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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
 
 
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
 
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"It needs to be stressed that Tlaib and Omar aren't mere 'critics' of Israel, as the media incessantly claims. Critics would find fault with policies of the nation's government -- which, in Israel's case, has oscillated from left to right, from hawkish to dovish, for more than 70 years. Critics have been traveling to Israel forever. Critics of Israel serve in the nation's parliament and openly and…[more]
 
 
—David Harsanyi, The Federalist
— David Harsanyi, The Federalist
 
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