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Image of the Day: Mainstream Media's Evaporating Credibility

From Forbes, our image of the day captures nicely the mainstream media's credibility problem, as their cries of "Wolf!" accumulate.  Simultaneously, it captures how three institutions most intertwined with conservative values - the military, small business and police - remain atop the list of public esteem.


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October 04, 2019 • 10:29 am

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Notable Quotes
On the House Democrats' 'Impeachment Inquiry':

"There is no impeachment inquiry. There are no subpoenas.

"You are not to be faulted if you think a formal inquest is under way and that legal process has been issued. The misimpression is completely understandable if you have been taking in media coverage -- in particular, reporting on a haughty Sept. 27 letter from House Democrats, presuming to direct Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on pain of citation for obstruction, to cooperate in their demands to depose State Department officials and review various records.

"The letter is signed by not one but three committee chairmen. Remember your elementary math, though: Zero is still zero even when multiplied by three.

"What is portrayed as an 'impeachment inquiry' is actually just a made-for-cable-TV political soap opera. The House of Representatives is not conducting a formal impeachment inquiry. To the contrary, congressional Democrats are conducting the 2020 political campaign."

Read entire artcicle here.

— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
Posted October 04, 2019 • 08:03 am
On Blasting AG Barr For Doing His Job:

"With all of the breathless headlines of the last two weeks, it is astonishing that the entire city of Washington is not swooning from hypoxia. Much of the media have blasted out the news that Attorney General William Barr is 'implicated' in the Ukraine scandal, after sources said he pressed leaders in Australia, Italy and England to supply evidence about the origins of the Russia investigation. Esquire Magazine was a tad more descriptive, proclaiming Barr was now 'far up s--t creek' because of his calls.

"Yet not only is there a valid reason for such calls, but they could indicate that the creek could become a storm of sorts for Democrats over the coming weeks. The calls made by Barr were reportedly linked to the ongoing investigation by United States Attorney John Durham into the origins of the Russia investigation. It is not uncommon for an attorney general, or even a president, to ask foreign leaders to assist with ongoing investigations. Such calls can shortcut bureaucratic red tape, particularly if the evidence is held, as in this case, by national security or justice officials. A call to request assistance for the Durham investigation would 'implicate' Barr in nothing other than an official investigation. ...

"Even worse is there could be a one two punch coming on the Russia investigation. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is said to be close to releasing his report on the secret surveillance targeting Trump officials. The report is expected to be both comprehensive and damaging for many involved in the start of that investigation. Durham and Horowitz will not be easily dismissed. Both are widely respected and are working with career investigators. If either finds improper conduct, it could reinforce the position of Republicans and moderate Democrats in voting against the impeachment or removal of Trump, who strongly maintains that the Obama administration not only improperly targeted his campaign for investigation but proved lax in investigating allegations against Democrats ranging from Hillary Clinton to Joe Biden."

Read entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law
— Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law
Posted October 03, 2019 • 07:45 am
On the Democrats' (Latest) Revenge Scheme:

"Another day, another scandal that's sure to trigger the Trump administration's downfall -- if only the American people would be less picky about what the definition of the word 'evidence' is.

"The Ukraine Call Transcript. The Whistleblower Complaint. The Impeachment Inquiry. The pieces of this latest impeachment jigsaw have reached mythic status, bolstered by frenzied reporting, and insistence on the part of Democrats and advocates that this time, they've got the president right where they want him.

"In reality, the documents offer very little in the form of an obvious smoking gun. Both the transcript and the complaint have become a cultural Rorschach test: no matter the evidence (or lack thereof) the reader will see exactly what they want to see. ...

"Fortunately, the American People have grown wearily accustomed to looking past the fakery and seeing these world-ending controversies for what they truly are: breathless revenge schemes orchestrated by a fallen political party."

— Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
— Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Posted October 02, 2019 • 07:48 am
On Rushing Headlong Into Impeachment:

"Impeachment does, or at least should, give rise to the most serious deliberations. This case does not come close to meeting that standard. Both the whistleblower complaint and the rough transcript of the phone call are in the public domain. The only correct verdict is that the whistleblower is reckless, if not outright dishonest, in putting forward this complaint. The political commentators are every bit as bad in drawing overwrought inferences by taking passages out of context or adding hostile inferences to innocuous texts. Worse, the quoted sentence from the whistleblower's letter reveals that his entire case relies on hearsay of multiple conversations to which he was not privy, so it is impossible to cross-examine either the whistleblower or any of his alleged sources. Sadly, reliance on this information led the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community to conclude that the report 'appears credible,' even though 'the ICIG's preliminary review identified some indicia of an arguable political bias on the part of the Complainant in favor of a rival political candidate.' No mention was made of who that candidate was, and what those indicia of bias included.

"Nonetheless, the Democrats are gearing up to impeach on double hearsay, even though the best evidence of what happened is the call itself, which does not contain a shred of evidence to support the inflammatory charge that Trump was pressuring Zelensky to 'dig up' dirt on Biden to improve the President's chances of reelection."

— Richard A. Epstein, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago
— Richard A. Epstein, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago
Posted October 01, 2019 • 08:14 am
On the Democrats' POTUS Impeachment Analysis:

"Why is it that the House is controlled by Democrats, yet its leadership is not pushing through any of the policy proposals voiced so openly on the Democratic primary stage?

