compromised' – Hit & Run : Reason.com. by Matt Welch · January 17, 2019 On Tuesday evening, one of the newest and most controversial Democrats in Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D–Minn.), asserted breathlessly on Twitter that the explanation for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) careening so violently in his approach toward Donald […]

Secret Service Official: Pelosi Never Contacted Us For Security Plan Before Canceling Trump Speech | The Daily Caller

Secret Service Official: Pelosi Never Contacted Us For Security Plan Before Canceling Trump Speech | The Daily Caller. The Secret Service was never contacted by Nancy Pelosi’s office or other Democratic congressional leadership regarding their ability to protect the president, members of the administration and Congress during the State of the Union, according to a senior law enforcement official at […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ban American Exports to Chinese Telecom Companies That Violate U.S. Sanctions

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ban American Exports to Chinese Telecom Companies That Violate U.S. Sanctions. A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and the Senate on Wednesday introduced the Telecommunications Denial Order Enforcement Act, which would direct President Donald Trump to impose denial orders banning the export of American parts and components to Chinese telecommunications companies that […]

FBI & President Trump — When Did It Become the FBI’s Job to Check on the President? | National Review

FBI & President Trump — When Did It Become the FBI’s Job to Check on the President? | National Review. I appreciate David’s response to my column on the FBI counterintelligence investigation of Trump, but unfortunately don’t find it persuasive. David emphasizes how the regulations governing a counterintelligence investigation focus on the activity of the foreign power. Yeah, sure. But […]

Trump’s Re-election Chances May Be Better Than You Think

Trump's Re-election Chances May Be Better Than You Think. What are Donald Trump’s chances for re-election in 2020? If history is any guide, pretty good. In early 1994, Bill Clinton’s approval rating after two years in office hovered around a dismal 40 percent. The first midterm elections of the Clinton presidency were an utter disaster. A new generation of younger, […]

Here’s how to get airport screeners paid during government shutdowns: Privatize the TSA

Here's how to get airport screeners paid during government shutdowns: Privatize the TSA. by Washington Examiner · January 16, 2019 Conservatives complain about government constantly. But if there’s one agency hated by people across the political spectrum, it is the Transportation Security Administration. This agency, created in late 2001, is known by alternative acronyms such as “Thousands Standing Around,” and […]

Giuliani claims ‘I never said there was no collusion’ in Trump campaign | Fox News

Giuliani claims 'I never said there was no collusion' in Trump campaign | Fox News. President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, claimed Wednesday night that he “never said there was no collusion” between members of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian officials — but he did say that Trump himself never colluded with Russian officials. The former New York […]

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats' wall fight. Of all the issues at stake as President Donald Trump and Democrats wrangle over his prized border wall, the latest snag is whether bargaining over the proposal should come before or after shuttered government agencies reopen. It sounds like one of those perplexing snits that frustrates Americans and prompts them […]

Macron and the Fall of France

Macron and the Fall of France. by Doug Petrikat · January 16, 2019 It had been over twenty years since I had been in Paris when I visited again in July of 2018. The contrast between my memory of the city and the current reality was astonishing. Instead of resembling a European center of culture, fine food, and fashion, it […]

Major Liberal Groups Walk Away From the Women’s March, But Quietly

Major Liberal Groups Walk Away From the Women’s March, But Quietly. by Warren Henry · January 15, 2019 After claims of anti-Semitism against the leaders of Women’s March Inc. rocked the movement—including a blockbuster report in Tablet magazine—hundreds of activist groups that previously partnered with the march have headed for the exits ahead of this year’s events. It may be […]

Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  | TheHill

Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton · January 16, 2019 President Trump told a group of Republican senators Wednesday evening that he is sticking with his plan to draw down U.S. forces in Syria and Afghanistan, marking a new era in American foreign policy. Trump’s call to stick with his […]

Pence signals little progress with China since Trump-Xi agreement

Pence signals little progress with China since Trump-Xi agreement. Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday signaled that the Trump administration has made little progress in trade talks with China, even after what the White House portrayed as a breakthrough late last year. Pence painted a picture of a new lull in U.S.-China trade talks even after President Donald Trump and Chinese […]

Border rancher: ‘We’ve found prayer rugs out here’ – WND

Border rancher: 'We've found prayer rugs out here' – WND. Prayer rugs typically used in Islamic worship have been found by ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, suggesting Middle Easterners are penetrating the southern frontier. The Washington Examiner, reporting from a New Mexico border town, spoke to a rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear […]

Atheism’s Myth of a Christian Dark Ages Is Unbelievable

Atheism’s Myth of a Christian Dark Ages Is Unbelievable. Atheist biologist Jerry Coyne once wrote, “Had there been no Christianity, if after the fall of Rome atheism had pervaded the Western world, science would have developed earlier and be far more advanced than it is now.” Did Christianity really drag the West into an anti-scientific “Dark Ages,” a period said […]

Liberals Bash Karen Pence for Teaching at Christian School

Liberals Bash Karen Pence for Teaching at Christian School. Second lady Karen Pence is under fire from some liberals for her decision to teach art at a Christian school in Virginia. The Pences never seem to miss an opportunity to show their public service only extends to some. https://t.co/d7IqWzFRDg — Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 16, 2019 This sends a […]

The Coup Has Failed — Is the Worm About to Turn?

