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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:

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. 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.


June 14, 2019 • 02:30 pm

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On Taxing Illegal Immigration at the Source:

"WASHINGTON -- President Trump said Thursday that he would impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning June 10, a tax that would 'gradually increase' until the flow of undocumented immigrants across the border stopped.

"The announcement, which Mr. Trump made on his Twitter feed, said the tariffs would be in place 'until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.'

"In a presidential statement that followed, he said that tariffs would be raised to 10 percent on July 1 'if the crisis persists,' and then by an additional 5 percent each month for three months. They would remain at 25 percent until Mexico acted, he said."

— Annie Karni, Ana Swanson and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times
— Annie Karni, Ana Swanson and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times
Posted May 31, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Political Intentions:

"If there were any doubts about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's political intentions, his unprecedented press conference on Wednesday should put them all to rest. As he made abundantly clear during his doddering reading of a prepared statement that repeatedly contradicted itself, Mueller had no interest in the equal application of the rule of law. He gave the game, and his nakedly political intentions, away repeatedly throughout his statement. ...

"In fact, DOJ guidelines expressly prohibit the actions of both Comey and Mueller in naming and shaming individuals who were never formally charged with any wrongdoing.

"'As a series of cases makes clear, there is ordinarily "no legitimate governmental interest served" by the government's public allegation of wrongdoing by an uncharged party, and this is true "regardless of what criminal charges may ... b[e] contemplated by the Assistant United States Attorney against the [third-party] for the future,"' states DOJ's formal policy manual on the duties of federal prosecutors and principles of federal prosecutions.

"Nationwide bar rules governing all practicing attorneys in the United States also explicitly prohibit Mueller's display during Wednesday's press conference.

"'The prosecutor in a criminal case shall ... refrain from making extrajudicial comments that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused,' states Rule 3.8(f) of the American Bar Association's rules of professional conduct."

Read entire article here.

— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
Posted May 30, 2019 • 08:03 am
On President Trump and Iran:

"Defenders of the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran predicted that President Trump's sanctions would have little impact unless our European friends joined in. They were dead wrong.

"That same crowd is now in a frenzy over Mr. Trump deploying military assets to the Middle East to deter or, if necessary, punish attacks on Americans by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or its many proxies.

"They have been claiming -- including in paid advertisements -- that Mr. Trump is leading a 'march to war.'

"What's really happening is less dramatic but more intriguing: Iran's rulers are feeling intense pain from Mr. Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign, and they are no longer sure they can wait for what they hope will be a more conciliatory occupant of the White House in 2021."

Read entire article here.

— Clifford D. May, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Founder and President and Washington Times Columnist
— Clifford D. May, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Founder and President and Washington Times Columnist
Posted May 29, 2019 • 08:05 am
On the Democrats’ Impeachment Ploy:

"A Harvard-Harris poll finds that 65 percent of Americans say Congress shouldn't begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Sixty percent agree with Attorney General William Barr that 'the facts and public actions of President Trump did not amount to obstruction of justice, especially since there was no underlying collusion.' And 58 percent believe 'we should turn the page on investigations of President Trump.' ...

"When Trump declares it's time to 'get these phony investigations over with,' the American people are with him. If Democrats keep pushing to impeach him, they risk driving many of these disgusted voters into Trump's waiting arms.

"The president has given Democrats a choice -- impeachment or bipartisan progress. It's clear where the American people stand: They want Congress to stop investigating and start governing. If Democrats don't listen, they could hand Trump a second term."

— Marc Thiessen, American Enterprise Institute Fellow
— Marc Thiessen, American Enterprise Institute Fellow
Posted May 28, 2019 • 08:16 am
On Memorial Day:

"[I]n our effort to accommodate many Americans by making the last Monday in May, Memorial Day, we have lost sight of the significance of this day to our nation. Instead of using Memorial Day as a time to honor and reflect on the sacrifices made by Americans in combat, many Americans use the day as a celebration of the beginning of summer."

— Daniel Inouye (1924-2012), WWII Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient, At-Large Representative for Hawaii (1959-1963), U.S. Senator from Hawaii (1963-2012)
— Daniel Inouye (1924-2012), WWII Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient, At-Large Representative for Hawaii (1959-1963), U.S. Senator from Hawaii (1963-2012)
Posted May 27, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Declassifying 'Russia Investigation' Documents

"President Donald Trump has directed the heads of several government agencies to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr's investigation of the origins of the Russia probe.

