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February 23, 2017 • 08:47 am

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On Clinton Campaign Finance Scandal:
 
 

"A Chinese-American businessman at the center of a Clinton campaign finance scandal secretly filmed a tell-all video as an 'insurance policy' - because he feared being murdered.

In footage provided exclusively to DailyMail.com, Johnny Chung spills details on how he illegally funneled money from Chinese officials to Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election bid.

The Chinese-American Clinton fundraiser recorded the 'elaborate videotaped testimony' while in hiding in 2000.

He smuggled it to trusted friends and family with instructions to release it to the media in the event of his untimely death because he believed he was at risk of being assassinated.

Chung is believed to still be alive and living in China.

The video was obtained by author and historian David Wead for his new book Game of Thorns, which traces Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2016 campaign and the Chinese government's long-running operation to buy political influence in Washington."

Read whole article here

 
 
— Alana Goodman for Dailymail.com
— Alana Goodman for Dailymail.com
Posted February 24, 2017 • 08:27 am
 
 
Memorandum to 2017 Academy Award Winners - From the Rest of America:
 
 

"When you give your acceptance speeches, thank your publicist, limo driver, manicurist, masseuse, day nanny, night nanny and weekend nanny. Your attorney Marty Singer for killing that salacious National Enquirer story. Thank your spouse, children, middle school drama teacher. Your astrologist and psychologist. Thank your pool boy and gardener, accountants, assistants, Pilates teacher, hot yoga instructor, teeth-whitening dentist and most of all, Bosley and Botox.

"You can even thank Wolfgang Puck for naming a pizza after you.

"But please, stay off politics.

"We're exhausted."

 
 
— Stephanie Mansfield, Author and Former Washington Post and Washington Times Reporter
— Stephanie Mansfield, Author and Former Washington Post and Washington Times Reporter
Posted February 23, 2017 • 08:33 am
 
 
On Training to Derail Trump:
 
 

"An organization originally created to boost former President Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, has partnered with the Indivisible Project to organize national disruptions aimed at derailing President Donald Trump's agenda.

"Organizing for Action (OFA), originally named Organizing for America, is training tens of thousands of organizers to engage in protests designed to amplify the size of resistance to Trump's policies. Recently, organizers have focused on disrupting town halls hosted by Republican lawmakers speaking about repealing Obamacare, restricting immigration from terror-ridden nations and building a border wall.

"'The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda.'"

 
 
— Martin Walsh, Lifezette.com
— Martin Walsh, Lifezette.com
Posted February 22, 2017 • 08:03 am
 
 
On President Trump's Media Critics:
 
 

"Clearly in empirical terms, nothing that Trump in his first month in office has done seems to have justified calls for violence against his person or his removal from office. What then accounts for the unprecedented venom?

"As we saw from his recent free-wheeling press conference, Trump's loud, take-no-prisoners style is certainly anti-Washington, anti-media, anti-elite, and anti-liberal. He often unsettles reporters with bombast and invective, when most are accustomed to dealing with career politicians or fellow liberal officeholders who share their same beliefs. As part of Trump's art-of-the-deal tactics, he often blusters, rails, and asks for three times what he might eventually settle for, on the expectation that critics of his style will be soon silenced by the undeniable upside of his eventual achievements. This is a long-term strategy that in the short term allows journalists to fault the present means rather than the future ends. Trump's unconventional bluster, not his record so far, fuels the animosity of elites who seek to delegitimize him and fear that their reputations and careers can be rendered irrelevant by his roughshod populism. He also has reminded the country that some of the mainstream media and Washington-New York elite are often mediocre and boring."


Read entire article here

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted February 21, 2017 • 07:49 am
 
 
On the Environmental Protection Agency's Rogue Bureaucracy:
 
 

"Before Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator, the New York Times reported agency staff fighting against his nomination. This is highly unusual and inappropriate. It shows not only how difficult his new job will be but also how necessary it is that he succeed. And it shows, too, how great a threat rogue bureaucracy can become to constitutional order.

"EPA scientists, lawyers and experts participated in an influence campaign aimed at senators, urging them to vote against Pruitt as their new boss. Their union's leader, John O'Grady, promised a continuous campaign against President Trump's environmental policies that their tactics would include 'reaching out to NGOs and having alliances with them' and 'working with P.R. firms.'

"It is widely known and understandable that government employees are not Trump's best constituency. But this sort of activism by federal employees, even outside election season, gets into dangerous territory. ...

