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In our Liberty Update commentary entitled "No, Scandinavia Doesn't Vindicate Socialism" this week, we rightly ridicule admitted socialist Bernie Sanders, including his odd claim that "we now have an economy that is fundamentally broke and grotesquely unfair."  Well, as this Gallup survey illustrates, he's swimming upstream against American public opinion.  Specifically, in a survey that Gallup has conducted periodically since 2001, the public's view of the job market has now hit an all-time record high:

. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="720"] Sorry, Socialists[/caption]

 

. Perhaps this helps explain why Sanders has suddenly plummeted in 2020 Democratic candidate surveys, although one wonders how long people like Elizabeth Warren can avoid the same fate.

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June 14, 2019 • 02:30 pm

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On Congress, Air Force One and President Trump:
 
 

"And so it has come to this.

Two oil tankers were just attacked in the Gulf of Oman, presumably by Iran. The United States and China are facing off in a confrontation that is about far more than trade. The southern border remains anarchic and uncontrolled.

And Congress is asking: 'Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?'

Here is the situation: The president of these United States gets from place to place in one of two Boeing jets designated 'Air Force One' when the president is aboard. Jets wear out, and the U.S. government is commissioning a couple of new ones, which will not come into use until President Ocasio-Cortez takes over in 2025. The paint scheme is going to change from its 1960s two-tone blue to a more conservative and modern look that is -- see if these colors sound familiar -- red, white, and blue. The Washington Post is on the case, and reports that the new look will end up 'featuring colors remarkably similar to his -Trump's- 'private jet.' This is true. Trump's jet, seen often during the 2016 campaign, is, going from top to bottom, blue, red, and white. The new Air Force One will be white, red, and blue. In each case, the red makes up a narrow stripe separating the two larger color fields.

Congressional Democrats are, of course, outraged: How dare this aspiring caudillo order a vehicle belonging to the government to be painted red, white, and blue! That's . . . un-American!"

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted June 14, 2019 • 08:02 am
 
 
On Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) Tax Problems:
 
 

"Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is under fire once again for filing joint tax returns with a man she hadn't yet married.

Omar and her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 while Omar was married to another man, according to a report published earlier this week by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Omar didn't divorce her previous husband until 2017 and did not become married to Hirsi until 2018.

Omar was ordered by campaign finance officials to pay a fine of $3,500 over this incident and her misuse of thousands of dollars in campaign funds between the years 2016 and 2017.

This revelation will lead to further scrutiny of the freshman congresswoman, who has become a lightning rod since arriving in Washington, D.C., earlier this year."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— William Davis, The Daily Caller
— William Davis, The Daily Caller
Posted June 13, 2019 • 08:05 am
 
 
On Joe Biden's Shifting China Policy:
 
 

"Last week in New Hampshire, he wailed, 'What are we worried about?'

"All that fit with the policies he supported for eight years as No. 2 to President Barack Obama, who responded to China's theft of intellectual property and other clear violations of World Trade Organization rules by . . . asking President Xi Jinping to stop. As if.

"Trump has been doing what Team Obama never dared: Calling China to account, and putting all its trade privileges at risk if it doesn't change. And he's standing firm: When Beijing reneged on trade concessions last month, he broke off talks and imposed tougher tariffs. He also blacklisted tech giant Huawei as a risk to US national security.

"Even as Biden finally is admitting that Trump was right about the problem, he still claims he's 'worried about China ... if we keep following Trump's path.' So even while pretending to turn hawkish, he's still a dove.

"This is Biden's second major flip-flop in a week, after abandoning a career-long position on abortion. He's been shifting left on a host of other issues, such as climate change, too. Who will Uncle Joe even be by the end of the campaign?"

 
 
— The Editors, New York Post
— The Editors, New York Post
Posted June 12, 2019 • 08:30 am
 
 
On the FBI Tragedy of Elites Above the Law:
 
 

"One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired -- or just left for unexplained reasons. The list is long and includes director James Comey himself, deputy director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, chief of staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, Comey's special assistant Josh Campbell, executive assistant director James Turgal, assistant director for office of congressional affairs Greg Bower, executive assistant director Michael Steinbach, and executive assistant director John Giacalone. In short, in about every growing scandal of the past two years -- FISA, illegal leaking, spying on a presidential candidate, lying under oath, obstructing justice -- someone in the FBI is involved. ...

"Fairly or not, the current FBI tragedy is that an American citizen should be duly worried about his constitutional rights any time he is approached by such senior FBI officials. That is not a slur on the rank and file, but the legacy of the supposed best and brightest of the agency and their distortions of the bureau's once professional creed."

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted June 11, 2019 • 08:00 am
 
 
On the Results of the President's Mexican Tariff Threat:
 
 

"All the hysteria over President Trump's latest tariff threat to Mexico proved wrong Friday, as the two sides reached a deal that gave Trump what he'd demanded: much more vigorous cooperation in stopping illegal Central American migrants from travelling 1,200-plus miles across Mexico to sneak into the United States.

"It may not stop the surge that's crossed the 100,000-a-month line, overwhelming the Border Patrol as well as the various social-service agencies that have to handle these immigrants. But it's sure a huge step.