"In a memo sent out Thursday, Trump also authorized Barr to declassify documents related to the Russia investigation.

"The memo grants Barr the authority to 'declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence' related to the Russia probe as he sees fit. ...

"Trump's memo directs the heads of several federal agencies, including the CIA, FBI and State Department, to 'promptly' provide assistance and information to Barr to complete his review."

— Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller
— Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller
Posted May 24, 2019 • 08:09 am
On Checks and Balances and Civil Liberties:

"Among the most important roles of the federal courts is to serve as a check and balance on the excesses of other branches of government, including the legislature. The courts should look beneath the claimed justifications for investigations of individuals and decide whether these justifications represent the real reasons behind the issuance of subpoenas and other exercises of congressional power. There should be a balancing test to weigh the legitimate interests of Congress against the rights of those targeted by its investigations. Congress should not be given carte blanche, as the decision by Judge Mehta gives it, to investigate anyone and anything for any purpose as long as the committee chairmen can recite the correct words as purported justifications for their actions.

"All civil libertarians, whether Democrat, Republican, or independent, should indeed be concerned about abuses of power by congressional committees. Today, Donald Trump and his administration are the targets. Tomorrow, it may be Democrats. The next day, you could be the target."

— Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus
— Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus
Posted May 23, 2019 • 08:09 am
On Checking China's Global 5G Menace:

"The Americans are now campaigning aggressively to contain [Huawei Technologies Co Ltd] as part of a much broader effort to check Beijing's growing military might under President Xi Jinping. Strengthening cyber operations is a key element in the sweeping military overhaul that Xi launched soon after taking power in 2012, according to official U.S. and Chinese military documents. The United States has accused China of widespread, state-sponsored hacking for strategic and commercial gain.

"If Huawei gains a foothold in global 5G networks, Washington fears this will give Beijing an unprecedented opportunity to attack critical infrastructure and compromise intelligence sharing with key allies. Senior Western security officials say this could involve cyber attacks on public utilities, communication networks and key financial centers."

Read entire article here.

— Cassell Bryan-Low, Colin Packham, David Lague, Steve Stecklow and Jack Stubbs, REUTERS
— Cassell Bryan-Low, Colin Packham, David Lague, Steve Stecklow and Jack Stubbs, REUTERS
Posted May 22, 2019 • 07:47 am
On the Current 'Matter' Between James Comey and Loretta Lynch:

"Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has flatly accused former FBI Director James Comey of mischaracterizing her statements by repeatedly alleging, under oath, that Lynch privately instructed him to call the Hillary Clinton email probe a 'matter' instead of an 'investigation.'

"Lynch, who testified that Comey's claim left her 'quite surprised,' made the dramatic remarks at a joint closed-door session of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees last December. A transcript of her testimony was released on Monday by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga.

"The episode marked the latest public dispute to break out among high-level ex-Obama administration officials, as multiple government reviews of potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct continue.

"In a June 2017 interview under oath with the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said Lynch had pressed him to downplay the significance of the Clinton email review in September 2015, just before a congressional hearing in which Comey was expected to be asked about the investigation. Comey said the moment led him to question her independence and contributed to his decision to unilaterally hold a press conference in July 2016 announcing the conclusions of the probe."

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Re, Fox News
— Gregg Re, Fox News
Posted May 21, 2019 • 07:33 am
On U.S. Embassy in Iraq Rocket Attack:

"The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was the target of a rocket attack late Sunday, days after the Trump White House ordered American diplomatic personnel to pull out of the country.

"Iraqi military officials confirmed Sunday a single Katyusha rocket landed near the parade grounds inside the heavily-fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, which is home to the U.S. embassy as well as the main headquarters for the American-led coalition battling the Islamic State.

"But eyewitnesses claim a second rocket also landed inside the Green Zone, according to unconfirmed reports.

"No casualties were reported and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the first against a U.S. diplomatic post in Iraq since the American mission in the southern port city of Basra was hit last September."

Read entire article here.

— Carlo Muñoz, The Washington Times Military Correspondent
— Carlo Muñoz, The Washington Times Military Correspondent
Posted May 20, 2019 • 07:46 am
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—Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
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