The Coup Has Failed — Is the Worm About to Turn?. by Debra Heine · January 16, 2019 It is now obvious that for two and a half years, Democrats and their friends in the deep state have been peddling an elaborate hoax: the spurious charge that President Trump conspired or colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election. […]

The Democrats’ Blueprint for ImpeachmentThe American Spectator

The Democrats’ Blueprint for ImpeachmentThe American Spectator. by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. · January 16, 2019 Washington Do you recall back in July of 2016 when candidate Donald J. Trump brought down the house at a campaign press conference in Miami by jokingly pleading with the Russians to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails? Bill’s wife Bruno, as we call her, […]

The 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Amendment That Led to Prohibition Is a Reminder of the Lasting Damage Bad Policy Can Do – Hit & Run : Reason.com

The 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Amendment That Led to Prohibition Is a Reminder of the Lasting Damage Bad Policy Can Do – Hit & Run : Reason.com. One hundred years ago today, Nebraska became the 36th state to ratify the 18th amendment, which set Prohibition in motion a year later. Prohibition is widely, and rightly, remembered as […]

Florida Commissioner Under Fire For Calling Rashida Tlaib A ‘Hamas-Loving Anti-Semite’ Who Might ‘Blow Up Capitol Hill’ | The Daily Caller

Florida Commissioner Under Fire For Calling Rashida Tlaib A ‘Hamas-Loving Anti-Semite’ Who Might ‘Blow Up Capitol Hill’ | The Daily Caller. Florida officials and Muslim advocacy groups have lambasted a city commissioner for calling Rep. Rashida Tlaib a “Hamas-loving anti-Semite” who might “blow up Capitol Hill.” Hallandale Beach Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub made the comments in a Jan. 8 Facebook post, […]

Brexit Bedlam: Parliament Sinks PM May’s EU Divorce Deal by 230 Votes

Brexit Bedlam: Parliament Sinks PM May's EU Divorce Deal by 230 Votes. By William James and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political upheaval that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to […]

New Anti-Semitism Spread by Woke Progressives | National Review

New Anti-Semitism Spread by Woke Progressives | National Review. The old anti-Semitism was mostly, but not exclusively, a tribal prejudice expressed in America up until the mid 20th century most intensely on the right. It manifested itself from the silk-stocking country club and corporation (“gentlemen’s agreement”) to the rawer regions of the Ku Klux Klan’s lunatic fringe. While liberals from […]

Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony

Procter & Gamble's Toxic Sanctimony. One of the world’s most successful brands committed ideological hara-kiri this week. Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of progressivism. To which I say: R.I.P.-C. […]

With wall fight, Trump finally learns message discipline

With wall fight, Trump finally learns message discipline. by Steven Nelson · January 16, 2019 During the third week of the ongoing partial government shutdown, President Trump offered a stark message: Abducted women are being driven across the U.S.-Mexico border with tape on their mouths, and only a wall — a technology as age-tested as the wheel — would end […]

Networks Trashed Trump With 90% Negative Spin in 2018, But Did It Matter?

Networks Trashed Trump With 90% Negative Spin in 2018, But Did It Matter?. At the midpoint of Donald Trump’s first term, the establishment media’s obvious hostility shows no signs of relenting, but polls show this negative coverage has had no discernible impact on the public’s attitudes toward the President. Since January 20, 2017, the Media Research Center has analyzed every […]

The Conservative Majority and Polls

The Conservative Majority and Polls. by Bruce Walker · January 15, 2019 Gallup on January 8 published a poll that showed that conservatives outnumber liberals in America. The most resilient political fact over the last half-century is the clear majority of Americans who identify themselves as “conservative” rather than “liberal.” Even California has a conservative advantage, according to some polls. […]

NYT Reveals FBI Retaliated Against Trump For Lawfully Firing Comey

NYT Reveals FBI Retaliated Against Trump For Lawfully Firing Comey. by Mollie Hemingway · January 14, 2019 In a Friday night news dump, the New York Times revealed the FBI’s surprisingly flimsy justification for launching a retaliatory investigation into President Donald Trump, their chief adversary during their recent troubled era. Admitting there is no actual evidence for their probe into […]