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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 the Beltway's 'Whistleblower' Furor:
 
 

"For a town that leaks like a sieve, Washington has done an astonishingly effective job keeping from the American public the name of the anonymous 'whistleblower' who triggered impeachment proceedings against President Trump -- even though his identity is an open secret inside the Beltway.

"More than two months after the official filed his complaint, pretty much all that's known publicly about him is that he is a CIA analyst who at one point was detailed to the White House and is now back working at the CIA.

"But the name of a government official fitting that description -- Eric Ciaramella -- has been raised privately in impeachment depositions, according to officials with direct knowledge of the proceedings, as well as in at least one open hearing held by a House committee not involved in the impeachment inquiry. Fearing their anonymous witness could be exposed, Democrats this week blocked Republicans from asking more questions about him and intend to redact his name from all deposition transcripts.

"RealClearInvestigations is disclosing the name because of the public's interest in learning details of an effort to remove a sitting president from office. Further, the official's status as a 'whistleblower' is complicated by his being a hearsay reporter of accusations against the president, one who has 'some indicia of an arguable political bias . . . in favor of a rival political candidate' -- as the Intelligence Community Inspector General phrased it circumspectly in originally fielding his complaint.

"Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia 'collusion' investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

"Further, Ciaramella (pronounced char-a-MEL-ah) left his National Security Council posting in the White House's West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations
— Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations
Posted October 31, 2019 • 07:58 am
 
 
On House Intelligence Committee's Magic Tricks:
 
 

"Rep. Adam Schiff is a poor man's Harry Houdini. He is a cheap illusionist performing amateurish parlor tricks of deception in his quest to convince his audience that he possesses damning evidence of an impeachable offense committed by President Trump.

"Schiff, D-Calif., has no such evidence, of course. But like most illusionists, Schiff employs misdirection and confusion. He attempts to convince you that opinions are evidence, while facts are not. This is the stuff of rank political magic where perceptions are distorted through clever manipulation of the process.

"Schiff has become the master manipulator aided, in large part, by the secrecy of his faux magic act. He won't allow you to peek behind the curtain to see for yourself the witnesses he has called in his 'super top secret' impeachment inquisition. You are never permitted to view transcripts of depositions or examine testimony that purports to incriminate the president. That, of course, would ruin all the hocus-pocus."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst and Commentator
— Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst and Commentator
Posted October 30, 2019 • 07:45 am
 
 
On AG Barr's Comments on U.S. Attorney Durham's Probe Into the 'Russia Investigation':
 
 

"EXCLUSIVE -- Attorney General Bill Barr, in an interview with Fox News, defended the independence and integrity of the politically contentious probe being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the handling of the Russia investigation -- while taking a swipe at James Comey's past leadership of the FBI. ...

"Barr, speaking Monday to Fox News on the sidelines of a law enforcement event in Chicago, rejected Democrats' claims he is acting as Trump's personal lawyer.

"'That's completely wrong and there is no basis for it, and I act on behalf of the United States,' Barr said. ...

"Further, Barr took an implicit swipe at Comey as he maintained current FBI Director Christopher Wray is cooperating.

"'I do want to say that one of the reasons Mr. Durham is able to make the kind of progress he's making is because Director Wray and his team at the FBI have just been outstanding in support and responsiveness given to Mr. Durham,' Barr said. 'As you know, I've said previously that I felt there was a failure of leadership at the bureau in 2016 and part of 2017, but since Director Wray and his team have taken over there's been a world of change. I think that he is restoring the steady professionalism that's been a hallmark of the FBI. I really appreciate his leadership there.'"

 
 
— Jake Gibson and Ronn Blitzer, Fox News
— Jake Gibson and Ronn Blitzer, Fox News
Posted October 29, 2019 • 07:41 am
 
 
On the Madness Gripping Washington:
 
 

"With no end in sight to the madness gripping Washington, it is wise to seize on any possible sign of humor to brighten the day. In that spirit, a statement by Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler qualifies as the mood booster of the week.

"Responding to reports that Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the 2016 spying on Donald Trump's campaign is now a criminal probe, Schiff and Nadler laid down their thumbscrews and emerged from their impeachment dungeon to express outrage. In unison, the twin Trump tormentors declared that partisanship has infected the Justice Department and 'the rule of law will suffer new and irreparable damage.'

"Despite stiff competition from two centuries of congressional hypocrisy, that is a first-rate howler. If you can't laugh at Schiff and Nadler accusing anyone else of damaging the rule of law for partisan purposes, you don't have a sense of humor."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted October 28, 2019 • 07:56 am
 
 
On the Current Debate Over Ukraine Aide:
 
 

"Quid pro no.

"The current impeachment debate is being framed in terms of whether or not there was a 'quid pro quo' -- as if that is the bar that will determine whether or not President Trump did something egregious.

"There are big flaws with this framing, as well as with the use of the term.

"Diplomatic quid pro quo -- requiring certain actions, behavior or 'conditions' in return for U.S. aid -- is common, according to current and former diplomats I spoke with, and foreign policy guidance. 'Under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the President may determine the terms and conditions under which most forms of assistance are provided.'

"The notion that there's something inherently wrong with this sort of foreign-aid diplomacy is raising concern among some career diplomats. A former Obama administration State Department official told me that, by controversializing this common practice, 'the Democrats are basically hamstringing any future president.' He adds: 'That's why this is a constitutional moment.' ...

"All things considered, it begins to look like the quid pro quo accusations are an extension of the strategy that sought to keep President Trump from providing typical direction to the Justice Department for the better part of two years . . . because his critics cried that it would be obstruction of justice or interfering with the Mueller probe. With that investigation closed, Trump's enemies appear to be trying to keep him from digging into dark, uncomfortable places about how it all came about and who was behind it, from Washington, D.C., to Kyiv, Ukraine.

