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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: James Bacchus, Former U.S. Representative, Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Central Florida, and Adjunct Scholar at Cato Institute: Free Trade and Destiny;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Hannah, Senior Counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US-China Relations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributor to the Washington Examiner and Author: Happenings Inside the Beltway;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, First Ladies Man and Author: The Legacy…[more]

December 10, 2018 • 03:51 pm

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On the U.S. Senate Race in Florida:
 
 

"The Florida Senate race is rapidly becoming a clown show. It's been over two days and Broward County, the largest Democratic bastion in the state, is still counting ballots. Counties slammed by Hurricane Michael last month have all tallied their votes. Broward seems unable to do so, or say how many are left outstanding. Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes seems to struggle answering basic questions about this process, even ones required by law. So far, there have been no regular updates. Instead, they're dumping vote totals by the thousands, which has chipped away at Republican Gov. Rick Scott's lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. ...

"As of now, we're heading into recount territory, with Scott leading by less than half of one percent, but Broward's vote counting irregularities pose questions about whether Democrats are trying to steal this election. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) certainly feels this way, going on lengthy spats on Twitter railing this process. In one polling location, provisional ballots were just left, with no chain of custody. A schoolteacher discovered them after they were never picked up. We don't know how long they were there, and they might be unverifiable at this point. Now, Gov. Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have had enough; they're suing Broward County. Palm Beach County, another Democratic stronghold, is another one where sketchy vote counting is occurring. Scott has already declared victory, but he's also mobilizing his legal team, as Democratic lawyers begin to pour into the state ..."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com
— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com
Posted November 09, 2018 • 08:14 am
 
 
On Prospects of Tax Cuts Post Mid-Term Election:
 
 

"President Trump and the Republican Party intended to pass new tax measures to provide relief to middle-class Americans, but now that Democrats control the House of Representatives -- that legislation is likely dead on arrival.

"'I can't see anything happening on taxes,' Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org, told FOX Business.

"When asked about the future of tax cuts during a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said the prospects depend on cooperation from Democrats.

"Even though Republicans pushed three separate tax packages through the House in September, Edwards said he didn't expect them to be approved anyway -- noting the only way that could've happened under Republican control was if the GOP used the fast-track process known as reconciliation."

 
 
— Brittany De Lea, Fox Business
— Brittany De Lea, Fox Business
Posted November 08, 2018 • 08:32 am
 
 
On the Lack of Mid-Term Election WOW Factor:
 
 

"The three-plus years since Donald Trump came down that escalator and changed American politics forever have been so melodramatic that everybody expected the first midterm election of the Trump presidency would be equally so.

"Turns out the melodrama on election night was basically that there was no melodrama.

"What we could have predicted the night after the 2016 election appears to be the story of 2018.

"Republicans knew on Nov. 9, 2016, that they were going to have a good national map when it came to the Senate two years later -- and indeed they improved on their position in the upper chamber.

"Similarly, Democrats had every reason to believe on that bitter morning that the common rules governing midterms would secure them the 23 seats necessary to take control of the House of Representatives in 2018 -- and it appears they have done so.

"What didn't happen in this election was something that would make everybody go WOW."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted November 07, 2018 • 08:15 am
 
 
On Election Day 2018:
 
 

"Just as soon as they get the dead carried out we can dispense with the last rites and continue the election that counts most. Ready or not, like it or not, the 2020 presidential election campaign begins this morning."

 
 
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Posted November 06, 2018 • 08:10 am
 
 
On Alleged Voter Registration Cyber-Crimes in Mid-Terms:
 
 

"Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican running for governor, is opening an investigation into the state's Democratic Party for allegedly attempting to hack the state's voter registration system.

"Kemp's office made the announcement in a Sunday morning news release but did not provide any details on why it is investigating the Democratic Party for the failed hacking. The party is being probed for engaging in a possible cyber-crime.

"'While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber-crimes,' press secretary Candice Broce said in the release. She also said the secretary of state's office alerted both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

"Kemp's Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, told CNN Sunday that the investigation is an attempt to distract voters two days before the election. Kemp is leading Abrams -- 49 to 47 percent -- in the most recent RealClearPolitics poll."

 
 
— Chris White, The Daily Caller
— Chris White, The Daily Caller
Posted November 05, 2018 • 08:05 am
 
 
On Pelosi's Threat to Weaponize Committee Subpoena Power:
 
 

"President Trump said Thursday that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's threat to weaponize committee subpoena power if Democrats win Congress is illegal and grounds for the administration to fight any subpoena all the way to the Supreme Court.

"'Pelosi says she's going to mechanize the speakership and use it as a great negotiation with the president. That's an illegal statement,' Mr. Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Times.

"The president remained optimistic about Republicans retaining their House majority, but he fumed about Mrs. Pelosi's subpoena threat should her party prevail in the midterm elections Tuesday.

