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More phenomenal news from Gallup.  Consumer spending accounts for approximately two-thirds of the U.S. economy, and economic confidence has now reached its highest point since 2000, when the mainstream media couldn't stop talking about how great things were.  Thank you, deregulation and tax cuts.

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January 24, 2020 • 12:34 pm

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On Former FBI Director James Comey's Reaction to DOJ IG Report:

"Former FBI Director James Comey admitted on 'Fox News Sunday' that the recently released Justice Department Inspector General's report on the launch of the FBI's Russia investigation and their use of the surveillance process showed that he was 'overconfident' when he defended his former agency's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

"This comes days after Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed concerns that included 17 'significant errors and omissions' by the FBI's investigative team when applying for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz referred 'the entire chain of command' to the FBI and DOJ for 'how to assess and address their performance failures' during the probe, which was conducted while Comey was in charge.

"'He's right, I was wrong,' Comey said about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, 'I was overconfident as director in our procedures,' and that what happened 'was not acceptable.'"

Read entire article here.

— Ronn Blitzer, FOX News
— Ronn Blitzer, FOX News
Posted December 16, 2019 • 07:57 am
On Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler's Midnight Madness:

"Gobsmacked Republicans made known their fury and frustration late Thursday as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly wrapped up an all-day marathon hearing on the adoption of two articles of impeachment against President Trump by delaying planned votes on the matter until Friday morning.

"'It is now very late at night,' Nadler said shortly before midnight in D.C. 'I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast their final votes. Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up-or-down votes on each of the articles of impeachment, and let history be our judge.'

"Ranking Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., raised an immediate objection as Nadler began leaving, saying it was 'the most bush-league stunt' he had ever seen.

"'Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow -- you just blew up schedules for everyone?' Collins asked incredulously. 'You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we're talking about. Not even consult? Not even consult? 10 a.m. tomorrow?'

"He later told reporters: 'This is why people don't like us. This crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress. What Chairman Nadler just did, and his staff, and the rest of the majority who sat there quietly and said nothing, this is why they don't like us. They know it's all about games. It's all about the TV screens. They want the primetime hit. This is Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff and the others directing this committee. I don't have a chairman anymore. I guess I need to just go straight to Ms. Pelosi and say, what TV hit does this committee need to do? This committee has lost all relevance. I'll see y'all tomorrow.'"

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted December 13, 2019 • 07:43 am
On Whether the FBI Spied on the Trump Campaign:

"The great debate about whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign continues. The question is why there is still any argument. The newly-released report from Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz shows that by any definition the FBI did indeed spy. ...

"It turns out the FBI used what should have been a routine intelligence briefing of the Trump campaign to pursue its investigation. It happened in August 2016, when the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) briefed both the Trump and Clinton campaigns. For the Trump group -- a session that included the candidate himself and also FBI target Michael Flynn, a top national security aide -- an FBI supervisor from the Crossfire Hurricane team attended to see if Trump's or Flynn's behavior might reveal some evidence in the case. 'No one at the [Justice Department] or ODNI was informed that the FBI was using the ODNI briefing of a presidential candidate for investigative purposes,' Horowitz wrote. After the briefing, the agent wrote up a report on what he heard.

"At Horowitz's appearance Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham asked, 'Was that FBI agent spying on Donald Trump?'

"'It was a pretext meeting,' Horowitz answered. 'The agent was actually doing the briefing, but also using it for the purpose of investigation.'

"In short, the FBI, acting under false pretenses, spied on Trump and Flynn in plain sight."

Read entire article here.

— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted December 12, 2019 • 12:24 pm
On AG Barr's Assessment of the IG Report on Russia 'Investigation':

"It turns out that the most revealing aspect of the long-awaited Justice Department's inspector general's report on the origins of the Russia collusion hoax comes from Attorney General William Barr's damning assessment of it.

"In unmistakably terse language, Barr denounced 'a small group of now-former FBI officials' for their 'misconduct,' 'malfeasance and misfeasance,' and 'clear abuse of the FISA process.'

"Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, issued a 476-page report Monday that broadly examined: (1) how and why the FBI initiated an investigation of candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in July 2016; and (2) the decision to seek a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a Trump campaign associate.

"As to the first action, Barr concluded that the IG report 'makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.'

"In plain terms, Barr is convinced that the FBI was wrong to investigate Trump and his campaign, because the evidence was conspicuously deficient. Barr noted that the FBI 'pushed forward' with its investigation even in the face of 'consistently exculpatory' evidence.

"As to the second action, Barr condemned those same FBI officials who 'misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source.'"

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
Posted December 11, 2019 • 08:07 am
On DOJ's IG Report on Russia 'Investigation':

"It's now official: Russia, Russia, Russia really was fake news from the start. There was no factual basis for the FBI to spy on Donald Trump's campaign.

"That means there was no need for the appointment of a special counsel and that Robert Mueller should have stayed in retirement. It means the two years of rumors and accusations and the giant cloud of suspicions over the White House produced by Mueller's headhunters were unfair and unjustified.