"Places where many Democrats and Republicans would rather he did not dig."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Sharyl Attkisson, Author, TV Host, Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-Winner and Former CBS News, PBS, CNN Host and Investigative Reporter
— Sharyl Attkisson, Author, TV Host, Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-Winner and Former CBS News, PBS, CNN Host and Investigative Reporter
Posted October 25, 2019 • 08:05 am
 
 
On New Evidence of Deep State Actions Against Trump Presidency:
 
 

"U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the origins of the FBI's 2016 Russia probe has expanded based on new evidence uncovered during a recent trip to Rome with Attorney General Bill Barr, sources told Fox News on Tuesday.

"The sources said Durham was 'very interested' to question former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan, an anti-Trump critic who recently dismissed the idea.

"The two Obama administration officials were at the helm when the unverified and largely discredited Steele dossier, written by British ex-spy Christopher Steele and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, was used to justify a secret surveillance warrant against former Trump adviser Carter Page. ...

"Although Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut, initially was appointed to review the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election and through Trump's January 2017 inauguration, Fox News has reported that he later broadened his investigation to cover a post-election timeline extending through the spring of 2017 -- when Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

"'If the rumors are true that IG Horowitz's report and findings in Durham's review will blast the conduct of the FBI's Russia investigation, it will give Trump a lot of ammo to support his argument that he was unjustly targeted then and is being unjustly targeted now,' a House GOP source told Fox News on Tuesday. 'It will justify Trump's warnings about the Deep State acting to hobble his presidency.'"

 
 
— Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge, Fox News
— Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge, Fox News
Posted October 24, 2019 • 08:01 am
 
 
On the Permanent Bureaucracy's Threat to America:
 
 

"Anonymous efforts by anti-Trump federal bureaucrats to thwart the White House agenda through leaks and complaints to friendly reporters and congressional allies are a 'mortal threat' to democracy and the 2016 election results, according to a top administration official.

"'This is a mortal threat to the American system of government,' said Stephen Miller, the senior adviser for policy.

"In 2016, President Trump ran against Washington's 'deep state' and 'permanent bureaucracy,' said Miller, and they remain so angry that they are lying, leaking, and attacking the administration's agenda. ...

"In an interview, Miller called inside attacks a 'very grave threat,' and he explained it this way:

"'It is best understood as career federal employees that believe they are under no obligation to honor, respect, or abide by the results of a democratic election. Their view is, "If I agree with what voters choose, then I'll do what they choose. If I disagree with what voters choose, then I won't, and I'll continue doing my own thing. So basically it's heads I win, tails you lose."'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
Posted October 23, 2019 • 07:27 am
 
 
On Ukrainian Gas Company Hiring of Hunter Biden:
 
 

"A former member of the Ukrainian parliament reportedly says Burisma Holdings hired Hunter Biden for protection.

"Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a businessman who left Ukraine in 2016, said Burisma's founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, sought the assistance of Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, at a time when the natural gas company was under intense scrutiny for corruption.

"'It was to protect [the company],' Onyshchenko told Reuters on Friday.

"Hunter Biden obtained a seat on the company's board of directors because he was seen as a man with a political clout, influence from his father's role in the Obama administration, according to people interviewed by the news agency. Joe Biden was doling out assistance to Ukraine as then-President Barack Obama's point man in the east European country."

 
 
— David Krayden, Daily Caller Ottawa Bureau Chief
— David Krayden, Daily Caller Ottawa Bureau Chief
Posted October 22, 2019 • 08:07 am
 
 
On Tulsi Gabbard Being Called 'Favorite of the Russians' by HRC:
 
 

"In case you just woke up from a four day coma, the weekend's news cycle was dominated by an over-the-top intra-Democratic Party dispute between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard, a noted non-interventionist who, like President Trump, isn't fond of the idea of endless, pointless, unwinnable wars across the ocean when there is so much to deal with on our own shores, predictably took issue with Clinton's Friday podcast characterization of her as a 'favorite of the Russians.'

"The Hawaii congresswoman hit back hard, calling Clinton out as the 'queen of warmongers' who has the blood of those killed in Iraq, a 'war she championed,' unequivocally 'on her hands.'

"It was the best story of the weekend, by far, and kept the talking heads busy commenting on the exchange and even speculating on why Hillary would choose Gabbard of all candidates -- someone who, despite being the most photogenic of the bunch by far, hasn't managed to break two percent in the polls -- to pick on in what should have been a pretty mundane podcast appearance. Some opined that the notably vainglorious former first lady merely wants to stay in the spotlight and, given their differences on foreign policy, Gabbard is an easy mark. Others speculated that Clinton may be prepping or testing the waters for her own run. Gabbard herself told Fox News' Tucker Carlson she knows 'exactly why,' because she is 'standing up and speaking out strongly against the Hillary Clinton legacy, the warmongering legacy of waging these regime change wars.'"

 
 
— Scott Morefield, Townhall.com
— Scott Morefield, Townhall.com
Posted October 21, 2019 • 08:01 am
 
 
On Quid Pro Nothing with Ukraine:
 
 

"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 in the 2016 campaign.

"Virtually every media outlet in America -- certainly all those that jumped on Mulvaney's remarks -- has spent most of the last three years painting such foreign interference as the blackest possible crime.

"In fact, all Mulvaney did was repeat yet again that Trump 'was worried about corruption with that nation' -- and specifically say those worries extended to cooperation in 'the look-back to what happened in 2016.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editorial Board, New York Post
— The Editorial Board, New York Post
Posted October 18, 2019 • 08:02 am
 
Question of the Week   
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Quote of the Day   
 
"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?