"Why aren't progressive representatives introducing bills to pay reparations to African Americans, to legalize infanticide in some cases of late-term abortion, to offer free medical care to illegal aliens, to confiscate AR-15s, to extend Medicare for all, to impose a wealth tax and raise top rates to between 70 and 90 percent, to abolish student debt and ensure free college for all, or to grant blanket amnesty to those currently living in the country illegally?

"Simple answer: none of those issues poll anywhere near 50 percent approval. And no Democratic candidate would expect to beat Trump as the emissary of such an agenda.

"If the economy was in a recession, if we were embroiled in another Iraq-like or Vietnam-sort of war, and if Trump's polls were below 40 percent, then the Democrats would just wait 13 months and defeat him at the polls.

"But without a viable agenda and because they doubt they can stop Trump's reelection bid, they feel they have no recourse but to impeach. If Trump were to be reelected, not a shred of Barack Obama's 'fundamental transformation' would be left, and the strict constructionist Supreme Court would haunt progressives for a quarter-century."

— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 30, 2019 • 07:30 am
On POTUS and Foreign Interference:

"Any president has a perfect right to tell a foreign head of state and recipient of major U.S. aid that his corruption-plagued country has played a destabilizing but still murky role in recent American elections and in scandals that have affected the American people, and in particular the current president of the United States -- and that it would be a good thing to get to the bottom of it."

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 September 27, 2019 • 08:18 am
On President Trump and the Ukrainian Phone Call:

"In a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Donald Trump asked the new leader to assist the United States in its ongoing investigation of foreign interference in the 2016 elections. The Department of Justice confirmed today that it is investigating Ukraine's involvement in 2016 election meddling. ...

"Prior to the release of the transcript, media and other Democrats misrepresented the phone call as an abuse of office. It is unclear how a United States president attempting to get to the bottom of foreign interference in democratic U.S. elections constitutes an abuse of power, as many Democrats have alleged in recent days. The focus on the phone call comes ahead of the much-anticipated release of an Inspector General report on political spying abuses by the Obama administration as well as declassification of materials expected to detail efforts to spy on the Obama administration's political opponents using false information.

"While the media have largely ignored Ukraine's outsize role in election meddling in 2016, a Politico article headlined 'Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire' details the efforts former officials made to support Hillary Clinton in her campaign against Donald Trump. Much of the so-called Russia scandal involves political players in Ukraine, including Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Christopher Steele, the author of the debunked 'dossier' alleging a grand conspiracy of collusion between Trump and Russia. Steele was secretly funded through cutouts by Clinton and the Democratic National Committee."

Read entire article here.

— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
Posted September 26, 2019 • 08:08 am
On Speaker Pelosi’s Impeachment Flip-Flop:

"In short, Pelosi just changed everything. The next election is now about impeachment.

"If you think America is polarized today, you ain't seen nothing yet."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 25, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Misperceptons About Latino Voters:

"Hispanic Americans make up a growing share of the U.S. electorate. In fact, a record 29 million Latinos were eligible to vote in the 2018 midterm elections, accounting for 12.8 percent of all eligible voters, a new high. ...

"Too often, the Hispanic voting bloc is being fed the idea that Democratic ideals are in line with that of our community. However, the left has become a purveyor of extreme socialist ideologies that are frankly out-of-touch with everyday Latinos.

"Politicians, pollsters and pundits need to remember that Latinos are not single-issue voters. The priorities we care about reflect the priorities of Americans from all walks of life. This fabricated narrative that Hispanics only care about immigration and are avid supporters of illegal immigration is absurd.

"Truthfully, it is disrespectful to assume Latinos are not proud, informed Americans seeking the same things as the rest of the electorate -- economic opportunity, freedom, strong national security, effective education and affordable health care."

— Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, in a Fox News Opinion Piece
— Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, in a Fox News Opinion Piece
Posted September 24, 2019 • 08:03 am
On the Missing Piece to the Ukraine Puzzle:

"According to interviews with more than a dozen Ukrainian and U.S. officials, Ukraine's government under recently departed President Petro Poroshenko and, now, Zelensky has been trying since summer 2018 to hand over evidence about the conduct of Americans they believe might be involved in violations of U.S. law during the Obama years.

"The Ukrainians say their efforts to get their allegations to U.S. authorities were thwarted first by the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, which failed to issue timely visas allowing them to visit America.

"Then the Ukrainians hired a former U.S. attorney -- not Giuliani -- to hand-deliver the evidence of wrongdoing to the U.S. attorney's office in New York, but the federal prosecutors never responded.

"The U.S. attorney, a respected American, confirmed the Ukrainians' story to me. The allegations that Ukrainian officials wanted to pass on involved both efforts by the Democratic National Committee to pressure Ukraine to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election as well as Joe Biden's son's effort to make money in Ukraine while the former vice president managed U.S.-Ukraine relations, the retired U.S. attorney told me.

"Eventually, Giuliani in November 2018 got wind of the Ukrainian allegations and started to investigate."

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, The Hill
— John Solomon, The Hill
Posted September 23, 2019 • 07:23 am
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following is still remembered as the most infamous incident in American industrial history?
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Quote of the Day   
"Everyone who already thought the case for President Trump's impeachment was a slam-dunk went berserk Thursday, claiming that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had just admitted to a quid pro quo with Ukraine.Except that what Mulvaney 'admitted' is that the administration was doing what it should -- pushing a foreign government to cooperate in getting to the bottom of foreign interference…[more]
—The Editorial Board, New York Post
— The Editorial Board, New York Post
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Why do you think House Speaker Pelosi will not call a vote on formal impeachment proceedings?