"He said the threat begged a lengthy court battle.

"'That alone takes two years to get it to the Supreme Court -- that statement -- before you do anything,' he said, becoming animated with indignation. 'You heard her the other night.'

"Mrs. Pelosi made the remark last week at CNN's campaign forum.

"'Subpoena power is interesting, to use it or not to use it,' Mrs. Pelosi said in an interview with Dana Bash. 'It's a great arrow to have in your quiver in terms of negotiating on other subjects.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Dave Boyer and S.A. Miller, The Washington Times
— Dave Boyer and S.A. Miller, The Washington Times
Posted November 02, 2018 • 08:39 am
 
 
On the Importance of Election Day Turn-Out:
 
 

"Right now, the Generic Congressional Ballot polling shows Democrats with about a 7-point advantage. If they actually win the popular vote by that amount on Election Day, they would be favored to win most of the 33 competitive races. But just like with the Senate, a shift of a couple of points could have an enormous impact.

"If the Republicans are able to boost turnout a bit and pull within 5 points in the nationwide popular vote, they might be able to win enough close races to keep their majority. However, if things shift a couple of points in the opposite direction, the Democrats might enjoy a big night and gain something of the order of 45 seats.

"So after two years of campaigning, the final outcome of Election 2018 will be determined by very modest changes in who decides to show up and vote."

 
 
— Scott Rasmussen, Political Analyst, Founder and President of the Rasmussen Media Group
— Scott Rasmussen, Political Analyst, Founder and President of the Rasmussen Media Group
Posted November 01, 2018 • 08:11 am
 
 
On the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, Anti-Semitism and Trump:
 
 

"All my life I have reminded fellow Jews in America that we are the luckiest Jews to have ever lived in a non-Jewish country. I know what I'm talking about. I wrote a book on anti-Semitism, taught Jewish history at Brooklyn College and fought anti-Semitism since I was 21, when Israel sent me into the Soviet Union to smuggle in Jewish religious items and smuggle out Jewish names.

"Even after the massacre of 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, this assessment remains true.

"But the greatest massacre of Jews in American history is a unique American tragedy.

"It is a tragedy in part because America has finally made the list of countries in which Jews were murdered for being Jews. While this was probably inevitable, given that 330 million people live in America, it is painful -- equally for me as an American and as a Jew."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Dennis Prager, Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk-Show Host and Columnist
— Dennis Prager, Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk-Show Host and Columnist
Posted October 31, 2018 • 08:09 am
 
 
On Birthright U.S. Citizenship:
 
 

"President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive interview for 'Axios on HBO,' a new four-part documentary news series debuting on HBO this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

"This would be the most dramatic move yet in Trump's hardline immigration campaign, this time targeting 'anchor babies' and 'chain migration.' And it will set off another stand-off with the courts, as Trump's power to do this through executive action is debatable to say the least. ...

"Few immigration and constitutional scholars believe it is within the president's power to change birthright citizenship, former U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services chief counsel Lynden Melmed tells Axios.

"But some conservatives have argued that the 14th Amendment was only intended to provide citizenship to children born in the U.S. to lawful permanent residents -- not to unauthorized immigrants or those on temporary visas.

"John Eastman, a constitutional scholar and director of Chapman University's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, told 'Axios on HBO' that the Constitution has been misapplied over the past 40 or so years. He says the line 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof' originally referred to people with full, political allegiance to the U.S. -- green card holders and citizens."

 
 
— Jonathan Swan and Stef W. Kight, Axios.com
— Jonathan Swan and Stef W. Kight, Axios.com
Posted October 30, 2018 • 08:22 am
 
 
On Another Booming Economic Quarter:
 
 

"Last Dec. 22, President Trump signed the tax reform bill -- you know, the one that all Democrats loudly decried (but only a few decry now) as the 'tax scam.' That bill came on top of several major deregulatory measures during Trump's first year.

"On Friday, we saw the results for the second quarter since the 'tax scam' went into effect. And guess what? Its unexpectedly strong 3.5 percent annualized growth is a strong follow-up to the 4.1 percent growth in the second quarter of the year. Together, that makes for the best two-quarter stretch since 2014.

"Inflation is down to a 1.6 percent annual rate. Consumer spending is up by 4 percent. Unemployment is down -- especially black and Hispanic unemployment -- and nearly 4 million new jobs have been created since January 2017. Real wages have risen in each of the last five months in a row.

"Forecasters now project that the next quarter's report will show 3 percent growth, which would make for the best three-quarter period since before the recession and financial crisis of a decade ago."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted October 29, 2018 • 08:04 am
 
Question of the Week   
The son of which one of the following U.S. politicians currently serves as a Marine aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting…[more]
 
 
—John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
 
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