"The choice of a government career under civil service protections in a democracy includes an implied, and in some cases written, willingness to work for whoever wins the next election. EPA employees may not want to do that, but if so, they should quit or be fired. If they want to make policy they should leave their desk job and run for Congress."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted February 20, 2017 • 07:32 am
 
 
On President Trump's Economic Imperative:
 
 

"... [T]he only sure and lasting way to keep ahead of the lynch mob is by producing results. Success will be Trump's savior.

"And nothing says success like jobs, jobs, jobs. Getting the economy to reach lift-off speed is essential so it can deliver the good-paying jobs and prosperity that he promised and the nation needs.

"While Republican honchos in congress say they're getting ready to move on tax cuts and replacing ObamaCare, nothing will happen without presidential leadership. That means Trump's fate is in his own hands and he must keep himself and his White House team focused on delivering an economic revival.

"If he does that, the lynch mob will be left holding an empty rope."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted February 17, 2017 • 07:43 am
 
 
On President Trump's Approach to Mideast Peace:
 
 

"Call it the 'whatever' approach to peacemaking.

"At a White House press conference Wednesday designed to display renewed warmth in the US-Israel relationship, President Trump was asked about his approach to Mideast peace. For two decades, the two-state solution has been the preferred approach to dissolving Arab-Israeli enmity. Would Trump stick to it?

"'I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,' Trump said.

"At first glance, a glib, shallow answer. But the self-styled artist of deals has long championed noncommitment and unpredictability as a bargaining tactic. Why stake out a firm position when a nonchalant 'whatever' would do?

"Especially if in doing so, Trump is able to thaw the icy treatment his guest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, got from President Barack Obama and, earlier, Bill Clinton."

 
 
— Benny Avni, New York Post
— Benny Avni, New York Post
Posted February 16, 2017 • 08:00 am
 
 
On the Months-Long Campaign to Oust Michael Flynn:
 
 

"The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump's national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.

"The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes -- the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber -- included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn's credibility, multiple sources revealed.

"The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration's efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration."


Read entire article here

 
 
— Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon
— Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon
Posted February 15, 2017 • 07:50 am
 
 
On Why President Trump Let Michael Flynn Go:
 
 

"Trump's decision on what to do with Flynn was not easy, according to several people who spoke with him about it. The president values loyalty perhaps more than anything, and Flynn had been one of his most staunch surrogates on the campaign trail. The president saw Flynn as a fellow outsider who had a good sense of the national security challenges. 'Trump liked the way he talked to him,' one adviser said. 'He thought Flynn knew what he was doing.'

"But Trump became increasingly convinced that the question of Flynn's contact with Russia wasn't going away. His top aides and advisers distrusted Flynn, according to senior White House officials and others who spoke with Trump, and Trump was concerned that the intelligence and national security community would always oppose Flynn, sources said. ...

"One person who frequently speaks to Trump said the president was reluctant to ditch Flynn because he doesn't 'like to fire people who are loyal.' Even Monday evening, Trump was still pondering the decision, the person said.

"'He has this reputation of being a "you're fired" kind of guy, but he really didn't want to have that conversation,' the person said."

 
 
— Josh Dawsey, Alex Isenstadt and Tara Palmeri, POLITICO
— Josh Dawsey, Alex Isenstadt and Tara Palmeri, POLITICO
Posted February 14, 2017 • 07:49 am
 
 
On Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Teachers Unions:
 
 

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos'€™ nomination and approval certainly riled up teachers unions across the country, causing panic that their power over education policy may finally be challenged.

"DeVos has made clear that advocating for school choice will be a central part of how she approaches her job, something that evidently unnerves the education establishment. ...

"Perhaps what threatens teachers unions the most is the prospect of a renewed focus on accountability, competition and choice in education. Parents want the best education for their students. Whether education is made available via traditional public schools, charter schools or private schools, what ultimately matters is whether students actually receive the best education they can get."

 
 
— The Orange County Register Editorial Board
— The Orange County Register Editorial Board
Posted February 13, 2017 • 07:59 am
 
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"A Chinese-American businessman at the center of a Clinton campaign finance scandal secretly filmed a tell-all video as an 'insurance policy' - because he feared being murdered. In footage provided exclusively to DailyMail.com, Johnny Chung spills details on how he illegally funneled money from Chinese officials to Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election bid. The Chinese-American Clinton fundraiser recorded…[more]
 
 
—Alana Goodman for Dailymail.com
— Alana Goodman for Dailymail.com
 
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Should President Trump continue tweeting when he wants and what he wants or use more traditional presidential forms of communication?