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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/99.1FM 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: Ross Marchand, Director of Policy at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance: U.S. Postal Service;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Associate Editor of the Washington Examiner and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political Process: the Decline of the Humanities and the Rise of Prejudices;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Ashton Hayward, III, President of Andrews Research & Education Foundation: AREF's Mission and Projects;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Myron Ebell, Director…[more]

February 18, 2019 • 07:26 pm

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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
 
 
On the Utopian Ideology of a Borderless World:
 
 

"The activists behind the latest migrant caravan dream of dissolving national frontiers. But all they're doing is hardening existing borders -- and the hearts and minds of Americans fed up with such stunts and the worldview that inspires them.

"The sight of more than 7,000 mostly Hondurans and Guatemalans trekking across southern Mexico, en route to the US, is sure to rouse the GOP base, which is why most Democrats are keeping mum two weeks from the midterms. The images also lend credence to heartland anxieties about organized, systematic efforts to pierce US sovereignty and flood the southern border with newcomers.

"And make no mistake: This is an organized effort. A Mexico-based outfit called Pueblos Sin Fronteras ('People Without Borders') has been arranging route logistics and publicizing the exodus, though you'd be hard-pressed to find references to the group in most mainstream coverage of the caravanistas. Liberal reporters and editors, I suspect, think a spontaneous caravan makes for a more heart-tugging story.

"But much as Pueblos would like to disclaim responsibility, this many people don't decide willy-nilly to travel 2,500 miles on foot, no matter how desperate they might be. Mass movement on this scale is a tremendous feat of coordination, and Pueblos has been perfecting the art for several years, long before Donald Trump's election to the White House."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Sohrab Ahmari, Commentary Magazine Senior Writer
— Sohrab Ahmari, Commentary Magazine Senior Writer
Posted October 26, 2018 • 08:19 am
 
 
On Better Health Care, State-Style:
 
 

"No one is guaranteed a tomorrow, but expectations run pretty high for happy days in the here and now. Americans consider first-rate health care a right tucked somewhere in the Constitution, between baseball and free hot dogs. The lengthy struggle over the proper role of government in facilitating access to modern medicine -- including the grinding Obamacare tug-of-war -- has reached an exhausting stalemate. With voters soon to pass judgment on the well-being of the nation, legislators at every level would be advised to get on with devising a health care system that Americans can live with. The key could be loosening the bureaucratic rules and enabling states to do what they were meant to do. ...

"Despite Obamacare's broken promises of freedom to keep one's doctor and less onerous premiums, a majority persists in backing a government-run medical entitlement in 'the land of the free and the home of the brave.' It would be surprising, except for the fact that the forceful vortex swirling off the Democratic Party's left wing is gathering strength and followers. In 2016, 51 percent of voters threw their support behind socialized medicine; now the figure is 60 percent, and only 37 percent disagree.

"Turning to the federal Leviathan for health care aid may be understandable, but the outcome is unaffordable. The average premiums Americans without employer-based coverage were forced to pay under Obamacare climbed 105 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, including a 37 percent increase this year. Medical bills are expected to increase only 3 percent next year. The individual mandate repeal will enable individual taxpayers to withdraw from Obamacare next year, but without new choices, policies might still be too dear for average Americans short of a GoFundMe page.

"If more states win permission to innovate, Americans may conclude that neither Obamacare nor socialized medicine is the remedy they crave. Effective solutions could be much closer at hand than in Washington."

 
 
— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted October 25, 2018 • 08:30 am
 
 
On the Dangers of the 'Data Industrial Complex':
 
 

"Apple's CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of voices warning that data itself is being weaponized again people and societies -- arguing that the trade in digital data has exploded into a 'data industrial complex'.

"Cook did not namecheck the adtech elephants in the room: Google, Facebook and other background data brokers that profit from privacy-hostile business models. But his target was clear.

"'Our own information -- from the everyday to the deeply personal -- is being weaponized against us with military efficiency,' warned Cook. 'These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded and sold.

"'Taken to the extreme this process creates an enduring digital profile and lets companies know you better than you may know yourself. Your profile is a bunch of algorithms that serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into harm.'

"'We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance,' he added."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch Senior Reporter
— Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch Senior Reporter
Posted October 24, 2018 • 08:26 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following has the sole power of impeachment under the U.S. Constitution?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"In America, the left knows it can't just spring socialism on the land. They must accustom people to their most grandiose projects while maneuvering the politics and grinding away at public opposition.Miss Ocasio-Cortez and her comrades expect us to ridicule then ignore her silly Green New Deal while they work tirelessly to make it a reality. So unless we're willing to cede our most fundamental freedoms…[more]
 
 
—Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
— Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
 
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Do you believe President Trump's Emergency Declaration and Executive Order to fund southern border wall construction partially by repurposing DoD funds is within his constitutional authority, despite congressional objections?