"With the Democrats who control the House refusing to OK emergency funds to deal with this humanitarian crisis, the president took a brilliant step outside the box when he publicly upped the pressure on Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to finally start doing his part."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted June 10, 2019 • 08:02 am
 
 
On Mueller Report Errors and Omissions:
 
 

"In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence.

"But hundreds of pages of government documents -- which special counsel Robert Mueller possessed since 2018 -- describe Kilimnik as a 'sensitive' intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters.

"Why Mueller's team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller's Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny. ...

"Attorney General William Barr has said some of the Mueller report's legal reasoning conflicts with Justice Department policies. And former Trump attorney John Dowd made a compelling case that Mueller's report wrongly portrayed a phone message he left for a witness.

"A few more such errors and omissions, and Americans may begin to wonder if the Mueller report is worth the paper on which it was printed."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, The Hill Investigative Columnist and EVP for Video
— John Solomon, The Hill Investigative Columnist and EVP for Video
Posted June 07, 2019 • 08:04 am
 
 
On the Critical Problem of Made-Up News:
 
 

"Many Americans say the creation and spread of made-up news and information is causing significant harm to the nation and needs to be stopped, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 6,127 U.S. adults conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, 2019, on the Center's American Trends Panel.

"Indeed, more Americans view made-up news as a very big problem for the country than identify terrorism, illegal immigration, racism and sexism that way. Additionally, nearly seven-in-ten U.S. adults (68%) say made-up news and information greatly impacts Americans' confidence in government institutions, and roughly half (54%) say it is having a major impact on our confidence in each other.

"U.S. adults blame political leaders and activists far more than journalists for the creation of made-up news intended to mislead the public. But they believe it is primarily the responsibility of journalists to fix the problem. And they think the issue will get worse in the foreseeable future."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Sophia Fedeli, Galen Stocking and Mason Walker, Pew Research Center
— Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Sophia Fedeli, Galen Stocking and Mason Walker, Pew Research Center
Posted June 06, 2019 • 08:14 am
 
 
On A History Lesson for the Modern World:
 
 

"The modern world as we know it was born in the aftermath of World War II. Unprecedented levels of peace, prosperity and democracy spread across the globe and were guaranteed by financial and military institutions funded mostly by America.

"But vigilance waned as memories dimmed, and much of Europe used the continent's longest holiday from war to disarm and expand their welfare states. They assumed, correctly, that America would be there to protect them.

"Then along comes Trump with his America First agenda and instantly he's the skunk at their garden party. He demands, outrageously in their view, that Europe finally pay its fair share for the common defense, a promise often made but never kept.

"They hate his insistence on border security, even as their nations are roiled by their own influx of uninvited migrants. They hate him for this and they hate him for that, but most of all, they hate him for being so damn American."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted June 05, 2019 • 07:37 am
 
 
On Judge Shooting Down House Attempt to Block Trump’s Border Wall Emergency:
 
 

"A federal judge on Monday rejected an attempt by the Democrat-led House to bar President Donald Trump from spending $6.1 billion in unappropriated funds to build a border wall.

"In a 24-page opinion, D.C.-based District Court Judge Trevor McFadden said that the court lacked authority to resolve a funding dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

"'While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the executive branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress's legislative authority,' McFadden wrote.

"The ruling deals a momentary victory to Trump. A separate Oakland-based federal judge in late May issued a preliminary injunction that blocked the transfer of roughly $1 billion in Defense Department counter-drug funding to cover expansions and enhancement of border barriers."

 
 
— Ted Hesson, Politico.com
— Ted Hesson, Politico.com
Posted June 04, 2019 • 08:01 am
 
 
On the Department of Justice, the FBI and POTUS:
 
 

"... I love the Department of Justice, I love the FBI, I think it's important that we not, in this period of intense partisan feeling, destroy our institutions. I think one of the ironies today is that people are saying that it's President Trump that's shredding our institutions. I really see no evidence of that, it is hard, and I really haven't seen bill of particulars as to how that's being done. From my perspective the idea of resisting a democratically elected president and basically throwing everything at him and you know, really changing the norms on the grounds that we have to stop this president, that is where the shredding of our norms and our institutions is occurring."

Read interview transcript here.

 
 
— Attorney General William Barr, CBS THIS MORNING Interview with Jan Crawford, CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent
— Attorney General William Barr, CBS THIS MORNING Interview with Jan Crawford, CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent
Posted June 03, 2019 • 08:06 am
 
Question of the Week   
Prior to 2016, what was the last Presidential election year in which the candidate who won had never before held elected public office?
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"And so it has come to this.Two oil tankers were just attacked in the Gulf of Oman, presumably by Iran. The United States and China are facing off in a confrontation that is about far more than trade. The southern border remains anarchic and uncontrolled.And Congress is asking: 'Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?'Here is the situation: The president of these United States gets from place to place…[more]
 
 
—Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
 
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Should the 2020 U.S. Census add a multi-part question regarding U.S. citizenship, including specifically whether the respondent is or is not a U.S. citizen?