"It also means J. Edgar Hoover can finally rest in peace. James Comey is now revealed to be the dirtiest cop ever to run the FBI."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted December 10, 2019 • 07:54 am
On Joe Biden Claiming Ignorance On His Son’s Conflicts Of Interest:

"Former Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview Friday that he was never warned about potential conflicts of interest involving his son's position with a Ukrainian energy company -- a claim that conflicts with what a former Obama administration official told The New Yorker earlier this year.

"'Nobody warned me about a potential conflict of interest. Nobody warned me about that,' Biden told NPR when asked about his discussions while vice president involving his son Hunter Biden's position with Burisma Holdings.

"Joe Biden's denial conflicts with what a former Obama administration official told The New Yorker for a story published on July 1.

"Amos Hochstein, who served as the Obama administration's special envoy for energy policy, told The New Yorker he raised concerns about Hunter Biden's position with the former vice president in December 2015.

"Questions about potential conflicts of interest were also widely covered in the press in 2014 and 2015. A New York Times report from Dec. 8, 2015 asserted that Hunter Biden's work for Burisma may have 'undermined' his father's anti-corruption message toward Ukraine."

Read entire article here.

— Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller
— Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller
Posted December 09, 2019 • 07:45 am
On Passion Over Proof in Trump Impeachment Hearing:

"The most dangerous place for an academic is often between the House and the impeachment of an American president. I knew that going into the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Donald Trump. After all, Alexander Hamilton that impeachment would often occur in an environment of 'agitated passions.' Yet I remained a tad naive in hoping that an academic discussion on the history and standards of it might offer a brief hiatus from hateful rhetoric on both sides.

"In my testimony Wednesday, I lamented that, as in the impeachment of President Clinton from 1998 to 1999, there is an intense 'rancor and rage' and 'stifling intolerance' that blinds people to opposing views. My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee. Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from George Washington University for arguing that, while a case for impeachment can be made, it has not been made on this record."

Read entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
Posted December 06, 2019 • 07:31 am
On College Professors at Impeachment Hearings:

"If you loved the first round of impeachment hearings, do Democrats have a treat for you: Liberal college professors yelling! ...

"The sole voice of reason was provided by legal scholar and George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley, who took great liberty to criticize Trump and his posture toward Ukraine but who nonetheless said it didn't rise to the level of impeachment.

"'I get it,' Turley said in his opening remarks. 'You're mad.'"

— Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner Columnist, in the New York Post
— Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner Columnist, in the New York Post
Posted December 05, 2019 • 08:13 am
On Whether President Trump Committed an 'Impeachable Act':

"Trump has stated repeatedly that he wanted to determine whether Biden committed a corrupt act by extorting taxpayer dollars to force the firing of a prosecutor who was investigating the Ukrainian natural gas company that was paying his son Hunter anywhere from $50,000 to $83,000 a month to serve on its board.

"Was Biden's demand intended to protect his son? If a president has reason to believe that a public officeholder may have engaged in corrupt behavior involving a foreign government, he has every right and duty to request that nation's leader to investigate. The president is entitled to do so under the terms of a 20-year old treaty with Ukraine.

"Biden does not enjoy immunity or amnesty simply because he is now a candidate for office as he pursues the Democratic presidential nomination."

— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
Posted December 04, 2019 • 07:44 am
On American Teenagers' Reading and Math Performance:

"The performance of American teenagers in reading and math has been stagnant since 2000, according to the latest results of a rigorous international exam, despite a decades-long effort to raise standards and help students compete with peers across the globe.

"And the achievement gap in reading between high and low performers is widening. Although the top quarter of American students have improved their performance on the exam since 2012, the bottom 10th percentile lost ground, according to an analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency.

"The disappointing results from the exam, the Program for International Student Assessment, were announced on Tuesday and follow those from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, an American test that recently showed that two-thirds of children were not proficient readers.

"Over all, American 15-year-olds who took the PISA test scored slightly above students from peer nations in reading but below the middle of the pack in math.

"Low-performing students have been the focus of decades of bipartisan education reform efforts, costing many billions of dollars, that have resulted in a string of national programs -- No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Common Core State Standards, the Every Student Succeeds Act -- but uneven results."

— Dana Goldstein, New York Times
— Dana Goldstein, New York Times
Posted December 03, 2019 • 08:04 am
Question of the Week   
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"At least two of the FBI's surveillance applications to secretly monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause, according to a newly declassified summary of a Justice Department assessment released Thursday by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).The DOJ's admission essentially means that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant authorizations…[more]
—Gregg Re and Brooke Singman, FOX News
— Gregg Re and Brooke Singman, FOX News
Liberty Poll   

Voters in Kings County (Seattle), Washington, are being allowed to vote in a local election from their smartphones. Is this a good idea because of the ease of voting or a bad idea because of voting security and integrity concerns?